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Gankutsuou: Count of Monte Cristo - The Complete Series S.A.V.E.
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I decided to start collecting the series after watching it. It wasn't an easy task to accomplish with me living in the UK and Geneon being dead in the water, but I'll save you the details and simply say that I'm now the happy owner of the art box and all 6 volumes of this truly fantastic series.
Not having read the novel prior to starting this, I had no idea what to expect. I knew about certain vague details, such as a young man becoming fascinated with the Count of Monte Cristo, but that's all. But, as a result of having no expectations, I was blown away by the story of Edmond Dantes; The Count of Monte Cristo.
In a nutshell, Gankutsuou is a fairly simple revenge story that's executed extremely well: a young man called Edmond Dantes loses his freedom, his love and almost his life because of the greed, jealousy and pride of three men. Then, after many years, he returns, posing as the Count of Monte Cristo - a rich 'noble' who appears out of nowhere and sends shockwaves through Paris with his riches - and puts into action his plan to get the ultimate revenge on the men who destroyed his life. After spending many years suffering, he doesn't simply want to kill them: he wants to destroy them, throwing them in the pits of despair.
In order to add mystery to Edmond's character, the story is not told from his perspective (unlike in the book).Read more ›
Here in the United States, this is a re-release by Funimation of an earlier Geneon DVD release of basically the same name. Side note: Geneon typically labeled the show Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo while Funimation flips the order to The Count of Monte Cristo: Gankutsuou. Other than that the only difference is that rather than spreading the 24 episodes across six discs, Funimation manages to do it in four (packaged in a pair of beautiful thin packs within a subtle cardboard outer case). The source material comes to us via the brilliant minds of Japanese anime studio Gonzo; who themselves bring a long list of unique, thought-provoking titles to the table (such as their 2007 anime adaptation of Romeo and Juliet).
This set, as has been the trend of late, contains virtually no extras to speak of although the language options are thorough (English dub and original Japanese with or without English subtitles).
The story is setup to appeal to fans of the original work and those with no prior exposure alike as it retains all of the key plot points but adds a few new elements and tells it from a totally different perspective (kind of like what John Gardener's novel Grendel does to the classic Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf).Read more ›
if you're looking for the series to watch and collect then this is a great buy, but remember that sacrifices in image quality had to be made to consolidate 24 episodes onto 4 dvds.
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Fast shipping, item as described, great interesting anime with an eye candy art style.Published 1 month ago by Carolina
I really like the story of Gankutuou and the art style. The art style is refreshing and unique but unfortunately it gave me a headache to watch it.Published 2 months ago by Nicole Yobbe
came in perfect condition, looking forward to binge watching it ^_^Published 3 months ago by Rachael Sadlier
This anime is a visual feast and has one of the best villains in anime and the count is just incredible and everyone's parents are so evil, very fascinating story, a unique setting... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This anime is awesome. It's surprising how closely it follows the novel....they did such a good job with character development and the whole last episode is devoted to wrapping up... Read morePublished 11 months ago by B. Baker
This anime is tres magnifique! The classic count of Monte Cristo superbly done in avant garde style. The texturing technique they did ive never seen done like this before. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
The music, the voice acting, the interesting visual style... and some great story telling too!
It is the story of The Count of Monte Cristo as... Read more