Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo - Complete Collection (DVD, 2007)
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- design.troubado...Jan 07, 2010by
A Surprising Masterpiece
I'd heard that this was a good series to follow, and the idea of an anime based off of The Count of Monte Cristo appealed to me. Having followed a small amount of anime in the past, I was ready and open for whatever it chose to throw at me. I wasn't disappointed.
Although the art style throws some people off (layering static textures instead of color fills, in the characters), I find it to be exquisite, especially when combined with the elaborate sets on which the drama takes place...not to mention the gorgeous shiny spaceships.
And yes, I said spaceships. Gankutsuou takes a very large liberty with the story, yet in my opinion, it works quite well. There's a certain unique aesthetic about the blending of 19th Century France and "far future" science fiction that works well. It's very organic, and seamless. Odd yet cool. This "science fiction" is not so much the neon-sign sci-fi or the grim, dark cyberpunk feel, but a more elegant vision, where technology seems more like magic, in a subtle way.
The plot and character development are very well-written, although the protagonist Albert gets a bit annoying after some time. Still, it's a rich tapestry of character, including one of the times that any media has totally caught me off-guard, a heroic move that serves as a good turning point to the events.
All-in-all, I knew that, once seeing this, I had to buy it, and so buy it I did. Gankutsuou is a worthwhile purchase if you're looking for style, sophistication, and aren't turned off by its unique approach.Read full review
- pjamiesoMar 08, 2008by
Entertaining, but derivative
As an afficianado and collector of Count of Monte Cristo stories (in print, books-on-tape and video), this was - by far - the strangest interpretation. In some ways it follows the story to the minute detail of certain event, then goes off into outer space (literally and figuratively). It is a sci-fi version set in the distant future (though the cities of Paris and Marseille still exist) and told from the point of view of Albert de Morcerf (the antagonist, Mondago's son). It is a serialized Japanese cartoon that I suppose was shown once a week, so at the end of each episode there's a climax.
As I said in the title, it is entertaining, but approach it with a very open mind and no expectations.