Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo Vol. 1
Aaron H. Bynum · From fps #5 · November 1, 2005 | Gankutsuou, a new, anime version of Alexandre Dumas' Le Comte de Monte Cristo, is both an ambitious adaptation and a fiery character drama. First serialized in the mid-1800s and thereafter reinvented and construed a variety of ways in a variety of media, Le Comte de Monte Cristo is the emotional journey of a particular man whose hope was, at a time, cursed to the furthest realm of his psyche. The Count himself is seeking revenge for the wrongdoings from decades past, hoping to pull taut the gnarled web fate has woven for him.

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo Vol. 1
Directed by Mahiro Maeda
Media Factory, GDH and Studio Gonzo/Geneon Entertainment, 2005
Originally broadcast in Japan in 2004
100 minutes

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In Gankutsuou, our story doesn't really begin with the Count and his motives, but with a fifteen-year-old aristocrat and his best friend who hope to find some excitement apart from the usual array of tea times and ballroom dances. Albert and his pal Franz, during a vacation to the city of Luna for Carnivàle, come into contact with The Count of Monte Cristo—a man that is wealthy, strong-minded, stoic, and above all else, mysterious. Through a series of private talks and dinners, Albert finds himself more and more enamoured with the charisma and genteel façade of the Count.

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