Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo [Anime Review]
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo is an anime series loosely based on Alexandre Dumas’s classic French novel, Le Comte de Monte-Cristo. Spanning 24 episodes, it was produced by Gonzo and directed by Mahiro Maeda.
The anime starts with Viscount Albert de Morcerf and Baron Franz d’Épinay meeting the Count of Monte Cristo, a self-made nobleman, during their travels. When they part ways, the Count promises to visit Albert in Paris.
The Count arrived in Paris and he quickly introduces himself to the most powerful families in France.
To Be, Or Not To Be
I remember seeing a preview of this on my Youtube feed many years ago, most likely since I was subscribed to the Funimation channel back then. It looks interesting and I was fond of the Count of Monte Cristo so I tried to track it down. After many years of on and off searching, I finally found it.
The anime is loosely based on the book written by Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monter Cristo. While the producers kept the French Parisian aesthetic, the setting was changed into the distant future.
The Count of Monte Cristo was very psychedelic by design. The background was pre-rendered in 3D while most of the characters were kept as 2D. Classical music was the predominant choice of the soundtrack in this one and it was greatly appreciated.
All For One And One For All
While the Count had some interesting ideas and motifs in place, it still needs development in some aspects.
The animation style can be very distracting, as much as it was a focal point in the development. Someone might have a seizure attack watching this, it is that bright and colorful. The story could’ve been paced better, it could’ve been done in half. The protagonist, but this is my biased opinion, was too whiny! Suck it up and man up Jesus.
Overall, while this is a fresh look at a classical literature – you will either like it or hate it. I didn’t mind it personally.
I give this anime a 2.5/5 stars, thanks for reading my review! Follow me on Instagram for daily anime stuff and Facebook as well.