January 24, 2011

Anime Addiction: Gankutsuou (Monte Cristo)

Albert is a privileged young man from Paris who comes across his destiny when he and his friends decided to go to a festival on the Moon, there he meets the Count of Monte Cristo, an enigmatic but charming man who takes him under his wing.

What Albert doesn't know is that the Count has his own agenda, and the first item on said agenda is the destruction of Albert's family; for the Count is none other than Edmond Dantes and his past is deeply tangled with his parents' past. Once upon a time, his mother loved Edmond, and his father betrayed him utterly, even though they were supposed to be best friends.

Now, after surviving hell, Edmond is out for revenge and nothing will stand in his way, not even the genuine affection he starts to feel toward Albert. 

Gankutsuou is sort of a free adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo, but told in a very particular setting. Albert's world is a mix of pre-revolutionary France and the space era with big dozes of psychedelia. The animation its incredibly unique, I've never seen anything quite like it, such mixture of colors and textures.

This is not a light and fluffy series, but I highly recommend this new take on a classic story.

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