Friday, January 13, 2006

Anime - Gankutsuou

I utterly loved this anime. For one thing, they use some rather unique texturing and CGI to create some truly stunning visuals. But the most important thing is that it is a retelling of the Count of Monte Cristo but in the future!

The Count of Monte Cristo is one of those books that I have not only read, but watched every film incarnation that has probably come across the airwaves including the latest theatrical rendition a few years ago. So I was quite excited when I heard about this anime and was not disappointed.

Unlike the book, you do not meet Edouard Dantes before his troubles started. Instead the story begins and ends with Albert, a young aristocrat who meets the count on Luna. Like an onion, the story peels back to show what is going on, the reasons for the count and the step by step ways in which he is setting up to enact his revenge upon those who wronged him so long ago.

There are some nice twists and turns, one which is how Dantes was able to escape the prison and become a thing not quite living, but not quite dead.

A definite must for lovers of the story of the Count of Monte Cristo as well as anime fans.

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