Gankutsuoh

Ani 2010.03.16 13:00
It's an animation based off Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The show is set in the distant future and begins in Luna (the moon) where Albert (the main character) meets Count of Montecristo when the Count saves him from bandits when Albert is kidnapped (like in the novel). This encounter which seems to be purely coincidental begins a close freindship between Albert and the Count.
(If you read the novel you will know the reason why the Count befriends Albert).
After leaving Luna to go back to his home in Paris, Albert's life seems peaceful and back to normal until the day the Count of Monte Cristo visits Albert again in Paris telling him that he has bought a house in Paris. 
This is where the thrilling tale of revenge, love, betrayal and friendship begins...

Having watched the movie rendition and read the original novel by Dumas, this animated rendition of The Count of Monte Cristo by Mahiro Maeda is unique and brilliant in its own right. Maeda takes a well known story and paints it as he sees fit. And I must admit that this was one ani that I've enjoyed watching.
Story: 9/10
Visually, the style of the drawing was very unqiue especially with the clothes, scenary, vehicles etc. and the patterning that they were given.
Video: 9/10
I can't remember the sounds and the music tracks that were inserted in the show all that clearly except for near then end when the scenes got intense. At those moments, the OST was very fitting and the ending song was also well placed. The CVs weren't particularly bad and the voices for Albert, Count, Fernand and Mercedes were especially fitting and considering they are the main characters, it is important.
Audio 8/10
Overall, the animation was well done with new elements added on top of the original template laid out by Dumas. It made the story not repetitive to viewers who already have read the novel while keeping the main elements within the story. When considering enjoyment, story, character, animation, sound and other factors, Gankutsuoh was one of the most compelling anime I have ever seen to date.
Overall rating: 9.5/10

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