Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo DVD Box Set (Hyb)
Ryuusei Mikage - Jul 6 2008 MikageRealm@hotmail.com
Just when you think an old novel couldn't get any BETTER!
This takes Alexander Dumas's novel "The Count Of Monte Christo" to a whole new level of awesomeness, technologically advanced yet very well orchestrated this GONZO title is of their best works to date!
It may be loosely based on Dumas's work, this series is one of the best investments I've made on anime in at least two years!
Rustin B. Meek - Nov 30 2009
an unnexpected hit!
Bought it because the artwork caught my attention and because the price was so great! didn't expect much of it, but i was thrilled to be wrong! it was great! there is so much connection with the characters, and so much drama! i might even pick up the book after watching this
Strongly recommend to anyone that can sit down and appreciate a solid story!!!
Miya S - Apr 12 2010 firstname.lastname@example.org
gorgeous anime, gorgeous collection
Every so often a truly epic anime comes along that seems to totally slip under the radar...and Gankutsuuou is one of the greatest diamonds in the rough of all time. I don't know if people were put off by the fact that it's an adaptation of a historical french novel, or if Genon simply didn't do a good enough job of advertising it...but either way, this show deserves WAY more credit than its getting. I hadn't even heard of this gem until I came across the trailer and my jaw dropped in awe.
This is a tale of betrayal and vengance, a classic aristocratic soap-opera revamped as a space-opera (and exceptionally well done, not melodramatic or cheesy at all and chanelling the heart of the book - I think Alexandre Dumas would have been proud), and as every episode twists and turns and ends on a cliffhanger you are always left tearing your hair out until the next installment, hungry to know what happens next. The animation is superb, bulging with fluid-CGI, crisp colours and beautiful character designs. The sad, lamenting opening 'we were lovers' and energised, vengeance-themed ending 'you won't see me coming' really fit the style of the show. Bandai outdid themselves on the dub too - fan favourite Johnny Bosch handles the role of naive hero Albert with his usual lovable ease, and major points to the guy playing the Count of Monte Cristo - I've not heard him before, but he's OUTSTANDING in the role.
I cannot urge you enough to buy this set - the content aside, the collection is drool-inducing for any otaku who likes to fill their shelves with plush, expensive-looking boxed sets. Not only is it proper, hard cardboard (they don't make em like this anymore!) but the artwork on it is amazing and foily, so it shines in the light! It is by far and away the prettiest boxed set I own. When it first arrived I squealed so loud in delight that the neighbours heard! For only $30 for the entire series plus this fantastic collector's box it is a STEAL - the greatest anime bargain you will ever find.
I'm just over halfway through it, but it has already jumped up my list of all-time faves right alongside FMA, Wolf's Rain and Samurai Champloo. Yes. It is THAT good. You will love Gankutsuuou if you enjoy dark, thrilling supernatural dramas such as Le Chevalier D'eon. Highly recommended!
king duke - Jul 11 2010 email@example.com
one of the best animes there is
My mom cried watching this and so did I. Highly recommended!