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Trying to escape his uneventful life, Albert, the son of a renowned general from Paris, makes a journey with his friend Franz. During his travels, he meets an immensely wealthy nobleman named The Count of Monte Cristo. Living in luxurious hotels, surrounded by beautiful women and strong bodyguards, the charming but enigmatic count fascinates Albert. Albert invites the count to join the high society of Paris. However, unknown to Albert, his father had once framed the count and took the Count's fiancée as his own. Written by
Gankutsuou (The King of Caverns) is an anime adaption of the book "The Count of Monte Cristo" I am going to try to the best of my ability to be as unbiased as possible.
Gankutsuou is set in the future and spans throughout space. So having that in mind there are many changes to the plot already. In addition I do warn people of how it's animated. There is like a layer masqueing thingy, I'm sorry but I don't know the technical jargen. But it will take your eyes awhile to adjust to it.
I do realize that there's that whole "artistic license" issue and everything and yes this anime is good in my opinion. BUT when you know the book "The Count of Monte Cristo" and you compare the two together there are some major flaws in the anime. OK maybe not MAJOR flaws but flaws nonetheless.
I don't like how some characters are changed, for example Albert. Albert is more like a wuss in my opinion. Eugenie, Peppino, Peppo are among some of the characters changed.
Just watch this with an open mind if you're a fan of the book. Even if you haven't read the book, keep an open mind about the animation, it might give you a headache when first watching it but you'll get used to it... honest. I don't notice it anymore and that is about after watching 3 episodes. Gankutsuou will keep you entertained.
Overall the voicing is top notch, as with the musical score, and the animation while beautiful does take awhile to get used to. But all in all I give this a 4 out of 5.
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