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Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

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Albert de Morcerf had it all: wealth, loving parents, great friends. The only thing lacking in his life was excitement... until that fateful day on Luna. After a chance encounter with bandits and a daring rescue, Albert invites his newfound friend and savior, the Count of Monte Cristo, to his home in Paris. Little does he know what fate has in store for him and his loved ones. Just who is the mysterious Count, and what does he want? As tragedy touches the lives of those around him, can Albert’s only recourse be to wait and hope?

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Gankutsuou 2005 TBD
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Hidenori MATSUBARA Character Design
Mahiro MAEDA Director
Jean Jacques BURNEL Music
Koji KASAMATSU Music
Reiji KITAZATO Music

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Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo AirCommodore 6.5/10 Dec 14, 2010
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo Pantha 7.5/10 Oct 27, 2007

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Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo Zamiel 5.5/10 Mar 11, 2013
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Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.

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Human emotion, pain, hatred, terror, etc. are all themes that both these real people type anime share in common. The Count of Monte Cristo and Johan are portrayed as mysterious monsters capable of manipulating other humans to do their bidding. Both these animes use elements of darkness and dramatic irony throughout the plot to hook the audience into wanting more. These are humanistic shows that delve into the human emotions and allow us to see another reflection. If you are looking for a story driven anime without the fanservice and humor; then these are a good place to start.
tasanime

Monster is a fantastic anime if you're looking for the interesting plot or character development you found in Gankutsuou. Go on and have a peek.

JayGee

Each series is completely different in subject matter and tone, but if you enjoyed the well-executed story of one, you'll surely love the other. Each series keeps you guessing and begging to more after each episode ends.

MugiwaraMarius

Although the animation and setting couldn't be more different both Monster and Gankutsuou both have realistic character development. Both series also delve into the depths of human suffering and deal with the morality of revenge. 

VivisQueen

If you're looking for another dark, brooding revenge/mytery story, then Monster is an excellent choice after Gankutsuou. Monster, however, is built on a bedrock of grim realism to keep it from veering off into fantastical duels and other such trimmings. Also, if you liked the sinister immorality of The Count, steel yourself for the shivers Johan Liebert is about to give you.

LilMayar

Both series take place in Europe and explore psychological themes of corruption of morals and trust.

pollinisation

Both series are studies on evil. In the beginning they show us where the evil is, they show us a heart filled with it. And then, slowly, they deconstruct the true nature of evil by showing us how it came to be and where it truly lies.

RAQ154

Both animes are very similar. The Count of Monte Cristo and Johan are portrayed as mysterious people capable of manipulating other humans using psychological means. Both are story driven animes having a very serious tone.

bardackx

Both have vengance (or depemtion, in the end the seek of justice) as the main subject, and they are not conventional animes.

Mononoke

Mononoke
  • TV (12 eps x 24 min)
  • 2007

In feudal Japan, evil spirits known as mononoke plague both households and the countryside, leaving a trail of fear in their wake. One mysterious person has the power to slay the mononoke where they stand; he is known only as the Medicine Seller, and he vanquishes the mononoke using the power of his Exorcism Sword. However, in order to draw his sword he must first understand the Form, Truth and Reason of the mononoke. Armed with a sharp wit and keen intellect, the Medicine Seller wanders from place to place, striking down the mononoke in his wake.

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Enju

Both Mononoke and Gankutsuou have extraordinary, jaw-dropping colours, and have a really mysterious and unique character in the main role. If you liked one of these series you should give the other a try.

tasanime

Via the use of beautiful art nouveau animation styles, Mononoke influenced more so by classical Japanese designs and Gankutsuou using photoshop textures, a similar end result is found. Here we have two uniquely designed visual delights, completely contradicting some of the horrific themes explored, but somehow making it work that bit better. Although Mononoke is based in the past and horror themed, Gankutsuou a thriller set in the distant future, they both revolve around striking fear into those guilty of sins in a round about way. You can also find similarities in the main characters, the Medicine seller & The Count have a sinister mysteriousness about them, intriguing to watch bring out the worst in people using very well executed, psychological manipulation.

Rhesian

Both utilize similar texture styles to make a stunning visual effect.  Clothing patterns stay fixed throughout a character's fluid motion.  Background animation for both is extraordinary with CGI in Gankutsuou and Edo period-style paintings in Mononokie.

stingreis

The artwork that both these anime's display are both unique and original. In both anime's the colors in the background almost stay still and flow through the characters and their wardrobe's. Mononoke actually takes in the appeal of the eyes with moving the entire setting at once, and Gankutsuou takes CG and incorporates it with a still background that is vivid and spectacular to watch. If you enjoyed the artwork in one of these, you will enjoy the arwork in the other.

VivisQueen

If you enjoyed Gankutsou for its creepy developments and strange artistic style, definitely check out Mononoke, which has a variety of excellent horror tales and a dispassionate lead character to weird you out. More than that, it's art style is somewhat reminiscent of Gankutsuou in its use of texture (everything looks as if drawn on paper) and bold patterns in the design. Simply put, it gives a similar surrealist flavour as Gankutsuou whilst also proving just as excellent.

Kusuriurisama

Art style. Because if you liked either, you won't be able to get enough of the sight :D. The mysterious nature of the protagonists and the attention they get by their excessive power is also the same, while they both only care about their "sacred goal" (of slaying Mononoke/revenge).

LilMayar

Both animes have superb animation styles. Mononoke is shorter and more symbolic and takes place in Japan while Gankutsuo takes place in the future in Europe. Both series are abstract and superb.

Samurai 7

Samurai 7

In an age when samurai enhanced their bodies mechanically, a great war broke out. After the war's end, these "Bandits" (having become mere robbers) have lost their samurai code and now rob villages for their rice and women. The peasants of Kanna Village are filled with despair and agree to hire some samurai to retaliate, but with only rice in their food stores and no money to offer, it seems that time is running out. Now, the villagers must set out to look for samurai willing to accept such a deal -- but are there still such men that abide by the samurai code, and protect the weak?

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kosherboy

I must say, this is mainly a gut instinct.

however, they do both have a very similar feel to them, and they both have great dubs.

Ayshza

i can't say that these animes are related or that they are alike in any way but there's something in them that makes me recommend them both. first of all the story is completely different ant other than the distant future there is no common point, the characters are also different, their motivations are different, the animation stile are on the opposite poles and so on...but still what makes me recommend both of them is a strange feeling that if you liked Gankutsuou you will definitely love samurai 7, if you are the kind of person that looks for the little things you will most certainly love these 2, as for me i loved them both as they both speak about humans who have endured 2 much pain as they went through life and the ways they deal with it, both stories have something tragic in them that leaves a deep impression, all in all i strongly recommend them both (once you've got used with the animation stile of Gankutsuou, which by the way can be really tiring you'll simply get drown into it, as for samurai7 the story, the characters are absolutely great as well as the animation, just breathtaking)

LadyPsychic

While the plots of these two seires are very different, they do share a few similarities.  First off, both were made by GONZO.  Secondly, both take the classic stories they are based on (The Seven Samurai for Samurai 7 and The Count of Monte Cristo for Gankutsuou) and add sci-fi/futuristic elements to them.  Also, I found both series to be very enjoyable and very well made.  Samurai 7 is a more action packed series, while Gankutsuou has more emphassis on character and plot development.  Still, if you want to see a classic tale be given a futuristic twist then you should check out both.    

DrunkenBlowfish

Both anime are Gonzo productions and peculiar adaptions of a much older story with a young man trying to find his place in the world.

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C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

Kimimaro Yoga could use a break. At nineteen years old, he's not only a student at Heisei College of Economics, he's also a part time employee and flat out broke. So when an eerie man offers the boy a special ATM card and an exorbitant amount of cash, Kimimaro gives in to temptation – but there's a catch. In exchange for his good fortune, Kimimaro's very future is put at stake, held as collateral by the Bank of Midas and tied to the amount of yen in his bank account. In addition, he must participate in a special battle every week in the mysterious 'Financial District' – a battle where losing against one's opponent can mean bankruptcy, a fate that carries an unthinkable cost in the normal world...

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lunamanzia

Although not similar in plot, both C: and Gankutsuou share the same bizarre, unique style of animation and a world/setting where the future plays a role in the plotline (however, in different ways). Character wise, both shows share a pure-hearted male protagonist and a revenge-driven antagonist accompanied by a female, pallid "sidekick" of sorts. Also, both shows revolve around the idea that money brings power and authority. All in all, if you like one show, you'll probably like the other.

Thrawn

So... do you like money thrown about like it's spare change? Gankutsuou and C: Control are all about having the money to do what you wish; to save or destroy, to buy buy buy, whatever. All encased in a trippy world that is a treat for the eyes. Their plots are hardly the same but it's all about the animation and wealth.

animelibera

While the plots for each are very different, both have money as a very important plot device; the power to change the future. The shows have similar artsy animation styles.

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Le Chevalier D'Eon

Le Chevalier D'Eon

D'Eon is a French nobleman bent on serving his Divine Majesty Louis the XIV to the best of his abilities, following in the footsteps of his beloved sister Lia de Beaumont. However, his straight-forward role with the secret police is interrupted by the sudden death of his sister while on a diplomatic mission in foreign lands. In his desire to find the truth of her murder, he comes before the King and becomes closely entwined in the mysterious organization known as Le Secret du Roi. He quickly finds himself embroiled in a realm of spiritual energy where death is a gate to greater powers and the Psalm of the King brings destruction in its wake. D'Eon must ask himself what is the price of truth and who will pay it, as the French Revolution looms inevitably nearer.

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Azaireal

Le Chevailier D'Eon is a revenge story which takes place during the reign of King Louis the XV. Murder, intrigue, betrayal and conspiracy are all key plot elements.

Gankutsuou is also a revenge story which takes place in France, in what is inspired by a Nineteenth century setting; intrigue, betrayal and conspiracy are all key plot elements.

Although the two series have very diffenernt animation styles and settings, they do share similar perspectives. Both tales are primarily told from the perspective of a coming of age youth, who must deal with situations which appear to be mostly beyond their control and aspire to overcome.

tasanime

Chevalier d'Eon, like Gankutsuou, is set in France, but in the past. The story is realistic in a similar manner to Gankutsuou and develops characters similarly. Both are political and beautiful to watch.

JayGee

Both are epic anime dramas set in France with supernatural elements to boot. Both sport gorgeous production values with incredibly compelling stories and solid musical scoring to back them up. If you liked one, the other is a MUST watch.

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