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?
When a group of children discover a strange cave at the beach, their lives are forever changed. Inside they find a hide out filled with computers and a man named Kokopelli who gives them a curious offer: to participate in a special game in which they save Earth from fifteen giant monsters. To defeat the invaders, he will give them a powerful mecha of black armor. The children eagerly sign the contract, name their new weapon Zearth, and must now take turns to pilot it; but the 'game' is in fact all too real and the consequences of battle become the stuff of nightmares. With no option to cancel the contract, is there any way to stop the game before it is too late for all of them?
Mouth-gaping drama, that's what Bokurano and Gankutsuou give. The events that occur and the human behaviour they portray is very dramatic; there are plenty of twists, turns, and surprises too. I believe that if you indulged in the enticing drama (really, there's no other word for it) of one, you'll definitely like the other.
Up for something intelligent? Than you should watch both of these, I consider them both masterpieces.
Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light Yagami finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...
Death Note and Gankutsuou go hand in hand; there isn't a single person that will like one and dislike the other - that much I guarantee you!
Both have a dark and serious story with a lot of suspense and the animation in both is different from the standards that appeal more towards the younger viewers. Gankutsuou's plot leans a bit more towards a mystery, while Death Note leans more towards a detective story. Yet both are two of the greatest stories I've ever seen or read.
Both series focus on retribution, morals & ethics, and mind-games. Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo sticks to the classic story with a futuristic twist and, therefore, focus' on one man's retribution with unexpected plot-twists and unforseen events. While both get into the moral ramifications of taking justice into your own hands, Death Note gets a bit more psychological. All in all, both have the same dark style and end up being great in their own right. I wouldn't miss either of them for the world.
For Kouta and Yuka, finding the bloody naked young girl on the beach would change their lives forever, for better or for worse. Unable to speak or function as a normal human being, she is named Nyu by the duo, and taken into their home in an effort to save her. But what neither teenager knows is that this innocent young girl is actually a killing machine -- an experiment gone terribly wrong -- and it is only a matter of time before the murderer in her awakens again...
You might think this is a very weird choice, but give it a try! One of the most notable similarities between these two gritty, tragic anime series is their beautiful, breathtaking artistic quality. They also explore similar aspects of human psychology -- both the Count of Gankutsuou and Lucy of Elfen Lied are individuals whose naivety and humanity were destroyed by acts of betrayal from whom they most trusted. The anime series tell the stories of their quest for revenge and eventual redemption. Although Ganktusuou lacks the excessive fanservice and pretty girls of Elfen Lied, it also does not shy away from death and bloodshed. Both bring a chill up your spine, but leave you with a sad yet peaceful feeling in the end.
As Preutz has mentioned, the happenings around the protagonists and their character development are quite similar, but most striking is the depth that both series have, and the beauty derived from their tragic message.
Hitomi was just a normal high school girl, until she was taken by the mysterious Van Fanel and dropped into a world of romance, magic and giant sword-wielding armor suits! Now Van, pilot of the famed armor suit Escaflowne; and Hitomi, whose hobby of predicting the future just became a frightening reality, must work together and fight the advanced technology of Zaibach: a force who want to shape Gaea to their visions of "peace". Follow Hitomi in her struggles against both these forces who seek to conquer this world, and her own confused heart.
If you like anime epics, then you should find something to like in both series. Amazing to watch, both of these series are.
Maybe it's because I watched them almost back-to-back, but Escaflowne and Gankutsuou reminded me an awful lot of each other. Both start with a naive young (and mostly useless) teenager getting pulled into an unfamiliar world (in regards to Escaflowne, that should be taken literally). Both have some mystery, some action, oodles of characters (many who are prone to scheming and/or other bits of nefariousness). Also, there are very few other places you'd be likely to see such baroque mecha.
The war between the monarchical Galactic Empire and the democratic Free Planets Alliance has raged ceaselessly across the galaxy for over a century, with the fleets of both powers having fought countless battles. Currently the conflict revolves around the strategic Iserlohn Corridor, one of only two passages of space through which the two forces can access each other. Here the Empire has built the nigh-impregnable Iserlohn Fortress, whose deadly weaponry has thwarted repeated efforts by the Alliance to capture her. Phezzan, a neutral mercantile state, controls the other corridor. The long war has resulted in an indecisive stalemate, but there are two men from the two worlds who will change everything: Wen-Li Yang, a gifted strategist from the Alliance who wants nothing more than to retire and be a historian; and Reinhard von Lohengramm, a man from the Empire whose ambition knows no bounds. Their loves, struggles, triumphs and failures play across an interstellar stage of intrigue, war and death.
Galactic Heroes and Gankutsuou are set in the distant future and center around political maneuvering, complicated plot lines and characters deep enough to swim in.
Both Legend of the Galactic Heroes and Gankutsuou are space operas with a peculiar anachronism - galactic spanning polities whose visual design and political system is inspired by 18th century and 19th century European countries. Gankutsuou takes its cue from France, while Galactic Heroes does Prussia. Also, each series has an involving, mature plot and the elaborate machinations of some of its characters.