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?
Yukari is a typical high school student on the fast track to attending a university, but her boring life leaves much to be desired; that is, until a motley crew of fashion design students ask her to model their new clothing line: Paradise Kiss! Now, Yukari must choose if she will reject the life her mother has laid out for her, and start making choices on her own for the first time. While taking her first steps into adulthood, Yukari also begins to realize that with freedom comes responsibility; a life in the fashion industry isn't an easy one, especially for someone unsure of her own intentions…
If you have a passion for art and an eye for beauty, you'll appreciate either of these. In a unique, stylish approach, both series are intensely captivating with breathtaking visuals that never fail to please.
Despite diverging themes these are both beautifully animated anime. If you are searching for a visual feast you will adore either of these anime. Their exquisit colours and intricate patterns are a fine dish for the eyes.
Four students of the same age have nothing in common except that they attend the same elite New York City school. Kate, Rose, Clare and Rachel all belong to different cliques and hardly notice each other's existence. Then one day they gain something in common, something very important, something mysterious. They find themselves drawn together by the death of a fellow student and the secret of their own missing memories. Suddenly they are thrown into a world of hidden warfare on the city streets and are caught up in secrets which would not be believed by others. These four all have their own problems to struggle with, things that seem more important than such strange conflicts. Can they escape from this fate? The only thing they know is that despite coming from four different worlds they now have to rely on each other or die without a hope.
Gankutsuou and Red Garden are the two most visually impressive GONZO productions. Sure, the art style is out-of-the-norm but the backdrops, colours, and animation are breathtaking. Red Garden and Gankutsuou also have excellent soundtracks that give the dramatic events an extra mouth gaping. Both series are very ominous and tragic. Red Garden definitely has more mystery while Gankutsuou has an intricate cast of characters, reflecting the storyline well.
If you enjoyed one of these shows for breaking the normal with animation style, you should try the other.
The actual storylines are not the same, but both are drama, and involve some dynamic cast and characters.
However, you will see some true artistic creativity in design for both titles.
When Utena Tenjou was very little her parents died, and a prince comforted her in her time of loss, giving her a ring with a rose seal. He so impressed her that she decided to become a prince herself one day. Now, Utena is a teenager at Ohtori Academy who's athletic and notorious for dressing in a boy's uniform. When a member of the Student Council humiliates a friend of hers Utena challenges him to a duel, and he accepts only when he sees she possesses a rose seal ring. She soon discovers that this is no normal duel - it's a bizarre and ritualistic battle that the Student Council regularly conducts. In fact when she wins, Utena finds to her considerable chagrin that she gets to have Anthy Himemiya, a rather docile student, as her 'Rose Bride'. If she wants to keep Anthy she'll have to win more duels against members of the Student Council and others. What is the ultimate purpose of these duels and Anthy's role as the Rose Bride?
At first glance these two anime may not seem all that connected but at their core they are exceedingly so. In both we have strong stories of betrayal, love and of falling out of grace. The apparent stability of these worlds is deeply undercut by a profound darkness that a naïve lead must face in order to gain a true knowledge of reality. In terms of artistry the two anime offer a very fresh and original approach that only adds to the symbolism that is so embedded in them. Utena strays from plot conventions more than Gankutsuou does but the psychological scope is equal in both. As archetypical tales about revenge, passion, ambition and pain they are unmatched.
Utena and Gankutsuou showcase the darker facets of human emotion. Lust, Spite, Jealousy, the desire for revenge, all are touched upon as each series builds up to it's giant no-holds-barred melodramatic ending (Utena's I loved, Gankutsuou's... made me scowl).
Aesthetically, they're each very adept at getting across the wealth and sophistication of their casts across (in very different manners, yet each equally equisite).
The dark and brooding Ayakashi is composed of three horror stories: the narration of a young woman named Oiwa who was abandoned and betrayed by the one she truly loved, leading her to curse all who stood in her way; a story of two star-crossed lovers – a human and a forgotten god – and their struggle to have a future together; and the tale of an evil and malicious demon who is haunting and murdering a family for unknown purposes. Though different in animation style and tone, each story shares a similar theme: the darkness of the human heart.
The third of the three stories in Ayakashi uses similar visual techniques as Gankutsuou. Also Ayakashi explores horrific, yet intriguing characters and follows the evils of man, similar to Gankutsuou.
Koyomi Araragi is an aloof boy who holds a strange, supernatural secret which inadvertently leads him to others with similar stories. Gods, spirits and afflictions can be pesky things, taking important memories or causing unusual tendencies – a fact that Koyomi and others are unfortunately aware of. Using the help of an eccentric homeless man, Koyomi is able to help new friends he meets along the way with their own paranormal conundrums…
THIS ONE HERE, if you love good style in an anime and/or you are A FREAK about Gangatsuou's sexy colors, then check this out, the color is even more, I cant really say beautiful, but the schemes are in perfect sync(almost like abstract art), It is beautiul indeed.Apples and Oranges! (I swear)
They are both fruit! (Watch it, LOVE IT)
If you like(you will). Help recomend this anime from and to Gangatsuou, people need to see them, I have a HARD time finding anime that appeals both to my 'eyes' and my brain. When people do good jobs for a genre of some subsection of whatever and a group of people like what they participated in for that selection then the others need to know.