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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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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
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
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo PinkyIvan 8/10 Jul 16, 2012
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo roriconfan 7/10 Jun 15, 2012
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