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?
After years apart, childhood friends Isamu Dyson and Guld Bowman reunite as rival pilots, each showcasing an experimental plane for the military. But their mutual love for longtime friend Myung threatens to spin their already tense feelings out of control! Now, each battles to secure Myung's affections, but even more dangerous than their own dark secrets is a clandestine plot involving superstar singer Sharon Apple that threatens all of humanity!
At first glance these two series don't have much in common, besides both being vaguely sci fi (Gankutsuou does have a little bit of space mech battle in it after all). But look a little closer and you've got two shows with surprisingly similar themes: two stories about friendship, loss of innocence, and the destructive power of jealousy. If you found the character relationships in Macross Plus fascinating you might want to give Gankutsuou a try, and vice versa.
Nishi has been in love with Myon since he was 9 years old. They both had feelings for each other, but due to Nishi's cowardice their relationship never became more than friendship. Now, in the present, Nishi is 20 years old and aims to be a great manga artist; but he still loves Myon. After years of being apart they meet again, but she tells him that she's thinking of marrying her boyfriend. Nishi is still a coward so he accepts it and wishes her luck. While they're talking at her older sister's restaurant a pair of yakuza walk in looking for their father. One of the yakuza starts harassing Myon and out of anger Nishi chooses to finally take a stand -- but he is shot and dies. Now, in limbo, he chooses to live again; but will he really live any differently than before?
This recommendation is for artists. The visuals and concepts behind these two pieces of art are beautifully done. Each has a very unique and diverse feel, and totally depart from a traditional animation style. If you enjoy exploring some different concepts with animation style I would highly recommend either of these shows.
On a tragic night in Neo Verona, the Capulet family is murdered by Montague and the country is seized. The only Capulet survivor is the child Juliet, who is rescued by loyal knights. Fourteen years later, people in Neo Verona live in poverty and fear. Juliet has spent her life in hiding, and in disguise as the male Red Whirlwind, secretly fighting Neo Verona’s oppression. On one of her secret adventures, she is helped by Romeo and falls in love. Finally, on one fateful day, Juliet’s family reveals her heritage and their desire for her to reclaim her title and rescue Neo Verona from tyranny. Meanwhile, Juliet also discovers that Romeo is the son of her worst enemy. Can Juliet rescue Neo Verona and kill the father of the man she loves?
Romeo x Juliet is another plot and character-driven series based on a classic piece of fiction. Admittedly Gonzo seem to have a penchant for this sort of thing these days. It lacks the unique, experimental and artistic style of Gankustuo but if you like a tale of love, revenge, betrayal and melodrama this should be the thing for you.
The god Mauser delivered unto a world of magic a prophecy: if the Scrapped Princess is allowed to live, she will destroy the entire world. But the knight who was to kill her could not end the life of a newborn child, and so she lived. Fifteen years later, her adopted brother and sister have sworn to protect her, and together they travel from town to town, searching for a life she can't have.
Both Gankutsuou and Scrapped Princess are partly anime mysteries. You see events as they happen from a third eye perspective, scenes that play out throughout most of the series until they are finally explained in the last 2-3 episodes. Both are worthy "mysteries" because of their personal quest for discovery.
Ten years have passed since the demise of the bubble economy, a time that polarized the world into two groups of people: the rich and the poor. In the present day, Saiga Tatsumi (a former war photographer) has been hired to investigate a secret club for the rich named the Roppongi Club, but he soon discovers secrets much darker than he’d ever imagined. With the help of a exploited goddess named Kagura, Saiga now possesses the power to kill by simply taking a photograph; but can he stay alive long enough to save her from her captors?
The antagonists the these anime are really alike: smart and full of charisma, they charm people into doing there bidding and if that doesn't work they bribe with their incredible wealth or show their scary side to intimidate. Both try to get as much power as possible to take revenge on the people who did them wrong. Other then that: both anime tell a story about the dark and ugly side of the rich, though they do so in a different way.
If you did like the villain in one of them, you should check out the other.