Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Alt title: Gankutsuou

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Monster

Monster

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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buu buu says...

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 tasanime says...

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 JayGee says...

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.

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

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 LilMayar says...

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

Lel0uchViBritannia Lel0uchViBritannia says...

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 bardackx says...

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

MushiMaster MushiMaster says...

Both involve a villain that we don't know much about in the beginning but slowly unravel throughout the show. Both the Count and Johan are driving the show half the time and dominate every scene they're present in. 

Mononoke

Mononoke

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 Enju says...

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 tasanime says...

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 Rhesian says...

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 stingreis says...

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 VivisQueen says...

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 Kusuriurisama says...

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 LilMayar says...

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.

AndersTheMage AndersTheMage says...

Both of these series have amazing unique art style with a lot of colours and both of them have a mysterious character.

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 kosherboy says...

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 Ayshza says...

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 LadyPsychic says...

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 DrunkenBlowfish says...

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.

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 lunamanzia says...

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 Thrawn says...

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 animelibera says...

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.

GrnEydDvl GrnEydDvl says...

Both of these shows focus on the concept that money=power and those with money have the potential to change people's fate, although not necessarily for the better.  They both explore deep and twisted psychologies about people's relationships to money, each other, and the world.  The art styles, while not the same, were also reminicent of each other in their futuristic and etherial style of a world that doesn't seem to be fixed.  While these shows follow very different stories, I think there are plenty of similaries in them that would appeal to the same types of people.

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 Azaireal says...

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 tasanime says...

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 JayGee says...

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.

Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied

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...

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Preutz Preutz says...

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.

Kusuriurisama Kusuriurisama says...

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.

Red Garden

Red Garden

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.

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Himitsu Himitsu says...

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.

Funkgun Funkgun says...

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. 

Legend of the Galactic Heroes

Legend of the Galactic Heroes

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.

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tac0 tac0 says...

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.

valondar valondar says...

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.

Death Note

Death Note

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...

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freakzilla freakzilla says...

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.

lostinthespiral lostinthespiral says...

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.

Paradise Kiss

Paradise Kiss

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…

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NaomiStar NaomiStar says...

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.

Samtron Samtron says...

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.