Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Alt title: Gankutsuou

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo Episode 7 - The Secret Flower Garden

The lives of Albert's aristocratic friends are full of secrets - and the Count is among those prone to whispering in the ears of ladies known to be spoken for.

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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.

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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.    

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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.

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