"Mesdames and Monsieurs, good evening ..."
You guys fans of Japanese animation (don't leave!)? My wife and I enjoy all things animated, so we watch an occasional Anime now and then, but to be clear, we're extremely picky. We hardly get through the first episode of most series we check out, but this one not only made the cut, it's now among my favorites, for several reasons.
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo is a vibrant adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' (obviously) The Count of Monte Cristo, which has always stood out as one of the finest revenge novels ever written. We've been a fan of this tragic story the moment we've known of it, but what makes Gankutsuou stand out is, well, the unique way it went about telling the story. While it maintains the look and feel of the French aristocracy, the setting is science fiction, and there's a slight mash-up of vampire, too. To top it off, the main character is Albert - you know - the son of Mercedes. And with richly applied artistic liberties of secondary characters and a script that doesn't hold back any punches, this is an intense take on the novel at 24 episodes.
Seriously, it's that awesome!
The art was both an eye-trip and a wonder, since the artists went with a solid, photoshop background for its layers. For example, if a character wore a yellow robe with red spades on them, the spades and yellow fabric were always stationary, no matter how the character moved. That fact alone makes this entire series stand out.
As for content, it has everything: a quest for revenge, dark family secrets, blooming romances, evil demons, other worlds, dueling mechas - you name it. I'd say this isn't one for the kiddies, though (a bit scary at times). I tried to find a trailer, but it's a no go. You'll have to take my word for it. Thanks for the recommendation, Netflix.
I'm David, and you won't see me coming ...
(This is the credit-less ending - best I could find)