Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Gankutsuou 6 - Count of Monte Cristo|
Actors: Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Hiragawa, Kikuko Inoue, Jûrôta Kosugi, Yuri Lowenthal
Director: Mahiro Maeda
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
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A suprising ending, but a decent cap to an astounding series
N. S. Michael | New Mexico | 09/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For those of you keeping up with the anime version of Le Comte, you won't be all that suprised with the revelations concerning the supernatural origins of Edmund's symbiotic relationship with Gankutsuou... though, the truth behind the Chateau d'If is a little odd. I was expecting a little more "substance" to Abbe when he showed up... this version was a little pale in comparison.
The last four episodes bring everything to a head... Danglars is off planet trying to escape scandal and financial ruin, Villefort is taken to court, and Morcerf impliments a military coup against the Parisean government after being disgraced by Haydee earlier in the series.
All the while, Albert can only plea with The Count to give up his revenge, a plea that falls on deaf ears... or does it? The series sums up with a spectacular duel underneath the Champs Elysees with a definite ending that I REALLY didn't see coming and a denouement episode that takes place five years after the ultimate climax.
The art direction/design is, of course, as spectacular as it has been throughout the entire series... both alien and familiar at the same time; vibrant, beautiful and disturbing.
The choice to go as far afield as they did from the original work doesn't detract from the series itself, as it does an admirable job at staying true to much of the spirit of Dumas' work, while going its own way concerning the character's ultimate fates... but, for nostalgic romantics such as myself, it hurts a little to see certain people die whilst others were renewed and forgiven.
Now... I call upon the production company to give us a sequel! "Space Rogues: Benedetto and Edward Strike Back!""
Liked it so much i'm buying
J. Nielsen | 09/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is a testament to this series that I am buying this DVD after I watched it through Netflix (though I had purchased all the others up until that point). Gankutsuou has been an inspirational series for me, getting me to read the original Count of Monte Cristo and reminding me that even though there is a lot of garbage to sift through when it comes to anime that is available in the US, it's worth it if you can find gems like this one. The voice acting in both versions is amazing, and Taylor Henry's Count is superb.
The end of this series seems to leave things unresolved, which is actually refreshing. Is the Count redeemed? Is he saved by Albert? Ultimately, as Maeda says in the extras, this story is about Albert. The last episode simply focuses on him and how he's dealing with life. At first I thought the final episode was a bit unnecessary, but it left me with a good feeling and looking back it makes sense that the episode was what it was. Life goes on for Albert, and that's a good thing.
I really enjoyed this series, and as someone who's love of anime has decreased in recent years, I am so happy I found something as good as this."
A. Brubach | Rising Sun, MD United States | 09/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just finished watching all the chapters. I LOVED everything about this anime: The characters, settings, plot, and tiwists. It is one of the best I have seen in awhile. It stays realistic in that not all stories have a happy ending but yet can be entertaining. I became really attached to this story so much that I didn't want to reach the end. I promise that if you watch the first two or three episodes you WILL BE HOOKED till the end. In closing I just highly reconmind this anime if your into dark stories."