Gankutsuou 1: The Count of Monte Cristo

Gankutsuou 1: The Count of Monte Cristo

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“To those who betrayed me, who stole everything from me, I will give death and despair unto death. Your wives and children, your loyal followers, one by one they will fall to my charms.”

While vacationing on the moon, Albert, a young Parisian nobleman, meets the Count of Monte Cristo, a fabulously rich aristocrat from the far reaches of the galaxy. Fascinated by the count’s sophistication and intelligence, Albert is unaware of the older man’s dark purpose: to enact revenge for a terrible act of betrayal committed against him twenty-five years ago. Soon, all of Paris, including Albert’s own mother and father, will feel the terror of the count’s vengeance.

Based on the acclaimed anime, this science fiction version of Alexandre Dumas’s classic The Count of Monte Cristo is the story of a young man’s seduction by evil–and a grown man’s struggle with his past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345505200
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/11/2008
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

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Gankutsuou 1: The Count of Monte Cristo 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
narwhaltortellini on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I saw the anime version of Gankutsuou (which this manga is based on) first, and it's feeling pretty utterly impossible to view them separately, so I'm not even going to try. Suffice to say I read this to get a different take on an anime I enjoyed, but so far a rewatch of the anime looks preferable to reading more of this.One of the most notable things about the anime (the visuals) couldn't be transferred to manga of course, but the odd art style it chooses to set itself apart instead wasn't appealing to me. It's still recognizably manga style, but it does have a sketchy, rougher look than most that brings to mind some American indie comics. Either way, even regardless of art style preferences, I do think it was less expressive than it should have been.On the story-telling front, things went mostly as I remember in the anime (though it's been a while so I don't remember well) but felt a little, sometimes a lot, more rushed. A quick glance through the second volume does look a little more different than my sketchy memories of the anime, but not really in any way that intersts me.(If I may bluntly admit my bias? I like Franz. I wanted to see more Franz. Future volumes seem to focus even more on the count and his objects of vengeance, and if I wanted that I'd just go read the actual Count of Monte Cristo. Come to think of it I might at some point. But Gankutsuou is for the different perspective and weird look/setting/genremash, isn't it?)
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