Gankutsuo: The Count of Monte Cristo

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Gankutsuo:  The Count of Monte Cristo is an anime series written by Shuchi Kouyama, directed by Mahiro

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Maeda, musically composed by Jean-Jacques Burnel, and produced by Studio Gonzo.  It originally aired from October 5, 2004 to March 29, 2005, with a total of 24 episodes in the end.  It was adapted from a popular and famous French novel called Gankutsuo written by Alexandre Dumas in the 1800's.  

Why It Rocks

  1. Incredible animation.  
  2. The art of this anime is very unique and inventive.  
  3. The story is the best part of this anime, and some even argue that it's superior to its literary source.  
  4. The voice acting is amazing in both sub and dub.  
  5. The pacing of the story is also worth praise, it's not too slow, not too fast, and each episode is able to perfectly end on a cliffhanger to make you interested in continuing.  
  6. While not solely focused on its action scernes, there is a fight scene at the end of the show, and it looks incredible, both in terms of art, animaiton, and tension.  
  7. The payoff and conclusion of this anime is almost flawless, very satisfying.  
  8. The plot twists are all interesting, satisfying, and well foreshadowed.  

Bad Qualities

  1. While the visual style is unique and inventive, it can also be hard to look at for prolonged periods of time.  
  2. This series focuses heavily on creating incredible plot twists, which can make it less enjoyable on subsequent viewings for some people.