Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Gankutsuou - The Count of Monte Christo

This is basicaly a science fiction interpretation of the classic novel "The Count of Monte Christo". Those of you who never heard of that story and are old enough to grow pubes are hereby ordered to get your basic education up to speed. Watching this anime won't substitute for reading (or watching) the original, although you are guaranteed to enjoy it.

For those that know the original (or one of the many movies) I can offer a real treat: An anime with a familiar theme in a far removed setting with plenty of differences that distinguishes itself from the original, so that it stays exciting to the end.

The setting is the year 5053 (as oppposed to 1800) and humanity has spread out among the stars and advanced technology to a point where size and appearances don't matter anymore. This results in a visual style reminiscent to the year 1800, although there is never any doubt that everything is high tech. 

The art style is rather unique as you can see by the screenshots. It doesn't take long to get used to it, though. 

The story itself is following the general theme of the original: Elaborate Revenge.
But as opposed to the original, the count - which was pictured much more sympathetic there - is more enigmatic and sinister ... and less of a protagonist than expected, since most of the story is told out of the eyes of young Albert de Morcerf, who is immedeatly fascinated by the Count, not knowing that his meeting with him as planned long ago.

Safe for all ages.


PS: I wouldn't mind hearing from you in the comments section what you think of this series. This goes for every release, of course.

PPS: By the way, the first aria you get to hear in the above episode (you might have heard it in the movie 5th element, too), is the "Mad scene" Il dolce suono from Donicettis Lucia di Lammermoor. Just in case anyone enjoys this kind of music.


japongt said...

So you modified KAA's version of the release and made it compatible with iPhone/Pods. Any comments on the specs like what was the change in resolution, bitrate and whatnot?

DirtyFinger said...

it's 480x320 now, which is native iphone resolution.

i think the original was widescreen. Anyway, some parts were cropped.

i think bitrate is 128 kb/s but i figured no one cares about stuff like that, so i don't bother mentioning.

G2 said...

I'm preparing myself for 5 weeks without neither laptop nor fast internet connection so I have been saving all your posted anime series in my classic iPod. I just hope that I won't be blind afterward. May I suggest instead of Safe for All Ages, you may consider adding "and for your nearby spectators" Just kidding.

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DirtyFinger said...

5 weeks without a computer ... what triggered that ?

Going to Iraq ? :)

G2 said...

You're being funny :) Nope I'm going to Asia for a visit. Don't feel like dragging my laptop all over the place. Need to save space for my souvenirs since I won't be back for a long while. 3 more hours to go on this file. It's small compared to the Monster file. Thanks again.

G2 said...

Episode 5: Would you please check to see if your file for this episode has subtitle? The one that I downloaded does not. It is indeed another amazing series. I got somebody else hooked on it on the way back from back East. Thanks again

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