June 24, 2009

Update – Gankutsuou Episodes Reviews

Posted in Gankutsuou, News & Updates at 5:33 pm by j128

Hello! I have written one page about the anime series Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, based on The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, and I have also written two reviews of the first two episodes.

I have seen all of Gankutsuou, except for the fifth volume, and I must say it is a good show and as it continues it becomes more intense and dramatic. Having said that, I will be writing reviews of all the other episodes that I have seen somewhere in the near future. In the meantime, what I have written regarding Gankutsuou will hopefully provide an exciting glimpse into what it is about and will intrigue readers to find out more and watch the show.

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For more information regarding Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, please see my page and two episode reviews below:

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Chapter 1: Act 01: At Journey’s End, We Meet (episode review)

Chapter 1: Act 02: Until the Sun Rises Over the Moon (episode review)

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January 2, 2008

Chapter 1: Act 02: Until the Sun Rises Over The Moon (Gankutsuou)

Posted in Anime, Gankutsuou tagged at 3:18 pm by j128

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Cover of the first volume (DVD) of Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, containing the first 4 episodes

Until the Sun Rises Over The Moon is the second episode in the first chapter of Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo.

Summary

Albert has just been kidnapped, thanks to the trickery of the “girl” he met, named Peppo. Meanwhile, Franz is attending the ball, but he is distracted. After inquiries of the whereabouts of Albert, he discovers the legend of Luigi Vampa and his gang of bandits who prowl the streets of Luna. Despite reassurance that Albert is probably safe, he becomes even more concerned for Albert.

While Albert is led down into the catacombs and imprisoned, Franz reminisces about the first time he and Albert met, which was at his father’s funeral. He decides to go back to the hotel, and Luigi’s messenger – the criminal who was pardoned – gives him a letter demanding fifty million ducats by sunrise, otherwise Albert’s life will be forfeit. Franz then tries to find a means to arrange the large sum before he finally has to turn to the Count for aid.

The Count easily comes up with the fifty million and the Count and his men, Franz, and the bandit race against time to the catacombs in the Count’s carriage.

Meanwhile, in the catacombs Albert is to be tortured before being killed. He is near death but Peppo intervenes shortly before the Count’s men attack the bandits and free Albert. While that happens, the Count visits Luigi Vampa and it is hinted at that the head bandit is killed.

To express his gratitude for being rescued, Albert offers to introduce the Count into Paris’s high society. The Count accepts and gives the pocket watch that Albert found in the opera as a token of their friendship. Franz announces that their trip to Luna has to be cut short and they’ll be returning to Paris but Albert contradicts: he has plans to meet up with Peppo, the “girl” whom he believes he may have fallen in love with. The Count tells him the unfortunate news, however, that Peppo is a boy!

Franz and Albert pack for Paris and the Count is calculating his revenge.

Chapter 1: Act 01: At Journey's End, We Meet (Gankutsuou)

Posted in Anime, Gankutsuou tagged at 3:10 pm by j128

Gankutsuou, Chapter 1

Cover of the first volume (DVD) of Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, containing the first 4 episodes

At Journey’s End, We Meet is the first episode of the first chapter of Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo. Excerpt from DVD case:

THE MAN I ADMIRED WAS A VENGEFUL DEMON

Born into an aristocratic family in Paris, Albert sets out on a journey with his best friend, Franz, to escape his privileged yet dull life. They travel to Luna, a city on the moon, and meet a very wealthy man named The Count of Monte Cristo. Becoming completely fascinated with The Count’s mysterious charm, Albert welcomes him into Paris high society. But soon Albert will discover the Count’s true motive – revenge…

Summary

In Luna, a city on the Moon, the aristocrats Franz d’Epinay and Albert de Morcerf are enjoying themselves during Carnival. A girl tosses a flower to Albert, who becomes smitten.

They meet a friend of Franz’s, addressed as Marquise, and the three attend an opera. A mysterious man in the audience throws a bouquet of blue roses to the opera singer and the audience cheers. Marquise explains that Luna has been abuzz since the arrival of the man and is fancied as a count. Wild rumours abound that he is an alien, or even a vampire. His name is the Count of Monte Cristo.

Albert finds a golden pocket watch near an elevator after he followed the Count and his bodyguards. He races up the stairs to return it but before he can, the Count glides past him and boards his ship.

Next day, one of the Count’s men deliver Albert and Franz a message saying that the Count would like to make their acquaintances. Franz is dubious and wary, while Albert is delighted and overjoyed. They meet the Count and he hosts a splendid lunch, but does not eat any himself. Before the friends depart the Count invites them to an execution and Albert shakes hands with the Count, and later tells Franz the Count’s hand was cold as ice – like a corpse.

On the day of the execution the Count is joined with Albert and Franz. The Count has a letter of pardon from the Cardinal and the three cards that he has placed on the table have the initials of the criminals and the one card that is picked will spare one of the criminals; it is only a game. Franz is disgusted and says it is wrong to play with human lives but Albert has mixed feelings. At last, being persuaded by the Count, he picks one of the cards, and to the outrage of the crowd the murderer is pardoned. The remaining two are executed via the guillotine.

As evening draws close, Franz and Albert walk through the streets of Luna. Franz and Albert have an argument, in which Franz takes his leave to change for the ball. Albert continues to wander the streets and when he sits to rest, a flower lands next to him. The next moment, the girl that Albert saw in the festivities of Carnival, and seduces him.

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Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (main article)

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