巌窟王/Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, episodes (1–4)

[Screenshot]Shameful confession time. I haven’t read the original, which is apparently one of those novels everyone should read, so I can’t attest to how faithful the adaptation is or how much of what’s good is new and how much is jsut drawn from the book. It’s obviously not a strict adaptation—it’s set in the future, with the prologue on a moon colony—but the story’s dense enough and close enough to the sort of thing I’d imagine Dumas would write that I daresay it has more in common with the famous novel than the title and some character names.

The truly striking aspect of Gankutsuou is not the story, or the voice acting (although both are good), but the art. Stylistically, it’s very daring, and I’m not sure whether I like it or not. Regardless of my comfort level, it’s definitely an interesting take on things. The still image doesn’t do justice to the design; as can be seen, clothing, hair, and other textured things are rendered as a flat window on a texture map, so in still images things look somewhat assembled from cutouts, but rather than having the cutout shape moke with the character, the shape of the cutout moves as characters move on the underlying texture map. It’s move than a little disconcerting, as if eerythin were just a mobile hole in the world, and I can’t say for sure whether I like it.

It’s still too early in the series to pass judgment, and I imagine at some point I’ll get the second disc, because the story’s intriguing enough to keep me hooked (I should really read the book, shouldn’t I?). But I’m sitting on the fence as to whether I find the art offputting or fascinating, so it may be a while before I return to the aggressively two-dimensional world of the Count.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia, Anime News Network, AniDB.

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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

One Response to 巌窟王/Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, episodes (1–4)

  1. Pingback: 巌窟王/Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, full series « The Ecclesiastical Revue

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