Read Gankutsuou 1: The Count of Monte Cristo by Yura Ariwara Yura Ariwara GONZO Gemma Collinge Online


“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“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....

Title : Gankutsuou 1: The Count of Monte Cristo
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ISBN : 9780345505200
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Gankutsuou 1: The Count of Monte Cristo Reviews

  • Rain Misoa
    2019-06-10 04:49

    Well, this was slightly different than the anime was. It wasn't a bad read but... there are some minor details about the manga that got to me. Not too big. I first decided to read this manga right after I finished watching the anime. I thought the anime was brilliant! It was definitely unique and separated itself from other anime going around. Everything about the anime I loved to bits: the plot, the characters (except for one or two), the setting, the music, And of course the yaoi moments. and even the art style! That last bit might be a bit controversial because of the fact they use a lot of weird textures and it is, in fact, trippy. You feel like you just went on the most bizarre ride of your entire life! XD Personally, I felt it added to the anime and made it stood out that much more. To sum up, the anime was freaking amazing! So naturally, I had to pick up the manga. I just HAD to immerse myself in this fantastic world more! However... it fell short for me. Mostly on three counts: the artwork, the pacing, and some plot differences. Though, I did enjoy reading this first volume for the most part, there were times where these little things just got in my way of fully enjoying it as I did the anime.There's no doubt that Mahiro Maeda is a very talented person. He did, after all, create the anime of this very same manga. He did superbly in executing it to the extent that he did. All his decisions were spot on when he went all out on this project of his. I can't say the same thing with the manga. Yes, he was behind the manga as much as the anime but I felt as if he rushed through it. I understand that things run differently when taking one form of media into another form but I didn't think it would change so drastically. The storyline is taking a different approach in the manga, but where things were well-thought out in the anime... in the manga it was just thrown all together. There's specifically one scene in the manga where the Count plays a "trick" on his guests that was basically screaming, "LOOK! I'M TRYING TO GET REVENGE ON ALL YOU BASTARDS!!!" Really? In the anime, the Count would have never done something so obvious. Why would he? His goal is to weaved into their hearts, get them to trust him, so that way he could get his vengeance. Doing that little "trick" would have ruined everything for him. There's no consistency. It makes the story fall apart. Not to mention how everything was flying by too quickly. The characters are talking about one thing and then the next page is with them on an entirely different planet. You, as the reader, are left thinking, "What the hell just happened?" I mean, they already revealed the Count's true motives! If things slowed down just a tiny bit, I would have been able to follow the story a lot more smoothly. I don't know... the manga just felt all over the place.And speaking of being all over the place... the artwork! Good God! The artwork! What was Maeda thinking!? The artwork for the anime was amazing! Beautiful! It drew you in with its uniqueness. The textures, the patterns, the bright colors! Oh! I could go on and on. But the manga? No. No, no, no, no, no. That will not do. The art, like the plot, was all over the place! Sometimes there were pages that had nothing but amazing backgrounds and borders... others looked like it was drawn by a two-year-old! I'm all for mixing and trying new things... but this just did not work. I will admit that there were a lot of instances where the art left me speechless! It was THAT gorgeous. Especially when it was that of architecture and scenery in the city. Also, there's a lot more gore in the manga. However, me being the sick freak that I am, enjoyed this new aspect quite a lot. It looked amazing to me! But when it came to the characters? The looks dull as hell! There was no life to them! No flair! Everything about their designs were just... BLAH! One character's design especially got to me... Eugenie. In the anime, she was simply stunning. I love that she wasn't exactly feminine but she still had enough beauty to her that you didn't mind seeing her as a tomboy. In the manga... she looked like a man. In fact, if they didn't say her name, I wouldn't have known it was her in the first place! She looked so different! It was really disappointing. I am not a fan of the artwork for this manga. It's just... *Sniffs* ...why couldn't it be like the anime!? DXOn to characters. I will not talk too much about them because I truly feel they should be something you experience yourself. There's Albert. He's sweet but a little too naive. I like him but sometimes I want to whack him upside the head for being so foolish! He's a lot more childish here than he was in the anime. Franz was really vulgar in this version. I liked his sweeter more protective side much more than his vulgarity. He had a bit of his protectiveness in the manga... but not much. There's Peppo... the bloody skank I can't stand but she doesn't make a huge impact on the story like she did in the anime. (Thank God!) Eugenie not only looked different but she acted different, too. I felt she was a lot more whiny and weak-willed here. She just seemed like a completely different person than from what she originally was. Villefort seemed... uh... a lot more disorganized... just his whole demeanor seemed strange. Lastly, the Count of Monte Cristo. Ironically enough, he seemed to be the only character to have remained the same throughout the manga, which is good since this is basically focusing around him. I appreciated seeing more of his background! The anime kinda skipped over that part. We saw more about what he went through when he was imprisoned and exactly how he came to be the Count of Monte Cristo! I love that his personality didn't change much at all. He might be a bit more vindictive but I like that! It adds to how he truly felt when he was betrayed by those he trusted most. Needless to say, the Count was my favorite character throughout the entire manga... no... the entire series as a whole!As I've mentioned before, I think that this is a pretty good manga. Did it have it's problems? Yeah, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't read it. If you are a fan of the anime, I think should give it a try just to see where there are differences and similarities. Of course, you might get pissed off once you see a few of the differences but hey! That's life. It, by no means, measures up to the anime but it's still worth reading. I am definitely going to be reading volumes two and three because I am very much interested in seeing where all this goes. Besides, it is said that the manga follows the Count a lot more so I want to learn more about my favorite character. I really hope they can do him justice. Unfortunately, I will still have to deal with the artwork but I think I can manage. ^_^ Not the best manga I've ever read... but still decent.

  • Lissette
    2019-06-16 02:01

    The Count of Monte Cristo. In space. I... I honestly don't know what else to say to express my joy.The anime did a better job with visuals, I think; the artwork in this manga was a little dark and cluttered at times, which made following the story a little harder for me, whereas the animation was nonstop eye-candy. I might have downgraded the manga a star for the comparison, but again: The Count of Monte Cristo in space. There aren't enough stars in the world.

  • Arsyn
    2019-06-09 04:58

    The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite books of all time. When I discovered that it had been adapted into both an anime and manga I became ecstatic. The futuristic/ space-like setting gives the story a fresh take and an interesting spin. I was pleasantly surprised to see that important details were not left out and the original story-line is followed just enough to keep my mind at ease without my reading experience being interrupted every few pages by thoughts of, "Wait a minute....NO! THAT NEVER HAPPENED!"Now, usually I am one to always find that a book is superior to its corresponding show/ movie but it was not the case this time. I much preferred the anime series to the manga. Although the manga did provide a decent amount of extra information that the anime failed to mention, the visionary effects produced in the show were simply too entertaining.Overall though, I enjoyed reading this and anyone who enjoys a good manga, is a fan of Alexander Dumas or his masterpiece, or is looking for tips to exact their revenge should enjoy it too.

  • Josh
    2019-05-25 09:48

    This review stands for the entire series. The manga adaptation of the anime series provides an alternate take on the same great story as well as providing added details that were not divulged in the show. In particular, the Count's stay at Chateau d'if and his revenge are given a great deal more attention. This manga companion cannot, however, stand on its own. There is not enough detail in the pages themselves to fill out a full story by itself. Still, taken as a companion and appreciated for what it is these books are worth owning. I should note that the art varies wildly from page-to-page though. On average the art is quite poor and hastily drawn but all important scenes and spreads (of which there are many, admittedly) are lovinggly rendered with great detail and surreal layouts. Overall, these are worth picking up but not as a replacement for the series itself.

  • Trip
    2019-06-06 03:44

    Not as visually stunning as the anime, but then it's in black and white, so what can you do? The story seems to be roughly the same but with different parts emphasized.

  • Lissibith
    2019-05-28 02:08

    I'd been wanting to see the anime version of this, but when an opportunity to pick up the manga version presented itself, I grabbed it. After all, it would give me a look at exactly how this adaptation of "The Count of Monte Cristo" was going to go, and I've often loved both the anime and manga versions of a story for very different reasons.Hoo boy, what a mistake.Well, I guess it did give me a good feel for what the anime will likely be like, the lengths to which it will go, and that's good. And I think I do like the story. But this book not only has some pacing problems, but it also feels like its weirdly focused.This first volume is, I think the best of the lot. Bringing the focus in tight on the friendship and experiences of two young friends on vacation to Luna, and then slowly drawing back to reveal the Count as he insinuates himself into their lives worked really well, and gave me high hopes for the series that were not realized in later books. The art is okay, but with so many enchantingly beautiful or strongly grim manga out there and with the visual flair of the anime, it fell a bit flat.

  • Kim Dyer
    2019-06-14 03:11

    This manga is an adaptation of the anime "Gankutsuou", which itself is a science-fiction re-imagining of the Count of Monte Cristo. Unfortunately, it falls short of the anime by quite a large margin. Firstly, the manga is unable to recreate the trippy art style that made the anime so memorable. Instead, the art is very varied. Backgrounds and crowd scenes can be beautiful but this contrasts with the undetailed and sometimes sloppily drawn characters.The plot is also a bit too heavy handed. Whole sections have been cut out and are sumarised rather artlessly in exposition dumps and the novel introduces far too many characters for a three volume series. Yet it still does contain a couple of powerful moments (especially Edmond Dantes's back story and the execution scene) which I found compelling. I hope that this series improves in volume two.

  • Nem Rowan
    2019-06-08 05:58

    This review covers all three volumes in the series.I was expecting a recap of the anime when I picked up a copy of the manga. Well, I was pleasantly surprised! The artwork is stunningly dark and the storyline is quite different (incomplete, but that doesn't matter because the gruesome nature and the back story filled in for the Count more than makes up for it). The manga reinforces the Count's hopeless sorrow and bitter vengeance that seems sadly lacking from the anime's storyline. In my opinion, if the anime had followed the same plot course and been equally as dark and disturbing in nature, I probably would have enjoyed it more. It made for a rather tepid, anti-climactic experience in comparison to the manga.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-24 02:58

    This first installment in the series didn't really motivate me to read the rest, but it was interesting and sufficiently different from other manga I've seen. Maeda does a good job of creating an atmosphere of mystery and suspense, even if he kind of gives away a lot early on. Choosing to set The Count of Monte Cristoin an inter-planetary future world is certainly an interesting choice, but it does leave open the question of how humankind could colonize different worlds but still keep the social hierarchy of 19th century Paris.

  • Kit
    2019-06-18 03:14

    This retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo is far creepier than the original I remember. (On the other hand, I may have had one of those "classics for kids" versions, I don't know.) The creepiness is used to good effect, as is the decision to transport the story to a series of space colonies while still keeping elements of 19th-century Europe.

  • alicat
    2019-06-02 05:02

    Love the story and writing which isn't a surprise since The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite books. The art was a little sloppy at times and definitely can't compare to the gorgeous visual style of the anime. Still enjoyed it nonetheless.

  • Jen
    2019-06-02 03:03

    Very interesting manga version of a classic. Jumps around a lot in the story and I was having to read it quickly. (was screening it for library shelves.) Interesting style. I like how the the Count seems very vampiric to me.

  • Linzy Stahle
    2019-06-06 03:48

    Interesting take on a classic. Little confusing at times.

  • Chrissy
    2019-05-27 04:06

    Fantastic artwork, and an interesting setting for Dumas's work. Story is a bit convoluted for the format, but if you already know the plot it doesn't seem to be a problem.

  • Catherine Schaff-Stump
    2019-05-28 01:59

    This is a fair adaptation of the manga, and gives no indicator of the truly frightening manga that will follow.

  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
    2019-06-01 04:14

    Japaneses take on one of my most favorite books every. The Count of Monte Cristo takes on the a more surreal adventure.

  • Snow
    2019-05-23 02:49

    reviewed for Booklist

  • Mary Foxe
    2019-06-13 01:48

    It's the Count of Monte Cristor...IN SPACE! It's all right. Very well illustrated.

  • Crystal
    2019-05-22 05:03

    You do not need to know the original story to pick this up. Fast read.