Today’s track is from another anime series produced during Gonzo’s brief golden age: Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo.
The show skips over the entire first bit of the novel, opening with Albert and Franz on Luna for Carnival (Yes. The Moon. Who needs historical fiction when you can transpose everything hundreds of years into the future and add spaceships?!). Albert encounters the Count of Monte Cristo, and …
I’m not going to give anything away for two reasons: the first is that the original novel is the only “classic” literature I ever actually enjoyed reading, and the second is that I haven’t seen the entire show (and so I can’t give anything away!).
What I’ve seen has been impressive, though. The animation is interesting; the bizarre patterns and colors tend to remain static, while the outlines of the characters move. It’s an odd effect, and takes getting used to. The voice acting is excellent, as well; the eponymous Count is played by George Nakata (star of Hellsing, various Type Moon properties, and easily recognizable deep voiced ominous character), and he does his usual excellent work. Jun Fukuyama plays Albert, and is in his naive mode (instead of his competent adult mode).
I’m going to have to make time to watch the rest of it; hopefully it will be as good as the original novel was.