FUNimation's brought one of what I felt was their more interesting and fascinating series from Gonzo this week to the YouTube service by launching all twenty four episodes of Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo in subtitled form. The series, originally released by Geneon Entertainment, takes the classic story and wraps it in a science fiction setting with some stunning looking visuals, visuals that didn't sit well with a lot of viewers because of how it affected their vision while watching it. FUNimation brought out the entire series in a box set back in 2009 and is now getting it out for free streaming in select territories.
You can view the first episode here.
Plot summary: Albert is a young man of privilege in Paris, but the trappings of his aristocratic birth leave him bored and unsatisfied. Seeking adventure, Albert's restless spirit leads him to a festival on the moon - and to the Count of Monte Cristo.
An enigmatic man of charm and wealth, the Count of Monte Cristo's charisma and sophistication captivate Albert. The fascinated youth invites the nobleman to mingle within the upper echelons of Parisian society, and the Count is soon courting the favor of France's most powerful families. Little does Albert know, as his new friend walks the ornate halls of the highest class, the Count of Monte Cristo wants only to bring them crashing down through vengeance.