The anime is set in the 51st century, in the year 5053. Viscount Albert de Morcef and Baron Franz d'Epinary are visiting the planet Luna for their big festival. While they are there, they make the acquaintance of the Count of Monte Cristo; the Count is a self-made nobleman.
While the general plot of this series is broadly the same as the novel, there are many aspects that have been changed. For example, since Luna represents Rome, this means that the Count's meeting with Albert takes place much earlier in the anime; in the book, their meeting is much later. Several other changes are also part of the anime: the Count's back story is pieced together throughout the series, some of the characters meet different fates, several side plots are entirely removed, and the ending is different. In addition, the anime incorporates supernatural elements, space travel, computer systems and robots.
The visual style of The Count of Monte Cristo incorporates Photoshop textures into digital animation, and many of the backgrounds are rendered in 3D. Personally, I found that the animation style for the characters distracted me from the story. There really wasn't much of a sense of realism; instead, I felt as if the characters I was seeing on the screen were apparitions rather than actual people. It was a case where I felt the animation simply drew too much attention to itself. Overall, I felt that the animation really didn't work for the story being told in the series.
When FUNimation released The Count of Monte Cristo, the company gave it a rating of TV-MA. From what I saw, this appeared to be due more to some of the dialogue in the English dub and for concepts being talked about in the series, rather than for any of the visual content. Personally, I would recommend The Count of Monte Cristo to anime viewers who are 15 or 16 years of age and older.
|The Count of Monte Cristo||24||2004-2005||Mahiro Maeda||Gonzo||FUNimation Entertainment|