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Kadokawa Sets Compact 15th-Anniversary ‘Gankutsuou’ Blu-ray Anime Release

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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.
Gankutsuou
(C) 2004 Mahiro Maeda ・ GONZO / KADOKAWA

We haven’t seen a new Japanese home video release of the Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo property since 2011, which was frustrating at the time as the Blu-ray set they put out didn’t have any English options. While that frustrating side hasn’t changed, Kadokawa has scheduled a new compact set where it’ll be authored down to four discs. Set for a February 26th, 2020 release, the set will be priced at 18,000 yen. It looks like it has the full twenty-four episode run and will be doing a special reprint of the previous jacket design. No details are available about extras for it.

The twenty-four episode series originally aired in 2004 and 2005 in Japan and was licensed for release in North America by Geneon Entertainment and by Madman Entertainment in Australia and was picked up last year by Anime Limited with a DVD/BD release plan. Animated by Gonzo, Geneon licensed and produced a dub for the series, which has ended up in other regions. FUNimation took over the North American license after Geneon closed and the last release was in 2009 in a S.A.V.E format box set. No North American Blu-ray has been released.

Plot concept: 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.

[Source: Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo]

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