Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (巌窟王) original storyboard art excerpts illustrated by director and original character designer Mahiro Maeda (前田真宏). The boards shown here were drawn for the promotional trailer introducing the anime series and were included in the Gankutsuou Production Book Curtain Call.

To my dearest Albert. Happy Birthday. By the time you read this, chances are that I’ll no longer be with you. So instead of giving you a present, I’d like you to hear me out. Albert, this is important. I don’t want you to ever hate anyone. Something occured to me. Feelings of love and feelings of hate both start out as caring about someone. It’s sad, but I think that sometimes, when those feelings aren’t returned, those feelings of love change into hate. If something like that ever happens, I want you to think back to our childhood. Back to a time when we could only love openly and honestly, no matter how often we got hurt. I want you to go on living, Albert. Love people openly without being scared of getting hurt. I truly was lucky to have known you. Franz d’Epinay. Forever in your heart.

Franz d’Epinay.
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
((Based on Le Comte de Monte-Cristo by Alexandre Dumas))

The letter Franz wrote to Albert before dueling the Count. Only revealed in Episode 20.