Because for a long time now I’ve been having a feeling that I’ve seen Nina and Charioce’s story before. It’s not that it’s vaguely familiar, that alone wouldn’t be surprising (I mean at the core of it it’s not a terribly unique story) but there are some very specific aspects of the plot that remind me of one of my favorite shows ever. That is, Gankutsuou, aka The Count of Monte Cristo IN SPACE AND ON LSD.
Just a note: this is just for my own amusement. It’s not meant to be taken seriously or to fuel any sort of serious comparisons or speculations. The two shows, the stories and the characters/relationships are actually fairly different, it’s just the main beats that are really similar, I find that amusing, and I want to get this out of my system before Bahamut ends, haha.
Needless to say this post has huge spoilers for Gankutsuou, obviously. Like, character death level spoilers. (lol, pretending that anyone even remembers/cares about Gankutsuou.)
Our heroes - let’s call them “A” and “B”.
A: a naive, sweet teenager with a romantic heart, lots of enthusiasm, not much in the way of using their head, but they have a decent moral code.
B: an older*, jaded man with a fatalist, self-destructive streak. He is, for all intents and purposes, the antagonist in the story, willing and resigned to sacrifice everything for a purpose that he relentlessly pursues for Great Justice. He has some terrible-looking physical results of this that get progressively worse as the story goes on, and he gets closer to achieving his goal at the expense of his own heart and soul. *Older is of course relative, considering that Charioce is in his early 20s, while the Count is around his 40s.
Harsh words were said and lies were told instead I didn’t ever mean to make you cry But love can make us weak and make us strong and before too very long I was totally in love with you I bathed in you Lost in you, captivated by you Amazed by you, dazed by you
Nothing can go wrong Nothing can go wrong Nothing can go wrong……