Gankutsuou is an anime loosely based on the novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It tells the story of Albert Morcerf, a young aristocrat who happens to befriend a wealthy nobleman, The Count of Monte Cristo, through a series of bizarre events. Fascinated by the Count’s charm, Albert invites him to meet his friends and family, all of whom happen to be part of the upper class society of Paris, France. Unfortunately, little does Albert realize that the Count has ulterior motives in mind.
“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine! Then the fates will know you as we know you.”
Happy Birthday. By the time you read this, I will most likely no longer be by your side. So please hear me out instead of receiving a present. Albert, listen. Don’t ever hate anyone. You know, I think that both hate and love stem from how deeply we care for someone. Sadly enough, there may be times when our feelings fail to reach that person and our love turns to hate. In times like those, remember our childhood. When no matter how badly we were hurt, we could only continue to love. Please live on, Albert. Without fearing hurt and loving others honestly. I was truly happy knowing you.
Franz D'Epinay Forever in Albert’s heart”
I found my 12-year old artwork in my DA and just went ‘what the hell was I thinking then.’ It’s so full of random slight cringe and nostalgia all at once. I was still learning how to use PS and a tablet back then. That and I was a HUGE fan of Gankutsuou. Then THAT episode came along and ruined me.
To give Franz the necessary homage, I decided to redraw this childlike piece with my current skill, adding a bit more of the graphic style of Gankutsuou (well at least I tried TwT) and a little more concept/element into it (instead of the uncredited BG I used and the wall of orange text huhu I’m sorry I was a kid).
Who knows? I might get back to drawing (and re-watching) this lovely series.