Back to the Future, Parisian Style

Mesdames et Messieurs, I bring you a tale of love and betrayal and revenge. It is the year 5053. Young friends from Paris’s most powerful families are set against one another after one of them meets a mysterious stranger during Carnival on Luna. The stranger calls himself the Count of Monte Cristo, and he has come to live in Paris after amassing a huge fortune in the far reaches of Eastern Space. No one knows the details of his past, but soon he begins to influence every aspect of Parisian society, and the dark secrets of those who are in power begin to be revealed.

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo is an animated Japanese television series, a retelling of Alexander Dumas’s Count of Monte Cristo. It had me captivated from its first moments and kept me that way for all 24 episodes with its suspenseful, sensuous plotting, beautiful artwork, and its brilliant 19th/51st century atmosphere.