Funimation Entertainment Acquires Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Flower Mound, TX - December 28, 2008 - FUNimation® Entertainment today announced that it has acquired rights to the 24-episode dramatic adventure anime series Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo from GDH. FUNimation now has broadcast, digital, merchandise and home entertainment rights to the series in the U.S.

This mysterious series is based on the story "Le Comte de Monte Cristo" by french novelist Alexandre Dumas. The anime was directed by Mahiro Maeda (Kill Bill, Final fantasy: Unlimited) and produced by Studio Gonzo.

About Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
Trying to escape his uneventful life, the son of a renowned general from Paris, Albert, embarks on a journey with a friend. During his travels, he comes across the Count of Monte Cristo, a very wealthy nobleman. Living in luxurious hotels, surrounded by beautiful women and strong bodyguards, the charming but enigmatic count fascinates Albert. Albert invites the count to join the high society of Paris. Unfortunately, Albert does not realize that his father once framed the Count and took the Count's fiancée as his own. But soon Albert will discover the Count's true motive - revenge.

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FUNimation Entertainment will release the series on DVD in 2009.

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