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Twelve Moments in Anime No. 5: That Silver-Tongued Count

Posted in 12 Moments, Gankutsuou with tags on 12/21/2009 by Shinmaru

I originally planned to write about something else today, but I’m sick at the moment (but not sick enough to miss work, damn it), so something a bit simpler gets pushed ahead in the queue.

It is something magical when an actor happens upon a role he or she seems to have been born to play. This is something a bit loftier than merely being good at a certain type of character (like Satsuki Yukino with feisty tsunderes, or Norio Wakamoto with intimidating, high-class SOBs); rather, it gets to the point where the performance resonates, strikes a chord with your soul and never in a million years could you imagine another person playing that character.

Jouji Nakata’s performance as The Count of Monte Cristo in Gankutsuou is like that for me.

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