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Fanart: Haydée from Gankutsuou
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Added 1/5/2011
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This fine computer-generated portrait of the devoted supporter of the Count of Monte Cristo was created by the artist StrawberryQuincy and purchased at MangaNEXT by my daughter, who presented it to me as a Christmas present. It is a beautiful piece, nicely recreating the way in which the original series used colored swatches of textile for the clothing and even the hair of the characters. Here she seems to be looking up from her harp in surprise and a little embarrassment, as if her beloved had unexpectedly entered her chamber.

This image is the property of the original artist, and a copyright notice to this effect has been embedded in the scan. Do not try to copy or reproduce it. For information on obtaining legal copies of this image, visit StrawberryQuincy’s deviantART gallery, which includes contact information.


In the anime series, Haydée is the daughter of Ali Pasha, the ruler of Janina, an alien planet. This world was betrayed to a federation of intergalactic enemies by General Morcerf, father of the series protagonist Albert and one of the Count’s betrayers. Haydée’s father was murdered and she was sold into slavery. The Count, locating her in an alien slave market, buys her and keeps her as his mysterious and exotic companion.

This plot element is carried over intact from Alexandre Dumas’s 1844 adventure novel. There, however, the situation was drawn from recent European history. Janina (Yannina, Ioannina) was a small independent kingdom between Turkey and Albania. Ali Pasha (1740-1822) was its last ruler, beginning his career as a bandit who, like Robin Hood, gathered a following of insurgents and seized control of the city of Janina/Ioannina in 1789. The region became a center for the Greek nationalist movement, which sought to win independence for the cradle of European art and science.

Extending his influence through much of what now is the nation of Greece, Ali Pasha was seen as a hero by Hellenist sympathizers, including Lord Byron. At the age of 80, however, he fell victim to a Turkish plot and was assassinated at his monastery hideaway. The once independent nation then was absorbed by the Ottoman Empire. This tragic event was only 20 years past when Dumas began to write his famous novel.

Indeed, the contemporary France of the novel’s first readers was filled with real-life mercenary rogues as corrupt as General Morcerf. One of these could well have acted as a double agent for the Turks and cynically engineered Ali Pasha’s assassination, then risen to fame and influence in France’s political world. Even now, one can’t help wishing for a Count of Monte Cristo who would help expose the dubious pasts of some of the self-righteous politicians of our own times.

The idea that the geriatric Ali Pasha would have had a young daughter at the time of his assassination is, however, a figment of Dumas’s romantic imagination.

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