QLeft.png The count glances unconcerned as the paper in his hands burns away. No one would think the usually gentle count is such a cold person. QRight.png


Recreating a Beloved Story

Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
This is the translated version, and these three are concise versions. These are all the ones I could get my hands on.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Thank you, Tsukasa. It must have been quite the chore to bring the translated version.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Not really. It was paperback sized.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
The oldest translated version, on the other hand, is seven volumes... I couldn't believe it...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
"The Count of Monte Cristo" is an extremely long story...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Edmond Dantes is imprisoned for treason - tricked by his fellow colleagues and rival in love...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
And during the course of many years enacts his revenge on them. It's an epic story.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
You have quite the hard task ahead considering your role as the protagonist. Not only is the story very deep, but Edmond's life was full of drama.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Yeah. That's why I gathered all this material. I'll use it to get into the role.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
You've read it as well, right?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Yeah, I borrowed it from the library when I was in elementary school. But it was only in two volumes...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I can't believe that was the concise version. I had no idea...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Yeah, the full version would be a bit too long for a small child.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
That said, the concise version didn't miss out any of the important points, right?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
No. That's why I still remember the story, and I'm looking forward to the play.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I don't know whether he redeemed himself through revenge...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
But for what I could tell, he didn't regret any of it.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
"Wait and hope"... A great deal of time and encounters made him say this.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Hmm... All of the protagonist's life experiences seem to be expressed in words in the story.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
The same goes for Valentine - the role I play. That's why I have to read the story well too.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
That's true, but I think the charm of this story doesn't stop at the original book.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
What do you mean?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Well, it was translated and adapted by a variety of authors.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
There are different concise versions, and they all give off different vibes.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Ahh, I guess the authors would have a different perspective.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
They say that each translated version is different depending on who translated it.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Exactly. So in that sense, each translation is giving birth to a new story different from the original.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I see...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Besides, there are adventure stories and even sci-fi novels based on "The Count of Monte Cristo".


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
What!? I didn't know it was so influential!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I guess that just proves how everyone was mesmerized by it...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Yeah, many people were charmed by Edmond Dantes' - the Count of Monte Cristo's life.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
It's going to be very hard to express his dramatic life and his revenge into one play.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
But it'll definitely be worth it.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
l have no doubt the translators also had a hard time...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
But their sweat and tears are what make it possible for us to work on the play now...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I'm grateful there are so many books on it.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Let's use all their knowledge and create a never-before-seen performance of "The Count of Monte Cristo" fit for Frontier!

Revenge and Acting

Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
"This is beyond words. How dare they lock me in such a dingy place..."


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
"And I did so well until now... Ugh..."


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
"This is bad... I'm so hungry my vision is getting hazy... Please, I beg you! Give me some food...! I will give you all my money!"


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
"Ahh... This is all I could get with all the coins I had... Tsk..."


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
"How's it going, Baron Danglars? How does it feel to be at the lowest point in your life?"


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
"Count... If I have to be honest, I don't like it one bit."


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
"I've always been a winner. I've made friends, and squashed my enemies... That's...until the bank didn't do so well anymore."


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
"A winner, huh? I guess you were. You rose to the top by gathering dirty evidence on your rivals."


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
"And sometimes you even went as far as getting rid of them. It was a clever strategy."


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
"But look at yourself now. You've lost everything. What do you have to say for yourself now?"


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
"The people you used... Those you squashed under your feet... How does it feel to be in their situation now?"


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
"...I was just unlucky. That's all. I don't like my situation now, but it's not my fault."


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
"Be so kind as to let me out of here, Count."


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
"It's not too late. I won't tell anyone you imprisoned me and your reputation won't be tarnished."


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
"Please...! I can't stand the thought of starving to death here...!"


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
"Tsk tsk... I see your arrogance hasn't changed one bit."


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
"Huh?"


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
"You haven't changed at all since you threw me in that cell. You couldn't care less what happened to others as long as you were safe."


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
"Well, actually you used others so that you could climb on top of them."


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
"And now you stand here for mercy. You are beyond words."


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
"Count of Monte Cristo... No, wait... You are..."


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
"Have you finally remembered Edmond Dantes - the captain you wrongly accused of a crime he didn't commit...?"


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
"This can't be... He died in Chateau d'If..."


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
"AHAHAHAH! I'm not as weak as you thought. It took me many years, but now I'm back."


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
"You never doubted your success, nor stopped treating those around you like pawns..."


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
"And yet you always felt safe in your position... I'm here to make you realize you are not!"


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
"Ngh... Wh-What is going to happen to me...!?"


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Whoa! No matter how many times we go over it, I never get tired of seeing you transform from the count to Edmond Dantes!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
"He was dead...! How is he still alive...!?" The baron must have felt like he was seeing a ghost!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Thank you, Lalafin. That scene is really pivotal so I'm glad to hear I'm performing it well.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Edmond wears a variety of different names throughout the story. I'm trying to emphasize when he switches characters.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
He doesn't only become the "Count of Monte Cristo", but "Lord Wilmore", "Abbe Busoni" and a bunch of others...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
He was a great actor! I'm sure he would've been great on stage too...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Heh heh, maybe!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
But still, he never went back to his original persona after his revenge. He had to stay as the count for the rest of his life.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
And he was able to do that because he was that good at becoming other people.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Although I cannot say if that meant he was happy.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Even after his revenge, he still wasn't happy...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
That's one point of view to make his sadness stand out more!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Right? ...Yes, I think I'll stick to how I'm doing things now.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
What do you mean?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Well, I can perform the count as the main character of a revenge story, but...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I want to show the person beneath the mask by fully expressing his sadness.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
After all, he didn't feel fulfilled even after had his revenge.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I'll help you, too! Our play shouldn't just be fun, but it should explore all kinds of emotions!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Heh heh. Let's do our best!

Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
What do you think of my costume? I love how it channels the black flame burning inside of the count.

Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
The Count of Monte Cristo learns a great deal of things from Abbe Faria - a fellow prisoner.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
His efforts and a pinch of luck are what made it possible for him to open up his own path after being betrayed by his own friends and being forced into prison.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
If I ever hit a wall, I have to remember how much he struggled and came out on top. I hope you'll have my back!

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