Apr 7, 2004 to Sep 28, 2005
24 min. per ep.
R+ - Mild Nudity
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SynopsisDr. Kenzou Tenma is a renowned brain surgeon of Japanese descent working in Europe. Highly lauded by his peers as one of the great young minds that will revolutionize the field, he is blessed with a beautiful fiancée and is on the cusp of a big promotion in the hospital he works at. But all of that is about to change with a grave dilemma that Kenzou faces one night—whether to save the life of a small boy or that of the town's mayor. Despite being pressured by his superiors to perform surgery on the mayor, his morals force him to perform the surgery on the other critical patient, saving his life and forfeiting the mayor's. A doctor is taught to believe that all life is equal; however, when a series of murders occur in the surgeon's vicinity, all of the evidence pointing to the boy he saved, Kenzou's beliefs are shaken. Along his journey to unravel the true identity of his little patient, Kenzou discovers that the fate of the world may be intertwined with the mysterious child.
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme"Grain" by Kuniaki Haishima
Ending Theme#1: "For The Love of Life" by David Sylvian (eps 1-32)
#2: "Make It Home" by Fujiko Heming (eps 33-74)
Monster plays out like a macabre game of cat and mouse in a world that is frighteningly similar to real life. Uncomfortable subjects such as coercive human conditioning and the psychology of the sociopath, morality issues regarding the origin of evil and the value of human life, are horrifyingly, yet engagingly, realized. The protagonist, Dr. Tenma, struggles to fix that which is so remorsefully broken in his world. Monster is a chilling tale rooted in reality, a far cry from the superpowers and supernatural forces found in more detached fantasy series.
The writing in Monster is exceptional. The pace is a slow burn that smartly captivates the viewer with moments of shock, awe, and depravity, which are masterfully combined with well executed moments of anticipation and proper denouement. Once the show has established the setting and many of the players, the series begins a thrilling, rollercoaster of action, suspense and character development. Viewer will rarely feel as though they have missed an important piece of information, and will instead find themselves riveted to the screen as the overarching mystery unfurls.
Dialogue is not wasted in frivolity for Monster. The anxious atmosphere is enhanced with carefully crafted lines that provide insight into characters' personalities and cast shadows of suspicion. The intelligent interconnectedness of all the characters, especially towards the climax of the show, speaks volumes about the care given to crafting living individuals in appropriate circumstances.
The art both augments tone and adds layers of character to the series. The dynamic use of light and shadow often creates red-herrings, skewing the faces of particular characters into unforgiving masks. Character designs stand out for their realism and attention to facial structure, especially regarding emotions. Variety in body type distinguishes characters, allowing viewers to immediately recognize someone from their visage, or even their silhouette, without hesitation. Characters who are old look old, with age lines harrowed into sagging skin. There are distinct differences given to dissimilar nationalities, so much so that the viewer can easily determine whether a character is of Asian, Slavic, or Middle-Eastern decent.
The background art is a feat in and of itself. There is a wonderful variety spreading from pastoral vineyards to dilapidated cities. German towns and districts such as Düsseldorf, Bavaria, and Hamburg are executed to a near photorealistic quality that extends into the Czech Republic and France.
Everyone in the voice acting crew does well. They suit their characters perfectly and never falter, even in the more dramatic scenes. Sasaki, Isobe, and Kiuchi (Johan, Lunge, and Tenma respectively), give outstanding performances that express the complexity of the emotions, personalities, and experiences of their characters.
The sound effects used throughout the series serve to add an additional layer of realism. As a testament to Monster's focus on being accurate even in minute details, each gunshot correctly reflects the weapon which was used to fire it.
The OP gives you a hint of what to expect and the ED, "For the Love of Life" by David Sylvian, is one of the spookiest ending themes in anime. The soundtrack should also be commended for its spectacular use of subtlety. It truly fits the idea of "background music," often setting the tone of the scene with a simple phrase. Additionally, whilst the series has a relatively limited tracklist, the music never feels repetitive.
Perhaps Monster's greatest strength lies in the depth of its characters, with the main cast representing some of the strongest leads in the genre, whilst those in the supporting roles are often defined far better than the regular cast in many other series. The show manages to bring its characters to life with extraordinary clarity, and although viewers will be “dazzled” by the quality of the lead roles, they may often find themselves growing attached to the minor characters over the course of the series.
The centrepiece of the series is the complex relationship between the Tenma and Johann. Tenma’s emotional, physical, and psychological transitions lead the audience through a complex maze of issues regarding personal and social morality. This is remarkably achieved without losing Tenma’s basic humanity or resorting to didacticism, and contrasts sharply with Johan’s manipulations and calculations which strike a cold, appallingly realistic note with the audience.
The supporting ensemble does a great job of adding intensity and gravity to the relationship between Tenma and Johan. They are all well crafted and executed, and often have their own demons and battles that remind the audience of what precisely lies in the balance between good and evil. Discovering why these people are the way they are and how they relate to each other is half the journey as a viewer.
From its brilliant characters with outstanding development, to its well-paced story and realistic setting, Monster will leave you on the edge of your seat. Finding a show like this is a real treat, and whilst 74 episodes may seem daunting, it is utterly worthwhile in light of the great journey taken. The show’s dramatic storyline and intrigue filled atmosphere will keep you guessing, thinking, and feeling. The complex issues and relationships addressed throughout mark this as one of the most unique anime to appear in many years, and the questions it asks should be confronted by everyone at least once.
Monster is a true rarity in anime. The quality of its story, cast and production have earned it widespread acclaim, even garnering it plaudits from the “hate what’s popular” clique. It is both entertaining and enlightening, and the sheer depth of the series has led to it being widely regarded as a modern classic of anime.
This review is the final result of a review team composed of members from the "Critics and Connoisseurs" club. The team original members were:
Lowell - Writer
Calla - Writer
Sai_notts - Writer
Revisions were done by:
noteDhero - Writer/Editor
naikou - Writer/Editor
Editing was done by:
Here are their individual scorings for the show:
Category - noteDhero, naikou
Story - 10, 10
Art - 9, 9
Sound - 9, 9
Character - 10, 10
Enjoyment - 10, 10
Overall - 10, 10
In the club wide poll held for Monster it received an average overall rating of 9.16
"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you”--Nietzsche
Those who have seen Monster can attest collectively (whether they liked it or not) to how incredibly uncomfortable and unconventional this show is. The topic of evil is proactively exploited through revealing the extent of human depravity in conjunction with exploring matters like child abuse, mass murder, collective brainwashing, human experimentation, the value of life, and so much more. These are some themes that most people make a conscious effort to keep as far away from as possible, yet Monster sits those rights next to the viewer, maybe even introduces them. It’s a slow descent into a world consumed by violence, angst, murder, and retribution. Yet for every larger “evil”, there is always a counterbalance, a small ray of love and redemption. Thus, Monster reinvents the classic dichotomy of good and evil and does so masterfully.
It doesn’t take very long for this show to become an addiction, a classic, a novelty, that one can’t help but indulge in completely and it’s clear why.
Monster takes the viewer into a world where the line between good and evil is rapidly dissipating; subsequently creating a dark yet realistic environment that is inexplicably terrifying. The story centralizes around a brilliant neurosurgeon Kenzo Tenma, who practices in a distinguished hospital in Germany. He lives a perfect life, with his ideal fiancé and top-notch position. His utopian world abruptly comes to an end when he makes the decision to save a young boy, Johann Liebert. The story from this point starts to slowly unravel and spans into a riveting 74-episode long journey, in which, Tenma aims to correct the mistake that he made by seemingly saving the young Liebert and in the process exposing a shocking reality that will change the course of his life and those he encounters.
*74-episodes?* Yes, and by God, every single episode was worth it. Fillers are almost non-existent in this show. The real point to marvel at is the way this anime bitch-slaps the viewer with its unparalleled twists and turns.
The structure and pacing of this show is incredible. Much of the show is divided into various character arcs (many that Tenma encounters on his journey), who at first seem unrelated to the overarching plot, but every character and their allocated story plays a role into solving the mystery of the “Monster”. That is precisely what makes this show ingenious. The story-telling and plot are perfect not just structurally but also substantially. Monster is filled with philosophical concepts that pick at the viewer’s brain consistently and these very uncomfortable notions are the fundamental blocks of the show.
The pacing is skillfully crafted and although slow, it captures the audience with its invigorating interactions and development. There are instances in the show that display rare moments of hope, altruism, and dare I say “humanism” to balance out the overbearing debauchery and utter hopelessness. Therefore, the extensive span of this show is well justified because of the intricacy of this story, that would not have been nearly as compelling if it was shortened. In essence, DO NOT LET “74” EPS TURN YOU OFF, because at the end of episode 74, you will climax, for hours.
The animation compliments the story beautifully. An important component that attributes to the success of any story is the setting. With its accurate and picturesque illustrations, the setting not only enhances the overall anime, but brings the viewer into the story as well. Tenma’s journey takes him on a wild goose chase, landing him in the most obscure of places, but the animation displays each and every place remarkably.
It is obvious, the time that was spent in creating the physical attributes of each specific character. They are all designed realistically and are quite personable. Therefore, this isn’t the anime to go to for bug-eyed, “watermelon-chested” and disproportional characters. The characters are simple, real, and sympathetic, in the sense that the viewer could step into their shoes. As their individual story progresses, the character evolve visually as well. The characters are blessed with this physical realism that is subtle yet evoking.
The accompanying music and dialogue were nearly flawless in Monster. First, the music was not overbearing, instead it fine-tuned the mood and heightened the senses of the viewer. The OP stays consistently the same throughout the anime and for good reason. It is so goddamn creepy yet alluring, that it’s the perfect opening for this masterpiece (same with the ending song). The music throughout the anime is just as fitting. There isn’t an extensive soundtrack for Monster, just relevant music that fits every situation ideally. Second, the creepy atmosphere is ubiquitous in this show and nothing helps that factor more than the music and dialogue.
Dialogue was a personal favorite in this anime. This is simply because the dialogue was so well-written and nothing was ever “out-of-character”. From the colloquial interactions to some of the most enlightening statements, the dialogue had a mix of everything, but it was never over-the-top. The voices of the respective characters couldn't have been any more appropriate (subbed version). Everyone played their part magnificently and after watching the show, it was apparent just how apt the voice actors were especially in regards to the main cast.
Whether one loved a character or hated a character, it can be safely asserted that the characters of Monster are undeniably some of the best and unforgettable. Granted that the two main characters of the series, Tenma and Johann are crafted and developed meticulously well, one must recognize the range of supporting characters that were superb as well. Often times, one will end up admiring them more so, partly because of the effort put into molding all of the characters and making them wholesome, both main and supporting. There are no instances of incomplete characterization.
Tenma’s journey manifests vicariously through Johann; both characters are crucial to one another, for they essentially give each other meaning. Their characters are absolutely vital and the anime does not fall short in delivering that. Tenma and Johann can be considered a dichotomous pair: Every move they make, every sentence they say, every facial expression they make, progresses their character just a little closer to that dichotomy. The overarching themes are personified through these characters and the viewer really gets to immerse themselves in the decisions that these two make. Tenma’s and Johann’s development as characters cannot be simply deconstructed. However, they can be considered almost existential by nature due to the explicitly absurd experiences and the importance that “existence rather than essence” plays in defining their characters. There is no doubt that the amount of hours and work that went through in creating these two characters, they truly transcend the customary.
The supporting cast is just as essential because they are the means that help this anime arrive at a successful end. The supporting characters really make one realize that this anime isn’t about the end, rather everything that leads to it. Simply, it’s about the means to the end instead of the end itself. That’s the imperative role that each and every supporting role plays in this anime. None of these characters are half-assed, but constructed carefully and logically, and help not only propel the main characters closer to the truth, but the viewers themselves. The best part of this anime is the familiarity it brings to its viewers in terms of character(s). No one can feel indifferent or nonchalant towards the characters in this anime because of the way each individual’s story and feelings are depicted. The main characters, although some change in major ways throughout the show, remain loyal to their core disposition. The character construction and development in Monster is awe-inspiring and commendable.
Even with masterpieces I personally find flawless, there are some issues that I can address for the sake of reviewing:
1. The abrupt halt in some arcs: Sometimes when a sub-arc within Monster came to an end, it would conclude at a point that would be absolutely frustrating and wouldn’t pick up again. This was only a problem because it left some questions unanswered (not really pertaining to the bigger picture), but it felt a bit incomplete in terms of that specific story.
2. Convoluted explanations: Perhaps this was just a contrived adaptation “problem” (maybe it was better executed in the manga), and I use “problem” very loosely. However, at certain crucial points, where certain mysteries are being revealed, there tended to be an intentional veil always hovering over it as to keep the viewer confused. Then a little later, things would get resolved, and the resolution would seem a bit far-fetched. Although, this is something that played in favor for this anime for the most part, it got irritating at times.
Overall Enjoyment 10/10
Monster is truly a show that reinvents the normative standards for a “masterpiece”. It is the quintessential mystery. With its superb plot –driven, character-driven story, it enraptures the viewers from the beginning and leaves them insatiable at the end of every episode, while completely satisfying them by the finale. One cannot hope for anything more than the kind of adaption this anime brings to life.
That being said, this anime isn't for everyone nor would I recommend it as a must-watch to just anyone. Monster resurrects a horrifying world that is so realistic but feels so surreal to the viewer. It deals with a world that no one would want to deal with and shows experiences that no one would want to experience. Yet, it engages the viewer completely. Therefore, if you crave an original mystery, a thought-provoking story, an unconventional tale that will shake your very core, then I suggest, you get acquainted with “Monster”.
If you've heard of Monster, then odds are you've probably heard of the incredible hype surrounding it. For a while, Monster has been the absolute critic's darling of anime, being the poster-boy for lofty intellectual types. Because of this, it can be very easy to imagine Monster as being overhyped.
But Monster lives up to every word of the praise it gets.
The story of Monster begins fairly simply. A skilled Neurosurgeon named Kenzo Tenma is due to perform an operation on a patient, but is called away to operate on a popular singer instead. The singer's life is saved, but his original patient dies. Dr. Tenma is, soon after, called away from another operation due to the mayor needing his services, but this time, he declines, and instead operates on the patient he was originally supposed to save. The operation is a success, but this time, the mayor instead dies. For his insolence, Tenma is to be demoted and replaced... but at the last second, everyone standing in his way is mysteriously killed.
Years later, Tenma's career is back on track, and he is enjoying a successful life doing what he does best. But one day, a string of bizarre serial murders winds up leading to one of Tenma's patients. Amidst the investigation surrounding him, the patient disappears... Tenma follows, only to see his patient murdered before his eyes, by the orchestrator of the serial killings... Johan Liebert, the boy whose life he chose to save those years ago.
What follows is 70+ episodes of Tenma's frantic search to find the boy he saved, and fix his mistake. Along the way, we meet some of the most unique and interesting, yet believably human characters in the history of anime, matched with amazing, compelling subplots, with all of these both answering mysteries regarding, and yet at the same time, furthering the question: Who is Johan Liebert, and what is he trying to do?
While the 70 episode runtime can be daunting, Monster is a worthy investment of time. While it is driven by compelling mysteries that make you want to watch more, Monster is just as much about enjoying the journey as it is reaching the destination. To hold the viewer's attention for 74 episodes is a feat in of itself, but Monster goes beyond that... it's a show that, once you start watching, you'll never want to stop. Monster is in the master class of suspense. It keeps a constant stream of new twists and developments that, while plentiful, never feel contrived. The characters are both strong and numerous, but while there are countless cast members, unlike many shows where there are large amounts of characters that are completely useless and contribute nothing to the plot, every character in Monster brings something to the mix. Not only that, but they are rarely left open-ended, as Urasawa makes sure to bring back characters from previous arcs, using each one to their fullest extent.
The brilliance of Monster also extends past the plot to the production. While Naoki Urasawa's art style is better suited to pen and paper than it is to animation, it doesn't take long to get used to, and the detail is quite noticeable. The genius in Urasawa's distinctive style is in the way he draws faces. The cartoony, yet detailed features have a strange level of warmth to them, but they can also be used to create truly intimidating expressions, ranging from death glares to blank, glassy-eyed gazes. The directing is also top-notch, cutting no corners to create a perfect adaptation to the manga.
Also of note is the soundtrack. Every song on it is a fantastic piece of music, beautifully married to the scene it accompanies. Many pieces are subtle, yet brilliant... The Seeds of Time, for example, rather than going for full-on, orchestral bombastics, eases in with quiet, yet tension-ridden power that gradually rises, making for several of the most stunning scenes in the entire series. The opening and ending themes are also very strong... the opening theme, Grain, would have to be, as it is the opening for the entire course of the 74 episode series. The ending themes, For The Love of Life and Make It Home, are strange, ethereal, haunting songs, and match the "Monster With No Name" theme of the series that is used in the ending credits perfectly.
As for the voice acting, both languages have a very strong cast. In terms of acting quality, the Japanese is the better of the two, if not by a wide margin, featuring several great performances, the highlight of which is Nozomu Sasaki's dead-on, creepy take on Johan. However, while the acting is slightly inferior in the dub, the casting is considerably better. Richard Epcar is perfect for the role of Detective Lunge, and Patrick Seitz' deep tones and off-kilter performance are a great match for the eerily poker-faced Wolfgang Grimmer. The only actor who seems off in the dub is Keith Silverstein's work as Johan, which feels rather unnatural, and overshadowed by his superior Japanese counterpart. Overall, I would recommend the dub, but it's hard to go wrong with either language.
Now, as much as I hate to say it, Monster isn't quite perfect. It's probably as close as you're likely to find, but it does have one problem. Whilst not so much a fault as a double-edged sword, Urasawa's storytelling technique of switching off to another location whenever the plot starts to get tired can be somewhat problematic. Don't get me wrong... as a storytelling technique, it's a very good one. It helps to keep the viewer's interest and stop the plot from getting stale, and also features prominently in Urasawa's later works, 20th Century Boys and Pluto. The problem is that on some occasions, it gets overused. While Monster is nowhere near as big an offender for this as 20th Century Boys is, it goes off on new plot threads that, while enjoyable, don't really lend anything to the plot. While they often develop into full-fledged and brilliant story arcs, they sometimes end up going nowhere, and in a series where the viewer is dying to find out more, this can be somewhat distracting.
However, any complaints against this series are completely and utterly silenced by the ending. The final six episodes are probably the best in the entire series. The remaining cast members are all given a triumphant finale, as the tension reaches its absolute peak, and it is thoroughly clear that this is what the entire series was leading to. With the exception of one small Deus ex Machina that I shall not name due to spoilers, everything about it is a flawlessly executed conclusion.
Monster probably isn't something that beginners to anime would enjoy. If you enjoy the medium for the abundant exaggeration, then this probably isn't up your alley. This is more of a classic, cat and mouse detective series than anything you regularly see in anime, and if that sounds like your sort of thing then Monster is an absolute must-watch.
Final Words: Exemplary in every single aspect, from the story, to the characters, to the writing, to the directing.
English Dub: 9/10
For Fans Of: Pluto, Gankutsuou. read more
Monster is an anime that I used to scoff at every time I saw high ratings for it. I was never really into long plot driven anime and I couldn't understand how so many people loved it, but seeing the ratings, I couldn't help but be interested. I downloaded this anime over a year ago and burned it on to 3 DVDs, never really intending to watch it. Maybe I did it because of the hype, decided that a highly acclaimed series like this was something every anime fan needed in his/her collection. Or maybe I just did it so I would have something to watch on a rainy day. I don't even remember.
Anyhow, curiosity and boredom got the better of me one day and I plopped it into my dvd drive to check it out. The story was promising: A brilliant neurosurgeon with everything to gain, loses it all for doing the right thing. I was entranced by the complexity of the story and the moral debate presented by it: are lives equal? It was interesting, but I began to lose interest as my life got busy. This probably (based on my experience) isn't a series you'll want to watch in one go, especially if your new to this type of mystery / thriller genre in anime. It's a good series I recommend for watching a few episodes here and there in the beginning, and eventually, you'll fall for it. It'll work its magic and you'll be lost in the unravelling plot of Dr.Tenma and his journey.
Story: Monster is focused on telling a story, a story that presents many, many themes to its viewers, insights into the world and the way people work. It takes a good look at the human condition, particularly on the subject of the Monster that every individual carries within. It strongly portrays through Tenma and other characters, human nature to be consumed by hate and resorting to succumbing our savage brutalities, or inner Monsters, only to end up committing horrific acts that we can't take back, acts and emotions that often consume us. It presents to us, the need for identity, and the need for love, trust and equality. These themes are all woven together into a complex story that kept me on the edge of my seat as I progressed through the series, and unlike most long series, Monster didn't get too repetitive. It managed to continue strong through its 74 episodes and finally hand us an ending that - will disappoint some and make others love the series even more. Another thing I would like to take note of, was the children's stories found in the anime, the stories written by the character Franz Bonaparta. I don't know if they are real or not, but they geniusly (is that a word?) complimented the story. They were masterpieces in themselves, and conveyed moods of unease through the almost disturbing feel of the way the such dark and mature themes were represented in children's books for the use of brainwashing. Its things like this that makes Monster great. Its plot is deep, complex, interesting and to some, a masterpiece.
Characters: The characters were developed very, very well, and this is one of Monster's strongest points. A change occurs in every character you'll see in this anime, every major character overcomes some sort of trial in their lives and adapts. I could give examples, but like I said, I would be listing every character, from Eva who starts off as a selfish, idiotic *#$%@ to someone a little more proper by the end of the series, and Nina and Dieter who overcome their dark pasts. Tenma's change throughout the series is also quite interesting; its difficult to say whether or not he really changed. We know for certain that he stayed true to his morals and managed to suppress the monster within, but he does have difficulty with accepting his decision at the beginning of the series, and goes so far as to call it his sin. He goes from a happy individual into a depressing one, bent on tracking down Johan and attempting to kill him as his single goal in life. Johan too, was an interesting character, with a troubled and complicated past, it was difficult to judge him as a villain. It's this complexity that's found in every main character of Monster that makes this series such a success; the characters are real, and they change.
Art / Animation: I found the art quite unique; it was one of the things that drew my attention to this anime. The faces aren't your typical anime faces with the huge eyes and characters with multicoloured eyes. Instead, the characters are quite realistically drawn, which adds to the seriousness of this anime. They also did a good job with the backgrounds, the cities and scenery generally looked very good. In terms of animation, it wasn't something I can really comment on, there are few scenes involving rapid action, explosions and the like, and most of the time the characters are simply walking and talking. But the animation is quite nicely done in the few gun fights seen in the anime, and I never really came across choppy panning or anything really badly animated. The art and animations is consistently well done throughout the anime.
Sound: I really enjoyed the first opening; it set the mood for this anime beautifully. The endings aren't really songs you would like to listen to, but they fit the anime well, the lyrics represented major themes and the storyline of Monster. BG music wasn't too notable at times, but they had a few tracks that complimented the mood very well. Voice acting was also done very well, a lot of the crying sounded very realistic, and the voices matched the characters well, especially Johan's kind of quiet but calm, smooth and charismatic voice.
Overall: I don't think Monster is a series for everyone, but for those who try it, don't toss it away if the first few episodes failed to please you. The pacing may seem somewhat slow at times, but I can truly say that this anime isn't overrated as I first thought. It's a realistic series with an excellent plot, complimented by its unique art and soundtracks. There is a Monster within us all. I urge you to learn about it - before you are consumed by it. (Lame I know I was trying to think of a witty way to end this long review =p) read more
They both deal with 'monsters' in people. By this, both shows are portraying the 'good' that each person thinks is 'right'.
Monster and Death Note are unique in many ways. In both cases the issue of morality in its truest form, that is the frontier between good and evil, is explored via highly tense psychological thrillers. Monster is highly realistic and portrays a very believable world while Death Note has a supernatural element to it; in both the viewer is forced to think and make choices toward deciding who the real villains are and just what it is that makes one individual evil.
Both are psychological thriller and suspense. The only difference is that Death Note is more supernatural while Monster is more dramatic. If you like Monster, then surely you'll like Death Note, vice-versa.
Both feature main characters who are being chased by detectives. While Monster may be more mature, Death Note is just as good but more supernatural
I think people who like Death Note would like Monster since it's also quite dark and unique, and AMAZING~<3
Both are high ranking thriller that will have you at the edge of your seat screaming for more. The mysteries and plot twists will leave your head spinning off its shoulders. I give it 10/10! A true Masterpiece!
Both question the concept of the themes each embodies - psychological war games and identity anonymity. Both do have differences, though:
Monster is slow but aptly paced while Death Note is pulse-racing right to the end.
Monster is apparently longer than Death Note.
Death Note uses a lot of plot devices while Monster uses minimal.
Either way, I still recommend both. Plus, for the imaginative viewers, a crossover between the characters in both series will make you grin like a little boy on Boxing Day C:
Both animes revolve around gone-berserk (methinks) guys. Each of their stories are mature, too-- both practically deal about murder, death, and whatnot.
Its almost Basically the Same mystery/horror Good Guy vs Bad Guy type of Story except that The 2 Main Characters of the Show Kill for different reasons
Both have plots that don't focus on action, instead they focus on the minds and personalities of the characters and how they interact with eachother. Both also have that kind of battle of 2 characters through non-direct attacks.
A couple of good guys come together to hunt down a psychotic mass murderer. A macabre game of 'cat and mouse' ensues, leaving the viewer at the edge of his seat. The story in both cases goes at a very complex depth, and so do the characters.
In Monster, the story is much more complex, and focuses more on character development. Monster grapples with issues of morality and is a bit more philosophical.
Both have amazing characters, good animation and a FANTASTIC STORY! they are both about a serial killer but they are a little different from each other:). U will get addicted immediately! These are one of the best ever made.
Both Death Note and Monster are Mystery, Drama, Psychological, Thrillers that make you think.
Both anime are psychological thrillers dealing with never ending battle/chase between good and evil. Both plots are full of twists and cliffhangers although the pacing of the two series are quite different. Death Note has a faster pacing with more focus on the main few characters while Monster introduces many side characters in depth through different arcs.
Both shows deal with similar topics: equality of human life, good vs. evil, the right of a killer to live, etc. Whereas Death Note is more concentrated on the cerebral task of investigation, Monster's focus is on morality and redemption. Both of them are top-notch, but I find Monster to be better overall.
Intellectual game between two brilliant characters that makes you wait to see the next episode.
These series are both brilliant, compelling and you can't get enough of either of them! It's hard to say why these two series are like each other, i think it's the sence of justice and the practactly the same morals. Both of 'em will have you off your seat, guesting what will happen next.
Both are psychological, detective dramas. The difference being that Monster is a seinen and Death Note is a shonen hence Monster has none of the annoying characters and general bull that goes on in Death Note.
Both are psychological thrillers. While in Death Note there is heavily influenced by the supernatural, Monster is more realistic, and could even happen in real life. If you liked one, you should watch the other. There's a nice chance that you'll like it.
both anime contains elements of thriller, dark atmosphere, psychology, morality... And incredibly interesting plot!!!
Very deep and an excellent psychological thriller.
Both these compelling thriller animes, have morals. Hidden in the characters past, or beliefs, even the plot, there are morals. These two animes are brilliant, will leave a lasting impression.
They Are Both Thrillers And Will Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat.....
Both amazing thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat until you have completed them.
Monster and Death Note both are psychological thrillers. Both are full of mysteries, although Death Note is more involved with the police system, and solving crime, while Monster is a mystery which the main character is trying to solve basically on his own. Both have that dark, psychological thriller feel to them, and keep you captivated throughout the whole series (although Monster is quite a bit longer than Death Note).
Death Note and Monster both share the common theme of Justice. They both look quite deeply into human nature, and they are also both quite dark.
Whilst the main characters in Monster and Death Note are almost polar opposites, the idea of a 'battle of the minds' is in both series'.
Monster is an excellent anime. The only anime that has great suspense and mystery, and the only anime that can change the speed of heartbeat. So if you liked death note defintely check out the more supenseful Monster!
In the world of Death Note and Monster exists a dark atmosphere and tone involving crimes, murders, and conspiracy. Both of these series are an excellent watch for those interested in for some psychological thriller themes.
Both series employs violence as well as plot holes and twists that can keep a viewer glued at their seats.
The psychological element of both series are present with a lot of mind twists and intelligence. Speaking of which, the main protagonist in both series are quite intelligent and cunning as with the antagonists.
Both series also deals with detective fiction and the exploration of law and identity. There are moral questions involved in both series with philosophical ideas in each episode. As such, both series has a complex plot and development that focuses on events involving the main characters.
Both series features murders and some other mature themes but are an excellent watch.
They both involve a serial killer. But it's different. Monster is more serious. Death Note pulls you in more. They're both good, but I like Death Note best. It's cool.
Both are very dark, have complex and interesting stories with antagonist characters that are very witty, intelligent, conniving and or just outright dangerous.
Because has got interesting plot and cat and mouse game like Death Note.
They been compared thousand of times in different sites worldwide. They initially look so different but watching more you will realize that have the same issues that they want to convey: What is the extent of what human beings can do?
Like Death Note, Monster is a crime based, psychological thriller with thought-provoking themes and a realistic atmosphere. If you're looking for a charismatic villain similar to Light Yagami, Monster has that covered too. Its main villain is both charming and frightening, and he doesn't become an arrogant prick as Light does as the series progresses. While it's much longer than Death Note, don't be discouraged. It keeps focus on its central themes the entire time and paces its story in a skillful manner.
They're both mystery anime about a criminal mastermind
I don't want to sound like a broken tape recorder and just state the obvious. Yes; these are both mystery/thriller/drama/crime. Yes; it involves mind games and the debate of good vs. evil. Though the main difference that people leave out is that Monster is more mature in the sense that the majority of the characters are full grown adults with hardships, motivations, and not the "I'm crazy because I laugh a lot" aspect that most shows portray. The world of Monster is so believable that it seems like an obscure story that the world forgot about. I admit it's 74 episodes and a bit slow paced but it's totally worth it. After watching Death Note and moving on to this is the perfect move.
Death Note is a very popular anime that most people probably have watched or have heard of at one point. While there are no anime that are exactly exciting and stimulating as Death Note, Monster also has its alluring side. If you liked to watch brain battles between Light and L, you should love the struggles Dr. Tenma goes through to fix his past mistake in Monster. Dare I say the atmosphere between Dr. Tenma and Johan was one of the best thriller material. If you loved Monster, you would love Death Note as well. Death Note is more fictional while Monster is more realistic. I was personally able to relate to Dr. Tenma, which made Monster that much more an enjoyable series.
Both have opposing ideas of justice, and are essentially crime detection thrillers.
I don't actually think that they are similar with story line but, similarity to both of these shows are genres, like "Police, Psychological, Thriller". Both of these animes have big role in Police stuff, finding the main suspect of all murders. The stories are really deep, so deep that it makes you want to keep watching all night, because every episode you watch, it leaves some unsolved mystery , crime and it's hard to leave and stop watching. Story is really psychological in both series, you need to keep up with the story and try to understand the main purpose of the series, characters talk smart with deep meaning. So that's why I think they are similar, I could write more but I do not want To spoil the story, you won't regret watching these two series, they are long and enjoyable.
Both are top-tier anime for the mystery genre. They are very entertaining and well-done. If nothing else binds these two anime together, then their flawlessness would do just that. Regardless of whether or not you are fans of this genre, it is still highly likely that you will come to love and enjoy both of these vastly entertaining titles.
Both series are masterpieces who have very psychological plots and prota-antagonists who are too smart and sick.
Both have a dark atmosphere and characters who are going after the crazy ones.
As a person who was magnetized by Death Note's unique plot and beautiful characters and as someone who rated it a 10, I have to say, starting Monster was one of the best decisions I made in my life. I know you are out there. You. Who loves DN so much that you cant find something that can stand next to it. But I did. I found it. Believe me Monster will not dissapoint you. The plot might not be the same. But...how do I put this into words.Monster has the same vibe as Death Note. They are made of the same material. They are the two sides of the same coin.
I'ts about a murderer and a man trying to stop him.
Monster is similar to Death Note in terms of tension the series brings with. But else than Death Note it needs a few more episodes until it really gets you. Overall Monster is even better than Death note, but that is just my opinion.
Thriller Fans should definitely take a look!
(There is a bug with recommendation order, it should say if you liked Death Note you might like Monster)
The thing that makes Monster similar to Death note is the unexpected events that happen. Every episode excites you and makes you wonder "What's going to happen next?" Both of them have psychological points in them. By watching these two anime, you get the feeling that the Mangakas really are geniuses, having the ability to come up with such ideas. Monster is more realistic than Death Note, since Death Note involves Shinigamis and all. (Death Gods) And the art in Death Note is a lot better. Maybe at first you won't be able to accept the drawing style in Monster, but you'll get used to it after watching a few episodes. It won't bother you at all. I highly recommend both of these anime.
both brilliant and engaging psychological thrillers that are mainly driven by the dialouge. both seem sort of upbeat at some points but have underlying dark tones of murder, isolation, and insanity, accompanied by the whole detective/police thing that drove so many people to watch death note. monster and death note show that in mentally taxing situations the human psyche will do whatever it can to save itself.
Both are mystery thriller anime which focus on a game of cat and mouse between the main protagonists. They both deal with similar themes and raise several philosophical questions about morality. In both anime, the protagonists have to make hard moral choices. Also, they both have genius detectives chasing serial killers. While Monster is more realistic & complex and has more character development, both anime create a similar atmosphere that keeps the watcher at the edge of their seats.
best thriller animes have been made so far, simply you can't stop watching them.also both animes have a well done character development and everything is detailed.
also, both animes have similar unique plots.both main characters Tenma and L are trying to catch a mysterious monster and bring him to the justice.
both Light and Johan have similar meritorious personalities..well they are prefect and intelligent.
no words will describe this less a masterpiece animes that you won't forget in the rest of your life.
These two anime are similar in the way that they both delve really deeply into the minds of psychopaths, Johan and Light, respectively. However I feel like Monster did it in a more "show, don't tell" sort of way, which I preferred. Whereas in Death Note, a lot of the thoughts going through the characters are spoken on screen.
Both these anime also explore the backgrounds and characters of the villains as much as they do the heroes. I've always seen Light as the villain of Death Note, he kills because of his ego, nothing more. Johan kills because he wants to see the end. These two are relatable because their motives disgusting but yet understandable. I also find that L and Inspector Lunge bear very strong resemblances to each other, they are both cold, emotionless and absolutely single minded when they are working.
Both of these came out at roughly the same time, albeit having distinctively different art styles, the colours and contrasts used are strikingly similar.
Death Note does contain some supernatural elements to it, where as Monster is set in our universe.
They both deal with mortality and justification of an evil power for good.
I see the two works as something of a sibling relationship.
Monster representing the serious, slow-burning, down to earth older brotherly figure, and the other, while not necessarily eclipsed by the former's shadow, the stylish loudmouth, the flamboyant yet self aware younger sibling.
Both works definitely exploring grounds of similar nature, yet never really in the same way. Where one celebrates its flirting with its themes and undertones of power, the other arrives after the party, picture cops with flashlights at night, slowly investigating the beginning, the middle, and the aftermath of what occured.
Just like L needs to seek out Kira, Dr Tenma must seek out the monster. They are both psychological thrillers and created to make you think .
The use of detective logic is well constucted through both series. Both of the plots are built up through a cat and mouse game.
The story quite different indeed, but for someone who likes psychological anime Monster is one of the best, if not the best anime I can recommend.
Both have a highly character-driven story and keep you guessing as to what will happen next. Both involve an antagonist who at first seems kind but has evil intentions and manipulates others. Each one contains great character development and characters who you feel and care for. If you want an anime that strays from the norm and delivers an interesting story with realistic portrayals of human emotion then this is for you.
Both go very deep into the characters themselves, who are not as clean-cut as they appear on the outside.
Both very character driven stories, however Gankutsuou has much prettier animation and a sci fi feel.
Given that Gankutsuou is a retelling of The Count of Monte Christo the story may not feel as unique as Monster, but it still retains excellent character development.
A cat and mouse game. A very in depth psychological mystery. Excellent characters and plot.
In both series, the setting has a similar feeling along with its serious tone of telling the story.
Betrayal and cruelty are themes from both series that involves the characters. There is strong character insight and development involved from both series that deals with how humans cope with their actions and the consequences. Other themes involved in both series include pain, terror, hatred, and strong emotions.
Both series are dramatic and highly recommended for viewers into psychological thriller with a sinister ploy.
I ended up watching Monster thanks to a recommendation On Gankutsuou, both of which now rank amongst my favourite anime, and I have to echo the sentiment. Gankutsuou and Monster are both top tier anime featuring an intense plot driven by the diabolical schemes of a brilliant and devastatingly charismatic antagonist. The writing and characters for both is top quality, and although the both have very different pacing and artistic styles, they are both the best at what they set out to do and will have you gripped from start to finish.
Both feature an antagonist with a sinister plot by which they are driven.
They both are able to manipulate others around them using their charm and intelligence,
although the antagonist in Gankutsuou relies more on himself, so if you are wondering how one might go about their plan with a different take on it watch Monster and
vice-versa. Monster is longer while Gankutsuou is more intense, but once you grasp the mystery surrounding the antagonist both will keep you hooked to the very end which both do exceptionally well.
Similar genres, mood and atmosphere to both shows.
Both are mysteries and are set at different time periods.
Monster is slower-paced as compared to Gankutsuou.
If you liked Monster, you'll enjoy Gankutsuou.
Great history, great characters, and best antagonist. Maybe a bit slow and pathetic final but the rest deserves a big applause.
Dark and complex psychological roller coasters that don't need science fiction or supernatural elements to stay compelling or to keep you watching.
Similar dark psychological feelings to it, both have kids who get majorly screwed up in government experiments. Monster has much more horror vibes/moments to it though.
Well Monster is basically the same but with more plot, episodes. What stands out the most is the point of view both have protagonists who stand out in a specific field but overall Monster does a way better job at tackling the "situation". In conclusion if you liked Zankyou no Terror than you will love Monster.
They both have the same feel about them and both are thriller anime with complex characters.
Main sources of both stories are secret experiments on children and Shibizaki looks like Lunge, they are fairly brilliant..
These two series are full of on-the-edge-of-your-seat psychological suspense. I honestly wish that Zankyou no Terror was just as long as Monster.
Sphinx (Nine and Twelve) from Zankyou no Terror is very similar to Johan in Monster. Both characters have unknown origins and histories shrouded in mystery that are later revealed. Both were part of a human experiment as children that broke them mentally. For the most part, it is unknown what motivates these characters; they seem to carry out their crimes just to watch the world burn. The crimes themselves are rather mysterious too; Sphinx's terrorist attacks intentionally avoid killing people; Most of the murders in Monster were carried out by accomplices that Johan was able to control mentally. They are also both being hunted down by outcasted characters (Shibazaki and Dr. Tenma).
They have similar suspense methods, and both center around themes such as psychological damage. Major plot points include "revenge" or rather the repurcussions of awful actions, as well as the role of police and law in conspiracies. Some characters give off this special vibe that I felt in both shows.
One thing I really enjoyed the narrative style that... unravels plans. The genius storytelling is persistent in both series.
That being said, Monster is obviously a classic (and my personal favorite show). It's longer, so there's several arcs and more characters, which get the chance to be a bit more fleshed out. Zankyou no Terror's pacing is more consistent though, and the length allows for the emotional appeal to simply heighten and not exhaust.
Either way, I loved them both, and would recommend giving them a try.
Zankyou no Terror and Monster have a few pretty significant similarities in terms of plot and themes.
-Both involve children being used in government experiments.
-Both have young genius characters who commit crimes for reasons not fully explained until you get closer to the conclusion of the series.
-Similarly to Tenma's hunt for Johan in Monster, Shibazaki taking a personal interest in bringing 9 and 12 to justice is one of the main driving forces behind Zankyou no Terror's plot.
-While these are more central aspects of Monster, Zankyou no Terror also has elements of mystery and suspense.
While Monster has a cast of characters that are more morally complex and developed (and is essentially a deeper, more disturbing and better series in my eyes), those who liked the suspense/mystery and investigation aspect of Zankyou no Terror may enjoy Monster.
both are psychological thrillers that leave you hooked and interested till the very last episode. both make you question why every person does what he/she does.
Both Monster and Psycho-Pass are psychological mystery thrillers were the main male protagonist is after a ghost murder. No one believes in the existence of mastermind serial killer until late.
The lead killers both kill as a third party using others to do their dirty work for excitement excitement. Furthermore they see nothing wrong in their ways are are in essence pure heart-ed but evil in soul. You can judge them by their presence.
Uncommon seinen anime in detective genre with dark mysterous atmosphere. Characters are interesting and psychologically realistic. Protagonist is forced to make difficult choices that are beyond good and evil. In both anime there is an antogonist who tries to fulfil his vile plans and fights either with the main character or with entire society itself.
Psycho-Pass and Monster both ask and present difficult questions to their viewers and reward them through effortless storytelling and admirable characters. The rules and expectations of society, the darkness that resides inside of humans, the unpredictability of individuals, the corrupt nature of those that lead the masses—all of these are brought to the forefront of these anime and are intriguingly approached through intellectual plots.
Situation and history, action and result, no matter how I looked at it, I could not personally decide whether or not either side was ever truly right or wrong. That thin line between the two is my favorite kind of conclusion. At the end of both stories, I found myself admiring the antagonists and protagonists equally; the development of such brilliant characters to challenge each other is nothing short of amazing.
Whether you've seen Monster or Psycho-Pass, I greatly recommend both to you. Monster used a much longer series to mesmerize its watchers (and I loved that they did), but the brevity that Psycho-Pass employed is breathtaking in its own right. Do consider both of these series, and join me in questioning just what it is that you believe in. Thank you.
1- Both plots contains Psychopath - no Conscience and very intelligent puppet master.
2- Each episode reveals more background story of the main characters.
3- Well written and interesting to watch.
The main malefactors seem alike, IMHO. They both have a global plan and ruin a lot of lives without any doubts. They both prefer to play with people's psychology. I hate both Johan and Makishima.
Both series are also serious, clever and for adults only.
Both of them are police/mystery/psychological anime and are about a chase against a mastermind sociopath. Both of them have an antagonist that has the goal to chance their society and the MC's point of view on it. Both of them are about an MC that is rejected by society but still fights to protect it.
Both of these shows involve catching a very smart and charismatic criminal. Both shows also delve into big societal issues and the underlying shortcomings of human nature. Psycho-Pass is much faster paced overall, and has more action, while Monster progresses slowly and likes to focus on its many side characters and side stories, with huge payoffs later on. Both shows also have terrific voice acting (both sub and dub) and extremely well-written dialogue.
The antagonists of both these shows are highly charismatic and manipulative.
Their original mangas are made by the same author. They have kinda the same type of main character and the atmosphere of the stories are the same, with suspense and adventures.
Both come form mangas penned by Naoki Urasawa, and both are of similar quality. Master Keaton is a bit more episodic in nature than Monster, but both are fantastic.
Same original creator, same animation style, great main character, and a good storyline. Genres are different though.
Both are adaptations of works by the brilliant Naoki Urasawa. Aside from the distinctive art style, the main element which binds them together are their main characters. Kenzo Tenma and Taichi Keaton are both highly intelligent and resourceful, and are always willing to help those who are in need. The main difference between the two series is the plot – Monster features a complex, overarching story, whereas Master Keaton is very much an episodic series.
Same mangaka, director, character designer, story compositor and animation studio. Similar pacing and suspense with real world locations.
This recommendation will probably not work for everyone, that's to say, if you liked Monster only for its story and its villain then you'll mostly find Master Keaton uninteresting. Those who liked seeing and witnessing Doctor Tenma's journey, and enjoyed the episodes that some people call "Fillers", if you liked Doctor Tenma in general as a character then Taichi Keaton is even a more marvelous character as the whole anime involves in his own way of thinking. Master Keaton is a pure heart-warming anime, filled with extraordinary stories, with the same art style as Monster and are both made by Naoki Urasawa. Keep in mind though, Master Keaton is episodic, therefore, don't expect too much.
Both shows have an epic scope, with many characters. Whereas Monster has tons of suspense, Legend of the Galactic Heroes has military intrigue.
Both these shows are slow maticulous epics who focus on a large cast of characters from all angles without having to resort to predicably stale plot twists to grab the viewers attention. These are definitely more adult shows intellectually.
The themes involved are drastically different but very much compatible, if you like Legend of the Galactic Heroes for its pace and storytelling rather than it's sci-fi you should be able to enjoy Monster's steady psychological development. Kenzou Tenma and Johan Liebert leave just as much impact as Yang Wenli and Reinhard von Lohengramm.
While the themes are different, both are phenomenal at their ways of storytelling and are among the most intellectual shows i have ever seen. Both series also include a large cast of well developed characters. Both are Seinens.
Both are clever, both have much about human psychology and heavy ethic questions
These anime are truly the creme de la creme of the whole medium. (Along with Cowboy Bebop). They are incredibly intelligent and well-written with a large and well developed cast of great characters. Grand in Length but amazingly consistent in quality. True masterpieces of television that certainly should NOT be missed.
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