Ranked #33


Alternative Titles

English: Monster
Japanese: モンスター


Type: TV
Episodes: 74
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2004 to Sep 28, 2005
Premiered: Spring 2004
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.751 (scored by 65,520 users)
Ranked: #332
Popularity: #147
Members: 176,858
Favorites: 8,787
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Dr. Kenzo Tenma is a renowned young 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 fiancé and is on the cusp of a high promotion in the hospital he works at. However, all of that is about to change with one critical decision that Dr. Tenma faces one night—whether to save the life of a young child 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 young child, saving his life and forfeiting the mayor's. All of a sudden, Dr. Tenma's world is turned upside down by his decision leading to the loss of everything he previously had. A doctor is taught to believe that all life is equal; however, when a series of murders occur in the vicinity of Dr. Tenma, all of the evidence pointing to the young child who he saved, Tenma's beliefs are shaken.

Naoki Urasawa's Monster is a tale full of mystery, suspense and intrigue as Dr. Tenma journeys to find out the true identity of the young child. In turn, the fate of the world may depend on it.

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More episodes Episodes(4/74)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Herr Dr. Tenma
Herr Dr. Tenma (ヘルDr. テンマ)
Apr 7, 2004
2 Downfall
Tenraku (転落)
Apr 14, 2004
3 A Murder
Satsujin Jiken (殺人事件)
Apr 21, 2004
4 Night of the Execution
Shokei no Yoru (処刑の夜)
Apr 28, 2004

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)

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Nov 22, 2015
I don't usually make reviews but I couldn't resist not making one for this anime.This anime is a masterpiece. It has thrilling suspense while you watch it.It was really exciting and fun to watch.You didn't know what was going to happen.If your into Psychological/Dark/Horror/Mystery type of genre, this anime is for you.

Story: 10/10
The story is amazing.It is very unique and not some typical story.That's what makes the anime so enjoyable because you don't know what's going to happen.The viewers will go on a thrilling rollercoaster of action,suspense, and dark adventure.

Art: 9/10
The art/animation style is very unique and has a bit of a realistic look to read more
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Sep 23, 2013
"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 read more
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May 1, 2009
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.

Story: 10

The writing in Monster is exceptional. The pace is a slow burn that smartly read more
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Jul 11, 2015
You may have heard this title around. So called critics praise it. Mystery and suspense fans adore it. Everyone claims it to have the best villain. Whatever they may say, it may be true, it may be not. What I know for certain is that it is worth your time.

I can say I was bored, at many points. This is due to a sluggish pacing and overall length of the series. I did not find this to be the case of my experience though. It was rather the start of a subplot or side story that turned me off. Then, you have to learn about read more
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