Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2004 to Sep 28, 2005
24 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 8.731 (scored by 46397 users)
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drama horror mystery psychological thriller
SynopsisDr. 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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Monster, really an underrated anime on this site. Naoki Urusawa, the writer of masterpieces such as 20th Century Boys, and Master Keaton has once again proven his meticulous and ingenious writing with Monster. Now, talking about what makes Monster such an ingenious piece of writing is very difficult without delving into spoilers, so although I'll try my best to avoid any spoilers, there may be a tiny one here and there. I hope that you read my review, and whether or not you liked my review, I really hope that you give the anime a watch.
"It's not given to people to judge what's right or wrong. People have eternally been mistaken and will be mistaken, and in nothing more than in what they consider right and wrong."
This is another anime where the story delves into deeper concepts about reality. The anime has universal questions similar to other great anime such as Death Note. How can you tell right apart from wrong? What is the "right" thing to do? What is life, what's our role in life, and what does it mean to be dead? Is everyone's life equal? What is justice, and what's the right way to carry it out?Is the death penalty a fair punishment to those who are evil? What is considered evil? How do we find our identity? What made us, humans such cruel, and repulsive creatures... Were we just born that way? Furthermore, how we do we repent upon our sins?
A lot of questions to think about, I know but truly consider all of them while watching Monster.
Story: 10/10 - I must begin by saying that the plot is VERY realistic and it relates to our real world (Very tragic). We start out with our protagonist, Doctor Kenzo Tenma, a young, genius neurosurgeon living in Germany, whose life-path has been laid out for him, thanks to his unrivaled talents. However Dr. Tenma is dissatisfied with the political bias of the hospital in treating patients (inequity in our world), and decides to change things around... So, after a massacre brings fraternal twins Johan and Anna Liebert into the hospital, Dr. Tenma going against his orders, decides to operate on Johan who arrived before the Mayor of Düsseldorf instead of waiting and operating on the Mayor of Düsseldorf. Johan is saved, but the Mayor of Düsseldorf dies. Receiving all the blame, Dr. Tenma loses his social standing (and his fiance) as a result, but he doesn't regret it because he continuously reminds himself that he did the right thing in saving fatally wounded kids even though it cost the life of a mayor. Was it the right thing to do? To save kids who have no home, no money, no status, and most importantly, nobody knows anything about, over a Mayor who is higher up than the kids in the social hierarchy that exists in this world, even today? Moving on... After Johan and Anna Liebert are saved and Dr. Tenma loses his position, the other doctors that Dr. Tenma worked with are mysteriously murdered, and Dr. Tenma becomes the prime suspect, but due to lack of evidence is only questioned and later released by the police. Nine years later, Dr. Tenma worked his way back up, and is now the Chief of Surgery at Eisler Memorial Hospital. All seemed to be peaceful and right in Dr. Tenma's life until one day, his patient was murdered in front of his eyes, and the murderer, being the boy he saved and lost his status for nine years ago, Johan Liebert. Dr. Tenma reports Johan Liebert to the police, but the police unable to locate a Johan Liebert, suspect Dr. Tenma of yet again another murder. Distraught that what he believed was the right thing has actually led to so much misery, Dr. Tenma begins to track down Johan, wanting to hunt the Monster down as atonement for his fatal mistake. Dr. Tenma believes that killing is never the answer, all human lives are equal, everyone has the freedom to live, and that he would save as many people as he could.
So can Dr. Tenma truly "hunt/kill" someone even if they're a "monster"? Dr. Tenma's hunt for Johan brings him face to face with the repulsive, and disturbing underbelly of the world, from corrupt politics to organized crime, from serial killers to innocent orphans, a showcasing of how a man can turn himself into a force of evil, of how easy it is to destroy the fragile balance of life, and how tragic the world we live in is. And so, the deep psychological mystery begins. The anime is 74 episodes long. "Oh gosh it's so long, it probably drags on with useless filler." If you think that then you utterly, absolutely, definitely couldn't be more WRONG. Each one of those 74 episodes constantly keeps the viewer engaged. Everything in Monster has a cause and is perfectly executed. You just have to pay attention, and Monster will be ruthless and not let your eyes leave the screen for a second.
Characters: 10+/10 - Monster is the masterpiece with the greatest character deepness, diversity, and development I've ever seen. Each character played a big part in the main plot. Each character symbolized a significant part of Human Nature, and are connected to crime/justice in reality. Off the top of my head I'll list characters that Monster went into thorough detail developing their character: Dr. Tenma, Johan Liebert (ESPECIALLY THIS GUY), Anna (Nina Fortner) Liebert, Wolfgang Grimmer, Franz Bonaparta, Director Udo Heinemann, Eva Heinemann, Inspector Heinrich Lunge, and a young boy named Dieter. Dr. Tenma being the "I'll save everyone because everyone has the right to live" doctor. Throughout the series, Kenzo kept meeting all sorts of people like Grimmer, Anna, Rudy GillenDieter and many more, are people of the real world that kept changing his notion of what good and what bad is left in this world (diverse morality views). Anna Liebert (Nina Fortner) the "scar-filled, broken but tries her best to stay upbeat" twin-sister of Johan Liebert. Wolfgang Grimmer, a survivor of Kinderheim 511 who is a spy disguised as reporter... Grimmer is trying to unravel and reveal the truth behind Kinderheim 511, and why it had happened (truly tragic). Franz Bonaparta a neurosurgeon, and psychologist who was a German-born Czech born After World War II. Bonaparta was arguably the "monster" in this anime because he had the whole plan of creating a superior human using eugenics and forcing the Liebert twin's mother to choose between her kids. In addition, the fact that he poisoned the people at the red mansion and killed the mother's lover only added to his willingness to do whatever he had to do to achieve his goal. 74 episodes of non-stop character development/twists. Truly amazing.
Johan Liebert is a character I must dedicate an entire paragraph to, for, he is the ultimate villain yet non-villain (stay with me here). How much do you think the surrounding environment affects a person's behavior/development? Johan Liebert is truly an Anti-Christ figure. Johan Liebert (along with his twin sister, Anna Liebert) were "created" as a result of the eugenics experiment orchestrated by Franz Bonaparta in Kinderheim 511. The primary goal of the experiment was to create a child who not only had an exceptionally high level of intellect but could also "lead" the human race to it's greatest evolution stage. After escaping Kinderheim 511, Johan Liebert was saved by Dr. Tenma and as a result, Johan Liebert thanks Dr. Tenma and thinks of Dr. Tenma as a father and hero that Johan Liebert never had. Johan Liebert enduring all those hardships, suffering and torturing he received as a kid truly changed his thoughts and feelings about society, and the world we live in, in general. Johan Liebert seemed like he had no emotion, and he killed people one by one ruthlessly. But were those people deserving of living? Are they the bad guys that Johan Liebert killed or are they the innocent and Johan Liebert just the psychopathic murderer? Johan Liebert is the most tragic character in anime history (in my opinion). He was never meant to be born, and when he was born all he went through was suffering and until the very end he never had an identity. The entire plot was designed to make the viewer decide for himself/herself whether or not Johan Liebert even existed in reality never mind be the monster in Monster. Johan Liebert never had a true identity, in fact Johan Liebert isn't even his real name and his name is never revealed throughout the entire story. Johan Liebert watched over the world as though he was not a part of it. As if he did not belong in the world. Johan Liebert keeps stating that he's seen the "end" over and over again but he constantly asks Anna, "What is the end?" And in the end of the story Johan's own new vision of the end was perhaps _________ (I won't spoil anything actually). But throughout the entire story, think... Is Johan Liebert real? Is he actually the Monster?
"There’s nothing special about being born. Not a thing. Most of the universe is just death, nothing more. In this universe of ours, the birth of a new life on some corner of our planet is nothing but a tiny, insignificant flash. Death is a normal thing. So why live?"
- Johan Liebert
Art: 9/10 - Monster's art is VERY old-fashioned, it's art is blurry and faded. But then why did I give it a 9/10? Because the classic, old art adds onto the realism of the anime. Unlike most anime, you can actually tell ethnics apart from eachother, American/German/Japanese characters! Monster is such a realistic story (and realitsically drawn up) that it blows my mind that it was an anime, they should make it into a TV series with real people too!! The "light" and "shadows" used in the anime were shining/dimmed so magnificently that every time I watched the show I couldn't help but think of symbolical means. Like all other masterpieces, Monster adds on to the graphics with color symbolism. A blue eyeball watching stories unfold, as Dr. Tenma holds his gun out to shoot something (hmmmm think).
Sound: 9/10 - Lots of mysterious, breath-taking, frightening pieces of music in this anime. Really adds onto the suspension and darkness of the anime. The opening "Grain" was very similar to Low of Solipsism of Death Note, both fitting perfectly into their anime respectively. The endings of Monster fitting in perfectly with the ominous feeling the anime gives off after each episode. The voicing of the cast, fitting in very realistically, there's no girl with a guy's voice, no German with a Chinese accent, and Johan Liebert's voice was just perfect for his role (as in creepy and scary!)
Furthermore the gun shot sound, the sound of agony, the sound of crying, the sound of crows chirping, perhaps the "sound of death"... The anime executes very well, just watch the anime and you'll see for yourself.
Enjoyment: 10/10 - I luxuriated in this anime. Enough said. Watch it now.
- Logo of Monster: Note that the ‘t’ is replaced with a sword. The sword (a symbol of justice through bloodshed) can kill the "Monster".
- Scenery of a Doomsday: Johan Liebert repetitively says “I’ve seen the end over and over again”, but then contradicts himself when he asked Anna “The End. What is the End?”. Then the end... I won't spoil.
- The shattered glass with Tenma’s reflection on it: This is Tenma’s unbelief in a thing such as perfect evil. There is no affective/emotional component present on every murder Johan does, but in one supposedly related middle aged couple murder case however, the true perpetrator leaves a mark of existence—the regret of having to take a life when a person can see himself doing the heinous act.
- Blood spatters with Anna, Dieter, Eva and Lunge relief - Murder does not stop with taking a life, it starts a chain of events that leads to "interconnectedness" of human lives. Lives are forever changed when a person dies.
- The staircase at Three Frogs: Stairs are symbolic of ascent and descent, often times from one to another. We know Anna and Johan remember the Three Frogs stairs very well, because one of them was dragged down there crying. Therefore, the stairs should mean descent from innocence to knowing the horrors of living in this world. At the same time, it could also mean ascent from the chasms of doom to salvation through love and forgiveness (End).
Please if you haven't watched this anime, give it a try! It's definitely worth watching! Thanks for reading. read more
"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”.
Both top tier anime for the Mystery genre. Very entertaining and very well done. If nothing else binds these two anime together, than 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Both revolve around a mysterious character. Both series explore dark themes like corruption, pure evil, etc...
They have completely different plots but if you liked one you will like the other.
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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