Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2004 to Sep 28, 2005
Premiered: Spring 2004
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild NudityL represents licensing company
Score: 8.751 (scored by 65,440 users)
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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.
The art/animation style is very unique and has a bit of a realistic look to it.
The shadows and lighting was very realistic.The characters were well drawn.
What I like most about it was that you could tell what race a person was because of the artist's realism.It maybe a lot different from modern animation but you'll get used to it.
The dub of the voice actors were really good. You could hear there powerful emotions.The sound effects were on point of what was happening.It was very realistic.The OP was really creepy and dark and enjoyable to listen to.
The characters has a lot of plot development which I loved. They all have their unique personalities.While Tenma's on his journey he runs into new characters some you may like,some you may hate but they all have a role to play in the story. It shows the powerful relationship of Tenma and Johann.
Overall this anime is 10/10. A masterpiece.I'm still looking for an anime better than this one.It's the best/favorite anime I have every watched.I could rewatch this over and over and still enjoy it.Not everyone may like it but I think you should give it a chance read more
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”.
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
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 the characters in the side story and what the hell is happening and how the hell it will fit in the main story. Give it an episode or 3 and then you get a complete side story that ties in to the main story, flawlessly. Monster loves to construct related stories, and loop them together, in a slow fashion. It is a composition of themes and a strong sense of, "now what?" Over the course, you get some 'feels', action, irony, philosophy, and it is all directed to the purpose of building suspense. 74 episodes is quite the number to build up a climax. Despite it testing me countless times to drop it, the results was a complex story driven by mystery and characters.
As a massive fan of atmosphere, Monster appealed greatly. A mature tone due to the dialogue and character designs. The setting is Germany and it resembles a very detective style. It's art is very well made and the feel to the events are quite fleshed out. It understands how to use its ambiance effectively, a hallmark of phenomenal use of the narrative elements.
The ending theme is creepy. The opening is great, until you marathon 74 episodes and realize the opening will never change. But that is not a big deal because it is a great opening in my opinion. Background music, sounds, and even the Japanese voice acting is on point. You might say it is silly for them to speak Japanese since it is Germany but that should not effect your experience.
What I believe drives a plot forward is the characters. Monster heavily relies on the addition of new characters to push the story along and keep everything thrilling and intense. In doing so, the anime introduces a new story that typically starts off boring. The main cast, the episodic characters, the arc characters, all have a role to the main story. Introducing many layers of characters, each with a purpose in the story, a story themselves, and a conflict. When you thought this episodic character was a simple throw away in this filler episode, you were wrong! This is character development for the main cast, using episodic characters. No fillers as far I seen, as everything had a meaning and a place. The arc characters are typically used to develop a side story that will soon tie up to the main story. Which is brilliant and a very strong point in this anime since it does it flawlessly. Overall, I would have to say that there are no arc or episodic characters, since it all connects neatly as a complete and rare story. The characters closely resemble those of a real human, how they act, their intentions, their hunger for something, their greed. Most of all, they show fear and horror. And I have to say, the main cast is very well developed throughout the series as a result of these additions to the plot. Note, the character depth in Monster is probably one of the greatest. As time continues, people change. Monster is not shy in this category.
This is one of my all time favorite works of fiction, that I enjoyed thoroughly. Monster has no parallel I'd say. It is what you call the ideal mystery and suspense. There are minor issues concerning length and drag, but if you marathon this beauty, you will receive one of the greatest mystery anime produced. Overcoming the boredom of time, and rewarded with a mysterious philosophical hunt through related events.
All Lives Are Equal.
9/10 Masterful and Genre Defining.
Story: The story is incredibly intricate. There are plenty of twists, turns, and cliff-hangers to hold you through every episode. My biggest complaint however is that the story just became too convoluted. They just kept adding side story after side story, and character after character. While it was all very interesting, the resolutions to most of these side stories were unsatisfied and didn't truly progress the main story. And with big intricate stories as Monster, there's bound to be a few plot-holes here and there. However, it never took away from the experience and didn't bother me all that much. But it's something I had to address anyway.
Art: The artwork is incredible especially for being made in 2004. Character models, buildings, and Germany overall looked absolutely wonderful. No complaints here.
Sound: The sound work was also very well done. The guns, characters, etc... all sounded incredibly realistic. The voice acting was incredible, not one weak- link. The music score was haunting and beautiful, SHOUT OUT TO THE THEME SONG!!! Again, absolutely no complaints here.
Character: The characters were brilliant. I don't think there was one character who I found annoying or boring. Now, the problem I had was that some of these characters weren't really important to the overall story. They were interesting nonetheless but ultimately, they were pointless. With that said, there are a vast array of memorable characters that you will remember for ever. The main protagonist and antagonist are INCREDIBLE! The villain is probably one of the scariest villains I've ever seen in any form of fiction.
Enjoyment: I enjoyed this Anime a lot. Some episodes felt like it was dragging and the story wasn't really moving around much and it started to feel like a chore. But Monster was still enjoyable, regardless.
Overall: This anime is extremely good. The only reason it doesn't get a perfect mark from me is because it dragged around in many portions of the story and there were a lot of unnecessary characters and plot elements that were included in there. But even with those unnecessary characters, they were still all very interesting and you cared about what happened to them. The finale could have been better and it did leave you a little unsatisfied. But overall, this was still a very enjoyable experience and for this, I give it an 8. I recommend it!!!! read more
Monster is all about atmosphere and how it reaches to the viewer. Note, i did not read the source material, the manga, so i can't comment how better it is compared to it, but let's just say it is very good. Honestly, before watching Monster, i had a completly different expectation. I thought it would rely on difficult choises and their outcomes, like how the main character, Kenzo Tenma, would sacrifice one thing for another and that eventually would make him a ''Monster''. That is not the case, although the first episodes kinda show that, but let's not spoil. So the premise is simple, Kenzo Tenma is a surgeon, a very skilled one, who wants to become the head physician of a hospital. He soon enters a dilemma where he either needs to save a rich man which will ensure his future or sacrifice everything, but save a poor kid that was shot right in the head. Kenzo makes a crucial decision and saves the kid, from where the rise of a Monster begins.
Now here is the main flaw with Monster's story. When i first read the description, i saw that it has 74 episodes. Now, don't get me wrong, i can easily watch a 100 episode series, if it is not boring. Monster doesn't deserve to be called boring and it actually isn't. It's just that it has a lot of fillers that don't add anything new and are more of the same. For example, the first 10 episodes are outstanding. They focus on the main character and actually move the story. After that, the series chooses to introduce a bunch of characters and for the majority of episodes, it focuses on them rather on the main character, Kenzo Tenma. This just stagnates the further story development for atleast 5 episodes, then it gets back to Tenma, then again centers for another 5 episodes to someone else and so on. If it would only center around Kenzo Tenma and his road, not only this would create more questions and make the series more interesting, it would also be like 30 episodes long.
But even with it's flaw, i still can't give Monster a lower score than 10, because there are almost no similarities. Monster is a rare type of anime and if not perfect, it still manages to keep your attention.
The story of Monster follows Dr Tenma who is working in German for a very high regarded hospital and once he learns about the corrupt dealings he chooses to save the life of a young boy over the mayor and as soon as the mayor dies he is shunned by the people in charge, but when those people die he is flung right back to the top but is labelled the prime suspect in the murders. Years later and Dr Tenma finds out who the killer is and it's a discovery he wish he had never found out. Now Tenma must go on the run and find out more about the monster who is causing German to turn into a country of chaos and who is turning into the next Hitler.
To say more about the story of Monster would ruin it, it is a series that has to be seen to believe. At 74 episodes it may seem a bit long and a bit boring to some people but overall this series is meant to reflect a very realistic style of story telling and there are times in life where it is boring and long winded but that makes all the more exciting moments more exciting and when action happens it gives you a sense of rush that when the slow moments come in again after that rush it feels like it fits as you will need at times to take a break from all of the intense moments that happen in the story. So for me I felt that the slower moments were needed in order to keep the audience from getting an over rushed feel of emotion and it helps for the audience to let these emotions sink in.
Overall when it comes to story, this story is complex always moving, always having the right balance of exciting action but slowly and quiet moments and just allowing the audience to see the characters as characters and allow the audience to grow an attachment to them.
When it comes to characters, again never have I had more attachment to a cast of characters like the cast of Monster, what I find most exciting is that every character is used in just the right amount, not too little and not too much and there are times in the narrative where certain main characters (Tenma included) will disappear from the story but this also gives us a chance to catch up with other major players and see the role that they are playing in the mystery, this I feel is a smart move as it gives the story as sense of an ensemble world and makes the audience excited for seeing these characters again rather then overexposing them. What really makes this cast so wonderful is all there different personalities and interactions with everyone and how everything ties back into the main theme of the story of what is the monster.
Speaking of which the most amazing thing for me is that every character in the story that we see is influence by the two main characters those Being Tenma and Johan and how everything and everybody always comes back to these two characters and makes everyone connected however remote which helps make the story that much more grand and epic in own way. Even though some characters don't appear till later in the story they still come in a feel like they belong and their characters help to drive the story to it's final epic climax. All the characters really get their chances to shine and even the minor characters allow themselves to be memorable thanks to them being written well and having larger then life personalities.
However to talk about each and every character in great detail would take me as long as a dissertation at university which is a shame as I would of loved to have done a dissertation "which in a sense is a book" on this fantastic series. So I will be brief in talking about the six main players of this story, those being Tenma, Johan, Nina, Lunge, Eva and Dieter. I'll start with Dieter.
Dieter starts off as a young man who is being treated in a similar way to many of the children of the past and when Tenma sees this he helps him escape this hell in his in. Afterwards he becomes a companion and a sidekick to Tenma, even though Tenma wants him not to follow him and for a large portion he doesn't follow Tenma but it's this companionship that helps Dieter help other children who were like him to see Tenma's view and without Dieter I think Tenma would be a completely different person.
Eva starts off as engaged to Tenma however when her father is killed and she blames Tenma for it she drops of the wagon and becomes a hateful woman who can't see anything good in the world and just drinks herself to death. Once she realizes Tenma's innocence she starts to pull her act together and seeing how some people will help her regardless of what she thinks of them really helps her to turn her life around and become a much better person. When I started watching Monster she was my least favorite character mostly because she just wined and moaned about everything yet thanks to the story and how she changed over the course of the series she became a much better character and one that I didn't end up hating in the end.
Lunge is an inspector for the Bka and the man who becomes a rival to Tenma thinking that he is responsible for the murders that are happening in Germany and how he created Johan through a split personality. Lunge is cold and calculating and can accurately pin point information and details into his brain or hard drive as he calls it. He lives for his work so much that eh doesn't even care when his family leaves him. He works like a computer to the point that he tries to convince himself his word is final and no matter what, even if the truth is starring him in the face he will never accept that his word is wrong. However when it becomes apparent of who is really behind the chaos in Germany he is force to accept for the first time in properly his career that he is wrong and sets about to bring about an end to the chaos in his own way.
Nina Foritner is Johan Libert's twin sister and is one of the main protagonists after Tenma, I won't say why they have different names as that will spoil one of the major plot points of the series. Nina starts off as an average girl living with her parents, however when memories of her past start to catch up with her she along with Tenma go to try and solve the mystery of her past and what happened and through her interaction with Tenma becomes a more stronger person and through her interaction with Dieter is able to stay grounded in who she truly is. She eventually with Tenma's help is able to confront her brother about their past, again what makes it so amazing is how the story can take these characters and through them in certain situations and how they change and Nina is no different, seeing the horrors of what her brother does is what truly inspires her to dig into her past and find her brother so that she can put an end to his reign of terror. Nina is probably my second favorite female protagonist and probably in my top three characters in Monster. Now we get to talk about my two favorite characters. Tenma and Johan.
Tenma is the main character and in my opinion the greatest anime character of all time. The reason being is that he is confronted with ideals and beliefs that are out of his element yet he still always tries to do the right thing yet even then he is still human and never lets the fact that certain people do horrible things keep him from making them suffer a little yet despite that he will try and help them as best he can. Throughout the series he always has the mandate that all life is equal and no one no matter how bad they have become deserve to die as he always believes that it's never to late to start over and make a fresh start and this mandate of his is what truly made me excited about following him and seeing him grow because he does see the corruptions around him and he is forced to do things that in the past he wouldn't of done but that's what makes him truly a hero the fact that he still holds on to his believe that no one deserves to die but he does have to do things that go against that sometimes and he isn't a perfect person but he is never the less still a person and a good person who will try to pull through impossible odds and when he is being told he is going to be arrested or told that nobody wants his help he still helps them and tries his best to save people and always show them a different way of life and throughout the story I always felt he made the right choice and even after seeing Johan do unspeakable things he still treats Johan like a person and chooses to save him yet again because he can't bring himself to end another person's life no matter what and that is inspirational to me that fact that he becomes a hero starting off as a simple man and to give me that belief that everyone shouldn't be treated any differently even if they are considered evil. But above all I feel his greatest strength comes in his desire to simple never give up on anyone. I love Tenma because of how he holds on to his humanity through the story and how he shows me the true value of sticking to what you believe in even though others around you are telling you otherwise and how you can't just give up on someone.
And now we get to talk about the main villain and the reason why this manga/anime is here Johan Libert. If you want to talk terrifying complex and damaged characters look no further. Johan really is a true psychopath in every sense of the word and this comes down to the fact that he is so harmless on the surface but that is all a disguise for a heart that is as black as a black hole in space and a mind which is even sharper then Guts's sword from Berserk. Johan makes people trust him and then kills them in certain ways depending on how he is feeling, Johan's overall goal is to kill as many people as possible to become the last person at the end of the world and see the world unfold into a rave of chaos and destruction. He tries to get Tenma and others to shot him so that the monster in him will turn to them and they will become monsters themselves. Johan simply can be considered the one character that you would never suspect of doing anything wrong which makes it all the more shocking when things are damaged by his hands. Johan kills for himself and nothing more and sees it as just a part of his life and let's face it when people are calling you the monster, the devil and the next Hitler all at the same time, you know you are not to be messed with under any circumstances. Johan is one truly terrifying character and that fact that even at the end we still don't know much about him makes it even more scary. Plus because he hardly appears in the story makes it even more shocking when he does pop up and the way people talk about him and how every murder is orchestrated by him and the longer he is around the more people die makes him a psychopath on a grand scale. Tenma sees life as equal, Johan sees life as nothing, perfect definition of two sides of the the same coin and really makes for a battle of the minds and every time he appeared in the story or even when a event was brought up because of him I got a sense of dread and despair which I have never felt before. Johan is truly the greatest anime villain and possibly the best villain of all time from his actions and shadowy presence throughout the story.
With a rich cast that will have at least one character anybody will fall in love with Monster makes great use of an ensemble a rich complex cast that is of epic nature.
Now when it comes to sound, the music fits really well with the intense moments and the nice quieter moments and that's all I can say, plus the opening song is one of the best ever. My personal favorite tracks are the one used in the final episode for when the articles about Tenma are being read for it's triumphant nature and Johan's theme for reason I don't need to example. The music fits well with a lot of stand out tracks that give the series a very real sense of the situations that go on. When it comes to voice acting I feel that Monster's dub gives a much better listen then the Japanese version. I know many people might think differently but I feel this dub falls with Cowboy bebop and Full metal Alchemist. Primarily because of the main cast, Lunge sounds more robotic in the English which is true of the character and Johan in the dub sounds much more colder and sinister then the Japaneses voice actor, plus at the end of the series I feel like the voice for Tenma really feels like he has gone on this long epic journey. The Japanese cast is great don't get me wrong and the sub is a fantastic listen I just feel the dub captures the impact of the manga much more.
So sound wise the music and voice acting once again is top notch.
Now we come to the last parts, the arts style really gives off some memorable moments and makes great use of it's setting. Being set in Germany it allows for the use of a lot of great areas to explore ranging from the hospital at the beginning of the series to the vast open landscape. Each setting allows the artwork to expand and become a character itself, when we enter a new setting it is drawn differently and gives off it's over unique feel which allows the audience to not be bulked down on repeated usage of scenery and allows us to connect to each of the location and give a sense that this a huge story. Also when it comes to the characters the art style allows them to act as normal people and be expressed like normal people which helps with the realistic nature of the story.
With some memorable locations that are capture on a drawing and very realistic characters the artwork is a treat for the eyes and never let's your eyes see two locations that are drawn the same.
When it comes to enjoyment of the series for me personally as you've probably figured out, Monster is my favorite anime/manga/any tv show ever. My reason I have already explained and every time I watch it I get this sense that I have always been on a experience to a place with a vast landscape and it makes me want to visit that place and travel around it and being set in the real world I can do that. Monster helps me to see the best in humanity as well as the worst and makes me satisfied when i do see the best in humanity win the day without the use of violence all the time.
Overall Monster is a series that just gets me filled with so many emotions. I maybe a little long winded for some people but I am not one of those people and it allows me to feel like I am there sharing these experience with the characters as they are going through the experience too. With powerful characters an epic storyline and a great enjoyable experience. Monster is my favorite all time series period. Nothing has and nothing will again grip me like this epic series did.
10/10 for a masterpiece in animation and anime history. read more
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
STORY - 9.5/10 (10/10 here)
This is definitely one of Monster's many strong points. The explored themes, which include the value of life, human conditioning, and fundamentally, the complex nature of morality, are credibly developed in a manner that is engaging, compelling and deeply confronting. The pacing is exceptional, and the use of flashbacks and atmospheric tension is incredibly effective, propelling the narrative forward while constantly keeping me on the edge of my seat. Initially competing story lines are eventually shown to be interconnected, and virtually everything depicted contributed to the overarching narrative to some capacity. The only real issue I had with the story is that, while relevant, some sections felt prolonged to the point where they almost felt like 'filler'. Overall, exceptional story line
CHARACTER - 10/10 (Also 10/10 here)
Another one of Monster's strong points is definitely to be found within its diverse range of characters. Many of the characters are crippled by fatal yet scarily familiar flaws, ultimately enhancing their credibility. This allowed me to quickly become invested in the fates of many of the characters, perpetually concerned and aware of the fact that every action taken may result in unforeseen and potentially fatal consequences. Furthermore, character development is excellent and, in the case of some characters, is well integrated as a central aspect of the overarching narrative. By extension, the portrayal of moral ambiguity through character was very well-executed. Overall, it is clear that Monster doesn't generally try to make you 'like' the characters. Instead, it strives to make you 'understand' the characters, and it manages to pull off this effect exceptionally well
ART - 8/10 (8/10 here, but I would normally score art/sound together)
Since Monster isn't a particularly recent anime, I tried to be a bit more lenient in grading the animation quality. Overall, the art was to a more than acceptable quality, though not much of it really stands out and the ED, though appropriate, was a bit simplistic
SOUND - 8/10
Overall, music was used appropriately in many situations as part of the OST, while the OP and ED themes nailed the 'eerie-ness effect' rather well. However, as with the Art, the sound here struggles to make itself stand out. Moreover, while it was a nice touch hearing the motifs in the OP/ED playing throughout the episodes as part of the soundtrack (or bar/restaurant music!), the associated lack of original OST's was slightly concerning. Finally, voice acting was mostly good, and I can confidently say this is the only anime I've watched so far (haven't exactly watched many though!) where I preferred the dubbed version to the subbed version, for reasons I would struggle to articulate.
ENJOYMENT - 9/10 (Wouldn't normally score enjoyment separately)
It would be remiss of me to say that Monster was a completely enjoyable experience. It isn't, nor does it aim to be. However, to say that I didn't enjoy it would be equally unfair, as watching it was a deeply compelling and engaging experience.
As a whole, watching Monster provided for an exceptional personal viewing experience. Though I'd most recommend it to fans of psychological thrillers, I believe that virtually anyone can enjoy the series simply because of the uniquely encompassing nature of the narrative
*Notes - Not intended to reflect the entirety of my thoughts. This is more like an abridged, formal version of the reviews I normally write for myself read more
For me, what stands out most about Monster, aside from the incredible gripping plot with excellent pacing, is the attention to character development. It's incredible how you can come up with such a plethora of characters and make each one them seem like a important piece of the game. You spend episodes watching characters that will simply stop showing up later, but their actions will still have consequences much later on.
And don't get me started on the villain, which possibly is the best one created in a manga ever. Johan may seem just the evil itself with a pretty face at first, but that would be a way too shallow way to describe him. Johan is like a entity, a phantasm leaving nothing but disgrace in his wake and the consequences of his existence is something alway present throught the series.
Another thing that also impressess me is the dialogue. It's incredible how human it can be, how realistic it can feel and it basically moves the show alone, without the need of senseless shootouts or fight sequences. Add all this up with a tense atmosphere and subtle, but extremely effective symbolism and you basically have yourself one the best shows in existence, and I don't mean just anime, I mean any form of fiction.
All in all, Monster in incredibly entertaning, even if it may take a while for you to become accustomed to it's pacing (like I said, it's perfect considering it's style) but not only that is a great study of the human nature in general, how can individual actions generate such turmoils. Like the villain did to our main character, Monster will keep hauting you long after you see it. read more
And because watching it is potentially disappointing, all the more the series is 74 episodes long - three times the normal show's length, mind you - please treat this review as a warning (as non-spoiler-ish as possible).
The show around the middle seems almost perfect. It has a great premise which constantly evolves when a protagonist uncovers new layers of what he is destined to confront. The series evolves simultaneously by expanding its cast of characters and by narrating its story through different conventions - Monster starts as a kind of fugitive on the run crime revenge story, but in its run it touches many different (though related) genres - there are elements (or even entire arcs) of road movie, detective story, horror, conspiracy drama, psychological thriller, medical drama, soap opera and film-noir. This variety of means of story narrating (and variety of spotlight's characters) keeps attention of the viewer and make her overlook quite a few clichéd events. The ensemble cast is also a very strong point of the show - obviously some of them are walking archetypes, but some of them are very much not and even when they are, they're designed in an interesting way.
What is worth noting, Monster is almost entirely non-animesque both in characters' design, in its setting and also in its choice of themes and plot devices. There are almost no distinctively Japanese tropes present - the show much more resembles the HBO live-action series that its anime counterparts. Art style and soundtrack fit the show very well and emphasize its grim atmosphere - from the opening to the end credits. Bleak colors and ominous sounds serve the show very well. The world of Monster is stylishly sketched and sound-tracked in a way which helps the viewer to immerse in it. Designs of the streets, buildings, "the city out of fairy tale" and a certain unique children book cannot be easily forgotten.
Until the very last arc there are minor flaws here and there - several, though very rare, bland individual episodes, maybe one arc not on the par with the others. But for so long a series it's hard to find anything to sincerely criticize. Yes, the anime relies too heavily on suspense - even while doing it masterfully (and it really does it masterfully), the constant cuts of the scene in the heat of the moment could grow old on the impatient after 50+ episodes. The constant use of cuts in most thrilling moments also prevents the anime from showing most of the action sequences it could have had. I wouldn't mind this in the shorter series, but in the longer one, even more variety than it already has would be welcome. And sometimes there is a little too much melodrama, and one or two cheap tricks too many.
But it is all forgivable. My only real gripe through series run was a growing uneasy feeling that there is a significant inconsistency between individual characters' actions, the way story treats them and the show's dark setting - on the one hand the unfolding events are rather creepy and disturbing, on the other some characters tend to behave like pre-modern Disney movie heroes. The show during many episodes lands surprisingly often in territory of a very clear-cut version of black and white morality. What's more, it tends to resolve conflicts in favor of the white side by plot conveniences. It contrasts starkly with the overall grim mood. This tonal dissonance fluctuates - it is not always prominent, sometimes it is abandoned for good.
Up to the last part the series weaves skillfully its premise and subsequent multiple parallel threads, interconnecting and twisting them. It's worth repeating that individually most of them are stellar. But as they unravel they don't conclude the main story and leave much of the mystery concealed to the very end. The build-up is so enormous that it promises the viewer not only a satisfactory ending, but rather catharsis in its most refined form. The problem is the series fails to deliver on that promise. The conclusion comes and it's not cathartic. It isn't even satisfactory. It isn't bad, by any stretch of imagination, and it isn't one of the usual anime endings which doesn't resolve anything. Still by the series own standards it isn't satisfactory enough - all of these threads don't connect neatly, some of them are left hanging in the air, few are connected in an unconvincing way and quite a few plot-holes are created.
And it happens apparently not only because creators wrote themselves into corner by sheer complexity of their story and by setting the viewers' expectations unbelievably high. Their story not only seems to rush last arc, not only doesn't fully connect its multiple threads, but ultimately it doesn't wholly abandon the aforementioned tonal dissonance. It refuses to draw serious consequences from itself. It's unbelievably infuriating because almost all the pieces needed to make a better ending are there, yet the creators choose the unsatisfactory way. I understand the reasons for that, they have much to do with the ethical message the writer tries to convey and a little with cultural differences between Japan and West in terms of a certain public morality issue (I don't want to spoil here exactly what issue). Yet I find such reasons and such a way of concluding story fundamentally outdated. And hypocritical.
For some it won't be a problem at all. Some may even like the ending - I repeat, it's not bad, it's only dishearteningly inadequate. So bear in mind that you might be heavily disappointed by it - if you are the person who could live with a 74 episodes long fascinating journey which doesn't necessarily lead anywhere you definitely should watch this. If you are not, seriously reconsider committing yourself to such a long anime, it may be not worth it. read more
Monster is a fierce, gripping show that grabs you by the arm and transports you through 74 episodes of mind-bending plot, engaging characters and possibly the best villain in anime history. I had to wait about a week after finishing this series before making my attempt at a review due to the sheer amount of things I wanted to say at its conclusion.
It’s quite difficult to put into words how much I enjoyed Monster’s unique storyline. Not only is it realistic, but it keeps a steady pace for the entire 74 episodes while focusing entirely on a single story arc. It’s an incredible feat to see in an anime. Adapted from the highly revered manga by Naoki Urasawa, viewers follow the main protagonist, Dr. Kenzo Tenma, a prodigal Japanese neurosurgeon. Dr. Tenma is working abroad in post segregated Germany, engaged to the daughter of the hospital’s director and is genuinely living the “good life”. That is, until a certain patient arrives in his care. Dr. Tenma is faced with a difficult decision when he has to choose between performing an operation on the mayor or a young boy shot in the head that he was already in surgery with. With a strong sense of morality on his side, he chooses the boy and his life literally comes crashing down around him. He is stripped of his head neurosurgeon title, accused of murder on several accounts and left by his fiancée, and this is within the first five episodes!
The rest of the series follows Tenma as he is on the run, trying to track down the Monster that ruined his life. It’s a constant game of cat and mouse, filled with death and drama, and focusing strongly on character development and well paced plotlines. The writing in Monster is absolutely fantastic. It is both medically and geographically accurate, and the dialogue between the characters is top notch. There are almost no filler episodes, and each chapter is meticulously laid out to aid the viewer in solving the mystery of the “monster” for themselves. I mostly enjoyed the sequences between Tenma and the infamous BKA Inspector Lunge, as well as the interactions Tenma has with the Monster himself. The action sequences were also well orchestrated, leaving that appropriate amount of suspense when you knew the killer was right around the corner, or Tenma himself was just moments from being caught. It’s moments like that which are missing from most animes in the genre, and Monster executed them perfectly.
Social issues and corruption are prominent throughout the series as well, buffing the realism factor exponentially. There are gangs, exposed destitute orphanages, and red light districts in post-segregated Germany which showcase the disparities that still exist even today. All the side stories are interwoven into one infernal beast of a storyline. No characters are disposed for the sake of fan service, no dialogues is squandered and most of all, the feeling you get at the end of this series is pure satisfaction.
The cast of this anime is just too damn good. Plenty of characters to love, and those you love to hate. Tenma is the moral pillar inside all of us. He is an honest and logical man who is trying to right the wrongs that have occurred within his life. His decisions are always calculated, never rash, and if it comes down to saving someone’s life over his own personal gain… he will always make the right choice. His friends along the way could always sense his genuinely good character, and would stick by Tenma’s side, come what may. The “Monster” was brilliantly sinister throughout the series, and I often found myself somewhat scared when he appeared on screen. His elusiveness and charisma added to his complexity as a character and made it all the more terrifying. He will go down as perhaps the greatest villain in anime history.
The comparison of the main antagonist to Hitler is also interesting. The way that the “Monster” manipulates the minds of the individuals he befriends is frighteningly realistic. He brings them to the lowest point, lower than death, and when the suffering appears to be too much he offers them a hand in return for performing his dirty work. I can imagine people like that existing in the world today, and the fact that the government and certain masochistic individuals were attempting to recreate Hitler using experiments done on children was appalling in nature.
The rest of the supporting characters were great in their own rights. I enjoyed the background of Wolfgang Grimmer, the prior orphan turned freelance journalist, who was trying to uncover his own past while helping to unravel pieces of the overarching mystery. I quickly grew attached to his side arch and how he intertwined with Tenma. Deiter and Nina were also great aids to Tenma, as well as Dr. Reichwein and Gillen. But perhaps my favorite character of all was that of Inspector Lunge. He was a brilliant detective who grew obsessed with the cases he couldn’t solve. Even at the cost of his own family and career. The way he was so systematic in filing information into his “hard drive” screamed OCD and reminded me loosely of L from Deathnote.
For what it is, I love the animation style from the early to mid 2000’s. Monster especially made realistic looking characters, and did a great job of illustrating Germany and the Czech Republic’s land/cityscapes. None of the characters seemed dull, and even maintained a highly detailed level of animation through long dialogue sequences. The transformation of Tenma over the series is also evident in the character model; going from young and clean cut to tattered and worn. The soundtrack was suspenseful at the necessary times, and I never found it to be overused or tacky. The opening didn’t change over the course of the show, which was great. Sometimes I feel that anime openings have become less and less to do with the anime itself and more about showcasing artists that make them. The ending song was the creepiest I’ve ever seen, and fit so well with the ominous vibe the series was trying to convey. The English voice acting was extremely good, and I actually found that I liked it more than the Japanese.
There isn’t any logical way I can give anything but a 10 to this anime. Not just based on average score, but the overall effect that Monster had on me was tremendous. It is a show that I will not soon forget, and certainly one I could recommend to any suspense/thriller fan… even those who don’t enjoy anime. It has been rumored that legendary horror director Guillermo Del Toro has worked with HBO to bring us a live action iteration of this masterpiece, so I hope to continue my love for the series in the future. Monster is a hard hitting, life changing anime that will go down in history as one of my all time favorites.
Watch In- English or Japanese (I preferred English)
Favorite Character- Heinrich Lunge
Favorite Episode- Chapter 73
Animation, art, sound. were pretty good but emotions shown by characters, story telling everything in the anime gave the feel of the real life.
It was like even if is was a real story it wouldn't be surprising.
Unlike Gankatsuou or Deathnote it doesn't have anything supernatural and unlike psyco pass there is no special gun or something. Its a story purly feasible to happen in real life.
This is why this anime is quite unique and different from all the others. Its a one of a kind anime.
This is definitely one of best anime ever made. I would like to watch more of anime like this one if there are more. read more
Monster has one of the best stories ever. It has romance, violence, war, drama, betrayal. The plot really dragged me into marathoning this anime.
2. Art (5/10)
The art work is not the best, aside from the main characters, everyone else seems to look the same which does not matter to me at all.
3. Sound (7/10)
I usually don't pay much attention to soundtrack unless it is really good or really off. In this case, I didn't notice anything that was off. I also quite like the OP.
4. Character (1/10)
I feel this category is very important in creating a good anime, in the case of Monster, this category ruined the entire anime for me. To receive a good rating for this section from me, the characters need to be practical, show development, and have proper non-retarded dialogue.
The way the characters acted in this anime were far from practical, it was actually so retarded. More than half the things that came out of Johans mouth made no sense at all, if I heard someone speaking like Johan IRL, I would think that person has some kind of mental illness. Aside from Johan, every damn character talked like they were retarded with the conversations being very long and repetitive. Here’s some examples,
Character A: *while looking at the TV* “its, its... its.... its ...”
character B: *while starring at Character A“ its who? You gottta tell me, who is it? I need to know!!".
A: its, its , its... its HIM.
B: WHO? its WHO?? You have to TELL ME!!! Who is it?
A: its, its its its.. 3 second pause. The man who saved my life. if it was not for this man.... .... ... It is, its is ....
B: it IS WHO???.
A: it's DOCTOR TENMA!!.
B: *finally turns to the TV* "its him. it really is. It really is him. Its doctor teenma. It REALLY IS! DR TEENMA SAVED ME TOO.
ARE YOU FKING KIDDING ME.
Example of how this convo. would go IRL: Character A: shit its DR. Tenma.
There is absolutely no development in this anime. Although all the characters cling to their past, what I want to get at is how the same shit happens over and over again and the results are always the same AND they take forever to get there. Dieter must have been told 6 or 7 times to stay behind because he is too young for this type of life, yet every damn time, he back talks into tagging along. What i'm saying is, why is there so much screen time placed into these damn scenes (each time is like 3 minutes). There are many other ways to show his stubbornness.. Little things like this take up more than half of the 74 episode screen time. (totally irrelevant).
Another example, Tenmas most spoken phrases:
1:“only me, only I can do it, no, I must do it, I have to do it. Because I was the one. The one who saved ……a monster... I must kill him to prevent more deaths."
2: "NO I CANT DO IT, I JUST CANT, I cant shoot him"
3. ANNA, You mustn’t kill him!. Because I have to do it.
4. Repeat. (Anna does the exact same thing too. In the end, after all that screen time of retarded indecisiveness, nothing happened).
Retarded dialogue.. literally every chance the script writer had, he did the following:
A: It is ….it is…. HIM
A: the man who… Who… he is… He is… he is… none other than…. A MONSTER (TERROR)
IRL (A): "He is Johan."
IRL (B): "OH" *shocked*
5. Enjoyment (2/10)
I honestly really enjoyed the first 20 episodes. Then I got fed up with how ridiculous the dialogue was and how extremely long this anime was. I don’t appreciate how the creators put in so much repeats and recaps when there were 74 fucking episodes (it's like how i use write my middle school essays). Every detective repeated the entire case every damn time they got a chance to and the story book was read from beginning to end like 5 TIMES. This anime would've been so much better with 24 episodes.
6. Overall (4/10)
Like all media, the negative always has a heavier impact than the positive. A great story just doesn’t cut it for me if the characters are not practical. I do not recommend this anime, I actually skimmed threw episodes 64-74 but really had no idea what went on since all i could read was Johan's retarded riddle-like words, repeated scenes and the words HIM and MONSTER.
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
Adapted from a manga by Naoki Urasawa, who has been called a ‘living genius’ and has given us a taste of many other great manga, which includes 20th Century Boys, and Pluto. Monster was directed by Kojima Masayuku, and produced by Madhouse Studios, has given birth to this incredible 'Monster' in the Japanese media.
Monster takes place in Germany, which rather gives it a unique feels to it, and portrays the setting as realistic and believable. Like a monster, this series begins very quietly. Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. Firstly, our main character faces his morals regarding the value of a human life, and decides to save an orphaned boy believing that his decision was correct as a doctor. However, his path not only leads to the damage of his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmare. This destroys his bright future, and brings him into a completely different world of complexity and despair. This is what triggers the remarkable story of Monster.
The plot brings together different elements to create a breathtaking and realistic story with amazing suspense and horror. As a result, the series is very engaging to watch. The story resolves mostly around Johan, and his past. The plot remains a steady pace throughout, every episode delivers us with an interesting new twist to the story; not even a still minute is wasted, as every scene contributes to the story, thus keeping the audience at the edge of their seat throughout the whole series. The development of the story is brilliantly done, as it allows one to get attached to the characters. Every episode introduces something different and new to build up the plot with its characters, thus giving it spark of brilliance. What’s interesting about the plot is that it asks very insightful and interesting questions of absolute evil, disbelief, the value of humans, and human nature itself. It is this questions which makes the audience curious into finding the answers, therefore showing the intelligence of the series.
It is the characters which truly make this show shine at its brightest. The character development throughout this anime is simply fantastic. Even the characters that appeared for few episodes are given enough background and developments, which make this series absolutely fascinating. The characters portray different sides of humanity, and complexity which one would rarely see in other anime. They are each given different personality, and each goes through their own hardship in such a way which completely absorbs the audience into observation of this character; even the minors, which gives this anime top-notch drama. Furthermore, what is most impressive about the characters is that they are portrayed as 'human' which makes the characters seem ‘alive’ and gives them sense of realism. They are not your archetypes which are seen in most anime, thus making Monster very unique and realistic.
Blending nicely with the series, the music was wonderful and enhanced the anime brilliantly. The music carefully sets the tone, and its intensity does a perfect job at setting the atmosphere in every scene. It becomes crystal clear to the audience that every music was chosen with great care and purpose to keep the audience at the edge of their seat with its suspense. As far as the voice actors goes, they did an outstanding job in grand fashion, which deserves more than that of respect, as they carries out their role perfectly.
As well as the music, the animation production does not let down this anime. The art-style is unique, as the characters are designed in detail, which reflects the depth of the character's appearance. This series demonstrates such a high elegant skill of production by Madhouse, which is not commonly seen in other series. Furthermore, what is most impressive about the animation is the fact that it improves over time, which further shows the uniqueness of Monster. What truly stands out of the production value is the use of astonishing artistic techniques; we also see the beautiful recreation of the German city, which truly shows the capability of Madhouse. Just like the music, the animation production is done very smoothly, and blends with the series, keeping it balanced with its beauty and complexity.
Again, nothing is perfect. As mentioned before, this series has very little flaws, which most may not notice, or is very easily overlooked. But, some of the sublime details of the plot are poorly explained and left out. However, the reason why one would overlook these little flaws is because it does not have much of a impact in the plot, as the details that are left out is deliberate, so the audience can roam in their imagination to seek for the answer. Thus, the little flaws Monster has cannot really be counted as flaws, as it had a purpose and reason to leave the audience hungry for more answers.
There are probably many great anime series out there, but the stunning adaption by Madhouse and Masayuki Kojima of Monster is one the very best. Thus, making the most intelligent and complex anime, as it brings together it's ingredients of its intense drama, memorable characters, well-constructed and twisted plot, excellent pacing, and outstanding production values, therefore turning it simply into an extraordinary masterpiece, which cannot be missed out. read more
And I am here to say that Monster, unlike many critical reverences, actually deserves all of its intense hype.
Monster is a morbid tale rooted in a reality that is all too grim and frighteningly realistic. The terrors seen in this world do not revolve around supervillains or magic. What begins as a series about a bright, upstart neurosurgeon with a seemingly impeccable life quickly resolves into a chilling narrative regarding the origin of evil, the value of human life, human experimentation, the morality of revenge, the possibility of redemption, the existence of true evil, and whether or not death is deserving for anyone. Yeah, a lot of heavy stuff, so I don't recommend Monster if you're planning to watch it halfheartedly.
But now, let's begin the actual review.
The first thing of note is how complex the story of Monster really is. There is a multitude of layers to the narrative, and no layer is straightforward, but actually rather twisted and veering into many directions based on the motives and actions of the character roster. This is partially why the story has 74 episodes; typically only unnecessarily long Shonen anime are that lengthy, but here we are. Do not fear, though: the intricacy of the fiction is vastly entertaining and well-written.
Urasawa is a master of playing with the emotions of the audience to create immense sadness, unabashed terror, joyous happiness, and everything in between. And so, being a dark anime, one of the most enticing aspects of the anime is the almost Hitchcock-esque level of suspense created by the writing staff. Despite the nasty habit of switching to the outside of a building right as a gunshot is fired only to come back and find that nothing important happened, Urasawa carefully crafts a creeping fear that sneaks up on the audience. Something that aids in this tremendously is the fact that there is just enough substance to back up these moments of suspense, but many times it is a red herring of sorts. It constantly keeps you guessing and entertained to see what happens next.
Of course, the story isn't without its flaws. Despite its rather well-formed plot and lack of plot holes, there are a LOT of plot coincidences, and while they don't drive the story, they do compensate as lazy writing in order to connect all of the different clues and story points because there are just so damn many of them. Characters also sometimes display some... questionable logic (you're on the run, so it might be best to change your appearance/name), but overall the issues do not come close to overriding the brilliance in the narration.
The pacing of Monster is best described as a gradual (VERY gradual) blaze that eventually engulfs the audience as the story comes to a close. By no means is the slowness a negative, however; it allows the suspense to properly build while granting time for character and plot development at a high rate. As a disclaimer of sorts, if you have a short attention span, then this might be an adverse thing for you.
To close out the plot analysis, I want to talk about the very thing that I claimed pretentious cavaliers of anime fans loved the most: good old symbolism and themes! Well, as stated earlier in the review, Monster has a plethora of thematic statements (essentially the reasoning behind the story in the first place for those who are unfamiliar), and the majority of them are executed very well. I wasn't quite fond of one of them for nearly the entire story, but at the end I had an epiphany and I'd be happy to discuss further details by some other means, but a review is not the time or place for such a discussion as I have to keep this spoiler-free.
In my humble opinion, Monster's most exceptional trait lies in the quality of its characters.
Because of the ample catalogue of characters, it would be quite simple to imagine that Urasawa, much like Tite Kubo of Bleach, would simply forget about some of them and thus make their importance to the overarching tale meaningless. However, that does not happen. Every character has a distinct role, and these roles both aid in the development/characterization of other characters as well as the deepness of the plot, and the end result is marvelous.
Johan Liebert is candidly my favorite character in any form of entertainment ever. EVER. I could go on for hours analyzing his characterization but, again, this is not the time or place. Kenzo Tenma, Heinrich Lunge, Nina Fortner, Wolfgang Grimmer, and the rest of the cast are distinctly behind him in my opinion (even putting my fanboy bias aside), but they are all written quite well and their interactions as a whole are impressive in their own right.
The minor characters are also something to be revered as they all have audible traits and flaws, many of which bring light to the fact that this world is very real and these characters could exist in our own world. Almost every character's inner motivations/demons/ideals and connectedness with others are something of admiration to be sure.
But the fact remains that great characters can only be great if the author knows how to treat them. Luckily for you all, Urasawa (for the most part) is phenomenal at giving his characters roles that fit their personalities and that fully take advantage of the characterizations he created. ESPECIALLY for the main villain, but elaborating further might create unnecessary spoilers.
The only thing that I don't particularly care for is that one of the characters is a Gary Stu. Now, there are reasons in the narrative behind this, but it is a bit off-putting.
Despite the fact that this anime is over ten years old, the quality of the animation is surprisingly high. The characters in particular are all uniquely designed and look wonderful; they fit their nationalities, age, and more and they all have distinct differences. Urasawa put much care into his designs. The way they react to situations, whether it be in happiness, sadness, fear, shock, etc all are reflected in gorgeous artwork.
The backgrounds deserve praise as well because they look absolutely magnificent. It is clear that this world has been designed with meticulous care and it really pays off in the end product.
The opening is a bit boring after a while (and it never changes), but it fits the tone of the story very well, and the ending (especially the full version) is quite eerie and is actually incredibly symbolic, which I thought was a nice touch. The soundtrack is somewhat small, but the vast majority of the songs are well-made and add to the "feel" and quality of the story. It is a very powerful score, particularly in tense moments and scenes of raw emotion.
The dub (which I watched) is one of the best that I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. In particular Heinrich Lunge, Johan Liebert, Kenzo Tenma, and Eva Heinemann are all played beautifully, and the dialogue is very well-acted.
Monster is truly an oddity in anime, one that consistently lives up to the haughty expectations set by the critical populace. While it isn't perfect, I would not argue with anyone claiming that it is truly the magnum opus of Japanese animation.
Monster is my favorite anime of all time, and I recommend it to anyone.
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This anime is strong, maybe the best atmosphere in any pyschological anime/movie I've ever watched. Call me funny, but everytime Johann monologue or dialouge appears, it gives me the cold and thrilling feels. Yes, for me, it's that good.
I didn't give the story 10 points because I think the weakest point is on the ending. Maybe some of you think that the ending is very genius, but trust me, it isn't. Or maybe I've put my expectations too high (Comparing to HBO serials like Breaking Bad, or hollywood movies that are highly rated because of it's ending). But else than that, it's really amazing. I told all of my friends that this is an "HBO series in Anime". The story is slow paced, which I really like, it develop the Kenzo Tenma characters and others (Johann, Anna, Lunge) even wider. It will never stop to amaze you, at least before the last episode of this series.
P.S. : Guillermo del Toro, which is known as a director of HBO has submitted the live action HBO series based on Naoki Urasawa's Monster. Yes, it is that good.
The art is really outstanding! Well, I realized that when it's the scene of Anna Liebert as child says "Kill him, kill him." Wow! the face really frightening me. Or even the scene when a kid forced to walks on a local prostitution site, you don't need to imagine more, because the art already gives you more than what you expect.
Basically, if I can compare the arts in atmospherical ways to top dark psychological thriller anime nowadays (Death Note, Pyscho Pass) I will give Death Note an 8 score, Pyscho Pass getting a 7, and Monster getting a 9. Watching Death Note and Psycho Pass or even NGE didnt give me that thrilling feels, or only disgusting feels because how much gore shown in it.
Now this is the part that I love the most about this anime. The soundworks is so amazing, supporting every aspect of the movie. Peaceful town? Yes. Frightening atmosphere? Absolutely. Opening and Ending? Both of them are good, especially the ending one. I still remember the ending music, and I can't get it out of my head. It really match the "Nameless Monster" theme. Perfect.
Since there is so many characters in it, I will point out only the Important ones.
- Kenzo Tenma is a well developed character, you can really the way he thinks. A neurosurgery doctor, to a depressed adult young man who maybe wanted to end his own life, you can really feel what he really feels.
- Johann Liebert is a top class made character. Well maybe you can feel and know what Tenma thinks, but what's better than that? An unpredictable ruthless monster who done his job with mindblowing ways. This character is #1 for my all time favorite characters.
- Anna Liebert. I hate to say this, maybe she is the weakest part of the characters section. I know she is weak and strong in a way, but his presence did not give me any new ways to see the series. Her point of view is just somewhat mediocre.
- Inspector Lunge, he is listed as my 3rd favorite characters on this anime. He stands to what he believes, he is a strong and realistic minded character. You can hate him, or love him, it's just the matter of your point of view.
- Eva Heinemann is a supporting characters for me. Rather than main as what MAL shows on the page, I think she gives an impact to the show, but not that much. She's just like a bridge and connects things and scenes up.
Why do I only give it a 9 out of 10? Because the unimportant part of the series that really gives little impacts, or almost none which takes 5-10 episodes. I think it should add more Important stories, more like Johann's raising from his dead with his sister, rather than old couple that have trouble back at the farm.
I give it a 9.5 because nothing is perfect. For me, masterpiece is a 9, and this show is beyond it. One of the best "Dark Psychological Thriller" anime I've ever watch, or maybe it's the best. But I remind you, that this show is not a casual show like Psycho Pass (Which I think is overrated, sorry though). This is how Dark Psychological Thriller anime should be made, call me a fanboy, maybe I'm just a bit overrated it, but hey, it's my opinion.
I put a 10 scores so much on MAL not because I think its perfect, it's just because I just like to do so, if I enjoyed it, why don't give it a free click to raise its popularity? :)
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Monster is a down-to-Earth psychological crime drama. At first, it might appear to have supernatural elements, but I won't spoil it for you. After watching the entire thing, I would say Monster would've been great as a live-action TV series, which couldn't be said for any other anime I watched so far (and I watched quite a lot). It has everything a great series needs, a cast of characters that the audience can care about, action-packed scenes to liven up the pretty in-depth crime drama, great character development, a good story full of twists and turns that will keep you coming back for more, and an astonishing and realistic art-style to wrap it all together. During it's epic 74 episode run time, it brings up many hard questions about the human psyche, morality and human connections, relationships. How far are we willing to go to accomplish our goals? How much of your humanity are you willing to trade in for them? What is "humanity" anyway? Some of the episodes are frighteningly realistic in describing the human condition and it doesn't back down from touching really hard social and historical taboos either. No, it grabs you by the hair and slams your face in them saying "Look! That's what you are!". I can safely say Monster was one of the most unique and thought-provoking experiences I've ever had.
But, (and yes, here comes the "but") Monster is anything but perfect. While it's action-packed and suspenseful story would stand great on it's own, it's sadly spread too thin and too long. The story needlessly drags on for 74 full-length episodes and the ending feels more like a coup de grace than closure. The cast of main characters is huge, and while they are really well made and fleshed out, we are continuously introduced to a slew of new side-characters that have barely any relevance to the main story (if at all). The writers regularly go off on tangents just to demonstrate a small plot point or tidbits of (mostly irrelevant) character backstory, bringing in and taking out characters on a whim after they "served their purpose". In the end, they were seemingly just struggling to give enough individual screen-time to their monstrously bloated cast (pun intended), and it only makes the audience lose interest in them and lose count on who is who why they are even there.
The story itself is mostly delivered in (sometimes painfully dragged out) exposition. The series lurches forward in needlessly detailed investigation sequences, flooded with meaningless trivia and extra character backstory that have little to no bearing on the main story itself. The story paths regularly branch off into dead-ends and meaningless side-plots that fill entire episodes, yet don't bring anything new or interesting to the table. The sheer amount of dialogue and narration in Monster would fill entire volumes of books. Even the exposition itself is riddled by double-takes, needlessly repeated flashback segments, and a ton of redundant, rephrased information. You can seriously skip entire dozens of episodes and still understand everything because of mind-blowing number of flashback scenes, and the characters even keep repeating themselves over and over. The whole series could've been distilled down to a neat 30-40 episodes without losing any of the story.
My third (entirely personal) beef with this series is with the setting itself. Unlike most anime, the entire story of Monster takes place in 80's and 90's Europe (mostly Germany and the former Czechoslovakia). See, I was born and still living in Europe, I lived in the time and place the show takes place. Monster being a work of fiction, I chalked up most of the factual, cultural and historical errors and inconsistencies to "writer's freedom" and "suspension of disbelief" and such. While the creators of the anime obviously did their homework and got most of the general things right, there were some details that bugged me more than they should've. Little, insignificant things that most people from other parts of the world would miss, were just screaming at me from the screen. Getting used to the obviously Japanese idiosyncrasies, mannerisms, phrases and behaviors forced upon the allegedly fully European characters is one thing. But small details like choice of words, custom, type of foods/drinks, fashion, architecture or even music in some places were just flat our wrong and felt so out of place that it shoved me right out of the immersion. The whole thing felt like someone went to the library and read a whole bunch of books and travel guides about Europe, but never actually been there. I know it sounds lame, but since I did live here at the time of the anime, and the creators obviously tried to recreate the European setting realistically, I just couldn't help it.
I know I spent most of this review pandering on what's wrong with Monster, but the truth is, I really liked it, and I stand by my score of 8/10. It's really worth watching for everyone who desires something other than the run-of-mill anime, something unique. If you can overlook the droll exposition and sometimes aimlessly branching and dragged out storytelling, you'll find a really suspenseful and interesting story of crime and punishment, dark secrets, interesting characters, huge plot twists, thrilling psychological expeditions into the human mind and soul and much more. read more
I fully take my gratitude to Naoki Urasawa to his magnificent creation, Monster, for making this kind of story, my perspection in life was enlightened after watching this, and found a different view in the real life situation.
Now, for the review.
This is not a common theme, not a thing you could find on any mystery/psychological animes. After time I find something psychological animes, Monster quickly got my attention, to the synopsis, setting, and the title itself.
-Story. Monster's plot is the gem of the whole series. It is the backbone. The only reason why you would watch this series is because of none other than the story. From the setting, to the plot pace, Monster's plot is surprisingly unique, and frankly I say, it is disturbing. The disturbance is not forcing me to get rid of watching, but it makes me more excited on the next scene. As I said earlier, watching the first episode shall make you watch more, and more, until you are in the story, knowing all the elements, becoming more affected in every emotions of the scene, until you finish the series, you will ask for more, feel a bit unsatisfied, but reminiscing the well-written plot will make you content.
Monster has a mystery/psychological theme, as its main theme. You would notice it after watching the first episode. This is the first psychological anime that I watched, and I'm truly feel awkward at the start, with the slow progression of the show, I feel like "Yeah, I understand now."
Monster has taken plenty of real culture and principles in life, there are many to mention, but you could determine them throughout the series, some are - The value of life, racism, facism, greed, nihilism, the essence of identity, death, corruption, brainwashing, and some psychological cases.
The story start with a mind breaking decisions, different perspectives, to Kenzo Tenma, a renowned surgeon, with his circle of people, his fiancee, his boss, co-workers, and his typical patient: A young twins that was part of a certain crime. The story revolves about that certain event, this 74-episode series is about to the Monster that Tenma has revived.
-Art. The art is applicable to Monster's theme, The way it was drawn, is appropriate to the setting, and the plot. The art of script, was well made, and the appropriate fashion. The locations are appropriate, since the setting is on Europe, specifically Germany and Czech Republic, at the time after the wall fell.
-Sound. The voice acting is great, I thank all the actors and actresses who take part. The opening theme is just one, throughout all the series, and I say its appropriate to its mystery theme. The sound makes you feel the setting is in the past 20th century.
- Character. Another important part of a psychological theme. This is also one of the things why you should watch it, the characters. Each characters has his/her perspective, like a real individual. The characters has their own role in the story, especially in their arcs. They may be potential characters that has been eliminated (deceased) but though they made a wonderful role before. As a psychological anime, the story targets the character's mind, his/her ideas, the way of thinking, the opinion. The plot progresses not just by the things happen in the physical world, but most of the time its about the character's feelings.
- Enjoyment. Despite being disturbing, its enjoyable because the story shows the madness and benevolence of the chaotic world, the world full of perspective. The story tells that there is no absolute, bad or wrong, and all individual has his own evil. It was enjoyable because some points can be related to my own life. The plot doesn't stand own opinion but it generalize all opinions, to prevent arguing with other people who stand in their own thoughts.
I recommend this anime for all people who is certain to learn something. It was not made to scare but to make a realization of life, it teaches you that life isn't just this or that, this life is determined in different ways, its up to you to decide. I also recommend this to people who study psychology, there are plenty of psychological cases.
Rating: 10 - Good Job!
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