Ranked #5

Monster (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: Monster
Japanese: MONSTER


Type: Manga
Volumes: 18
Chapters: 162
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 5, 1994 to Dec 20, 2001
Authors: Urasawa, Naoki (Story & Art)
Serialization: Big Comic Original


Score: 9.041 (scored by 16520 users)
Ranked: #52
Popularity: #69
Members: 35,521
Favorites: 4,128
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Dr. Kenzou Tenma is a renowned brain surgeon of Japanese descent working in Europe. Highly lauded by his peers as one of the great young minds that will revolutionize the field, he is blessed with a beautiful fiancée and is on the cusp of a big promotion in the hospital he works at. But all of that is about to change with a grave dilemma that Kenzou faces one night—whether to save the life of a small boy or that of the town's mayor. Despite being pressured by his superiors to perform surgery on the mayor, his morals force him to perform the surgery on the other critical patient, saving his life and forfeiting the mayor's. A doctor is taught to believe that all life is equal; however, when a series of murders occur in the surgeon's vicinity, all of the evidence pointing to the boy he saved, Kenzou's beliefs are shaken. Along his journey to unravel the true identity of his little patient, Kenzou discovers that the fate of the world may be intertwined with the mysterious child.

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Monster won the 46th Shogakukan Manga Award in the General category in 2000.

The series was published in English by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint from February 21, 2006 to December 16, 2008. VIZ Media has republished the series in 2-in-1 omnibuses (subtitled The Perfect Edition) since July 15, 2014.

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Jan 24, 2009
I rarely give tens to mangas. But this one just deserves it! Why? I'm going to tell you:

Monster isn't a tradional manga. It isn't about fighting. I even dare to say it is a 'Love it or hate it'-manga. If you are the type of Naruto and Bleach and looking for that kind of manga, this isn't the manga for you. If you are looking for an intense, well-written manga, I would recommend this certainly for you.

The story is complex and long. Altough it's long, there isn't one single filler. It is all part of the same story. The story is about several characters, whom read more
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Mar 26, 2015
What makes a great psychological thriller? An intelligent plot? Unpredictable plot twists? Memorable, deep characters? Or is it the overall atmosphere of the series? If you're looking for a manga that can give you all of the above, Naoki Urasawa's got your back. Chances are that you have probably heard of Monster before and was wondering if it's as good as some people make it out to be, and to be quite honest, it deserves every bit of praise it gets and lives up to the hype surrounding it. Securing a position at the top of almost every manga ranking site, Monster is a critically read more
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Mar 22, 2012
"Look at me! Look at me! The monster inside of me has grown this big!".

Is the righteous path always the right path to take? Is it possible to regret doing the right thing and standing for justice? Is a righteous choice with a bad effect a good choice or a bad choice? How far is anyone prepared to go to correct what wasn't wrong in the first place? In these questions we find the basic premise of Monster.

Monster is a brilliant piece. A thriller with a story so unified, steady, complex and without plot holes that puts 99% of all thrillers (be them books, movies read more
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Jun 8, 2015
I loved this Manga, one of my favourites, and the first Naoki Urasawa manga that i've read, and this has definitely made me want to read more of his work!


I've spoken with friends who are big fans of 20th century boys (which i've started to read) and i've been told a couple times that the story is a little hard to get into. I do see what they're saying, it starts off a little slow but after the short first chapters of set up the reader is thrown into an adventure and chase that never seems to have a dull moment. read more
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Both have the similar, eerie themes of being chased for taking actions that the antagonist party views as correct. 
reportRecommended by 011253
Manga: 20th Century Boys
Monster and 20th Century Boys are both written by the same author (Urasawa Naoki) and are both heavily psychological works that primarily explore the nature of evil. 
reportRecommended by Cren
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Same mangaka. Both series have the typical epic/seinen Urasawa stile and great characters. 
reportRecommended by Gladius
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Same type of assassin, a very psychologic story, characters trying to change their own lives. 
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Manga: Billy Bat
Fans of Monster will most definitely enjoy Billy Bat and vice versa. Even though Billy Bat is historical fiction and as such might sound uninteresting, the plot in Billy Bat is as exciting as that of Monster.
Urasawa's style and quality in Billy Bat is consistent with his other works. 
reportRecommended by Valkyrie-Ryu
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In both mangas main protagonists are doctors that have been cut off from the society and are trying to clear their names.
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