Ranked #7
Monster (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: Monster
Japanese: MONSTER モンスター


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 13857 users)
Ranked: #72
Popularity: #67
Members: 29,266
Favorites: 3,265
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Dr. Kenzo Tenma is a renowned young brain surgeon of Japanese descent working in Europe. Highly lauded by his peers as one of the great young minds that will revolutionize the field, he is blessed with a beautiful fiancé and is on the cusp of a high promotion in the hospital he works at. However, all of that is about to change with one critical decision that Dr. Tenma faces one night—whether to save the life of a young child or that of the town's mayor. Despite being pressured by his superiors to perform surgery on the mayor, his morals force him to perform the surgery on the young child, saving his life and forfeiting the mayor's. All of a sudden, Dr. Tenma's world is turned upside down by his decision leading to the loss of everything he previously had. A doctor is taught to believe that all life is equal; however, when a series of murders occur in the vicinity of Dr. Tenma, all of the evidence pointing to the young child who he saved, Tenma's beliefs are shaken.

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

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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. Monster is a critically acclaimed manga that is often regarded as the manga that came closest 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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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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Dec 25, 2007
The Viz Signature collections features some of my most favorite mangas of all time, The Drifting Classroom, Uzumaki, and Black & White. However, there was always one story that just caught my attention right away after the Signature series started and that was Monster.


The story is completely different then any other series I have ever read and leaves me wondering what will happen next to our hero. After every volume, I feel I learned something new, but I'm still no closer to the mystery behind the villian.


This artist has some great skills. Every character and every location is amazingly detailed and drawn 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. 
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. 
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Same type of assassin, a very psychologic story, characters trying to change their own lives. 
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Same mangaka. Both series have the typical epic/seinen Urasawa stile and great characters. 
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. 
Naoki Urasawa's Monster was definitely influenced by MW. Both Johan Liebert in Monster and Michio Yuki are highly intelligent, manipulative, attractive, and dangerous sociopaths. And the reason both committed horrendous acts without conscience - or the justification they use - comes from unnatural origins. Both stories also have the 'good' character, playing a good vs. evil cat-and-mouse game and being influenced negatively by Johan or Yuki.  

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