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Japanese: モンスター
English: Monster
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Type: TV
Episodes: 74
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2004 to Sep 28, 2005
Premiered: Spring 2004
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 00:40 (JST)
Licensors: VIZ Media
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, MysteryMystery, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, PsychologicalPsychological
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 8.881 (scored by 429022429,022 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #252
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #127
Members: 1,142,574
Favorites: 53,736

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Dr. Kenzou Tenma, an elite neurosurgeon recently engaged to his hospital director's daughter, is well on his way to ascending the hospital hierarchy. That is until one night, a seemingly small event changes Dr. Tenma's life forever. While preparing to perform surgery on someone, he gets a call from the hospital director telling him to switch patients and instead perform life-saving brain surgery on a famous performer. His fellow doctors, fiancée, and the hospital director applaud his accomplishment; but because of the switch, a poor immigrant worker is dead, causing Dr. Tenma to have a crisis of conscience.

So when a similar situation arises, Dr. Tenma stands his ground and chooses to perform surgery on the young boy Johan Liebert instead of the town's mayor. Unfortunately, this choice leads to serious ramifications for Dr. Tenma—losing his social standing being one of them. However, with the mysterious death of the director and two other doctors, Dr. Tenma's position is restored. With no evidence to convict him, he is released and goes on to attain the position of hospital director.

Nine years later when Dr. Tenma saves the life of a criminal, his past comes back to haunt him—once again, he comes face to face with the monster he operated on. He must now embark on a quest of pursuit to make amends for the havoc spread by the one he saved.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Nakamoto, Kenji
Kobayashi, Mikiko
Assistant Producer


Opening Theme

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"Grain" by Kuniaki Haishima

Ending Theme

1: "For The Love of Life" by David Sylvian (eps 1-32)
2: "Make It Home" by Fujiko Heming (eps 33-74)


Jul 14, 2024
---One of the greatest anime that you have never seen---

Yes, let's talk about Monster. This is damn good and creepy as all hell. This anime is not for everybody, and you need to be a little prepared before watching this. You can't watch this without having an open mind and be prepared for a slower story with lots of dialogue. Characters take a little long for them to develop and the atmosphere can be gritty and unpleasant.

You need to watch all 74 episodes to reap the rewards and finally see why it's considered a masterpiece.
This is a horror/murder/mystery story. It's your classic good ...
Jun 14, 2024
Mixed Feelings
This show is definitely something. It has a lot of redeeming qualities as well as ones that can harm the plot and overall progression of the story. I have not read Naoki Urusawa's other works so i went in blind to what he is capable of as a writer.

To start, the story delves into deep themes such as morality and what can lead someone to lose said morality. Kenzo Tenma is the perfect protagonist who truly portrays an objectively ''good'' person who always tries to do the right thing until it backfires on him so that leads him to question everything he stands for while ...
Apr 11, 2024
Never seen a show so highly regarded and begin with a solid premise only to waste at least 80% of its runtime on episodic BS, splitting up the characters for no reason, pointless external conflicts, red herrings and distractions that endlessly delay the actual plot. You had 74 episodes to weave a meaningful murder thriller story, and very few of these episodes are actually interested in anything of the sort.

If the plot isn't moving forward, are we developing the characters? No, like I said, arbitrary external conflicts or the characters just up and leaving instead of having conversations always leads the characters to being pawns ...

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