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Japanese: MONSTER
English: Monster
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 18
Chapters: 162
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 5, 1994 to Dec 20, 2001
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama, Mystery Mystery
Themes: Adult Cast Adult Cast, Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic Original
Authors: Urasawa, Naoki (Story & Art)


Score: 9.141 (scored by 8021480,214 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #52
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #30
Members: 205,738
Favorites: 17,946

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Kenzou Tenma, a renowned Japanese neurosurgeon working in post-war Germany, faces a difficult choice: to operate on Johan Liebert, an orphan boy on the verge of death, or on the mayor of Düsseldorf. In the end, Tenma decides to gamble his reputation by saving Johan, effectively leaving the mayor for dead.

As a consequence of his actions, hospital director Heinemann strips Tenma of his position, and Heinemann's daughter Eva breaks off their engagement. Disgraced and shunned by his colleagues, Tenma loses all hope of a successful career—that is, until the mysterious killing of Heinemann gives him another chance.

Nine years later, Tenma is the head of the surgical department and close to becoming the director himself. Although all seems well for him at first, he soon becomes entangled in a chain of gruesome murders that have taken place throughout Germany. The culprit is a monster—the same one that Tenma saved on that fateful day nine years ago.

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Monster won the Grand Prize at the 3rd annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 1999, as well as 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, and again in 2-in-1 omnibuses (subtitled The Perfect Edition) from July 15, 2014 to July 19, 2016. The manga was also published in Brazilian Portuguese by Panini Comics/Planet Manga from June 2012 to April 2015, in Polish by Hanami from March 2014 to February 2017, in Spain by Planeta Cómic from June 16, 2009 to September 21, 2010, and in Argentina by LARP Editores.

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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 ...
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 ...
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. ...

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