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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: 9.161 (scored by 9794497,944 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #52
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #29
Members: 244,980
Favorites: 21,148


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Volumes: /18
Chapters: /162


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 ...
Sep 4, 2009
Mixed Feelings
This manga is, in my opinion, overrated. The only reason I’m writing this review is because I didn't think monster was worth a 9 or a 10 and if I don't surely other people out there won't either.

The story for monster is what lets it down. The story basically follows a fugitive doctor that is chasing a serial killer. While this is happening the doctor is being chased by the police, who think he has committed the murders. Along the way the doctor meets a lot of families/individuals, makes friends and teaches people. He is helping them to grow and mature in their own right, ...
Dec 21, 2010
Not an overrated masterpiece but clearly a hollow one.

I have to admit I couldn't remove my bias even before I completed the first arc/chapter/plot event. (The way the story is told is via one huge epic. This could just have easily been a Resident Evil type of game, a film directed by Kubrick or a crime thriller novel and thus normal manga reviewing aren't as relevant to grasping the quality of this series)

In that initial bias, I so wanted to shout "overrated" and how this was another fake Hollywood made serial killer story. Monster's plots are more unrealistic, unlikely and forget forced - the characters ...

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