The series take opposite perspectives (Death Note has a villain protagonist, Monster a villain antagonist) in a reverse whodunit scenario, where the reader knows all along who the villain is and watches as the (comparatively) heroic figure has to piece together evidence and catch him.
These two are often compared together, and that's no surprise - they are both psychological thrillers that provoke discussions of morals and ethics, nature versus nurture, and life and death. Death Note deals primarily with the issue of justice and who has the divine right to take a life; Monster questions the equality of lives and what it means to save lives, whether they deserve it or not. With two main protagonists, Tenma Kenzo and Yagami Light, working non-stop to find their enemies, Johan Liebert and Detective L, the clock ticks on with a cat-and-mouse game, as various characters find their fates intertwined with that of Tenma and Light. Death Note is based around supernatural elements, such as shinigami and a mysterious notebook (well, it's fairly obvious at this point), taking place in modern Japan. Monster, on the other hand, is more realistic, and takes place in 1990s Germany, drawing on historical events and the social and political impact of those events. The difference in demographics is clear (shounen and seinen), but the atmosphere of both is dark and terrifying in their own ways, built around mysteries and complex characters. Along with realistic art styles, both series are sure to keep readers guessing. read more
Pure evil... That's what you are going to find in both of these series? At first you think that certain characters are just pure evil, but somewhere deep in yourself you can understand why they do what they do. These manga will be a deep ride to uncover what evil is. In both of the manga there are people who are trying to stop the main character from doing what he is doing. But he is trying to do the right thing. Or is he? Discover it for youself! Read both of these manga. They will leave you breathless, I can promise that
Monster, just like Death Note, is a thriller about a man pursuing a serial killer, and both villains (Johan Liebert and Yagami Light) are straight-up geniuses. The point of view is different - one is from the hero and the other from the villain. But both make a good work talking about ethics and morality.
Monster and Death Note alike follow a "battle" of sorts between two brilliant minds, but where Death Note falls short midway through the series, Monster just continues to get better and better. If you liked Death Note, Monster is essentially a seinen, more fleshed out version of it. If you liked Monster, you'll like the first half of Death Note.
Both are by Urasawa, and among his best work. Monster deals with deeper issues while 20th Century Boys focuses more on character interactions and relationships, but the basic element of good people against a terrifying, ruthless enemy is the driving force of both.
Monster is more tightly plotted and cleaner in terms of unnecessary side plots and characters, so I recommend starting out with 20th Century Boys as the slightly inferior (and I hate using that word for anything Urasawa has written) work.
Both are mistery manga written and illustrated by the same author.
Both have a supreme interesting story about conspiracy and the fight between good and evil. In both cases, the "bad" one has childhood traumas, responsible for their behavior.
Both series are written by the same author. Due to this the art (very well done in my opinion) looks alike in both series. If you like the way Naoki Urasawa tells a story and you like the general atmosphere of his stories than you should really read Monster. In my opinion Monster is by far his best work. It is the most deep and well written story I ever read. Both stories feature a main character who is on a quest to discover something. This quest changes his life completely.
These particular works by Naoki Urusawa carry an uncanny feeling of veracity; Monster and 20th Century Boys are complex, unified thrillers that are able to hold your interest (and occasionally give you chills down your spine) while still feeling rooted reality.
Both manga are written by Naoki Urasawa, so their art styles and plot elements are quite similar. Both works have intricate plots, filled with numerous subplots and plot twists, which raise many questions and slowly answer them as the story goes by. In both works, there is a main character with an unshakable sense of justice, who gets involved in a web of murder, lies and secrets, which he tries to solve. Both manga have many likable and well-developed characters, as well as interesting villains. While the story and philosophy behind Monster is deeper, both series have a similar style of storytelling and create a lot of tension. read more
-Both are from Mangaka Naoki Urasawa
-Both have a powerful antagonist with influence in various spaces of the society
-Both have a Psicopath as The Principal Anthagonist
-Both have a protagonist that is put by the villain as a bad guy in the look of the society
Both are written by mastermind and awesome mangaka Naoki Urasawa (Pluto, Billy Bat...) and both follow the psychologic task of understanding the idea of evil in the humans. Why does a human became evil (Friend), or why does it became a monster (Johan). Their drawing is exactly the same and the characters are lovable, enjoyable and developed pieces of art, even if there are twenty that have a huge relevance in the plot.
Well, Pluto is, first of everything, a manga by the same author, Naoki Urasawa. And they both contain misterious stories, wich characters are involved in a continuous spiral of sensational developments (sorry, i translated it with google) that bring them to an emotional finale. For the excpetion that Pluto is an original work by Osamu "God" Tezuka, and it's already a genious strike, because it tells a story settled in the future, where characters are protagonists of a mistery involving a beast who is destroying the most powerful robots in the Earth. Somebody could see some relevance with the writer Philip K. Dick and the "robots laws"; Monster, instead, is one of the most memorable thriller manga of all times, with a unique villain and a moltitude of brilliant characters. So, here's for you two wonderful mangas by a really talented author. Enjoy. read more
Both series are written by the same author. Due to this the art (very well done in my opinion) looks alike in both series. If you like the way Naoki Urasawa tells a story and you like the general atmosphere of his stories than you should really read Monster. In my opinion Monster is by far his best work. It is the most deep and well written story I ever read.
-Both series were created by the same author
-Both series have a very mature tone with very little comedy
-Both series feature adult males as the main protagonist
-Both series have a very similar art style
Both manga are written by Naoki Urasawa, so their art styles and plot elements are quite similar. Both works have intricate plots, filled with numerous subplots and plot twists, which raise many questions and slowly answer them as the story goes by. Both stories feature main characters who seek to find the culprit between a series of murders. The main character of "Pluto", Gesicht, and Lunge from "Monster" are both highly-skilled detectives, and they also look similar to each other. Apart from the, both manga also have other well-developed characters, as well as interesting villains. The main different between the two is that the events of "Pluto" happen in a futuristic world where robots exist, while "Monster" is realistic. Overall, both manga have a similar tone and create a lot of tension. read more
Fast paced, addicting thrillers full of conspiracies, betrayal and plot twists. Each plot is multi-layered, deep, intricate and well thought out with many characters. The stories pull you into their world and don't let go until their stunning conclusions.
They both also take place in Germany
Main character gets involved in a conspiration, has to hide from both foes and police. Mature story woven from life stories of numerous cast. Also both take place in Germany.
I think it's safe to say that Message to Adolf was one of Urasawa's inspiration when creating Monster.
Although they are set in different periods, "Adolf ni Tsugu" and "Monster" are quite similar. They both start with a japanese man working in Germany, who gets involved in a conspiracy and becomes a wanted man by the police after investigating a murder. The man soon finds himself without a home, without a job, and constantly on the run, but never giving up on his quest to find the truth.
Overall, both manga are fast-paced thrillers, with a lot of character development and many plot twists.
Two historical thriller manga, that take place in Germany at least for a part. Even if the time setting is different, these are two similar titles, with the same feeling of thriller while purchasing someone/something
Both series are written by the same author. Due to this the art (very well done in my opinion) looks alike in both series. If you like the way Naoki Urasawa tells a story and you like the general atmosphere of his stories than you should really read Monster. In my opinion Monster is by far his best work. It is the most deep and well written story I ever read. Both characters are on a journey that changes their whole life.
Great conspiracy manga made by Urusawa Naoki. Full of suspense, mystery and with numerous cast that get lives gradually intertwined. Protagonist is trying to save a world, yet few people believe him and few people he can trust. Both are seinen with very similar atmosphere and art (for obvious reasons, being made by same person).
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.
Perhaps the most obvious recommendation, as MW's influences on Monster are many and Johan's similarities to Yuki are plain as day. Both series are dramatic thrillers with an unflinchingly cynical view of humanity and no fear of flawed heroes. Perhaps the most obvious parallels are the mutually destructive yet irresistable conection between the morally conflicted "hero" who finds himself on the wrong side of the law and the handsome, charismatic, and entirely ruthless antagonist who is the cause of his troubles.
MW, just like a lot of other works from the unprecedented genius Osamu Tezuka, has a dark approach on human psyche. Monster does the same, but this approach is made in a lot more characters, allowing the reader to have more points of view in human condition.
And I can tell you that the concept of Monster is clearly based on MW's; the background is pretty much the same, and the motifs are similar. Urasawa is acknowledged to be a big Tezuka fan, so it's not a surprise.
Both these titles have a dark ambience. All the characters seem realistic and driven by a strong and dramatic storyline. the main protagonists are in a search for something in order to uncover the truth.
Both MCs are heroes and rescue people.
Both MCs save a person from child abuse. This person develops a close relationship with the MCs. Dieter = Kayo in BokuMachi.
Both MCs are framed for murder.
Both MAs are highly intelligent and trick people's minds. Both get inspired from stories. (Monster Without A Name = Spider's Thread in BokuMachi).
Both are mystery, psychological and seinen.
Both are adapted into anime.
While Monster primary takes place in Germany around 1986, BokuMachi primary takes place in Japan around 1988).
An exciting thriller. It's difficult to find such an interesting argument. Every new chapter is a mistery and it's impossible to quit this manga util they're solved. If your looking for machiavellian criminals and people trying hard to stop them, here you'll find it.
Ever wondered what would happen if a serial killer was after you? In both of these manga the main characters are in danger because a serial killer is on the loose and wants te kill them. If you like deep psychological stories with action, then these manga are perfect for you!
These two are so similar that you could make a review synopsis of one via finishing the other. Monster is of course longer and doesn't go into the creepy artwork until the latter arcs while God's Child totally relies on it to deliver the horror. If you can stick to only one, I would probably go with God's Child but as mainstream rating already decided - most would probably head straight and prefer to read Monster rather than pay any attention to God's Child (as of this writing, I was the only one who submitted a review)
The main character of "God's Child" and the main villain of "Monster" have very similar characteristics. They are both sociopaths and nihilists, who use their charm to convince others to do heinous crimes for them. In both manga, these acts often go unpunished due to the characters' ingenuity, as well as due to the fact that there is no real motive behind them. Apart from the characters, both manga create an atmosphere of suspense and deal with disturbing and taboo themes related to serial killing and psychopathy.
- Masterfully well-written, mystery-filled and suspenseful masterpieces;
- Intellectual, clever, engaging and enthralling dialogues;
- Large cast of well-rounded and complex characters interconnected throughout their own stories;
- Similar genres (Drama, Mystery, Tragedy);
- Evil mastermind behind everything manipulating those around him;
- Monster is set in Germany while FMA has a German-esque setting;
- Dark, somber and obscure atmospheres;
- Artstyle is visibly not its strongest/trademark point;
Both series deal with mature themes such as human experimentation and moral dilemmas, plenty of philosophy, religious symbolism and important messages that don't shy away from showing the darkest sides of humanity, every chapter is thrilling and makes you want to read more and more of it, both series are award-winning works of art that are definitely two of the best manga ever written, but unlike Monster, Fullmetal Alchemist has a satisfactory and conclusive ending. read more
Both main characters are both on the run and trying to solve a crime they did not commit. As they both continue their journey of trying to solve the crime the stories become more in depth. Both mangas will have you sitting at the edge of your seat. There are definitely a lot of OMG moments in both mangas.
Both manga revolve around a man on a journey (through Tokugawa-era Japan in Lone Wolf and Cub, through post-Cold War Germany and The Czech Republic in Monster) to find and kill a man who had done a great evil to them. Both series are leisurely in pace and almost slice of life-like in nature, with a heavy emphasis on side characters and their interactions with the protagonist and antagonist. The main difference between the two, however, is the nature of the main characters: whereas Monster's Dr. Kenzo Tenma goes out of his way to avoid harming and killing others despite is ultimately murderous intentions, Lone Wolf and Cub's Ogami Itto embraces the life of the wandering sellsword, carving a bloody swath across Japan in his quest for revenge. read more
First of all, the similarities is both manga have dark genres and involves killing. The protagonist in 'Banana Fish' Aslan Jade Callenreese (Ash), have some similarities with the antagonist in 'Monster' Johan Liebert (Johan), both characters have intelligent/smart/genius brain, childhood trauma, dark past, have the ability to manipulates peoples mind and both have handsome face.
Both manga takes places in western, move one place to another.
Long volumes series, contain politic, psychological and human experiment.
The main villains of "Monster" and "Litchi Hikari Club" have very similar characteristics. Both characters are sociopaths and nihilists, and use their charm to convince people to commit crimes for them. Both are leaders of cults composed on dangerous individuals, and both are created as metaphors of the dictator Adolf Hitler. Apart from the characters, both manga create an atmosphere of suspense and deal with disturbing and taboo themes related to serial killing and psychopathy.
Both manga explore the same question - What separates human from monster?
Monster does this via a character drama exploring the monster within all of us, as its protagonist chases what he see as the biggest monster of all.
While Kiseijuu does this via showing the contrasting differences and hypocritical opinions between humans and the alien parasite, as its central pair continue to grow closer together from a mental state of position.
Words alone cannot describe these two beautiful, poetic pieces of work. Here, the meaning of life is dedicated to those who understand the pains and sorrows of others in these two works. The art style carries a melancholy atmosphere, especially within their works and discuss the meaning of life. Only problem is that there aren't any full scans of Tsubasa. If there is a God, please scan all of Tsubasa.
Policial thrillers, where a wrongly accused fugitive and a young girl get involved in an intense chase for a sociopath, that is closely related to their past.
While Monster is more psychological, Strain is more violent and explicit, but both stories are dark, thrilling and filled with twists.
Both manga keep you on the edge of your seat and are highly addicting. They both follow someone trying to stop people from dying. In Monster it's a serial killer and in Line it's suicides. Line is only 4 chapters long but the story is very intriguing but no where near as good as Monster.
Both series are written by the same author. Due to this the art (very well done in my opinion) looks alike in both series. If you like the way Naoki Urasawa tells a story and you like the general atmosphere of his stories than you should really read Monster. In my opinion Monster is by far his best work. It is the most deep and well written story I ever read. Of you like one of the main characters I am pretty sure you will like the other one too. If you haven't already you should give both series a try!
Both have very complex story lines, probably some of the best I've read. Both have lot of characters dying, but still manage to make us care for all of them.
If you like one, you'll probably enjoy the other
The way both main characters, Johann & Hasumi are manipulating their surroundings, ultimately to death is the same. There are similarities also to their childhood. The setting is completely different though.
Although the subject matter are vastly different, both stories deal with a kind of horror that is most keenly felt by those in isolation. Like Monster, 俺と悪魔ブルーズ is a disconcerting tale for grown-ups. In it, the author makes a real attempt to treat subjects like racism and life in the American South realistically and with respect. Perhaps he does not always succeed, but between the quality of the art and the originality of the storyline, it's worth picking it up.
Both series are written by the same author. Due to this the art (very well done in my opinion) looks alike in both series. If you like the way Naoki Urasawa tells a story and you like the general atmosphere of his stories than you should really read Monster. In my opinion Monster is by far his best work. It is the most deep and well written story I ever read. A must read for every manga fan in my opinion.
Seizon-Life feels like another Monster side story. You could put most of it somewhere in Monster and it won't feel like you're reading something else.
Both contain suspenseful mystery-uncovering, realistic characters, and so on.
Monster centers around this young genius brain surgeon, Tenma, who decides to save the life of a young child, a high profile political figure, leading to his firing from the hospital. This event launches a series of murders and crimes that Tenma tries to stop.
Like EDD it raises moral questions about ethical medical practices and politics within the hospital. Monster, however, goes beyond EDD in its questions about moral ambiguity in broader and more general issues.
It also has much deeper characterizations and setting ambiance.
Both series deal with hospital politics and the corruption of a normal Japanese hospital/medicine. At least in the beginning for Monster though..Well developed seinens that are appropriate for a much older fanbase. And both main characters are genius surgeons.