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Monster

Monster

Alternative Titles

English: Monster
Japanese: MONSTER

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 9.051 (scored by 33247 users)
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Ranked: #52
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Popularity: #48
Members: 81,614
Favorites: 8,234

Recommendations

Both have the similar, eerie themes of being chased for taking actions that the antagonist party views as correct. 
reportRecommended by 011253
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. 
reportRecommended by Cren
Same mangaka. Both series have the typical epic/seinen Urasawa stile and great characters. 
reportRecommended by Gladius
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 
reportRecommended by Danish
Same type of assassin, a very psychologic story, characters trying to change their own lives. 
reportRecommended by Shaya
Suspense and thriller mangas created by the same author. Both's main character fight against an evil that is suposed to be bigger than themselves. 
reportRecommended by daniel_rm2
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.  
reportRecommended by Duelistbluerose
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. 
reportRecommended by Ashcom
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). 
reportRecommended by citronfromagen
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! 
reportRecommended by Darkbow
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) 
reportRecommended by Foolness
- 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  read more 
reportRecommended by Nick-Knight
Both are highly addictive murder mysteries with intriguing stories that keep you on the edge of your seat.  
reportRecommended by Danish
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.  
reportRecommended by Rhazel
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  read more 
reportRecommended by DreamerDeciever
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. 
reportRecommended by Ruzu
Intricate multi-layered stories that beautifully portray human emotion and ambition. 
reportRecommended by Danish
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. 
reportRecommended by BohemianRhapsody
Has characters that uses their genuis brains to solve tangles of mysteries surrounding them. 
reportRecommended by Symptomatic
The protagonist chases the antagonist. Has Mystery and Thriller elements. 
reportRecommended by Symptomatic
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. 
reportRecommended by Akoram
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. 
reportRecommended by Inactiv3
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. 
reportRecommended by Numero33
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. 
reportRecommended by Danish
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! 
reportRecommended by Darkbow
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  
reportRecommended by CrashRHCP
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. 
reportRecommended by Ajuma
Both very good plot and somewhat dark :) 
reportRecommended by kirirena
Doctors, the value of life. Black Jack contains several short stories, Monster is featured in one long, thrilling plot. 
reportRecommended by drf
Unlocking the past reveals a monstrous nature within. It is rather psychological and makes you think. There are twists! 
reportRecommended by Aina-Chan
In both mangas main protagonists are doctors that have been cut off from the society and are trying to clear their names.  
reportRecommended by Dille
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. 
reportRecommended by all_monsters
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. 
reportRecommended by Darkbow
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. 
reportRecommended by VivaLaBus
Similar in pace, short fast chapters. Both have lots of mystery and deal with psychological themes. 
reportRecommended by sapre4
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.  
reportRecommended by caffeination
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.  
reportRecommended by Crystal_Assassin