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Offline Hraefn

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Monster
« on: December 03, 2006, 11:09:02 AM »


TITLE: Monster
GENRE: Seinen, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Detective fiction, Psychological

Manga Info:
Authored by:Naoki Urasawa
Publisher:Shogakukan (Japan), VIZ Media (US & Canada)
Serialized in:Big Comic Original
Original run:December, 1994 ? December, 2001
No. of volumes:18

Anime Info
Directed by:Masayuki Kojima
StudioMadhouse
Network:NTV (Japan)
Original run:April 6, 2004 ? September 27, 2005
No. of episodes:74



So, has anyone seen this anime? I'm currently up to episode 16, and I have to say, this series is a gem! It may not be every person's cup of tea, though ? it's a psychological thriller, a thinking man's anime, and it's a series severely lacking in the usual beat-'em-up action found in most mainstream anime (eg. Naruto, Bleach). I'd liken it to Perfect Blue, except that that was an anime movie and thus was more intense (given the short screen time). The fact that Monster is 74 episodes long would be the first hurdle. But then, this is my type of anime. I love thrillers, especially when they're presented with the same complexity and subtlety as Monster. It has an incredibly deep and engrossing plot ? despite the lack of action, you'll be hovering on the edge of your seat waiting for the next twist. The characters? They're as complex as the story, and entirely believable.

"Monster" is set in Germany before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The anime follows the story of Dr. Senzo Tenma (Temna is his surname), a brilliant and successful neurosurgeon, who finds his life shattered by one of the worst set of serial murders to ever happen in Europe, murders that seemiingly have a tie to his own past. "Monster" is an anime targeted for a more mature audience, as is obvious from the very first episode. The depth and complexity of the story requires a lot of thinking on the part of the viewer. The story itself is a masterpiece by mangaka Naoki Urasawa, whose brilliant work was brought to life just as masterfully by Madhouse. This is one of the best aime I've ever seen ? even though I've only seen 16 episodes so far ? and I'm quite willing to finish the full 74 episodes. I'd recommend this series for anyone who likes their anime with a bit more maturity. =^^=

To finish this up, let quote a section from are review of "Monster" from THEM Anime Reviews:

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While there probably has been many a great anime TV series before it, Madhouse and Masayuki Kojima?s adaptation of Monster is probably one of the very best. Ironically, much like the anime adaptation of another Urasawa work, Master Keaton, it?s the best show that no one watched.

With its sophisticated storytelling and complex plot weaving, memorable characters, godly production values and excellent pacing, it?s not hard to guess what my final rating for Monster will be.

Five Stars ? Dominic K Laeno

Recommended Audience: The show can be very disturbing most of the time, but when it comes to it, the show can also be downright brutal for what it shows and doesn?t show the viewer. Also, considering the fact that the story, even though it starts out simple enough, is incredibly meticulous, Monster is really only open to older and/or more astute audiences that have a lot of will and the patience to make it through that 27-hour long journey of twists, turns and non-linear exposition.

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Re: Monster
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2006, 03:44:52 PM »
You know I really tried watching this anime. I got as far as 10 episodes, but it was like a holiday and it was late for me to download the next episodes so I stopped watching it after that. Then I just found out it became a 70+ episode anime and I was like (thank god I stopped watching it cuz that's a lot to download).

In any case, does it really get better after episode 10 because I could tell that there was a lot of potential for the anime and I've heard that the manga is awesome. But I still need a little push to make me want to redownload the entire thing again. I really thought it would only be a 26 epi anime.  :icon_santa:

Basically, is the ending good or bad?

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Re: Monster
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2007, 12:31:40 AM »
oh... watched an episode in animax ^^
but since it was a random episode, i didn't understand it... but it looked boring... : /
Is it really good?   

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Re: Monster
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2009, 01:20:57 AM »
After 4 years when the anime finished, I finally watched Monster. It did get addicting by the time you reach 20+ episodes while at the same time many questions keep coming. Some questions got answered at the end, but many more were left hanging. So here are some questions I can think of right now (might edit later when there's more):

DO NOT READ AHEAD UNLESS YOU'VE SEEN ALL OF THE EPISODES





1. It explained that Nina was the one who witnessed the mass murder in the Red Rose Mansion and only told Johann everything. But was she also the one inside the Kinderheim 511 and made everyone kill each other? In other words, was there a monster inside her too?

2. Why would Johann pretend to be Nina when they were young or was that his hobby? Pfft  XD

3. Did Nina have a split personality because when she was being hypnotized, she suddenly went ballistic as if she was possessed and wanted to strangle the doctor?

4. So it seems that Kinderheim 511 happened after the Red Rose Mansion. If this is so, why was Johann so eagerly wanting to know what Nina has seen. Did Johann already become a monster before the Red Rose and the Kinderheim events?

5. Were both Nina and Johann there during the "scary" book readings?

6. What was the rest of the recorded message that Johann re-recorded over on that tape? It seems he didn't want people to find out.


Hmm, as for my review of the anime, really detailed and awesome story. Besides the annoying art (hmph the people were drawn fuggly while the scenery were beautiful) and some loopholes in the plot, the concept and ideas were done magnificently. History has always been my least favorite subject except when it has to do with WWII. The way the author drew real life events in history to portray the very simple things in the manga must have taken a lot of research. Ok, I haven't really read any of his mangas but only watched the anime and if you like this show, I recommend everyone to watch 20th century boys movie too made by the same author. 2 of 3 movies have already come out. Totally recommended even with its plot holes.
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