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Year: 2004
Tags: Mystery, Drama, Horror, Police, Psychological, Thriller, Seinen
Rating: R- 17+ Violence & Profanity
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Monster


Kenzou Tenma, a brilliant Japanese brain surgeon working in Germany, saves the life of a small boy who has been shot in the head. Little does he know that doing so would destroy his entire career at the hospital and that his fiancé would leave him. When the hospital director and doctors of the hospital staff are suddenly murdered, he gets a second chance but also renders him as the main suspect to the murders. Life goes on for Tenma as he saves people at the hospital, and he goes back to the joy of being a surgeon again.

Years later, an injured thief gets brought to the hospital. After Tenma saves his life, he finds out that the thief is involved with the rising count of serial murders happening in Germany. Suddenly Tenma is involved in it all when the little boy, who is now a young man, turns up and kills the thief in cold blood right in front of Tenma. Now Tenma must clear his name, find out more about the boy he saved in the past, and reevaluate what the value of life is.
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Ozora
    Bittersweet wasted potential


I felt obliged to create an account simply to write this review, because some things has to be stated about this anime, especially if you're planning to see it through to it's so-called end. Without going into too much detail and senseless ranting, I just shortly wish to summarize my experience with Monster. 

 

The story kicks off surprisingly strong, even after the first couple episodes you feel intrigued to theorize and speculate about what is happening and what is about to come. With good pacing it moves forward feeding you bits and pieces of clues and mystery, raising moral questions and always leaving you wanting for more by the time the credits roll. There's also some historical aspects which the show builds around. 

 

Unfortunately that's as for as it goes. Very quickly events turn repetitive. Certain character developments seems to loop and vital events starts to occur and connect simply by convenience in order to move the story forward. I know these are the parts, together with the theme of the show that most viewers find intellectual and brilliant, but it's mostly just lazy and vague. 

 

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed watching the show and I really want to like it but as it reaches midway it turns into a long grinding stretch towards an anticlimactic blue ball finish. A good 20 episodes could have easily been shaved off and I partly wish they were because it eventually left me feeling robbed. 

 

All in all, watch it for a slightly stimulating psychological mystery but do not expect a masterpiece. 
There are so many other less time consuming and higher quality shows you can watch touching the very same subjects.

 


Thank you for your time.
  
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Ginseku
      A new take on Frankenstein
Honestly, this is probably one of the most intellectual anime in history. It delves deep into controversial philosophy and the psyche of humans as a whole.
To sum the show up in a few sentences would do it no justice. Really. Just watch it. It's on par with evangelion in terms of the psychological aspects and the plot is just great. For a "slice of life" anime that doesnt fall into the sports/comedy/romance niche, it's cream of the crop.
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PrinceFranz
      One of the best classics

Monster is by no means meant to be a series where you turn your brain of and just enjoy the Action. Its quiet

the opposite of the aforementioned type of series. Monster is about the extremely talented Doctor Tenma who tries to stop the handsome joung villain Johan Liebert, who by the way is considered one of the best villians ever by a lot of people and takes my  number 1 spot. He doesnt rely on physical strength alone, he instead uses his brilliant mind to play with those around him and cause mayham. His cause is a mystery and thats why part of the charm Monster has lies in trying to unveil the secrets and especially the reason Johan does what he does and what is going on in his Mind. Monster plays in Germany and adresses a lot of local problems with immigrants and the like that still exist nowaday in Germany and other countries as well. This Adaptation has been done by Madhouse Studios who did a numerous of other great Anime and did a great time this time around. The soundtrack is good and befits a thriller like Monster. You can learn a lot from this series and it has good messages that wait to be interpreted. Monster is easily one of my favourite Anime ever and I recommend checking it out if you have the time and patience. I watched it dubbed and liked it, but the original is probably very good too. 

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Lightanubis
      Atmospheric and unique Series

The plot revolves arround Dr Tenma, a young genious neuroscientist and a few other characters who try to unveil the secrets behind a genuis Killer named Johan who manipulates people and events arround him to bring upon massacre upon massacre. The interesting Part is that he has a twin sister who tries to stop him as well and the most important and unique difference to most other shows is, that the Main villain Johan is in no way a generic villain but an handsome persuative and friendliy appearing young Man, who seems to get the affection of everybody artound him. That alone makes this Show so much more amazing, let alone the fitting soundtracks and opening and Animation made by Madhouse Studios, one of my favourite Studios. If you wanna have an ungeneric atmospheric and mysterious adventure with a lot of Death and Thinking, then Monster is for you ! Its definitely in my top ten Anime of all time.

 

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Greenixx
      Thrilling experience

Monster is a unique Anime, following a Novel. Its basically about Dr Tenma, a caring and kind Doctor, who tries to catch a Psychopathic Mastermind, who is btw one of the most Badass villains ever and tricks people with his beauty and charisma, in order to stop the killing. If you are looking for an Anime thats not like the rest you will be amazed by this one. The villain is similar to Light Yagami but without his negative aspects and more mature.  It belongs to my Top 5 Anime along with Hunter x Hunter 2011, Attack on Titan , Cowboy Bebop , and Darker than Black. So if you enjooy diversity, Monster is definitely your Anime !  Additionaly its one of the very very very few Anime which I prefer in English dubbed, cos it fits better ( this is very rare, usually the original is way better ). 

 So yeah I dont wanna spoil it for you so check it out !!

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