Dr. Kenzou Tenma is a renowned brain surgeon of Japanese descent working in Europe. Highly lauded by his peers as one of the great young minds that will revolutionize the field, he is blessed with a beautiful fiancée and is on the cusp of a big promotion in the hospital he works at. But all of that is about to change with a grave dilemma that Kenzou faces one night—whether to save the life of a small boy or that of the town’s mayor. Despite being pressured by his superiors to perform surgery on the mayor, his morals force him to perform the surgery on the other critical patient, saving his life and forfeiting the mayor’s. A doctor is taught to believe that all life is equal; however, when a series of murders occur in the surgeon’s vicinity, all of the evidence pointing to the boy he saved, Kenzou’s beliefs are shaken. Along his journey to unravel the true identity of his little patient, Kenzou discovers that the fate of the world may be intertwined with the mysterious child. – My Anime List
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Monster is an anime unlike anything seen before and since its release. It is possibly one of the greatest written manga of all time and the incredible anime adaptation does no wrong. The plot is masterfully woven like a spider web. Everything on the outside seems out of place and can get stuck putting the strings together, but everything ends up at the center when all said and done.
Monster is a demanding show, and it’s a long one too. But that’s because it is experimental by nature, and this is also what makes it epic and incredible. Even with a few flaws I personally wouldn’t chance anything about it. Apart from the episode where Tenma undergoes his training, that one really is quite dull. But Monster is so beyond anything else that the sheer awe and disbelief it so frequently leaves the viewer in easily overshadows anything bad that can be said about the show. It’s something special, captivating, and completely unforgettable.
I could go on and on about how great Monster is and how brilliant the storylines and the characters and the artwork and the music and the animation and the settings are, but I have to keep myself in control without giving away too much. This is as close to perfection as an anime, or any medium, can get, and so I strongly urge everyone who hasn’t seen Monster to change that as soon as possible. I cannot stress enough how essential it is that you do.
All in all, if you’re looking for a serious anime with lots of suspense, drama and a deep plot, at least consider taking a look at Monster. If you’re looking for wacky characters, there really isn’t too much here for you (though there are few of them in this anime). I think that everyone should watch Monster at some point though. It’s a really solid show with a great story that should appeal to you whether you’re a fan of anime or not.
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.
This show is amazing. I’m very sure that this show is better than anything else that’s going to appear this year. Did it become my favorite series? Well, it’s certainly amazing, but near the end of its run it does lose a little steam, and the ending itself was excellent, yet left me hungry for more answers. It’s not like the ending is rushed, but because it wasn’t rushed it couldn’t answer as much as I had hoped to. Still, a spot in my top 20 favorite anime has most definitely been conquered.
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Monster is not the best anime I’ve seen, but it’s one that breaks many anime conventions and does so brilliantly. The show originated in 2004, and to my knowledge there’s been nothing even remotely like it on television. While I’m not surprised, I’m saddened. The anime world needs more shows willing to push the boundaries of the medium like Monster does.
Overall, I’m just going to say that Monster is an amazing show. Give it a try if you’re looking for something quality, something different, and something simply entertaining in a very-much-worth-your-time kind of way. If you watch this show, beginning to end, you’ll remember and appreciate it.
There are only a few anime that I would recommend unconditionally. Even in spite of its massive length, Monster is one of them. Intense drama, amazing directing, and extraordinary characters: these are the ingredients of a remarkable anime – a masterpiece.
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Monster is a true rarity in anime. The quality of its story, cast and production have earned it widespread acclaim, even garnering it plaudits from the “hate what’s popular” clique. It is both entertaining and enlightening, and the sheer depth of the series has led to it being widely regarded as a modern classic of anime.
I’ve watched a lot of anime, I’ve read a lot of manga, but Monster has managed to blow all of my former “favorites” out of the water. It manages to combine everything that’s great about thrillers, mysteries, character studies, and psychological dramas all at once. The writing is superior, the direction is fantastic, and the way the story builds is slow but undoubtedly engaging. If Alfred Hitchcock had ever endeavored to create a serial work, it would be something like this.
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To begin with Monster is delightful, with an excellent take on the realistic thriller/mystery genre that succeeds in every aspect I look at when reviewing; I wouldn’t say it was riveting but I was consistently entertained. If the series had ended thirty episodes earlier I would have been a very happy viewer. However, much like an aging person, Monster loses focus as it approaches the end of its life and everything that made it likeable in the first place gradually fades away. It lacks the impact that would have allowed it to finish with a bang, or even a pop, and even reaching its conclusion felt like a struggle.