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Monster

Manga, vol.18 (1994)

 

Information:

Genres: Drama, Psychological, Thriller, Mystery, Seinen
Tags: Present
Release Date: 05.12.1994 ‑ 20.12.2001
Studios: Shougakukan Inc.
Type: Manga (1994)
Volumes: 18, Chapters: 162

Alternative names:

モンスター
Monster: A History of Suspense
Monster: Horrible Story
Monster
MONSTER モンスター
Johann is a cold and calculating killer with a mysterious past, and brilliant Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! Conspiracy and serial murder open the door to a compelling, intricately woven plot in this compelling work of suspense.
Dr. Kenzo Tenma is a renowned young 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 fiancé and is on the cusp of a high promotion in the hospital he works at. However, all of that is about to change with one critical decision that Dr. Tenma faces one night—whether to save the life of a young child 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 young child, saving his life and forfeiting the mayor's. All of a sudden, Dr. Tenma's world is turned upside down by his decision leading to the loss of everything he previously had. A doctor is taught to believe that all life is equal; however, when a series of murders occur in the vicinity of Dr. Tenma, all of the evidence pointing to the young child who he saved, Tenma's beliefs are shaken.
Naoki Urasawa's Monster is a tale full of mystery, suspense and intrigue as Dr. Tenma journeys to find out the true identity of the young child. In turn, the fate of the world may depend on it.

Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.

Production:

Naoki Urasawa (Story & Art)

Related anime:

Monster TV, 2004, Adaptation

Related manga:

Monster Manga, 1994
Another Monster Light Novel, 2002, Sequel
Mou Hitotsu no Monster: The Investigative Report Novel, 2002, Side story

Related characters:

Kenzo Tenma
Kenzo Tenma
Johan Liebert
Johan Liebert
Anna Liebert
Anna Liebert
Heinrich Lunge
Heinrich Lunge
Wolfgang Grimmer
Wolfgang Grimmer
Eva Heinemann
Eva Heinemann
Dieter
Dieter
Roberto
Roberto
Baby
Baby
Helmut Wolf
Helmut Wolf
Christof Sievernich
Christof Sievernich
Franz Bonaparta
Franz Bonaparta
Peter Čapek
Peter Čapek
Rudy Gillen
Rudy Gillen
Jan Suk
Jan Suk
Fritz Vardemann
Fritz Vardemann
Hans Georg Schuwald
Hans Georg Schuwald
Karl Neumann
Karl Neumann
Lotte Frank
Lotte Frank
Otto Heckel
Otto Heckel
Julius Reichwein
Julius Reichwein
Martin
Martin
Jaromír Lipský
Jaromír Lipský
Gunther Milch
Gunther Milch
Peter Jürgens
Peter Jürgens
Richard Braun
Richard Braun
Blue Sophie
Blue Sophie
Milan Kolacsh
Milan Kolacsh
Toshio Iwai
Toshio Iwai
Rosso
Rosso