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Monster weaves the riveting story of brilliant Dr. Kenzo Tenma, a famous surgeon with a promising career at a leading hospital. Tenma risks his reputation and promising career to save the life of a critically wounded young boy. Unbeknownst to him, this child is destined for a terrible fate.
A string of strange and mysterious murders begin to occur soon afterward, ones that professionally benefit Dr. Tenma, and he emerges as the primary suspect. Conspiracies, serial murders, and a scathing depiction of the underbelly of hospital politics are all masterfully woven together in this compelling manga thriller.

Won the 46th Shogakukan Manga Award in the general category.


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Associated Names
Монстр (Russian)

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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
18 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
9 Volumes (Kanzenban - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 18, Chap 162 (the entire manga has been adapted)

User Reviews
Monster by canucks
Monster by claudiofd

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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (1314 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.94 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 30th 2015, 8:11am PST

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Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic Original (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (18 Volumes - Complete & 3 Omnibuses - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #458 increased(+105)
Monthly Pos #596 decreased(-2)
3 Month Pos #555 decreased(-13)
6 Month Pos #541 increased(+32)

List Stats
On 807 reading lists
On 1280 wish lists
On 2593 completed lists
On 76 unfinished lists
On 429 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Monster Live-action 12 days, 11 hours, 49 minutes ago
Anime or manga 639 days, 2 hours, 30 minutes ago
ending (spoilers) 1516 days, 1 hours, 8 minutes ago
Monster...anime or manga? 1703 days, 8 hours, 33 minutes ago
Monster 2606 days, 11 hours, 33 minutes ago

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Mysterious Ending for Mysterious People   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by alicewhite3151998
May 17th, 2014, 9:33am
Let me start by first saying....One of the best endings so far I have read in manga!
This manga is a really good read, not gonna lie. It's really fascinating and consistently it made me want to read more. Sometimes I thought it could of been more fast pace, but it those instances you had to really read to get why Naoki added in what he did. All the people and the plot connected with each other really well and I am happy to say that I read this.
I would of liked it more if the author told us more about Jonah's past and what he dealt with. I liked those parts especially; adding into the story of the monsters was genius.
About the ending... I thought it was really interesting. It gives you enough room to draw your own conclusion and still be guessing.
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Amazing manga   
Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by chaechaeboi
March 28th, 2014, 8:26pm
The way this series work is it shows you an incomplete picture or puzzle then it gives you those missing pieces so you think you have the whole image but then it zooms out and the picture is more intricate and larger than you previously imagined. It does this repeatedly and keeps the viewer involved with the story. My only hang-up was that I did not like the ending. I'd recommend this if you love psychological and mystery manga. The majority of question that I raised going through this series were answered.
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Nice & Sad & Great   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by nowhereman
February 1st, 2014, 9:25pm
Great manga. Sadly:

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I shed tears when the Amazing Steiner died(

but all is great elsewise.
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One of a kind   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Serendipity_
October 6th, 2013, 12:17pm
I've had this manga on my "To-read" list for quite awhile. I regret that I didn't pick up this amazing manga earlier, because, as stated above, it's really one of a kind. What put me off though was probably the descreption, I thought that this was some kind of a darker version of Greys's anathomy, which doesn't....earn that many points in my taste-list.
I loved many things about this manga, the story, the art, the incredible characters and the way the author choose to portray them. The story really made you think, was it really Johan who was the monster? Or was it the world he lived in that was truly evil? Depending on the reader, I think we can come up with alot of diffrent answers to these questions.

aaaand to the spoilers:
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Johan killed, manipulated, and destroyed alot of people. That's a fact we couldn't ignore. But even if Johan did all those things, I couldn't bring myself to hate him. Why? The answer is easy, Johan wasn't the real monster in the Manga. It was the people around him, the circumstances which made him into the boy/man he finally became, and the world he was born in. Later in the manga you also get to know that he did all these things as a result for protecting his sister. His sister choose/was forced to forget about all the hideous things, but he choose instead to directly face that darkness and make it his own.

I'm not saying it's right to do what Johan did. I only think that people aren't born evil, it's just the circumstances or the world they where born into that forms them to who they will become. Like in Johans Case.

I definitly recommend this, you never get bored because the story keeps you hooked and you just keep wanting more. A masterpiece of it's own.

... Last updated on October 6th, 2013, 12:18pm
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If you like manga and/or good stories...   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by wAriot
May 6th, 2013, 4:45am
As many others have already said, this is a must read for whoever considers him/herself a manga aficionado. The story is brilliant, the characters and character development is great and the art, while not being the best, stands its own ground. Even if you don't like the "noir" style, this manga will keep drawing you in.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by irelia
January 13th, 2013, 12:50am
It leaves you with question as you read from chapter to chapter. And the author make a great story telling, like 20th century boys, the mystery revealed one by one as the chapter goes..
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Depends on your taste   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Cassiopea
April 28th, 2012, 5:31pm
It is a nice quality series, no doubt about that. Suitable for an older adult audience, with a serious autmosphere, plenty of dialogue, and strives away from the usual themes and style that apply to plenty of other mangas.


I read little more than halfway through, but for whatever reason it didn't entice me enough to continue. A lot of aspects of the plot felt familiar (The "Been done before" kind of sentiment; for example, like the main male handling a gun, getting all gritty, taking things into his own hands. Reminded me too much of a lot of typical action movies from the 80's-90's. And thanks to my dad, watched plenty of them growing up) and the journey of the whole thing eventually felt a bit contrived. I didn't feel that much suspense, or that much shock, it didn't feel creepy. Other then the one or two characters, everyone else felt a bit flat, one dimensional or typical. It just didn't "Wow" me, and I really thought it was going to.

It might be just a personal thing; this manga was just not for me. It is definitely not a bad manga whatsoever, so go for it and have a try.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Hatt0ri
February 12th, 2012, 2:24pm
This is a real page turner. The flow of the story is incredible, and there is not a single boring panel (let alone chapter) throughout all 18 volumes. All characters are just great. They are the main reason why I like Monster so much. If not for the story, this manga should be read just because of them. It's actually hard to tell which characters are main and which are supporting ones, because they are all done with same amount of detail. I appreciate mangaka's choice of Brad Pitt for the role of Martin. It suits him well.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
However, I'm not completely satisfied with the ending. While the massacre in the small isolated town brings back fond memories of Stephen King's books, "secrets" revealed there are bleak. Compared to wonderful suspension which was building up to that point, I must say ending was really anti-climactic. Small redemption comes at the very end, in the hospital scene. But it leaves more of a "oh boy, not again" feeling, than a horrifying open-ending one as it should have.
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Amazing manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tinman
December 22nd, 2011, 12:44am
By far the best manga I have read even better than Urasawa's 20th century boys which is a statement in itself . It can get intimidating and frustrating if you like the instant gratification in mangas like beelze and one piece which are great in heir own way. But this one is not in arcs but a master novel with a single story .
I will say this you need a certain amount of maturity to read this but the ride is well worth taking.
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A 'Masterpiece' of its own genre.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by strixflash
December 19th, 2011, 10:14am
'Monster' sureley lived to the expectations. As thought,its story was interesting and pretty enjoyable. Dont expect it to be of a shounen category. It has its own genre. You will enjoy it surely.
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