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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 1st Japan Media Arts Award Excellence Prize in the Manga division.
Won the 3rd Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award Grand Prize.
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

User Reviews
Monster by canucks

5 topics, 19 posts
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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (1195 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.94 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 4th 2014, 10:13am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic Original (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (18 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #527 increased(+22)
Monthly Pos #679 decreased(-28)
3 Month Pos #648 increased(+11)
6 Month Pos #653 decreased(-31)

List Stats
On 730 reading lists
On 1177 wish lists
On 2320 completed lists
On 72 unfinished lists
On 380 custom lists

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Anime or manga 293 days, 15 hours, 7 minutes ago
Monster Live-action 350 days, 2 hours, 5 minutes ago
ending (spoilers) 1170 days, 13 hours, 46 minutes ago
Monster...anime or manga? 1357 days, 21 hours, 10 minutes ago
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A True Masterpiece   
Rating: 8.3 / 10.0
by Twilight_Moon
August 16th, 2008, 1:29pm
I loved this manga. The last chapters left me breathless for more..Adrenaline pumping.. This is a work of art..Beautifully psychological - everything has a motive..And the great thing is, we never know the whole picture,until the very end... When the mangaka taunts us with little pieces of the character's past..Enticing us to read further and never be able to drop this story. The mangaka is truly the master of suspense.
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Of course...   
Rating: 9.2 / 10.0
by Yuenchi
July 25th, 2008, 1:01pm
It's above 9. I liked it better than 20th Century (maybe also because I had to wait long for 20th' new volumes), artwork is better than the adorable-awesome Mr. Keaton, though it will be beaten by Pluto. I remember reading the whole Monster volume years ago (nah, the hard books not the scanlation, that would be hard on my eyes) in one go, I simply couldn't put them down. The characters were 'alive', lots of suspense. In short it's highly recommended, unless you're really in the mood for light, happy stuff.

... Last updated on July 25th, 2008, 3:26pm
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by gdtr
July 24th, 2008, 2:31pm
Personally, I'm not that sure why people are so crazy about this manga. I mean, it has an interesting premise...but I feel that the mangaka tried too hard to make it "mysterious" and "deep". The whole story rambles on too long, twists seem to be thrown in willy nilly just to make things more confusing, and many of the supposedly smart characters make stupid / weird decision after decision (a personal pet peeve of mine). The art style didn't really appeal to me at all, as well. I'd give it a 5 / 10
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Best manga you'll ever read!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by RiderFan
June 27th, 2008, 12:10pm
When I hear or read people who say that Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, or Vampire Knight are the best manga, I just laugh. I laugh because they have not read Monster.
I have both read the manga and watched the word-for-word anime adaptation, and I can tell you that I enjoyed every moment of it.
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Morals or Duty?   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ratyz
January 15th, 2008, 6:02pm
An intriguing plot that started from what one man's thought to be right yet caused a series of unwanted events.
One's past can definitely determine one's future as well.
Characters, though vast, are treated with ample detail that makes each one stand out in their own proper respect.

The art work is also unique from the styles we often correspond to other mangas we might have read for it also gives courtesy to the overall theme.

There's more but, you'll just have to read it for yourself to find those out.
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One of the best stories of all time.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by pearlesque
April 16th, 2007, 7:59am
I've read Monster so many times that I've practically memorized every chapter. This is truly a stunning masterpiece -- there's never a dull moment, never a time when you think you could even consider looking away. I actually think of this as a story of "redemption" -- not religious redemption, but moral and spiritual redemption nonetheless. Even the apparent "villain" is a victim in his own right, and Tenma's inner purity is what helps him redeem not only himself, but the murderer he hunts.

Awesome, philosophical, inspiring and deep. If you have to take one manga with you to a desert island, this should be it.

... Last updated on June 22nd, 2007, 9:25pm
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Freaking Sweet   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by GreatTO
March 1st, 2007, 11:04pm
Though I've not read other works by Naoki Urasawa, just reading this one lets you see the greatness of his works. This story kicks major ass, it has all the elements of a great story, and it just pulls you into this story so much and it's not hard to understand either. its just...Perfect period.
I think it would be a perfect movie if people know how to do it (though i've heard only bad things about how New Line is gonna screw this one up).
I just love the art, its so...hmm realistic?....heh but yeah this is definitely one of my all time favorite stories. I may in the future go and dwelve into other Urasawa works when i get the time but I think he's truly a master of writing.
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by ares6
December 29th, 2006, 3:38pm
This is a very complicated manga. A lot of reading and drawing. Very detailed. If you read 20th century boys, you'll like this one too. Some people may not like it because it is a very complex manga. Not just some one word manga but a whole web of story.

... Last updated on February 19th, 2007, 4:55pm
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Rating: N/A
by bobble
February 26th, 2006, 6:40pm
Excellent manga...just excellent. I've now read the manga and watched the entire series. And as somenoe else said, I wish I could forget it all so I could experience it all over again. The pure fear captured in this series, and the dark look into fascism and nazis...just unbelieveable. Also the contrast is used perfectly, placing horrific situations into small, quiet, happy and otherwise innocent settings. This manga is a 10 in every way, and the anime is a MUST WATCH for those who even read the manga. It changes mediums but it's done so well as far as sound and visuals go...its one of the best EVER...You just hate to see something this good come to an end...which is why I'm looking for the followup manga "Another Monster".
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Another absolutely amazing manga by Urasawa   
Rating: N/A
by jikit
December 20th, 2005, 1:54pm
This manga really deserves my full points because the story is so great(even the ending is really nice) and the art is clear and the landscapes contain lots of details.

The characters are very deep and really interesting, especially Johan ^^. Detective Lunge really irritated me first but when he took that vacation to prague and found that book i actually started to like him. Theres just two characters and almost every characters that there was, I loved them, even Roberto.

Now when i think back at the manga i feel so nostalgic and i really would just want to forget everything about monster so that i could read it again.

Only 20th century boys can fight with this manga for the title of being my favorite.
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