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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.

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


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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
Monster by claudiofd

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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (1536 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.95 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 4th 2017, 4:52am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic Original (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (18 Volumes - Complete; Perfect Edition 8 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #408 decreased(-31)
Monthly Pos #449 increased(+4)
3 Month Pos #448 decreased(-34)
6 Month Pos #430 decreased(-32)
Year Pos #404 decreased(-68)

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On 947 reading lists
On 1499 wish lists
On 3103 completed lists
On 90 unfinished lists
On 535 custom lists

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it nothing but great!   
Rating: N/A
by Flash
November 17th, 2008, 5:44am
monster similiar to long ago project "master keaton"
if master keaton i gave 10 point
than monster must have the same point which is 10
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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Schmuyle HaukSendorf
October 7th, 2008, 5:49am
First of all, let me say that this mark is entirely subjective - I'm no manga critic. I really liked this intense manga at a human level, but I'm not into thriller nor intricate plots, and several things were, personally, a turn-off. Anyway, I find it to be an excellent manga. Urasawa is an inspired author, a formidable scriptwriter and a craftsman of drawing, and works on the cast in a strikingly brilliant way. Simply, this isn't my cup of tea.

... Last updated on October 8th, 2008, 6:11am
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Shockingly good....   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by iamssjvash
August 19th, 2008, 4:03am
This type of series does not attract my attention at all.... That being said, I kept reading anyways, and by the end of the second volume I was hooked~! If only other psychological drama series were this good~! I'd definitely give more titles like this a go after reading this.... My only disappointments were the ending and the fact that I'm probably just too used to reading romantic comedies and this definitely was not one....
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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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