MyAnimeList Rating: 8,69/10
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Police, Psychological, Seinen, Thriller
Author: Naoki Urasawa
Seiyuu: Nozomu Sasaki, Hidenobu Kiuchi, Tsutomu Isobe
Finally, I finished watching this anime. This anime is roughly needed of immense patience as this is an anime Thriller. If you don’t understand from the beginning and continue in the next episode, you will never understand the story of this anime and already on sure, you will feel bored with wanting to drop this anime. Anime like Monster is my favorite anime and also other similar anime. For the first time, this anime is an anime that makes me tense myself, a little smile, and somehow it feels full of fear. Although this isn’t an action anime, Monster is an anime with the most complex Thriller story. Previously, I’ve written this first impression anime. So if you are still confused with the existing synopsis, you can see it here.
“Monster,” tells about Kenzou Tenma (Hidenobu Kiuchi), a genius surgeon trapped in a serial murder committed by Johan Liebert (Nozomu Sasaki). Johan is a child who was rescued by Kenzou because of a gunshot in his head. Kenzou just realized that Johan is someone who has a devil inside. Kenzou just realized entangled in the case of serial murder charges that make him have to be a fugitive and around Germany to find a Monster that he has regretted reviving a Monster.
The core of this story focuses on one such character named Johan. In each case and the mystery that you will encounter in this anime will eventually return to one person named Johan. Although this anime has a very simple story, the plot is so complicated that the story is quite developed in every episode. Each episode also makes the audience will be curious at each end of the episode because the plot-twist provided in each episode isn’t much different from other Thriller anime.
Author of this anime is Naoki Urasawa. He is a very brilliant mangaka in developing the results of his work in addition to Monster. Manga he ever made other than Monster that is 20th Century Boys, Pluto, and Yawara!. I’ve watched the 20th Century Boys movie on a television. If I’m not mistaken, 20th Century Boys is also a movie with a unique story even though I didn’t see it from start to finish. Back to Monster, Naoki Urasawa makes a story very much different from other serial killer stories. Each episode will always have story development as well as many characters other than Tenma so as to make a story look more presentable and whole.
This anime has a mystery genre and thriller and there is a little horror. In moments of tension, there are so many explicit themes including dead bodies lying in blood, inhumane violence, child buying, prostitution, suicide, and other adult themes. Although this anime looks impressive spooky, I think this anime show some original human nature that always happens in real world. This anime also displays the look of characters that look different like fugitives, psychopaths, thieves, and others. Kenzou is someone who is in a situation that makes him a fugitive. Although Kenzou is considered a fugitive on false charges, he still remains calm in clearing his name to search for a Monster.
The setting of the place taken from this anime is also so unique that it coincides in Germany and Czechoslovakia after the wall of Berlin collapsed. Some story also tells a glimpse of the cold war that occurred in parts of Eastern Europe. All the settings took almost the whole take place in Europe although Kenzou is also just a character of Japanese own nationality. So, maybe some people think that this anime is made in Europe even its Manga though also very similar.
Art and Sound from this anime are also very supportive. For anime like Monster is also very good in the Art section even though this is a classic anime. Meanwhile, Sound of the anime is also very supportive of the theme and atmosphere of his anime. Just like opening Cowboy Bebop entitled ‘Tank!’ by The Seatbelts supports themes from Cowboy space, Monster also uses a magic touch in the opening track. Although only instrumental, ‘Grain’ by Kuniaki Haishima is a very supportive opening theme thriller and mystery. Likewise with the ending entitled ‘For The Love of Life’ by David Sylvian and ‘Make It Home’ by Fujiko Heming.
Overall, the manga itself was also awarded in the Excellence Prize at the 1st Japan Media Arts Festival in 1997. A masterpiece made by Naoki Urasawa is a masterpiece that you shouldn’t miss. Fans of Naoki Urasawa or anime with thriller and psychological are also perfect for you to watch even, you can also watch this anime whatever you don’t like anime.