If you are an Anime/Manga fan and you didn't watch Monster, then you are missing out on one of the best Anime/Manga series ever created boasting the best storyline I have ever encountered. However, if you don't really enjoy Anime/Manga I still believe that you will definitely fall in love with the series. So what are we dealing with here?
Monster is a sychological horror/Detective fiction Manga written by Naoki Urasawa which tells the story of Dr.Tenma, a successful Japanese surgeon living in Germany. The story takes you through a series of events that happen to Dr.Tenma so suddenly that it changes his whole life forever.
Why is this so different than other Anime/Manga?
Monster is has the best Story and character development I have seen in a series regardless of it being Anime/Manga or a TV Show. The story is so well written and develops at a constant pace that it draws you in. It leaves so many questions that need answering from the start, and does a successful job of letting you wonder and go crazy trying to find out what happens. In addition, I haven't really seen that many story/character development oriented series that has such thrill and suspense.
You can read this if you want but, it has some spoilers of the 1st episode, but its really shallow nothing major.
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Monster takes you to Germany, years after WWI. It start by introduction the main character, Dr.Tenma as Japanese surgeon who over the years have gotten really famous as the best Brain surgeon in the whole area. Suddenly though, Dr.Tenma has a rather depressing talk with one of his patients that starts to make him question his beliefs. In an attempt to do the right thing, he chooses to save the life a young boy that was shot in the head rather than going on by instructions and saving an Important persons life. Thus after this point, thing start to change in Dr.Tenmas life as the decision he made on that day will be a mark in his life forever.
I would rather not touch much on this section since you have to watch it for yourself, however I am going to just summarize how the characters are taken. First of all, all the characters eventually relate in someway to Tenma, Tenma is the center of the story. The story however doesn't constantly focus on him alone, it shifts from one character doing a totally different thing and back to Tenma and then changes again. This sort of shift, causes the person watching to wonder what is happening to Tenma, and then what is happening to the characters surrounding him. In addition Naoki Urasawa does a wonderful job of making the person watching to connect personally with each and every character as their actions represent emotions and characters in human beings.
The setting does a great deal of impact on the series itself. Throughout it, you can relate to real life figures/objects/scenes as it beautifully illustrates and reflects things we see in our daily lives. The setting chosen for the story really rewards it as it helps in signifying Naoki Urasawa 's messages to the person watching.
Why is Monster the best Anime/Managa ever (My Opinion)?
Lets say this, the music, character, story, development, and setting all fits perfectly. I have not seen any Anime/Manga that really does a better job than how Monster started, developed, and concluding. It does feel like the most complete series I have ever watched. I feel inlove with it and it was really a rewarding experience.