The Manga Shelf: Monster


The Facts are These:

Doctor Kenzo Tenma is a Japanese Doctor working out of Dusseldorf. Once he had a promising future, until he chose to save the life of a young boy instead of the mayor of Dusseldorf. Now he is stuck working a Surgeon with no prospect of promotion, however his boss and his possible successors were murdered. Now Doctor Kenzo Tenma is the Chief of Surgery, but how will he prove his innocence and who did commit the murder?


This manga has such an amazing story and depth to it. The character and their problems and amazing and sympathetic. You feel as if they are real people and for once I truly mean it. There is a line in the fourth volume between Anna and this random man. He tells her that “Killing people is simple, you just have to forget the taste of sugar.” I thought this line was beautiful, I interpret the line as, it is easy to kill someone, but you can’t live a normal life if you do. It was deep and thought provoking like this series. Maybe I am reading to deep into a throw away line, but that is how good the series is.

The lines are well thought up.

The lines are well thought up.

Behind the Scenes:

The series was written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa, whose other series include 20th Century Boys, Pineapple Army and Master Keaton. The series was published by Shogakukan, in Big Comic Original released between December 1994 – December 2001. the demographic for the manga is Seinen, which means it is targeted at people between the ages of 17 to 40, the genre of the manga is Mystery, Horror and Psychological Thriller.

The moment that changes Tenma's life

The moment that changes Tenma’s life

A Brief View of the World:

The story of Monster takes place in 1986 Dusseldorf, Germany. The story ranges from many European countries, for example Poland and Czech Republic. This is interesting because I do not know another manga that takes place in Germany. The scenery looks fantastic and feels as if you are in these Europeans countries.


This is a great series, it looks good and it keeps you interested in the plot. It makes you question whether what is happening does have another meaning and it actually surprises you with other twists.

Their "possible" final conversation

Their “possible” final conversation


This series deserves at least one reread because by going through it again you pick up on things that you have missed on the first run through.




Master Keaton – For another Naoki Urasawa manga that is interesting.


Detective Conan – For a mystery series, where the mystery doesn’t run as long as Monster, but are still interesting.



I do not own any of the above used pictures and/or video they belong to their original creators, Naoki Urasawa.


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6 Responses to The Manga Shelf: Monster

  1. nikki says:

    I loved the anime, it was bloody brilliant O_O

    Kudos for the post, very enjoyable ^_^

    • dandylion13 says:

      Thank you very much, I have never been able to get through the anime. I know it is good, but either I get distracted by something else or something happens. Though the manga is great.

  2. mrtime86 says:

    I like the details in the artwork. I’ll have to check this out.

  3. Ray H says:

    Absolutely brilliant series, Urasawa is a master. He perfectly controls the art, characterization, pacing, for an epic mystery series that never lets up. Read 20th Century Boys as well if you haven’t. I still need to read Pluto…

    • dandylion13 says:

      Yeah I haven’t read Pluto yet, but I wanted to read astro boy first to get an idea of the world for the series. Urasawa is a great author and I want to read 20th Century Boys again, it was good when I read it a long time ago, but I want to give it another shot.

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