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Monster 

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A brilliant neurosurgeon living in Germany finds his life in utter turmoil after getting involved with a psychopath that was once a former patient.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Hidenobu Kiuchi Hidenobu Kiuchi ...  Kenzou Tenma 61 episodes, 2004-2005
Liam O'Brien ...  Kenzou Tenma / ... 57 episodes, 2004-2005
Mamiko Noto Mamiko Noto ...  Anna Liebert / ... 37 episodes, 2004-2005
Karen Strassman ...  Anna Liebert / ... 33 episodes, 2004-2005
Nozomu Sasaki ...  Johan Liebert 28 episodes, 2004-2005
Tsutomu Isobe Tsutomu Isobe ...  Heinrich Lunge / ... 27 episodes, 2004-2005
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Dr. Kenzo Tenma, a young but extremely talented neurosurgeon, lives his life working in a hospital in Germany. He is respected by his superiors for his incredible surgical skills, envied by his peers and he is engaged to the daughter of the hospital director. But one day his bright future changes when a little boy is brought in with a serious head injury, along with his twin sister, the aftermath of a family massacre. He is faced with a huge dilemma when his superior orders him to abort the boy's surgery and operate on the mayor instead, who was brought in much later. He decides that "all life is equal" and goes against his superiors to save the boy's life (who arrived first), which ultimately results in the mayor's death. The boy survives, leaving Tenma's career in ruins, his engagement to his fiancé broken. His downward spiral begins when one night, while he is out cold in a drunken stupor, the twins vanish from the hospital and Tenma's superiors - along with the hospital director -... Written by Playbahnosh

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Official Sites:

NTV [Japan] | VAP [Japan]

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Japan

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English | Japanese

Release Date:

6 April 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Монстр See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Dr. Reichwein's files on patients (seen when he looks for Richard's) include files on "supposed" patients named Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders (as "Wilhelm E. Wenders"), Nastassja Kinski, Wolfgang Becker (as "Wolfgang Becker") and Bruno Ganz See more »

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Toshio Iwai: I was really surprised when Mr. Tenma was marked as a suspect!
Inspector Lunge: You were surprised? Was it unexpected?
Toshio Iwai: It was beyond expectation, to think that he killed someone... To tell you the truth, I didn't think he could do such a thing. Although we only went out drinking about twice three years ago, he was not a bad person.
Inspector Lunge: If you say that he was not a bad person, does that make him a good person?
Toshio Iwai: A good person...? He was more of the type of person who didn't like to stand out.
Inspector Lunge: So a person who doesn't ...
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For the Love of Life
Performed by David Sylvian
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An intelligent anime
14 August 2009 | by Lord_NefariusSee all my reviews

People traditionally associate Japanese animes with the likes of Pokemon and Dragonball Z and it is often very difficult to convince non-anime fans that there's more to them. I'm no exception! Luckily, Monster was the third serial anime I was introduced to after Death Note and Fruits Basket (odd combos, I know). And to be honest, I was not expecting this.

The series starts off ordinarily with the traditional story of a doctor forced to prioritize between patients and his career. The story of two traumatized children is introduced along the way and things start becoming rather interesting. By the time I got to this point, I had completely forgotten I was watching an anime. See, in traditional Japanese animes (and no disrespect to the fans), the writers have no idea how to develop the dialogue and make it work with the story. The height of a character's shock will be repeating somebody's name in a low, gaspy/raspy voice. Among the millions of other queer things, I never got why anime writers felt that was a good emotional expression. I simply dismissed it as another odd Japanese behavior.

As a pleasant surprise, Monster does almost everything to stray from that. At so many points during the story, I wondered how brilliant this would've been as a non-animated series. The character development is interesting and not muggled up or confusing, the songs/music make sense for a change, there are no irritating characters trying to be funny and the plot keeps thickening ... although slowly, and that might be a flaw. But to be honest, the gradual development is what keeps you so attached to it.

So in conclusion, if you're a japanime fan and want to introduce the haters to the club, I highly recommend you make them watch this as their first ever anime. All in all, a 9.5/10 score. Definitely worth the watch!


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