Anyone who read saw my cosplay documentary already knows this, but i happen to be a big anime fan. I even joined a Anime Club when i was going to community college(All of the people i interviewed for the documentary were members of that club). I recently watched an 74 episode anime series on netflix called Monster, and it is spectacular, and have decided it was worth making a post about. Before i begin, here is a basic plot summary
In 1986, Tenma, a Japanese neurosurgeon in Germany saved a boy who was shot in the head. He did this against the orders of his patron who had wanted him to operate on a politician then. He had done it out of guilt (for not saving a patient earlier in a similar situation). Thus his career sank. Years later, a series of mysterious murders put rise to Tenma’s career. Tenma starts to investigate these events
Right off the bat, the animation style tells the audience this won’t be like your typical mainstream(in America anyways) anime. It is not interested in looking cute like say Sailor Moon or Naruto. The animation style has a gritty, realistic feel. From the very beginning it is apparent this is an anime aimed at a more mature audience than most of the anime licensed here in the U.S.
The plot is extremely well written imo, with plenty of twists and turns that kept me entertained. The series also does a great job of maintaining tension, and there are several moments where you are left wondering whether a character is going to bite it or not And most of the episodes end on a cliffhanger that leave you wanting more. It also helps that this series is filled with fascinating, unique characters. Even if they aren’t all likable, all are well written. This combination creates many memorable scenes that leave you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next.
This series wades into some dark subject matter, mostly around what defines a “monster.” While there are a very scenes that are actually pleasant overall this series is what i would categorize as relentlessly depressing. In fact there are a few episodes that border on nightmarish. However this makes the more positive scenes that much more memorable.
I highly recommend this one. It is one of the best anime series i’ve watched, and i think shows well the diversity of anime.