Even after 18 years, Monster, the first anime produced by Naoki Urasawa, is still regarded as one of the best ever produced by both critics and fans. It won the award for best anime in 2004.
In the compelling drama and suspense of the anime Monster, issues like obsession and paranoia are explored. 18 years have passed since the first episode aired, yet the series is still worthwhile to watch again.
1. The animation
Both realistic and eerie have been used to define Monster’s animation style. Because it was made when most anime was 2D, the art style is different from the majority of popular anime today. In contrast to other subsequent anime, the art style also placed more emphasis on face emotions.
In contrast to the conventional Shnen anime stories, where the protagonist begins the series weak and becomes stronger over time, Monster presents a novel perspective. Instead, it follows Dr. Kenzo Tenma, who is ethically strong from the start and has to make a choice between protecting those who are important to him and wanting to learn more about himself. In the course of the series, he decides to save the life of a little orphan kid rather than that of a city official, which serves as the starting point for a cascade of subsequent events.
The mystery and twists in the plot are revealed one by one. The key story twist is that Dr. Kenzo’s choice to save the child has a significant unintended consequence.
A mystery tale called Monster was first turned into an anime before being translated into the highly regarded Monster manga. Many excellent mangaka around the world have written mystery and suspense stories, but few have been able to match Monster’s quiet, reflective eeriness or its enduring appeal.
It examines the nature of “good vs. evil” and the imperfections that are ingrained in every person. It actually delivers a compelling tale rather than relying on silly moments or over-the-top action sequences to keep audiences interested. The narrative touches on many different topics, but at its core, it is an emotional tale about trust.
Around the time of Doctor Tenma’s story, in Germany, a well-known young neurosurgeon starts toWhen faced with a difficult decision when the surgeon’s pledge to “do no harm” is impossible to uphold, one can question both his humanity and his professional judgment.
This is just one of the many fascinating aspects of this series, which delves into subjects like social psychology, governmental corruption, as well as what it means to be a doctor or work in a field where life and death are literally at your hands. Despite being unique and distinct, the colorful personalities are nonetheless brought together by shared goals, whether they be ethical or scientific.
The moral ambiguity and realism of Monster are unwavering in the face of Dr. Kenzo’s decision’s moral uncertainty.
The plot is more engaging because the antagonist is just as multifaceted as the protagonist. Johan Liebert is a skilled manipulator who can take advantage of other people’s frailties and amazing intelligence. The story has a lot to do with human psychology, especially when you delve into the deeper, darker layers. It is not only about one disastrous accident involving sparing a future villain’s life.
Your first impression of Monster was probably its “Grain” opening theme. The music was written by Kuniaki Haishima, who did a fantastic job because it perfectly matches the pictures.
Quite simply due of the excellent music production, this anime drama doesn’t feel like a Japanese creation from the early 2000s. This mood and tension are produced by the outstanding use of sound.
Monster is not your typical anime. If you enjoy mysteries with intricate characters who are all set in a realistic world that feels like your own but with a supernatural twist, you should watch this work of art.