Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Volume 1: Herr Dr. Tenma (Naoki Urasawa's Monster, #1)
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Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Volume 1: Herr Dr. Tenma (Naoki Urasawa's Monster #1)

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An ice-cold killer is on the loose, and brilliant Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! Conspiracies, serial murders, and a scathing indictment of hospital politics are all masterfully woven together in this compelling manga thriller. Tenma risks his promising medical career to save the life of a critically wounded young boy. Unbeknownst to him, this child is d...more
Paperback, VIZ Signature Edition, 221 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by VIZ Media (first published June 30th 1995)
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This manga may hands down be one of the best that I have ever read. And I do not make that statement lightly. I may not have the biggest manga shelf in the world, but what I have read of Monster makes me want to sing its praises from the rooftops. It's very rare in my history of reading manga for me to have given 4 or 5 star ratings with every single volume I've read. Usually with manga you get one bum volume every now and again, with a story arc that goes nowhere or just silly one-shot gag sett...more
One of my first experiences with Urasawa's work. The story is enthralling, following the story of Dr. Tenma, a Japanese brain surgeon working in Germany. Faced with a moral dilemma regarding the value and equality of life, Dr. Tenma makes a decision that will forever change his life.

This story has more twists and turns than many other suspense stories, and while it has slow parts at times, the entire story weaves together like a tapestry to reveal the greater story; the tragedy of Kinderheim and...more
Aug 01, 2010 Aneesa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves a good story that makes them think deeply
Shelves: drama-horror
Can I ever really explain how much I love this Manga? No. It's on an entirely different world of it's own in which I have no experience writing about, but I will try. It isn't simply a Manga, it's everything you've ever wanted. It's expands on all specters of the world and delves deeply into the dimensions of life; mentally, spiritually and emotionally. I have yet to come across another like it and I'm sure I never will.

Don't believe in anything I've said? Well it's one of those experience-to-u...more
Feb 10, 2012 Radek rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of thrillers, detective stories and Urasawa Naoki.
Urasawa Naoki is interesting mangaka. He kept drawing sports manga for about ten years before he actually started to write what he wanted. The first of his unique thriller detective stories is Monster.

Doctor Tenma Kenzou is a very talented brain surgeon from Japan. He studied in Germany where he starts working at hospital in Düsseldorf. Everything is going really smoothly for him as he enjoys both personal and professional success. But one day he is placed between two patients in critical condit...more
All I have to say is, it's good that they don't count manga as YA (like they do with everything with a teen protagonist nowadays), or else the pearl-clutchers would have had a heart attack by now.
One of the most tense and frightening manga series of all time is also filled with unexpected heart, warmth, and optimism. Dr Kenzo Tenma has everything he could want; as an up-and-coming brilliant Japanese surgeon living in Germany, he has a promising career ahead of him. He's friendly, popular with his peers, and is even engaged to the hospital director's daughter, Eva. That all changes one night when two patients are brought into emergency simultaneously; one the city mayor, and the other a y...more
the scarecrow
(I update more regularly on my book review blog, but I try to cross-post the reviews here as often as possible. Sorry for the inconsistency!)

Why did I take so long to read this?

This manga is brilliant. It's rare for me to take to a manga so quickly, if at all, and it was with pleasant surprise that I devoured this first volume and restrained myself from reading the whole series in a sitting. Yes, Monster is just that good.

Creating tangible suspense in a piece of fiction is no easy task. Urasawa...more
(This review is for the whole series, I'm just chucking it under the first volume because no way am I reviewing all eighteen of these.)

(8/10) Naoki Urasawa deserves a lot of credit for being one of the most consciously adult manga artists out there. This extends even to his art, a mostly realist style that distinctly differs from the stereotypical manga "big eyes, small mouth". But in trying to escape from the juvenile tropes around him Urasawa goes in a different direction than most American ca...more
Review for the whole series.

I seriously cannot understand why everyone loves this. There are awfully many plot holes (characters knowing things they shouldn't know without explanation etc.), many characters behave irrationally (the whole story is based around Tenma's constantly switching irrational choices!), its central plot elements are very silly ideas ((view spoiler)), it is very unfocused and long-winded constantly mix...more
Danielle Q
This will be a spoiler-free review of the whole manga.

Naoki Urasawa's Monster is easily my favorite comic. I encountered it for the first time in the summer of 2009 through its anime adaptation, and it has remained as one of my favorite overall stories of all time.

Naoki Urasawa rightfully proves that he has earned the title of Japan's Master of Suspense here, laying down twists and turns at every corner, he creates a fascinating and unpredictable world for the reader. This is aided by the serie...more
Wickedshizuku (and the Jedi pup)
Jan 12, 2013 Wickedshizuku (and the Jedi pup) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anime fans, Manga fans
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Book Junkies Group
Shelves: 2013, manga, reviewed
This isn't my type of manga. Though I will give it to the artist, the plot is good. I think would have preferred the drawings to be a little bit better in shading and landscapes. The character design was at best normal.
This manga is about a neurosurgeon that decides to save a little boy's life instead of the mayor's. He didn't know that he effectively saved a monster's life. Come and enjoy this gruesome tale that will have you itching to read more.
a great psychological thriller comic! the idea of the book is very fantastic. It's about a doctor (Dr.Tenma) who saved a little boy who turns out to be a serial killer when he grow up. The doctor feel responsible (for saving the boy's life) so he sacrifice his life trying to stop the boy. I cant stop reading it from the first book..very intense. If you like psychology, mysteries, thriller, u'll love this comic!
detil yang luar biasa ditampilkan oleh urasawa dalam manga bersetting jerman ini, seolah urasawa memang berada di negeri itu. dalam kisah kriminologi-psikologis ini, urasawa juga mengangkat isu politik dan kedokteran dengan sangat baik.

kualitas gambar tidak perlu ditanyakan lagi. mangaka ini selalu membuat saya kagum bagaimana ia bisa menggambarkan ras melalui bentuk wajah dan tubuh. bravo!
I am not normally the kind of guy who reads fiction. It has been over ten years since I have last done so in undergraduate, let alone a comic book (this is my first manga). But I have to say with this was very good. A young man in my church introduced to me and told me that I might find it interesting for the philosophical aspect of it. The first volume gets you hooked right away with the story of a promising young surgeon who struggle with the idea that all life are equal which led him to the f...more
Rj Veit
My first experience with Urasawa's writing was his series 20th Century Boys. As I read it I became captivated unlike any thing I've ever read. The series quickly became my favorite manga and one of my favorite pieces of writing I have ever had the pleasure to read. Urasawa is amazing and truly earns his name as Hitchcock of manga. Having only read the first volume of Monster so far I have no idea what's in store for me but I am so wholeheartedly excited for another long journey. I urge people wh...more
Anhmai Vu
Mỗi người trong chúng ta gánh nhiều tội lỗi. Những tội lỗi đó sẽ không biến mất, nhưng có một số tội không làm không được

Người cuối cùng tin được chỉ có thể là chính bản thân mình thôi


Đây là tên một siêu phẩm manga tâm lý, kinh dị của Nhật, kể về cuộc hành trình đuổi theo một "con quái vật" của một người bác sĩ (Genma). Vị bác sĩ này, coi "mọi sinh mạng đều bình đẳng" đã cứu sống một cậu bé, vốn dĩ là con quái vật kia. Con quái vật sống lại, đi giết những kẻ nó coi là không đáng sống, đầu...more
Absolutely amazing, this is a definite must-read for...pretty much anyone. I'd describe it overall as an excellent mystery/thriller/adventure story, brilliantly fleshed out, but the characters are actually well-rounded and alive, not at all what I'm used to finding in manga or comics.

A mature manga that deals so much with history and psychology and war.
Joshua Fialkov
Urasawa's use of suspense is second to none. A complete and utter piece of genius, Monster gives proof not just to readers but to creators of manga and graphic novels that this medium is ready to be used and abused for much grander things than we've seen before.

A complete masterwork that'll leave you aching for Viz to finish releasing the series.
Dewi Wahyuni
I wish I could just do a review on the whole series and not each book!
The first book starts a bit slow and if you're not used to Naoki it can be hard to go through the first few chapters. But after that you'll realize the worth of this manga.
The manga gets more complicated halfway through the series and it is not just the simple question of whether Dr Tenma did a mistake saving the kid. (view spoiler)...more
This was so good, and annoyingly ended on such a cliffhanger. I am going to have to hunt down the next book. Set in Germany, starting off pre the end of the Berlin wall, it's about Dr Tenma, from Japan who is working at a hospital. He's going out with the director's daughter, the director is using his papers and taking the credit, so he's unknowingly playing the game and is destined to go far. But then one night a family of deserters from the east are attacked and shot. The parents die, the litt...more
I have to admit I saw the show before picking up this first volume (which is pretty dead on as I recall) but this is roller coaster of a ride type story it keeps you coming back for more even if it is a bit slow in the water to begin with. [It can't be just me but the author puts in no subtle terms how awesome dr. Tenma is] I mean the hospital can't function without him.

That said said I love the story its engaging and really interesting with all its characters, especially detective Lund. Its o...more
amazingly twisted...
I haven't yet finished reading this series but the first 5-6 books are fascinating.

The artwork is wonderful and am hoping the remaining books I have ordered will come through soon so I can find out what happens to Dr Tenma!

The story does a great job of building the tensions, and the characters are unique and interesting - the 'Monster' of the story is believably chilling in a subtle and inhuman way.

This series is definitely worth reading, especially for those who write off manga as kid's books o...more
Mikael Kuoppala
The highly praised series by Naoki Urasawa begins. The story starts in mid 80's when protagonist Kenzo Tenma, a brilliant young neurosurgeon working in a top grade hospital in Germany, begins to question his convenient life. Engaged to the daughter of the hospital's director, Tenma is in line to be the next head surgeon. A good, stable marriage to an affluent family is in the cards, and being the most talented surgeon in the facility doesn't hurt either.

The trouble is that Tenma feels like he do...more
Monster is an 18 volume manga series by Naoki Urasawa, who is also famous for the series 20th Century Boys and Pluto.

These notes cover volumes 1-2.

The series follows a Japanese doctor called Tenma who is living and working in Germany. He is an extremely skilled surgeon, likely to go far in his career, and also engaged to the hospital Director's daughter. However, when his morals are shaken by saving the life of a famous opera singer over a labourer who was admitted first, he decides that he must...more
Jan 13, 2013 Hud-c rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: manga enthusiasts
Review: January 13,2013

Where will I start?

Okay just a bit of everything.

The main character of the story is a Japanese surgeon named Dr. Kenzo Tenma. He works for a German Hospital and is considered the most brilliant doctor in his station. Because of his genius, he suffer from the clout and manipulation of his colleagues and the Director of the Hospital. He made a mistake of turning down an operation of a high status official and performing a surgery to a boy who was shot in the head. After his...more
Sariah Saad
There goes another all time fav. of mine, the following review is taken from, [spoiler alert]! :-)


"These are people's lives! Saving your life helped me open my eyes! I realized that all lives are equal! No one has the right to take away another's life!"

No person, no matter how good they are, has the right to kill another because they judge that person as evil. No matter their crimes. Urasawa, the way I interpret it, is essen...more
If you are not a fan of books chock full of coincidences or vast conspiracies, this is not a series for you.

Still reading?

OK, good. MONSTER is an 18-volume series of graphic novels by Naoki Urasawa, one of the preeminent writer/artists of the manga industry. His series PLUTO just might be my favorite graphic novel I have ever read, bar none. That includes WATCHMEN and THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and MAUS and everything else. It's just that good.

First off: MONSTER is not the accomplishment that PLUTO...more
Aug 20, 2007 dexqa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves psychological thriler drawn in black n white *_*
Shelves: seinenmanga
I came accross Urasawa Naoki works years before,
when I was in elementary school (his manga titled YAWARA!,
thanks to my friend who lent me some of the series).

The way Urasawa sensei draw to me looked like he got
influenced by European comic style. After reading his
other work (a story about a detective who once a SAS member,
forgot the title ;_; only got two copies from the series
and as far as I know the INA publisher stop the series.
never know why), I started to collect MONSTER! series.
Lucky me, lo...more
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Urasawa Naoki ( 浦沢 直樹) is a Japanese mangaka. He is perhaps best known for Monster (which drew praise from Junot Díaz, the 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner) and 20th Century Boys.

Urasawa's work often concentrates on intricate plotting, interweaving narratives, a deep focus on character development and psychological complexity. Urasawa has won the Shogakukan Manga Award, the Japan Media Arts Festival ex...more
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