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

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  5,207 ratings  ·  207 reviews
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 December 5th 1994)
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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
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
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
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
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!
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.

Just... wow.

Even though this isn't my type of story, I was in awe.

The amount of detail... The suspense... It was almost too much for me.

This was an impressive thriller.

I'm not sure if I can handle more of this series. It's that nail-bitingly-on-edge of a book.

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
(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
Nicola Mansfield
This is fantastic! I absolutely loved it! A crime set in Germany starts off in 1986, then skips ahead to 1995. The twist ending was stunning even though I'd guessed it would turn out the way it did. Lots of medical situations and drama. This would make the perfect starter manga for someone who doesn't like fantasy. I cannot wait to read the next volume! I just have to decide whether to use the library or buy the delicious omnibus editions that are being published now. Hmmm...
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
I am only about halfway through the third volume, but it is safe to say that I am hooked. This manga is probably one of the best that I have ever read. The characters are all well written and don't seem to follow any obvious tropes, and the plot is well paced and engaging. Definitely would recommend for any mystery fans.
Geronimo Laffitte
Creo que me estoy enamorando de urasawa
Gavin Smith
This first volume of a series is a bit of a mixed bag. There are enough interesting elements that I'll probably continue reading it but also some more problematic areas that may mean I won't complete the whole lot. On the positive side, I love the setting. Germany during the eighties is a great place to set a twisty mystery, making full use of the suspicions and doubts that each side of the wall naturally had about the other. The ending of this volume is also very strong, so strong that it saved ...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
Jan 12, 2013 Wickedshizuku 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.
This manga is just fascinating. Once the story's got going, it's such a page-flipping gripping story... a fantastic protagonist, characters who feel fleshed-out, well realised and interesting. And it's just refreshing to get away from the same god-damn plot most crime thrillers seem to be taking. "Detective yadayada is baffled by a string of murders where bodies are discovered without trace of poison or weapon, oh my Gaaaad!"
Here, we know who the murderer is. We know. It's just that
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
Yogi Saputro
Katanya ini karya Urasawa Naoki yang paling keren. Dan sekarang saya sudah baca kira-kira 10 volume. Sampai saat ini saya belum bisa menyangkal pengakuan tersebut. Komik ini sakit parah. Keren tanpa ampun. Bintang 5 murni.

Pengembangan ceritanya sangat pintar. Konflik yang terjadi muncul secara gradual dan selalu memberikan rasa penasaran. Dr. Tenma sang tokoh utama awalnya adalah ahli bedah kepala berkebangsaan Jepang yang tinggal di Jerman. Suatu ketika dia menolong seorang anak yang ternyata m
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)
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
Tom Ewing
Gripping, gulp-it-down, thriller manga in which conscience-stricken but brilliant Doctor Tenma chooses his principles over his career, only to discover that he may have made a terrible mistake. A theme emerging is obligation - Tenma rejects, on principle, the web of political favour he's enmeshed in within the hospital, only to find himself the unwitting beneficiary of a far darker obligation. As with Urasawa's 20th Century Boys, a massive reason to read is his sheer skill as a cartoonist of fac ...more
As a straight mystery manga, it had a solid beginning. I could get into Dr. Tenma's idealism and how people took advantage of him. As a setup, it allowed me to relax into the story, but little besides a string of murders at the end occurred, helping him rise to a real position of power in the hospital. It was kind of slow, but the pace is deliberate and character focused.

Why I am reading it is because I heard this was one of the best sociopathic murder stories ever written. Better than Death No
Buena introducción a la trama... Aunque un poco lenta.
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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
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