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Status: Finished Airing (April 2004 to Sep 2005)
Genres: Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Seinen
Dr. Kenzo Tenma is a renowned young brain surgeon of Japanese descent working in Europe. Highly lauded by his peers as one of the great young minds that will revolutionize the field, he is blessed with a beautiful fiancé and is on the cusp of a high promotion in the hospital he works at. However, all of that is about to change with one critical decision that Dr. Tenma faces one night – whether to save the life of a young child or that of the town's mayor. Despite being pressured by his superiors to perform surgery on the mayor, his morals force him to perform the surgery on the young child, saving his life and forfeiting the mayor’s. All of a sudden, Dr. Tenma’s world is turned upside down by his decision leading to the loss of everything he previously had. A doctor is taught to believe that all life is equal; however, when a series of murders occur in the vicinity of Dr. Tenma, all of the evidence pointing to the young child who he saved, Tenma’s beliefs are shaken.
For all the people who might have heard of Naoki Urasawa and his manga "Monster" but prefer watching anime. Or forget that. Even if you haven't heard of him you should definitely give this a try, it's a very good adaption of an exceptional manga. Of course feel free to read it first but you will miss something if you haven't watched/read the series. Expect a story full of entertaining mysteries and one of the best villains ever created!
Monster is one hell of a series. I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in a good mystery/thriller!