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A brilliant neurosurgeon living in Germany finds his life in utter turmoil after getting involved with a psychopath that was once a former patient.
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Series cast summary:
Hidenobu Kiuchi Hidenobu Kiuchi ...  Kenzou Tenma 61 episodes, 2004-2005
Liam O'Brien ...  Kenzou Tenma / ... 57 episodes, 2004-2005
Mamiko Noto Mamiko Noto ...  Anna Liebert / ... 37 episodes, 2004-2005
Karen Strassman ...  Anna Liebert / ... 33 episodes, 2004-2005
Nozomu Sasaki ...  Johan Liebert 28 episodes, 2004-2005
Tsutomu Isobe Tsutomu Isobe ...  Heinrich Lunge / ... 27 episodes, 2004-2005
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Dr. Kenzo Tenma, a young but extremely talented neurosurgeon, lives his life working in a hospital in Germany. He is respected by his superiors for his incredible surgical skills, envied by his peers and he is engaged to the daughter of the hospital director. But one day his bright future changes when a little boy is brought in with a serious head injury, along with his twin sister, the aftermath of a family massacre. He is faced with a huge dilemma when his superior orders him to abort the boy's surgery and operate on the mayor instead, who was brought in much later. He decides that "all life is equal" and goes against his superiors to save the boy's life (who arrived first), which ultimately results in the mayor's death. The boy survives, leaving Tenma's career in ruins, his engagement to his fiancé broken. His downward spiral begins when one night, while he is out cold in a drunken stupor, the twins vanish from the hospital and Tenma's superiors - along with the hospital director -... Written by Playbahnosh

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6 April 2004 (Japan) See more »

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Dr. Reichwein's files on patients (seen when he looks for Richard's) include files on "supposed" patients named Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders (as "Wilhelm E. Wenders"), Nastassja Kinski, Wolfgang Becker (as "Wolfgang Becker") and Bruno Ganz See more »

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Toshio Iwai: I was really surprised when Mr. Tenma was marked as a suspect!
Inspector Lunge: You were surprised? Was it unexpected?
Toshio Iwai: It was beyond expectation, to think that he killed someone... To tell you the truth, I didn't think he could do such a thing. Although we only went out drinking about twice three years ago, he was not a bad person.
Inspector Lunge: If you say that he was not a bad person, does that make him a good person?
Toshio Iwai: A good person...? He was more of the type of person who didn't like to stand out.
Inspector Lunge: So a person who doesn't ...
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A fantastic anime that not only gets away with taking itself far to serious - but creates one of the most entertaining shows of any type I've ever seen by doing this.
10 April 2005 | by benthebratSee all my reviews

A dark, suspenseful and extremely entertaining anime that boldly answers back to the skeptics who think that all anime must be as brain-dead and child-oriented as the majority of prime-time viewing. (Which is, quite frankly, usually embarrassing to watch in the presence of others.) The plot of Monster is without a doubt the best part, dark but not without cheerful scenes, and centered around the story of a Dr. Tenma, a talented Nero-surgeon, who's upright morals soon send him on a rarely chosen path to correct the wrong he'd unwittingly committed in the name of justice. Unlike other anime, most of which seem to focus on super-powers, fantasy, or sci-fi horror, this one's true chillingness is in the fact that despite being animated, it is portrayed in an all-too-real manner. In reality, the most truly terrifying people are generally people who you wouldn't think out of the ordinary in a crowd, not some supernatural monster who relies on brute force or the inability of the entire world he fights to stop him. The animation isn't the best, but the story more then makes up for it, and even watching it on a 42" TV, I was far to engrossed with the story to make more then the occasional observation that perhaps the movement wasn't quite as smooth in some places as it might be. The same applies to the sound, which doesn't quite keep pace with the story either. Nonetheless, it is one of the best shows I've seen, period.


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