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Monster 

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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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Cast

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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Official Sites:

NTV [Japan] | VAP [Japan]

Country:

Japan

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Japanese

Release Date:

6 April 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Монстр 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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Jan Suk: Is there something you want to say?
Fritz Verdeman: I'm saying that your questions stick too much to the manual. So, what have we learned so far? You're just like a kid these days. You probably hit on women using a manual.
Jan Suk: You look just like a father. I don't have a father, but I'd never want a parent like you.
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Worth to watch for those who liked Death Note!
5 December 2007 | by Ryu_DarkwoodSee all my reviews

I recently watched the popular anime serial Death Note. In search for a similar dark and gritty tale of power and deceit, I stumbled upon this little pearl. Like Death Note it's an epic train ride of plot twists and philosophical visions on the worth of human life.

It is about the young surgeon Dr. Tenma who finds himself in an awkward situation. Will he continue the operation on a little boy with a gun wound in the head, or will he save the mayor of the city, and also benefactor of his hospital, from the effects of a stroke? In all his fairness he makes the choice to save the boy. It is the beginning of a tremendous tragedy; his boss and father-in-law doesn't want him anymore, his wife dumps him, colleagues despise him, and he becomes the scapegoat for the hospital. And then something odd happens. The little boy and his twin sister disappear and all the people who meant to do harm are killed. Though everything points at Dr Tenma's direction, there is not enough evidence for prosecution. And from that point on starts the story of Dr Tenma's quest to find out what happened and who was behind the killings. He stumbles upon a terrifying discovery that will alter his life tremendously.

I like this cleverly written show for its addictive storyline and emotionally tense scenes. You must be willing to accept the many ''fillers'' - episodes with as only goal to lengthen the story - but it's well worth too watch through them. Those of you who liked Death Note, please give this less famous show a try. In some ways I think Monster even surpasses Death Note by its themes and dark vision on humanity.


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