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Dr. Kenzou Tenma, an elite neurosurgeon recently engaged to his hospital director's daughter, is well on his way to ascending the hospital hierarchy. That is until one night, a seemingly small event changes Dr. Tenma's life forever. While preparing to perform surgery on someone, he gets a call from the hospital director telling him to switch patients and instead perform life-saving brain surgery on a famous performer. His fellow doctors, fiancée, and the hospital director applaud his accomplishment; but because of the switch, a poor immigrant worker is dead, causing Dr. Tenma to have a crisis of conscience. So when a similar situation arises, Dr. Tenma stands his ground and chooses to perform surgery on the young boy Johan Liebert instead of the town's mayor. Unfortunately, this choice leads to serious ramifications for Dr. Tenma—losing his social standing being one of them. However, with the mysterious death of the director and two other doctors, Dr. Tenma's position is restored. With no evidence to convict him, he is released and goes on to attain the position of hospital director. Nine years later when Dr. Tenma saves the life of a criminal, his past comes back to haunt him—once again, he comes face to face with the monster he operated on. He must now embark on a quest of pursuit to make amends for the havoc spread by the one he saved.

User Rating: 4.68 ( 15 votes)


English: Monster
Japanese: モンスター
Type: TV
Episodes: 74
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2004 to Sep 28, 2005
Premiered: Spring 2004
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 00:40 (JST)
Producers: VAP, Shogakukan Productions, Nippon Television Network
Licensors: Viz Media
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Police, Psychological, Seinen, Thriller
Duration: 24 min per ep
Rating: R+ – Mild Nudity
Resolution: 480p
Type: Dual Audio


Masao Maruyama – Producer
Manabu Tamura – Producer
Masayuki Kojima – Director
Hiroshi Aoyama – Episode Director, Storyboard
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Grain” by Kuniaki Haishima
ED1: “For The Love of Life” by David Sylvian (eps 1-32)
ED2: “Make It Home” by Fujiko Heming (eps 33-74)

Episode List

01: Herr Dr. Tenma
02: Downfall
03: A Murder
04: Night of the Execution
05: The Girl of Heidelberg
06: The Missing
07: House of Tragedy
08: Pursued
09: The Girl and the Seasoned Soldier
10: A Past Erased
11: 511 Kinderheim
12: A Little Experiment
13: Petra and Schumann
14: Left Behind
15: Be My Baby
16: Wolf’s Confession
17: Reunion
18: Five Sugars
19: Monster’s Abyss
20: Journey to Freiham
21: Happy Holidays
22: Lunge’s Trap
23: Eva’s Confession
24: Of Men and Dining
25: Thursday’s Boy
26: The Secret Woods
27: Proof
28: Just One Case
29: Execution
30: Decision
31: In Broad Daylight
32: Sanctuary
33: A Child’s View
34: At the Edge of Darkness
35: My Nameless Hero
36: The Monster of Chaos
37: A Nameless Monster
38: The Demon in My Eyes
39: The Hell in His Eyes
40: Grimmer
41: The Ghost of 511
42: The Adventures of the Magnificent Steiner
43: Detective Suk
44: Double Darkness
45: The Monster’s Afterimage
46: Contact
47: The Door to Nightmares
48: The Scariest Thing
49: The Cruelest Thing
50: The Rose Mansion
51: The Monster’s Love Letter
52: The Lawyer
53: Determination
54: The Escape
55: Room 402
56: The Never-Ending Journey
57: That Night
58: I Hate This Job
59: The Man Who Saw the Devil
60: The Man Who Knew Too Much
61: The Door to Memories
62: A Pleasant Dinner Table
63: Unrelated Murders
64: The Baby’s Depression
65: Johan’s Footprints
66: Welcome Home
67: I’m Back
68: Ruhenheim
69: The Peaceful House
70: The Town Massacre
71: The Wrath of the Magnificent Steiner
72: A Nameless Man
73: Scenery for a Doomsday
74: The Real Monster


If thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.


Hands down the best psychological crime show out there. Monster is gripping until the very end. An actual masterpiece of storytelling.


Oh remember that masterclass mangaka I love? Oh its an anime about his manga monster? Oh it’s the best anime ever, who would’ve thought.


A slow burn, but a great show with surprisingly human side characters and an incredible ending worth watching it for.


A Descent into the spiral of the human psyche. A dark story that asks; Are demons worth saving? is their future sins and crimes are yours?


The greatest thriller anime of all time. No supernatural or sci-fi elements, just simple human fear.


Deep and dark journey of Dr. Tenma uncover the truth will make you rethink about the truth of your surrounding.



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