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Monster is the anime adaptation of the manga series of the same name. It was adapted by Madhouse, following the success of the manga, and aired a total of 74 episodes on Nippon TV from April 7, 2004 to September 28, 2005.

It was directed by Masayuki Kojima, written by Tatsuhiko Urahata, featured character design by Kitarō Kōsaka, and the soundtrack was composed by Kuniaki Haishima.

Viz Media licensed both manga and anime for an English release.


Main article: List of episodes
Episode list (Warning: LONG!)
1 Herr Dr. Tenma
2 Downfall
3 Murder Case
4 Night of the Execution
5 The Girl from Heidelberg
6 Disappearance Report
7 Mansion of Tragedy
8 The Fugitive
9 The Girl and the Seasoned Soldier
10 An Erased Past
11 511 Kinderheim
12 Modest 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 The 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 Back
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 The Landscape of the End
74 The Real Monster


It is the year 1986. Dr. Kenzō 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 Tenma's life forever; while preparing to perform surgery on a working-class Turkish man, he is ordered by the hospital director to switch patients and instead perform life-saving brain surgery on a famous opera singer. The operation is a success, and Tenma is lauded for his accomplishment. However, the same cannot be said for the Turkish man, who died as a result of the switch, leading Tenma to have a crisis of conscience.

After an apparent botched robbery, a young boy is rushed to the hospital in critical condition, and Tenma is called in to perform the surgery. Before he can begin the operation, he is suddenly pulled aside and again ordered to switch patients when the city's mayor requires urgent treatment, but he stands his ground and proceeds with the boy's operation. Tenma's operation is again a success, but the other surgeons fail to save the mayor. Tenma is blamed for the mayor's death, stripped of his status, and his engagement is called off. However, with the mysterious deaths of the director and two other doctors, Tenma's position is eventually restored. While he is initially suspected, there is no evidence to convict him, and he goes on to live a normal life as the new head of surgery.

Nine years pass. A petty criminal is hit by a car while running from a pursuer and taken to the hospital, where he is placed under the care of Tenma. The criminal is suspected in a serial murder case, but he refuses to talk to the police and seems convinced that a "monster" is coming to kill him. He later escapes from the hospital and Tenma gives chase. Tenma follows him to a nearby construction site and finds him being held at gunpoint by another man. It would seem that Tenma's past has come back to haunt him, because this man is revealed to be none other than the young boy he risked his career for all those years ago - Johan Liebert, now grown into a merciless killer. Johan shoots the criminal dead and leaves the building, Tenma being too shocked and paralyzed with fear to stop him. After this, Tenma makes it his duty to pursue and kill Johan to make amends for the havoc being wrought by his former patient.


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