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The Cruelest Thing is the forty-ninth episode of the anime.


The kids from the orphanage are decided to find the blonde girl who killed Mikhail Petrov to prove Grimmer's innocence. While looking in the city, Miloš finds Johan disguised as Anna Liebert.

After visiting, Petrov's apartment and finding notes from the kids claiming that the blonde girl did it and Grimmer is innocent, Tenma and Grimmer visit them in the orphanage. Grimmer tells Tenma that he has lost his emotions and that he often does not know how to react to situations and what feelings to show. Antonín meets with Tenma and Grimmer and tells them that they found the blonde girl but that Miloš has disappeared ever since.

Inspector Lunge visits Mrs. Suková at the hospital. She tells him that Tenma, Grimmer and Karel Ranke visited her. Lunge mentions the blonde young woman, but she says it was not a woman but a man.

In his apartment, Johan dressed as Anna, questions Miloš about his existence after he tells him that he is looking for his mother; he asks him if he is sure that someone wanted him. Tenma and Grimmer look for Johan and arrive to the apartment, but when they get there, Johan and Miloš have already left.

Grimmer tells Tenma the story about how, when his son died, his ex-wife asked him at the funeral why he was not crying, saying there was nothing in his heart and how then, after that, she left him. Tenma and Grimmer figure out that Miloš might have gone looking for his mother in the red light district at the Czech border. Tenma worries because he figures out that Johan will confront Miloš with the cruelest thing.

Johan, still disguised as Anna, takes Miloš to the red light district so he can look for his mother. Miloš walks throught the place thinking about what Johan said of his mother abandoning him. Miloš is witness to all kinds of depravation, including a German professor who has sex with a prostitue in the street and then gives Miloš 500 Czech crowns.

Traumatized by what he has experienced, Miloš walks to a bridge. Grimmer and Tenma find Miloš at the edge of the bridge while he is looking down, maybe thinking of jumping. Grimmer hugs Miloš and tells him that, while he does not have a mother, he was born because someone wanted him and Miloš hugs Grimmer back. Grimmer starts crying.



  • Wolfgang Grimmer: "My emotions were stolen by Kinderheim 511."
  • Johan Liebert: "Being born really isn't that uncommon... Almost everything in this world is meant to die. In this world, a life born is nothing more than an insignificant speck and shouldn't even be counted as existence. Death is natural."
  • Kenzo Tenma: "You're crying,"
Episodes of Monster
1. Herr Dr. Tenma • 2. Downfall • 3. A Murder • 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. Kinderheim 511 • 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. 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. The Landscape of the End • 74. The Real Monster