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Serial killer thriller 'Monster' to air starting Monday on Syfy


Monster is being released in the United States by Viz Media.

For people that think anime to be all kids stuff and not worth their time, "Monster" is a great look into the more serious, adult-oriented side of the medium. There are no cartoony moments, no pointless tiltillating shots of female underwear- "Monster" is out to tell its story straight.

In 1986, Dr. Kazuo Tenma opted to save the life of a little boy who had been shot in the head.  What he did know was that this meant jeopardizing the life of the mayor of Dusseldorf, who also needed emergency surgery - and was going to approve increased funding for the hospital.  The mayor did not survive, and Tenma was demoted.  The three doctors in charge of the hospital are soon afterward fatally poisoned.  Tenma is cleared as a suspect, even after becoming chief of surgery as a result of the murders.

What Tenma did not know was that when he saved that boy's life, he'd rescued someone who would nine years later become a serial killer.  After another similar poisoning incident, Tenma enters the crosshairs of the inspector in charge of the case and goes on the run, a fugitive trying to track down and correct the mistake he didn't know he made.

"Monster" (74 1/2 hour episodes) is adapted from an award-winning 18-volume long manga (read: Japanese comics) series of the same name by Naoki Urasawa that began in Japan in 1995 and was released in America beginning in 2006.  Unlike movie adaptations of literary classics that leave fans of the books disappointed, Monster has garnered a lot of praise for staying strictly to the story laid out in the manga.  Dominick Laeno at T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews gives monster 5 stars and writes that "Monster" has "sophisticated storytelling and complex plot weaving, memorable characters... and excellent pacing."  "Loner" at review website Anime Secrets says that "unlike many other long series, 'Monster' manages to maintain a coherent and riveting plot that paces itself perfectly, a set of characters that never cease to amaze, and all without fading away with a whimper towards the end."  They gave the series 9.75/10.

"Monster" begins airing Monday, October 12 at 11:00 and 11:30 pm on Syfy.  New episodes will follow every week, with repeats on the Chiller network the week after they air on Syfy.

Viz Media's press release regarding Monster

Full disclosure: the writer of this article is a staff member at Anime Secrets. None of the staff there are paid for their services.