Terrible acting, screenplay and direction.
This story has more twists and turns than a second-rate soap opera.
It's easily one of the freshest, sharpest and most enjoyable films of this year.
A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.
It was the best anime i ever seen i was just SO FU..ING GREAT
There are 74 episodes in this show. Was it required? No. After watching the first few episodes I was of the opinion that this may turn out to be the best anime ever and maybe there was a realistic chance that all the HYPE was real. With that in mind, I continued and somehow managed to watch episode 10 - 39 which focused on introducing new characters and give some background story to them. The pace had fallen drastically by then, the story became highly repetitive to the point that one could predict what was going to happen next, I thought of giving up since there were 30+ episodes to go, but then I read reviews where reviewers asked users to stay with the show, to have patience and continue because, in the end, it was all going to be worth it. Fast forward to episode 73, there is this perfect setup for an ending which may have made this show worth it. Imagine every important character of this show assembled in one small remote town. We had Dr. Tenma who was waiting to kill Johan, we had Johan himself with his plan of a perfect ending, there was Roberto the villain who does not die easy, there is Inspector Lunge from BKA, there is Nina, there is Grimmer and finally there is the mastermind, the devil himself who started it all Franz Bonaparte all of them at one place, on a rainy day making it for a perfect gloomy settings fit for a monster to unleash his evil plan. Yes, the setting was that good and then it happens, the beginning of the end, Johan gets shot.NO not by Tenma, not by Grimmer, not by Nina and NO not even by Bonaparte. Johan gets shot by the town alcoholic who had no story, no background, no connection to the story, nothing and he shoots the Monster. It was disappointing to the core, it was disgusting and unbelievable. What was the point, was that the masterstroke? Next, we see Johan in a life and death situation, he is in critical condition and it would have been impossible to save him unless an expert neurosurgeon like Dr. Tenma operated on Johan and saved him. Imagine that.Imagine a guy who spent all his life chasing the Monster, to kill him, to end him and to never let anyone else die at the hands of this evil Monster, imagine asking him to operate on this monster and save him. Seems like a joke, but it happens, Dr. Tenma ends up ultimately saving the monster. Yes, Dr. Tenma operates and saves Johan's life as he did many years back. What was the point of the whole story then? What was the point of the journey for Tenma? What changed? What did the story accomplish from Episode 1 till Episode 74? The Monster gets to live and he escapes from the hospital never to be found again. Was this the ending that many thought to be a Masterpiece? There was just no point for Dr. Tenma to begin his journey, should have just settled down with Ava and had kids instead. The entire series should have been 20 episodes maximum if this was how they were planning to end it.74 episodes are too much for this series. Usually, any good show stays with the audience for some time once it is over. Can't say that about this one though.
I've always been a fan of intelligent animes. After watching numerous shows, including death note, physcho-pass, stein's gate, etc... I found monster. I was skeptical to watch at first, mainly due to the new/realistic animation (Which I now love), however after the first episode I was completely gripped by the show. This show is written to be incredibly tense and suspenseful. It's dark, gritty, and mature. Without a doubt, monster is the most mature anime series I've watched. It's also very emotional and realistic. Characters are we'll developed and their personalities differ from one another. In this way, many characters stand out. There are so many side characters, yet they all play important roles in the overall plot. The shows pacing is slow at time, but this allows for a build up of suspense and further exposition into the incredibly intricate plot. I'm not going to give away any spoilers, however I'd like to say that this anime has my favorite villain. He's incredibly intelligent, and has insight into the human psyche functions. Thus, the villain manipulates others as if they're chess pieces. If you haven't watched monster, watch it. Its by far the most worthwhile anime iv'e ever experienced.
Unbelievably perfect. This complex and beautiful storyline unfolds over 74 incredible episodes, untangling the deepest philosophies and the loveliest intricacies of human life with every carefully constructed character and scene. I have never watched an epic of this magnitude. The composition, score, production, dialogue, and plot all work beautifully together. Even as the series dips deeply into the life of virtually every single character (and there are a multitude of impeccable and vital characters - more than a dozen), the protagonist and the story are never lost. Every little detail has a place of importance throughout. The mystery of Monster is revealed in little tantalizing bits all along, allowing the viewer freedom from feeling overwhelmed at the end. Nothing is left unsatisfied or unturned, and everything ties together so neatly. Perverse and violent subject matter is balanced with episodes so loving and meaningful that you feel the impact of the real world - positively, viscerally, bone-chillingly - within every scene. I feel so honored to have watched this. I sincerely cannot recommend Monster enough. 10/10. Absolute perfection.