Monster sucks: a message to its “fans”

Anime Opinions, Article — By on February 7, 2013 12:46 am

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.

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Monster is not deep, it’s not edgy, and it’s not good. It’s a poorly paced self-wankfest designed to appeal to imbeciles who don’t realize every single episode is the same exact thing. In short, it sucks.

DAE Le Monster?

Yes, shut the fuck up. Monster is not some obscure fucking show you just found out about and need to share with the world. It’s the most overhyped piece of misery to come across my vision and every “intellectual” cunt-tard throws it out like it defines them as a thinking being.

Monster So Unpopular

Here’s why you think it’s good: you watched one episode, noted everything was covered in black and grey, and thought its edgy camera angles were the cat’s meow. Then you dropped it and said you completed it. Exactly like you did with Texhnolyze. Don’t fuck with me. I’m onto you by now.


Like you, nobody wants to watch it

jpegs artifacted

And you use this well to your advantage. That’s why you can throw it out as a recommendation, because no one’s ever gonna watch the show and realize you’re fucking wrong. See also:

  • Legend of Galactic Heroes
  • Slam Dunk
  • Prince of Tennis
  • Hajime no Ippo
  • Touch
  • Space Runaway Ideon

“There’s no way anyone would watch this series all the way through and still be sane enough to criticize it. Following that, anybody who did watch some of the show and ended up dropping it can be criticized for not ‘watching the best part’. And because these shows are old, I can play the ‘new anime sucks’ card. Brilliant!”

You little shit. Take those fake “hipster” glasses off; nobody’s impressed.


If you finished it, you’d hate it too.

Monster’s Plot


I’m gonna spoil this for you since you didn’t really get far enough into Monster to realize it: there really isn’t much of a plot at all.

A kid gets shot, and a doctor (Tenma) saves him from dying. A while later, the kid shoots someone in front of Tenma and Tenma gets all emo, thinking “what’s the value in saving a life if the person I save kills people?” So he decides to go on a journey to meet the kid and find out the answer to this moral dilemma of his. …for 76 fucking episodes.

And that’s it. No, really, that’s the entirety of the 76-episode plot. And don’t even get me started on the ending.


Let’s get started on the ending


Here’s the answer to Tenma’s moral dilemma: “Yes.” “Yes, there is value in saving a life regardless of how many people that saved person kills.” And he illustrates that by saving the jerkoff’s life again. Then he walks away, cue credits.

Were you hoping for more? Nope. That’s it. That’s the end of the show. It took 76 episodes for them to reset the entire plot back to episode one.



I like to think this was Urasawa’s way of telling his fans to hang themselves with their turtlenecks, and I just wish more of them had respected his wishes.


And the characters suck

monster sandwich

“This sandwich has more depth than I do.”

I dunno, just read Wikipedia’s summary. They were too unmemorable for me to have anything much to say about them.

Were you intrigued? If so, you’re probably bored enough to find chewing razor blades entertaining. Go ahead, try it, I’ll wait for your report.

Were you bored? Then congrats, you got the full Monster experience and can now actually talk like you know something about the show. I trust it won’t be positive.



Final Rating: 1/10. For reals, this show sucks.

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Starra says:

You know what other “edgy” anime sucks? Elfen Lied.

Dark_Sage says:


Passerby says:

Guess you like a show with some naked girl killing random person with—. No, perhaps because it adds to your fap material.

Dark_Sage says:

Elfen Lied has blood and tits. That’s all I want from anime, so it’s the perfect show for me.

You Baguette says:

Explains why you didn’t like Monster…. The first 25 episodes were great… the rest was meh.. But it was better than Elfen Lied. Elfen Lied was BS. Even HOTD was better

Melonwater says:

I totally agree with this guy. MONSTER SUCKS. I watched it because so many people recommended it. At first was turned off at the length of 70 episodes, But I just decided to finally give it a shot.

The initial phase was good. The beginning was pretty good, built up tension, involved horror and gave you cryptic chills. So I got up to episode 39 and at this point I couldn’t take it anymore…as the DR. Tenma had the psychopath in sight and let him go, he had a chance to kill him and Yohan disappears in the smoke.

That just was the last straw and boiled my blood. I just said screw this, this anime SUCKS. I totally agree with the reviewer’s rant up there ^ DO NOT WASTE your time watching this anime. Thanks for telling me the ending as you saved me a lot of time.

This anime was SO SHIT. I would say it had a good run up until episode 39 in my opinion. Monster is a sorry excuse of an “intellectual’s” anime. Poor excuse and the writer needs a slap in the face, he probably wrote this entire series while he was taking a long dump.

If you like intellectual anime watch Steins Gate. A good series by Naoki Urasawa is Master keaton, its episodic in nature but WAYY BETTER than MONSTER. I kinda want to slap URasawa for creating such a retarded series.

Only a dumb ass would call MONSTER a master piece. I’m so glad there’s people who agree with me.

Hel says:

Only a dumbass would think steins gate is better than Monster.

Dont worry says:

Hopefully you continued it, cause it is in episode 40 that you meet probably the best character. Grimmer that is…

Kenshin_sama says:

The only thing that really killed the experience for me was that only half of the manga was adapted, but I thought it was pretty good.

Nevreen says:

I picked up the Elfen Lied manga because I loved the anime right up until the ending (which blew chunks). Spoiler alert: the half of the manga they left out sucks.

Kenshin_sama says:

Feels more like an opinion than a spoiler. The second half of Elfen Lied was obviously too deep for you.

dae-kun says:


Solaristics says:

I agree with you, Monster was pretty meh.

appropriant says:

I only read the manga so I’m immune.

Dark_Sage says:

Yeah, maybe I’d like the show better if I didn’t have to invest 32 hours into it.

appropriant says:

At the same time you experienced more Magnificent Steiner than I did so I jelly.

Dark_Sage says:

This is true. But the scars on my eyes indicate it wasn’t worth it in the end. :(

thecowgoesmoo says:

Pro-tip: tactical application of high-speed playback is crucial when watching shows with more than 26 episodes.

Dark_Sage says:

I picked up a hardsubbed version of Hyouka and did that. It was the only way I could get through it.

Kamica says:

oh you

Vanth says:

Uhh, are you saying Hajime no Ippo sucks too? You’re way off the mark there. Its a masterpiece.

Also, <3 Johan!

Dark_Sage says:

Of the ones I listed off, I only saw a few episodes of Prince of Tennis and Galactic Heroes. I’m not going to watch that shit to realize the people hyping those shows up were wrong, I’m just gonna move on and save my time.

Vanth says:

Not hype. Its insanely good. One episode should be good enough to convince you whether you’ll like it or not. Its one of the best ‘zero to hero’ stories you’ll ever get to watch.

Dark_Sage says:

I wish I had enough time and interest to see if you’re right.

flipr says:


I was sucked in at the first episode and had to finish the series. It’s not particularly deep, but it is great at building suspense.

SoupRKnowva says:

Bro, I heard touch was good…Badskater told me so

Chiakisama says:

Dude, Touch is great, but if you want the same story in half the time just watch H2 or I dunno, Cross Game.

That Mitsuru Adachi guy has been doing the same shit for years and people still suck his dick, haha.

Kamica says:

Monster is liked for the same reason as Mirai Nikki. We watch em’ for dem thrills rather than anything resembling a deep story.

Dark_Sage says:

What thrills?

monster says:

it had mystery ;__;

Dark_Sage says:

“Will we find out Johan’s real name in this episode? Oh boy, I can hardly wait! Suspense!”

Kamica says:

There’s some good thrills to be had scattered around.

An entire village is massacred over the course of episodes 69-72. And it’s not the bad guys that are doing all the killing.

Dark_Sage says:

Monster has events, not thrills. The show only did one thing well: creating myths. The Monster With No Name and The Magnificent Steiner were the only good things about that show, and you could get the Steiner speech and the Monster story in a total of ten minutes.

Vanth says:

Still, what brought this on all of a sudden? Did you get into a ‘we’ll agree to disagree’ argument with someone?

Dark_Sage says:

Nope. I just saw one “Top Ten Animes” list too many.

njd09 says:

Taken from one of the top MAL reviews: “Monster probably isn’t something that beginners to anime would enjoy.”

Take that, Dark_ “I’m a beginner to anime” Sage!

But in all seriousness, you’ve pretty much killed any desire I had to watch this. I’ll leave it on my PTW though; maybe I’ll get around to it in a few years, or never.

Kamica says:

I just took a look at your myanimelist. You gave Mirai Nikki a 9. I absolutely guarantee that you’ll love Monster.

Dark_Sage says:

It’s not even close. Mirai Nikki is my second favorite manga series (behind Fap Note, of course), and I despised Monster. How the hell can you even draw parallels between the two?

Kamica says:

Both shows are the same genre. Is there any problem in comparing two shows that are the same genre?

Dark_Sage says:

I’d put Mirai Nikki in the death game genre (Btooom!, Deadman Wonderland, Gantz, Psyren, Bokurano, etc.) while Monster would fall under psychological “mystery”.

njd09 says:

I actually just read Fap Note the other day, and it was fucking awesome, so I’m with you there.

And Kamica, I did give Mirai Nikki a 9 (though to be fair, I haven’t finished it, only 11 eps in), and I will admit, I am kind of curious about Monster just because I like watching hyped shows. All right, I’ll at least try the series out, but it’s definitely not going to be a priority for me. Maybe after I finish Evangelion and Horizon.

appropriant says:

It’s mostly the suspense/mindfuck aspect. It translates better in the manga, I’d guess.

Progeusz says:

I think Mirai Nikki is as terrible as Guilty Crown and after watching 1/6th of Monster it seems really good to me. So, not really. I also think MN and M are nothing alike.

Chippo says:

>Exactly like you did with Texhnolyze. Don’t fuck with me.

But Texhnolyze was good.

Maybe a little dull at times.

Dark_Sage says:

At times? More like all times. I don’t even know how I managed to suffer through watching it without playing “pin the scissors on the temple”. I did buy the DVDs though — the art’s not too bad.

FalseDawn says:

Dark_Sage confirmed for no taste.

I jest. I haven’t watched any of those series. I want to watch LoGH though – space operas are da best.

RDF2050 says:

You better watch it (LoGH). It is one of the best anime from the 80’s

Kuroiryuu says:

28 eps into LoGH and I already have an erection.
There’s no way you don’t go gay for Reinhard von Lohengramm.

Neko-Chan says:

What the fuck is Monster? Should I be ashamed I’ve never heard of it?

corocoro says:

I only hear about it when people (mostly D_S) rant about how bad it is. ┐( ̄ー ̄)┌

Dark_Sage says:

You should be counting your blessings.

2ColouredEyes says:

I asked a close friend of mine who is active in MAL. She said you suck, big time. I do not know if I should agree or if I should agree. Hard to choose.

FalseDawn says:

Active in MAL sounds like she’s a field operative… Is it that bad a place?!

Kenshin_sama says:

If I were to describe the community as a whole, I’d say that it is really shitty. With the massive popularity of the site, the forums are packed with a lot of people that generally lack any sort of common sense. MAL forums are home to the majority of raging fanboys and annoying haters that plague the anime community. But if you are tolerant enough to put up with the amount of fail that goes on in the forums, you will occasionally find some really interesting people on that site. The debates on popular anime can also be a lot of fun to participate in.

I may not approve of 2ColouredEyes’ friend in particular, but I do not believe that being active on MAL should have any sort of impact on credibility. And if she wants to argue against the points that Dark_Sage has made, she should do so with a lot more effort.

Dark_Sage says:

It sounds like she wants me. She has good taste.

Dark_Sage says:

She can message me her digits:

Name goes here says:

You gave BakaTest a 5? Confirmed for shit taste.

fohfuu says:

Oh D_S, your tastes are hilarious.
I don’t give a shit about Monster, btw, but dose favourite lists.

rwn says:

Thank god I don’t come here to get recommendations, your taste is terrible.

Adams64 says:

Thank god I didn’t come here to hear your opinions, they’re terrible.

Edolnixcyunotops says:

No lie, I’ve had this shit on plan to watch list for like two years, but I keep picking up stupid moe shit and watching them instead. Will probably be there for a few years longer but I still eventually watch it some day even if it is just to bitch about how bad it is if what you say is true.

Mr_Kindman says:

“it sucks because it is boring.”

nice review. real nice.

Dark_Sage says:

It was more of a middle finger to its cancerous fanbase than a real review, but I think I got across enough thoughts about the show to make it count.

I attacked its premise/plot, ending, characters, length, pacing, purpose, and pretense. Were you looking for an episode-by-episode deconstruction instead?

appropriant says:

Pretty sure he just wants you to tend to his sore buns

FalseDawn says:

I’d take Monster fanbase over Naruto fanbase any day. Though, actually, I don’t think there are any particular fanbases to despise nowadays – except the one that’s causing all anime studios to make plotless moeblob series.

Beckett says:

We call that fanbase “Japanese Otaku”.

Dark_Sage says:

Really? I wouldn’t.

Monster fans belong to the cabal of anime elitists who imagine their own opinion superior to all others, objectively. It bothers them that some people actually dare to like series that aren’t up their own ass all the time.

Naruto fans, however, enjoy what they enjoy not because of some arbitrary guidelines passed down from on high, but because they actually – legitimately – enjoy it.

I like Naruto fans better because they’re actual anime fans. Not those playing at the title.

FalseDawn says:

I’ll stick you in a room full of narutards and do a sweepstakes on how long you’ll last, if that’s the case :D

And lol, anime + elitism = BZZZT! ERROR!

Dark_Sage says:

At least I know there’ll be girls in the Naruto room. About two hours into the Monster room, I guarantee the only activity going on would be guys offering each other handjobs for Magic cards.

FalseDawn says:

Wait, what? There are girl narutards? When did that happen?

I seem to have escaped mention of this fandom (which is surprising considering how long I’ve been around IRC) and have only ever met two people who raved about it. Or is that how you’re trolling? Is it actually pretty obscure and you’re trying to make it less so by calling its small fanbase losers? Like, reverse psychology for the masses?

Dark_Sage says:

The Naruto fanbase is pretty fujoshi nowadays.

No, about the only thing you’ll find here is my regular hyperbole — I legitimately don’t like Monster or its fanbase. Let me just list off some of the MAL clubs that claim Monster as one of their flagbearing series:
Thoughtful Discourses on Japanese Audiovisual Culture Club
Critics and Connoisseurs
★Pictorial Culture Miscellany★
Avant Garde and Philosophical anime
Cogito Ergo Sum – Philosophy In Anime and Manga

You’d think there would be sarcasm in those titles, but there really isn’t.

FalseDawn says:

I quite like the sound of “critics and connoisseur” – sounds like people sitting watching anime, swirling wine in a glass going “hm, indeed.” I could do that.

Nevreen says:

I don’t know about the swirling and hmming part, but drinking ample of mounts of wine is a great way to enjoy anime.

Nevreen says:

amounts, even


Beckett says:

Judging the whole fanbase by MAL is like judging the whole internet by 4chan. Of course the fans on MAL are going to be shit, because they are the type of people who post on MAL. The fans of EVERY show are shit on that site.

FalseDawn says:

Also, and I hate rising to these things, but one of the fans who raved about Monster… was a GIRL. So there :P

FalseDawn says:

Reading that back, that didn’t come out quite how I meant it to… >.>

NIAIK says:

Let me elaborate:
GIRL–> Guy in Real Life
For those that were wondering.

Shadow Roberts says:

I agree with you again Sage, You speak the real truth. In fact I can tell you that I have met a lot of girls in person that like Anime’s like Naruto, One Piece, Full Metal Alchemist, and Death note a lot and would never watch a boring Anime like Monster or like it. I even know girls that like and watch Ecchi Anime’s, my current girlfriend is one of them also, she like’s Sora No Otoshimono/Heaven’s Lost Property, Ikki Tousen and Highschool DXD for example and I do too. Trust me most girls I know would rather watch something with very good action, comedy, romance, and fun characters and a entertaining storyline/plot then be bored to death after a few episode’s of Monster.

Gregory Peck says:

Reading all these comment’s is giving headache’s to me.

sangofe says:

Do you want anyone to take you seriously, dark_sage? Monster *is* one of the best anime series I’ve seen; but obviously it would suck to people who wants lolis and masturbate to them.

ComeOnGuys says:

Come on guys! DS is obviously trolling. Would anyone watch 76 episodes of a show he doesn’t like? Of course he wouldn’t! –> DS loved Monster, but he is just too tsundere to admit it (as usual).

@DS: Well done! Again you managed to troll many of your followers! However, I suggest now we should attend to shows that really ARE overrated, like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya:

A show that, in just 14 episodes, manages to be as boring as Texhnolyze ; a show that is as episodic and repetitive as Pokemon and with a story as terrible as Elfen Lied’s.

Sheep says:

Haruhi wasn’t that boring.

Adams64 says:

>story as terrible as Elfen Lied’s.
>more boring then Texhnolyze

What drug are you on? The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was awesome

Kenshin_sama says:

Watching 76 episodes of an anime you don’t like isn’t that hard. I did something like that with Naruto Shippuuden.

NIAIK says:

Counting the one coming this Thursday, 300?

FalseDawn says:

Haruhi is not overrated. It’s just rated for the wrong reasons. Narratively, it’s actually pretty clever.

Chippo says:

Too bad the second season was so disappointing. Movie was really good though.

stushi says:

For some reason I loved the second season more than the first.
But I agree about the movie. If only they’d make another one as good…

Dark_Sage says:

You liked Endless Eight? I dunno, that season made me hate Kyon as a character.

stushi says:

I actually liked Endless Eight. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I watched it after it had finished airing, so I didn’t have to suffer 2 months…but I still watched all 8 of them.
Don’t know why you’d hate Kyon though. Apart from the time he was about to hit Haruhi, he was pretty awesome.

Dark_Sage says:

I thought it turned him from an apathetic everyman into a pathetic loserman. It takes him 15,500 tries to fix the loop? Come on.

And maybe it’s just me, but the whole raised fist thing… yeah, that doesn’t do it for me. Itsuki had to stop Kyon from beating the everloving shit out of Haruhi. And then Kyon doesn’t even reflect on it? No, that character is ruined for me now, and that’s really unfortunate because I liked him a lot in s1.

Beckett says:

I am suddenly really glad I never watched the second season of this, Kyon is awesome and I don’t want my image of him tarnished.

TouToTheHouYo says:

Admittedly my memory of that particular episode is a little hazy, but as I recall, Kyon was more or less in the right. Haruhi’s abuse of Mikuru had finally pushed him to far and he was about to put the smack down on her to put her in her place. Harsh? A bit, but I found the group’s complacency with Haruhi’s attempted molestation of Mikuru more damning than Kyon’s reaction.

Now I really hope I’m rambling on about the right episode, else I come off as a total wanker.

And FUCK that endless eight bullshit. All but ruined an otherwise passable series for me. Never getting that time back…

Dark_Sage says:

Mind listing the circumstances under which it’s okay to beat someone?

And no, you got the right episode. Here’s the clip:

Beckett says:

Beating women: COMPLETELY ACCEPTABLE as long she was “totally asking for it.”

TouToTheHouYo says:

I never said beat. Certainly called for a smack, but no, I’d not abide him cold cocking her. Smacking someone for stepping out of line is hardly severe.

Dark_Sage says:

You may be misremembering the scene — this wasn’t one of those “wake up” slaps like you get in most shows, or even one played off for laughs.

Skip to 1:10 in the video and tell me his intent was not to hit her with that closed fist he held for the entire duration of the scene. His intent was clearly to deal some serious damage to Haruhi. And you could determine that alone from how the scene lingers on his closed fist, long after he was “stopped” from hitting her.

And then he keeps struggling toward Haruhi, fist still closed, not at all in control of his emotions. The subs at 1:57 even say “Anyone who refuses to listen needs a good beating”. It’s pretty clear what he intended to do, and that’s not exactly something I can glance over.

FalseDawn says:

But is it assault if you’re punching a god?

Dark_Sage says:

You’re right. It’d probably just fall under blasphemy.

TouToTheHouYo says:

Ok, I’ll give you that. A closed fist is a bit much. I still don’t find it a character destroying moment though. Haruhi pushed him to the brink and he nearly snapped. His reaction, although a bit extreme, is understandable.

Nevreen says:

I don’t understand how anyone could possibly have enjoyed Endless Eight. What.

Dark_Sage says:

She’s not the first person to like it. Soup and I came to blows over this at Ohayocon. (He won.)

stushi says:

Yeah, sometimes I think I’m weird, too. I watched up to the 4th time, not having a clue as to what was going on. I Googled “Endless Eight” and suddenly saw a horrifying amount of rage directed towards it. It had gone so far that the director actually had to apologize. And for what? For making us feel what Yuki was feeling during all that time. I personally think it was a great idea, and that it took a lot of guts to put it in action. I doubt any other company would have ever taken such a risk.

Good to know I’m not the only one who thinks so though. :P

Shadow Roberts says:

What the hell? You think Elfen Lied is terrible and Thhat Malencholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya is overrated?!? Are you even a real Anime fan or so-so???

cipher says:

B-but Slam Dunk is awesome. Through my nostalgia goggles at least.

Nevreen says:

I watched all of Monster and enjoyed it for what it was. I wouldn’t put it on my top ten list or anything, and it was definitely way too long (they could easily have told the same story in half as many episodes), but it was all right.

Speaking of all right, I saw a sign this morning that read “It’s all right here,” which made me pause and wonder if they meant “Everything is here” or “It’s okay here.” Is this a compelling argument for the adoption of “alright” in the same vein as “always” and “already”? Discuss. (totally hijacking this article because this is more interesting)

Mix says:

I’d defend monster if I could remember a thing about it.

Beckett says:

You could not be more wrong if your name was W. Wrong Wrongstein. Wel, you might be right about the majority of the fanbase, I’ve never bothered to seek them out. But nobody I know who likes the show ever describes it as “deep” or “edgy”. I like it for the same reasons I currently love Space Bros. I like the characters and am interested in watching them struggle to overcome their problems. Is it “too long”? An argument could be made that it is, but I personally appreciate a show that doesn’t feel rushed to get where it’s going, as long as it’s always advancing the plot in some way.

I understand that in today’s youth culture being ADD is considered a virtue and things that require your attention for longer than 5 consecutive seconds are considered shit, but that’s not really my problem, I’m going to continue to like shows like Monster.

FalseDawn says:

The way it’s going, Space Bros is gonna end up longer. And I’m a fan of that too. Maybe I’ll check Monster out after all :D

Dark_Sage says:

If you like Space Brothers, you’ll like Monster. And Planetes. And drowning in your bath tub. Try all three!

kayserlein says:

Last one sounds interesting. Does it have a watchable amount of episodes or will it also take too much time?

Dark_Sage says:

Only about 5-10 minutes per episode. I even heard enjoying that series with a toaster will shorten episode length considerably.

kayserlein says:

Nevermind. Just got spoilered about the hair dryer ending. Something that bad doesn’t deserve my time.

Beckett says:

It takes like several minutes man, that’s definitely tl;dw.

FalseDawn says:

Seems my first response to this article was indeed correct. Planetes was great :P

Gonna stick Monster on my to-watch list (and pre-emptively stick it in my top ten, just for you).

asdf says:

A fleshed out story and a stretched out one are not always the same. I’m watching and enjoying Space Bros as well but feel it’s dragging on too long. There is even a 2hr long movie version. I’ve only seen the PV but it looks like it covers the moon accident. It took 40 episodes for the anime to get there. Pretty sure it could have been done in less.

Beckett says:

Yes, of course it could have been done in less. If you don’t give a shit about the narrative you can cram anything into a short amount of time. If an editor really tried they could probably fit books by Robert Jordan or George R. R. Martin into 150 pages. But they wouldn’t be the same books anymore. There is an audience for longer material and these shows fill that role. People who are pissed that there aren’t more explosions or that it’s longer than one cour of course won’t like it because it’s not aimed at them, but that’s no reason to shit all over it.

sangofe says:

There is nothing wrong with Space Brother’s pace… it’s perfect, to be honest.

Nyangoro says:

itt: plebeians

Vance says:

Monster is an extremely-slow paced series (It’s also boring) where almost nothing happens. This also applies to Space Brothers. Mirai Nikki is just a train wreck.

In conclusion, my tastes are superior and all of you plebes should watch Ouran High School Host Club, Welcome to the N.H.K., and the first seasons of Nodame Cantabile and Code Geass. R2 is just a huge train wreck.

Shadow Roberts says:

Mirai Nikki and Code Geass R2 season 2 are train wrecks?!?! Yeah your taste is definitely flawed. But I will say that Ouran High School Host Club is good.

Aru says:

Question is, is it more boring than Amnesia?

Dark_Sage says:

No I couldn’t have finished it if it was.

It’s almost like these posts are being written to generate activity in the comments.

I guess the site really is merging with sankaku.

Dark_Sage says:

I don’t believe that an active community is a bad thing.

And I wasn’t actually fishing for comments with this post, though I don’t see why it would be an issue if I was. My philosophy is just to write what I would find interesting if I were a reader of the site, and for an audience of me, this is what I’d want to read.

Justinnnnnn says:

What, no fanboy post about this week’s P-P? Well you should feel ashamed of yourself.

Dark_Sage says:

Haven’t even got around to watching it.

Marow says:

Please do and hate it.

Kusion says:

I guess you could say that watching this was a… MONSTER of a mistake.

I’ll see myself out.

Chippo says:

Monster? Now THERE’S a show that needs some surgery!

MrAptronym says:

I’m glad I am not the only one who hates this show. I had a roommate in college who watched the ENTIRE thing in our living room. I tried to get interested in it, but I watched something good instead.

Guy was also a pretentious jack-off who laughed at his own jokes all the time (and reminded us of them later so we could praise him for them.) I do not think this is a coincidence. He eventually dropped out.

B1 says:

I watched Monster when it came out. I made it up to around episode twenty-five, by which time I realized that it was time to stop, and that the only vaguely interesting character I’d spotted (his estranged wife) had been given such predictable character development.
It was probably the first time that I understood (or even thought about) how cynical the anime industry could be, and as such was one of the first series to take away some of the anime-fandom glow from me.

will says:


Where are the old sub reviews?

raingod says:

Good thing I haven’t seen the damn thing. Thanks D_S.

baaaaaaa says:

Nice trolling.

Dark_Sage says:

Dark_Sage !!qTPzkt+/EPE

That’s me.

Anon says:

Two things:

1. 20th Century Boys>Monster

2. “And the characters suck”

Except for Eva. She’s so moe~

Anonymous says:

They only adapted half the story in 74 episodes? What the fuck? The manga is a goddamn masterpiece but I’m going to go ahead and trust you when you say that the anime’s awful.

Dark_Sage says:

If you liked the manga, you’d probably like the anime. I’m one of the people who hated 20th Century Boys, so if that’s your kinda shit, feel free to ignore me when I talk about boring seinen.

damn says:

Go watch your shitty Naruto or One Piece garbage
This anime is great(though it does leave some thing unaddressed)
I finished it in like 2 days

74 episodes is nothing
You should trying sitting through Dragonball series

Dark_Sage says:

I finished the series in one day, and fuck you Naruto isn’t garbage because Sasuke is pretty. You’re just a retard jerk.

damn says:

Naruto is complete garbage
Sasuke is a queer,so is Naruto btw…always saying Sasuke’s name on his dreams…must be fantasizing about him
Only good character in that garbage show is Kakashi…I feel sorry he’s not in a better show(yes even though he’s a drawing)
And this is not just cuz Naruto is a Shonen series…cuz i’ve seen good Shonen series in the past…it’s just that it’s a crap manga…it’s a crappy sell-out manga which the author continues endlessly and milks the shit out of it
Now this would be ok if Naruto was entertaining to read…but it’s not.Kishimoto can’t write entertaining stuff for crap

One Piece and Bleach do the same
Never really liked One Piece cuz i guess it isn’t to my taste..though I know others think it’s good
Bleach was good till Soul Society Arc ended and then Kubo entered “troll mode”

BTW…Johan would probably make everyone in Konoha(and the whole Shinobi world) kill each-other…it’d be hilarious

Nigra says:

wan piss da best fakk yoo

Justinnnnnn says:

why so mad bro

Dark_Sage says:

It is not a sell out and fuck you Naruto is indie (it’s not even American).

Also Johan is just a pansyface nerd lol. Sasuke would sharingan him to bits because Sasuke is master. Believe it!

Anon says:

Excuse me, but does Monster have epic fights, awesome animation, and awesome romance?
I don’t think so.

Naruto is the bestest and most epicest anime ever made.

Dark_Sage says:


Shadow Roberts says:

Agreed. It’s good to see some of you on this site are fully awake like to have fun and realize life is too short to waste by watching or reading a snooze fest like Monster.

Shadow Roberts says:

We get it. Your a moron. You suck. We don’t give a fuck what you say or think about Naruto because we’re too smart to listen to your bullshit and take it into consideration.

Shadow Roberts says:

He is a dumbass jerkoff, Sasuke is a boss and so is Naruto and they both can pwn that nerdy weak ass Johan any day. Believe it!

Kenzo Tenma says:

I have yet to figure out if this is a real review or what. So childish and bland.

I do agree Monster’s pacing is a bit lackluster at times, but it’s superb at its finest moments. The plot, btw, is excellently well developed and magnificently, steiner, written.

It seems you dislike Texhnolyze as well, one of my favorites. On top of all this, you like Mirai Nikki that happens to be one of the worst manga i have ever had the displeasure at reading.

Well, you must be a bad person then haha

Dark_Sage says:

Maybe I just hate being bored.

Kenzo Tenma says:

Don’t get me wrong; my above commentary was more like a joke. I do respect divergent opinions.

Nonetheless, Monster is undoubtedly great like it or not! xD

Kierin says:

Monster was a fucking waste of time, it starts off amazing, gets super boring, gets good again, and eventually, after 74 fucking episodes of suspense and plot build up, the most ANTICLIMACTIC final episodes and ending EVER. I feel like I wasted hours of my freetime, what the FUCK. Also, who the fuck puts a notorious killer in a regular hospital with no guards or anything, a coma or not. Also there were PLENTY of people who could have testified for Tenma and proven Johan’s existence and Tenma’s innocence, fuck this anime… it starts off too good for its own good and slowly turns into garbage!

too lazy for name says:

hey monster isn’t bad. i understand why you may find it over hyped, but it is a great anime if you aren’t looking for action porn or porn porn. idk about you but i love these kinds of mystery anime’s. although it did lose me for like 10 episodes that i just wanted to skip. the story had a few moments that gave me the One Piece 396 reaction :P

Shadow Roberts says:

One Piece is a thousand times better the Monster. And fanservice is not porn nor are Ecchi Anime’s. >_>

Smrtp says:

Well…when judging a series/movie/music/books , you have to have in account taste…that you find something boring doesnt mean it is inherently boring. It just mean its boring to you.

Series/movies/books!paintings/songs are like sexual attraction, what you fo you is a hot person, for another person is an unattractive person. Its a matter of how much it click your buttons.

“Every single episode isnthe same” no… Many things happened: a nice mix of persecutions and suspense, questions getting answered only so more questions could emerge… And that it began with the idea of “every life has worth” and then ended with the same idea…that is actually a valid and good strategy to make and accentuate a point you want to expose, it is not too common in series, but is done frequently in essays.

And there where also many moral dilemmas and themes that where showed in the series, like the constant insistence on the importance of having name and identity, or the insistence on showing child righs getting violated.

Its not simple, its complex.

On the accusation of “you didnt it watched it completely” yes i did, and i will watch it again someday…

Overhyped? I never heard of monster until two months ago when i found out about monster…

I dont have anything against you not liking it…there are many things considered ‘classics’ or ‘masterpieces’ that i dont like, i mean, i saw part of cowboy bebop, and yes i understood why people like it but… I didnt like it…is ok… Its all about compaitibility between watcher and the anime, Monster is not ‘your type’ but it is mine… Actually its my favorite anime…no wait, is probably my favorite thing among anime, series, movies and books, or at least one of my favorite… It really pushed my buttons…hell i feel inspired, and anything capable of inspiring at least one person is a good thing.

I have a question… Do you in general like the suspense and mistery genre? Because that might be it, maybe you are more into action…maybe monster is not at all of a genre you like… No need to criticize people for liking different things ^.^

Buck Wade says:

I’m around episode 40-ish, and the “themes” are almost non existent. It brought up the question if all human life is equal in the first arc but from then on follows this kind of story: doctor chases seriel killer, focus changes to other people who have some connection, etc, giving little to no focus on the “themes”.

Buck Wade says:

You’re right! You can’t say something is boring out of personnel taste and use it as a legimate criticicsm. You can say it bores you, but if you’re gonna wanna get others to agree with you you’ve gotta give critical reasons as to why it’s boring. The problem with this arguement is, is that it mostly stems from personnel taste.

Buck Wade says:

I haven’t finished the show yet, above halfwaythrough so I can’t make a complete criical judgement, but I still don’t understand what makes it so popular. There’s the whole theme about human life being equal and stuff, but it’s almost nonexixtent, I mean I’m HALFWAY through the show.

Dark_Sage says:

It’s not gonna get any better, I’m afraid. :(

Bright_Sage says:

My kawaii D_S-kun, I’m sure we’d have a lot of fun if we hung out together sometime. But boy, your taste is atrocious.
I’d still fuck you though. :*

Sovietknight says:

Thank you for writing this. I’ve seen all 74 episodes and I definitely did not think it was very good. It wasn’t terrible either, but there is not a single negative or neutral review of Monster anywhere but here (at least that I could find)

KaInEvIL says:

Haha oh boy, this guy is either a weak troll or a retard. I miss the good old days. The new gen still thinks trolling is new and edgy.

gomuningen4994 says:

I just finished Monster.
The plot and its execution is superb, I loved every minute of it.
But I hated the ending,stupid ending.
Spoiled the whole mood.

qq says:

Could not disagree more— Monster was one of the most amateurish animes I’ve ever watched.

The episodes meandered from one dull and irrelevant sub-plot to the next, characters lacked personalities beyond their purpose (Johan, in particular, was entirely inscrutable, and the author clearly had trouble characterising him given his ‘inhuman’ nature), character development and motivation was predominantly limited to establishing and subsequently killing off other characters, the attempts at profundity were utterly hollow, the story’s poor planning hampered the twists… and this is off the top of my head for an anime I watched maybe a year ago.

I personally didn’t mind the ending. I wasn’t expecting much, but it indeed ended and that was more than good enough for me.

Don’t get me wrong, I evidently liked it enough to watch it through, but it was far from being thought-provoking and nuanced. My favourite part of it was The Baby because of the colour he injected into an otherwise bland world, but the author made even brought him down to the drear of the setting. Even writing this is emotionally draining. I may as well end on that note, as I have enough trouble writing conclusions as it is.

RogerSmith2004 says:

Actually, I did watch all of Monster, and it seems like you didn’t, because then you’d have known the series is 74 episodes long, not 76. Also, the ending of the series isn’t that great, in my opinion, however I will say that the series was indeed thrilling. Episodes like when Grimmer was kidnapped, or when Dr. Reichwein encounters Roberto. Also, to say nobody likes it, then to show the MyAnimeList page is completely contradictory. That’s like me saying everyone hates Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood when it’s the highest rated series on MAL. Also, I’m watching Texhnolyze right now, and I’m finding it rather fascinating. Not as good as Monster, but interesting nonetheless.

Shadow Roberts says:

I agree with you Dark Sage. Ignore those bland as shit critic’s and elitist’s because they obviously would not enjoy a Anime that is fun to watch with very good action, humor that’s actually funny, Artwork and graphics that are colorful and awesome, characters that are fun and likable with interesting history to them, Romance that get’s your attention because it’s just that great, a creative storyline/plot that is faster paced and a bit to entertaining then the stuff they watch that will knock you out like Seroquel, or any Anime with even the smallest bit of fanservice in it because they would only see that as porn -_- Naruto, One Piece, Bleach and Elfen Lied are epic Animes/Manga’s that are far more rewarding to watch and they deserve the all fame they get, Monster is overrated dull and boring crap. End of story.

Allane says:

All I can say is that I seriously can’t believe that you’ve watched Monster in its entirety and I couldn’t disagree more with your opinion.
It might not be my favorite anime of all time and I also enjoy new and more fast-paced anime with lots of action or humor – but I was pretty impressed with Monster and am convinced it’s a masterpiece in many ways.
The worst is the way you present your opinion though, by looking down on the taste of others and calling them “imbeciles”. As if that way anyone would take you serious. It’s okay to dislike something, but don’t simply assume that you’re right and everyone else is just worng. Grow up first and try writing a review (or whatever this is supposed to be) in a coupld or years again).

Tough stuff says:

That’s the whole thing that’s special about people like that, though. They want to be special, stand out from the average Joe and just shit talk while bringing down their neurons count each time they do so. That’s society for you, people just act like utter dirt for social acceptance.

Octavia Melody says:

I’ve felt more emotion in single episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Regular Show, Spongebob Squarepants, Super Sentai, and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. And if the main character just operated on the mayor, none of the story would have happened.

Tough stuff says:

The plot was probably something too hard for your brain to understand. Monster wasn’t about huuuurrr edge or huuurrr mystery, while watching it I had somewhat of an idea of what was to come in the early stages, but the mystery developed even more later on. Monster is about the whole psychological struggle man has to face, questioning of morals and whatnot, you have to be fucking stupid to think for one moment that Tenma does what he does through the whole anime just because Johan killed a man. This review was just issued from a poor understanding of psychology, I guess folks like you are really better off watching Slice of Life if that’s all that can match your intellectual level.

Fuwaa says:

I’m jealous of your ability to get so worked up over a post written two and a half years ago. Especially when, if you really understood psychology and actually read more than the title, you shouldn’t have been upset.

Radical Critic says:

Wow just wow, you hate something and you have to scream it out as loud as possible. Doesn’t matter what the show means to you, if it was good for others is was good end of story. I enjoyed it and even though I could get harsh about it and point out many things I chose not to and just hear out the story it had to tell.

You don’t have to criticize something because you don’t like it, if your friends keep bragging about how smart and intellectual they are because they saw and like it then maybe you are hanging around with the wrong friends.

It is said that many people will be-friend others with one thing they want to gain, if they are average in the scale of beautiful to ugly then they just want to hang around “ugly” friends to seem beautiful compered to them. Same goes about trying to pass for an intellectual, people hang around with “average” intelligent people and try to read things that only smart people see their potential.

Don’t be a fake, if you are smart enough you should know that there is nothing to prove to others and no matter how hard you might try people have their own opinions and they are willing to fight over them and sometimes that is the dumbest thing one can do but other times we must fight for our opinions.

Bruh says:

ITT idiotic teenager tries to criticize anime he doesn’t understand while other whiny teenagers complain about his horrible excuse of a review.

Y’all are children.

QQwerty says:

And Mr. “Oh So Holier Than Thou” descends from his high throne of perfect morality to grace us with His all-knowing, undeniable words of wisdom.

Forgive me, such mortal ears as mine are unworthy of your spoken truths. I shall prostrate my humble self immediately.

lols says:

So you’re complaining about someone complaining, and also complaining about people complaining about someone complaining?

How high can we go? I bet y’all bitches can’t even complain about me.

I agree. Forget the criticism you received from comments, you are completely right.

Monster is full of cliches, lets start with the worst ones:

-split personality: this do not exist, serious doubts were cast in every case reported till this day; and it is used as it as so common as catching a cold: the suspicion of Kenzo having it, Johann, Grimmer

-different sex twins being so lookalike the he can pose as his gorgeous sister, and fool not one but 4 detectives? Really? Different sex twins are fraternal twins, they are not more closely related or similar than normal siblings.

-an ex cop (Braun) asks for a psychologist (Reichwein) to interpret a personality from a picture, after preaching him about not being a circus fortune teller he does exactly what was asked, and says categorically that that person was incapable of lying (based in experience he says). Please can anyone be fooled by this wordgame? If faces can revel personalities I would be living in a prison.

-it shows corrupt hospitals, corrupt cops and corrupt governments. I wonder why it is located at Germany, and Czech Republic and not in Japan. Maybe fearing to offend Japanese society with critics it took the easy and coward way was to change place to detach society criticism from its public.

-if Johann commits crimes without emotion (as proposed by inspector and even Kenzo reconstructing a crime), why they are so violent to the point of identifying the victims is difficult?

-brainwash: CIA spent tens of millions and decades in a similar project and the only practical result was Clinton excusing officially in name of government.

-Braun escapes two attempts against him and never suspects anything? After all he never does anything to protect himself. A detective? If Johann is a so perfect omniscient killer why he and his associates failed so many times?

I could spent hours criticizing Eva, Inspector Lunge and several other completely impossible personalities.

It is completely predictable from end to end: like when Kenzo saves doctor Reichwein.

It is completely shallow, and asks you a so deep suspension of criticism that I could only tolerate it til chapter 46.

Melonwater says:

I concur and know where your coming from. I like how you pointed out that scene where the psychologist asks to deduce someone’s personality from a portrait. I also thought that this was idiotic.

However, as much as I hated this anime as you can tell from my previous comments, I must disagree and fend a couple things if I am to be objective.

In terms of personality, I enjoyed detective lunge and his innate Hyperthymesia talent. I also thought Dr. Tenma was quite an interesting character himself, prestigious doctor and a great set of morals.

Yohan and the other hand was enjoyable to an extent. I agree with you that the writer tried to make Yohan out as this omnipresent killer. But I found the writer did a good job in creating the horror and fear aspect of Yohan through the actions, murders and notes he left in wake of his path.

Monster is remedial at best and as I pointed out is a sorry excuse for an “intellectual’s anime” which many fans critically acclaim. It is NOT a master piece. But I give the writer credit for generating suspense, he was exceptional in doing that. Wanting the viewers to learn more, for example tenma’s burning question “What happened at the kinder hind orphanage, etc”

But I only put up to episode 39 and dropped this anime as at that point I felt it was too foolish and childish for me. As the good Dr. Tenma let Yohan go when he had a clear cut chance to pull the trigger and end the psychopaths life.

Monster definitely had the potential to be a great anime, but through cliches, irrational reasoning, bad plot, and bland directing this anime was rendered terrible.

I think I wrote enough, bottom line MONSTER sucks!

TheMagnificentSteiner says:

I’m not going to try and change people’s opinions. Nor am I going to pointlessly argue on behalf of anime taste.

But I just finished Monster…and I fucking loved it. To all those curious or deterred by the article: It is a time-consuming show that doesn’t believe in fillers. If you’re more into cut and dry anime with a plot that’s more concise, Monster is likely not for you. Give it a try if you’re inquisitive. I’m someone who enjoys good characterization, and I was quite impressed by the way each character grew by the end. If you would like to be invested in character development rather than story, I’d say Monster is worth the try.

Vinyl Scratch says:

This series is 37 hours long! I better spend that time getting creative with drawing My Little Ponies instead. A single MLP character shows more depth in a single episode than Tenma does in 74.

Melonwater says:

I totally agree with this guy. MONSTER SUCKS. I watched it because so many people recommended it. At first was turned off at the length of 70 episodes, But I just decided to finally give it a shot.

The initial phase was good. The beginning was pretty good, built up tension, involved horror and gave you cryptic chills. So I got up to episode 39 and at this point I couldn’t take it anymore…as the DR. Tenma had the psychopath in sight and let him go, he had a chance to kill him and Yohan disappears in the smoke.

That just was the last straw and boiled my blood. I just said screw this, this anime SUCKS. I totally agree with the reviewer’s rant up there ^ DO NOT WASTE your time watching this anime. Thanks for telling me the ending as you saved me a lot of time.

This anime was SO SHIT. I would say it had a good run up until episode 39 in my opinion. Monster is a sorry excuse of an “intellectual’s” anime. Poor excuse and the writer needs a slap in the face, he probably wrote this entire series while he was taking a long dump.

If you like intellectual anime watch Steins Gate. A good series by Naoki Urasawa is Master keaton, its episodic in nature but WAYY BETTER than MONSTER. I kinda want to slap URasawa for creating such a retarded series.

Only a dumb ass would call MONSTER a master piece. I’m so glad there’s people who agree with me

lotusgg says:


KameGun says:

You’re such a goddamn idiot

Johann says:

Fuck you Monster is one of the best anime out there

conyo985 says:

I am one of those unfortunate few that finished this series. I still can’t believe MONSTER is highly recommended among the anime community. Like most people here I was convinced to watch it because of the numerous praises it got. The positive I can say about this show is that it starts out very promising and intriguing. The thought of a child that is so smart that he can kill without remorse was disturbing. I was even amped that Tenma would get to kill Yohan since he underwent gun training. Then it happened the show decided to jump shark by wasting time focusing on side characters. It seriously frustrated the hell out of me! I drudge through numerous episodes until it went back to Tenma. The padding of this series is awful! It meanders just to explain what happened in the red rose mansion and the experiment that was done in the orphanage. As if that would make me sympathize with Yohan. And in the end when they finally get to Yohan, Tenma still saved Yohan’s life. What a load of bull! Yohan escapes and who knows what nasty things he’s still doing! Even the ending is a disappointment! I’d rather recommend GITS or Mushishi if anyone wants to see an anime that’s intellectual. Heck even Clannad is more intellectual than Monster.

BA says:

I have watched ALL episodes of Monster and can agree that it’s an average anime.

The first 40 episodes are mostly boring with bad pacing, the writing is inconsistent, character visual designs are recycled, some plot points unexplained, contradictory character logic, music used sparingly makes it even more slow, drags on and fails to satisfactory conclude.

Not the worst anime I’ve seen, but not one I’d recommend.

Definitely not worthy of all the praise.


Fuck this piece of shit anime! its fanbase is full of hipster retards who pretend to like this garbage just to seem intellectually superior.

Monster had a real good potential to be a GREAT anime but unfortunately it is too fucking long and its not like there’s any legitimate reason for it ot be any longer either! they just stretch this shit out needlessly.

People even go as far to say this is the best work of fiction!? i’m like BITCH FUCKING PLEASE! this shit anime is filled with clichés.

Mr. Doe says:

Allow me to sum up Monster:

Dr: Johann’s a monster. I have to kill him!

Sister: No, you’re a good person. I have to kill him!

Dr: No, YOU’RE a good person. I have to kill him!

Random other Dr: Johann’s a mass murder, the cops refuse to believe he exist and I’m sure as hell not going to do anything about it him but you’re both good people. Neither one of you can kill him.

Oh, and brooding. There is a LOT of brooding on the part of the doctor.

coffee says:

It’s true. It is crap.

I had it for 3 years but cannot bring myself to do a full viewing. It was dormant most of the time, barring some sporadic viewing, sometimes lengthy, sometimes cursory.

I reached a conclusion last night with the final viewing . It is false accolade. The flaws are already listed above(in the forum) and I would not mention them again.

Did the decent thing. Deleted in its entirety to free up disk space.

Somerandomfaggot says:

Look, it wouldn’t normally care if someone disliked Monster. It’s all a matter of preference, really. I can see how the seemingly stupid main plot and slow-burn could put someone off. But the arsehole-ish way you wrote in really fucking annoyed me. You talk about how Monster fans are hipsters who watch it because it’s edgy, but you yourself are obviously only posting this because you think you’re different from the rest; a special snowflake who has different tastes to everyone else. I did, in fact, watch the whole of Monster’s 74 episodes (not 76, you clearly weren’t paying too much attention to the episode count even though you claim to have watched it) and I have read the full volumes of the manga and enjoyed it. Don’t just presume that everyone has the same shitty taste as you.

Dark_Sage says:

>you think you’re different from the rest; a special snowflake who has different tastes to everyone else
>Don’t just presume that everyone has the same shitty taste as you


BA says:

*badabum tsss*


Keadas says:

Monster is one of the worst shit animations i have ever seen like Texhnolyze…i tried so hard to watch all the show just to tell the tale to others that i MADE IT TILL THE END!…boring plot…boring characters….boring voices…boring everything..fuck the fan base sites and spam rating scumbag fans who overrated this piss of trash of animation

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