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As you can see, I'm still alive after getting through a bunch of troublesome exams, so I can continue this madness I've started here. And I'm not using the word "madness" randomly but you'll find out about that later.

Since I had absolutely no idea what to post here, I'll be writing random staff, like I've already said. Today's portion of it will be a review~

As I've stated above, "madness" was not used on a whim. Yesterday, after writing the final test on French history, I've finally finished watching a certain anime series I'd been watching since this summer. So what does "madness" have to do with this? Firstly, the anime is filled with madness, and secondly, it is a Madhouse production. So here goes...

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Title: Monster

Japanese Title: モンスター

Official Site: http://www.ntv.co.jp/monster/

Category: TV

Total Episodes: 74(74 x 25 mins)

Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery

Year Published: 2004

Release Date: 2004-04-06 ∼ 2005-09-27

Broadcaster: NTV

Studio: Madhouse Production (Animation Production); VAP (Music Production)

*Info and pic taken from animenfo

**The anime is actually based on a 1994-2001 manga by Naoki Urasawa

In short, this is an anime about doctors' ethics, human values and a whole lot of madmen. At least at first sight it is so.

Kenzo Tenma, a brilliant brain sergeon, gets involved in the terrifying story of two cute twins ater saving the life of the twin-brother. He gets accused of being a serial killer after the deaths of four people he was related to in some way or another. Dr. Tenma, however, knows who the real killer is and, being on the run, starts his journey in order to find the real killer and atone for his saving "a monster" by killing him.

As you can pretty much guess, a lot of episodes are dedicated to Dr. Tenma's journey until his next encounter with the Monster. That's why if you are an impatient person who can't stand typical "Japanese movie style", you may be bored to death. People who can petiently wait until the culmination which develops at an amazing speed at the very end and enjoy about 50 episodes of boring, nothing's-happening stuff will certainly enjoy this series.

Even though I'm used to this calm observation and quick salvation the "Japanese movie style" offeres, after the 30+ episode I still made a big pause because even if you are fine with a long sequence of at first sight completely unrelated to the main storyline events, this eventually gets imposible to watch at some moment, and, taking into account that pretty much all the characters have mental problems or fight an internal conflict or have some other type of a psychic dilemma, "Monster" becomes a tough anime to see to the bitter end.

However, despite all the negativeness I've just poured, I liked this series. It was great to see how those out-of-place-and-time boring events all came together into the right place at the right time in the end. Every little detail was actually a small brick in the whole building of intertwined elements that create the mysterious atmosphere of profound suspense. So my efforts paid off and I really enjoyed the last couple of series, when all the puzzle pieces finally started being linked to each other. And, certainly, the whole idea and message of the series make you think about your own values, actions, etc. The characters of the series are also well-developed and interesting to observe. At some time you might even start to relate yourself to some of them and think what you could have done if you were in their shoes. Even the typical for Japanese stories lack of proper ending is actually logical in this anime series since it perfectly fits into the overall message.

All in all, I recommend watching "Monster" but only if interested in original plot and narrating technique, psychology, philosophy and what not. It is OK to take it easy and make pauses when wathcing this but "Monster" is the type of intelligent anime series that give you a lot to think about and make your brain work even more so that you are not lost in the story. If you don't like this kind of stuff,DO NOT watch it because probably, it'll just annoy the hell out of you.
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