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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Naoki Urasawa's Monster Box Set 1 DVD Review

Naoki Urasawa's Monster Box Set 1 DVD Review

Synopsis: What would you do if a child you saved grew up to be a monster? An ice-cold killer is on the loose, and Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him!  Tenma, a brilliant neurosurgeon with a promising future, risks his career to save the life of a critically wounded young boy named Johan. When the boy, now a coldhearted and charismatic young man, reappears nine years later in the midst of a string of unusual serial murders, Tenma must go on the run to uncover the story of Johan and stop the monster he set loose upon the world. Conspiracies, serial murders, and secret government experiments set against the grim backdrop of the former East Germany are masterfully woven together in this compelling psychological thriller. (Episodes 1-15)

Review: This is a series that we all never thought would make it to DVD.  The stand-out thing about Naoki Urasawa's Monster anime is that it is almost an identical match with the preceeding Naoki Urasawa's Monster manga.  For those not familiar manga is a Japanese form of comic books, but more in actual book format.  Its the same as if someone took a book and almost identically translated it onto the big screen.  That hardly ever happens.

This box set represents the first 15 episodes of the 74 episode series.  Naoki Urasawa's Monster delves into political drama in 1986 Germany.   A demoted mayor...a rebellious doctor..and a child that grows to be a psychopathic monster.  I don't want to spoil this series for you, but you NEED to check this one out.

This series has been airing on the SyFy network, but its so accomplished and so involved that you'll want to own this one on DVD.  I can't hardly believe that this set made it to DVD in America.  This is the type of show that can make leaps and bounds at legitimizing anime in America.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars