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review 2017-10-26 04:30
Monster Book 1: The young surgeon saved a boy who might turned out to be a monster
Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Vol. 1 - Naoki Urasawa,Satch Watanabe

Decided to read this for the Monster square. 

 

Monsters: any crytpozoological or mythological creature that isn't a vampire, werewolf, or demon. Or zombie.

 

The original book I have chosen for this square is mostly about demons.

 

This manga is not what I have expected. Nothing supernatural happened yet. Just a young surgeon Kenzo who were pressured into taken priority on VIP instead of first-come-first-serve. 

 

Not sure why other surgeon couldn't take over that surgery of lesser important to cover his ass.

 

Anyway, a boy was injured. And Kenzo decided to save him. He was found on a crime scene. 

 

There is 18 books all together. Pretty good manga considering that it is written in 1994.  

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review 2014-12-13 13:05
Naoki Urasawa's Monster (manga, vol. 16) translated by Satch Watanabe (Sigma Six)
Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Vol. 16 - Naoki Urasawa,Satch Watanabe

Now we have another person who accidentally helped a monster and feels guilty about the results. Milan

helped Capek, his friend at the time, go to East Germany from Czechoslovakia and feels responsible for the terrible things he then did.

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This, all of this, is so complex, widespread, and deeply embedded that I don't know if even killing Johan could stop any of it. It's not that the whole world is evil – Tenma keeps coming across good people, too – it's just that this isn't something killing one person could solve. Tenma's efforts seem futile.

So, now we know that Johan and Nina

were intentionally bred as part of some kind of program. That last scene seems like an indicator that it was Nina who came home to find Johan dressed as her, which would fit with my theory that it was Nina at the mansion. I guess Johan was dressing as Nina even back when they were children.

(spoiler show)

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2014-12-13 13:00
Naoki Urasawa's Monster (manga, vol. 15) translated by Satch Watanabe and Hiroki Shirota
Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Vol. 15: The Door to Memories - Naoki Urasawa,Satch Watanabe,Hiroki Shirota

I still enjoyed this, although it had some “OMG really?” moments: 

the hypnosis, which worked perfectly right away, and Eva, completely inexperienced with guns, deciding to kill Johan. Yes, I know Eva liked Martin and still likes Tenma, even though she won't admit it, but still. Completely inexperienced with guns. Even Tenma had the sense to get training first.

I'm still hooked. I really want to know more about Nina's memories. I have a feeling she experienced all the bad stuff at the mansion and developed amnesia about the whole thing, and Johan decided to protect her by taking it all upon himself.

(spoiler show)

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2014-12-11 13:00
Naoki Urasawa's Monster (manga, vol. 11) translated by Satch Watanabe
Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Vol. 11 - Naoki Urasawa,Satch Watanabe

511 Kinderheim was a nasty place.

So, was it basically a spy factory? It was a shock to learn that a man so nice as Grimmer came from there, but it explains somewhat why he is the way he is.

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This volume left me with so many questions. Okay, so now we know what Johan's greatest fear is. What does that mean for Nina, considering that she doesn't want to be anywhere near him? Also, now that it's been revealed that Johan

was killing while dressed as Nina, I can't help but wonder, why? Why look like her while he kills?

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So of course I have to read on.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2014-12-10 13:00
Naoki Urasawa's Monster (manga, vol. 9) translated by Satch Watanabe
Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Vol. 9 - Naoki Urasawa,Satch Watanabe

This volume is pretty solid. Also, Naoki Urasawa's Germany is incredibly small. Literally everyone is connected. You can't go anywhere without bumping into someone who's connected to Johan in some way.

I'm glad that Tenma wasn't able to kill Johan, but I suspect he could have, if Nina hadn't stopped him. He seemed pretty focused. I'm sure it would have damaged him, though. I do wonder why Nina didn't kill Johan herself.

And yay, Lunge now knows that Johan is not a figment of Tenma's deranged imagination.

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Oh, and that picture book is the freakiest thing ever. No wonder hardly anyone knows about it – I wouldn't think many people would want to read something like that to their kids. I suppose it does remind me a little of Der Struwwelpeter or Max und Moritz, but those books dealt with morality and proper behavior, and I don't see that here.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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