Monster is the best classic seinen anime out there. It is incredibly satisfying to watch and pays attention to the smallest details. The story is intricate and there is no wasted element.
The characters are very well written and have a distinct role to play in the story. The suspense holds good until the very end making it possibly one of the most engaging stories of all the time.It is truly a masterpiece.
Apart from the absolutely brilliant story writing, the anime has an oddly realistic feel that makes it alluring and captivating which leads us to the question: is the monster based on a true story or is it just fiction? Let’s find out!
Monster is not based on a true story and is completely fictional. There are many fans who theorised that Monster’s story was based on real life incidents that took place in Germany but there are no official statements supporting these theories.
Monster anime is a work of fiction created by Naoki Urasawa. The original idea for the anime came from the 1960s American television series titled, The Fugitive.
This series had a huge impact on Urasawa who saw it at the age of eight. ‘The Fugitive’ is a story of the doctor who was wrongfully convicted of murder, but escapes and searches for the real killer while being on a run.
The Japanese medical industry was very strongly influenced by the German professional practices which is the main reason for the author to set Monster in Germany. It also allowed him to include the neo-Nazi movement in the story!
Some Fan theories
Even though the author clearly stated that the anime is a work of fiction, multiple fans believe that this story is inspired from real life incidents.This is majorly due to how realistic the story is.
In addition, the characters feel like real people and there have been multiple stories with similar plots which have been based on a true story.
According to multiple fan theories, the story of Monster is based on the true incidents that took place in hidden German organisations. These crazy organisations really tried to brainwash children and that the series isn’t far away from the truth. They believe the majority of the story is fiction, which was made by stretching the minor truths.
As ridiculous as it sounds in the present day, it might have been the real situation back during the time of Nazis. That was one hell of a crazy period, however there is no official statement proving these theories.
Monster is an anime based on the manga written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa.
The anime follows a brilliant neurosurgeon who is drawn into darkness when he tries to solve a series of murders involving his patient.