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Anime rec: Monster

Quick PSA before the rec: AR's PoT 150 sub is up.

debchan said "watch Monster". And debchan is always right about these things, because she is smart. In fact, she's so smart that I'm just going to quote her description of the show instead of writing my own:

Monster is the story of Dr. Tenma, a Japanese brain surgeon practicing in Germany just before the fall of the Berlin wall. He has a bright future ahead of him until one day he decides to go against the hospital director's wishes and operates on a young boy instead of the Mayor. And then...

This is a dark story, with a more realistic animation style than most of the things I watch. There are murders and supernatural overtones and things spinning out of control. (If it weren't anime, I would expect it to be filmed in Vancouver. *g*) I'm pimping it to my friend D., with whom I watch X-Files and Millennium and things of that ilk.

And I love love love Dr Tenma, with his sweet long face and his soft voice and his sad, sad eyes. I want to hug him every moment he's on screen.

According to debchan (and she's not likely to be wrong) there will be a 70 episode run. 24 eps have aired, of which 23 are subbed. Good subs, too. It's based on a manga of the same name, which I'm not going to read until after the anime is done, because I'd rather see the story unfold that way. I've watched the first 9 eps, but I was hooked after the very first one. I'll probably binge on the rest of the subbed eps at the weekend.

Monster is fascinating and it brings the pain. I'm looking to it to help fill the void when FMA is over in a few weeks.

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For me, the most significant moment for Tenma so far was basically his decision to do what he does in ep 9. Whenever a character like him is driven to something like that, it breaks my heart.

Re FMA, I'd heard there was something different about when the final ep would air, but I wasn't sure what. It was posted in one my comms along with an episode preview for 47 or something so I couldn't look at it. At the moment, I've filtered the FMA comms out entirely to avoid spoilage.

I was pretty underwhelmed by this week's ep, I'm sad to say. I suppose I should make a separate post about it so I could say why. *g*

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I think I managed to avoid seeing anything too spoilery -- at the words "recent ep" I flung my arm over my eyes. :)

I just wanted to let you know -- I'm deleting this comment b/c I think it has spoilers in it for eps I haven't watched and I haven't warned for spoilers in the post.

I'd love to know your spoiler-free thoughts, though!

Sorry, didn't mean to spoil. But I thought I left it vague enough to not really bother. Sorry!

And now I'm trying to remember back to what had happened by episode nine...

One of the things I like about the show is that all the characters are realistically attractive and unattractive. And, man, do they all look German :-) I also love the music. And the storybook images over the end credits are intriguing.

I'm especially rabid about avoiding spoilers. I don't even watch the previews for the next eps! But no harm done, I avoided reading anything that was spoilery. :)

The music is awesome. And those images over the credits creep me out to no end.

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