Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.
The world is never quite the same once we grow up. Villains and robots that once ran rampant in our imaginations are reduced to drawings in Manga, and our lives are distilled until there is little left but the daily grind; so it has been for Kenji. After a childhood of dreams he now runs his late father's liquor store and is raising his sister's child. The memories and friends from his early years bring him some happiness, but they become tainted as a string of murders find connections to his past. Kenji and his friends must now fight to save the future from their past and unravel the mystery of "Friend."
Mystery filled with suspense and cliffhangers?Checked
Secrets of the past playing an important role to fix the present? Checked
Evil Mastermind playing his cards from the shadows?Checked (though Johan> Friend)
Group of people working outside the law, desperately trying to stop the evil plans? Checked
Manga written by Urasawa Naoki? Checked
You could almost think they are the same title if not for the fact that plot and characters are different :P Both are must read (or see in Monster case since it was lucky enough to get anime) for all mystery fans.
Both mangas are by Naoki Urasawa so they are drawn in the same style. Both are very dark and have the same sort of mysterious villan.
Bothe Monster and 20th Century Boys are by the same author and told in the same manner. They follow a main character who seems like your everyday guy. He is eventually thrown into a really long mystery that only he can solve. Both have chapters that step away from the main character and follow others for long stretches, and both are amazing. These were both amazing reads that I would recommend to anyone especially if you liked the other.
Fifteen years ago, Garai was part of a group of delinquents who kidnapped Yuki, the young brother of a famous kabuki actor, on a remote island which housed a secret military base. Garai couldn't control his lust for the young boy's girlish looks and took advantage of him in a cave, followed by a grim discovery: everyone on the base was dead from an apparent leak of MW, a powerful neurotoxin. In the present, Yuki is alive, but exposure to the MW destroyed his conscience; he now lives a double life as both an attractive bank employee and a sadistic, brutal killer who kidnaps, rapes and destroys others for his own whims. Garai, plagued with guilt, has become a priest and tries desperately to save Yuki's soul, though often ending up in bed with him instead. Yuki's ultimate goal is to find MW once more to destroy the world; can Garai stop him in time?
Osamu Tezuka and Naoki Urasawa are known for having some similar stories, mainly because the latter was highly inspired by the former. The series Monster is essentially based of MW. The main villains of both series are crazy badass sociopaths, and both stories deal with corruption, revenge, loyalty, and the potential takeover of society by said sociopaths. Both MW and Monster are awesome thrillers of a similar style, and anyone seeking to greater understand the themes present in one of them is well-advised to read/watch the other.
MW and Monster are about murderous psychopaths and the good-hearted men trying to hunt them down. Monster gets more convoluted, but both are entertaining thriller/dramas with lots of intrigue, plot twists, and pure evil.
The world is stunned when one of the seven greatest robots on earth, the universally beloved Mont Blanc, is found murdered with his head desecrated with makeshift horns. To confound the situation, the renowned robot rights activist Bernard Lanke is also killed and mutilated in a similar manner. Eager to solve these puzzles, Europol German Division employs the help of detective Gesicht, an advanced robot who has cracked some of the most difficult cases known to man. But no sooner has Gesicht received his orders when the robot North No. 2 meets his end along with the creator of the international robot laws, Junichiro Tasaki. While society struggles to come to terms with these incredible events, one thing becomes clear to Gesicht: someone is targeting all of the world’s most powerful robots and it is only a matter of time before they get to him…
Quite obvious, as they're done by the same author but Pluto hasn't gotten the attention it so rightfully deserves. It's already genius on the offset, being by Naoki Urasawa and all.
Both feature an amazing story that's masterfully told, abeit in different settings and being pretty much entirely different from each other. Monster is more of a modern day tale and Pluto is set in the Astro Boy universe. What's similiar is the art style and one or two character designs, but it's for the better that their stories are so different, as to avoid the feeling of reading the same thing twice, even if it's a masterpiece.
Really, both are compelling, beautifully told tales that need to be read. If you read one and loved it, the other is just waiting for you to read it.
If you've enjoyed Monster for how geniously it is plotted and for the moral questions that it raises then you will surely enjoy this great re-creation of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy story.
In 1936, Sohei Toge is a Japanese reporter observing the Berlin Olympic games when his younger brother is murdered. However, his neighbors claim his sibling never existed! It's as if the Nazi party had wiped him off the face of the planet. Upon investigating his death, Sohei unearths some mysterious clues and priceless information about the Nazi party which he must protect at all costs. At the same time, in Kobe, two young German boys - Adolf Kaufman, the son of Nazis; and Adolf Kamil, the son of Jews - strike up an unlikely yet steadfast friendship, oblivious to how radically their paths will eventually diverge.
Naoki Urasawa is highly influenced by Osamu Tezuka, which is fairly apparent when you compare Adolf and Monster.
Both start out about a Japanese man in Germany (either during WWII or shortly thereafter), but soon add oodles and oodles of characters, a plot rife with suspense, and tons of twists.
Both are epic, though Adolf's age is readily apparent.
Both or these mangas have dark tones and mysteries that make you need to read on. They also have long stretches where the main character is not even seen in order to follow other characters. These two have a lot in common. If you like one, you should read the other.