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Okay, I've fallen in love with the works of Naoki Urasawa. So, I figured I would stop lurking and share a bit from one of his best series: Monster. Monster is...well, it's hard to describe without spoiling it. At it's heart, it's about a man wandering the world (well, Germany for the most part) and trying to set right a wrong from his past. To do this he has to hunt down a monster. Along the way, his strong sense of morality causes him to intervene in others problems, all while the police chase him and he struggles to find out more about the monster's past (the better to track him down).

But this post isn't about that man. This is about his quarry. He goes by many aliases. Many seek him out, convinced that they can harness his massive charisma and intellect for their own purposes. But the monster has his own agenda, and people who come close to him for too long have a nasty habit of dying.


Background for the scans: a private detective named Richard Braun has been investigating the monster. The private detective used to be a police officer until he drunkenly shot a suspected serial killer, at which point he lost his job and his family left him because of his alcoholism. When we meet him, he has the alcoholism almost beaten, and by this point in the volume, he has almost reconciled with his daughter. He is now confronting the monster, who has lead him to one of his favourite spots, talking all the while...

Reads right to left.











One last note, this isn't the official translation. This is a scanlation found at Spectrum Nexus. The official translation is done by Viz (the Viz translation is nominated for two Eisner awards this year, by the way, so that should be a clue as to the quality of the translation), but it's so much harder to scan those volumes, so I just used these.

Date: 2009-06-13 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schmevil.insanejournal.com
Oooh, what episode are you on?

I watch Monster while studying/writing. It's strangely inspiring.

Date: 2009-06-13 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moneyless_jew.insanejournal.com
I'm up to episode 11.

I try to take them two at a time. My ratio to animes I've finished versus animes that got lost in the shuffle is not the best (for example, I'm pretty sure I have to restart watching Nadia, it's been so long) so with a very long series like Monster I try to move with a purpose.

Of course, I have at least ten months of backlog on DC and Marvel I am still moving through at a snail's pace when I could be through by just sitting down one day and reading a bunch in a block, sooo...

Date: 2009-06-13 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schmevil.insanejournal.com
I'm on 14.

I have the same problem with finishing anime. You've just reminded me that I abandoned Death Note and Saiunkoku midway. Damn. It's easy to get distracted, even when you're really crazy about a series.

Date: 2009-06-13 04:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moneyless_jew.insanejournal.com
I just got back onboard with anime recently after years away; I had finished a bunch of series in the past (Cowboy Bebop, EVA, Escaflowne, Mobile Suit Gundam, etc) but just didn't have enough time or money to devote to it. Plus, you can get burned out. Right now I'm trying to do Ghost In The Shell SAC, Utena (which I left off with years ago) and Monster. I hope to take a break with Ghost In The Shell after a season and start in on Code Geass and Nadia somewhere.

Plus, there's Avatar. And live action series. And comics. And prose. Oy.

Date: 2009-06-13 04:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schmevil.insanejournal.com
I was never a big anime fan, and I still tend to gravitate to good, grownup movies, as opposed to looooong series. I mean, of course I've seen Sailor Moon, Astro Boy, Macross, the gajillion different Gundam series, and so forth, but I'm far from being a fan, if you get me.

I recently got some excellent recs from my lj flist though, and I'm slowly being converted.

Date: 2009-06-13 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moneyless_jew.insanejournal.com
No, I'm a huge film geek myself, so I get it. You try not to get ensnared in anime and focus on films, which is why I took such a long time away. Instead I find myself doing more and more series again.

Date: 2009-06-13 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schmevil.insanejournal.com
The problem with anime (and comics, for that matter), is that there's so much to choose from. Whatever your tastes, you'll find something, hell, quite a few somethings that will grab you.

I took a break from comics, some years back. Then I read a review of Y: the Last Man and it sounded interesting. I picked up the first trade, and within months I was collecting four series in trades, and three in pamphlet form. So much for my break. ;)

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