Books on Screen: Monster (Naoki Urasawa)

I made this announcement for Pink Wota, and it’s well past time that I made it here on TRE as well.

For those not in the know (or rather, for those who haven’t been waiting to hear this news for the last three years), Syfy will be debuting the anime series Monster on its Ani-Monday line-up starting October 12.


To say that I’m excited doesn’t come close to the truth. I’m also more than a little nervous–it’s always a toss-up as to whether or not a dub will turn out well for any anime series. At the moment, I’m in the dark as far as voice actors are concerned (with the exception of Richard Epcar as Inspector Lunge–I’m still miffed with Viz over the failure to use the name Runge–who I expect will do an excellent job. For other information and updates, you can visit Anime News Network). The casting for Tenma and Johan will be key, and I hope the production company gets it right. I’m crossing my fingers and praying for the best.

But, you know what this means, don’t you?


That’s right. Monster will be receiving its first U.S. DVD release on December 8. Am I jazzed about this? Oh, am I ever. I’ve been waiting to own this series as an official DVD set for a long time.

If you’re a fan of the manga, you’ll definitely want to watch the animated version. If you’ve never heard of Monster before now, then may I suggest that you mark October 12 on your calendar. Or, if you don’t want to wait until then, go find the manga. This is probably the only book series in the history of the book-to-screen format change that is practically interchangeable with its television adaption.

Monster is an amazing series. I’ll just put that out there.

Meanwhile, I’m working up an article about this series, so keep checking for that. It should be ready soon.



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