Volumes 18 Written by Naoki Urasawa
Big Comic Original(Shogakukan)
This is a masterpiece of mystery manga.
The story takes place in Europe, mostly in Germany around the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall or it’s sister countries.
Dr. Kenzo Tenma is a renowned brain surgeon of Japanese descent working in Europe. He faces one night—whether to save the life of a young child or that of the town’s mayor. Despite being pressured by his superiors to perform surgery on the mayor, his morals force him to perform the surgery on the young child, saving his life and forfeiting the mayor’s. All of a sudden, Dr. Tenma’s world is turned upside down by his decision leading to the loss of everything he previously had.
Monster has been critically acclaimed, with the manga having won several awards and its anime adaptation being called one of the best of the decade.
(Award’s information here)
This is a great achievement in mystery manga. Not only a main story but also side stories are awesome as well. The characters are well rounded, their personalities distinct and the narrative keeps secrets within secrets, that makes you keep on reading until the last page.
【English ver. and other languages】
In North America by Viz Media.
In Germany by Egmont Manga & Anime, in France and the Netherlands by Kana, in Spain by Planeta DeAgostini, in Brazil by Conrad Editora and later by Panini Brasil, in Argentina by Larp Editores, in Taiwan by Tong Li Publishing, and in Mexico by Grupo Editorial Vid.
These links are for English ver. only. Except for in Japanese and in English,
please check the above links【English ver. and other languages】.