This week I am starting something that should be fun for me, and hopefully fun for all of you: One of my favorite anime, Monster, was recently dubbed in English and began airing on SyFy’s Ani-Monday block. To celebrate, because I honestly never expected Monster to air on TV, I’ll post about the series once a week for its 37-week duration (or however long it ends up being). Let’s get cracking!
The series opens with a quote from The Book of Revelation: “And I saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads, the names of blasphemy. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?’”
It does not take a Bible scholar (which I am not, haha) to know the viewers are in for something sinister after that beauty is dropped upon them. This is not coming into play quite yet, however. The beast — young Johan Liebert — has not yet received his power, though interestingly enough, even as a powerless child he is worshiped in a way. In ep2, while Johan recovers from neurosurgery, gifts and well wishes pile up in his room, all from people who are charmed by the story of twins suddenly orphaned by the violent murder of their parents (Johan’s sister, Nina, is in a near catatonic state through the first two episodes). But it does not stop there.