Doctors in the real world have it quite tough. They literally have the power of life and death in their hands. Every choice and action by a doctor can alter the fate of a patient and that alone is a scary reality. Now, what if you were to add to that already scary idea a mystery tale and a conspiracy plot? Well then, you get mangaka Urasawa Naoki’s famous manga Monster which in turn is the subject of today’s list.
That’s right everyone, Honey’s Anime once more returns to you all with another wonderful list. Today we’re looking at 6 Manga Like Monster, if our opening or title didn’t already make that clear. Here at Honey’s Anime headquarters—which may or may not be as impressive as it sounds—we worked together to make a list of manga like Monster that would blow you away. Stories of conspiracy plots, evil doctors and even manga creations coming to life. Today’s list of manga like Monster is very impressive—in our minds—and we hope you feel that way as well. Now without making you wait any longer let us begin our list of manga like Monster at number 1.
Similar Manga to Monster
1. Billy Bat
- Authors: Urasawa, Naoki- Nagasaki, Takashi
- Genres: Mystery, Drama, Historical, Supernatural, Police, Psychological, Seinen
- Volumes: 20
- Published: Oct, 2008- Aug, 2016
Kevin Yamagata has become famous for his Japanese-American comic book series called Billy Bat. Kevin’s work follows Billy Bat as he solves different cases within a supernatural world. However, Kevin has begun to feel bad for creating Billy Bat from an image he saw during the war and has decided to finally get permission from the original creator. Kevin heads back to Japan but his kind action gets him involved in some rather horrible event of which stems from Billy Bat. What happens now will be a story no creator could think of and what’s worse is this story is real…
Here at Honey’s Anime when we create a list, we always want to start off the strongest foot possible. That’s why when we thought of 6 Manga Like Monster we immediately went towards mangaka Urasawa and Nagasaki’s more recent work Billy Bat. While main protagonist Kevin may not be a doctor like Tenma from Monster, they both share a similar dilemma of being trapped in a dark conspiracy which coincides with their work. Billy Bat at first may seem like an odd manga with an almost overly cartoonish theme, but once you pass beyond that you will see this manga has a dark plot and some excellent art. If you loved Monster then you need to try out Billy Bat for yet another masterpiece by Urasawa.
2. E.D.D: Eliminate Dangerous Doctors
- Authors: Hashimoto, Eiji
- Genres: Action, Drama, Seinen
- Volumes: 5
- Published: May, 2006- Nov, 2009
As we said before, doctors have it rough. They control lives and can be seen by some as human-like gods. However, what happens when a doctor allows their power to corrupt their soul? Simple, you activate the E.D.D whose job is to take down doctors who stray from their correct path. Dr. Kasahara has just become a new member of E.D.D when his hospital let him go, but now he can save lives in a different way.
E.D.D: Eliminate Dangerous Doctors is an odd story of vigilante doctors taking down other doctors. Though that may sound ridiculous at first, trust us as E.D.D: Eliminate Dangerous Doctors is nothing but awesome. With great action and some interesting use of the seinen genre, E.D.D: Eliminate Dangerous Doctors reminds us of when Monster goes towards it’s more action-packed moments. We don’t hear many people mention E.D.D: Eliminate Dangerous Doctors and that’s a shame as this story will really be a fun read for those into the themes of Monster but want less of the mystery element and more action/drama. You almost have to wonder if a group like E.D.D could exist in the real world.
- Authors: Nogizaka, Tarou
- Genres: Mystery, Drama, Horror, Romance, Seinen, Gender Bender
- Volumes: 9
- Published: May, 2010- Oct, 2014
Back in the 1950s, a terrible event happened. An elderly woman was killed by her adopted daughter. What was worse is the adopted daughter took the woman’s body and murdered her on the clock tower’s face for all to see. Years later, a NEET by the name of Amano Taichi finds himself on the tower’s face to meet a similar demise. Luckily for Amano, he is saved by a man named Tetsuo. Grateful for Tetsuo’s interference and with nothing more in his life besides NEET related themes—poverty and pornography to name a few—Amano decides to help Tetsuo find an apparent treasure that is related to the clock tower. However, Amano and Tetsuo will now be dealing with dangers and Amano may come to regret his decision of not just going back home...
Mystery, treasure and murder—These are themes manga can do so well, just look at Monster. However, if you’ve already enjoyed Monster and want something new to read then why not check out Yuureitou? This 9-volume work by mangaka Nogizaka Tarou is filled with gorgeous art, an impressive narrative of mystery and horror and just a bit of romance to add in for good measure. Yuureitou might not be a clone of Monster, but it does mirror what we love about it nevertheless. Plus who doesn’t love treasure surrounded by ghostly stories, that just sounds exciting!
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4. Hatsukanezumi no Jikan
- Authors: Toume, Kei
- Genres: Mystery, Drama, Psychological, Seinen
- Volumes: 4
- Published: Jul, 2004- Feb, 2008
School is meant to be a place of learning and developing. Children and teens come and go to become better suited for the world outside and utilize what they learned in school. However, for Maki and his three friends who have specials gifts, they have never known the outside world as their private school has become a place of learning and a prison. Then one day a new transfer student, Kiriko, that Maki seems to recognize despite never meeting her, comes into the school. Kiriko then unleashes the truth about their existence which amounts to them being nothing but test subjects for neurological experiments. Now the friends must either try to escape or forever be trapped in this nightmarish place of learning.
School already can be nightmarish for some. You’re forced to go and learn for hours in a small classroom and your freedom only arrives once the school bell rings dismissal. Though imagine if the school bell did ring and you were still forced to stay? That right there alone makes Hatsukanezumi no Jikan a horror story but in reality, this tale mirrors themes found in Monster. Get ready for a narrative of those with gifts trying to escape their realities before them in hopes of changing their lives for the better. Also let us mention, here at Honey’s Anime, we love school but even we wouldn’t want to be in school longer than necessary.
5. Bloody Monday
- Authors: Kibayashi, Shin- Megumi, Kouji
- Genres: Action, Drama, School, Sci-Fi, Shounen, Psychological
- Volumes: 11
- Published: Mar, 2007- Apr, 2009
Fujimaru Takagi, at first glance, just seems like your normal young teenager. Though Fujimaru’s real persona comes out when he picks up his laptop and enters the net. Here, Fujimaru becomes the Falcon, a well-known warrior for those who threaten the world on the virtual landscape. However, the Falcon’s greatest threat will soon be upon him thanks to a deadly virus that has been created in Russia that could kill millions in just three hours after infection. The Public Security Intelligence Agency led by Fujimaru’s father will now need to rely on the Falcon to stop this virus from being given to those with evil intentions and dastardly plans.
One of the things we loved most about Monster was the various mystery elements embedded in it’s narrative. That’s why if you love mystery as much as we do here at Honey’s Anime you’re missing out if you don’t try out Bloody Monday, by mangaka Kibayashi Shin and illustrator Megumi Kouji, Follows a story of conspiracy theories, various chemical warfare and tons of psychological themes such as betrayal and human livelihood. Bloody Monday will be a manga that you won’t be able to stop reading once you do begin and we apologize for that in advance. However, we won’t apologize from recommending you one of the best manga out there known as Bloody Monday.
- Authors: Urasawa, Naoki- Tezuka, Osamu
- Genres: Action, Mystery, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Psychological, Seinen
- Volumes: 8
- Published: Sept, 2003- Apr, 2009
Many know of the famous manga Atom—or better known as Astro Boy to the western world—but here we focus on a side story set in the Atom world. Europol detective Gesicht has been tasked with solving the mystery behind a slew of robot and human deaths. Detective Gesicht already is struggling to find a suspect but what makes matter worse is the idea that these deaths could be from a robot’s own hands. While it’s been almost a decade since the horrible oddity of a murder by a robot has occurred, maybe just maybe Gesicht has to expect that his search needs to include robots now. Join alongside the detective’s plight in Pluto by mangaka Urasawa Naoki as well as themes from Tezuka, Osamu.
Sadly, our 6 Manga Like Monster list has to come to a close. However, we saved one of the best manga like Monster we could think of for last. That’s right once more we look at another work by Monster’s creator in the form of Pluto. This excellent sci-fi mystery tale will leave readers left stunned as they dive into a world of robots and murder alike. With amazing art—which should be expected by Urasawa—and a thrilling story, Pluto is one manga we can’t recommend enough to those who love Monster.
Monster has shown the world a dark theme that blends reality and fiction in equal measure. Thus why it shouldn’t be a surprise that Monster has found so much love in the manga world. Likewise, though the manga above may not be as well-known as Monster but if you’re looking for something pretty dark close, then all the works above will be just right for you. Now that our list has concluded, we would love to hear from you all in the comments below. Let us know not only how we did but if we missed a good manga similar to Monster. Hey if you did love this list we hope you’ll scour our site for more lists like this one here at Honey’s Anime.