What Makes MONSTER a Master of Suspense?


Johan Liebert faces off against Dr. Kenzo Tenma in Naoki Urasawa's series MONSTER. It's often viewed as one of the greatest pieces of Japanese works to all who experience it, but how? One of the biggest reasons for its masterful storytelling lies in the suspense.
Johan Liebert is one of the greatest antagonists in anime and manga. His introduction was incredibly suspenseful, kicking off the thrilling journey in future Monster episodes. Combine that with the dangerous situations surrounding Dr. Tenma and other characters, and this results in a brilliantly written story that only Naoki Urasawa could pull off.
0:00 What is Monster?
1:58 Johan Liebert's introduction
2:55 Early suspense in Monster
6:05 The perfect scene
10:43 Conclusion
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  • Vailskibum94
    Vailskibum9420 ditë më parë


  • Tamarah Ford

    Tamarah Ford

    19 ditë më parë

    @MochiMations _SI Hmm. Maybe Maybe I'll Consider.

  • MochiMations _SI

    MochiMations _SI

    19 ditë më parë

    It’s dead meme territory the worst of its kind

  • MochiMations _SI

    MochiMations _SI

    19 ditë më parë

    @Tamarah Ford oh boy do you dare yourself to watch it I don’t think I’m brave enough

  • Tamarah Ford

    Tamarah Ford

    19 ditë më parë

    @MochiMations _SI Oh! I've Heard Of That! I Saw When I Was In My DVR And Saw Something Like Suggestions.

  • MochiMations _SI

    MochiMations _SI

    19 ditë më parë

    I found out something disturbing Baby Shark is getting his own show on Nickelodeon it’s coming out tomorrow but the worst part is it actually doesn’t look terrible 😭

  • hello
    hello9 ditë më parë

    Steins;gate when is it coming out ? I already know your a fan of that anime El psy congoro

  • Bonnie gaming
    Bonnie gaming11 ditë më parë

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Ha ha you exepect a comment but it was me DIO!

  • videocon 007
    videocon 00711 ditë më parë

    This was my first anime.

  • Jesus Guerrero
    Jesus Guerrero13 ditë më parë

    I agree if he does if you do start reviewing anime and manga I'm also in for the ride so when are you going to start doing that I have no idea when you're going to start reviewing anime manga and other things so you're going to have to let us know when you're going to start reviewing anime and manga at the same time

  • Fernando Ibarra
    Fernando Ibarra13 ditë më parë

    Vailskibum do watch Anime or Like some anime shows

  • that's SO ironic!!
    that's SO ironic!!14 ditë më parë

    thank you for trying something different, this is one of my favorite series and it's criminally underviewed in favor of more conventional suspense stories. its nice to hear someone praise it in 2021. naoki is a national treasure in japan but here he's unknown. would you consider doing a video about osamu tezuka's adult manga and their influence? im sure that they would impress you in a similar way. I recommend black jack to begin

  • Cam B
    Cam B14 ditë më parë

    Bro wtf,I watched this around 5 days ago and didn’t find this vid

  • Ernesto Ferrer II
    Ernesto Ferrer II15 ditë më parë


  • Shawn Hawk2102
    Shawn Hawk210216 ditë më parë

    No matter how many times, I rewatch it, the anime still captivates me.

  • Not So Negative
    Not So Negative17 ditë më parë

    I remember I saw your comments on a couple of monster videos XD

  • gbird
    gbird17 ditë më parë

    ;0 Do this but for Part 7

  • Dimentio
    Dimentio17 ditë më parë

    This up in my top favorite anime list

  • Ryan Blanche
    Ryan Blanche17 ditë më parë

    I remember watching it on both Chiller and Syfy back then. I liked it a lot.

  • Dylan .T
    Dylan .T18 ditë më parë

    One of the best shows let alone anime ever period

  • wesley mowbray
    wesley mowbray19 ditë më parë

    One of the best animes of all time

  • Riley Pinington
    Riley Pinington19 ditë më parë

    Absolutely love this show and I’m certain that if I hadn’t already seen it this definitely would’ve convinced me great job on this I’d love to see more videos on other great animated shows and movies.

  • PKMN Trainer Mark
    PKMN Trainer Mark19 ditë më parë

    This anime does sound very suspenseful.

  • Raymond Mitchell
    Raymond Mitchell19 ditë më parë

    I thought you meant the lemon demon (friday night funkin)

  • Crimson Warrior
    Crimson Warrior19 ditë më parë

    I love this anime

  • Pika Verse24
    Pika Verse2419 ditë më parë

    The first anime that he showed on this channel

  • Stupid Dog
    Stupid Dog19 ditë më parë

    Death note vs monster

  • Anonymous Person

    Anonymous Person

    16 ditë më parë

    In my opinion monster is better

  • Icession
    Icession19 ditë më parë

    Yeah I remember this classic. It was suggested to me by a friend friend who's now my friend a long time ago and yep it was pretty much amazing. Although Kind of Spoiler Alert: I feel like there was something missing from the ending cause it was kind of open ended or there was some sort of sequel that didn't make the cut kind of thing. But idk tbh other than that yeah just amazing.

  • Michelle Lloyd
    Michelle Lloyd20 ditë më parë

    Kai's games youtube channel

  • Michelle Lloyd
    Michelle Lloyd20 ditë më parë

    Go to Kai's games youtube channel

  • Aiden Burridge
    Aiden Burridge20 ditë më parë

    My favorite anime, I am so happy you made a video on this I did not expect it!

  • The Epic
    The Epic20 ditë më parë

    I hate anime but this show is really good not gonna lie.

  • Bribro
    Bribro20 ditë më parë

    Honestly wasn’t a fan of monster. I watched around 30 episodes and it felt extremely boring after a while. Seeing I would have to watch over another 30 to finish the series I just dropped it.

  • Prf X
    Prf X20 ditë më parë

    Looks good I'm going have to watch it now, hope it as good as Death Note

  • Mia Lopez
    Mia Lopez20 ditë më parë

    So cool and let it rain suspense 😆

  • Elogetic Ethan
    Elogetic Ethan20 ditë më parë

    Oh wow didn’t expect monster to be on this channel

  • Isabella Rivero
    Isabella Rivero20 ditë më parë

    Weird you talk about a random anime

  • louietoons18 00
    louietoons18 0020 ditë më parë


    DUNCE MAN20 ditë më parë

    Holy shit. Somebody's, finally, talking about this.

  • PlayStation World
    PlayStation World20 ditë më parë

    I can’t believe I’ve never heard about this show before! It honestly looks so good! Wonder if it’s on DVD at all?

  • alien dude

    alien dude

    20 ditë më parë

    AFAIK they released one boxset in the u.s (with only 15 episodes) and it did so poorly they never bothered releasing any more.

  • Oden Moffett
    Oden Moffett20 ditë më parë

    Yeah, Monster is a cool anime, but my favorite is Amungos

  • Kimi FW
    Kimi FW20 ditë më parë

    Wow. I think this is the first I see you talk about this type of anime. I'm intrigued. By the way, I never finished this anime, and it's one of many I'm putting off, so I'll just give this video a Like and come back to it when I'm ready.

  • Ceju Online
    Ceju Online20 ditë më parë

    Pls talk more about anime stuff😁

  • Spritemon 98
    Spritemon 9820 ditë më parë

    I'd probably have to stop watching at several times from all the suspense

  • guts on the mic
    guts on the mic20 ditë më parë

    Theres actually effort put into this video....whats going on?

  • II Rare II
    II Rare II20 ditë më parë


  • Tamarah Ford
    Tamarah Ford20 ditë më parë

    Vail? Anime?! Oh My... Yes... Just Yes. Not Only Are You A Cartoon Lover But A Otuke Too. I Saw You In The Comments Of Code Geass's Colors And I Hoped For The Best And I Got It! Yes! You Should Talk About More Anime! Like Attack On Titan Season 4! Yay!

  • Isaac Mendes
    Isaac Mendes20 ditë më parë

    Oh boy. If Valskibum starts reviewing Seinen Anime and Manga, i'm in for a ride

  • hello


    9 ditë më parë

    I bet he will make a vid on stiens gate

  • Ceju Online

    Ceju Online

    20 ditë më parë

    Yeah, same

  • James Moss
    James Moss20 ditë më parë

    Monsters is an brilliant anime series of the 2000's.😀👍👍👍👍👍

  • Sofia Iniguez
    Sofia Iniguez20 ditë më parë

    Johan my favorite character😀😁

  • Christopher Edwards
    Christopher Edwards20 ditë më parë

    I watched the whole anime years ago. I love it. It's one of the best anime I ever watch. I recommend it to anyone.

  • Keenan Price
    Keenan Price20 ditë më parë

    Vailskibim94 what is your intro and ending music called

  • Luli


    20 ditë më parë

    wonder - finding hope

  • Tania Bams
    Tania Bams20 ditë më parë

    I love this anime. It’s both suspenseful and somewhat true to life on a psychological study.

  • Katana
    Katana20 ditë më parë

    Does anyone know the song that picks up at about 3:00 ? Is it part of the soundtrack?

  • PB B
    PB B20 ditë më parë

    Damn you watch monster to that’s nice I didn’t know that many people watch this series it’s such a masterpiece

  • R92Racer95
    R92Racer9520 ditë më parë

    I think that show is just to dark for me

  • -pizza time-
    -pizza time-20 ditë më parë


  • AJ cartoon
    AJ cartoon20 ditë më parë


  • Jevilgaming101
    Jevilgaming10120 ditë më parë

    If you think he should make an Astro boy episode like this comment.

  • Animator 22
    Animator 2220 ditë më parë

    Yohan sounds like korekiyo

  • Dynamosaurus Imperious
    Dynamosaurus Imperious20 ditë më parë

    This is a scarly cienamtic masterpeice.

  • Mike The Chicago Critic
    Mike The Chicago Critic20 ditë më parë

    I saw a monster I think about 10 years ago and I got to say it's one of the most darkest best and suspenseful things I've ever saw because well it is an anime it is realistic as in the character don't have mystical powers or anything or impervious but real characters with flaws emotions and character arcs and the main villain is pretty terrifying as he doesn't have any special skills except his personality and his powers of persuasion

  • Mike The Chicago Critic
    Mike The Chicago Critic20 ditë më parë

    I have to agree this is the greatest suspenseful anime manga ever because it's realistic and the fact that you know these characters can die at a moment's notice and the main villain is a pretty interesting one at that the real themes of the series elevator this anime to one of the best of all time

  • Toongamer
    Toongamer20 ditë më parë

    Ah, so Vail is a true man of culture.

  • Patrickbeyondthetoonroom Moore
    Patrickbeyondthetoonroom Moore20 ditë më parë

    Anyone seen Invincible yet?

  • Patrickbeyondthetoonroom Moore
    Patrickbeyondthetoonroom Moore20 ditë më parë

    I would love to see more anime and underrated cartoons made videos down the line. It would be great to see shows line Detroit Metal City, Bubblegum Crisis, Project A-Ko, Ranma 1/2, and other classic anime down the line. I would even want Gurun Lurgan (sp) for the Squidward cameo.

  • BAKA
    BAKA20 ditë më parë

    Watched monster a couple months ago for the first time. It's brilliant in every way. But the best part for me was definitely Johan liebert. His character was just extraordinary. Great video btw.

  • PB B

    PB B

    20 ditë më parë

    Agree full with this comment

  • vOrbZv
    vOrbZv20 ditë më parë

    Monster was one of the best anime I have ever watched. To my knowledge it is not well known which is sad.

  • Man of the USA Jones
    Man of the USA Jones20 ditë më parë

    It's a Monster!

  • Animezilla 44
    Animezilla 4420 ditë më parë

    I remember watching it on the Syfy channel have the series ever been released on DVD if it has I like to know

  • Ryan Blanche

    Ryan Blanche

    17 ditë më parë

    Same. I also caught it on Chiller.

  • alien dude

    alien dude

    20 ditë më parë

    They released one boxset (15 episodes) and apparently it sold horribly so they never bothered releasing the rest AFAIK

  • Mew Mew
    Mew Mew20 ditë më parë

    Monster's one of my favorite anime series of all time! I'm so happy that you decided to make a video about it :D Johan's a favorite character of mine,but everyone in this story shines brightly.I really love Tenma as the protagonist so much.I'm wondering if you're gonna make more videos like this?

  • Muhammad Jefferson
    Muhammad Jefferson20 ditë më parë

    I just finished this show a week ago, nice to see this vid coming out just after watching it

  • Muhammad Jefferson

    Muhammad Jefferson

    20 ditë më parë

    @egizzle 4000 I used a website called gogo anime, but on youtube there is a sub and dub playlist of the entire series if you search for it.

  • egizzle 4000

    egizzle 4000

    20 ditë më parë

    Wut did u watch it on?

  • Muhammad Jefferson

    Muhammad Jefferson

    20 ditë më parë

    @Jhon Ames It's pretty good, a little long, but if you like mystery it's pretty good. Also, there are a lot of tense moments in the show and I find the main antagonist to be interesting. But right now I'm a little unsure if I was satisfied by the ending, some people like it and some people don't.

  • Jhon Ames

    Jhon Ames

    20 ditë më parë

    How good is it?

  • Tristan The 2000s icon
    Tristan The 2000s icon20 ditë më parë

    Best cinematic masterpiece

  • Meliodas Dragon Sin of Wrath
    Meliodas Dragon Sin of Wrath20 ditë më parë

    I have to read this manga! & the anime

  • TheSquidi
    TheSquidi20 ditë më parë

    I started with manga a view month agos

  • Mikaella A
    Mikaella A20 ditë më parë

    I'm actually watching this right now. Thanks for the video!

  • SJM Hadsock
    SJM Hadsock20 ditë më parë

    Is there a legal way to watch this anime?

  • Edward Sanchez Productions
    Edward Sanchez Productions20 ditë më parë

    This show is a monster hit

  • Queen Fu Fu
    Queen Fu Fu20 ditë më parë

    Where can I watch this anime? I been looking online but I can’t find it.

  • Queen Fu Fu

    Queen Fu Fu

    20 ditë më parë

    @TheSquidi thanks

  • TheSquidi


    20 ditë më parë

    You can watch the whole show on ALboth

  • Lit-eral
    Lit-eral20 ditë më parë

    Monster is the longest anime that I actually finished

  • AndeTene Blitz
    AndeTene Blitz20 ditë më parë

    We need to see you talk about anime more often here

  • Cubo
    Cubo20 ditë më parë

    Am I the only one who instantly thought of Astro Boy when he mentioned Dr. Tenma?

  • CalamarI


    20 ditë më parë

    The author of monster also wrote Pluto which as a retelling of Astro boy but for adults bc it has dark stuff

  • Øatmeal Raisin

    Øatmeal Raisin

    20 ditë më parë

    The creator also made an astro boy type manga also! Called Pluto

  • SJM Hadsock

    SJM Hadsock

    20 ditë më parë

    The creator Probably got the name from astro boy or maybe just a coincidence

  • Chase the Master
    Chase the Master20 ditë më parë


  • Dillon Gause
    Dillon Gause20 ditë më parë

    Talk about chaotic and the pandemic please it was Gonna happen and it didnt.

  • Mr Mysterious
    Mr Mysterious20 ditë më parë

    Can you look at Super Mario Bros Z🍄🦔🐢🤖💎

  • Jeffrey Webster
    Jeffrey Webster20 ditë më parë

    I remembered seeing Monster back when Scfy aired anime

  • Mr Mysterious
    Mr Mysterious20 ditë më parë

    Can you look at The Sonic OVA🦔🤖

  • Lilvel ThePlayer
    Lilvel ThePlayer20 ditë më parë

    Just started watching the series on ALboth (around Ep 8) and I'm really enjoying it so far.

  • シCookiedile
    シCookiedile20 ditë më parë

    Monster anime: **Exist** Vail: *P E R F E C T*

  • SorrynotSorry
    SorrynotSorry20 ditë më parë

    I'm glad to see more lesser known series are getting attention. Anyway's nice job on the video as always! Your video quality just seems to get better and better everyday.

  • pandabrittful
    pandabrittful20 ditë më parë

    I’m so glad you’re bringing this anime to a wider audience. Underrated masterpiece. I loved this when I was a teenager and it’s one of the few anime that’s stuck freshly in my mind 10+ years later.

  • Beep Bop Boop
    Beep Bop Boop20 ditë më parë

    Wow Man! I love these deeper videos of yours! I think you'll enjoy the channel: The Meaning of NERD He does deep philosophical pop culture stuff. I think you'll really enjoy it

  • Coolguyyy
    Coolguyyy20 ditë më parë

    It’s a masterpiece you can’t question why it is a master of suspense

  • Will Huey
    Will Huey20 ditë më parë

    johann is implied to be the antichrist.

  • grim_ Reaper_luckydeath14
    grim_ Reaper_luckydeath1420 ditë më parë

    That's new You never do Japanese Anime

  • Rubric Cube
    Rubric Cube20 ditë më parë

    Monsters are really scary

  • Kay Smith
    Kay Smith20 ditë më parë


  • Sky Baytr
    Sky Baytr20 ditë më parë

    Where can I watch this??

  • TheSquidi


    20 ditë më parë

    I think you can watch the whole Show on ALboth

  • redcapgreencapbro
    redcapgreencapbro20 ditë më parë

    “Ok, so we’re not talking about the one that is a strait up lemon?” - a confused Friday night funkin fan

  • Ryan The Animator
    Ryan The Animator20 ditë më parë

    Didn’t expect Valskibum to talk about anime.

  • Steven Jones

    Steven Jones

    20 ditë më parë

    @Ryan The Animator that's Awesome

  • Ryan The Animator

    Ryan The Animator

    20 ditë më parë

    @Steven Jones He was basically the "Mr.Bean of the 20th century".

  • Steven Jones

    Steven Jones

    20 ditë më parë

    @Ryan The Animator i don't know lol

  • Sofia Iniguez

    Sofia Iniguez

    20 ditë më parë


  • Ryan The Animator

    Ryan The Animator

    20 ditë më parë

    @Steven Jones How can you not know about Charlie Chaplin??

  • Kingslayer 3_0
    Kingslayer 3_020 ditë më parë

    How dear u talk about this anime and not any other

  • TheSquidi


    20 ditë më parë

    Becouse this is probably his favorite one and Becouse it isn’t that well known and he wants too show us this master pice

  • Snek
    Snek20 ditë më parë

    Anime is not a mistake.

    JAMAR THE DANCING DEMON20 ditë më parë


  • ThePizzaPerson
    ThePizzaPerson20 ditë më parë

    13 Views 24 Likes 15 Comments YT is drunk

  • Παναγιωτης Καραγιαννης
    Παναγιωτης Καραγιαννης20 ditë më parë

    Please tell me you are not watching anime in dub

  • Toongamer


    20 ditë më parë

    The dub for monster is fine

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