Sunday, October 11, 2015

Anime & Food

My guess is Mr. Skeleton wanna join in the 'Makan' party too. ^^
My titbit treat while watching the anime.

Spent my weekends chasing an old anime Monster (モンスター) by Naomi Urasawa.  I have read the mangas (18 volumes) years back,  and truly enjoyed it.

The Plot (from Wikipedia)
Dr. Kenzō Tenma is a young Japanese doctor, working at Eisler Memorial Hospital in Düsseldorf in 1986. An accomplished brain surgeon, he seems to have everything: a soon-to-be promotion; the favor of the hospital's director, Udo Heinemann; and Heinemann's daughter Eva as his fiancée. However, Tenma is increasingly dissatisfied with the political bias of the hospital in treating patients, and seizes the chance to change things after a massacre brings fraternal twins Johan and Anna Liebert into the hospital. Tenma, going by his ethics as a doctor, decides to operate on Johan instead of the mayor of Düsseldorf, who arrived later. Johan is saved, but Mayor Roedecker dies. Tenma loses his social standing (and Eva) as a result, but comforts himself by believing he did the right thing and despairs of ever achieving his earlier high goals. However, Director Heinemann and the other doctors in Tenma's way are mysteriously murdered, and both children disappear from the hospital soon afterwards. The police suspect Tenma, since he benefits from the unfortunate turn of events; however, they have no evidence and can only question him.

Nine years later, Tenma is Chief of Surgery at Eisler Memorial. A patient of his, being questioned in connection with the murder of middle-aged couples across Germany, is murdered in front of his eyes, and the killer is revealed to be Johan Liebert, the child who disappeared. Tenma tells all to the police, but they find no trace of anyone named Johan Liebert, and Tenma soon becomes the lead suspect. Distraught that what he believed was the right thing has actually led to so much misery, Tenma begins to track down Johan, wanting to hunt the Monster down as atonement for his fatal mistake.

Tenma's hunt for Johan brings him face to face with the dingy, unpleasant underbelly of the world, from politics to organized crime, from serial killers to innocent orphans, a showcasing of how a man can turn himself into a force of evil, of how easy it is to destroy the fragile balance of life, and how frightening the unknown can be. Tenma must piece together the few hints he can find to catch Johan, but this surely is no game of cat & mouse, it is one determined man's struggle against something much greater, something that might have been designed to be much greater. But Tenma is not alone, even as Johan leaves destruction in his wake, Tenma is closing in, the question which he has to ask of himself is that, knowing what he knows, can he still claim to know who the Monster is, can he ever win his struggle against this evil of near-mythical proportions?

The backdrop was set around the fall of berlin wall in 1989.

There was this orphanage Kinderheim 511 where Johan sent to.  Located somewhere around the former East Berlin , Kinderheim 511 is a special orphanage run by both the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Internal Affairs . It was not just for ordinary orphans though, since it was also for the children of criminals, political activists, traitors, and spies and they were subject to inhumane discrimination. The children could not do anything about whatever was done to them. It was a place maintained by the contradiction between socialism and totalitarianism --they were treated like prisoners. Directors and instructors displayed unethical behaviour to children, and they took the packages sent for the children for themselves and resold them. Run by the principle of fear and violence, the children grew estranged from each other.

Putting it in a politically correct statement, the goal of this orphanage was to serve as a model for reeducation among East German people. Plainly put though, its goal was meant to reprogram children into being perfect soldiers entirely at the disposal of the government.  It was instead an experiment laboratory.

Go to for more interesting finds about this place.


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