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Naoki Urasawa's Monster (manga, vol. 12) translated by Hiroki Shirota

Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Volume 12: The Rose Mansion (Naoki Urasawa's Monster, #12) - Naoki Urasawa, 浦沢 直樹, Hiroki Shirota

Okay, the bit with Johan trying to break poor little Milosh was horrible. I vaguely remember thinking, early on in the series, that Johan was so often around children because he actually liked them and saw a little of the boy he once was in them. In reality, though, he treats them no better than anyone else, hurting them and/or convincing them to kill each other. Is Anna/Nina really the only person in the world that he actually cares about? And, by the way, what's his definition of “caring”? If Nina were with him, would she be safe? What does Johan want?

Grimmer was another tragic character in this volume. His experiences at 511 Kinderheim meant he had to be taught how to smile (which is probably why he does it so often now), and, even then, he didn't always know the proper expression to wear in every circumstance. He didn't know how to properly react to his own son's death, but he seemed to do well enough around Milosh.

I'm not surprised at all that Tenma

was caught because he stopped to help a hurt child.

(show spoiler)

Urasawa never misses a chance to remind readers that Tenma is a healer down to his bones. And, continuing the series' many, many coincidences, Eva is seeing the same person to overcome her alcoholism that the private investigator was way back in volume 7. Urasawa's Germany is very tiny.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)