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  • In Monster, Tenma is brought to the sick ward because he had collapsed from not eating. The viewer's immediate reaction is exasperated, because Tenma always fails to eat, but in this case it was intentional, as it allowed him to speak to the man whose help he needed to break out of prison. - insofar
  • The first ending credits song is, obviously, about Tenma's idealistic philosophy, although it's deliberately creepy and eerie, like the show. The second ending credits song bothered me, because it was bright and cheery in both lyrics and feel, which didn't make any sort of sense, until I hit episode 70 and realised it's about Johan's philosophy. It's an exact reversal of the Soundtrack Dissonance of the first credits song! Brilliant! - randomfanboy
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  • It's small, but when I first watched the last episode, I didn't understand why Lunge/Runge/however you want to spell it put a beer on Grimmer's grave. Then it hit me: they had promised each other to go get some nice cold beer after everything was over. - Toa Novu
  • In Another Monster, it is revealed that Nina celebrates her birthday in May. This doesn't seem that special at first, but depending on whether or not this is the real month of her birthday (and by extension, Johan's) and what day in May their birthday falls on, this may or may not be Fridge Brilliance: If the twins were born between May 21 and May 31, then their Zodiac sign would be Gemini, aka The Twins.
    • This page argues that the twins were born on the 10th of March, making them Pisces... whose symbol is two identical fish forever chasing each others' tails.
  • This one is a bit of Fridge Horror: Mr. Grimmer admits as an jocular aside to a group of orphan boys about his bed-wetting issues as a child. It isn't until later that we learn he actually was a product of Kinderheim 511.
  • After finding out Johan specifically wants Tenma left alive, I was confused as Johan never seemed to do anything to ensure Tenma's survival. Then I remembered Tenma's conversation with Roberto. At no point are we ever given even a rough idea of how many followers Johan has. There could always have been someone there to make sure Tenma lives.
  • My girlfriend (who's a major in Nursery) explained to me in a casual talk that there's a theory saying that neurosurgeons may have tendencies to become assassins and then they suppress this tendency by becoming neurosurgeons. I didn't check if this is true, and something may be Lost in Translation (because I use English as a second language), but, if this is true, this CHANGES THE MEANING OF THE ENTIRE SERIES! - Not JM Keynes.
    • Psychoanalysis by Freud supports this idea.
    • And sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. That said, part of this theory could apply to Tenma at least as far as sublimation of aggressive impulses is concerned. There’s a clue in Lunge’s speculation that Tenma has a split personality. While he clearly doesn’t, a certain character does: Grimmer. This could be a hint that Grimmer is meant to be what Tenma would have been like had he been sent to Kinderheim 511 as a child. If we analyze Tenma’s psyche from this perspective, then he doesn’t have a tendency to become an assassin or a serial killer as much as a tendency for emotional reactivity under stress that has the potential to manifest as raw, uncontrolled rage and violence. This capacity for aggression seems to be purely defensive and/or retaliatory in nature for both characters, as the experience of going Steiner disturbs Grimmer enough for him to dissociate and Tenma appears to have a mental block against killing that can only be bypassed when directly confronted with a life or death situation. Taking all that into account, Tenma’s choice to be a neurosurgeon is a socially acceptable means of expressing his aggressive impulses, but not in the way that’s typically conceived. Instead of stemming from guilt for having an unconscious desire to cut people up, his desire to save lives is an extension of his own survival instinct—he fights for his patients’ lives just as he would his own. But even with this interpretation, Tenma may not be the most realistic surgeon. (The key word here is "may," because the article questions whether or not there is a stereotypical surgical personality to begin with.)
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  • Just what exactly was it that Franz Bonaparta wanted to achieve? Did he really try to create what Johan became? And if so, WHY because there is no way a creature like Johan can be controlled once he gets out in the world. Could it be it only was an experiment for the heck of it?
  • Johan's eerie imitation of everyone's favourite bedtime storybook, The Monster Without a Name. The monster goes through the village in search of a name, taking on the names of various people willing to "take him in" (literally) before killing them. Johan does exactly the same with his string of foster parents: he manipulates his way into being taken into their family unit, takes on their names, then butchers them from the inside.
  • The email received by Nina featuring Johan's attempt at poetry 'I was born to smother you with roses' may have been an allusion to The Red Rose Mansion
  • Grimmer is not the only constantly smiling man in this series - Roberto smiles pretty much all the time as well. Which makes sense, given that they're both Kinderheim 511 alumni.
  • Grimmer's name suggests that he's rather "grimmer" than his smiling face would suggest. in more than one way. It turns out that Grimr is a name of the Norse god Odin, and it means "mask". Grimmer's smiling face is a mask for his true emotions!
  • A mix of Fridge Horror, Fridge Brilliance, and Shown Their Work in this next one. Throughout the series, it is hinted at that Johan is supposedly the story's version of The Antichrist. According to some legends of The Anticrist, he is supposed to suffer two head injuries before going on his ultimate rampage. Johan is shot in the head twice and only twice in the series in the series. (Once in the beginning, and once at the end.) The credits of the final episode end with a static shot of the empty bed where the supposedly comatose Johan was previously.


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