A Monster Without a Name

A long, long time ago in a land far away,
There was a monster without a name.
The monster wanted a name so badly.
So the monster left to go on a journey to find a name.
But the world was so large that he split into two to make his journey.
One went to the west and the other went towards the east.
The monster who went to the east found a village.
At the entrance of the village there was a blacksmith.
\”Mr. Blacksmith, please give me your name,\” said the monster.
\”You can\’t give away your name,\” the blacksmith replied.
\”If you give me your name, I\’ll enter you and give you strength.\”
\”Really? If you can make me stronger, then I\’ll give you my name.\”
The monster entered the blacksmith.
The monster became Otto the Blacksmith
Otto the Blacksmith became the strongest man in the village.
But one day he said,
\”Look at me. Look at me. Look at how large the monster inside me has become.\”
Crunch Crunch! Munch Munch! Chomp Chomp! Gulp!
The hungry monster ate Otto from the inside out.
The monster returned to being a nameless monster.
Even when he entered Hans the Shoemaker…
Crunch Crunch! Munch Munch! Chomp Chomp! Gulp!
He returned to being a nameless monster.
When he entered Thomas the Hunter…
Crunch Crunch! Munch Munch! Chomp Chomp! Gulp!
He once again returned to being a nameless monster.
The monster came to a castle looking for a wonderful name.
In the castle, there was a sick boy.
\”If you give me your name, I\’ll give you strength.\”
\”If you can cure this illness and make me strong, I\’ll give you my name.\”
The monster entered the boy.
The boy became well.
The king was so pleased! \”The prince is well! The prince is well!\”
The monster liked the boy\’s name.
He also liked living in the castle.
So even though he was hungry, he endured.
Every day his stomach growled, but he endured it.
However, he was so hungry that one day he said,
\”Look at me. Look at me. Look at how large the monster inside me has become.\”
The boy ate the king and even his servents.
Crunch Crunch! Munch Munch! Chomp Chomp! Gulp!
Since there was no one there anymore, the boy went on a journey.
He kept on walking for days and days.
One day, the boy met the monster who traveled to the west.
\”I have a name. It\’s a wonderful name, too.\”
The monster who went to the west said,
\”I don\’t need a name. I\’m happy even without a name.\”
We just have to accept that we are monsters without a name.
The boy ate the monster who went to the west.
The monster finally had a name,
But all the people who could call him by that name have disappeared.
And Johan was such a wonderful name, too.

This is an excerpt of the picture book from the manga and animé Monster. :D I don\’t even know if this book really exists. It\’s probably fictional. You may want to watch the video clip. You think it is weird? Scary? Monster has one of the best mature story and plot I have watched in an animé, like it\’s a real drama. The animé follows the manga closely and the flow of story is well preserved. It\’s very dark and mysterious. It\’s not for faint of heart.

Credit goes to Anime-Keep for the translation.

Wikipedia: Monster (manga)
YouTube: A Monster Without a Name
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  • adalira

    i love that story, it’s so sad though.

  • jak

    i like the story
    i like the anime
    i also like DEATH NOTE

  • NickBomb

    Monster FTW!
    Death Note ftw aswell :P

  • tere

    I’m currently watching that anime. I especially liked the story of the big mouthed man and the big eyed man. It had so many subliminal massages

  • monster without a name

    I’ve watched this anime and I love this. But I don’t think we can compare this with Death Note because this is somehow realistic unlike Death Note, which is purely fiction.

    I don’t really get it why some people would compare Monster to Death Note. The detective or investigating thing in both plots aren’t enough reasons to compare them, I think.

  • zetsu

    i am currently watching monster op to the point that this talked about book comes into play.
    i wish i could download the book from somewhere, but it seems that it’s impossible to find. :(
    i have however found a site where the book is for sale, but it’s an anime fan merchendise type of thing…but the book does exist.
    the anime definatly makes the book look very sinister..i love it ^^

    also worth checking out for the people that watched or read the manga there are 2 books that are also related to the anime.

    the first one is another monster by urasawa ……this is an investagation styled book.
    the 2nd one is “The Awakening Monster which is a short story

    anyway i havent found downloads for these books yet, but i hope maby one of you people might be able to find some…

  • zetsu

    also i would like to agree with the person who posted before me.
    there is no comparing monster with death note.
    they are so different……like day and night
    plus death note is so mainstream now that even people who don’t read manga or watch anime know of it’s existence, which made me lose interrest in death note ‘;..;’
    i remember waiting for months until i could finally download the first chapter of death note.
    the initial reason why was reading D.N wuz because i heard the manga was banned in hong kong because children were making death notes about there teachers and were leaving it for the teachers to read :P

    also death note manga is way better than the anime.,,, it just doesn’t give off the same feeling

  • bombjack2991

    i really want 2 knw what is this story trying to tell us?

    if u hav watch the anime , u will also c a lot more short stories shown in d anime…i could understand what d other story is trying to tell us but this just made me clueless

  • katy

    i love tho anime
    i love the monga
    i love death note to lol i wish i could find the book to monster with no name

  • Sum guy

    I wish i had that book. I would seriously take that to school and freak people out lol.

  • Wyvrex

    In my own opinion the only thing that makes monster a worth while to watch is

    1. I want to know what johan name really is.
    2. Want to know how he become an oppresor.
    3. It s so real that you might think it really happen.
    4. The short stories Dr. Tenma encounter (e.g. people he have met while looking for johan)

    But there are some question in stories that were meant to be answer.

    1. Her real mothers name never mention Johans true name.
    2. Does her mother do it on purpose *to give johan or she just make a mistake thinking Johan was her twin sister.
    3. What happen to Johan, and will Dr. Tenma will continue to follow him.
    4. What happen to Peter and Johan’s twin sister.
    5. and finally what will be Johan’s reason.

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  • Guest

    Ha, it’s funny, doing a search and finding people who cared for the same things years ago.
    I’m just watching this series, close to the end. I’m pretty sure this isn’t an existing book. Even though a friend from Slovakia told me, they have kind of moody aspects in there culture (f. e. their national anthem is based on a tune of a song, that’s actually about suicide), I don’t believe a book so strange and eerie could be a childrens book. And since they used it in this series on brainwashing the children, I doubt it would be a real seller.
    Anyway, it’s a great series, with some lengths, but still kept me on following (and neglecting more important things ;-)
    And – as a German, and former East German that is – it’s fascinating to see how this is all imagined by the mangaka. He has done clearly some research, though he get’s some stuff wrong. But still – interesting to see it from this side.
    Just adding this – this anime is really a nice peace of art.

    • I look at this book (Monster Without A Name) as an art within an art. It may not sell very well but I think it adds novelty to the story. I think hardcore supporters will buy it.

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