News of this trickled out earlier in the week, but now Viz Media makes it official: The animated adaptation of Naoki Urasawa’s psychological horror series Monster will debut on Oct. 12 as part of the SyFy network’s “Ani-Monday” programming block.
Episodes will debut each Monday and then be rebroadcast a week later on SyFy’s sibling network Chiller.
Urasawa’s critically acclaimed manga follows Dr. Kenzo Tenma, a brilliant young neurosurgeon, as he pursues a psychopath whose life he once saved. The thriller was adapted by Madhouse as a 74-episode anime series that aired from April 2004 to September 2005 in Japan.
Read the press release after the break.
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES DEBUT OF ANIMATED PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE MASTERPIECE Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER ON MANGA ENTERTAINMENT’S ANI-MONDAYS BLOCKS ON SYFY and CHILLER
Anime Based On Critically Acclaimed Manga Series Offers Tale of Conspiracy, Political Intrigue and Murder
San Francisco, CA, August 21 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the debut of the animated Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER featured by Starz Media’s Manga Entertainment on Syfy beginning on October 12th as part of the latest season of the network’s Ani-Monday programming block. MONSTER is based on the critically acclaimed manga series by Naoki Urasawa that is published in North America by VIZ Media.
New episodes of Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER, rated TV-MA will air each Monday night on the Syfy Ani-Monday block and will be re-broadcast on SyFy’s sister channel, Chiller the week thereafter. Chiller airs a variety of horror and suspense-themed programs. Check local listings for specific airtimes.
What would you do if a child you saved grew up to be a monster? An ice-cold killer is on the loose, and Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! Tenma, a brilliant neurosurgeon with a promising future, risks his career to save the life of a critically wounded young boy named Johan. When the boy, now a coldhearted and charismatic young man, reappears nine years later in the midst of a string of unusual serial murders, Tenma must go on the run from the police, who suspect him to be the killer, to find Johan and stop the monster he set loose upon the world. Conspiracies, serial murders, and secret government experiments set against the grim backdrop of the formerly communist Eastern Europe are masterfully woven together in this compelling work of suspense.
“Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER weaves an engrossing story of politics, psychological intrigue and murder,” says William Germain, VIZ Media’s Director of Programming Sales. “The multi-layered plot and mysterious characters that make Naoki Urasawa’s manga a smash hit are adapted wonderfully for the animated series, which remains true to the original story. We invite anime and manga as well as mystery and suspense fans to tune in each Monday this fall for an exciting chase as Dr. Tenma tries to catch the Monster!”
“We are very pleased to add MONSTER to the robust anime lineup found on the Ani-Mondays blocks on Syfy and Chiller,” says Marc DeBevoise, Starz Media senior vice president, digital media, business development and strategy. “We believe that this addition will give anime fans a lot to look forward to during the season.”
For more information on Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER manga series (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens) please visit www.vizsignature.com/monster.