Monsters 103 Mercies Dragon Damnation Review- The Thriller Bark Corpse brought back to life

Monsters 103 Mercies Dragon Damnation Review

Coolness and anime characters with swords go hand in hand. One such character was Ryuma from Thriller Bark and the corpse has been brought back to life in Monsters 103 Mercies Dragon Damnation anime. The anime is based on Eiichiro Oda’s one-shot manga Monsters. Now that the anime has been released, how good is it really? Let’s find out with this complete Monsters 103 Mercies Dragon Damnation Review.

A complete Monsters 103 Mercies Dragon Damnation Review

Ryuma and Flare in Eiichiro Oda's Monsters
Ryuma asks Flare to not turn around | Image Courtesy of E&H Productions

Monsters features Ryuma’s story when he was still alive. Introduced as a broke and flimsy swordsman, Ryuma is an extremely diligent swordsman who never fails to follow a set of rules he has set for himself. This idealistic approach briefly entangles his life with Flare and lands him in trouble which involves fighting a dragon.


Flare in Monsters 103 Mercies Dragon Damnation
Flare with DR and Shirano in the Background | Image Courtesy of E&H Productions

The story is short and sweet. Without any prior knowledge of any aspect except for Ryuma, we get introduced to Flare and the story builds upon her past and her relationship with Shirano. In less than 30 minutes, we’re rewarded with comedy, drama, lore about a legendary dragon and action. One gets to feel a variety of emotions from admiration to anger.

While the story is quite fulfilling if isolated from One Piece, the experience can be comparatively dull when One Piece enters the equation.

Monsters and One Piece

Ryuma defeats the dragon in Monsters
Ryuma fights with the Dragon | Image Courtesy of E&H Productions

As a One Piece fan, one would expect to learn more about Ryuma through Monsters. This doesn’t happen as the story is primarily spun around Flare’s life. Ryuma is just the savior. You don’t learn much about Ryuma or his life except for the fact that he’s a legendary swordsman who is clueless about his own accolades.


  • Ryuma– At first we get to see Ryuma as a laid-back individual. As the story progresses, his character starts to blossom with great moments such as the one where he stands outside the door while Flare cries or the one where he forbids Flare from turning around. Every time he swings his sword, you’ll just be like Chopper, Luffy, and Law at the sight of Ninjas. 
Ryuma in Monsters 103 Mercies Dragon Damnation
Ryuma stands while Flare cries | Image Courtesy of E&H Productions
  • Flare– Flare is the source of all the emotions and drama we feel. She’s just like all the princesses we have in One Piece, essential for the story’s progression. Although she makes some questionable decisions like choosing to die for absolutely no reason at all. 
  • Shirano– Oda has spoilt us with badass villains oozing likability. Shirano is a villain who doesn’t fit in that category. Along with his partner in crime, Shirano is annoying and insufferable. 
  • Mosshead– A green-haired character appears at the end with no significant role. He also looks quite weak with his entire body covered in scratches. There’s no explanation as to why he’s even present in the anime. Honestly, he seems kind of lost.


Ryuma in Monsters 103 Mercies Dragon Damnation
Image Courtesy of E & H Productions

Ryuma is everything we expected him to be and so much more. Monsters: 103 Mercies Dragon Damnation will make your day and impress you with several cool revelations. In such a short duration it offers so much to fans that you won’t be able to help but ask for more.

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