Just to bide time these past few days, I decided to rewatch the anime ‘Monster’ from the first episode up to the last. It may be my favorite anime, but I’ve forgotten a handful of details about it, including Ruhenheim.
I’m currently in the episode entitled Ruhenheim which is the name of a very important place for the story. A character held a postcard for Ruhenheim, so I got curious and decided to look it up in Google and came up with this tumblr post by user hellyeahurasawa explaining Ruhenheim’s position in the actual world map. Apparently, Ruhenheim is not a real place on earth. Instead, the place where Ruhenheim is supposed to be is actually a municipality called Oberstdorf. So I looked up this particular place in Germany in Google Images and was astounded at how it resembled Ruhenheim! I was so shookt that I got goosebumps.
I’m too lazy to include pictures of Ruhenheim and Oberstdorf in this post (because you’d see it in hellyeahurasawa’s post anyway), but it’s really fascinating. It actually seems like a beautiful place too. That just goes to show Urasawa’s attention to detail and makes me appreciate ‘Monster’ even more. Sugoi!