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20世紀少年 1 [Nijusseiki Shōnen 1] (20th Century Boys #1)

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  3,550 ratings  ·  201 reviews
Mankind would not have made the new age, encountering the crisis at the end of the last century, that almost wiped them out... if it weren't for "them". In 1969, "they" who were still in their youth, created a symbol. In 1997, as the footsteps of the disaster slowly starts to show out, the symbol revives. This is the story about several boys, that save the world.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 29th 2000 by 小学館
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Seth Hahne
There are moments in history that are more important than others.1 Not in themselves, not in their significance on their own merits. These moments are notable in that they trigger more cataclysmic events years later. And they are genuinely interesting because the true weight of their value cannot be discerned in the moment of their occurrence.

20th Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa

Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys is a work founded on such moments. Part of Urasawa's thesis seems to be that while one can never tell what will result fr
Anthony Chavez
Naoki Urasawa is a plot master! Weaving such great stories. Monster is one of my favorite stories/series' of all-time. When I heard about 20th Century Boys from a friend whilst inquiring as to what manga/graphic novel I should read next, I had no idea it was written by Urasawa. I'm so glad he lent me this copy of the first volume.

20th Century Boys is about a group of childhood friends who started a secret society for a short while, fort and all, even went as far as to create an emblem for their
Jan 06, 2008 Annalisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery/early sci-fi genre fans
Recommended to Annalisa by: Yue
Shelves: manga, graphic-novels
I'm really impressed with this series. It has a more detailed, realistic drawing style, and a unique plot line that jumps between the characters' childhood and adult years, revealing the story much a way a mystery or crime show might do. (It's also slightly similar to "Lost".)

(NOTE: Any information I reveal about the plot is covered in the first volume, so don't worry about spoilers.)

So far, the story centers on a group of guys who have been friends since elementary school, and their connecti
John Wiswell
What a fantastic opening to a series. Kenji is a middle-aged liquor store clerk, idly daydreaming of the summer when his friends formed a club in the woods devoted to rock and comic books. One drew a symbol for their club, which has begun appearing around town in the modern day, associated with an underground cult. It's at that same time that one of Kenji's childhood friends jumps to his death. After the wake, Kenji receives a posthumous letter from his friend asking if he recognizes a certain s ...more
Aaron Maurer
I have jumped backed into the manga scene. I realized after a series of comments on one of my Amazon reviews of a manga(Peepo Choo) that I have not really given this genre the time and energy needed to really distinguish the good from the bad.

One of the comments from one of the reviewers posted the following:

Anyways your really closing yourself off if you think that this represents manga.
How about you reading from legends,award winners,people who are considered the best of the industry ... inst
Randy Lander
After loving Monster, I was anxiously awaiting the two new Naoki Urasawa series from Viz. The first volume of 20th Century Boys doesn't disappoint. Like Monster, it's got a slow-burn opener, but it's full of potential, and I can't wait to see where it goes from here.

The easiest comparison is to a Stephen King story, with a tale of young boys having shared secrets and a made-up secret society, only to discover in their adult lives that those childlike playtime behaviors are having more sinister r
4 / 5

Repleto de misterio en cada página. El manga más intrigante y revuelto que he leído hasta ahora.
What can I say? I'm reading this because it's by the fantastic writer of Monster and it seems to have a mysterious premise. What I got out of the first volume was a deep immersion in a group of friends from both their childhood and them as adults 30 years past. There's a hugely successful cult that is tied pretty close to some events in their childhood, strongly suggesting that one of their ilk is this overpowered and nefarious cult leader... only, none of them can place him.

Did I mention that t
El Templo de las Mil Puertas
Otra de las series de manga cuyo último tomo ha visto la luz en nuestro país es 20th Century boys, de Naoki Urasawa, el aclamado autor de Monster. Tras 22 tomos de una complejísima trama llena de saltos temporales, el final aclara algunas dudas pero deja las puertas abiertas a una continuación que ya se ha anunciado en Japón, con el título 21th century boys. La historia se desarrolla en tres épocas distintas, a lo largo de las cuales vemos a los personajes crecer desde su infancia hasta la madur ...more
Wirotomo Nofamilyname
Jul 31, 2011 Wirotomo Nofamilyname rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wirotomo by: teman dari teman kost :-)
Akhirnya saya selesai membaca semua jilid 20th Century Boys (22 jilid) dan 21th Century Boys (2 jilid). Alhamdulillah.
Cerita yang luar biasa menurut saya. Detilnya (semuanya disiapkan dengan rapi), alur tumpuknya (maju dan mundur ke tahun-tahun yang berbeda, ke saat masa kecil (1970, 1971), saat dewasa (1997-2000), dan kemudian bergerak ke puncak cerita ((2014 Masehi hingga Tahun ke-3 Sahabat)), ensemble castnya (psikologis para tokohnya). Benar-benar bikin geleng kepala.

Khusus untuk alur tumpuk
Dimitris Hall
Manga + Kindle + aprender idiomas = ¡Win! (¡Victoria!)

Estoy enamorado de verdad de la idea de leer manga en mi Kindle, ¡y gratis también! El primer que he probado es 20th Century Boys de Naoki Urasawa, creador de Monster, que me avergüenza decir que nunca lo acabé. Algún día, quizás, quizás... Por lo que conseguí entender, porque una de las razones que lo leo el manga en español es para aprender palabras nuevas y practicar y por eso es claro que no entiendo todo, esta obra se ve muy prometedora.
Federiken Masters
Apr 13, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Varios.
Recommended to Federiken by: Rhockman
Hasta ahora, me pasó lo mismo con Monster: el primer tomo no me termina de convencer pero se nota que tiene muchísimo potencial y que con el correr de los tomos la trama y el dibujo van a ir mejorando exponencialmente. Además, la premisa inicial de 20CB me parece más interesante e impredecible que la de Monster, y la manera en la que Urasawa retrata los distintos momentos clave de la vida de los protagonistas y la fidelidad con la que representa las distintas épocas suman muchos puntos. Lo mismo ...more
R. Michael Litchfield
There's this stack of managa that take up most of a shelf at the library I was curious about so I got the first one and gave it a shot. It's really good. I am not much of a manga reader, just barely comfortable with reading it from right to left and still a bit unsure about which balloon in a panel to start with but I like the creeping wierdness that goes on in here all the while giving me what feels like a real sense of growing up in japan in the early sixties and being a man in the late nineti ...more
Gabriel Martins
Logo nas primeiras páginas lemos os acordes iniciais desse hino dos T-Rex também apelidado de "20th Century Boy". Se a obra de Naoki Urasawa aborda a passagem de séculos o seu título está mais que justificado. Porém, ele faz questão de não perder tempo em revelar a inspiração desta canção o que acaba por ser também uma introdução sobre o papel da música , em geral, nesta obra. Impressionante como a música tem tanta força numa BD, ou seja, num meio mudo. Mas a verdade é que tem, e tem mesmo muita ...more
Sherif Fattah
Enjoyed reading this and looking forward to the next volume. Superb artwork and a very mysterious story that leaves you wanting more. Loved it!
Urasawa is a distinguished mangakas. He could manage keeping both quase-realism drawings of his and the beauty of the knowledgable storytelling work together perfectly.
Tuệ Trần

Các sự kiện đan xen nhau không theo tuyến tính thời gian, thế nên bộ truyện có phần hấp dẫn. Không, phải nói chính xác là, nội dung sườn của truyện hết sức nhạt nhẽo nếu không có một hình thức biểu hiện phức tạp như vậy.
20th Century Boys est un manga que j'ai lu pour le baby challenge manga de Livraddict. Ce Seinen m'a surprise sur deux points, et à mon grand étonnement, j'ai aimé ce premier tome (je me voyais déjà le mettre en vente...).

Le premier point qui m'a beaucoup étonnée est le graphisme. Il suffit de voir la couverture pour se rendre compte que ce n'est pas ce qui attire le plus. Et généralement, mes achats de mangas se font surtout, en dehors du synopsis, à la vue de la couverture. Si je n'aurais pas
20th Century Boys llamó mi atención desde el momento en el que leí su sinopsis. Reconozco que cuando supe que su autor era Naoki Urasawa (el mismo autor de Monster) dudé en empezarlo, por el simple hecho de que tiempo atrás intenté ponerme con Monster y no logró engancharme, por lo cual terminé abandonándolo poco después de empezarlo aún sabiendo las buenas críticas que había recibido. Quién sabe, quizás algún día le vuelva a dar una oportunidad. El caso es, que pensé que con 20th Century Boys p ...more
J'ai vraiment apprécié 20th Century Boys, peut-être pas autant que Monster, mais j'ai vraiment passé un bon moment à lire ce manga. Les personnages sont attachants et, comme dans ma review de Monster, je trouve que les visages sont fascinants de réalité. Quant à l'histoire, même si je m'embrouillais beaucoup avec les noms (beaucoup de flashbacks, de visages qu'on ne voit qu'une fois... ça ne m'a pas aidé ^_^'''), elle est vraiment originale et bien menée. Un très bon manga!
Poe Wilson
Real rating: 6/10
Manga/GN rating 8/10
Urasawa Naoki's 20th Century Boys is one of the top ten best-selling seinen manga of all time the reason for this is because like the characters in the story it is connected to youth. Murder, genocide, abandonment, songs and manga references from 50 years ago even with all this the tale keeps a youthful eye and allows the reader to read with not just their mind, but also their heart.
Urasawa's sta
M Elsehry
this is a after finished all series review
Manga for all kind of people
i loved it
i dreamed about it for 4 days and nights
really hopeful, painful, joyful manga
i liked the art and plot
i was surprised by the events the 1st death of kinjy
the 1st death of the friend and the 2nd death and even the 3rd one :)
i recommend this manga for all my friend
Tyler Urish
Despite being well detached from my hardcore anime days I still read a lot of manga and watch some anime. Like any other genre, there are still diamonds in the rough. Naoki Urasawa is an author that creates stories that are absurd but still fairly grounded in reality. 20th Century Boys is a really great example of this. This story revolves around a group of school children who's imaginations have been transformed into a horrifying future. The mystery of Friend is pretty great and Kenji and Kanna ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
Have you ever wondered what a Goonies 2 might be like? This manga from legendary manga author/artist Naoki Urasawa might be the closest thing we get to it. 20th Century Boys tells the story of Kenji, a 30-40 year old living a hum-drum life until mysterious elements from his past jolt him out of his pedestrian life. The mystery revolves around a new cult that uses a symbol that Kenji and his friends created when they were children. The cult is linked to a series of murders and kidnappings, and Ke ...more
seperti biasa, manga naoki urasawa berada di level yang berbeda.
Cel Red
La mejor manera de resumir 20th Century Boys es un juego de niños que fue tomado muy seriamente. Porque todo, desde el símbolo de amigo hasta el "Libro de las profecías" y los muchos eventos apocalípticos fueron ideados por un grupo de niños que sólo fantaseaba con salvar el mundo. Así Urasawa cae en una historia absurda, y no se cansa de repetirlo, pues es todo un juego de niños. Y uno va por la historia preguntándose cómo logrará a llevar a cabo tales sucesos, si en serio son cosas exageradas ...more
One of the best reads ive had in a long time, the plot scheme was brillantly laid out and there are so many layers to the story , readers wouldn't be disappointed .20 th century boy has everything ,action, thrills, adventure, it's transcended the limits set by any manga before it in terms of scope. Urasawa effectively executed the suspense factor , and the manga's cliffhangers are sure to keep your heart pounding . However,20th century boy does fall off in the final chapters ,there's too much le ...more
Timothy Stone
20th Century Boys is a manga series that deals with several themes. Mystery, coming of age, accepting who and what you are, being content with life, so on. It's also a really creepy story as well.

The tale begins with a man named Kenji is trying to keep his family business afloat and raise his sister's son, who she left with him before disappearing. It's kinda hard for him to do as his Mom disapproves of Kenji changing the liquor store business to a convenience store, and he never really wanted t
Dana Salman
Chikyuu no ue ni yoru ga kuru
Boku wa ima ieji wo isogu...

This is one of the first manga series that I feel I absolutely hundred percent must own. In truth I would love it if I could own every manga I've read as I've yet to find one I haven't liked, but when most of these series are over 20+ volumes, some still ongoing, with each volume (average 200-250 pages) costing about as much or more than most of my English novels (range of 200-800 pages), I feel the money would be ill-spent. I've already r
Awesometastic!!! Seriously, I need at least three exclamation marks to review this series. I'm an enormous fan of Urasawa-sensei's fabulous series 'Monster', but I'd never read '20th Century Boys' so was overjoyed when the library ordered it.

It more than lives up to my (amorphous) expectations! Think of a cross between Lost, Clerks and Stephen King's 'Stand by me' or 'It'. The story skips times, from flashbacks to the childhood of the main character and his group of friends, in the 70s, to 'pres
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Urasawa Naoki ( 浦沢 直樹) is a Japanese mangaka. He is perhaps best known for Monster (which drew praise from Junot Díaz, the 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner) and 20th Century Boys.

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