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

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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 T.
Aug 02, 2012 Seth T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Aaron Maurer
Oct 27, 2011 Aaron Maurer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
Jan 06, 2008 Annalisa rated it really liked it  ·  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
Alireza Sadeghi
Jun 11, 2016 Alireza Sadeghi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
20th Century Boys is about a group of men (and one woman) who, when they had been children, had been best friends, sharing a "secret base" in an overgrown field: a sanctuary where they could read manga, listen to music, and hide from the most evil twins in history, Yanbo and Mabo. One day, their "creative genius," Kenji suggested they bury a time capsule, fill it with their treasured possessions, and agree to unearth it only when the earth was in grave danger, for they would then save it.

Isabel Bitterblau
Empieza MUUY intrigante!

Adoro a Naoki Urasawa
Jan 17, 2016 Casey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, seinen-manga
This is my rating for the whole series, which include 21st Century Boys. I don't know why there was a break in the title, but the "second series" is only two volumes that picks up exactly where the "first series" ends and wraps the whole story.

20th Century Boys is about a group of childhood friends. After they grew up, there is a mysterious figure named Friend with much political and social power that is using the symbol the boys designed as kids. Furthermore, there are events occurring which a
John Wiswell
Sep 14, 2014 John Wiswell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Randy Lander
Feb 19, 2009 Randy Lander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
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
Pablo Bueno
Jan 11, 2016 Pablo Bueno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pese a una introducción muy larga, el discurso consigue mantener la atención del lector mientras se va intuyendo la trama. Pero lo mejor es que tiene pinta de que va a ir a más en los siguientes números.
Un Lector Nocturno
Café de dos estrellas
Se nombran muchos personajes. varias lineas temporales, fue algo confuso, aun así fue muy interesante, pinta para ser una excelente historia.
Mar 16, 2015 Ricardo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
4 / 5

Repleto de misterio en cada página. El manga más intrigante y revuelto que he leído hasta ahora.
Apr 11, 2015 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, sci-fi, mystery
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
Pretty good. Cohesive story with no self loathing (unusual in today's self loathing narcissistic "why me" bullshit comic genre). The comic reminds me of Richard Parker (see below), Charles Burroughs, and the idea of reality replicating fiction. Also leaves the reader wanting to read more and very curious parts. Nothing too deep or philosophical. Easily digestible and entertaining! Good transitions with art panels from scene to scene. Overall good read!

If you are asking who Richard Parker is, ple
El Templo
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 it was amazing  ·  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 liked it  ·  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
Dec 04, 2013 Gabriel Martins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 14, 2015 Sherif Fattah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading this and looking forward to the next volume. Superb artwork and a very mysterious story that leaves you wanting more. Loved it!
Sep 07, 2015 Bader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amy Peavy
Apr 10, 2016 Amy Peavy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, manga, series
Why oh why do we only have one volume!! A great start to the series.
Jon Richter
Apr 22, 2016 Jon Richter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is 20th Century Boys good in the current day 21st century? The short answer is yes, this manga follows Endou Kenji and his friends as they try to take down a mysterious character known as “friend”. The story is filled with humor and pop culture references but also is great at building suspense and developing characters. I find that poor timing can ruin a story, but 20th Century Boys keeps humor at an appropriate level in order not to distract the reader from how the plot is progressing.

The char
Trevor Pearson
20th Century Boys written by Naoki Urasawa is one of the few stories that i’ve read that is consistently good as it goes on. It seems as if every 6 chapters there was some sort of plot twist, and after so many of them I started to think I could guess what would happen next but Urasawa constantly surprised me. 20th Century Boys running from 1999 to 2006, is a 249 chapter japanese comic. The story itself does not finish in this series but is continued in the 16 chapter story 21st Century Boys, sin ...more
Coby Loughlin
Apr 21, 2016 Coby Loughlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Killer robots, germ warfare, and Rock n’ Roll, 20th Century Boys has it all. Written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa, the manga features the themes: corrupted government and nightmarish childhood imagination coming to life. It send messages for suspicion of higher authorities and be cautious of children aspiring for world domination. Big Comic Spirits serialized it, and Shogakukan published its 249 chapters in 22 volumes in 1999.

Kenji Endō is a simple man, running his futile family corner store
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
Oct 22, 2014 Tripolla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 15, 2015 Concertina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Stand by me hecho manga.
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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.

Urasawa's work often concentrates on intricate plotting, interweaving narratives, a deep focus on character development and psychological complexity. Urasawa has won the Shogakukan Manga Award, the Japan Media Arts Festival ex
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