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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 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
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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
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Annalisa
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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
Tripolla
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
Audeline
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!
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
Windry
seperti biasa, manga naoki urasawa berada di level yang berbeda.
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
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Danielle
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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Kaion
I've been a little shy of manga since the end of Fruits Basket, and my previous attempts of finding a new series to fall in love with have been rather futile. So what a better time than summer to finally follow up on everyone everywhere proclaiming Urasawa the greatest, right? And 20th Century Boys Vol. 1-3 didn't disappoint.

20th Century Boys is a mystery sci-fi thriller that begins with a middle-aged, former-wannabe-rock-guitarist encountering a mysterious symbol and ends with saving the world.
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Mikael Kuoppala
Naoki Urasawa is by far my favorite mangaka. His psychological thriller saga "Monster" is near perfect storytelling throughout the impressive 18 volume run as is "Pluto," an 8 part retelling of a classic Astro Boy tale by Osamu Tezuka. Needless to say, I dived into this latest series by the author with great expectations. "20th Century Boys" is hailed as Urasawa's greatest tour de force yet with an impressive 22 volume run followed by a sequel in 2 parts.

The series is almost intimitating in its
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Vicki
I started a mini-review, but its almost impossible to write a plot outline without using spoilers >.<;

OK I'll give it another shot (but there's a lot more to this comic than what I can write here):

In the 60s a group of Japanese boys are close friends: they build a secret base in a field of high grass and spend a summer having a great time playing together. In the present day, the boys are now adults and have put most of their childhood memories to the backs of their minds. However, strang
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Hud-c
This is a re-read but you still has the power to amaze me. Impressive experience. The switching of scenes were numerous in this volume, nonetheless, it did not derailed my concentration nor my interest. (I could have read this in one-sitting; there's just so many books pending to-be-read and I prioritize those atm).

WARNING: Spoilers Ahead!!


20th Century Boys is a distant reminder of the childhood events I cherished in the past. The secret base, the selected members of the pack, the hidden stash
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Liam
This serves as a review of the 20th Century Boys series as a whole, volumes 1-22, and including the epilogue series 21st Century Boys.

This is without a doubt the best manga I have ever read. More than that, it is one of the best pieces of fiction I've read in a very long time - a great (extremely extended) coming of age story.

20th Century Boys is the story of Kenji and his group of friends who, as children in the early 70's, had a secret club. They planned to save the world and be heroes - as su
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Aaron Nickel
This is a neat beginning for a story. A group of kids, doing what kids do, made up some kind of a symbol to represent their friendship, a symbol that looks like a pointing hand in an open eye. 30 years have passed, and the group of friends don't remember much of anything about it. One of this group gets a weird letter with the symbol in it from a friend who committed suicide. We get the idea that this symbol is part of some weird cult that's up to something pretty big.

I thought that, despite so
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Lexie
I'll be up-front, 20th Century Boys is not my normal manga reading taste. I've read it before, in scanlations (I stress I read it before I knew it was licensed in America), well most of it anyhow, and enjoyed it throughly then. The art style is reminiscent of simpler manga. Its not in way shape or form 'simple', but the heavy detail work is reserved for background scenary, while everything else relies very little on shading and tone. Urasawa draws very expressive people, their faces and their bo ...more
Raro de Concurso
Lo primero: mi primera experiencia con el manga, y además leyéndolo en el Kindle. Para mi gusto, 100% satisfactorio.

Y ahora al tajo, que hay mucho y muy variado, ya que voy a comentar los 22 tomos de la serie, no el primero únicamente.

Tengo que decir que me ha encantado. Una historia que te engancha desde el segundo tomo y ya no te suelta. Con numerosos giros de guión, saltos espaciales, protagonistas que crecen y cambian. Un folletín aliñado con fideos soda y digerido con sake caliente.
Los tema
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Melissa
Series Status: Completed at 22 volumes with a 2 volume sequel called 21st Century Boys that was published in 2007.
Classification: Seinen
What it’s About: In 1969, a group of young Japanese schoolchildren make a secret base. Almost thirty years later, some of the old friends have kept in touch, although others have not. The main character, Kenji Endo, is a failed rocker, who spends his time running the family store and taking care of his baby niece. Strange things are afoot though. A mysterious il
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Meliana
Nov 01, 2008 Meliana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comic lovers
Shelves: comic
highly recommended for readers who love thrilling plots, comics, mystery, friendship and/or science-fiction.

ceritanya seru! berkisar tentang kehidupan seorang lelaki awal 30-an bernama kenji yang tidak sukses, tidak punya pacar, dan kehilangan cita-cita. tapi, di balik kehidupan kenji yang biasa-biasa saja, sesungguhnya dia telah mengukir kisah yang melibatkan masa depan dan kelangsungan hidup umat manusia. masa kecil kenji yang menyenangkan dan bahagia bersama sahabat-sahabatnya, telah merubah
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Thuc Anh Cao Xuan
Brilliant manga!
I have never read manga of this genre before. At first when I saw the cover I thought this would be a funny story about the life of primary school kids. Then I started to read and I can't get my eyes off the pages.
It doesn't matter how many time you read it, you will still feel curious and eager of what comes next. I have read this twice and it is not only after I finished my second time did I fully understand the whole story.
In a nutshell, highly recommended.
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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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