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20th Century Boys, 19 (20th Century Boys #19)

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Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for audiences T+.

Humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren't for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world.

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Published 2007 by Elex Media Komputind (first published June 30th 2005)
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Colin
Jul 10, 2015 Colin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
"Kenji lost his memory" is understandable but still disappointing, I wish Urasawa had come up with something more brutal.
Norman Cook
Feb 09, 2015 Norman Cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yabuki Joe may have a new name, but he still has the same driving will to be a good guy--a hero, showing that music and art have the power to rally people to overcome evil. Some of the plot in this volume seemed a bit more contrived than usual for this series (which is saying something), but at this point we all want the conclusion to get here sooner than later, and the contrivances helped facilitate this. The pieces are almost in place for the final showdown.
Mikael Kuoppala
Jul 21, 2013 Mikael Kuoppala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are not that many volumes left in the “20th Century Boys” saga, which is why it’s just a little bit concerning that the weakest volume so far comes at this point. I already felt that in the previous volume “Everybody’s Song” the storyline of a returning familiar messiah was a tad banal. As the title would suggest “The Man Who Came Back” continues with just that storyline and the banality is still there.

I also felt that as Urasawa has so far paced his storytelling perfectly, either offering
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Brad
Apr 21, 2015 Brad rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, sci-fi, mystery
Just hearing, "I'm Kenji," made me laugh and break out in a sweat. I suppose that's a good sign. Maybe it's proof that we've got something seriously good going on here.

Can one song change the world? Can one manga? This is coming dangerously close to the fourth wall, but hell, I'm so deep in the story by this point that I'm not even attempting to read it from the mangaka's perspective. It's just that good.

Anyone up for a revolution?
Mss Black (Smoke)
Joe Kabuki, molas.

Algunos de estos tomos del final están ligeramente más cerca de las 4 estrellas que de las cinco, noto que la saga ha bajado un pelín de nivel y me preocupa que con lo poco que queda para el final no me vaya a gustar demasiado. Aún así estoy enganchadísima.
Ashley
Jan 23, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it
I really don't understand what it is about his face that flips people out. Suicide...amnesia...ghost-sightings? I hope it becomes painfully clear because I'm not getting it!
Leandro Guimarães Faria Corcete DUTRA
Became a bit cheesy with its nonviolent resistance ethos — tip for mangakas: nonviolent resistance can nothing against totalitarianism, unless one is Jesus or the totalitarian state is in its death stupors.
Fredrik Strömberg
This series is getting close to the end, you can feel the build-up, but sadly the long coming revelation and return of the main character Kenji felt a bit trite and predictable. Ok, so the whole of 20th Century Boys is very contrived and written to keep the suspense going seemingly for ever, but the simple and overused explanation of amnesia felt like too much of a gimmick. Maybe it's yet another homage to Japanese popular culture, but I must admit to feeling a bit disappointed...

Oh well, onwar
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Joy
Feb 20, 2012 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Christopher
Jan 18, 2013 Christopher rated it really liked it
These books seriously get better and better. After not picking one of these up for over a year, I was instantly transported back into the gripping futuristic world of the Friend and the resistance to overthrow him and his organization. Am going to savor the last three volumes to make them last. Naoki Urasawa is a master of the manga format and the only person who can make me pick up a manga based on name alone.
Abel
Dec 24, 2015 Abel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ya falta poco y sigo metido
Olivia
Dec 23, 2008 Olivia rated it really liked it
sangat sangat suka... tapi sangat sangat ga' ngerti endingnya...
sebodoh itukah gw? mungkin urasawa-sensei yang mesti lebih generous lagi dalam membuka jalan pikirannya *sigh!* afterall, bukankah komik itu harusnya jadi bacaan yg lebih 'ringan'?
Nia
Jan 28, 2009 Nia rated it really liked it
Shelves: sold, komik, urasawa-naoki
Muculnya sosok pemuda urakan yang berani melewati tembok perbatasan hanya dengan bermodalkan sebuah gitar....
nick ruest
Feb 16, 2012 nick ruest rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It's hard being evil. It's a lot easier being a good guy."

LOVE IT.
Stan Pedzick
Jun 06, 2012 Stan Pedzick rated it really liked it
The story continues to build and get closer to the end.
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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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