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20th Century Boys, Band 01

(20th Century Boys #1)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  5,357 ratings  ·  303 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, 210 pages
Published February 28th 2002 by Planet Manga (first published January 29th 2000)
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Seth T.
Aug 02, 2012 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
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Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am loving the atmosphere <3
May 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Manga has been hit or miss with me, but I'll never write it off because I found one of the best graphic novels of all time through manga - lone Wolf and Cub. Truly inspirational and a true epic.

I enjoyed this but as a first volume there was a lot of introduction, but I'd be excited to see where it leads. I'll hold off for now but in the future I might take this up again.

I'd be happy if anyone could recommend me more manga that I've not already read.
Anthony Chavez
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
I reeeeeeally loved this. I admit I have had the first 3 volumes on my shelves for quite some time now but I never started them because I was afraid I would be let down. Better to just have an image in my head of what they were then to actually read it read it and be disappointed.

I know. That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Don't think about it. Just know that I actually have to live this way and you get to just move on.

I got some strong Stephen King vibes off this first part of the story.
Jan 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Isabel Bitterblau
Empieza MUUY intrigante!

Adoro a Naoki Urasawa ♥
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow this really hit hard for me. Such a good story about conspiracy friendship loyalty and so much more. Its like Stranger Things/IT meets Stand By Me with a really cool mystery stort at the core. Great writing and great artwork. Highly recommend this one!!
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
The best thing about this manga is how it’s in constant thrill mode. Not a single chapter where something interesting is not happening and it has enough characters, side stories, and mysteries, to fill a whooping amount of 249 chapters. This is a major difference compared to Monster, Urasawa’s other famous work, which was much simpler and for the same reason harder to keep you engaged. 20th century boys has ten times more things going on, leaving very few scenes without something to remember.

Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.

Pablo Bueno
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
John Wiswell
Aug 15, 2014 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
Derek Royal
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lately, I've been on a Urasawa kick. I guess it began originally last year, when I finally went back to finish up his Monster series. (I read the first few volumes of that series almost three years ago for the podcast.) And then more recently, over this past winter, I read through all of the Master Keaton stories. From there, I went on to the more contained series, Pluto, and now it's 20th Century Boys. This was actually the very first Urasawa series I had ever heard about, in that about 10 or 1 ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My (převážně) hoši, co spolu chodíme, prožíváme všelijaká dobrodružství... Úvodní díl série čítající 22 svazků, 249 kapitol, cca 5000 stran (+ dvoudílnou navazující sérii) pokrývajících bezmála padesát let jednoho (ne)přátelství party kdysi kamarádů, kteří se po dlouhých letech musí dát dohromady, aby si vzpomněli „co se přesně stalo tenkrát v létě 1969“. Základní koncept je až nápadně podobný Kingovu To. Ostatně ono se v mnoha ohledech jedná o japonský nostalgický mix o dospívání "inspirovaný" ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Magnifico inicio! Urasawa no decepciona.
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
James DeSantis
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hey, you, reading this right now. You like mystery? You like "real" characters? You like twist and turns? Well shit, I think we found the book for you. This is if you took IT, mixed it with secret government hidings, little bit of Lost on top, you get 20th century boys!

The main character of this story is Kenji. He's running his store, taking care of a baby his sister left, and dealing with the death of a friend. We get various flashbacks in here of when he's a child with his buddies all playing
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.
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, mystery, sci-fi
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
Randy Lander
Feb 19, 2009 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
محمد سعيد
Dec 28, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Ricardo Marín
Mar 16, 2015 added it
Shelves: manga
4 / 5

Repleto de misterio en cada página. El manga más intrigante y revuelto que he leído hasta ahora.
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
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Ich hätte es nie für möglich gehalten einmal eine definitive Meinung zu finden, aber 20th Century Boys ist in meinem persönlichem Ranking der beste Manga den ich je gelesen habe.

Das hat diverse Gründe, die alle zusammen ein exzellentes Gesamtmonument bilden. Als erstes die Story: Die ist einerseits hochinteressant (wenn auch in ihren Grundzügen nicht besonders innovativ), was das Ganze aber auf eine besondere Stufe hebt ist die Erzählweise, die ständig zwischen den zahlreichen Zeitebenen switcht
Jon Ureña
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, manga, mysteries
This is a review of the first two volumes.

I have no idea how I hadn't heard about this one. It's a mix of that English TV show Utopia, about an organization attempting to restart humanity, and Satoshi Kon's (murdered in his prime by cancer) Paranoia Agent, without its overtly supernatural aspects. The story follows a group of guys in their late thirties, former childhoold pals who ended up abandoning their dreams to survive in mediocrity, and who get tangled in a series of disappearances, suspic
Maksym Karpovets
Чи часто трапляється, коли не можеш відірватись від читання? Це один із тих випадків, де усе чудово - від історії до персонажів. Наокі Уросава розвиває сюжет в різних часових пластах, поступово додаючи деталі й нюанси для читача. Одного разу компанія дітей задумали врятувати світ, заховавшись у своєму таємному сховищі. Вони прописали сценарій у своїй голові, але й гадки не мали, що якось це може відбутись у реальному житті. Утім, це не просто така собі фантастика на межі із апокаліпсисом/трилеро ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. The story give us two alternating timelines; the past & present and follows a group of friends. Our main MC is Kenji, a man who owns & manages a mini mart while taking care of his sister's baby after she left. One day, a university professor, who lives in the neighborhood, & his wife went missing. Kenji was one of the people that went to their house before they're gone so the police came and question him. When he went back to their house to collect beer bottles, he found s ...more
Xuan Bao
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vì rate cả bộ trên goodread rất mệt nên mình chỉ rate volume đầu cũng được
Đây thực sự là siêu phẩm với cốt truyện phức tạp có thể sánh ngang với bất cứ cuốn tiểu thuyết nào
Rafa Castillo
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dios mío, esto se ve tan interesante y genial. ¡Me muero por leerlo todo!
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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 exc

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