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È la fatica più recente di Naoki Urasawa, uno degli autori più famosi del panorama nipponico. Protagonista principale della storia è Kenji Endo, che amministra un piccolo spaccio aperto 24 ore. La sua è una vita da single è scombussolata alla notizia della morte di un compagno d’infanzia, Donkey, che sembra essersi suicidato gettandosi dal tetto della scuola dove insegnava ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 25th 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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Χαρά Ζ.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am loving the atmosphere <3
Cheese
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
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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Aaron Maurer
Oct 27, 2011 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
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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.
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Annalisa
Jan 06, 2008 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
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Roy
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!
Petros
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

At
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Aliz
Jun 11, 2016 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.

Years
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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
James DeSantis
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bradley
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, manga, 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
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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
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محمد سعيد
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
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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Jon Ureña
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mysteries, manga
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
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Noninuna
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
Kaion
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, thriller, graphic-vol
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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MC
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Thought_Criminal
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
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Sherif Fattah
May 10, 2015 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!
Bader
Sep 07, 2015 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.
Studio
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Naoki Urasawa's "20th Century Boys" is a bit difficult to describe; to me, it seems "Twilight Zone"-ish in a lot of ways. It's the story of a group of boys growing up in late 1960s Japan, gloriously free in that way that kids can't be any more--riding their bikes everywhere, getting their knees dirty, making their own secret clubhouse, intensely focusing on the then-current Apollo moon landing, and vowing to save the world when they grow up. Fast forward to 1997, and we find the boys grown up to ...more
Andrea
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
February 8, 2018: One of my absolute favourite manga series. Revisiting it brings back a lot of memories. Urusawa is sort of famous for creating complex thrillers with a touch of nostalgia, and this one is definitely one of his crown jewels. 20th Century Boys tells the story of a group of childhood friends who get to realize their old dream of saving the world years after they concocted tales of secret bases, giant robots, deadly outbreaks, and formidable evil. But now that the danger is more re ...more
Adam Spanos
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: viz, manga
This manga...is awesome! I can hardly remember the last time I felt THIS confident about the merit of a manga series only 1 volume in. Besides just my gut feeling, I expect it to continue to be awesome due to the fact that it's already completed its run in Japan (22 volumes) and has won the Kodansha, Japan Media Arts, and Shogakukan Manga awards. Not to mention that Naoki Urasawa is one of the rare and few manga artists in Japan that has the power and ability to pull off a series like this.

This
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Mat Davies
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5

This is another really engaging manga from Naomi Urasawa. I adored Monster and had heard that this was a very good series. I felt a little concerned when I saw the character list on the first page as I am reading a Ryu Murakami book that did something similar, and I found it off-putting. But it works here. All the characters are as usual, fleshed out and explored with the right amount of detail.

The central story is fascinating and obscure, but at the same time, this is a character driven boo
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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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