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20th Century Boys

20th Century Boys
Original title: 20世紀少年
Alternative Titles: 20 Seiki Shounen
20세기 소년
Nijuu Seiki Shounen
Demographics: Seinen
Chapters at MH: 2
Releases at MH: 0
Publishing Status: Finished
Writer(s): URASAWA Naoki
Artist(s): URASAWA Naoki
Serialized in: Big Comic Spirits
Published by: Shogakukan
Year: 1999
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Popularity: 87 favorites
Translators: 5 (Click here to view)
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Score 4.6 of 5.0 - 56 votes

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Growing older is pretty rough and Kenji is finding out just how hard it can be as life starts wearing down on him. On top of trying to make ends meet running a convenience store, he has to care for the niece that his missing sister left in his care. Memories of youth make it easier, until those memories come back to haunt you. Kenji and his old friends are slowly being drawn into a mysterious conspiracy that could threaten the world. Who is the mysterious "friend", and how does he tie into Kenji's youth? Why are there disappearances and deaths tied into Ochanomizu University? The friend's memories hold the keys to the puzzle, but years between cloud the clues. The strange occurances and the reach of the "friend" conspiracy grow by the day. It will all culminate on New Year's Eve 2000. Will Kenji and the rest of the group be able to put together the puzzle and save the world?


Action, Drama, Mystery, Psychological, Sci-fi, Seinen, Supernatural

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Review by baboysai
Every chapter of this graphic serial novel is a clincher. I glue my eyes on the monitor, read intently, and my mind doesn't stop thinking: "what's next, what's next?" Aside from the amazing story, the major reasons for loving 20th Century Boys are:

1. The art. It's superb. They don't have big glossy "orbs" for eyes, they don't have the weird spikey hair. Naoki Urasawa strived for the art to be as real as possible. The architecture in his created world is just stunning to the tiniest detail.

2. The storytelling. It's how the plot is revealed that grabs me. The story can be original, but when it's told in a crappy way, the story is still crappy. But the plot is just amazing. The scenes jump from present to the past, to the future. Sometimes a few years back, sometimes so far into the future, so that everything you read always a surprise.

3. The characters. A story is not a story without a set of well thought-out characters. Now, for a story that involves 48 years of events, having a large set of characters is inevitable. But everyone is well made, that not one of them is boring: a teenager leader of two mafias, the lazy student who finds the truth while doing her term paper, the kid loser who grows to be a captain of a rebellion faction, the store owner who sings rock with his broom upstairs, the priest with the tatoos.

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Review by Googlez_kun
A great Manga,maybe even the best i have ever read.
It's a pity that it does not get the attention it deserves. Permalink " "

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