Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys, Vol. 1 Paperback
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.
Failed rock musician Kenji's memories of his past come rushing back when one of his childhood friends mysteriously commits suicide.
Could this new death be related to the rise of a bizarre new cult that's been implicated in several other murders and disappearances?
Determined to dig deeper, Kenji reunites with some of his old buddies in the hope of learning the truth behind it all.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 216 pages
- Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
- Publication Date: 01/02/2009
- Category: Manga
- ISBN: 9781591169222
- Paperback from £6.65
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Review by othersam
20th Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa, is about what happens when childhood dreams and ambitions meet adult reality.For many of the characters in the story – particularly failed rock guitarist Kenji – the onset of adulthood has caused their dreams to be squashed, dashed or crushed. But not for all of them. One mysterious member of Kenji’s group of school acquaintances has clung to his ambitions. Through hard work and careful planning this person is now on the point of bringing his childhood dream to fruition. The problem is, that dream involves biological warfare, giant robots and world domination!Like its theme, 20th Century Boys is a collision between wild imagination and stark realism. Every character in this story is exquisitely realised to the point where you feel touched by the details of their lives, while at the same time the plot pulls each character – and the reader – into a whirlwind world-wide conspiracy, leaping fearlessly back and forth across locations, times and tones without ever once losing its capacity to grip and astonish.This manga is a huge phenomenon in Japan. There have been three live action films made out of it - but I don’t know what those are like, I haven’t seen them, because lately I’m too busy being utterly, obsessively wrapped up in reading this comic.At the time of writing this review I’m halfway through the sixth volume. As an adult I think that 20th Century Boys is one of the most amazing and original things I’ve ever read. Will sophisticated younger readers like it,too? I honestly don’t know. Give it a try and find out.
Review by kaionvin
Review by JWarren42
Just fantastic work. The basic story is a little similar to all the good parts of Stephen King's "It," without some of the hoakiness that King can sometimes dive into (I'm not expecting to find a giant spider at the end of this one, for instance). I love the linework, here, and the fact that each character's face is different (sometimes Manga...or even non-Manga...faces can get a bit difficult to distinguish, at least for me). Another one that I highly recommend (but do make sure to check out a quick tutorial on how to read a Manga if you've never read one before). I can't wait to read volume 2.