Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys

Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys

Vol. 01, Friends

Book - 2009
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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. 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 gang of boys who try to save the world.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : 2009. VIZ Media,
ISBN: 9781591169222
Branch Call Number: YF URAS
Additional Contributors: Nagasaki, Takashi


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SJPL_JessL Nov 12, 2019

I can tell this will be a slow roll, with incremental tension build-up. The art style is a bit more western in vibe but very detailed. Text art are paired nicely. I can see why this won so many awards. This is definitely an adult manga with adult industry mentions and advertising. Probably more to come in upcoming volumes.

PrinceBishop Dec 14, 2011

Simply fantastic! An intriguing story line, great graphics, and superbly edited. Cinema on paper. Highly recommended.

Vilka Jun 26, 2011

I just couldn't get into this one. I devoured Monster, but the first volume of this series gets a 'meh' reaction overall.
A young man has memories of his boyhood friends while one friend gets married and they learn that another has reportedly committed suicide. It seems that the 'suicide' may be linked to a mysterious cult, but what does the cult symbol mean, and why does the young man remember it from his childhood? Feels like nostalgia going dark.
I may try vol.2 to see if it gets more interesting as things come together, but only out of hope based on the strength of the Monster series.

Nov 29, 2009

I found this series (so far) to be quite interesting. With a fluid mix between humor and serious moments. By the famous author of Monster and the newer Pluto.

What it does best: Fun with a serious tone

carknerdy Aug 17, 2009

This series seems quite funny. It's by the creator of "Monster", a very famous manga series. However, it's very different, although a common theme is a sense of mystery about a charismatic figure behind the scenes who murders people for his own ends.

It seems funnier than "Monster". There are a couple of weird scenes that had me laughing, even though it's a sinister storyline.

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SJPL_JessL Nov 12, 2019

SJPL_JessL thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over


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