Both are by Urasawa, and among his best work. Monster deals with deeper issues while 20th Century Boys focuses more on character interactions and relationships, but the basic element of good people against a terrifying, ruthless enemy is the driving force of both.
Monster is more tightly plotted and cleaner in terms of unnecessary side plots and characters, so I recommend starting out with 20th Century Boys as the slightly inferior (and I hate using that word for anything Urasawa has written) work.
Both are mistery manga written and illustrated by the same author.
Both have a supreme interesting story about conspiracy and the fight between good and evil. In both cases, the "bad" one has childhood traumas, responsible for their behavior.
Both series are written by the same author. Due to this the art (very well done in my opinion) looks alike in both series. If you like the way Naoki Urasawa tells a story and you like the general atmosphere of his stories than you should really read Monster. In my opinion Monster is by far his best work. It is the most deep and well written story I ever read. Both stories feature a main character who is on a quest to discover something. This quest changes his life completely.
These particular works by Naoki Urusawa carry an uncanny feeling of veracity; Monster and 20th Century Boys are complex, unified thrillers that are able to hold your interest (and occasionally give you chills down your spine) while still feeling rooted reality.
Both manga are written by Naoki Urasawa, so their art styles and plot elements are quite similar. Both works have intricate plots, filled with numerous subplots and plot twists, which raise many questions and slowly answer them as the story goes by. In both works, there is a main character with an unshakable sense of justice, who gets involved in a web of murder, lies and secrets, which he tries to solve. Both manga have many likable and well-developed characters, as well as interesting villains. While the story and philosophy behind Monster is deeper, both series have a similar style of storytelling and create a lot of tension. read more
-Both are from Mangaka Naoki Urasawa
-Both have a powerful antagonist with influence in various spaces of the society
-Both have a Psicopath as The Principal Anthagonist
-Both have a protagonist that is put by the villain as a bad guy in the look of the society
Both are written by mastermind and awesome mangaka Naoki Urasawa (Pluto, Billy Bat...) and both follow the psychologic task of understanding the idea of evil in the humans. Why does a human became evil (Friend), or why does it became a monster (Johan). Their drawing is exactly the same and the characters are lovable, enjoyable and developed pieces of art, even if there are twenty that have a huge relevance in the plot.
Both are written and drawn by Urusawa Naoki, and has the unique Urusawa feeling.
They are both about a "mystery" of sorts, as well as a conspiracy that threatens the world. Billy Bat has some supernatural elements and is more of a historical manga set during the 50s-60s.
Since they are done by the same mangaka, they both have the same art styles and kind of feel to them, and each throws a multitude of regular people into a conspiracy much larger than themselves that encompasses the world.
Both are written Naoki Urasawa. 20th Century Boys and Billy Bat has a magnificent story covering a variety of themes. In both series, there is also suspense that creates interest with mysterious events. The main characters' lives gets intertwined with these events especially with the main male protagonist. From there on and out, they discover abnormalities that will change their lives forever.
Both series are written by the same author. Due to this the art (very well done in my opinion) looks alike in both series. The stories both center around a main character who is trying to figure out something that happened in the past. Both stories are very well written. Be prepared to be amazed yet another time by Naoki Urasawa at his best!
The stories both start off as simple stories about simple people,
but then unravel and throw our protagonist into a complex conspiracy
that the whole world is in on.
The protagonists feel like they have to fight the whole world alone.
If you're interested in mysteries, history, and the seinen genre then these two are both a real treat for you. Naoki Urasawa doesn't lack in making the reader understand as well as grow with his protagonist in his stories. I highly recommend this if you enjoyed Billy Bat.
Although both stories have fairly different plots and styles, 20thCB being a mystery/suspense and Punpun being a Slice-of-life drama, both mangas are coming of age mangas with a good sense of what it means to grow up.
And both are incredibly good.
we were children, we were friends, we grew up then the fate separated us .. this is the idea of Oyasumi Punpun and 20th CB, Oyasumi Punpun is deeper for me and better,both have a time-skipping , If you liked 20thCB you won't miss Oyasumi Punpun
Although they follow different premises, Oyasumi Punpun and 20th Century Boys adapts compelling stories with an coming of age feeling. The psychological aspect of both series is well defined by the way the stories is composed with its characters. Amongst other factors, both series' characters have great characterization with elements of mystery and suspense.
Coming of age, time skips / aging, realistic art, psychological with slice of life and comedy, and a similar art style give Oyasumi Punpun and 20th Century Boys a similar feel. There is also a "God" figure that gives some powerful insight and foreshadowing for the story.
20th Century Boy and Oyasumi Punpun are seinen that have very deep phsychological aspect. Both of them have multi timeline from past to future. The difference is 20th story involved worldwide but punpun only involved character related from main character.
A very interesting story with a colorful cast of characters are a part of 20th Century Boys and Pluto. In both series, there are memorable plot twists that changes the story with deep character developments. Their stories tells of more than just what's in front of them as readers will find out about their purpose. Among other factors, both series also adapt unnatural phenomenons that exists beyond the law of nature. Recommended for readers who are interested in engaging storyline and thought provoking themes.
Both series are written by the same author. Due to this the art (very well done in my opinion) looks alike in both series. If you like any story that Naoki Urasawa has ever written and you like Astro boy by Osamu Tezuka, you should definently give Pluto a try. It will not dissapoint you I promise. After that you should read his other works like monster too.
Good 'ol Naoki Urasawa strikes again. While Pluto lacks some charismatic characters and intertwining storylines to match the unmatchable 20th Century Boys, it provides a first quality read with a heavy atmosphere, memorable twists, and as always, a brilliant depiction of the human being.
Both are sci-fi mystery manga by Naoki Urasawa. Since they are written by the same person, the art is similar, as well as the storytelling. Both have an engaging plot, with several subplots, plot twists and interesting characters.
Both stories are thrillers that are a race against time as the protagonist has to remember events and people from his childhood to protect himself and those he cares about. They definitely have the same kind of series-long tension that keeps you reading late into the night.
In these two manga titles you'll find a regular japanese working man who gets his life turned upside down by an unexplainable event . And he has to dig deep down in his own past to look for clues leading him towards understanding what really happened . From Meeting old teachers to looking up old photographes . Reflecting on their own pasts along the way and thinking about the little details of their lives that once seemed unimportant .
I'm certain Urasawa vaguely based his masterpiece 20th Century Boys in Oldboy. At least the primal concept: in order to find out who his enemy is and why he hates him so much, the protagonist has to look deep into his child memories. Although Oldboy is not a political sci-fi thriller with huge proportions, like 20th CB, it also gives you the same feeling of eagerness to discover the main mystery of the story. The kind of tension that makes you reading chapters one after the other almost non-stop.
Both are about surviving almost extinction due to several reasons, and how society changes and adapts to it. Furthermore, both are also about groups of people unraveling the mysteries surrounding the events of their almost extinction. In both manga we witness the growth of the different characters over long periods of time.
Both manga are plot-oriented, meaning that the scenario is very well developped, with many characters, and covers a long period of time. Both tackle large-scale concerns such as the survival of humanity. That being said, Eden is way more violent than 20th Century Boys, which in return is maybe less realistic and more "rule of cool"
A catastrophe is on the way that might kill a great part of the population on earth. But luckily there is a small group of people that are aware of this plot and are trying to stop it before there's no turning back. This is the main theme that both of these anime share. If you like tis sort of battles with a lot of drama and mystery then this is perfect for you!
The characters in both are involved in a life or death game. The "game" in 20th century boys involves the entire world, while Liar Game is much smaller.
Both focus mainly on psychological conflits and character development. You need to actually think to understand the story of either
Both stories involve a situations where rhe main characters have to fight an organization with an unknown leader. If they were to loose they would loose their lives. Both of these stories have a big mysterious element in them. The main characters have to work together of they want to have any chance at survival. If you like manga with a lot of mystery and drama then these manga are perfect for you!
Friends...Comrades...Both manga are about a male who has to deal with something or someone trying to take over the world. In one story, it's about one of his childhood friends trying to brainwash everyone and in the other, it's about his friend who wants to make everyone disappear. Both are thrilling action/mysteries that are addictive and filled with serious topics and a moving plot.
"What the hell is going on?" is usually the thought that comes to mind when first reading either. But each mystery and loose end is slowly unraveled as the story progresses. Both mangas heavily focus on psychological conflicts and character development but only Believers includes adult interactions and erotic behavior.
In both stories, a bizzare cult is at fault for the several occurring deaths and disappearances. Standing at the top in 20th Century Boys is "Friend", while in Believers a man called "Master". Both protagonists are deeply connected with the cult, but approach it differently. Kenji seeks to find "Friend" and put an end to his cult, while the protagonist known as "Operator" is manipulated by "Master" and fully believes the ideals of his cult. Although Believers cannot compare to the magnitude of 20th Century Boys, both are compelling psychological/mystery manga that will leave you at the edge of your seat. read more
Yes I did it. While reading this manga I couldn't help but feel the subtle influence of Otomo's masterwork in what I would be tempted to call it's spiritual successor. The main similarities, aside from the obvious seinen and sci-fi that both of these prolific works share, is how the story progresses. The enormous cast of characters that grow and change as the story progresses in each work, much like the narratives propel the plot forward at a dizzying pace though in a good way. If you're a fan of psychological science fiction and manga than you are doing yourself a discredit if you don't read both of these magnificent series.  read more
The people are forced to be a part of a 'game', the purpose of which they aren't told. Both protagonists seek to find the "bad guy" and aim to end the senseless game in which they were plunged into unknowingly.
ERASED and 20th Century Boys both are great mystery-seinen manga that looking for someone who responsible for the tragedy on both series. The plot of these manga are really similiar, the main characters are adults and both of them must remember an event since they were child (ERASED's MC even uses time leap).
Antagonists hold a lot of power and the main characters have to oppose this massive force while trying to find out the truth behind everything that's happening and will happen while trying to keep it a secret from others.
Both give off the feeling of suspense and leave you impatient to know what will happen next.
Both mangas are high-adrenaline thrillers with a touch of mystery. In a world where rebellion against societal norms can get you killed, the main characters are pitted against greedy and corrupt enemies with terrifying political and economic power. Colorful characters, masterful cliffhangers, and powerful stories make these two mangas a Japanese thriller must.
Both are seinen manga with touches of sci-fi that focuses mainly on psychological conflits and character development. Also, their brilliant plots feature end-of-the-world and conspiracy ideas. Even the feel is the same.
Each of these manga deals with an epic adventure with a protagonist, who against the odds, fights against an absolute evil. Shin Angyo Onshi is more of a historical story involving Korea and 20th Century Boys is more based on current times involving Japan. ^_^
Too similar, both are a psychological mangas and have a complex story. Also both , Urasawa and Mizukani, use to have complex characters, incluiding the supporting characters, with much importance in story.