20th Century Boys
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20th Century Boys

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Synonyms: 20 Seiki Shounen, Nijuu Seiki Shounen, Nijuusseiki Shounen, 20thCB
Japanese: 20世紀少年
English: 20th Century Boys
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 22
Chapters: 249
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 27, 1999 to Apr 24, 2006
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama, Mystery Mystery, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Themes: Historical Historical, Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits
Authors: Urasawa, Naoki (Story & Art)


Score: 8.951 (scored by 8337383,373 users)
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Ranked: #132
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #28
Members: 240,720
Favorites: 18,878


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As the 20th century approaches its end, people all over the world are anxious that the world is changing. And probably not for the better.

Kenji Endo is a normal convenience store manager who's just trying to get by. But when he learns that one of his old friends going by the name "Donkey" has suddenly committed suicide, and that a new cult led by a figure known as "Friend" is becoming more notorious, Kenji starts to feel that something isn't right. With a few key clues left behind by his deceased friend, Kenji realizes that this cult is much more than he ever thought it would be—not only is this mysterious organization directly targeting him and his childhood friends, but the whole world also faces a grave danger that only the friends have the key to stop.

Kenji's simple life of barely making ends meet is flipped upside down when he reunites with his childhood friends, and together they must figure out the truth of how their past is connected to the cult, as the turn of the century could mean the possible end of the world.

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20th Century Boys won the Kodansha Manga Award in the general category in 2001, an Excellence Prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival in 2002, and the Shogakukan Manga Award in the general category in 2003. The series' combined storyline won the Grand Prize at the 37th Japan Cartoonist Awards on May 9, 2008.

VIZ Media published the series in English under the VIZ Signature imprint from February 17, 2009 to September 18, 2012. VIZ Media licensed the series in 2005; however, at Urasawa's request, it was rescheduled for release after Monster finished its English publication due to a change in art style over time. The series has also been published in Brazilian Portuguese by Panini Comics/Planet Manga since September 2012.

The series was adapted into a trilogy of live-action films which released in Japan between August 30, 2008 and August 29, 2009.

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Sep 5, 2023
This is my favorite manga so far

20th Century Boys is incredibly good, everything about this manga is incredible, from its story, characters and its art. I have never experienced this kind of story before and was absolutely amazed when I finished reading this manga.

Story: 10
the story is amazing, every time I finished reading a chapter the only thing I want to do is to continue the next chapter. The story is filled with mysteries and slowly but surely the manga tells you little by little a bit of its mystery until finally all the dots connect and you are hit with this insane goosebumps and ...
Jun 19, 2022
Mixed Feelings
This is a typical Urasawa manga, meaning it starts off great, introduces engaging characters and weaves an intriguing mystery with great care and skill. And then, when it comes time for him to end it and resolve the various plot threads and mysteries... he doesn't.

Instead of a satisfying ending you are treated to multiple masturbatory volumes of the author self-insert becoming a wandering musician while the entire plot up to that point just collapses in on itself with the carefully characterized cast members suddenly acting out of character, chapters ending in increasingly nonsensical cliffhangers that never get resolved satisfactorily and shifting focus to the ...
Nov 16, 2022
TL;DR For something that is hyped up so much it's painfully mediocre. Don't waste your time.

There is no witty social commentary, no moral takeaway, no compelling character development , and no gripping conflict. There is nothing of substance in this manga. There is absolutely no reason to read this except to say you read 20th Century Boys since it seems to be a hot topic amongst manga elitists.

20th Century Boys struggles with two main points throughout the story; keeping itself serious while maintaining mystery, and creating compelling engaging plotlines that won't put you into comatose. For a manga that is serialized in one of ...

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