21st Century Boys
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21st Century Boys

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Synonyms: 21stCB, 21 Seiki Shounen
Japanese: 21世紀少年
English: 21st Century Boys
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 16
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 25, 2006 to Jul 14, 2007
Genres: Drama Drama, Mystery Mystery, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits
Authors: Urasawa, Naoki (Story & Art)


Score: 8.421 (scored by 3128831,288 users)
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Ranked: #1622
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #187
Members: 59,118
Favorites: 566

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As the conflict between Kenji Endo, his childhood friends, and cult leader "Friend" comes to an end, two mysteries remain—Friend's true identity and whether the threat of an "anti-photon bomb" before his death was legitimate. Hoping to find an answer, Kenji, alongside the United Nations, decides to use a virtual reality program created from Friend's childhood memories in this conclusion to a long journey that will span dozens of decades.

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20th Century Boys and 21st Century Boys' combined storyline won the Grand Prize at the 37th Japan Cartoonist Awards on May 9, 2008.

VIZ Media published the manga in English under the VIZ Signature imprint from January 15, 2013 to March 19, 2013. It was also released in Brazilian Portuguese by Planet Manga; in Chinese by Tong Li Publishing Co., Ltd.; in French by Panini Comics; in German by Planet Manga; and in Spanish by Planeta DeAgostini.

21st Century Boys was also given a "Complete Edition," featuring the entire series in colored pages and a new ending unique to the publication. It was released on December 28, 2016 in Japan by Shogakukan. VIZ Media published the version under the title "The Perfect Edition" on June 15, 2021.

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Jul 22, 2009
DrBoondigga (All reviews)
Surprised that no one has reviewed this, while it may not be at the same level of 20th Century Boys, it's only two volumes, it's the ending, and it's a great read despite it's short length. If anything I am a little disappointed that it didn't show us a bit more of an "aftermath" to things, I was particularly begging for Friend to have a good reason for what he was doing, but it never came. 21st Century Boy simply wraps up the story of 20th Century Boys story, starting off with the concert that we saw near the end of 20th Century Boys, and read more
Aug 3, 2017
caca_ (All reviews)
This is more of like a gift from the author to those who wanted more. It gave a feeling of making amends, saying sorry, doing things right for the second time.

I thought this sequel weakened the story a bit. It has more scenes from when they were kids, which gave some answers but at the same time also raised a few more questions.

It also shows a bit of how the relationships between the characters evolved from when they were kids to now that they are older. Even Yukari and Kenji are hinted at being more than friends, after all this time.

I still feel like the read more
Oct 8, 2021
BibsMcF (All reviews)
As the short epilogue to 20th Century Boys, most of what I have said about 20th Century Boys applies to 21st Century Boys.

Despite the time gap between the release of the final chapters of 20th Century Boys and the beginning of 21st Century Boys, there is virtually zero dissonance between the two series, and thus you can very easily get right into 21st Century Boys as soon as its predecessor is over.

The narrative this time around is far more heavily focused on one thread rather than multiple converging threads as you might be used to with the bulk of 20th Century Boys, however, read more
Oct 9, 2021
Starandeath (All reviews)

This is filled with spoilers

This was the manga where Im like. I want a conclusion i want it to end. Ive read 20th century boys and I loved it but I was desperate for more. i want an actual ending to such a great journey. I dont want to prolong the journey any longer, not only that, they put some sort of I can feel you with my heart mechanic therefore I must drive the story forward to this direction. The virtual reality word is evident and “realistic” enough fro me to comprehend. The esp aspects sure is unrealistic but Im still fine with it read more


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21st Century Boys Final Chapter ( 1 2 )
The_Fan - Feb 14, 2008
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Dec 4, 12:13 AM
Why is this series separate from the main series?
yaakopu - Oct 30
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Oct 30, 6:23 PM