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: Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama, Mystery Mystery, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits
Authors: Urasawa, Naoki (Story & Art)


Score: 8.431 (scored by 4841148,411 users)
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Ranked: #1942
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Popularity: #154
Members: 92,949
Favorites: 914


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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, and later as a 2-in-1 omnibus volume. 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.

A complete edition of 21st Century Boys was released on December 28, 2016, in Japan by Shogakukan. It features the entire series in colored pages and a new ending unique to the publication. VIZ Media published the version under the title 21st Century Boys: The Perfect Edition on June 15, 2021.



Oct 8, 2021
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, ...
Oct 9, 2021
Mixed Feelings

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 ...
May 23, 2023
If you are reading 21st Century Boys to gain a sense of closure with the answer to the final mystery, then the manga delivers exactly that. However, the answer we received through these 2 volumes was not satisfactory and it ultimately felt like a massive letdown.

While Fukubei wasn't some complex or philosophically deep villain, his character was sufficiently flushed out in 20th CB for the reader to understand his motivations, albeit it being rather childish and shallow. Additionally, because he was much more prevalent as himself in the story, the reveal that he was Friend felt a lot more shocking yet satisfying and sensible. Katsumata, ...

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