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Kenji, cuya hermana acaba de desaparecer, se ve ligado a un asunto de misteriosas muertes, aparentemente orquestadas por una secta dirigida por un tal "Amigo" y que busca el dominio del mundo. Lo más curioso es que el símbolo de la secta lo crearon Kenji y sus amigos cuando eran niños...El nuevo thriller de Naoki Urasawa, el creador de Monster, en Biblioteca Pachinco. SeriKenji, cuya hermana acaba de desaparecer, se ve ligado a un asunto de misteriosas muertes, aparentemente orquestadas por una secta dirigida por un tal "Amigo" y que busca el dominio del mundo. Lo más curioso es que el símbolo de la secta lo crearon Kenji y sus amigos cuando eran niños...El nuevo thriller de Naoki Urasawa, el creador de Monster, en Biblioteca Pachinco. Serie mensual abierta en formato tomo y con sentido de lectura oriental....

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20th Century Boys, Libro 01: Amigo Reviews

  • Seth T.
    2019-03-27 17:18

    There are moments in history that are more important than others.1 Not in themselves, not in their significance on their own merits. These moments are notable in that they trigger more cataclysmic events years later. And they are genuinely interesting because the true weight of their value cannot be discerned in the moment of their occurrence.Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys is a work founded on such moments. Part of Urasawa's thesis seems to be that while one can never tell what will result from his or her actions, it is also impossible to discern which actions will have far-reaching implications. What could bring about the end of the world? The Apollo moon landing? The 1970 World Expo held in Osaka? The destruction of a child's fort? A chance encounter? The theft of a trinket? The discovery of a haunted house? The playing of an obscure American rock song on a junior high school's PA system?20th Century Boys is a sprawling, complicated work. It's all over the place. Its plot spans from the Apollo moon landing of 1969 to the near-future of 2018. Its narrative bounces back and forth between a robust and ever-expanding cast of characters—even while skipping all over its own historical scope, sometimes through flashback and sometimes through a particular sci-fi conceit. Yet through it all, Urasawa never abandons his exploration of Today having been built on the bones of Yesterday.For all his story's complexity, Urasawa is always certain to give the reader plenty of historical hooks to help us keep our bearings. References to cultural phenomena abound. From raw historical notes like the 1969 moon landing and the 1970 Expo to related cultural realities (such as the proliferation of salesmen hocking "NASA-approved" pens, foods, and other ephemera). Urasawa especially excels at noting pop cultural artifacts that boys of the '70s would have remembered: wrestling stars! manga! anime! These were every bit as essential to the cultural landscape of Urasawa's cast as the Atari, Wolverine, MUSCLE men, Transformers, and "We Are the World" were to my own. These things ground 20th Century Boys in a real world so that when things start going crazy, readers will at least have a foothold to rely upon before the ship begins to sickeningly sway.Principally, 20th Century Boys concerns a group of friends and how the club those friends formed as children in 1970 somehow laid seed for a cult that would try to take over the world. Twenty-five years later, a virus that causes the human body to expel its blood is released and the Friends cult may be responsible. Kenji, one of the two former leaders of the group recognizes that the virus and some other things line up with the Book of Prophecy he and his friends developed in their secret hideout. What was once a story of crude, cliche-ridden heroism has seemingly become a reality. It's up to Kenji to discover the identity of The Friend and stop his cult from destroying the world.Or something like that.Urasawa does a good job of keeping the story from being about one thing for too long. He seems to have no interest in maintaining anything resembling a status quo and migrates from protagonist to protagonist with alacrity. Kenji's the hero, but sometimes its Otcho. Or Kanna. Or Chono or Kyoko or Father Nitani or Yoshitsuni or whoever else might fit the bill in the moment. 20th Century Boys is a true ensemble, not just of cast but of era and genre. I'd be tempted to say it can't make up its mind but for the fact that it seems so meticulously plotted. Small details from the first volumes show themselves to be essential in the later ones. The whole thing plays out as one exuberant thrillride and Urasawa rarely lets up.Beyond proving himself a masterful plotter, Urasawa does something rare in having his characters age. We see them as ten-year-olds, as teenagers, and at ages thirty-five, forty, fifty-five, and older. While most authors would want to keep their protagonists young, handsome, and beautiful, Urasawa lets them spend significant time in the form of raggled muffins. Their lives are hard and few age well. All of this, of course, plays well with one of Urasawa's themes: the question of growing up vs measuring responsibility vs and wondering if the games children play ever really end. For all its compulsively delivered thrill sequences and hell-yeah moments, 20th Century Boys can sell poignant pretty well when it wants to.With the final volume of 20th Century Boys (vol. 22) releasing in September and the two-volume epilogue, 21st Century Boys, releasing in November and January, the hot question is going to be how well Urasawa wraps it all up. While volume 22 does tie up the main story fairly nicely, it does feel as though Urasawa is rushing a bit near the end. There remain a lot of questions regarding loose ends. It's an exciting climax and he tries to reward readers who stuck with him through a long and perhaps psychologically draining work. I'm not sure if dissatisfaction with the series' conclusion is why the second collection, 21st Century Boys was released, but those two volumes resolve a lot (though not all) of the remnant story- and character-points.I'm grateful for the epilogue and found myself entirely satisfied with Urasawa's conclusion to the work. While it feels a touch weird to have the story linger on after its initial conclusion, Urasawa invests the follow-up with its own climax and takes the opportunity to further reward readers with answers that harken back to 20th Century Boys' first volumes. I can't wait to have Viz's English translation of these final three books on my shelf—I'm excited to be able to loan these out in my ongoing quest to evangelize friends to the merits of the comics medium.20th Century Boys is a fantastic story and Viz's production of the American release is stellar. They're handsome books with French flaps, good paper, and a satin feel. I highly recommend.Notes1. In one sense, this is much not the case. Since history is merely a collective parade of discreet moments, one leading seamlessly into another, it is impossible for one moment to be more important than the next—all moments are merely the product of all the moments that lead up to their occurrence. Bolaño puts it this way:"Mickey was not only irritating but ridiculous, with the particular ridiculousness of self-dramatizers and poor fools convinced they've been present at a decisive moment in history, when it's common knowledge that history, which is a simple whore, has no decisive moments but is a proliferation of instants, brief interludes that vie with one another in monstrousness."_____________________[Review courtesy of Good Ok Bad]

  • Χαρά Ζ.
    2019-03-26 15:59

    I am loving the atmosphere <3

  • Cheese
    2019-04-02 18:16

    Manga has been hit or miss with me, but I'll never write it off because I found one of the best graphic novels of all time through manga - lone Wolf and Cub. Truly inspirational and a true epic. I enjoyed this but as a first volume there was a lot of introduction, but I'd be excited to see where it leads. I'll hold off for now but in the future I might take this up again. I'd be happy if anyone could recommend me more manga that I've not already read.

  • Anthony Chavez
    2019-04-12 12:15

    Naoki Urasawa is a plot master! Weaving such great stories. Monster is one of my favorite stories/series' of all-time. When I heard about 20th Century Boys from a friend whilst inquiring as to what manga/graphic novel I should read next, I had no idea it was written by Urasawa. I'm so glad he lent me this copy of the first volume.20th Century Boys is about a group of childhood friends who started a secret society for a short while, fort and all, even went as far as to create an emblem for their group. Shortly thereafter it was forgotten, gone with the summer. Years later when they are all grown up one of the childhood group, Donkey, commits suicide, or so the news/police report; however, this friend contacted the main character Kenji asking him if he remembered their old emblem as it had turned up again, also another person who worked with Donkey AND their whole family goes missing and outside their door the emblem is written. A new cult also emerges in their town worshiping someone called "Friend," this cult also uses the same childhood emblem.Urasawa's writing style hasn't lost a beat in this new series, he sells the story well seamlessly transitioning from Kenji's childhood and the present day, and Urasawa leaves me wanting more as was the case with EVERY volume of Monster. I can't wait to see where the plot goes.Highest possible recommendation for manga lovers of the serious fiction/suspense type or anyone who just loves good writing and plot twists.

  • Aaron Maurer
    2019-04-15 16:59

    I have jumped backed into the manga scene. I realized after a series of comments on one of my Amazon reviews of a manga(Peepo Choo) that I have not really given this genre the time and energy needed to really distinguish the good from the bad. One of the comments from one of the reviewers posted the following:Anyways your really closing yourself off if you think that this represents manga.How about you reading from legends,award winners,people who are considered the best of the industry ... instead of some guy where the only reason it got any attention is because it's from a non Japanese person and got published in Japan.Read Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys then you might see why manga is great. So I put the first volume of this manga series on hold at my library and a few days later it was available. I read this with hesitation as much as I tried to read it with a clear mind.I loved this story. This was a great story with a great plot line that I really found rather intriguing. I liked the characters and especially how the story bounces back and forth from presnt times to when they were kids. In a sense it reminded me of my childhood with the secret forts, symbols, and handshakes.I have now gone in pursuit to track down the rest of the series. I would like to continue reading this series to see how the story develops.I am thankful that my Amazon review sparked a communication with others who know their manga and offered this suggestion.I know it sounds simple, but the symbol discussed in the storyline really intrigued me. I really found it fascinating.I have renewed my interest in manga and would love further suggestions to find out and discover some more great manga.

  • Annalisa
    2019-03-26 14:09

    I'm really impressed with this series. It has a more detailed, realistic drawing style, and a unique plot line that jumps between the characters' childhood and adult years, revealing the story much a way a mystery or crime show might do. (It's also slightly similar to "Lost".) (NOTE: Any information I reveal about the plot is covered in the first volume, so don't worry about spoilers.)So far, the story centers on a group of guys who have been friends since elementary school, and their connection to a symbol drawn by one of the boys as part of their childhood "secret society." The symbol (of an eye on a hand with a finger pointing upwards, all inside another eye), becomes mysteriously linked with several deaths when the boys are adults. It also happens to be the symbol for a strange cult lead by a man known as "Friend", who may or may not be one of the original "secret society". As more information is revealed, the story quickly takes on all the best aspects of a sophisticated mystery, with a bit of old-fashioned sci-fi thrown in the mix. It's excellently paced and quite a page turner. You can read it online at .

  • Isabel Bitterblau
    2019-04-04 17:18

    Empieza MUUY intrigante!Adoro a Naoki Urasawa ♥

  • Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai)
    2019-03-26 11:00

    I reeeeeeally loved this. I admit I have had the first 3 volumes on my shelves for quite some time now but I never started them because I was afraid I would be let down. Better to just have an image in my head of what they were then to actually read it read it and be disappointed.I know. That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Don't think about it. Just know that I actually have to live this way and you get to just move on.I got some strong Stephen King vibes off this first part of the story. It felt like a blend of It and Stand By Me. Not plot wise but rather how the story jumped back and forth between childhood and then 30 years later adulthood. The characters in this volume really stood out to me and gave me the feels. So often I read a manga and I am just kind of...meh. This one had me chuckling in places (like for realz - which never happens) and also emotions of sadness when our little group loses a friend of theirs to suicide. This first volume isn't a big action feast. It's a coming of age story, a story of looking back, a story of friends, and...well...there is this whole cult thing going on in the back ground which is slowly revealing itself page by page that is probably what the whole point of the actual story will turn out to be about.All I know is this first book is a helluva introduction to a 22 volume story. I can only hope that this level of narrative stays as strong all the way through as this first volume. If it does - this could well end up being my favorite Manga of all time.I guess we'll see. Onto volume 2!

  • Petros
    2019-04-16 17:08

    The best thing about this manga is how it’s in constant thrill mode. Not a single chapter where something interesting is not happening and it has enough characters, side stories, and mysteries, to fill a whooping amount of 249 chapters. This is a major difference compared to Monster, Urasawa’s other famous work, which was much simpler and for the same reason harder to keep you engaged. 20th century boys has ten times more things going on, leaving very few scenes without something to remember.At the same time, I can’t ignore how much more over the top it is compared to Monster. There are many things where you just need to suspend your disbelief, otherwise they come off as magic, which is a big minus in a mystery show taking place in a mundane setting. There is a VR program which recreates the past down to the tiniest detail, to the point it’s no different than time travel. And just like Johan could walk around the world without never be seen, Friend and his agents can do the same, even when they are not as charismatic.But, if you manage to suspend your disbelief, you will be offered one of the most brilliantly multilayered, non-linear thriller mysteries of all time, coupled with dozens of fleshed out and memorable characters. Whereas in Monster the only character you end up remembering is doctor Tenma, over here you have Kenji, Kanna, Ocho, and a whole bunch of others who do not disappear from the story once their arc is over. They are otherwise equally reactive as the cast of Monster, which is something I am not fond of. The whole story is basically trying to stop the bad guy; nobody has the luxury of doing something else without being fucked over by the constant terrorist attacks. What I mean by that is that the villain’s plan is the story, and the heroes are just reacting to what he is doing. They are not given any time to affect the world in a way that is not part of “the plan”. Speaking of the villain’s plan, as grand schemed as it sounds at first, it basically comes down to a spoiled brat wanting to kill the world because they were making fun of it at school. The way he manages to trick millions to dance like puppets doesn’t have much justification. The apocalyptic cult he had formed at first was excused, since all of them were already believing the world is coming to an end, but anyone else beyond them comes off as mindless idiots who believe anything, and don’t think twice to kill others while laughing, because they were told it’s a fun game. In Monster, Johan was excusing the control he had over others by tapping into the darkness of their hearts. His victims were made to think they are getting what they always wanted. You can’t excuse that with Friend predicting the future, coming back from the dead, and convincing aliens are attacking Earth with giant robots. Only delusional otakus would buy that, not billions of normies worldwide.The story is still pretty damn good, since I found it very captivating in how it was constantly escalating into bigger and bigger threats of mass death and destruction. I loved the twist of everything being initially a game children made up for fun, so in a sadistic way it is the good guys who kick started everything as means to be heroes. What I didn’t like was the overuse of red herrings. Since the mystery needs to be constantly maintained, a big part of the manga is about trying to reveal who Friend is, or how he does what he does, or what inspired him to do it. Which is fine in terms of world building and character fleshing out, but many things are still going in circles and are eventually proven to be a wild goose chase. What I am trying to say, is that the good guys spend a hell of a lot of time in figuring out trivial details such as what happened in the school during that night, or how the book of new prophecies was written, instead of focusing more on how to stop the villain before he kills everyone on the planet. Which, let me spoil it for you, he mostly manages to do that exactly because the good guys were spending years in looking at scribbles on papers instead of going out there and emptying a machinegun on that asshole. The mystery box was way too big for the significance of its contents. Basically, everything seems mysterious and captivating while you are reading about them, only to feel insignificant or not really explaining things properly once they are over.Other than that, it’s an amazing read and I highly recommend it despite the occasional leaps in logic and unexplained magic it pulls on you. It’s not meant to be very realistic, since down to it, it’s glorifying rock music, makes Jump shonen references, and although it deconstructs naïve idealism by making the bad guy taking advantage of peoples’ dreams and hopes for the future, it still solves most of the conflict with the very naïve idealism it’s poking fun at.

  • Alireza Sadeghi
    2019-03-27 11:11

    20th Century Boys is about a group of men (and one woman) who, when they had been children, had been best friends, sharing a "secret base" in an overgrown field: a sanctuary where they could read manga, listen to music, and hide from the most evil twins in history, Yanbo and Mabo. One day, their "creative genius," Kenji suggested they bury a time capsule, fill it with their treasured possessions, and agree to unearth it only when the earth was in grave danger, for they would then save it. Years later, they find themselves leading ordinary, unglamorous lives, their dreams of greatness long-buried under the dust of adult pragmatism. But then strange deaths caused by a mysterious virus begin occurring, and murders and disappearances occur one after another. Then one of their number becomes one of the dead, and all the clues point Kenji to a mysterious man who calls himself "Tomodachi (Friend)," who uses as his sign a symbol known only to Kenji's circle of friends. As the scale of damage and the number of deaths rapidly increase, Kenji realizes that all the terrors are occurring as he had once set down on paper, in a story he and his friends had written, and buried in the time capsule they had sworn over. 20th Century Boys is difficult for me to summarize without giving too much away, but even if I were to divulge half of its secrets, we would still not be anywhere near solving the mystery of "Friend" and of his motives. At first glance, 20thCB seems to be a crude shounen manga that would probably not appeal to everyone, judging by the artwork alone. But it is not. True, there are no pretty boys or girls to easily fangirl (or boy) over in this series, but this kind of story does not need exaggerated, surreal beauty in its artwork to survive. This truly is a graphic novel, where the plot moves with speed, certainty, and intelligence rather than rely on hundreds of feathers and cherry blossoms to depict angst and drama. The art is actually pretty polished as well, the inking clean and deliberate, and the panels arranged simply but effectively. Like movies these days, many manga artists tend to rely on "special effects" or glamorous art rather than plot to attract readers, but 20thCB has enough plot that any eye candy would just be a bonus. Character development in 20thCB is also something I liked. Kenji grows and changes as the series progresses, and so do the other characters. The dynamics between the friends are believable, and their heroism so simple and understated. I can't really find much to say about this manga, simply because it's so good and interesting and I probably wouldn't be able to do it much justice. But if you're looking for a fast-paced intelligent plot, masterfully created characters, and a mystery that can have you at the edge of your seat, then give this series a chance

  • Pablo Bueno
    2019-03-30 15:08

    Pese a una introducción muy larga, el discurso consigue mantener la atención del lector mientras se va intuyendo la trama. Pero lo mejor es que tiene pinta de que va a ir a más en los siguientes números.

  • John Wiswell
    2019-04-06 17:20

    What a fantastic opening to a series. Kenji is a middle-aged liquor store clerk, idly daydreaming of the summer when his friends formed a club in the woods devoted to rock and comic books. One drew a symbol for their club, which has begun appearing around town in the modern day, associated with an underground cult. It's at that same time that one of Kenji's childhood friends jumps to his death. After the wake, Kenji receives a posthumous letter from his friend asking if he recognizes a certain symbol.20th Century Boys in told in parallel, between that past summer when the boys bonded and imagined changing the world, and Kenji's current life tracking down the significance of the symbol. In this volume we're mostly just making the connections, and realizing the scope of how broadly the symbol has spread - otherwise, we're tantalized by how the cult and it's shadowy leader could possibly be connected to Kenji's childhood games.It's the best intertwining of flashbacks I've read since Scott Lynch's Lies of Locke Lamora, happy to insert old anecdotes that are often short and cute, feeling like they ought to be innocuous, only rendered unsettling by the nebulous ways in which they're connected to modern crimes. Some of those anecdotes have a The Body/Stand By Me level of bonding between the boys that is highly endearing, like the night when only the one kid who didn't believe in ghosts would go into a dark building alone. Their adult selves are similarly relatable, simple slackers struggling to find wives or employment, well-meaning guys who are utterly unprepared for the mystery that's about to swallow them.For me, the best thing about 20th Century Boys is that my friend leant me the eight first books, so I can read the next one immediately. It's a very different intrigue that Urasawa's Monster, with an entirely different cultural stratum of cast members, but the grip is there. After fifty pages, I was sucked right in. I actually was disappointed my commute wasn't longer this morning so I couldn't keep reading.

  • DaViD´82
    2019-04-11 13:56

    My (převážně) hoši, co spolu chodíme, prožíváme všelijaká dobrodružství... Úvodní díl série čítající 22 svazků, 249 kapitol, cca 5000 stran (+ dvoudílnou navazující sérii) pokrývajících bezmála padesát let jednoho (ne)přátelství party kdysi kamarádů, kteří se po dlouhých letech musí dát dohromady, aby si vzpomněli „co se přesně stalo tenkrát v létě 1969“. Základní koncept je až nápadně podobný Kingovu To. Ostatně ono se v mnoha ohledech jedná o japonský nostalgický mix o dospívání "inspirovaný" právě To, Stůj při mně, Svědectví, Stranger Things či našich Návštěvníků. A to v podobě jednoho z nejlepších komiksových otvíráků, jaký jsem kdy četl.

  • Nelson
    2019-03-25 10:10

    Magnifico inicio! Urasawa no decepciona.

  • El Templo
    2019-04-21 13:17

    Otra de las series de manga cuyo último tomo ha visto la luz en nuestro país es 20th Century boys, de Naoki Urasawa, el aclamado autor de Monster. Tras 22 tomos de una complejísima trama llena de saltos temporales, el final aclara algunas dudas pero deja las puertas abiertas a una continuación que ya se ha anunciado en Japón, con el título 21th century boys. La historia se desarrolla en tres épocas distintas, a lo largo de las cuales vemos a los personajes crecer desde su infancia hasta la madurez. En los primeros años 70, Kenji y sus amigos eran un grupo de niños que imaginaban que eran héroes que combatían contra las fuerzas del mal. Plasmaron todas sus historias en una libreta a la que llamaron el "Libro de las Profecías", donde describieron con detalle los pasos que seguirían "las fuerzas del mal" para cumplir su objetivo de dominar el mundo: atentados, robots gigantes y hasta un virus letal serían algunas de las amenazas contra las que los "buenos" tendrían que luchar para salvaguardar la paz. ---> Sigue leyendo esta y otras reseñas en

  • James DeSantis
    2019-03-29 13:56

    Hey, you, reading this right now. You like mystery? You like "real" characters? You like twist and turns? Well shit, I think we found the book for you. This is if you took IT, mixed it with secret government hidings, little bit of Lost on top, you get 20th century boys! The main character of this story is Kenji. He's running his store, taking care of a baby his sister left, and dealing with the death of a friend. We get various flashbacks in here of when he's a child with his buddies all playing, building secret forts, and being kids. Fun times! Except we get flashes of the future and something is not right. Something bad. Yet Kenji and his group of friends saved the world? What the fuck!? What makes this story work so well is really getting to know each character. Each person feels like they have purpose, and none of it feels rushed (Which is slight negative, can drag a bit at points) but it really gives us a natural human feel to each character. I love getting to know each one and the big mystery keeps me intrigued throughout. Will continue to read without a doubt!

  • Dimitris Hall
    2019-04-01 15:20

    Manga + Kindle + aprender idiomas = ¡Win! (¡Victoria!)Estoy enamorado de verdad de la idea de leer manga en mi Kindle, ¡y gratis también! El primer que he probado es 20th Century Boys de Naoki Urasawa, creador de Monster, que me avergüenza decir que nunca lo acabé. Algún día, quizás, quizás... Por lo que conseguí entender, porque una de las razones que lo leo el manga en español es para aprender palabras nuevas y practicar y por eso es claro que no entiendo todo, esta obra se ve muy prometedora. Solo espero que esta vez la leeré hasta el final. No tengo nada de paciencia con series muy largas...A propósito, no sé qué es la mejora manera de escribir críticas para mangas. No voy criticar todos los libros, ¡eso significaria 22+ criticas por solo un manga! No, debe que haber otra manera... A ver.

  • Bradley
    2019-04-06 10:03

    What can I say? I'm reading this because it's by the fantastic writer of Monster and it seems to have a mysterious premise. What I got out of the first volume was a deep immersion in a group of friends from both their childhood and them as adults 30 years past. There's a hugely successful cult that is tied pretty close to some events in their childhood, strongly suggesting that one of their ilk is this overpowered and nefarious cult leader... only, none of them can place him.Did I mention that they promised to save the world using a flag they had made as children, and the symbol on that flag is being used by this nominally evil cult leader? Oooohhh, creepy.I like the setup. It's detailed and focused on some pretty interesting folks. I can only assume that the tension will ramp up nicely, later.

  • Randy Lander
    2019-04-01 15:17

    After loving Monster, I was anxiously awaiting the two new Naoki Urasawa series from Viz. The first volume of 20th Century Boys doesn't disappoint. Like Monster, it's got a slow-burn opener, but it's full of potential, and I can't wait to see where it goes from here.The easiest comparison is to a Stephen King story, with a tale of young boys having shared secrets and a made-up secret society, only to discover in their adult lives that those childlike playtime behaviors are having more sinister real-world effects. Urasawa builds a compelling cast of characters and really sells the creepiness of "The Friend's" cult.Kudos also to Viz for giving this the deluxe treatment, with flaps and a slightly oversized printing.

  • محمد سعيد
    2019-04-08 15:23

    this is a after finished all series reviewManga for all kind of peoplei loved it i dreamed about it for 4 days and nightsreally hopeful, painful, joyful mangai liked the art and plot i was surprised by the events the 1st death of kinjythe 1st death of the friend and the 2nd death and even the 3rd one :)i recommend this manga for all my friend

  • Ricardo
    2019-04-17 17:55

    4 / 5Repleto de misterio en cada página. El manga más intrigante y revuelto que he leído hasta ahora.

  • Dana Salman
    2019-04-16 16:03

    Chikyuu no ue ni yoru ga kuruBoku wa ima ieji wo isogu...This is one of the first manga series that I feel I absolutely hundred percent must own. In truth I would love it if I could own every manga I've read as I've yet to find one I haven't liked, but when most of these series are over 20+ volumes, some still ongoing, with each volume (average 200-250 pages) costing about as much or more than most of my English novels (range of 200-800 pages), I feel the money would be ill-spent. I've already read my favorite manga Full Metal Alchemist twice online, and the others I feel would probably just sit there on my shelf gathering dust because I'll only want to revisit my favorite scenes (I have this problem with a lot of my epic-length English fantasy novels).But with this series I feel it is completely worth it. This is a series I would have fun rereading from beginning to end annually. Because, oh gosh, it is just so good.Slight digression: 20th Century Boys almost annoyed me as well, because I devote a lot of my free thinking to planning this great big epic novel series I want to write someday, and I was surprised to find a lot of the elements I would like to incorporate in that novel - multiple timelines, interweaving subplots, certain characters - in 20CB. This always happens to me. I get this general idea of a new story I want to write and how I want it to make the reader feel and then I coincidentally go and read something else that almost perfectly captures what I wanted to employ, making me unable to reimagine the idea in a way that won't seem like a direct imitation of what I'd just read.But anyways.What really sealed it for me from the very first chapter was that the series would be centering around a group of childhood friends who gather back together as adults. I loved It, by Stephen King, a horror-fantasy epic that concerns the same basic concept, and something felt vaguely Stephen King-y about Urasawa's story-telling and delivery - like he's the Japanese sci-fi version of Stephen King, only much better at creating a well-rounded and neatly tied-together plot structure with a flowing narrative (whereas a lot of King's work felt make-up-as-you-go-along).20CB is also part mystery and crime-thriller (like Death Note), and while I love mysteries I usually only like to read them once, because once all the reveals have been made, I kinda just forget every prior clue, hint and foreshadowing, and all the events get jumbled in my mind. Mysteries almost always involve a large cast and to be honest, most of the time you don't really care all too much about the characters involved besides the main team, because you just see them as potential suspects or plain bystanders. In other words, for me, mysteries are virtually un-rereadable. Because all I really wanted to see was whether Light would win or get caught in the end, all I remember clearly from Death Note is that final scene.But in 20CB, every scene is enjoyable, every character so memorable that you don't care who else the scene switches to, and your focus isn't only on solving each new mystery. You could revisit the story at any random moment and immediately get back into it (whereas with Death Note I get completely lost in trying to remember what was going on in one particular scene). Moreover the plot structure is just so well put together and seamless. Every flashback serves a purpose in the place it was shown. And although most questions don't get answered until entire volumes later, it isn't that difficult to make the connections and instantly understand how it makes sense.I will not profess to say that every concern and question I had was answered by the end of the series, but I think that just calls for a reread. Also, the ending, while beautifully done and in my opinion was just perfect, and did satisfy, did not entirely fulfill me. I still want to read more (surprisingly, given that at around the 200-chapter mark the length of the story starts to drag on you). I still want to see more of the characters, and what happens to them, even though I know there isn't anything else left to tell. When I end a series I hate still feeling that longing, even though that feeling is an obvious tribute to the greatness of the story and the impact it left.It's also due to the fact that these characters really are incredibly likable and distinctive that I don't want to leave them. The only real complaint I have about them is that they aren't consistently distinctive because in most cases, when a character is introduced they are given such a great and unique personality that later sort of gets buried under this universal grimness and seriousness... although this is not without cause, given the situations they are put in. In fact it stresses even more on the fact that a lot of these characters started out as everyday average joes before they were thrown into this world of confusion and hurt. Also, sometimes I felt, when they were revealed, the villains in the picture had very questionable motives. But that's not to say that people that can hold such grudges for so long don't exist. I only have a problem in suspending my belief that two future terrorist-psychopaths would grow up in the same middle school.The main character of this picture is Endou Kenji, who is by far my favorite character and one of the most well-written. The thing is, I'm not even sure if that's due to the character himself or due to the other characters' reminisces and memories of him that put him in an over-glorified light. We do see him often as a kid, like the other characters, but more stages of his life are shown than anyone else's, so we can (in a back-and-forth way) watch this character grow and change from the child-dreamer, to the teenage-slacker, to the tired adult-worker, to the savior of the world he'd wanted to be. I just wish that at least one scene had been shown in between the point in time when he altogether disappears from the story and the point of his reappearance, because that brought about the biggest transformation of his character and I would have liked to see how it happened (even if it was slightly explained).What I love most about this manga is that it would have been just as amazing as a normal English novel, maybe as a trilogy, or as a live-action TV series like Dexter (or whatever). Sci-fi elements aside, it's realistic and relatable; even the characters are drawn in a way that they almost look like real people. I would really love it if they adapted it into an anime because then I'd be able to show it to my brother, a real anime-hater, and show him how great it is (and that the crazy Shounen anime he always sees me watching aren't the only things the Japanese are capable of). Everybody who loves characters, puzzle-piecing, sophisticated plot-webbing, and giant robots ending the world will love this series.Now my only concern is whether the hard-copy manga translations will be 'Americanized'... I have a real pet-peeve with manga translations that don't put honorifics and rearrange the names English-style like Kenji Endou instead of Endou Kenji... I mean a manga set in Japan ought to employ as much Japanese habit and culture as possible, right?Update: On second thought, I think I'll probably wait until the series is released in omnibus editions, like Monster (my next to-read on my manga list). If in fact Viz Media plans on doing so (I hope), even if it means I have to wait another few years :'( But after doing some calculations I found I really can't spend that kind of money, no matter how amazing the manga is... I want to... But I really don't...Update: Couldn't resist. I bought it. No regrets!

  • Martin
    2019-04-04 10:09

    Ich hätte es nie für möglich gehalten einmal eine definitive Meinung zu finden, aber 20th Century Boys ist in meinem persönlichem Ranking der beste Manga den ich je gelesen habe.Das hat diverse Gründe, die alle zusammen ein exzellentes Gesamtmonument bilden. Als erstes die Story: Die ist einerseits hochinteressant (wenn auch in ihren Grundzügen nicht besonders innovativ), was das Ganze aber auf eine besondere Stufe hebt ist die Erzählweise, die ständig zwischen den zahlreichen Zeitebenen switcht und in Rückblenden immer wieder neue Details ans Licht bringt (plus: hervorragende Referenzen an detailliert ausgearbeitete historische Ereignisse wie die Weltaustellung 1970 in Ōsaka und zahlreichen Referenzen an frühere Manga).Die Figuren scheinen zu Beginn nur zweckmäßig, entwickeln sich aber im Laufe der Handlung doch auf eine recht unvorhersehbare Art und Weise (zumindest für mich). Durch die Zeitebenen ist auch eine Entwicklung über mehrere Lebensabschnitte gegeben, was zusätzlich zur Identifikation beiträgt.Das Setting mit seinen Sci-Fiction-Elememten, der Kultgeschichte und zahlreichen Parallelen zu tatsächlichen Entwicklungen wie Terrorismus (wenn auch natürlich alles rein fiktional betrachtet werden muss) sind spannend, gut aufbereitet und regen zum Nachdenken über gewisse alltägliche Entwicklungen an. Der Zeichenstil ist sauber und zweckmäßig, aber nichts was in Erinnerung bleibt.Durch die zahlreichen popkulturellen Referenzen, der spannenden Geschichte, dem tollen Setting und den herausragend ausgearbeiteten Figuren definitiv die verdientesten fünf Sterne die ich je vergeben habe.

  • Rafa Castillo
    2019-04-10 15:59

    Dios mío, esto se ve tan interesante y genial. ¡Me muero por leerlo todo!

  • Wirotomo Nofamilyname
    2019-04-01 10:55

    Akhirnya saya selesai membaca semua jilid 20th Century Boys (22 jilid) dan 21th Century Boys (2 jilid). Alhamdulillah.Cerita yang luar biasa menurut saya. Detilnya (semuanya disiapkan dengan rapi), alur tumpuknya (maju dan mundur ke tahun-tahun yang berbeda, ke saat masa kecil (1970, 1971), saat dewasa (1997-2000), dan kemudian bergerak ke puncak cerita ((2014 Masehi hingga Tahun ke-3 Sahabat)), ensemble castnya (psikologis para tokohnya). Benar-benar bikin geleng kepala.Khusus untuk alur tumpuknya, entah kenapa saya jadi ingat saat seorang teman di GRI, Amang, mengajak teman-teman anggota GRI bertemu dengan Leila S. Chudori. Saya tdk bisa membicarakan semua topik pembicaraan kami di situ, tapi salah satunya yang membuat saya terkesan adalah saat Bu Leila menunjukkan "timeline" yang Beliau buat saat mengarang "9 dari Nadira". Beliau mengatakan karena buku itu adalah fiksi yang menunjukkan kehidupan manusia normal Indonesia (bukan fantasi atau masa yang tidak jelas) dan masa yang cukup panjang maka Beliau harus menyiapkan timeline yang menunjukkan detil peristiwa yang terjadi dalam buku, mulai kuliah, kematian orang terdekat dan kejadian penting lainnya agar kisah dalam novel itu masuk akal, nalar, logis, dan tidak terjadi kekacauan waktu.Nah di buku ini sepertinya Naoki Urasawa harus membuat daftar yang lebih panjang karena tokoh yang terlibat yang lebih banyak dan cerita ini mencakup kisah sejak masa anak-anak tersebut berteman semasa kecil hingga nanti saat mereka dewasa. Sepertinya hal itu dilakukan Urasawa karena sampai selesainya buku ini saya baca, saya tidak menemukan kesalahan fatal mengenai waktu, urutan kejadian, dan hal-hal lain mencakup timeline cerita ini.Maka dari itu saya memutuskan memberikan bintang 5 untuk semua jilid di buku ini, walau tentu saja dengan beberapa catatan:1. Saya agak terganggu dengan dihidupkannya kembali tokoh (paling) utama cerita ini. Menurut saya lebih bagus dia tetap mati saja sejak kejadian tahun baru berdarah 2000 dan tidak dihidupkan kembali setelah belasan tahun. Kematiannya menurut saya lebih bisa menginspirasi semua teman-teman dan sanak saudaranya untuk melawan Sahabat.2. Saya agak tidak habis pikir bahwa semua tokoh utama di dalam komik ini ternyata terhubung pada saat masa kecil. bahkan penyiar radio itu pun ternyata teman masa kecil mereka... ckckck. kebetulan yang terlalu dipaksakan.3. tentu saja akhirnya yang menjadi keraguan semua pembaca adalah darimana si Sahabat mendanai semua "sepak terjang"nya untuk mewujudkan Ramalan dari masa kecil mereka. Walaupun digambarkan bahwa ia merangkak dari hanya perkumpulan kecil hingga menjadi partai penguasa. Tapi tetap ini selalu menggantung menjadi pertanyaan kita semua. Karena Sahabat tidak digambarkan sebagai tokoh dari keluarga kaya (bahkan menghadiri Expo 1970 pun ia tidak bisa).Tapi terlepas dari itu semua saya sangat suka cerita ini. Semoga Naoki Urasawa bisa mengarang lagi cerita yang seperti ini. Amin. :-)Oh iya saya lupa. Saya menyetujui upaya Urasawa menambahkan 2 jilid 21th Century Boys untuk lebih memperjelas cerita. Walaupun mungkin topik bom anti proton dan alasan kenapa si Sahabat (versi II) begitu membenci Kenji, saya bilang agak terlalu mengada-ada. Tapi yah masih lebih bagus lah memperjelas cerita agar tidak ada dusta di antara kita :-), seperti terlihat di akhir cerita 20th Century Boys (jilid 22) yang masih banyak menyisakan pertanyaan mendasar.Berikutnya saya akan menyelesaikan karya Urasawa yang lain: "Monster" dan "Master Keaton" yang belum saya selesaikan dengan lengkap. Terutama yang Monster itu mestinya menarik. :-)20th Century Boys dan 21 Century Boys diselesaikan pada tanggal 30 Juli 2011.

  • Kaion
    2019-04-18 18:10

    I've been a little shy of manga since the end of Fruits Basket, and my previous attempts of finding a new series to fall in love with have been rather futile. So what a better time than summer to finally follow up on everyone everywhere proclaiming Urasawa the greatest, right? And 20th Century Boys Vol. 1-3 didn't disappoint.20th Century Boys is a mystery sci-fi thriller that begins with a middle-aged, former-wannabe-rock-guitarist encountering a mysterious symbol and ends with saving the world. Possibly from an evil cult. And there’s a giant robot. Well, sorta.What struck me within the first few pages is Naoki Urasawa’s total assuredness with the form and how clear he makes it that this is going to be an epic ride… by immediately setting the story up as unfolding in three different time periods. But the most significant part unfolds in 1997—where a customer of convenience-store owner Kenji has been murdered… in connection with a symbol that has to do with Kenji’s group of childhood friends in 1969, an underground personality cult in the present, and an apocalypse at the turn of the millennium.I was certainly drawn in by the pure mystery of these first few volumes. And showing a steady hand, Urasawa is clearly taking his sweet time in letting the true scope of the story reveal itself—though luckily by the end of the 2nd volume, at which point I was starting to become impatient with the coyness, he more straightforwardly sets up the drive of the series. But while the mystery will make me go out and look for the volume four as soon as possible, the real joy in these first few volumes is the realism with which Urasawa embues the story. Period details immediately transport you to 60s and 90s Japan, the former particularly heady with impressions of growing up in that decade’s popular culture. (The title, for instance, is a reference to the song "20th Century Boy" by T. Rex.) Good art, design, and pacing effortlessly communicate the complicated narrative.But at the moment, what I’m most drawn by is the characters. The character designs are all very distinctive (even across time), without being cartoonish, but also their characterization is particularly vivid. It applies not only to the central group of friends, but also to colorful side characters such as the precognitive homeless man known as ‘God’. (Yes, it has a giant robot, rock-and-roll, and a psychic hobo.)But that’s most displayed so far in protagonist Kenji, who besides stumbling upon a vast conspiracy connected to his past, is also struggling to keep the family business afloat and raising his sister’s bastard baby. At middle age, his friends have all mostly fallen into holding patterns themselves, and beyond telling a thrilling tale, Urasawa also seems to be commenting on the child-like impulse to ‘change the world’ and the adult disillusionment of this notion… except the world might just actually need Kenji and company to change it. I guess I've got to read more to find out. Rating: 4 stars

  • Feather Mista
    2019-04-09 15:58

    Hasta ahora, me pasó lo mismo con Monster: el primer tomo no me termina de convencer pero se nota que tiene muchísimo potencial y que con el correr de los tomos la trama y el dibujo van a ir mejorando exponencialmente. Además, la premisa inicial de 20CB me parece más interesante e impredecible que la de Monster, y la manera en la que Urasawa retrata los distintos momentos clave de la vida de los protagonistas y la fidelidad con la que representa las distintas épocas suman muchos puntos. Lo mismo que las caras: el talento del autor para mostrar cómo cambian las facciones con el correr del tiempo pero haciendo que se note siempre que son las mismas personas es magnífica. Si otros dibujantes se tomaran el laburo de "faccionización" que se toma este, yo sería un lector mucho menos quejoso.

  • R. Michael Litchfield
    2019-04-04 16:57

    There's this stack of managa that take up most of a shelf at the library I was curious about so I got the first one and gave it a shot. It's really good. I am not much of a manga reader, just barely comfortable with reading it from right to left and still a bit unsure about which balloon in a panel to start with but I like the creeping wierdness that goes on in here all the while giving me what feels like a real sense of growing up in japan in the early sixties and being a man in the late nineties felt like. It reminds me a bit of FLCL or even Dick's Man in the High Tower. I'll pick up the next one or two and keep going.

  • Gabriel Martins
    2019-04-05 14:02

    Logo nas primeiras páginas lemos os acordes iniciais desse hino dos T-Rex também apelidado de "20th Century Boy". Se a obra de Naoki Urasawa aborda a passagem de séculos o seu título está mais que justificado. Porém, ele faz questão de não perder tempo em revelar a inspiração desta canção o que acaba por ser também uma introdução sobre o papel da música , em geral, nesta obra. Impressionante como a música tem tanta força numa BD, ou seja, num meio mudo. Mas a verdade é que tem, e tem mesmo muita.Comentário à colecção completa em:

  • Jon
    2019-04-20 17:54

    Pretty good. Cohesive story with no self loathing (unusual in today's self loathing narcissistic "why me" bullshit comic genre). The comic reminds me of Richard Parker (see below), Charles Burroughs, and the idea of reality replicating fiction. Also leaves the reader wanting to read more and very curious parts. Nothing too deep or philosophical. Easily digestible and entertaining! Good transitions with art panels from scene to scene. Overall good read!If you are asking who Richard Parker is, please see the description below explaining it (hint: Edgar Allan Poe is involved):