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I dont read these magna comics for the storyline - I LOVE the illustrations. The difference with this particular series is it has a combination of a great story line and great illustrator. Urasawa is amazing. I recommend the Pluto series for anyone looking at a shorter series with great graphics and awesome characters (Astroboy!).
20th century boys is a great collection if you love good Magna.
Dennis A. Amith (kndy)
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It seems that I tend to always say with each review that each volume of "20th Century Boys" gets better and better, but its the truth. Naoki Urasawa is a wonderful mangaka and along with his wonderful artwork, his stories are well-crafted and he knows how to entice the readers with suspense.
Volume 14 is primarily a Yoshitsune, Kyoko and Kanna as they enter the virtual world of 1971, to find out that the virtual world is modeled exactly as things were back then. In other words, it's more than just the virtual world, it's like they are going back in time.
But what makes this volume a bit different from the past volumes is the fact that it gets into more character development of Yoshitsune's character. We know that Yoshitsune was the shy boy of the group but what we don't know is that there was a time when all friends of Kenji ended up going their own different direction because their hideout was destroyed. The big reveal was who was responsible for the hideout being destroyed and of course, later in the chapters, what took place inside the laboratory when Donkey jumped off the school building after his encounter of whatever inside the lab.
In a way, this latest volume is slightly emotional was Yoshitsune realized that as a child, he was literally forgotten by his friends as they all went on to do things on their own. May it be work at their family's store or had different interest but for Yoshitsune, the hideout was the string that brought everyone together and just reliving the pain that he once had to go through, and then meeting with a young version of himself was touching.
Also, to see Kanna go back and meet people of that time period including a younger version of her Uncle Kenji and Donkey.
There are a few major questions that were answered in this book, mainly of what took place back in 1971. But also, setting things up for vol. 15 as everyone seems to have spotted someone mysterious. Who can it be?
Featuring wonderful illustration and awesome storytelling, which Naoki Ursawa is known for, "Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys Vol. 14″ is awesome!
Another volume that is highly recommended!