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Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys, Vol. 20 [Paperback]

Naoki Urasawa

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Book Description

April 10 2012 20th Century Boys (Book 20)
This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world! As boys, Kenji and his friends came up with a bunch of stories about an evil organization bent on world destruction. As adults, someone is now turning their fantasies into reality!

Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for audiences T+.

Humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren't for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world.

There once was a hero who stood against evil. He sacrificed himself to save the world, and everyone believed he died on Bloody New Year’s Eve. But eighteen years later, when the entire world is under the control of the enigmatic figure known as the Friend, the hero comes back! Kenji is back and is heading for Tokyo, where the Friend is preparing his next horrific plan. Meanwhile, Kanna and the rest of Kenji’s group make their move toward the final battle! Could it finally be time for justice to rise once again?

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Tra edition (April 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421535386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421535388
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.5 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #148,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Naoki Urasawa's career as a manga artist spans more than twenty years and has firmly established him as one of the true manga masters of Japan. Born in Tokyo in 1960, Urasawa debuted with BETA! in 1983 and hasn't stopped his impressive output since. Well-versed in a variety of genres, Urasawa's oeuvre encompasses a multitude of different subjects, such as a romantic comedy (Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl), a suspenseful human drama about a former mercenary (Pineapple ARMY; story by Kazuya Kudo), a captivating psychological suspense story (Monster), a sci-fi adventure manga (20th Century Boys), and a modern reinterpretation of the work of the God of Manga, Osamu Tezuka (Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka; co-authored with Takashi Nagasaki, supervised by Macoto Tezka, and with the cooperation of Tezuka Productions).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well things sort of happen in this volume... June 19 2012
By Kid Kyoto - Published on Amazon.com
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It's time to face facts. Since the 6th volume this series has been padded and stalled, taking 2 or 3 times as long to tell the story as required.

Now it is some darn good stalling and padding, but when it takes 3 pages to ask a question and 3 more to answer it's pretty obvious what's going on.

In this book some of the minor mysteries of the last few volumes are resolved and the heroes come together for a confrontation with the Friend.

As the series draws to an end I hope the pace will pick up, the quality of work is still strong but the padding is obvious.
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive, exciting and wonderful! Vol. 20 of "20th Century Boys" is recommended! Nov. 1 2013
By Dennis A. Amith (kndy) - Published on Amazon.com
It's a race against time as Kanna and Otcho feel they can't wait any longer. The two with the help of Yukiji are determined to kill the Friend, meanwhile Yoshitsune wishes Kanna would wait until she talks to her mother, details which Maruo has found out some new details about her and is investigating it on his own.

Meanwhile, the FDP seem to have their own agenda, that maybe even the Friend knows nothing about...considering the original Friend was killed.

Who is this new Friend? What are the FDP up to? And what will happen to Kanna, Otcho and Yukiji as they have decided to make their assassination attempt against the Friend?

And that's all I can say about vol. 20 of "20th Century Boys" because there are a lot of twists and turns, including some surprises. Fans and longtime readers will enjoy this volume when they see the final panel of the chapter but knowing that things are going to get crazy from this point on.

Naoki Urasawa's "20th Century Boys" just gets better and better and as we now are nearing the final stretch of the series, one can only wonder what Naoki Urasawa has planned. And I'm guessing that we are going to see a lot of deaths and possible demise of several main characters. So far, "20th Century Boys" has been edgy and hasn't pulled any punches so far. So, anything can happen right now in this manga series!

Featuring wonderful illustration and awesome storytelling, which Naoki Ursawa is known for, "Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys Vol. 20″ is another solid volume for the series and an important storyline as it definitely sets things up for the final volumes of the series.

As always, Naoki Urasawa knows how to grab the attention of the reader. His artwork and how he is able to capture the sense of action and emotion through the pages is magnificent and so far, this series has been engrossing and highly enjoyable thus far.

If you have been following this series this long, you're probably as addicted as I am and with this latest volume, "Naoki Urasawa's 20th CENTURY BOYS vol. 20″ is a no-brainer, it's a must buy volume and quite simply, "20th Century Boys" is a must buy series!

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