Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys, Vol. 15 Paperback – Jun 21 2011
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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 Tezuka; co-authored with Takashi Nagasaki, supervised by Macoto Tezka, and with the cooperation of Tezuka Productions). Many of his books have spawned popular animated and live-action TV programs and films, and 2008 saw the theatrical release of the first of three live-action Japanese films based on 20th Century Boys.No stranger to accolades and awards, Urasawa is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award, a two-time recipient of the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize, and has received the Kodansha Manga Award. Similarly, Monster has been nominated three times for the Eisner Award in America. Urasawa has also become involved in the world of academia, and in 2008 accepted a guest teaching post at Nagoya Zokei University, where he teaches courses in, of course, manga.
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For many issues, we have seen the Friend show his awesome power to the masses, die and then to be resurrected and then killed once again. But now his plan has probably won worldwide support and it's going to be very interesting to see how Kenji's friends can even show how much of a fraud that the Friend is as everyone is probably going to believe that the Friend is a deity.
Meanwhile, with everyone talks about the return of the Friend, one makes you wonder if the man we see with the guitar is who we think it is. A man who has been missing from the manga series for many issues but yet, have many people who believed in him continuing their mission to stop the Friend. I'm talking about Kenji...but Kenji hasn't been seen for nearly two decades? Isn't he dead?
Needless to say, this latest issue is going to cause excitement for those who know that the end is coming near for the series and we will eventually, or hopefully see a final confrontation between possibly Kenji and friends vs. the Friend and his minions.
It's too early to say right now but what prophecy that the Friend had made, the world is to end in 2015 and many are realizing that the time is coming soon in which they have to be careful on what they plan if this prophecy is to become reality.
Meanwhile, we also get to see the return of Keroyon and to see him carrying on Kenji's mission by trying to help people in the United States and possibly stop this mysterious person in a gas mask who may be responsible of unleashing the virus in many cities.
Suffice to say, 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.
Featuring wonderful illustration and awesome storytelling, which Naoki Ursawa is known for, "Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys Vol. 15″ is awesome!
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 can't wait until the next volume.
Overall, "Naoki Urasawa's 20th CENTURY BOYS vol. 15″ is highly recommended!