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NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 01 (C: 1-0-1) (Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys) Paperback – 3 Mar 2009


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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Viz LLC; 1 edition (3 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591169224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591169222
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Naoki Urasawa has been a highly recognized and successful manga artist for more than twenty years. Creator of popular series such as 20th Century Boys and Yawara, Urasawa has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the first Japanese Media Art Festival Manga Award of Excellence, the Osamu Tezuka Culture Award in 1999, and the 46th Shogakukan Manga Award. Naoki Urasawa's Monster has thrilled and entertained well over 25 million readers in Japan.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leyton Paget on 13 Oct. 2012
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After hearing a lot of glowing reviews about Naoki Urasawa's many manga series, I decided I'd find out for myself how good they were, so I purchased the first volume of 20th Century Boys. I was not disappointed.

The plot-line captivates you with ease and immerses you into his world, following the lives of a group of childhood friends, reunited as adults to solve a shocking mystery and fight against the greatest threat modern man has ever had to face. The story is woven together perfectly; the mystery and suspense are mind-blowing, linking things in a way that only a true master of suspense could. This book will have you guessing all the way through, and changing your guess every other chapter as the mystery grows. Just as a warning, the cliffhangers in this series are phenomenal; after reading the first volume (all in one sitting!), I immediately hopped onto Amazon and bought the next few in the set!

The artwork is amazing; the character designs and backgrounds are much more detailed than other manga, and have been drawn to top-notch quality. The books themselves are of very good quality; the covers are very well designed and look great lined up, and the pages are made of good quality paper. The size of the book was slightly larger than I expected, but it's still a good size. For first-time authentic manga readers, the book is laid out 'back to front' to preserve the original Japanese design; it is surprisingly easy to get used to, and once you've got past it, full immersion is within your hands.

I have read many other manga series, but none like this one. If you love a brilliant plot-line, suspense like no other and are not afraid of reading a 'picture book', then check this out!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stan FREDO on 1 Aug. 2010
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30 years after, a strange, forgotten logotype reappears in the life of a bunch of friends. They had hand-designed it as a symbol for the small group of children they were back in the early 1970s. It now seems to be linked with a strange, growing cult and a recent series of deaths. The product of a master storyteller, the book gets you hook, line and sinker. It seems Naoki Urasawa can't put a foot wrong as he also made Naoki Urasawa's Monster: Volume 1 and Pluto: Urasawa X Tezuka volume 1. All highly recommendable. If you love comics, don't miss Urasawa, as he is without any doubt one of the best in this field, ever. And yes, '20th Century Boys' has something to do with the T.Rex song of -- almost -- the same name.
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By mohamed on 14 Mar. 2015
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one of the best manga volumes i have ever read must have for any manga collector
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By Antonis Karras on 2 Oct. 2014
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perfect
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brianne on 8 Jan. 2014
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This was ordered as a Christmas present. It came quickly and on time. It was in great condition and was exactly what I was looking for :)
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