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Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys: v. 2 [Paperback]

Naoki Urasawa

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26 Nov 2009 Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys (Book 2)
The Friend, an enigmatic cult leader who plans to destroy the world, declares, 'The cosmos has begun choosing those who are true friends'. Meanwhile, horrifying incidents are taking place: the emergence of a mysterious virus, the revelations of a man on the run...Kenji tries to find out who this Friend is, but the answer is still far ahead. The footsteps of doom slowly creep closer and a shadow falls over the city...Yukiji remembers who came up with their group's enigmatic symbol: Otcho. She also discovers that, nine years earlier, Otcho had been working in Thailand but mysteriously vanished. Could Otcho be the mysterious Friend? Also, a legendary detective is hot on the trail of the Shikishima kidnappers, but the clues he uncovers lead him dangerously close to the Friends cult. Is his life now in danger as well?

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc (26 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591169267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591169260
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.5 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,807 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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5.0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong with Naoki Urasawa's work 17 Nov 2009
By Chihiro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Urasawa is one of the best storytellers and artists around. I can't say enough good things about 20th Century Boys and Pluto. I'm one of those people who can tell how a tv show or book is going to end at the beginning.
Urasawa keeps me guessing about what will happen next. Please check out Monster and Master Keaton too.
5.0 out of 5 stars Evil sauce 21 Jun 2012
By spooky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This series kicks into a bending gear here. The twists, the turns, the mystery.!!! Stop reading about this series and read it for yourself before spoilers put you and the milk in a bad way.
4.0 out of 5 stars Coffee For The Brain Book Reviews 29 Oct 2011
By A. Maurer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After reading volume 1 in this series and finding myself really enjoying the story line I just had to keep on reading. Luckily, volume 2 was readily available at my library so I was able to snag the next volume within a day of reading volume 1.

I am really getting involved in the story line. The character development is strong. I truly have my characters I like and don't like. I feel committed to continuing with the series to find out the many answers to the questions I have. I like the main character Kenji. He is a well balanced main character that helps move the story along at the right pace. He is a good counterbalance to some of the other dynamic and one sided characters.

I am not sure what else to share in the review without giving away too much plot. I will simply state that if you give this series a try and enjoy volume you will not be disappointed in volume 2. Not off to find volume 3.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery deepens as the 'Friend' begins in earnest 25 May 2009
By Alexandra Cenni - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
And the mystery deepens! How is a childhood game played by Kenji and his friends related to this mysterious 'Friend' and his plans for the world? Why is Kenji the one person who can save humanity? Who is the 'Friend'? Could it be Otcho, the leader of the gang when they were kids, mysteriously missing for these 9 years? Why exactly does the 'Friend' world domination is the end all plan?

In the second volume of 20th Century Boys things begin to grow murkier as Kenji investigates further into his friend Donkey's 'suicide' and the mysterious symbol from his youth. I can easily understand why people can liken the narrative progression to that of the tv series Lost. The 'present', 1997, is used as the jumping up point. From there we jump back and forth between events of Kenji's childhood that directly relate to the current issues. Every so often events jump to December of 2000--when a disaster is about to change the world.

We learn more about Kiriko, Kanna's mother and Kenji's older sister, who raised Kenji and saved him more often then he thought from death. Through his memories we easily can see why he feels it is so important for him to take care of Kanna and no one else. We meet and learn more about Yukiji, a relentless tomboy from Kenji's youth who was one day 'saved' by Kenji from the neighborhood bullies. A homeless man who is called 'Kamisama' (God) by his fellows because he can see into the future on occasion dreams of the destruction to come and how to perhaps prevent it.

Once again Viz's presentation is wonderful and makes reading this series enjoyable. This is, in many ways, a hard manga to read for casual readers. There isn't a lot of 'action' or such, outside of the scifi elements and Friend plot, this is more about life and how life changes you. From Kenji's regrets that his sister was never able to do what she wanted because she was constantly caring for him to Yukiji's disappointment that Kenji couldn't stand up to the 'knight in shining armor' she remembered from her youth.

Volume 3 is due out in June, with volume 4 following in August, five following in October and 6 following in December. If Viz holds to schedule, you really only to wait every other month for the series, which is wonderful because this is a series you don't want to lose a grasp of the details on.
5.0 out of 5 stars If the first volume didn't get you...this one will 20 May 2009
By lovelyduckie - Published on Amazon.com
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If the first volume didn't bind you to this series then the 2nd one will, by the last page of volume 2 this series completely owned the highest admiration I can give a manga series. It evoked a lot of emotions from me without being cheap about it. No I didn't cry, I'm just invested in the future of all the characters and can't wait to see what lays in wait for them all. I'm going to start reading Monster now (also by this author) while I anxiously await the upcoming volumes. The only negative about this series is the price, but to be honest for something this good...the $12.99 retail price doesn't bother me one bit because this series is SO WORTH IT!
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