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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; coauthored 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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  • Series: Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys (Book 22)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421542773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421542775
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Thrombus on January 4, 2013
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Um, guy, the story is not over yet. There are still two more volumes to go - "21st Century Boys - Volume 1" and "21st Century Boys - Volume 2." Kinda makes you want to rethink your review, huh?
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With the latest volume of "20th Century Boys" vol. 22, the word that I can easily describe this release is "epic". With everyone making their return for this one volume, everyone must decide what their role is going to be in this final battle. Are they going to fight or are they going to stand around? Kenji's friends faced this once before, now much older, they know that they must stay persistent in order to keep humanity alive and safe while the Friend and his people attack Tokyo.

This 22nd volume also appears slightly larger than previous volumes and is filled with so much story incorporating so many characters, there is no doubt that Urasawa had wanted to get everyone involved as we near the end of the series.

In this volume, Kanna finally learns about her Uncle Kenji as she and many friends have thought he was dead for so many years. Chono finally finds out the truth of how his grandfather, the legendary detective Cho-san was killed, we also get to find out who the real identity of the DJ playing Kenji's music is and also, learning how Takasu is pregnant with the Friend's child and has replaced Manjome as the leader of the FDP. So, where previous volumes focused on the action, this volume focuses on character development and bringing everyone, including past side characters together.

Naoki Urasawa's "20th CENTURY BOYS" just gets better and better and the series will continue in vol. 1 of "21st CENTURY BOYS". And with so many twists and turns, one can only wonder what Naoki Urasawa has planned. But for this volume alone, this is the big set-up for the final confrontation between Kenji and the Friend.

Featuring wonderful illustration and awesome storytelling, which Naoki Ursawa is known for, "Naoki Urasawa's 20th CENTURY BOYS" Vol.
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4 of 17 people found the following review helpful By leemoder on November 20, 2012
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Twenty-two volumes...about 4,500 pages. That's what I read to get to this hash of an ending to this manga. Maybe it's just the nature of the weekly production schedule for serialized manga and/or the need to keep a series running for as long as possible that leads to the problems of constructing a satisfying ending to these stories. It also could just be differences in cultural storytelling traditions...or it could just be sloppy work.
There are a myriad of subplots that are left completely unresolved: After dropping hints about Kanna's probable teke powers for volumes...meh, not so much...Just what the hell is the deal with the Friend anyhow? Sorry, nada. How could Kenji have survived Bloody New Year's Eve seventeen years ago and where has he been while everything went to hell? Uh-uh. I'm not even going to bother with all of the characters that were introduced and summarily dropped for no apparent reason.
And what's the deal with that last page?! Has Kenji time-travelled back to 1970...and to "settle" what, exactly?
So much Japanese SF manga falls apart like this: building upon itself, volume after volume, until all logic is crushed under the sum of its parts. They then retreat into a creative vagueness to avoid coming to any conclusion at all. I haven't been this disappointed in the end of a manga since the final volume of Akira. How many times did they destroy Tokyo in that story only to have the main cast just drift away like a dream? That's a rather fitting metaphor to the experience of reading these books...All the effort you put into getting through all those volumes just seems to go pfft into the ether.
Look, the art is great. Granted. But, after 22 volumes, the story goes nowhere. There's no payoff. No catharsis. Just fragments of what could have been. This work was a complete waste of time. The artist must realize this as well. How many years did he devote to this work to wind up nowhere? I would be pretty damn disappointed in myself.
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