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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; 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 received the 2011 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia, and is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award, a two-time recipient of the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize, and also received the Kodansha Manga Award. 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: 20th Century Boys (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421543265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421543260
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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I have to admit that I was surprised that there was a "21st Century Boys", last year I was expecting a final volume 23 of "20th Century Boys" but instead we get a new title and conclusion that is to last two volumes.

According to what I have read in Japanese blogs, Urasawa suffered from two dislocated shoulders and had to take a year off from the manga series. But I'm quite grateful that after a year of recuperating, he was able to come back to finishing the series.

For this first volume, I think it's a given that Kenji would return and there would be this finale confrontation between Kenji and the Friend. There was no real battle per se, but with the Friend dead and his people apprehended, everything was thought to be safe until it was revealed that his supporters were going to unleash a anti-proton bomb on the world.

So, once again Kenji and friends try to save the world. But there is one problem.

While the UN Forces have arrived to bring stability to the area, the UN Forces still don't trust the Genji Faction because Kanna is the daughter of the Friend and because her mother (Kenji's sister) is responsible for creating the virus and the antidote.

But to find this remote detonating device, Kenji has to go back to the past and confront the person that can help him, his younger self from the early '70s.

Meanwhile, Kanna deals with guilt of putting people into harms way, while Chono finds out who killed his uncle.

Naoki Urasawa's "20th CENTURY BOYS" just gets better and better and part one of "21st Century Boys" was an interesting followup after Urasawa's time of recuperation.
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