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Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys, Vol. 4 Paperback – August 18, 2009

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Book 4 of 22 in the 20th Century Boys Series

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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 th"e 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 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.

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 th"e 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 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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Product Details

  • Series: 20th Century Boys (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (August 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421519232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421519234
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20th Century Boys, Vol. 4: Love and Peace mostly focuses on the mysterious Shogun, who was introduced in the previous volume. He lives in Thailand, he fixes problems, he's made an enemy of the Friends and he might by Kenji's childhood friend, Otcho, who disappeared in Thailand a few years earlier. After about 160 pages about Shogun, Kenji has gone underground, walking the streets in a pink bunny suit and hiding out in a deserted subway station with his family and a few vagrants. Meanwhile, the Friends have become a political party and have widespread power in Japan.

Like the three volumes before it, Vol. 4 ends on a cliffhanger, and unless you're binge reading the entire series, it's a good idea to reread the last few pages of the previous volume before going on to the next one. Otherwise, it's a little hard to get started. I really liked Shogun's story and how he connects to the story in 1969 and 2000 (the year 2000 is technically still the 20th century, for those of you that forgot), and his character is very well fleshed out in this volume. ****1/2
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After 4 volumes of build up 20th Century Boys starts to move. Most of the action is now happening in the summer of 2000. The Friends have infiltrated the Japanese government at the highest levels and are moving ahead with their plans.

Most of the book focuses on 'Shogun' a mysterious criminal in Thailand with a soft spot for protecting women. We soon see his role in the overall story.

I really can't say anything more, Urasawa's story is dense and well plotted and still unfolding, but it's clear he has a plan and this is worth the ride.
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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.
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