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20 Seiki Shounen  
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Humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren't for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world.

Won the Kodansha Manga Award in the category "Best General Manga" in 2001.


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Associated Names
Мальчики 20-ого века
فتيان القرن العشرون
20 Seiki Shōnen
20세기 소년
20th Century Boys
Nijuu Seiki Shounen
Twentieth Century Boys

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Latest Release(s)
v.22 c.9-13 (end) by Manga-Heaven (3027d ago)
v.22 c.8 by Manga-Heaven (3096d ago)
v.22 c.7 by Manga-Heaven (3114d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
22 Volumes (Complete)

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20th Century Boys by cryptic
20th Century Boys by Master_M2K


User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (1307 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 19th 2015, 8:41am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic Spirits (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (22 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #556 decreased(-42)
Monthly Pos #548 increased(+9)
3 Month Pos #546 (No change)
6 Month Pos #482 increased(+3)

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On 758 reading lists
On 1190 wish lists
On 2612 completed lists
On 100 unfinished lists
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Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by nutellafan
June 21st, 2007, 8:20pm
Dramatic and thrilling. Will have your spine tingling when you reach over to turn the page.
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by mcahmad
June 14th, 2007, 10:44am
just amazing i cant even begin to describe it , i wish i could give more than 10 coz this manga is just worth it
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A Loveletter to Aging Otaku   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tokkun
April 29th, 2007, 11:38pm
When I was a kid, I used to get an adrenaline rush reading shounen manga like Dragon Ball or Rurouni Kenshin, much like the kids in 20th Century Boys read Mazinger or Getter Robo. Sadly as we age, we lose some of the excitement we used to take in reading about characters striving to become the strongest fighter or a hero of justice. Nowadays I read mostly seinen manga, but at times I still long for the days when a manga could get my blood pumping. Thank god I found 20th Century Boys.

20cb is a manga that is both mature enough in character and plot to satisfy jaded manga fans and exciting enough to make you feel like a kid again. I can't remember the last time I've been so energized when reading a manga. The tension, cliffhangers, and plot twists kept me so tightly wound that on several occasions I was inspired to shout out a string of obscenities followed by an enthusiastic "Yeah!!" With multiple timelines stretching across 50 years, 20cb is not so much a 'thrill-ride' as it is a 'thrilling epic'.

I'm not one to easily score a series as a 10, but in the case of 20th Century Boys, it is well-deserved. It's among the best, if not the best, manga I have ever read.

I wanna be a Hero of Justice...
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by F0RR
March 29th, 2007, 11:32am
Best manga ever.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by EvilTomte
March 4th, 2007, 10:58am
Awesome. Just awesome.
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20th Century Boys   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
December 2nd, 2006, 11:39am
Great manga.
The plot and the art are amazing.
Naoki Urasawa is a plot genious lol.
Just sometimes the flash-backs are to big, and gets a little boring.
And not to many action to.

But its definitly a must-read
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by FuN!
November 26th, 2006, 6:13am
The plot is amazing, so it really draws you into the story, but the only problem I have is that there is alot of twists and turns and thus explanations, so those of you who don't have alot of patience or aren't in the mood to sit down and read through everything, try to stay away from this one. But if you're willing, definitely a good read.
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Quite Good   
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by JSW
November 2nd, 2006, 4:32pm
thrilling and good however too long
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Almost the best (only the best matter however)   
Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
by movingstone
October 19th, 2006, 4:06pm
suberb story line, creative twist and developement, quite addicted, once read hard to stop
-the only reason this is not 10 out of 10 is because sometime it could get too intense and you probably not going to read it twice.

... Last updated on June 8th, 2007, 12:16pm
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A must read.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Samyrai
October 19th, 2006, 10:28am
This manga has a quality that many other mangas lack: a very good story. Same as in movies, if the story is good the movie will be great. However, the thing that makes 20th Century Boys so exceptional is not only its story, the artwork is incredible too. So, even if you dont like the genre, this one is a "must read" for every manga fan.
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