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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.
Won the Seiun Award for Best Comic in 2008.


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Associated Names
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 over 10 years ago
v.22 c.8 by Manga-Heaven over 10 years ago
v.22 c.7 by Manga-Heaven over 10 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
22 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews
20th Century Boys by cryptic
20th Century Boys by Master_M2K


User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (1433 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.85 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 17th 2018, 7:44am 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 #364 increased(+122)
Monthly Pos #620 decreased(-20)
3 Month Pos #646 decreased(-55)
6 Month Pos #622 decreased(-49)
Year Pos #577 decreased(-40)

List Stats
On 861 reading lists
On 1340 wish lists
On 2931 completed lists
On 102 unfinished lists
On 423 custom lists

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An immortal classic   
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by MattyKo
January 5th, 2006, 3:11pm
This is one of the greatest mangas written that I've ever read. The art work is great, similar to the other pieces of work that the author has also written such as Monster, with realistic tones and faces with that still animesque style. Don't expect to see much pointy noses or chins with unholy round eyes if you know what I mean. A psychological thriller/mystery with very innovative and unique ideas. If you could only read one manga in your life I recommend this one...every chapter is a page turner leading to something if you haven't already go d/l this manga....or buy it...
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Best manga story in the world   
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by vie setsuna
December 7th, 2005, 9:35pm
Once I read the manga, I just can't stop reading over & over. It only took 2 days to finish 14 volumes. Sadly I can't get the 15th-20th volumes... The story's just great, the plot twists are amazing, even minor characters would involve in the further story as we read.
I'm happy that this excellent books have been licensed in Indonesia thru Level Comics, so did Monster.
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The one   
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by Anonymous
October 27th, 2005, 12:34pm
This is the very first manga I have ever enjoyed this much. The story and the art is perfect. The main characters are perfect. Everything matches. Even FMA and GANTZ which were the number ones before this are lower than 20th Century Boys.
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by Anonymous
September 10th, 2005, 5:53pm
This is simply the best story ever told im my opinion. If you're a fan of giant conspiracies and plot twists, then this is the story for you. No book, movie or videogame comes even close to having a story this perfect. I fell in love with Monster when I first saw the anime and thought that nothing could ever top it. But I can now say with confidence that 20thCB completely blows Monster away, and that's not easy to do considering how great Monster was.
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by jointface
September 10th, 2005, 1:04am
I don't read much manga. What I have read I wasn't very interested in, compared to the corresponding anime series. But 20th Century Boys gripped me so much I couldn't stop reading. It's difficult to find appropriate words to describe how compelling the story is. Urasawa proves that he is a genius with this series.
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by barbapapa
August 17th, 2005, 4:25pm
you cannot rate this lower than perfect
I started reading and had to force myself to even take sleeping breaks
Naoki Urasawa has written an insanely amount of very good mangas; but this is his ultimate masterpiece imo
Sublime characters, a story that captivates you even after its over.
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one of the top 10   
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by cryptic
July 9th, 2005, 6:44pm
I've read an unthinkable amounts of manga. This has been one of my favorites that will never be knocked out of my top ten.... Once you think you have started to figure it out it takes another turn spinning your head but feeling as if there was no other way to go... don't anticipate while reading this.... this story will excede whatever you dreamed up and put you somewhere else, loving every minute of it.

If you haven't downloaded this series make sure you get on IRC and check it out. If possible (and i know some people don't have the cash) buy it. I honestly believe spending money on this manga will make you happy.. somehow.
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The Best Manga Ever   
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by furato
July 9th, 2005, 1:04am
Many people like to say that their favourite manga is "teh best magna evar!!", but most of the times it's just a case of the reviewer not reading many titles. However, 20th Century Boys is the best manga I've ever read ever since I started reading manga in 1990, and it might just really be the best manga ever.

It doesn't have a lot of fighting, it doesn't have bodacious females in skimpy clothing, it doesn't have pretty young men, it doesn't have over-the-top humour, it doesn't even have anyone who comes from another dimension. It simply has wonderful art that conveys emotion in a real way and a very carefully crafted plot, with mysteries and surprises in every chapter, gripping you tight and not letting you stop reading until you run out of chapters.

I have recommended this title to all my manga-loving friends, and every one of them cursed me afterwards for causing them to stay up for nights to read all chapters in one go.
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Great Story   
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by dariusj18
June 26th, 2005, 6:53pm
This manga is truely exceptional. It leaves nothing to be desired. The art is amazing and the story is both mysterious and exciting. If you have read Bananafish you are sure to enjoy this.
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