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30 review for 20th Century Boys, Band 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    ⋆ yel ⋆

    4 of 5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Chavez

    My gosh Urasawa never ceases to amaze me with his layered complex form of storytelling. I had to put Pluto down for a while as this first volume grabbed me. I love tales of childhood that come back to haunt the children later in life. If the first volume didn't bind you to this series then the 2nd one will, by the last page of volume 2 this series completely owned the highest admiration I can give a manga series, which in my opinion Urasawa also holds the title for with Monster. This volume evok My gosh Urasawa never ceases to amaze me with his layered complex form of storytelling. I had to put Pluto down for a while as this first volume grabbed me. I love tales of childhood that come back to haunt the children later in life. If the first volume didn't bind you to this series then the 2nd one will, by the last page of volume 2 this series completely owned the highest admiration I can give a manga series, which in my opinion Urasawa also holds the title for with Monster. This volume evoked a lot of emotions from me without being cheap about it. No I didn't cry, I'm just invested in the future of all the characters and can't wait to see what lays in wait for them all. I think Kenji, the main character, is easy to relate to, he's just an average guy with a job and his sister's kid strapped to his back. Kenji, like many of us, had dreams in his younger days, but reality came knocking eventually. I'm also really starting to like Yukiji, I hope she gets a bigger role moving forward, a strong female character that develops over time is something that Monster lacked and I look forward to seeing Yukiji's history and what happens to her in the future. What does the future hold for Kenji? What will this "friend" organization do next? Will germ warfare break out in London? What did they really get themselves into as kids to lead to this point? All this and more, on the next volume of 20th CENTURY BOYS!

  3. 4 out of 5

    توفيق عبد الرحيم

    apparently friend is otcho but i am not sure yet since it would be weird to give the answer to the whole conspiracy this fast, and i think they recruited his sister (somehow) and she is responsible for the germ warfare the virus or larvae or whatever that is sucking all the blood from human bodies. Naoki Urasawa just became my second favorite manga writer that i will read all his works, i think he is the best to do it among the manga writers i read for, the second would be Hiroya Oku (Gantz), sin apparently friend is otcho but i am not sure yet since it would be weird to give the answer to the whole conspiracy this fast, and i think they recruited his sister (somehow) and she is responsible for the germ warfare the virus or larvae or whatever that is sucking all the blood from human bodies. Naoki Urasawa just became my second favorite manga writer that i will read all his works, i think he is the best to do it among the manga writers i read for, the second would be Hiroya Oku (Gantz), since the guy who wrote berserk isn't really a writer he just made one thing and that's it, i like his writing style even more than hiroya oku but at the same time to be able to conceive one idea only in your life, isn't really what makes you a legendary writer in my opinion. I love his characters and the complexity of his story, in two volumes he introduced more interesting characters than most writers do in their whole series. everything intertwines to present this wonderful story, past present and future... I read stories about kids before and seen how they grow up and all that, but naoki urasawa just took it to a whole another level first of all its realistic, its just kids playing and thinking stupid things and making shit up, they grow up to be teenagers they have aspirations, most of them fail, they settle into different lives as adults, but one whacky kid decides to really go on with their plans as kids for world conquest, to take simple kids life and transform it into a story for world conquest on a large scale, and one of the best conspiracies i read so far, its just brilliant, not only that he actually has 6 other manga series out there most of them come highly recommended. God might be one of my favorite characters of all times, i wish to see more of him, he is so real and simple, gifted to see the future of all things it seems, and he just knows what to do every time to make things work, and save his friends, and stay alive, and he doesn't know how he does it, it just happens, such a brilliant character i love it, imagine if they just told kenji someone bleeding to death wants you, he wouldn't give a fuck, he doesn't know the person, and its homeless people who are trying to get him to go somewhere. i also loved the brilliant detective that died, he actually figured it all out, and paid his life for it, and his portrayal as the cop who just does his job, and forgets his family, alot of men do this in their lives, get so engaged in their jobs, and forget to care for their families, your kids won't love you because you put food in the table, if you wound up in prison you will find that they give you food also, its love that they need relationships are like plants if you don't water them, they wither and eventually die. i blabbered on and on and i didn't even speak my mind on all the things Naoki discusses with his work, this manga actually takes triple the time any other manga i ever read took from me, but i love it, and i feel its only going to get better.

  4. 5 out of 5

    GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)

    It's a little early in the series, I know, but I am fairly certain that 20th Century Boys will be what I point to from now on when people ask me what Manga they should read. Only two volumes in and...IT'S JUST THAT GOOD! It's a little early in the series, I know, but I am fairly certain that 20th Century Boys will be what I point to from now on when people ask me what Manga they should read. Only two volumes in and...IT'S JUST THAT GOOD!

  5. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Another great volume. You really get into the meet of the characters here which I really enjoyed. Kenji is one of the best main characters. Scared when it feels right, brave when it feels needed, it just don't feel "forced" and still gives you emotional moments and you've only just started knowing these characters. I love the whole flash forward, flash back, current storyline going on. It gives real stakes and you wonder what in the world is happening. Kenji is at the center of it all and watchi Another great volume. You really get into the meet of the characters here which I really enjoyed. Kenji is one of the best main characters. Scared when it feels right, brave when it feels needed, it just don't feel "forced" and still gives you emotional moments and you've only just started knowing these characters. I love the whole flash forward, flash back, current storyline going on. It gives real stakes and you wonder what in the world is happening. Kenji is at the center of it all and watching him coup with Donkey's death and learning more and more about these organization labeled "friends" is both thrilling and interesting. The final few pages really draw you in and you feel the need to swoop up the next volume...which I did...and the other 3 volumes after. Yep, this is gonna be a long one, but a goodie!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    Cool plot. How would you like to wake up one day to realize that someone had taken your crazy ideas as a kid and turned them into a blueprint for world domination? Would you say no way? Would you freak out? The characters are fascinating and well drawn in both senses. The Plot is even better. It goes deeper and deeper and this is only the second volume. I can't even imagine how far down the rabbit hole goes, but I'm definitely going to jump in. Thank you, Shonen Jump. Cool plot. How would you like to wake up one day to realize that someone had taken your crazy ideas as a kid and turned them into a blueprint for world domination? Would you say no way? Would you freak out? The characters are fascinating and well drawn in both senses. The Plot is even better. It goes deeper and deeper and this is only the second volume. I can't even imagine how far down the rabbit hole goes, but I'm definitely going to jump in. Thank you, Shonen Jump.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Derek Royal

    Another fascinating volume. If there was any doubt after the first book that I was hooked by Urasawa's storytelling, that has been completely dispelled with this second installment. More characters, more storylines, and more mysteries are added to the mix here...which expect will be the case in subsequent volumes. Another fascinating volume. If there was any doubt after the first book that I was hooked by Urasawa's storytelling, that has been completely dispelled with this second installment. More characters, more storylines, and more mysteries are added to the mix here...which expect will be the case in subsequent volumes.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Monkey Feyerabend

    7.5/10 The conspiracy gets bigger. The final cliffhangers of this volume were unexpected, and now things start to make some sense. The pace has a distinctive 'movie' vibe: plenty of cinematic cuts (apparently, Urasawa's favourite storytelling trick) and a lot of flashbacks. Cartoony yet quasi-realistic faces. Good use of the G-pen nib in the inking. Clear and heavy influence of Otomo in that department. 7.5/10 The conspiracy gets bigger. The final cliffhangers of this volume were unexpected, and now things start to make some sense. The pace has a distinctive 'movie' vibe: plenty of cinematic cuts (apparently, Urasawa's favourite storytelling trick) and a lot of flashbacks. Cartoony yet quasi-realistic faces. Good use of the G-pen nib in the inking. Clear and heavy influence of Otomo in that department.

  9. 5 out of 5

    RG

    This was amazing. The characters are developing nicely, the plot deepens with tonnes of intrigue and the art is still very good. So far a very good series. I hope it maintains its storytelling and doesnt drop off.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nelson

    Masterful! What a thriller! I need to keep reading!

  11. 4 out of 5

    John Wiswell

    Well, this ate my afternoon. Book 1 hit full stride when it began Donkey’s story, about one of Kenji’s childhood friends who was poor, unwanted and eventually became integral to their band of friends. Book 2 similarly hits its stride with the story of Kiriko, Kenji’s sister who leveraged her whole life to give him opportunities, but has recently vanished. We learn that as a little girl, Kiriko argued her parents out of aborting Kenji, promising to treat him like her own baby, and it radically re Well, this ate my afternoon. Book 1 hit full stride when it began Donkey’s story, about one of Kenji’s childhood friends who was poor, unwanted and eventually became integral to their band of friends. Book 2 similarly hits its stride with the story of Kiriko, Kenji’s sister who leveraged her whole life to give him opportunities, but has recently vanished. We learn that as a little girl, Kiriko argued her parents out of aborting Kenji, promising to treat him like her own baby, and it radically recolors those anecdotes of her saving him from drowning and supporting his dreams of being a musician. Today, Kenji is a failure managing the family liquor store and caring for Kiriko’s child, almost returning the favor she did him throughout his adolescence. Urasawa couldn’t write a stronger hook to make me want to know where she vanished to. Yet Kiriko’s back story is one of a dozen threads in Book 2, and it’s easy to forget how much happens in this book because Urasawa has the freakish talent for letting plot threads breathe uninterrupted. We’re introduced to Kamisama, a homeless man with prophetic dreams that have begun touching on the cult. Kenji may lose his shop due to Kiriko’s baby distracting him, while the cult builds an insane machine beneath the city. We get more glimpses of Friend, the shadowy cult-leader, and hints of how wide his influence is within the city. The police begin seeing murders around the city as mere deaths resulting of a rare African disease that may be spreading in Japan, which we know can’t be the whole story. And when one flashback gives me a glimpse of someone studying microbiology, I got goosebumps. None of this feels rushed, even if I occasionally fought the desire to read faster. Kamisama giving a bizarre and endearing lecture on bowling instead of a prophecy to his fellow homeless friends has all of the page space it needs; it’s never crowded out by the more dire cult-plots or the winning flashbacks to Kenji’s childhood. Nor is it annoying, as even when things go humorous, it feels like every character is somehow in the web of conspiracy that turned Kenji’s childhood games into a modern terrorist plot. Very few storytellers in any medium can thread together plot points with this much intrigue, let alone shift tone. 20th Century Boys is sometimes damnably funny or cute, and feels as natural in that space as in the earnest sentimentality about Kiriko. You may linger in those zones long enough that you forget it will drop the floor out from under you and delve into Horror whenever it wants. The biggest trick is having one tonal scene connect to another of entirely different tone – so someone we admire is implicated in the cult, or dies, or someone we fear comes down to earth in a touching moment with the homeless. I’m very happy that the next six books are sitting on my nightstand. 20th Century Boys reads like masterwork.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mikael Kuoppala

    A saga that took off with a bang continues with head-hurting momentum and ever increasing complexity. Urasawa keeps on getting the reader hooked into this tale of a cult connected to the upcoming fall of the human race, stemming from the buried memories of a group of friends. Friends who reconnect to solve the mystery of their shared childhood with its deadly ripples. Volume 1 "Friends" was all about the dynamic of the posse, but this volume really zooms in on Kenji, the main protagonist. We get A saga that took off with a bang continues with head-hurting momentum and ever increasing complexity. Urasawa keeps on getting the reader hooked into this tale of a cult connected to the upcoming fall of the human race, stemming from the buried memories of a group of friends. Friends who reconnect to solve the mystery of their shared childhood with its deadly ripples. Volume 1 "Friends" was all about the dynamic of the posse, but this volume really zooms in on Kenji, the main protagonist. We get more flashbacks of his life and get to know more about his family. At the same time, the bigger picture gets built nicely. "The Prophet" isn't quite as intensely paced as "Friends" as it focuses a bit more on character than on plot, but it still does a lot to advance the mystery. And it's all damn fascinating, plotwise and tonewise. This is extremely entertaining and intellectually stimulating stuff that relies on psychological insight and a thematic content that promises to be fascinating indeed. Getting more and more addicted to this thing with each page.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nadia Costa

    And Kenji's mission continues... And Kenji's mission continues...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kesa

    I wonder what he meant when he said that you don't necessarily have to be at the centre. Also, there's another person claiming to be "the true prophet" ... Kenji it's all in your hands now. I wonder what he meant when he said that you don't necessarily have to be at the centre. Also, there's another person claiming to be "the true prophet" ... Kenji it's all in your hands now.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Villain E

    For my money, nobody builds a story like Naoki Urasawa. In any medium. First we get more setup. We meet Yukiji, the toughest girl in school. She's as disappointed as anyone that they've all become boring adults. Then we meet Cho-San, a cop investigating the Friends. Then we meet Kamisama, a homeless psychic. We learn more about Kenji's relationship with his sister as Kenji works to provide for his niece. And finally, some pieces start to come together in a dramatic way. The pacing is great. The ch For my money, nobody builds a story like Naoki Urasawa. In any medium. First we get more setup. We meet Yukiji, the toughest girl in school. She's as disappointed as anyone that they've all become boring adults. Then we meet Cho-San, a cop investigating the Friends. Then we meet Kamisama, a homeless psychic. We learn more about Kenji's relationship with his sister as Kenji works to provide for his niece. And finally, some pieces start to come together in a dramatic way. The pacing is great. The characterization is strong. The art is amazing. This is so good.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    This series is very near and dear to my heart. It's the first complete manga I ever read (maybe, .hack might have been the first), and it has one of the most in depth plots in any graphic novel ever. The basic premise of the series is kind of similar to Stephen King's 'It', though minus the killer clown. It has a giant robot without being about a giant robot, dash of romance that simmers in the background, and most of all it invokes that feeling you had as a child dreaming about how amazing the This series is very near and dear to my heart. It's the first complete manga I ever read (maybe, .hack might have been the first), and it has one of the most in depth plots in any graphic novel ever. The basic premise of the series is kind of similar to Stephen King's 'It', though minus the killer clown. It has a giant robot without being about a giant robot, dash of romance that simmers in the background, and most of all it invokes that feeling you had as a child dreaming about how amazing the future was going to be, and then brings out the reality that hardly any of us reach those dreams or end up staying in a comfortable spot halfway there. And the friendship. Most of the characters were friends in elementary school, some in high school, but after that some of them didn't see or speak to each other for more than 15 years. The 'main' main character, Kenji, also has his first of many Crowning Moments of Awesome near the end of this volume, and a pretty epic OH SH-! moment too. If you're looking for a good manga to read that isn't all shonen or shojo over-hyped fluff, give this a try...actually, even if you are looking for fluff put it down and read this instead. :p

  17. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    I'm a bigger fan of Asano's artstyle, like in Goodnight Punpun, over Urasawa's artwork. I'm not an expert on manga but I felt Asano's illustrations had a richer level of detail (maybe done as a contrast to Punpuns barebones character design). Urasawa instead focuses our mind's eye to up close character shots, instead of hyper detailed set pieces and designs I've grown used to. I still really enjoyed the story Urasawa has put together so far. 20th century boys combines elements of slice of life, I'm a bigger fan of Asano's artstyle, like in Goodnight Punpun, over Urasawa's artwork. I'm not an expert on manga but I felt Asano's illustrations had a richer level of detail (maybe done as a contrast to Punpuns barebones character design). Urasawa instead focuses our mind's eye to up close character shots, instead of hyper detailed set pieces and designs I've grown used to. I still really enjoyed the story Urasawa has put together so far. 20th century boys combines elements of slice of life, with mid-30s adults reminiscing about how different they are from their childhood selves, with the supernatural, as our protagonist tries to solve the mystery of a growing cult trying to bring about the end of the world. It's an interesting idea for a plot, what if all the fantasies you had as a kid, about being a hero who saves the world, start coming true, but your childhood self still just became an average middle aged man. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    Volume 1 of 20th Century Boys had been sitting on my shelf for years -- it was one of the first Japanese-language books I ever bought, long before I could even scratch its surface. I finally noticed it sitting there recently, picked it up, realized "Oh shit, I can actually read this now," and proceeded to tear-ass through it with much joy. Then I went to Kinokuniya, ready after all these years to plunk down my dough for Volume 2, and... they had just stopped carrying the series entirely. Gnashed Volume 1 of 20th Century Boys had been sitting on my shelf for years -- it was one of the first Japanese-language books I ever bought, long before I could even scratch its surface. I finally noticed it sitting there recently, picked it up, realized "Oh shit, I can actually read this now," and proceeded to tear-ass through it with much joy. Then I went to Kinokuniya, ready after all these years to plunk down my dough for Volume 2, and... they had just stopped carrying the series entirely. Gnashed teeth, cursed fate, &c. Long story short: 1. There's a new 完全版 edition of the series currently being published in Japan 2. Amazon.co.jp has the first four 完全版 volumes in stock (five is released tomorrow!) 3. Each 完全版 volume contains two of the original 単行本 volumes 4. This is, so far, my favorite manga series

  19. 5 out of 5

    Scott Radtke

    This series is beginning to rival Otomo's unbelievable AKIRA, in its breadth depth and subtlety, and I suspect, by the end, it will surpass at least in terms of storytelling characters, and while the art isn't quite as mind-blowing as Otomo's, Urasawa gives the master a good run for the money. I seriously haven't been this stoked about a comic in a long time. Book two takes us deeper into the heart of the mystery, fleshing out some of the backstory of Kenji's missing sister, who The Friend is and This series is beginning to rival Otomo's unbelievable AKIRA, in its breadth depth and subtlety, and I suspect, by the end, it will surpass at least in terms of storytelling characters, and while the art isn't quite as mind-blowing as Otomo's, Urasawa gives the master a good run for the money. I seriously haven't been this stoked about a comic in a long time. Book two takes us deeper into the heart of the mystery, fleshing out some of the backstory of Kenji's missing sister, who The Friend is and what the plans are, and how far and wide the Friends conspiracy reaches - and it's surprising origin. Urusawa throws some heavy curves but maintains some lightness and even a few chuckles. As we begin to know the characters a sense of epic tragedy come into focus. Truly amazing.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julie Hayes

    As children, Kenji and his friends were terrorized by Yanbo and Manbo, the “evilest twins in history”. There was only one person who could put them in their place, a scrawny looking girl who would knock the stuffing out of the two boys. And they’ve just run into her at the airport, none other than Yukiji! Apparently she’s a customs officer who has a dog for a partner. The boys are thrilled to see her, although she seems less enthusiastic about the chance meeting. Two attorneys approach a man name As children, Kenji and his friends were terrorized by Yanbo and Manbo, the “evilest twins in history”. There was only one person who could put them in their place, a scrawny looking girl who would knock the stuffing out of the two boys. And they’ve just run into her at the airport, none other than Yukiji! Apparently she’s a customs officer who has a dog for a partner. The boys are thrilled to see her, although she seems less enthusiastic about the chance meeting. Two attorneys approach a man named Manjome Inshu regarding complaints from parents about their children being involved in an organization this man is part of. They want their children back. However, he is very evasive, and won’t give the name of the organization or of its leader, known simply as friend. Strangely, after Manjome’s departure, the attorneys notice something odd—all the spoons on the table are bent! Yukiji shows up unexpectedly at Kenji’s convenience mart, and tells him she remembers the symbol they were asking about, and also who came up with it—their friend Otcho. When Kenji tries to question her, the franchise district manager chooses that unfortunate time to come in and demands Kenji’s time. She invites Kenji to the victims’ meeting, and he says he’ll try to make it. Cho is a long-time policeman whose dedication to his job has caused problems in his personal life, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t care. He buys his grandson a Pikachu for his birthday, because apparently that’s what he wants and it’s all the rage. Cho is investigating the disappearance of the Shikishima family. He runs into his colleague, Yama, who is working on the death of the professor’s student, but learns that the case was taken out of police hands. Cho is concerned about being late to his grandson’s party. His daughter, who hasn’t spoken to him in years, has personally invited him, so he can’t mess this up. He shares the details of his investigation with Yama before leaving for the party. Kamisama is a homeless man who sometimes has nightmares. But his dreams aren’t like that of other people—his are often prescient. He shows up at Kenji’s store to check the stock prices and tells him things are going to get hard for him, but doesn’t explain why. Sometimes he tells his friends about his dreams, but this last one, he’s keeping that to himself. While rooting around in his absent sister’s desk, Kenji finds a hidden envelope containing a strange message… and the same mysterious symbol he’s been asking about! He asks his mother about the symbol and it’s then he learns why his sister has always taken such good care of him, even before he was born. Which is why he won’t give up on raising her only child for anything. He also learns about the rich man who once courted her and what became of him. Kamisama and his friends find an injured man in their midst. He won’t leave, no matter what they say, and insists on seeing the Great Kenji. Kamisama devises a plan to get Kenji to come to them. Hopefully he’ll understand what the man wants and will be able to do something about it. Things are certainly getting strange and mysterious in this second volume of Twentieth Century Boys. Unexplained deaths are occurring, and we are getting more of a glimpse into the organization led by Friend. Not so friendly, are they? Is their leader one of Kenji’s old group of friends, who came up with the symbol originally, and had a plan to save the world… if only they could remember what that was. How will Kenji’s band figure into this? Could Friend be the missing Otcho, or did he disappear for a more sinister reason? Also, am I wrong in thinking there’s an attraction between Kenji and Yukiji? If so, will they ever act on it? And who the heck is Kanna’s father? So many questions, so few answers. All we know for sure is the fate of the entire world depends on the answers! Looking forward to volume 3!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michael Sorbello

    This is a review of the entire series. Synopsis: 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 gang of boys who try to save the world. Failed rock musician Kenji's memories of his past come rushing back when one of his childhood friends mysteriously commits sui This is a review of the entire series. Synopsis: 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 gang of boys who try to save the world. Failed rock musician Kenji's memories of his past come rushing back when one of his childhood friends mysteriously commits suicide. Could this new death be related to the rise of a bizarre new cult that's been implicated in several other murders and disappearances? Determined to dig deeper, Kenji reunites with some of his old buddies in the hope of learning the truth behind it all. Review: This is basically the manga equivalent of a Stephen King novel, channeling themes and plot devices from the likes of It, Dreamcatcher, The Running Man and quite a few others. A young group of friends that make an innocent promise which ends up creating the most dangerous cult in the world, a 'friend' turned into the world's greatest evil, a strange suicide that reunites a group of adults to solve a mystery from their childhood which ended up leading to an apocalyptic police state, clever use of cultural references, rock songs and historical allegories to tell the full story, extremely small actions resulting in extremely massive consequences, an eerie threat lurking in the shadows that may or may not be of supernatural origins, kids overthrowing a totalitarian regime and rebelling against society while fighting against a sinister threat that no one else knows about; sound King enough for ya? Though I don't think it's quite as good as Monster by the same author, it's definitely very close. It's a masterpiece of intricate plotting, interweaving narratives, deep character development and psychological complexity. The villain's presence is suffocating from the very beginning while remaining mysterious and terrifying until the final chapter. It's intense, it's relatable, it's horrifying and it's an emotional rollercoaster. Be careful who you call your friend and be careful of the promises you make. You might just end up causing the end of the world.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Atalinay

    Damn that was a great volume! That virus plotline is too real. It follows us everywhere. About the lead the detective had: (view spoiler)[Detective got close to the case and was taken out by partner before reconciling with his daughter. (hide spoiler)] I knewwww it was too good to be true. fudgeeee. This Kamisama character is real cool. His plan to get Kenji to the location was hilarious. Here I was thinking he wouldn't be able to convince him. I appreciate Yukiji and Kiroko being bad ass strong wom Damn that was a great volume! That virus plotline is too real. It follows us everywhere. About the lead the detective had: (view spoiler)[Detective got close to the case and was taken out by partner before reconciling with his daughter. (hide spoiler)] I knewwww it was too good to be true. fudgeeee. This Kamisama character is real cool. His plan to get Kenji to the location was hilarious. Here I was thinking he wouldn't be able to convince him. I appreciate Yukiji and Kiroko being bad ass strong women. Almost too cool and probably got the short end of the stick following Kenji as the MC. Or not. Hes still cool and we need a common dude to ground us into someone we can relate to tho. That ending is great. I thought that the mystery on who the Friend was would be a bigger mystery, and it could still be, but that probably means there is more action in the next volumes that will expand the story. Personal spoilery notes on the plot so I don't forget: (view spoiler)[ Kiriko- older sister Yanbo and Mabo- twin bullies Yukiji: hero Manjome Inshu (superpower:bends spoons) Otcho invented the secret symbol Grandpa asking Hiroyuki about Shoheichan Birthday ?? ^High up in the police ^Tension with daighter, Yumiko, for being absent-ish Death from Vol1 was bc virus Pierre Spiritual Society- beef is found btwn them and Friends (leader killer in Vol.1) Cho-san and partner went to see teacher form '71 class: spoon bending incident Partner kills Cho-san Otcho spotted in Tibet years ago Kamisama: homeless; probably god, prophetic ^dreams of Y2K jk jk just bio weapons ending Japan prolly Flashback to Kiriko being a bad ass sister Morohoshi (old friend of Kiriko), died (pushed in front of train by white Hawaiian shirt?) ^Hawaiian shirt dude seems slightly psychic; uses it to get a girl to get close to her dad who works with robots Stabbed man asks for Kenji. Asks Kenji whats next and he flashes back to when they were kids and he made up stuff about saving the world and and evil org etc etc. Stabby dude admits to killing Donkey :( (hide spoiler)]

  23. 5 out of 5

    Farhana Lüba

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Okay, so this was GREAT. I'm literally hooked, and it's just the second volume. That is the magic of Naoki Urasawa, I guess! My favorite chapters from this volume was "Sister's drawer", "Yama-san" and "Friendship". In "Friendship", I loved the fact that Naoki portrayed Yukiji as the strongest girl. And I absolutely loved her, and her idea of Prince on a white horse :') "Yama-san" was sort of similar to that police officer's story in Monster, who was to give up smoking. I literally shed a tear. He Okay, so this was GREAT. I'm literally hooked, and it's just the second volume. That is the magic of Naoki Urasawa, I guess! My favorite chapters from this volume was "Sister's drawer", "Yama-san" and "Friendship". In "Friendship", I loved the fact that Naoki portrayed Yukiji as the strongest girl. And I absolutely loved her, and her idea of Prince on a white horse :') "Yama-san" was sort of similar to that police officer's story in Monster, who was to give up smoking. I literally shed a tear. He was so happy to be going to see his grandkid. I feel so sorry for him :( I loved "Sister's Drawer" because it resembled my big sister. My sister is the reason why I want to protect the ones I love, and I believe Kenji's reason was subconsciously the same. I loved this chapter because I've actually been there. And tbh, I'd kill Donkey's killer if he weren't half dead himself. I admire Donkey very much, to be honest. He's probably gonna be my favorite character from all of this. Looking forward to the next chapter! <3

  24. 5 out of 5

    herald

    3.5 standouts: detective cho-san getting double-crossed, otcho's tibetan appearance, psychic homeless old man 'Kamisama' (God) quotes: 1. yukiji - [of a class reunion] basically, you see each other again after all these years, and you're like, what a letdown, i should never have come! 2. kiriko - i can't believe you're still hungry kenji - well... I am still alive ... 3. train station killer - and anyway she's really vulnerable right now. she just lost the man she loved, right? women like that are the 3.5 standouts: detective cho-san getting double-crossed, otcho's tibetan appearance, psychic homeless old man 'Kamisama' (God) quotes: 1. yukiji - [of a class reunion] basically, you see each other again after all these years, and you're like, what a letdown, i should never have come! 2. kiriko - i can't believe you're still hungry kenji - well... I am still alive ... 3. train station killer - and anyway she's really vulnerable right now. she just lost the man she loved, right? women like that are the easiest. trust me. becoming a true "friend" is a thousand times harder.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    February 8, 2018: The second volume expands on the spreading influence of "Friend" among his devotees. Police can't be trusted. Germ warfare has been launched according to the rules of a childish game. God has prophetic dreams and shoplifts lunch box from the convenience store. Meanwhile, it is revealed that Kenji's sister might have had a dark secret when she disappeared. This series is so damn good.......... February 8, 2018: The second volume expands on the spreading influence of "Friend" among his devotees. Police can't be trusted. Germ warfare has been launched according to the rules of a childish game. God has prophetic dreams and shoplifts lunch box from the convenience store. Meanwhile, it is revealed that Kenji's sister might have had a dark secret when she disappeared. This series is so damn good..........

  26. 5 out of 5

    M. Ashraf

    2oth Century Boys Band #2 Naoki Urasawa This sets up the tone for the series; We get to know who is Friend; what is his plan, how it was developed; Still, we do not know how he is doing it or why what is his motivation for this; The idea of world domination to save the world from itself a new take on it :p The story is gripping, the jumps between time are great, and the panels from the 2000 is thrilling! Great story so far!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Adam Spanos

    If the first volume didn't bind you to this series then the 2nd one will, by the last page of volume 2 this series completely owned the highest admiration I can give a manga series. It evoked a lot of emotions from me without being cheap about it. No I didn't cry, I'm just invested in the future of all the characters and can't wait to see what lays in wait for them all. If the first volume didn't bind you to this series then the 2nd one will, by the last page of volume 2 this series completely owned the highest admiration I can give a manga series. It evoked a lot of emotions from me without being cheap about it. No I didn't cry, I'm just invested in the future of all the characters and can't wait to see what lays in wait for them all.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Noninuna

    Volume 2 seems shorter than the previous one. We're still guessing who is Friend and how he came about to be who he is now. Our MC, Kenji is facing problems with his franchise mart manager and the appearance of an old friend, Yujiki is not helping him at all with the situation. For one, she seems to remember a lot of things from the past compared to him. Volume 2 seems shorter than the previous one. We're still guessing who is Friend and how he came about to be who he is now. Our MC, Kenji is facing problems with his franchise mart manager and the appearance of an old friend, Yujiki is not helping him at all with the situation. For one, she seems to remember a lot of things from the past compared to him.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Reija

    A re-read. Still extremely good. Story flows like a movie and there's a natural progression for all the characters. Sometimes the mystery feels a bit too on the nose, like I want them to figure out who the 'Friend' is. A re-read. Still extremely good. Story flows like a movie and there's a natural progression for all the characters. Sometimes the mystery feels a bit too on the nose, like I want them to figure out who the 'Friend' is.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marguerite Giguère

    There are so many unexpected turns of events in this author's books! It's always exciting and even though you can usually guess some of what's happening, there's always an element of surprise. I can't wait to read the rest!! There are so many unexpected turns of events in this author's books! It's always exciting and even though you can usually guess some of what's happening, there's always an element of surprise. I can't wait to read the rest!!

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