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A deluxe bind-up edition of Naoki Urasawa’s award-winning epic of doomsday cults, giant robots and a group of friends trying to save the world from destruction! 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 A deluxe bind-up edition of Naoki Urasawa’s award-winning epic of doomsday cults, giant robots and a group of friends trying to save the world from destruction! 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. Evil has come. Justice has yet to arrive… While an unknown virus spreads and cripples the world with fear, the 2015 World Expo prepares to start, serving as a beacon of hope in a dark world. But how can our heroes remain hopeful as strange rumors start to spread? Between sightings of the recently deceased Friend walking the streets of Japan and rumors of an assassination attempt on the pope, all signs point towards an eventful opening ceremony for the 2015 World Expo.


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A deluxe bind-up edition of Naoki Urasawa’s award-winning epic of doomsday cults, giant robots and a group of friends trying to save the world from destruction! 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 A deluxe bind-up edition of Naoki Urasawa’s award-winning epic of doomsday cults, giant robots and a group of friends trying to save the world from destruction! 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. Evil has come. Justice has yet to arrive… While an unknown virus spreads and cripples the world with fear, the 2015 World Expo prepares to start, serving as a beacon of hope in a dark world. But how can our heroes remain hopeful as strange rumors start to spread? Between sightings of the recently deceased Friend walking the streets of Japan and rumors of an assassination attempt on the pope, all signs point towards an eventful opening ceremony for the 2015 World Expo.

30 review for 20th Century Boys: The Perfect Edition, Vol. 8

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. El Papa hará su visita al peor barrio de Tokio y Kana y los demás han conseguido que las dos mafias rivales que dominan el territorio colaboren para protegerle, casi nada! Los acontecimientos se precipitan y nos encontramos con un salto de tres años adelante, donde vemos que las cosas han cambiado muchísimo. En los años 1960s descubrimos más cosas de lo que ocurrió aquel verano en el aula de ciencias... Si hay algo destacable de este manga es la capacidad que tiene para pasar del presente al pasa El Papa hará su visita al peor barrio de Tokio y Kana y los demás han conseguido que las dos mafias rivales que dominan el territorio colaboren para protegerle, casi nada! Los acontecimientos se precipitan y nos encontramos con un salto de tres años adelante, donde vemos que las cosas han cambiado muchísimo. En los años 1960s descubrimos más cosas de lo que ocurrió aquel verano en el aula de ciencias... Si hay algo destacable de este manga es la capacidad que tiene para pasar del presente al pasado, adelantar varios años y volver de nuevo atrás sin que te pierdas; introducir personajes nuevos con sus propias historias que tienen su sitio en la trama principal; y los niños de los años 1960s, que realmente se comportan como niños cuando están de vacaciones. Cada volumen que leo me alucina más lo bien ligado que está todo.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rory Wilding

    2015 – specifically in an alternate 2015 in the world of 20th Century Boys – is the Year of Destiny as despite the Friend, who was revealed to be Fukube, was assassinated by Yamane, is the world finally saved or is this the next stage of the Friend’s grand plan to destroy the world? As Kanna and the surviving Boys prepare for what the evil organisation is planning next, a priest from Rome may have uncovered what is coming in the near future. Based upon reading Pluto and Monster, both of which are 2015 – specifically in an alternate 2015 in the world of 20th Century Boys – is the Year of Destiny as despite the Friend, who was revealed to be Fukube, was assassinated by Yamane, is the world finally saved or is this the next stage of the Friend’s grand plan to destroy the world? As Kanna and the surviving Boys prepare for what the evil organisation is planning next, a priest from Rome may have uncovered what is coming in the near future. Based upon reading Pluto and Monster, both of which are by Naoki Urasawa, one of the things that make the author great is he can make a compelling figure out of the most insignificant characters in his books that will in some way significant in the next chapter or so. After the sudden death of his mentor, Father Perrin, Brother Luciano discovers a book in his mentor’s office, which is a book of prophecies that Luciano initially regards as “very trite, hackneyed stuff”. However, as he delves deeper into what really happened to Perrin, as well as the recent news of the Pope is visiting Japan to pay his respects to the Friend, Luciano uncovers an assassination plot towards the Holy Father. This volume, at the first half of it, is ridden with Catholic redemption as we do see flashbacks of who Luciano was before becoming a priest as he was a street punk that was all about drugs, booze and women, until he meets Father Perrin, who lets him read the Bible and thus a holy light shine upon Luciano. Clichéd as the flashbacks are, Urasawa writes them with such emotion, especially when we’re seeing what Luciano is going through in his current situation, in which he has to somewhat downgrade his religious position to reach Japan. We get a similar scenario with recurring character Nitani, who we learn more about his Yakuza background where he encounters a priest – who ends up being the current Pope – he bonds with during a set-piece that is similar to William Friedkin’s Sorcerer. Again, this is a cliché that is repeated after the first one, but since Nitani has been established as a great supporting character earlier in the series that we are rooting for him to save his misguided friend. As much as our heroes are trying their best to prevent this assassination plot, even some of the villains including the Leader of the Friendship and Democracy Party, Inshu Manjome, don’t have a full grasp of what the Friend is planning. With multiple characters from both sides participating in the big set-piece that is the assassination plot, it’s not as explosive as Bloody New Year’s Eve, but the outcome is just as devastating as the Friend having faked his death and revealed himself to the world and save the Pope from said assassination. With the world embracing the Friend more and more, with a new virus unleashed everywhere, leading to an even darker future, what happens now? Instead of going forward, the manga jumps back in time as we see the childhood of the Friend himself, Fukube. As delightful to see Kenji and the old gang as youngsters, through the perspective of Fukube, we have a boy who is conflicted about his own identity, seems invisible to the schoolmates around him, and whatever friendship he does make, he treats them horribly through manipulation and abuse. Although you do get a different perspective to previous events from the Boys’ childhoods, which plant some of the seeds of Fukube’s origin as the Friend, there is still an air of mystery about Fukube’s rise to power. Urasawa just loves to keep us thinking. With only glimpses of a dystopian Tokyo that has walled itself from the rest of the country, the only characters we know at this point are two siblings – continuing Urasawa’s great writing towards children – both of which finds on an adventure with Otcho, also known as “Shogun”. Where are the remaining Boys? What happened to Kanna? Is Fukube still the Friend? And who is that guy riding that motorcycle? 20th Century Boys is all about mystery and continues to be so brilliant.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lori S.

    I was wondering why the cover writing was different than the others... and once I got to that point in this volume, I was greedily turning each page. Another fantastic installment.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris Pinner

    Maybe the strangest book yet. Also the embossed message on the cover being different from every other book in the series threw me for a minor loop.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Etienne

    One of the best one of the series! We get good story evolution and also interesting background of our Friends. Love it! Vol. 9 coming in the mail at the moment, I just can't wait! One of the best one of the series! We get good story evolution and also interesting background of our Friends. Love it! Vol. 9 coming in the mail at the moment, I just can't wait!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael Sorbello

    This is a review of the entire series. 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. Coul This is a review of the entire series. 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. 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fernando Yataco

    Este volumen es mas denso que los anteriores ya que los capítulos tienen más contenido tanto en las viñetas como en el desarrollo de la trama. Nos acerca más a la infancia de Amigo; al origen de este mítico personaje y como el mundo llegó a la "Era de Amigo". Todos los personajes tienen un papel importante aquí. Hay tantas escenas emocionantes y tanto suspenso que por momentos no quieres soltar el tomo. Podemos experimentar nuevamente escenas que ya hemos vivido pero desde la perspectiva de otros Este volumen es mas denso que los anteriores ya que los capítulos tienen más contenido tanto en las viñetas como en el desarrollo de la trama. Nos acerca más a la infancia de Amigo; al origen de este mítico personaje y como el mundo llegó a la "Era de Amigo". Todos los personajes tienen un papel importante aquí. Hay tantas escenas emocionantes y tanto suspenso que por momentos no quieres soltar el tomo. Podemos experimentar nuevamente escenas que ya hemos vivido pero desde la perspectiva de otros personajes. Vuelven a usar el recurso de salto en tiempo lo que es bueno ya que permite agilizar la historia que de por si ya es larga (11 tomos), pero no le resta importancia a ningún personaje, evento o suceso relevante para el desarrollo de la historia. Por último, es genial que no se haya perdido la calidad en la historia después de tantos tomos. Espero que se mantenga así hasta el final.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nur Jayadi

    I don't remember when the last time I get so excited to read a comic series but this one is different, cause I get addicted at the same time by Naoki sensei in creating this thrilling stories. I want to read more volume again from this series. I don't remember when the last time I get so excited to read a comic series but this one is different, cause I get addicted at the same time by Naoki sensei in creating this thrilling stories. I want to read more volume again from this series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeana

    This volume gives some backstory on my friend but has lost me on interest I think I’m losing on this series or need a break it’s getting a bit predictable and rather Kenji be alive than some of these other people

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Schanze

    I really never know how this story is going to go, and it's amazing that it just keeps getting progressively worse! It feels like it's inching toward the resolution, or at least entering the last act, but I could be wrong. I really never know how this story is going to go, and it's amazing that it just keeps getting progressively worse! It feels like it's inching toward the resolution, or at least entering the last act, but I could be wrong.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    Finally finished a book in 2021! This is another strong volume, with some well-constructed suspense sequences and some more new answers to this sprawling tale's various mysteries. Finally finished a book in 2021! This is another strong volume, with some well-constructed suspense sequences and some more new answers to this sprawling tale's various mysteries.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Liam || Books 'n Beards

    Getting to the nitty gritty now that I have completely forgotten - the skip to The Friendship Era I had completely blacked out. Last volumes not out til early next year, I'm dying ;-; Getting to the nitty gritty now that I have completely forgotten - the skip to The Friendship Era I had completely blacked out. Last volumes not out til early next year, I'm dying ;-;

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rotren

    Este niño necesita un psicólogo pero YA. Y un amigo, un amigo también estaría bien.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    Another time jump filled with mysteries. The manga is fascinating as it caries the storyline even further. I appreciate the chapters showing Friends perspective from childhood. Hope we get to see more of that.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Federico Gnoli

  16. 5 out of 5

    christian simons

  17. 4 out of 5

    Αντωνης Γερακαρης

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julio Valentin

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicolas Olivera

  21. 5 out of 5

    Javier Muñoz

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anca

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diego Giribaldi

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cooper Summers

  25. 5 out of 5

    Arliana

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cameron (camzcollection) Skip

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sergio

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marco Chiabo

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christoffer

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paul O'Regan

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