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.
*Releases 4 times a year for 12 volumes (final volume titled 21st Century Boys: The Perfect Edition). Series ends at volume 12.
*Due to his excellent storytelling, mastery of mystery and suspense and amazing artistic talent Naoki Urasawa has become one of the most respected artists by not only manga fans but also passionate fans of great comics in a similar manner to Junji Ito (Uzumaki, Tomie) and Inio Asano (Goodnight Punpun, solanin).
*20th Century Boys is one of Naoki Urasawa's best known and beloved works in the West and has won the prestigious Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Asia on two separate occasions (2011, 2013).
*The first edition of 20th Century Boys has sold over 52,000 units over 24 volumes. (BookScan 1/18)
*Monster, another series by Naoki Urasawa, was published in a Perfect Edition similar to 20th Century Boys: The Perfect Edition. Monster: The Perfect Edition has sold over 36,000 units over 9 volumes. (BookScan 1/18)
*Adapted into a live-action film trilogy in Japan from 2008 to 2009 that was released in English by VIZ Pictures.
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 the 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 received the 2011 and 2013 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Asia, and is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award, a two-time recipient of the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize, and also received the Kodansha Manga Award. 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.