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Fifteen years ago, Garai was part of a group of delinquents who kidnapped Yuki, the young brother of a famous kabuki actor, on a remote island which housed a secret military base. Garai couldn't control his lust for the young boy's girlish looks and took advantage of him in a cave, followed by a grim discovery: everyone on the base was dead from an apparent leak of MW, a powerful neurotoxin. In the present, Yuki is alive, but exposure to the MW destroyed his conscience; he now lives a double life as both an attractive bank employee and a sadistic, brutal killer who kidnaps, rapes and destroys others for his own whims. Garai, plagued with guilt, has become a priest and tries desperately to save Yuki's soul, though often ending up in bed with him instead. Yuki's ultimate goal is to find MW once more to destroy the world; can Garai stop him in time?
Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.
Osamu Tezuka and Naoki Urasawa are known for having some similar stories, mainly because the latter was highly inspired by the former. The series Monster is essentially based of MW. The main villains of both series are crazy badass sociopaths, and both stories deal with corruption, revenge, loyalty, and the potential takeover of society by said sociopaths. Both MW and Monster are awesome thrillers of a similar style, and anyone seeking to greater understand the themes present in one of them is well-advised to read/watch the other.
MW and Monster are about murderous psychopaths and the good-hearted men trying to hunt them down. Monster gets more convoluted, but both are entertaining thriller/dramas with lots of intrigue, plot twists, and pure evil.
The world is never quite the same once we grow up. Villains and robots that once ran rampant in our imaginations are reduced to drawings in Manga, and our lives are distilled until there is little left but the daily grind; so it has been for Kenji. After a childhood of dreams he now runs his late father's liquor store and is raising his sister's child. The memories and friends from his early years bring him some happiness, but they become tainted as a string of murders find connections to his past. Kenji and his friends must now fight to save the future from their past and unravel the mystery of "Friend."
Not really anything compares to 20th Century Boys, but MW is close. Both are gripping tales of terrorism, drama, and more - and are told in a very VERY similar way. Unsurprising as Urasawa seems to greatly respect Tezuka (re: Pluto). If you liked one definitely try out the other, though MW is only a fraction of 20th's awesomeness.
Rumors tell of Zephyrus, a beautiful and intoxicating woman who lives in a small island in the South Pacific. She's known to seduce all she meets, and not everyone who visits her leaves alive. In World War II, two soldiers become captivated by Zephyrus, and in the present, send one of their sons to investigate her recent appearance. Why has Zephyrus not aged a day since twenty years ago, and what plans does she have for the world?
MW and Swallowing the Earth have an equivalent amount of plotting, political scheming and intrigue. Frankly I wasn't a huge fan of either, but I can see that fans of one would DEFINITELY like the other.