As Japan and the rest of the world begins the process of rebuilding after the fall of ‘Friend', Kenji and his friends must try to uncover the identity of the second ‘Friend' and other unresolved mysteries. Before the world is once again thrown into turmoil, they must search deep into their childhood memories to find the key to save the world one more time from the threat of ‘Friend'; some mysteries cannot be left unsolved.
Not nearly as sublime as the uncannily sublime 20th Century Boys (2 volumes compared to 22 but shush) but a solid follow-up nonetheless on one of the most magnificent and unbelievable works in manga ever. You fall into two camps: The first one, the uncultured heathens who haven't read 20th Century Boys, and the second one, those who have walked the path of Kenji and Friend. First camp, leave this page and begin reading. Second camp, this is the grand finale of the series. It wraps up the saga of Friend, the Kenji Faction and all inbetween. As a conclusion, it does a fine job all things considering and is a must-read to get the rest of the tale. Sure helps if you read it right after you finish 20th Century Boys so you wouldn't be forgetting anything but for someone like me who read it months after the final volume of the saga before it, it still went pretty smoothly. Know what? Even if you only liked it, you should read it. It's pretty much volumes 23/24 and if you stuck through the first twenty-two, you should stick with it to the very end. Completely worth it.
I don't know if we should review this at all. It's the 20th Century Boys ending, so it's not like this title stands on its own. You need to read the whole series. So, anything good or bad could be said about this, it can't be done without considering the other title (and I don't think that anyone would approach this without have read the other). As I said in the other review, the ending was fine but one thing was disappointing. This doesn't ruin my love for the whole story, that'd be crazy. Urasawa's art is one of the best manga style you can find. The characters got, more or less, what they deserved. So, well, go and read 20th Centry Boys.
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