A small Review of 20th Century Boys

20th Century Boys is a manga created by Urusawa Naoki, which also creates the manga Monster. This two title were wrote alongside.

This manga is based on T-Rex's Song "20th Century Boys" and make many reference to rock music and the year 1960s to 1970s

The story itself is about young boys in year 1969, Kenji Endou, Otcho, Yoshitsune and Maruo, where they build a secret base in a field to share manga and stolen porn magazine and also listen a radio. Otcho then draws a symbol for the base that represent their friendship. After that the gang added two member, Yukiji and Donkey. The gang then make an imagine future scenario where the villain destroy the world and the boys stood up and fight. This scenario then labeled as The Book Of Prophecy.
The Symbol
The story then goes to late 1990s, where Kenji already grown up and taking care of his niece Kanna. His calm life then change since he met a large cult led by an only man called himself "Friend" (Tomodachi). This cult has plan to destroy the world on New Year's Eve 2000 (The Bloody New Year's Eve).

The events that later happens is suspected close with the detailed plan in the Book of Prophecy, Kenji than gather his old childhood friends, Otcho and Yoshitsune, while Donkey already committed suicide in the early part of the story.
Friend (Tomodachi)

Kenji and his friends then try to collect and unravel what the Book of Prophecy contained and prevent the next attack. Starting with Biological attack on London and San Francisco, then series of bombing in major Japanese airport, and the attack with giant balloons with robotic appendages on New Year's Eve, which the last event is able to stop by Kenji, although he said to be death on trying it.

Even it's last attempt was a failure but Friend was able to turn the situation and create the Friend Democratic Party (Youminto). This Party than gain a lot of followers, political and even religious power.

Friend and his party then reveal a new plan, which is to kill all the human in the world except their followers. But before this plan realizes, Friend then assassinated by his chief scientist.

During his funeral, Friend appears to be rise from the death and makes him acclaim worldwide acclaim and power.

The plot than tells about the rebellation organization that organized by Kanna, Friend's own daughter. She enlisted lost of aid from numerous group and trying to thwart Friend's last plan. During this time, Kenji also appear again from the dead.

The last plot of the story then serialized under the title "21st Century Boys"

And the rest you can check it out by reading the manga ^^

This title already filmed on Live Action Movies in trilogy chapter entitled "20th Century Boys". The movie not only cost 6 billion yen in the making but also casting 300 people, and make it the phenomenal movie in Japan. All of the three films are directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi. Although the movie itself had almost the same story as the manga, but there's a slight difference between the manga and the movie.

20th Century Boys Movie Part 1
20th century Boys part 2
20th Century Boys part 3
The first movie was released in August 30th, 2008 in Japan, and the second on January 31st, 2009 and the third was on August 29th, 2009. For more info about the movie, please check here

So this is a small review of this great series, so I'm sorry if there's a mistake during the writings. Please leave a comment if I do so.

This review helped by various materials from : wikipedia, media.paperblog.fr, asianflixs.files.wordpress for the picture
A small Review of 20th Century Boys A small Review of 20th Century Boys Reviewed by Ayumu Handayani on 3:45 AM Rating: 5


  1. WOAAAAH!!! 2 jempol buat agan..
    referensi nya MUANTEP!!
    Cerita ini nampaknya complicated, tapi meng yang begini yang saya cari.. O_o""

    thank's a lot!

  2. Wah terima kasih atas pujiannya gan, sebenarnya saya ada beberapa referensi, tapi ada yang mengusulkan untuk review cerita ini