WEFOUNDNaoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys, Vol. 13

To celebrate the local release of the first volume of Naoki Urasawa’s cult manga series, 20th CENTURY BOYS, guest writer and long time ‘Friend’ of Madman, Cefn Ridout reminisces on the pivotal moment he completed all 24 volumes of this engrossing epic.

I can’t believe it’s over. Okay, so it finished in March (2013) and I’m only now getting around to writing about it… so sue me. Besides, a belated appreciation of 20th/21st Century Boys seems kinda fitting for a manga series pre-occupied with time and prophecy, and whose creator, Naoki Urasawa, also delayed its (English) publication until his Monster series ran its course in 2008.

Over five years, 24 volumes, a three-part live-action adaptation and umpteen awards later, Urasawa’s sci-fi action mystery never failed to surprise, thrill or delight, even with Viz’s patchy publishing schedule. In fact, it was one of the few regular comic series (manga or otherwise) that I looked out for with the same enthusiasm I did as a kid trawling the newsstands for my latest comic fix (just ask the staff at Kinokuniya in Sydney).