As this is the penultimate volume in the 22-part series, I suppose I should have savored it … but, egads, patience is just not my virtue! Now I have almost a two-month wait, as volume 22 hits shelves September 18. How am I gonna hold out that long??!!
So … what happened here? Well, I certainly can’t tell you everything … but I will reveal (only because you’ll find out on the introductory “Profiles” page even before the panels begin) that a certain hero is out walking the streets … and headed straight to Tokyo.
Meanwhile, the Friend has apparently passed on his genes to a most unmotherly candidate, although who really knows what a paternity suit might reveal. While ordinary citizens think they’ll find salvation on Mars, flying saucers spraying blood-like emissions are making quite the mess of Tokyo. Bowling seems to be coming back into the limelight and a new President of the World is about to take a stand.
Yup, no doubt: The final showdown is definitely coming … [I think 'patience' should have been a four-letter word!]
Tidbit: I stand corrected … the series does not end with volume 22. It continues with two more, under a slightly different title – 21st Century Boys! Guess they’re all grown up and ready for a new millennium! 21st Century #1 hits shelves late November, while #2 debuts mid-January 2013. See illuminating comments from “Anon” below for more information. Thanks indeed!
Readers: Young Adult, Adult
Published: 2012 (United States)
20 SEIKI SHONEN © Naoki Urasawa/Studio Nuts
Original Japanese edition published by Shogakukan Inc.