© Naoki Urasawa

6th Manga Division Excellence Award

20th Century Boys

Manga published in book form, in magazine

URASAWA Naoki [Japan]

Reason for Award

“Friends” control Japan from behind the scenes. On “Bloody New Year’s Eve” in 2000, Uncle Kenji lost his life after a deadly battle with a “friend”. The story evolves around high school student Kanna, who follows after “friend” to fulfill the desire of her late Uncle Kenji. The story is set in the near future in 2014, in Neo-Tokyo. Even though many characters appear and have complicated relationships the reader is not confused, because the storyteller Gowan pulls us into the story very skillfully and we are captivated by the skills of the Urazawa world.