20th Century Boys: Extreme Sci-Fi

20th Century Boys

If you thought Avatar was like eating mushrooms and putting your brain in a public toilet and flushing it 80 times (in a sort of nice way), then you’ll love Japan’s 20th Century Boys: The Complete Saga, just released on DVD as a four-disc box set from 4Digital Media. Mind you, it’s only available in Japan and the UK right now. But if you have overseas Facebook™ friends who could send it to you, you’re in luck. (You do know all your Facebook™ “friends,” don’t you?)

20th Century Boys

You may not know the name or even how to pronounce it, but Naoki Urasawa is the guy behind the immensely popular 20th Century Boys manga (Japanese comics), and illustrated it from 1999 to 2007. And at no point did he kiss a girl during that time. (Just kidding. His mom counts.)

The epic story spans five decades and involves so much cool and complicated stuff, I can only say that for someone to make a movie series out of it either had to have been on drugs, or has the powers of Jesus at his disposal. In fact, 20th Century Boys was deemed un-filmmable due to the expansive/expensive scope of the material. Don’t believe me? Then screw you! Uh, I mean, check out the pictures.

20th Century Boys

So popular is this series, the printed versions alone have sold over 25 million copies and has been translated for 13 countries; Holland, Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and the United States. Yep, no England in there. Yet. But hang on to your malt vinegar as its coming. As soon as everyone in England washes their hands.

A press quote from the movie’s website:
“It’s like making a movie out of the Holy Bible!” describes director Tsutsumi on his monstrous undertaking. “The half-a-century long saga of 20th Century Boys with hundreds of characters is beyond any conventional manga. It’s the kind of manga that you can’t put down until you’ve finished it. From the early stages of production, Naoki Urasawa, the creator of the original manga, helped supervise the whole story and co-write the first movie, giving a different twist to the trilogy.”

So here’s the deal: You can wait ’til the entire box set comes available on Amazon.com, or get the individual DVDs right now (I just checked – they have volumes 1 through 3): 20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End (2009), 20th Century Boys 2: The Last Hope (2010), and 20th Century Boys 3: Redemption (2010). They’ll run you anywhere from $20 to $23 future clams each. Or you can blow your entire life wad and get the complete anime series, of which there are double-digit installments.

Buy the box set, take a week off from work, and watch it start to finish. Jesus would want you to.

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