Viz Reprinting 20th Century Boys in Deluxe Paperback

20th Century Boys reprint cover

Viz Media announced at New York Comic Con, among many other bits of news, that they will be re-releasing another series by Naoki Urasawa, as they did for his Monster.

(Update: This story has been revised. The reprints will be in paperback, not hardcover.)

Similar to that reprint, the 20th Century Boys re-release will be in double-length softcovers, titled 20th Century Boys: The Perfect Edition. The series ran in English as 22 volumes published from 2009-2012, and this new reprint should be 11 books. (A similar edition is starting to be released in Spain this month.) It will begin in Fall 2018.

20th Century Boys reprint cover

Based on that count, I suspect this version will not include the two-volume follow-up 21st Century Boys, but there might be extras. We’ll have to wait on a more formal announcement to find out.

Update: 21st Century Boys: The Perfect Edition has also been announced, collecting those two volumes.

20th Century Boys is a sprawling story about a convenience store worker trying to stop a world-wide conspiracy, peppered with plenty of flashbacks to his youth and the dreams he and his friends had. They created a symbol then that has since been adopted by the cult behind a series of mysterious deaths. This epic manga tackles what happens to dreams when we grow up, an increasing feeling of isolation and a need to belong, and rock and roll-fueled rebellion.

Update: The first volume is now available for order from your local comic shop with Diamond code JUL18 2349. It’s 416 pages for $19.99 and will be out September 18 with some color pages.


  • Brian J

    I think the original series, but had the chance to see and hold this yesterday at Westfield East and it’s a very nice package. Love the embossed cover!

  • Julia Guy

    Hi there from London,

    I now have 6 of these volumes and the 7th should be on its way to mine. However on UK delivery websites, they all seem to say that vol 8-11 have not been released yet. I pre ordered vol 8 and should arrive in approx 90 days. However, after having done some research, it seems that some people have acquired all the volumes of the perfect edition. I was hoping you could tell me about the overall status of the release of this edition worldwide and whether you may know a link to purchasing all remaining volumes?

    Many thanks,


  • I don’t have a lot of knowledge of the worldwide market, but it seems that V8 is due out in June in the US market. If people already have them all, perhaps they have the original Japanese editions? Sorry I can’t be more help, but release dates are particularly odd right now.

  • imutau

    There is a release schedule for up to book 10 below:

    If the release schedule holds true all books for the “Perfect” edition should be out as of Spring 2021.

    – 20th Century Boys: The Perfect Edition, Vol. 8 (8)
    by Naoki Urasawa | Jun 16, 2020

    – 20th Century Boys: The Perfect Edition, Vol. 9 (9)
    by Naoki Urasawa | Sep 15, 2020

    – 20th Century Boys: The Perfect Edition, Vol. 10 (10)
    by Naoki Urasawa | Dec 15, 2020

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