Paperback Books by Naoki Urasawa

Naoki Urasawa is the author of Asadora!, Vol. 5 (2022), Asadora!, Vol. 4 (2021), Asadora!, Vol. 3 (2021), The Tipping Point (2016), 21st Century Boys: The Perfect Edition, Vol. 1 (2021) and other 121 books.

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Asadora!, Vol. 5

release date: Apr 19, 2022
Asadora!, Vol. 5
A deadly typhoon, a mysterious creature and a girl who won’t quit. In 2020, a large creature rampages through Tokyo, destroying everything in its path. In 1959, Asa Asada, a spunky young girl from a huge family in Nagoya, is kidnapped for ransom—and not a soul notices. When a typhoon hits Nagoya, Asa and her kidnapper must work together to survive. But there’s more to her kidnapper and this storm than meets the eye. Asa and Nakaido fly out to take a closer look at the mysterious creature that has appeared off the coast of Japan. As the creature threatens them with its sharp teeth and spiky tail, Nakaido works to decipher his mentor’s notes and find its weakness. But their attempts to take down the beast are in vain when it makes its way for land!

Asadora!, Vol. 4

release date: Oct 19, 2021
Asadora!, Vol. 4
A deadly typhoon, a mysterious creature and a girl who won’t quit. In 2020, a large creature rampages through Tokyo, destroying everything in its path. In 1959, Asa Asada, a spunky young girl from a huge family in Nagoya, is kidnapped for ransom—and not a soul notices. When a typhoon hits Nagoya, Asa and her kidnapper must work together to survive. But there’s more to her kidnapper and this storm than meets the eye. Asa reluctantly agrees to accompany Yone to an audition at an entertainment agency. However, before they can leave, Mr. Jissoji shows up with news—the mysterious creature has been spotted! With Kasuga nowhere to be found, Asa prepares to take flight to identify the creature. But before she can, Nakaido runs in claiming to have found its weakness, earning himself a seat in Asa’s plane as they take to the skies.

Asadora!, Vol. 3

release date: Jul 20, 2021
Asadora!, Vol. 3
A deadly typhoon, a mysterious creature and a girl who won’t quit. In 2020, a large creature rampages through Tokyo, destroying everything in its path. In 1959, Asa Asada, a spunky young girl from a huge family in Nagoya, is kidnapped for ransom—and not a soul notices. When a typhoon hits Nagoya, Asa and her kidnapper must work together to survive. But there’s more to her kidnapper and this storm than meets the eye. With the Olympics around the corner, the Japan Defense Forces have their hands full. So Jissoji enlists Asa and Kasuga’s help to find, identify and deal with the mysterious creature that decimated Asa’s hometown.

The Tipping Point

release date: Jan 13, 2016
The Tipping Point
14 international creators—all renowned and all unique—present 13 short stories in this love letter to the endless possibilities of sequential art in all its forms.

21st Century Boys: The Perfect Edition, Vol. 1

release date: Jun 15, 2021
21st Century Boys: The Perfect Edition, Vol. 1
A deluxe bind-up edition of Naoki Urasawa’s award-winning epic of doomsday cults, giant robots and a group of friends trying to save the world from destruction! Humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren''t for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world. The war is over. The Friend is dead. Finally free from the threat of extinction, peace has come to the people of Tokyo once again. But the mystery surrounding the Friend still remains. Nobody knows who the Friend was or where they came from, and the only clue is hidden deep in the Kenji’s memories. The time has come to open Pandora’s box and see what lies inside.

Asadora!, Vol. 2

release date: Apr 20, 2021
Asadora!, Vol. 2
A deadly typhoon, a mysterious creature and a girl who won’t quit. In 2020, a large creature rampages through Tokyo, destroying everything in its path. In 1959, Asa Asada, a spunky young girl from a huge family in Nagoya, is kidnapped for ransom—and not a soul notices. When a typhoon hits Nagoya, Asa and her kidnapper must work together to survive. But there’s more to her kidnapper and this storm than meets the eye. Asa and Kasuga see the tail of a giant creature rise from the water. In a jungle, explorers discover massive claw marks in a tree trunk. And years later in 1964, a mysterious military man appears asking all the wrong questions.

20th Century Boys: The Perfect Edition, Vol. 11

release date: Mar 16, 2021
20th Century Boys: The Perfect Edition, Vol. 11
A deluxe bind-up edition of Naoki Urasawa’s award-winning epic of doomsday cults, giant robots and a group of friends trying to save the world from destruction! Humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren’t for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world. There once was a kid who imagined the end of the world. It was all a child''s game—but not anymore! The Friend is carrying out his plan to exterminate humanity—just as predicted. And the man who survived Bloody New Year''s Eve is on his way back to Tokyo. The boys are coming back together one by one as they race toward the final battle.

Asadora!, Vol. 1

release date: Jan 19, 2021
Asadora!, Vol. 1
A deadly typhoon, a mysterious creature and a girl who won’t quit. In 2020, a large creature rampages through Tokyo, destroying everything in its path. In 1959, Asa Asada, a spunky young girl from a huge family in Nagoya, is kidnapped for ransom—and not a soul notices. When a typhoon hits Nagoya, Asa and her kidnapper must work together to survive. But there’s more to her kidnapper and this storm than meets the eye. When Asa’s mother goes into labor yet again, Asa runs off to find a doctor. But no one bats an eye when she doesn’t return—not even as a storm approaches Nagoya. Forgotten yet again, Asa runs into a burglar and tries to stop him on her own, a decision that leads to an unlikely alliance.

20th Century Boys: The Perfect Edition, Vol. 10

release date: Dec 15, 2020
20th Century Boys: The Perfect Edition, Vol. 10
A deluxe bind-up edition of Naoki Urasawa’s award-winning epic of doomsday cults, giant robots and a group of friends trying to save the world from destruction! Humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren’t for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world. A man with a guitar arrives at a barrier town outside of Tokyo. Anyone who attempts to travel through the town without a pass is arrested and murdered. As the days go by, the body count grows and grows... Who can change this horrible situation and break through the barrier town? And who awaits at their final destination?

Sneeze: Naoki Urasawa Story Collection

release date: Oct 20, 2020
Sneeze: Naoki Urasawa Story Collection
A curated collection of eight short stories and graphic essays by famed manga author Naoki Urasawa, creator of the acclaimed series Monster and 20th Century Boys! Urasawa''s characters confront fantastical elements ranging from psychic powers, to alien visitors to planet Earth, to attacks by giant monsters. On the flip side, the author philosophizes about his real-world experiences with the wild and wacky international music scene. Plus, a classic, funny animal tale, in Urasawa''s inimitable style!

20th Century Boys: The Perfect Edition, Vol. 9

release date: Sep 15, 2020
20th Century Boys: The Perfect Edition, Vol. 9
A deluxe bind-up edition of Naoki Urasawa’s award-winning epic of doomsday cults, giant robots and a group of friends trying to save the world from destruction! Humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren’t for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world. Darkness covers the world as the forces of evil take control… The Friend has become the President of the World and rules with absolute power behind the giant wall of the city of Tokyo. Most of the world believes that the Friend is their savior, but below the surface, a resistance group led by "The Queen of Ice" begins to make its move. The only one capable of ending this nightmare, she plans to rise in arms on August 20, but then a ray of hope shines from an unexpected corner...

Mujirushi

release date: Jul 21, 2020
Mujirushi
From award-winning author Naoki Urasawa comes a tale of crushing debt, a broken marriage, and the painting that can fix it all—if Kasumi and her dad can manage to steal it. Kamoda will do anything to earn a quick buck, even if it means skipping out on his taxes to take his wife on a luxury cruise. But when a random tax audit bankrupts his family, Kamoda soon discovers his wife has taken that cruise after all—only without Kamoda or their daughter Kasumi. Desperate to provide, Kamoda invests in a scheme to mass-produce masks of controversial American presidential candidate Beverly Duncan. But a lackluster election kills their sales potential, burying Kamoda under a mountain of masks and debt. On the verge of despair, Kamoda discovers a sign that leads him to the Director, an art fanatic who vows he can make all of Kamoda and Kasumi’s dreams come true.

20th Century Boys: The Perfect Edition, Vol. 8

release date: Jun 16, 2020
20th Century Boys: The Perfect Edition, Vol. 8
A deluxe bind-up edition of Naoki Urasawa’s award-winning epic of doomsday cults, giant robots and a group of friends trying to save the world from destruction! Humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren’t for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world. Evil has come. Justice has yet to arrive… While an unknown virus spreads and cripples the world with fear, the 2015 World Expo prepares to start, serving as a beacon of hope in a dark world. But how can our heroes remain hopeful as strange rumors start to spread? Between sightings of the recently deceased Friend walking the streets of Japan and rumors of an assassination attempt on the pope, all signs point towards an eventful opening ceremony for the 2015 World Expo.

Master Keaton

release date: Sep 19, 2017
Master Keaton
Taichi Hiraga Keaton is an insurance investigator educated in archaeology and trained in SAS survival combat who’s about to take on the world, one case at a time! Taichi Hiraga Keaton, the son of a Japanese zoologist and an English noblewoman, is an insurance investigator known for his successful and unorthodox methods of investigation. Educated in archaeology and a former member of the SAS, Master Keaton uses his knowledge and combat training to uncover buried secrets, thwart would-be villains, and pursue the truth… “If you have the willingness to learn, you can learn anywhere.” With this message from his old teacher in his heart, Taichi Hiraga Keaton finally lands in Romania, where ruins of the Danube civilization lie. Yet, what awaits Keaton is a major horrifying event that shocks the entire nation!

Monster, Vol. 9

release date: Jul 19, 2016
Monster, Vol. 9
Johan is a cold and calculating killer with a mysterious past, and brilliant Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! Conspiracy and serial murder open the door to a compelling, intricately woven plot in this masterwork of suspense. Once upon a time, a monster in disguise lived in a peaceful little town in a peaceful little valley. The monster cut all ties to evil and began helping the people of the town. But one day, some devilish messengers came to visit. The town was suddenly enveloped in a miasma of fear, and the people began to kill each other. The messengers had come to the town with one goal in mind: to capture the monster named Franz Bonaparta! How can a real person become nothing more than fiction? By eliminating everyone who has ever known them, everyone who has ever known of their past—by becoming the only one in the world who knows of their existence. One man attempted to do this, trying to commit the perfect suicide. But he failed to wipe out all traces of his former life, and in this failure, he became the nameless Monster.

Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys

release date: Sep 18, 2012
Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys
This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world! As boys, Kenji and his friends came up with a bunch of stories about an evil organization bent on world destruction. As adults, someone is now turning their fantasies into reality! Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for audiences rated teen plus. Humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren''t for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world. The time has come. The Friend reveals all about his conspiracy and declares that he shall destroy the world within seven days. Kanna plans a music festival to evacuate people to the Expo venue, which is the only place the dictator holds sacred and the only place safe from destruction. While the 20th Century Boys race toward the final battle, Kenji is coming back to Tokyo!!

Naoki Urasawa's 21st Century Boys

release date: Mar 19, 2013
Naoki Urasawa's 21st Century Boys
The climax of our story is finally at hand! Mankind faces a crisis, and Kenji is hustling to save the world and the people he loves. But he also must solve the mystery of the Friend. Who is he and why did he become evil? The answer is tied to a memory Kenji has from when he was a twentieth century boy. Reads R to L (Japanese Style).

Monster, Vol. 7

release date: Jan 19, 2016
Monster, Vol. 7
Johan is a cold and calculating killer with a mysterious past, and brilliant Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! Conspiracy and serial murder open the door to a compelling, intricately woven plot in this masterwork of suspense. Although Eva bears an unfathomable hatred for Tenma, she is the only person who can testify as a witness to prove his innocence. She stubbornly refuses to do so until a discussion with Dr. Reichwein brings back old memories of her time with Tenma. With those thoughts come memories of three gunshots, and that it was Johan who Eva saw that night! Meanwhile the evil hand of Robert inches steadily closer to Eva with the intent to kill… Tenma, Nina and Johan all find themselves heading for the one place that holds the key to the mystery—the “Red Rose Mansion.” What really happened there and why? Who is Franz Bonaparta? Will the secret of the birth of the Monster ever be revealed?

Monster, Vol. 1

release date: Jul 15, 2014
Monster, Vol. 1
Johan is a cold and calculating killer with a mysterious past, and brilliant Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! Conspiracy and serial murder open the door to a compelling, intricately woven plot in this masterwork of suspense. Everyone faces uncertainty at some point in their lives. Even a brilliant surgeon like Kenzo Tenma is no exception. But there’s no way he could have known that his decision to stop chasing professional success and instead concentrate on his oath to save peoples’ lives would result in the birth of an abomination. The questions of good and evil now take on a terrifyingly real dimension. Years later, in Germany during the tumultuous post-reunification period, middle-aged childless couples are being killed one after another. The serial killer’s identity is known. The reasons why he kills are not. Dr. Tenma sets out on a journey to find the killer’s twin sister, who may hold some clues to solving the enigma of the “Monster.”

Monster, Vol. 6

release date: Oct 20, 2015
Monster, Vol. 6
Johan is a cold and calculating killer with a mysterious past, and brilliant Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! Conspiracy and serial murder open the door to a compelling, intricately woven plot in this masterwork of suspense. Tenma learns that ten years ago, a woman lived in an old apartment house in downtown Prague with twin children, above a sign with three frogs. The neighbors also tell him about the Czech secret police and a questionable fire. Could the twins have been Johan and Anna? Meanwhile, Suk, a young detective in the Prague Police Department, meets a beautiful young woman named Anna in a bar. Suk also crosses paths with Tenma as a new terror looms over them. BKA chief inspector Lunge, now convinced of Johan’s involvement in the serial murders, comes to Prague to find out what Johan really is. He learns that an agent of the Czech secret police created the strange picture book The Nameless Monster, which seems to have deeply affected Johan in his childhood. Lunge manages to locate the “Red Rose Mansion” that inspired the author of the book. There, behind a thickly plastered wall, he discovers an old door and the true horrors that lay behind it!

Monster, Vol. 5

release date: Jul 21, 2015
Monster, Vol. 5
Johan is a cold and calculating killer with a mysterious past, and brilliant Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! Conspiracy and serial murder open the door to a compelling, intricately woven plot in this masterwork of suspense. “Once upon a time, there lived a monster without a name. He wanted a name very badly. So one day he made up his mind to set out on a journey to find a name.” How could this strange Czech children’s story have upset Johan so much? Does the book hold any clues to the mystery of Johan’s birth? One mystery leads to another as events unfold. The border police spot Tenma when he tries to smuggle himself into the Czech Republic to look for Johan’s mother. With the help of Grimmer, a freelance journalist, Tenma manages a narrow escape. Though the two men part without discussing what brought them together, Grimmer is also deeply interested in the same thing Tenma is looking for—511 Kinderheim, which once existed in East Germany. The story moves to the streets of Prague…

Monster, Vol. 3

release date: Jan 20, 2015
Monster, Vol. 3
Johan is a cold and calculating killer with a mysterious past, and brilliant Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! Conspiracy and serial murder open the door to a compelling, intricately woven plot in this masterwork of suspense. Could Johan have a dual personality, like Jekyll and Hyde? Tenma calls on Dr. Gillen, an authority on criminal psychology, to psychoanalyze Johan. But Dr. Gillen secretly concludes that it is not Johan but Tenma who has committed all the serial murders. Dr. Gillen then tries to lure Tenma into various traps, intending to use him in his own experiments. Karl, a student at Munich University, visits a blind billionaire every week to read books to him as a way to pay for school. One day he encounters another young man named Johan who once did the same job for the billionaire. From that point on, strange events continue to befall Karl. Who is this young man named Johan? Is he the Johan that we know?

Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys, Vol. 12

release date: Dec 21, 2010
Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys, Vol. 12
This is the story of a gang of boys who try to save the world! As boys, Kenji and his friends came up with a bunch of stories about an evil organization bent on world destruction. As adults, someone is now turning their fantasies into reality! Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for T+ audiences. Will 2015 bring an end to human history?! An urgent but mysterious messsage left by her mother Kiriko in 2002 finally reaches Kanna. But where is Kiriko, who developed the germ warfare weapons used on Bloody New Year''s Eve, and what is she doing now? Memories of New Years past flood the minds of Kenji''s friends and family. Will Yoshitsune''s clandestine actions eventually prove fruitful, or are they doomed to repeat the tragedies of the year 2000?Meanwhile, Otcho and Kakuta are busily trying to track down Kiriko''s former colleague, Dr. Yamane. Unexpectedly, their search leads them to the very neighborhood that Otcho, Kenji, Maruo and the rest of their childhood pals grew up in. Can a visit to their old school shed new light on a bizarre incident that happened when they were all in the sixth grade?

Naoki Urasawa's Monster

release date: Oct 21, 2008
Naoki Urasawa's Monster
MONSTER weaves the riveting story of brilliant Dr. Kenzo Tenma, a famous surgeon with a promising career at a leading hospital. Tenma risks his reputation and promising career to save the life of a critically wounded young boy. Unbeknownst to him, this child is destined for a terrible fate. Conspiracies, serial murders, and a scathing depiction of the underbelly of hospital politics are all masterfully woven together in this compelling manga thriller. In the little mountain town of Ruhenheim, life is simple and peaceful. Neighbors greet each other on the street, and the biggest case the local authorities have to worry about is a lost dog. But this bucolic splendor is about to change. Will Tenma, Grimmer and Inspector Lunge be able to prevent the massacre Johan is planning for this sleepy village and its unknowing inhabitants? Or will the cobbled streets of Ruhenheim soon run red with innocent blood? MONSTER first appeared in the pages of Shogakukan''s Big Comic Original manga anthology and weaves the riveting story of brilliant Dr. Kenzo Tenma, a famous surgeon with a promising career at a leading hospital. Tenma risks his reputation and promising career to save the life of a critically wounded young boy. Unbeknownst to him, this child is destined for a terrible fate. A string of strange and mysterious murders begin to occur soon afterward, ones that professionally benefit Dr. Tenma, and he emerges as the primary suspect. Conspiracies, serial murders, and a scathing depiction of the underbelly of hospital politics are all masterfully woven together in this compelling manga thriller.

Naoki Urasawa's Monster 15

release date: Jun 17, 2008
Naoki Urasawa's Monster 15
Dr. Kenzo Tenma saves the life of Johan, a young boy who grows up to become a serial killer with secret ties to the government, and Tenma, finding himself implicated as the main suspect in a series of murders, sets out to find and stop Johan.

Naoki Urasawa's Monster 7

release date: Apr 18, 2008
Naoki Urasawa's Monster 7
Dr. Kenzo Tenma saves the life of Johan, a young boy who grows up to become a serial killer with secret ties to the government, and Tenma, finding himself implicated as the main suspect in a series of murders, sets out to find and stop Johan.

Naoki Urasawa's Monster 6

release date: Apr 18, 2008
Naoki Urasawa's Monster 6
Dr. Kenzo Tenma saves the life of Johan, a young boy who grows up to become a serial killer with secret ties to the government, and Tenma, finding himself implicated as the main suspect in a series of murders, sets out to find and stop Johan.

Naoki Urasawa's Monster 12

release date: Apr 18, 2008
Naoki Urasawa's Monster 12
Dr. Kenzo Tenma saves the life of Johan, a young boy who grows up to become a serial killer with secret ties to the government, and Tenma, finding himself implicated as the main suspect in a series of murders, sets out to find and stop Johan.

20th Century Boys: Arrival of the space aliens

release date: Jan 01, 2009
20th Century Boys: Arrival of the space aliens
"Humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren''t for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world."--Page [4] of cover, volume 1.
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