20th Century Boys Ending...or Not?
20th Century Boys, the latest manga from Naoki Urasawa (mankaga of Monster, Pluto), has been serialized in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirit for 7 years. This month, without any announcements or promotion, the final chapter of 20th Century Boys was suddenly released in issue 21+22 of Big Comic Spirit.
While the ending may be a surprise to many, according to a note in the same issue of Big Comic Spirit, the next part of the series will resume in Spring 2007.
Urasawa says in the note: "Well, I'm going to disappear for a while. looking forward to the day we meet again..." Following it appears the text "this is a lymmeric. Please say it quickly 3 times." (when said out load 3 times, supposedly the text sounds like "2007 Spring Chanson show")
(The following content contains spoilers, proceed at own risk)
Below is a translation of a post from Yamakam regarding the abrupt ending, translated by ocean:
What happened to the true identity of the Friend? Kiriko? The pregnancy of Takasu? Urasawa-sensei wrote in the ending comments as follows:
"Well, I'm going to disappear for a while. looking forward to the day we meet again..."
... Hrmmm? Hrmmm!?
No way, he'll leave all the foreshadowings and mysteries unsolved like that and end this story!? The sudden ending and "Thank you for reading this for 7 years" makes me ... lose my word.
... Or that's what I thought, until I found this in the end: "Spring 2007, the final chapter will be released!!" True, if he ended the story like this, it'll be the weirdest ending ever since Princess Hao.
Outraged fans have come up with several theories regarding Urasawa's actions:
(a) This is all a big elaborate hoax on the part of Urasawa to play with his readers.
*Feel free to take these theories as seriously as you want...or not.
Special thanks to Neuroretardant, ocean, and Floating_Sakura for this story.