Ranked #487
I Am a Hero (Manga)

I Am a Hero

Alternative Titles

English: I Am a Hero
Japanese: アイアムアヒーロー


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Aug 28, 2009 to ?
Authors: Hanazawa, Kengo (Story & Art)
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits


Score: 8.221 (scored by 4122 users)
Ranked: #4872
Popularity: #240
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Hideo Suzuki is a thirty-five year old mangaka assistant struggling to be the hero in his own life by breaking back into the lime light with a new serial all the while juggling his relationship with his girlfriend and his own delusions.

However, as hard as Hideo may try, the world seems to have a different set of plans for him; sinister and dark machinations that completely overturn his reality as he knows it.

(Source: Illuminati-Manga)


Hayakari, Hiromi
Suzuki, Hideo
Kurokawa, Tetsuko

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Dec 28, 2013
There's a reason why the summary is so vague. And how it explicitly does not state it's a manga about zombies; what makes this manga exceptionally creepy is how it portrays a zombie outbreak. There's no big TV announcement that goes "MAN-EATING ZOMBIES ON THE LOOSE STAY HOME AND LOCK ALL YOUR DOORS" by some frantic news reporter. There are just little hints here and there, and in the beginning it wouldn't even cross your mind this is gonna be a manga about zombies. The true horror starts when this realisation suddenly hits you.

But oh well, since everybody is just dropping the zombie bomb in read more
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Sep 29, 2013
I'm not zombie/horror connoisseur by any means nowadays because it tends to be all the same, where there is a break out of a virus and every one fights to survival. But I Am a Hero is different. It takes a 180 approach to the zombie genre and turns in up on it's head. Not to be specific, when the outbreak begins, the reaction of from Japan is much more realistic, not your atypical Marshall law panic as seen in many movies, but a more subtle and unusual response to the sudden pandemic.

The main character stars, Hideo suzuki, a socially awkward and average unfulfilled mangaka read more
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Apr 29, 2012
I Am a Hero is not your average zombie manga - it's best compared to other horror zombie books/movies that have become so popular recently.
I am a Hero focuses on your everyday character, no one special, as is common with most zombie stories. A zombie outbreak occurs in Japan, and he tries his best to survive.
What sets this apart from regular zombie manga is that:
1. This manga manages to terrify you even though it's still (it scared me more than some zombie movies) and
2. The emotions that the artist conveys are great.
The artist draws the zombies in a very gory fashion - if you don't read more
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Feb 1, 2015
What does it mean to be a hero? Heroes are Superman and Batman. Heroes are your dad and grandma. And many heroes start from small beginnings.

I Am a Hero revolves around an underdog mangaka known as Hideo Suzuki, who is trying to gain success through the publication of his manga. Consequently, Kengo Hanazawa manages to capture a thrilling yet meticulous account of how our hero, Hideo Suzuki, becomes a hero.

The beginning of the story is paced rather slowly. I would not be surprised if a few people dropped it within the first 10 chapters because they assumed that this manga was going nowhere. It merely read more
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User Recommendations

Zombies. But I am a Hero is far better written and executed. Also, no dumb fanservice. 
reportRecommended by Metroid
A world under threat by a zombie menace, it is easy to get carried away with reading in horror and awe as our protagonists find themselves in a prison during the zombie apocalypse, with the world already in ruins the sheer action and suspense provides a fast paced view on how the zombie apocalypse could have occurred in a prison, with elements such as power struggles and slow response times similar to what is seen in I Am a Hero, as well as the constant struggle of whether or not to kill those zombies that may still have a hope of living! 
reportRecommended by potaisbest441
Characters in both of these titles are subjected to a dramatic shift in their environment that pushes them towards an almost primitive existence. Survival is key in both of these titles. 
reportRecommended by radiantfire
Both manga work the theme zombies. 
reportRecommended by Heladio-F
Both are about zombies and the main characters trying to survive. The art is both good but I am a Hero is more realistic and the mc is ugly because he's a 35 year old nerd (sorry had to say that) In Mouryou no Yurikago the mc looks more cool because he's a high school student. The stories are both good however, I really recommend them to zombie lovers. 
reportRecommended by zcigaara
When it comes to annihilation and bad stuff, both mangas are close. In I am a hero, the bad stuff is on the outside and the MC tries to keep it all together. In Freesia the bad stuff is just as much on the inside as on the outside and it sets a nihilistic tone through out the whole series. Both are must-reads in my book. 
reportRecommended by txrxgxu

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