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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: 8.241 (scored by 4912 users)
Ranked: #4142
Popularity: #215
Members: 16,673
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Hideo Suzuki is a 35-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)


I Am a Hero was nominated for the 3rd, 4th and 5th Manga Taisho Award (2010, 2011, and 2012) and is the winner of the 58th Shogakukan Manga Award (2013) in the general manga category.

The series is licensed in English by Dark Horse with the first omnibus volume set to be released on April 2016, and has been published in Spanish by Norma Editorial since May 24, 2013.

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Nov 14, 2015
I am a Hero starts of slow with gradual character development (Not that i didnt like it). However once the zombies appear the plot becomes very much interesting.

Amazing Zombie Story. Arguably the best Zombie story ever depending on how it ends.

And the concept of Zombies hilariously referred to as Zomfags in some parts of the series, is not exactly like the traditional zombies seen in The Walking Dead or Dawn of the Dead but slightly varied. And those variations make it more interesting.

It contains Gore and Sex but its not too much.

Amongst the best art ive seen in any manga (and ive read vagabond, 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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Aug 7, 2015
This review will be based upon the the first 191 chapters and might change according to how the story turns out.

Story: The story is the typical zombie apocalypse story but compared to other manga or movies it starts some days before the apocalypse. It follows the life of a mangaka during his daily routine. Its a boring normal life but seeing it through the eyes of Suzuki Hideo will make it interesting and fun. It will keep you focused even if its not what you started the manga for. After some chapters the apocalypse breaks out and you follow this character to his journey for read more
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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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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. 
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