Ranked #393

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

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 8.261 (scored by 5314 users)
Ranked: #3932
Popularity: #205
Members: 18,165
Favorites: 870
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.

Synopsis

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)

Background

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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N201_ASYLUM
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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Snaxia
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.

Story:
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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Bl4ckEnvy
Jan 13, 2011
I was avoiding this manga because the summary looked stupid and really boring but I was wrong !!

Its a great horror manga , and a great zombie manga.Some people tell me its like HOTD but its wrong the manga is kind of slow but with that its more realistic.Don t give up the manga just because the zombies ( well i think they are zombies ) aren t appearing in the first chapters.

Story 8
I give the manga a 8 for the story its slow but pretty interesting and the author first explains the life of the main character before the monsters get in.There are only read more
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vasplar
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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