I Am a Hero
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I Am a Hero

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Japanese: アイアムアヒーロー
English: I Am a Hero
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 22
Chapters: 264
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 20, 2009 to Feb 27, 2017
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama, Horror Horror
Themes: Gore Gore, Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits
Authors: Hanazawa, Kengo (Story & Art)


Score: 7.661 (scored by 3224832,248 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #18982
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #133
Members: 105,826
Favorites: 2,454

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Insecure 35-year-old Hideo Suzuki is forced to work as a mangaka's assistant when his own series fails due to low sales. As he struggles through a mundane life plagued by hallucinations, he comes to realize that his relationship with his girlfriend is not that great, suspecting that she may be cheating on him with her ex-boyfriend. After confronting her about the possible affair, however, Hideo feels bad about his inquisition and decides to visit her house to apologize.

But the world as he knows is about to be overturned. At first, not much seems to have changed, but he soon realizes that society has become a living nightmare, as the horrifying reality of what is taking place around him finally begins to sink in.

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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. As of November 30, 2015, the series has sold 4 million copies.

The series was published in English by Dark Horse as 2-in-1 omnibus volumes from April 26, 2016 to October 23, 2019; in Spanish by Norma Editorial since May 24, 2013; and will be published in Argentina by Editorial IVREA in the second semester of 2016. It has also been published in Italy, France, Mexico, Germany, and Indonesia by different companies.


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Mar 17, 2018
I didn't really like this. This is not a manga for people like me, who value meaning, ambition, purpose, ya get it. However, even I can recognize that this manga is amazing. It is the scariest manga that I've ever read, it beats out the "disturbing" scary of Junjo Ito, the "gory" scary of your stereotypical apocalypse survival horror manga, and the "existential crisis" scary of psychological horror, it comes close to jumpscare shock. Why?

Because everything is so goddam pointless. I believe "I Am a Hero" is actually one of the most realistic tellings of an survival horror story. The realism is precisely what gets ...
Dec 14, 2021
Mixed Feelings
I've been reading manga for more than 15 years now and never write reviews, even for absolutely terrible or fantastic manga. I'm making an exception here due to how long this manga is, and how great it is throughout 90% of it, but also how the ending impacted the story and overall quality.

This is less of a review and more of a warning to any would-be reader. The ending is objectively bad--it's not bad in a 'oh it's up in the air how a person interprets it kind of bad'-- it's bad in a man who calls his wife by his ex's name ...
Dec 15, 2021
I Am a Hero

The subject around "zombies/undead" has always fascinated me, no matter how simple the idea behind it is and how bad the movies became in the end. I was always enthusiastic about them.
Here I ventured to the second manga in this genre area and was impressed as well as disappointed. My expectations were ultimately exceeded, the manga has been better than I expected.

This manga not only offers a very realistic drawing style, representation but also an atmosphere like you can find in "Walking Dead".
Add to that probably the best zombie concept I have ever seen. Instead of simply putting ...

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