Imagine a world in need of a chosen hero to go on an epic quest and defeat a great evil.
Maybe he was picked by a holy sword, part of an ancient prophecy or summoned to a different world to battle an evil Sorcerer, defeat a Demon Lord or rescue a princess.
Now imagine that there are many dimensions and alternate universes filled with worlds in need of heroes, and each of those chosen to be “The Hero” are connected across space and time by their own version of Reddit.
Hero Union BBS is just as its title implies. It’s about a Bulletin Board System for Heroes.
Active Heroes, those who are still on their journey, and Retired Heroes who have already completed their quest, can create threads and talk with each other. Heroes ask other heroes for tips to help them beat their world’s boss, and a few Retired Heroes look after others by giving advice or by providing emotional support and encouragement.
Each chapter of Hero Union BBS is a story of a different hero, told via the conversations they have in threads with other heroes. The stories are wacky and are usually about problems you wouldn’t think heroes would face, such as accidentally being summoned as the hero in an old video game because of a glitch, being a part of a dysfunctional party, or having far too many bosses to beat.
The characters in Hero Union come in all types, a wide variety of heroes of different backgrounds. Some of these chosen heroes are Knights, Nobles, Shrine Maidens and Mages, but others are Office Workers, Students, Robots, even a Demon Lord. Because each chapter is a new story, new characters are introduced regularly, but there are many reoccurring characters. And they are all fun and likable.
There are a lot of funny manga out there about heroes going on a journey fight Demons or are summoned to different worlds, but Hero Union BBS is a bit different from them. It’s structured as a conversation and tells the stories of dozens of different heroes.
It’s a very funny and enjoyable manga and it's definitely worth reading.