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I Am A Hero Manga: Ideas, Looks, Anime, Life

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Manga art comic style novels or editions, which are usually published in the manga magazines, they are used with graphics, truly engaging story and mostly popular in the young, teenagers and even adults.one such manga, is I am a Hero, which is a Action, horror zombie manga series which is quite popular in Japan. Let us know more about the manga.


This manga was written by Kengo Hanazawa, published by Shogakukan and in English, published by Dark Horse Comics in the daily magazine Big Comic Spirits. It was officially released on 27th April, 2009 till the last volume was released on 27th February, 2017. With over 22 volumes released in this time period, this manga has many awards and had tremendous success. People loved every inch of the horror and psychological thriller elements in the manga, while reading, they were penned to their seats and beds. This manga was later digitised as a live action film as well, which was directed by Shinsuke Sato, under the music coordination of Nima Fakhrata. It was released on 23rd April, 2016 under the production of Toho Studio and licensed by Funimation.


The lead character Hideo Suzuki, is forcefully working as an assistant of Mangaka after his business fails due to low sales. At the age of 35, he also starts to lose his girlfriend when she has conversations with her ex- boyfriends. Living a dull, sad life, he suspects his girlfriend and feels very pity on himself and goes to her house to apologise for his misdemeanour. Later when he visits the locality, he notices something is strange and sees that the entire neighbourhood has been infected with a zombie virus. How he survives and is his girlfriends safe, is what completes the rest of the story.

I Am A Hero Manga


The Main lead of the manga is Hideo Suzuki, who is just normal average living, dull and down on his luck guy in the town. He is mentally disturbed as his business fails to go up and misunderstands his girlfriend in a mistrained relationship with her ex-boyfriend. He has no special powers or abilities to outmanoeuvre or beat the zombies blue and black but he has the courage and wants to fight it down even though it risks his life. On the other hand, his girlfriend, Hayakari Hiromi, is a simple yet charming girl. She is shown to be a very brave girl as she beats and kills many of the zombies without getting scared. She has a lot of things that are hidden from the plain sights of Hideo, as he watches her as just a mere girl, but she has some dark secrets that cover up in the later half of the manga.


This manga was released in the Daily manga magazine of Big Comic Spirits on 27th April, 2009. It had three spin-off series which were also set in the same universe : I am a Hero in Osaka, I am a Hero in Ibaraki and I am a Hero in Nagasaki. There were 22 volumes released in this franchise and this manga was a huge hit with over 4 million copies sold over just 3 years.  This manga was awarded the Shogakukan Manga Award in the general category. It was nominated for the 3rd, 4th, 5th Manga Taisho awards. It was regarded by the audience as the greatest zombie horror manga ever published in the Japan’ history.

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