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I Am a Hero  
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From Illuminati-Manga:

Hideo Suzuki is a thirty-five 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.

Note: Was nominated for the 3rd, 4th and 5th Manga Taishō and won the 58th Shogakukan Manga Award in General category in 2013.


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Associated Names
アイ アム あ HERO
أنا بطل

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Kakashi Guy

Latest Release(s)
v.16 c.180-191 by Illuminati-Manga (81d ago)
v.15 c.168-179 by Illuminati-Manga (335d ago)
v.14 c.156-167 by Illuminati-Manga (428d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
17 Volumes (Ongoing)

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (370 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.35 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 5th 2015, 5:03pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic Spirits (Shogakukan)

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English Publisher
Dark Horse (April 2016)

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Weekly Pos #462 increased(+26)
Monthly Pos #498 increased(+7)
3 Month Pos #497 decreased(-180)
6 Month Pos #329 decreased(-12)

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Compare this to The Walking Dead   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by lodanaht
May 29th, 2015, 9:45pm
(This criticize is base purely on my own aesthetic and i'm not western so don't expect my good english)
I've read it through vol.12 now and gonna stop here cause the author cannot focus on good character, hero or the character that should be focused, anything that he did was just focus on bad guy,weird guy just to drag readers attention and curiosity along for the sake of bringing more volume out, sometime I feel japanese people are really annoying.

... Last updated on May 29th, 2015, 9:46pm
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Mythical Zombie Apocalypse, a rare thing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Laclongquan
May 4th, 2015, 10:53am
Unlike the normal Biological Zombie Apocalypse you see nowaday, this setting is bio-mythical plague. It infect by bio means, but there's a mythical component to it.
It's a rare thing in this genre.

It takes to the middle of volume 2 to get going, though~

... Last updated on May 4th, 2015, 10:53am
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Slow development   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Anedres96
March 21st, 2015, 6:35pm
Don't get me wrong, I thing this is the best quality of a story you can get from a zombie apocalypse. The only thing is that the author commits too much in details in each episode, making it a slow story. Anyways; you should give it a chance if you'd like to read a masterpiece.
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Zombie Survival Manga   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by great_k
October 28th, 2014, 5:56pm
The core of the manga is a survival series. Feels like a hybrid of Freesia, Gantz, Battle Royale and high school of the dead all rolled into one.
Definitely not a feel good series as this manga has a kill em all vibe. Besides Hiromi and Hideo every one else is just cannon fodder.
Another warning besides extremely high character turnover, as in most survival media there is a fair share of sexual exploitation, back stabbing and physical intimidation by those who have power. Also plenty of adultery takes place in the manga.
Our MC is not quite right mentally as are a lot of the other characters introduced.
The grotesque horror combined with the quite loony nature of the characters almost make this feel like a gag manga until another tragic moment occurs which quickly sobers up the mood.
A very interesting read but there are a number elements in the series which make it feel highly unrealistic.

... Last updated on October 28th, 2014, 6:04pm
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You get used to the art   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by TundraDweller
August 12th, 2014, 2:13am
Any other art style couldn't do this good a job with zombies. The MC has just a touch of heroism, just the right amount to make this as realistic as possible while also providing an enjoyable reading experience. Always on the move with a couple of others, blowing zombie brains off with a shotgun. Despite zombies having taken over the cities with only small pockets of humans remaining, our MC still has scruples about breaking and entering, "stealing", etc. Basically, while law and order is no more, he still shows a sometimes exasperating concern for the law. A nice quirk. And the zombies. The zombies, people. You ain't never seen zombies this creepy. And you ain't never seen zombies this zombie.
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good stuff.   
Rating: N/A
by bietchie10
May 14th, 2014, 9:03pm
Good stuff.
Did i say it again? That means it's a fact.
Even though it's not my genre since i rather play Arma 2biggrinayz than reading someone else story.
But still, i enjoy it and even give it a "9". It's realistic in term of psychology.
And even i am not eager to wait for new chapters, i still feel obligated to give it a "9".
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The Best Action Manga I've Read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cecropiamoth
May 11th, 2014, 10:07am
...and a great psychological manga too. For me, the psychological part is the foundation of the success I of the action part. Most of the first volume is taken up building the character of the protagonist. He's an anxiety-ridden guy who longs to be a full-time, successful mangaka...and/or a Hero. Later, unlike most of us who harbor such dreams, he finds himself in a protracted situation where he has no choice but either to be brave and resourceful, or die. And the rest of many chapters of the manga show how, over time, he struggles to be the man he's always wished to be.

"The worm turns" is one of the oldest of story tropes, and this manga does it up proud. The action-struggle part of this story has all the danger and suspense of the best action stories, with the added suspense of waiting to see if this nervous-wreck type guy is finally going to break down under the ongoing stress. I read all the then-available chapters (143) over the course of a couple of days. It was impossible to put down. Any man who's ever admitted to himself that he has a substantial streak of fear in him will probably love it too. Remember, courage isn't having no fear, but fearing and acting anyway.

... Last updated on May 11th, 2014, 10:08am
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Thought Provoking   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sculamio
November 22nd, 2013, 5:20pm
As realistic as a zombie manga can be. Granted, society is presented as very ignorant, twisted, and immoral
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
DAT subway scene

Really makes you think about what you would do if the zombie apocalypse were to happen. Like right now. Just be sure to...turn around...very slowly.
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Too bad it went astray   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Mytskine
May 10th, 2013, 12:42pm
The first volume is highly psychological, and mostly a slice of life. It depicts the usual life of the main character. He is an odd guy, with fears so strong that, when alone, he mixes his dream world with reality. He is the "hero" of his own half-dreamy life. So, when the first hints of horror appear, they look like the outcome of his fears: is he dreaming again?
After this excellent beginning, the action and horror take a larger place in the story, but the psychological part doesn't disappear. Up to volume 4 included, the behavior, feelings and attitude of the main characters are an essential component of the series.

The turning point is volume 5. There is a major twist there, a smart and disturbing idea from the author. Unfortunately, this volume is also the beginning of a new arc: 40 pages totally disconnected from everything else, with absolutely nothing interesting. Just scenes of zombie horrors interleaved with an online chat. But, as the last chapter of v5 went back to the main characters, I thought these 40 pages were just a one-shot filler.

The volumes 6 to 8 were less original. Indeed, I felt the story was very similar to several classical survival manga like Metro Survive. Yet the art was still brilliant, and the tension was still there. While slightly disappointed, I was eager to read forward.

Then this manga seriously began to go astray. Half of volumes 9 and 10 were about the new arc, and the whole v11 went on. Why did the author build such detailed "heroes" to ditch them suddenly and focus on a gang of stereotyped characters? This new arc is plain and boring. No one has any depth. No psychology, very little action. Even Illuminati-manga wrote that "not much is actually happening" in the v11 they scanlated. I feel sad, as if the author betrayed the manga and let it die. I'll probably have a look at the next volumes, but just to flip through the pages out of curiosity. I have no hope this manga can come back from the deads.

EDIT: I've just read vol.12. Brainless action, with nothing original. The last 2 pages go back to the characters of the first arc. If it was not for that, I would have dropped this series. Now I have some little hope v13 will revive my interest on IAAH.

... Last updated on September 1st, 2013, 7:12am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Darkrockeratreyu5580
April 26th, 2013, 1:16am
This is one of the best mangas I've ever read, EVER! I wish I didn't know it was about zombies when I picked it up, it starts off as a somewhat boring slice of life then BAM!!! CHAOS INSUES, PEOPLE ARE EATING EACHOTHER EVERYTHING IS GOING COMPLEATLY INSANE WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO!?!? I like how it starts off so realistic, keep in mind zombies are a big problem, how are they going to show you what the character is like outside of all this madness if you don't see it for yourself? you would probably end up thinking he's traumatized from the zombies instead of just plain crazy if they jumped in too quickly thus compleatly destroying the psychological elements which is one of the biggest things that sets this manga apart from every other zombie manga writen thus far. This manga is the most realistic zombie manga I've read, if that's what your looking for this is for you if you just want zombie killing action go read highschool of the dead, which imo is also a great zombie manga.
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