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I Am a Hero  
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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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Kakashi Guy

Latest Release(s)
v.20 c.238 by Todome! (89d ago)
v.20 c.237 by Todome! (92d ago)
v.20 c.236 by Todome! (97d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
20 Volumes (Ongoing)

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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (419 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.27 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 12th 2016, 3:48pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic Spirits (Shogakukan)

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English Publisher
Dark Horse (2 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Weekly Pos #446 increased(+22)
Monthly Pos #463 increased(+54)
3 Month Pos #486 decreased(-173)
6 Month Pos #237 decreased(-156)

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To put it bluntly   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Fundefined
May 19th, 2016, 9:43am
This is a zombie apocalypse story with an autistic protagonist. Its incredibly frustrating following a mentally ill person as he lucks his way through massacres. It's meant to be frustrating but that doesn't make it enjoyable.There is a lot of meta commentary on manga and it pokes fun at itself and how meandering and wasteful this manga's panel usage is. The main character is a reflection some of the author's worst traits; mentally slow, a bloated sense of ego, naive, and pathetic. I get what the author is going for, but this story fundamentally fails to be entertaining. I found the author's other work, Ressentiment​, to have the same problems of being capable of addressing interesting ideas but absolutely a chore to read through. Maybe I just don't enjoy this "loser" sub genre that this author specializes in.

Edit: After giving it another several volumes, the story finally picks up and becomes interesting. There's a lot of small details that the mangaka throws in without explaining them which are fun to figure out. There's still plenty of zombie story tropes used but there's aspects that are really unique to this manga. I think I've changed my mind on this manga. The beginning is still painful to read through but the world building done there does somewhat pay off later.

... Last updated on May 20th, 2016, 11:34pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kari+
January 19th, 2016, 7:16am
Really like this manga. Goofy yet great. Artstyle remind me of old manga feom the 90s yet with modern look to it. not mutch to say. Just enjoying the story and puzzle. maybe the manga does drag on and kind wish the story just focus on the main character but oh well. plenty of other manga out there that have flaws to. Im always looking foward to each vol.

... Last updated on January 19th, 2016, 7:18am
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i love it!!   
Rating: N/A
by Elisabel
November 14th, 2015, 9:34pm
it is way better than twd by far. It is the life of some common guy, and i loved the fact that the author took the time to introduce it to us. I find it not boring at all.
I really like the art.
I really hope that the scanlations put all the chapters that arent traslated yet
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Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Daisukereds
October 30th, 2015, 1:52pm
I'm sorry, but why people consider this thing good after having to suffer through 3 volumes of slow idiocy is completely beyond me. It might get better after that, but I can't stand it anymore.
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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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