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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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アイ アム あ HERO

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Latest Release(s)
v.15 c.168-179 by Illuminati-Manga (166d ago)
v.14 c.156-167 by Illuminati-Manga (259d ago)
v.13 c.144-155 by Illuminati-Manga (371d ago)
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16 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (349 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.34 / 10.0
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March 30th 2015, 2:25pm PST



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Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Thangpro23
August 25th, 2012, 11:15am
A very good zombie apocalypse manga . It does get my attention at first because i am a fan of psychological . I thought at first it a manga about a insane man turn out it about zombies , as for a zombies manga it progressing verrrrrrrrrry slow until vol 2 i getting to see some zombies action .The character are very confusing me , ok not all the character are confusing but the main character ( Hideo) i keep wardering that he is insane or not .The Realistic Art are cool thought very suit the story and make the zombies extra creepy .Althought the story is slow at first but it very intruding later which make me wanna read it non stop . A very cool zombies manga but need patience reader .
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something good   
Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
by herrdachs
July 6th, 2012, 3:40am
to me, this is one of those mangas i cant stop reading after the first few chapters and keep reading a few days later. like dorohedoro, it can perhaps be difficult to get into reading only the first few chapters. however if you keep going you will be rewarded with a great story, and not just jump straight into the action, with that sloppy slapped on background for the prot you tend to see in so many other mangas. i honestly enjoyed it already in the beggining(hell, i didnt even know it was a zombie manga when i started so imagine how friggin joyously surprised i was when i found out!), and it has only become better with every volume in my opinion. now the art is something that i really, really like. not one character looks the same, the one thing that seriously puts me off from reading any more im dal-young, is that every darn character has the exact same face and you cant tell which is which. the gore is fantastic, ive always enjoyed a bit of blood in my manga.
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So much to take in.   
Rating: N/A
by foobar
January 31st, 2012, 12:22pm
I guess everyone knows that it is a Zombie story, and zombies are current. However, the protagonist is truly insane. I don't remember ever having read anything this bat-guano insane. Shaun of the Dead? Its Shaun of the dead and, I don't know, Welcome to NHK or something. I keep finding it impossible to take, but every few months I seem to return to read a volume and just feel depressed.
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Great manga   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by bull3thole
November 4th, 2011, 2:34pm
Anything with zombies is a big plus for me. So the first chapter were boring to me. I thought it was a poor choice of the author to start the first chapter with nothing happening with the plot and it was boring. The whole psychological thing that was happening to the main character was so confusing and a turn off for me. Thinking about it, I get why the author did that because he wanted to build up the story. Like what auriga below me said the story gets crazy all of a sudden after the first volume.

To the people reading this manga and are saying it is boring, read the first 12 chapters and things WILL start to pick up so fast that your mind would boggle. The main character is a wimp and coward but i really hope he gets some balls later because I dislike the main character already.

I give this a 8.5 for now because i hope the main character gets some balls.

... Last updated on November 4th, 2011, 2:35pm
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Awesome psychological manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by auriga
March 19th, 2011, 5:07am
It starts off as a slow slice-of-life... then BAM, the end of volume 1 happens. It just goes uphill from there; I really like how it shows the development of chaos and how it deals with Hideo's mental health. Very realistic and very disturbing.

Perhaps my only beef with it is its slow plot development. However, that is easily offset by the awesome character development. Definitely can't wait for more.
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Good Slow Manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by wuhugm
January 25th, 2011, 10:38am
Oh man....

The 1st volume of this manga is actually only an introduction
U can see in the background somekind of sickness going around but the zombie thing only revealed on the last page of the volume! And zombie is supposed to be the plot of the story!

The story is progressing soooooo slowly, even after zombies are introduced. You also can find some Gantz feeling there as u witness people dying and other people are just watching and don't give a crap.

The final thing u might want to know is, the characters are FUGLY, it seems that the characters drawn to be realistic, but they're FUGLY. Sometimes u just wanna vomit when u see these characters, even those whom supposed to be beautiful are FUGLY

But the Idea and artwork (aside from the characters) are beautiful, and talking about realistic, the characters' thought are very realistic

... Last updated on January 25th, 2011, 10:39am
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It's..... such a....   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Uruner
December 27th, 2010, 2:25pm
Someone kept recomending this to me so i started reading it.... but this series is SOOO~~~~~~~~ bad at the beginig that i just rolled over and dropped reading it ..... then had to take a breather and after a week i started to read it again... to drop it again.... and after a month when i picked it up again it AT LAST started to get good... and kept me pinned up to it. And it's not that this psyhologigal stuff was bad or anything... it's just that the main charachter just kept pissing me off....
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I need to post a subject   
Rating: N/A
by jamie1990
December 22nd, 2010, 5:31pm
There is a level of sophistication and maturity in the storytelling that you rarely ever see in manga.

I would not be surprised if it was inspired by Shaun of the Dead but in my opnion that does not deminish the achievment of this manga.

I am one ovlume through as of writing this comment btw.
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Definitely good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Leosten
November 19th, 2010, 4:20pm
Hell this is one good manga, the beginning was very psychological, I thought it was one of those society-describing manga, but the sudden turn at the end of Volume 1 completely changed my mind, and everything made sense. It's very psychological and very addictive, a very well-thought and very well-paced horror manga, with deep characters, great, realistic art, it's a page turner.

I definitely want to see what will happen next.

... Last updated on November 19th, 2010, 4:24pm
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A Slow Burn   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by JotaroRaido
September 25th, 2010, 12:47am
A very well-done psychological horror story so far. There's lots of gruesome zombie violence, of course, but just as unsettling are the sometimes chapters at a time when the main character is dealing with his own personal demons. The art is clean, realistic, and quite detailed, and the pacing is ace. Copious two-page spreads used to great effect. I'm just waiting for Hideo to finally use that shotgun he's toting around!
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