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Ratman  
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Description
Meet Shooto. He's a big hero fan and wants to become a hero! The problem is that he's mocked for being too short. One day, his classmate Mizushima invites him to become a "hero" at her home which is actually a criminal organization called Jackal.

Shooto then gets tricked by Jackal's leader Crea to become their supervillian, Ratman! Now the world's smallest hero will embark on his battle against heroes and villains alike!

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
ラットマン
RATMAN ฮีโร่พันธุ์จิ๋ว
Ratman - The smallest hero!?
ˇiurkia˛mogis

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Latest Release(s)
v.12 c.57-60 + Epilogue (End) by Silent Sky (38d ago)
v.11 c.56 by Silent Sky (418d ago)
v.11 c.55 by Silent Sky (568d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (437 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.19 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 17th 2015, 3:44pm PST


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Year
2007

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Ace Assault (Kadokawa Shoten)
Shounen Ace (Kadokawa Shoten)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (4 Volumes - Dropped; Digital)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1044 decreased(-1)
Monthly Pos #1258 decreased(-930)
3 Month Pos #587 increased(+165)
6 Month Pos #872 increased(+188)

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On 2452 reading lists
On 610 wish lists
On 419 completed lists
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Vol 7 Chapter 32 868 days, 22 hours, 17 minutes ago
Discussion (spoilers) 1222 days, 19 hours, 31 minutes ago

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Huzzah to Random Finds   
Rating: N/A
by catilleon
September 28th, 2010, 1:20am
I found the second volum of this randomly in a sydney comic book store, it was the only volum there had and it was amazing I found it as there Manga section covered the enteriety of their back wall, and loved it. I just love superhere stories which play with the normal conventions (though this is no where near the usual ulterviolence fare I'm used to, bless you Mark Millar). Aside from that I quite like know if I could only find a place to read it.
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A fun superhero story   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by chrisrogers.com
June 23rd, 2015, 9:19pm
Ratman is a fun story with a good amount of comedy that incorporates and sometimes parodies superhero tropes from both east and west. The protagonist is a typical shonen protagonist, but the series is self aware enough that he doesn't come off as stupid, just a little naive. I enjoyed how often the manga shares the spotlight with the other characters right up to the very end. It is consistent throughout and while there were some chapters that were worse than others, I'd recommend you read it all the way through.
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Falls Off   
Rating: N/A
by Endrak
November 22nd, 2013, 10:59pm
This manga started out really good. It had an interesting world and fun characters. My only gripe is minor enough that it does not bear mentioning.

However, after the existence of Ratman becomes public knowledge, the series starts to fall off. I thought that would be the time when things got serious, where the themes that had been alluded to in the beginning of the series would be explored more thoroughly, and possibly when we explored the political and social repercussions of the existence of heroes.

However, that doesn't happen. Volume 11 brings almost every important plot points to an abrupt and unsatisfying close, in a way that doesn't really make sense.

My best guess is that Ratman wasn't as popular as the publisher thought it would be and they told the mangaka to finish it in less than ten chapters. The same thing happened to Battle Angel Alita, which was then continued by a different publisher under the name Last Order.

Hopefully the same thing happens to Ratman. Until then, the 8/10 only applies up until Volume 10.
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Finished   
Rating: N/A
by GreedyLocust
June 21st, 2015, 12:04am
Glad it finally finished being scanned, had to wait 8 months for the ending to actually be scanned in english

overall a good series, but its more comedy than deep
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Satisfying ending ......I approve!!!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by dremondtanic
June 21st, 2015, 1:00am
well nothing much to say. It was really in unusual manga to begin with which Is all about heroes. Nothing really big news but it really was not a big surprise most of the routes will always lead to a heroes style. But still the manga was worth the little change and so I give it q 8. Because the character could have been better.

I totally recommend this to those American heroes fan since the manga author was obviously referencing American comics for this. There is of course the cliche of all those stories which won't come to a surprise.

... Last updated on June 21st, 2015, 1:01am
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Pretty Good..   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Vayth
August 27th, 2012, 10:12pm
I like the settings and the plot. I like all the jackals member, including shooto, especially jackys XD
the humors are good too..
if only not for the fillers and random chapters, I would give it higher
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hajimete no aku wannabe?   
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by reivatin
October 30th, 2011, 12:45pm
well the concept of anti-hero that do "heroic" deeds seems cool for me

btw the i really enjoy this 2 chapter and it have 8 volume now!
for now it's really exciting to watching

plus from the start we can expect ?triangle? romance biggrin
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I Like It   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by whistlebird
December 1st, 2013, 1:13am
I like the summary they gave for this series. Suits it perfectly. And it was fun all they way to the end. A large portion of parody and humor, some good amount of action and intrigue, some nice warm fuzzies, and who cares if it's got a few cliches and stupid humor here and there. It's self aware enough that doesn't bother me.

The setting is a lot like Tiger and Bunny, where you have commercial "heroes" who are pretty much a mixed bag of those who work for the fame and glory and those who do for justice. And those who are just there to sell stuff. The "villains" are not so villainous as they appear... OR ARE THEY? The "evil" minion Jackies... are hilarious. The protagonist Shooto is just a kid who reeeaaally wants to be a hero and somehow or other gets contracted to be the opposite. He's cute, stubborn, determined to carry out justice at any cost, powerful (and kind of scary) when it counts, pretty much your typical shounen protagonist.

The story is funny, it's got good art, there's some mystery to it all and a bit of romance. It's overall a very upbeat series with a strong moral backbone that realizes that there can be both good and evil in everyone and things are not always what they seem.

... Last updated on June 23rd, 2015, 1:51pm
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Ratman ~!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by raichu688
June 5th, 2014, 5:15am
What a nice phrase there, the world's tiniest hero. Japanese hero media seems to be rather popular; my favorite is Ratman~ Seems the English official releases got cancelled(as they usually do sheesh), but the original JPN volumes are still out there to read~
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The "antihero" category is misleading   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by RIP131
July 26th, 2012, 6:27am
It is hard to have an antihero main character in a shounen manga. Sometimes it works /Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro/ but without making it borderline seinen it feels half-assed.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The main character is typical shounen male lead, in other word a hero with strong moral compass, witch is a polar opposite of the egoist, manipulative antihero. The method of accomplishing their goal is just too different
. The other characters are great,
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
except the sempai who is just a female clone of the main char
. The comedy is generally good but nothing groundbreaking. If you like shounen manga check it out.
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