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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!


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Associated Names
RATMAN ฮีโร่พันธุ์จิ๋ว
Ratman - The smallest hero!?

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Latest Release(s)
v.12 c.57-60 + Epilogue (End) by Silent Sky over 2 years ago
v.11 c.56 by Silent Sky over 3 years ago
v.11 c.55 by Silent Sky over 4 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (507 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.1 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 29th 2015, 1:14am PST



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Original Publisher

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

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (4 Volumes - Dropped; Digital)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #411 decreased(-370)
Monthly Pos #169 increased(+293)
3 Month Pos #1447 increased(+979)
6 Month Pos #1921 increased(+988)
Year Pos #2263 increased(+872)

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On 2352 reading lists
On 652 wish lists
On 737 completed lists
On 79 unfinished lists
On 294 custom lists

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Vol 7 Chapter 32 over 4 years ago
Discussion (spoilers) over 5 years ago

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A fun superhero story   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
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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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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Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by MondSemmel
September 30th, 2015, 12:02am
At the beginning, this looked like a fun deconstruction of the genre of American superhero comics. But while it was usually fun chapter for chapter, it eventually lost the plot: many details of the initial setup (mentioned in the blurb) - that the protagonist is tricked into joining a villain organisation, or that he hides this secret identity - are, sooner or later, unceremoniously dropped. At which point the story becomes less of a deconstruction of the genre, and instead something of a rehash of its tropes instead. The sorry excuse of a resolution to Crea's revenge plot merits special mention.

The story also seemed to have had a somewhat troubled serialisation: chapters 20 and 34-36 were utterly pointless filler, with no connection to the main story whatsoever. The manga even briefly ventured into similarly pointless ecchi mode (a quote from chapter 23: "what you and this manga lack is 'sexiness'").

All that said, the manga's ultimate resolution was still pretty satisfying, and as I mentioned, it was pretty fun chapter for chapter. But there are better, more well-rounded manga about genuine heroes out there. I'll recommend my favorite here: Hoshi no Samidare

... Last updated on September 30th, 2015, 12:03am
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A fun read   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by hurafloyd
February 26th, 2016, 10:46pm
This manga is nice, pretty enjoyable for a light read, I wish it had shown a better development between the MCs but well, no matter at least it ends quite ok.

Read it if you want a light and entertaining time.

By the way, the Jackies are the best characters of the manga XD

... Last updated on February 26th, 2016, 10:46pm
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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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hajimete no aku wannabe?   
Rating: N/A
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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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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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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