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I Am A Hero

I Am A Hero
Original title: アイアムアヒーロー
Demographics: Seinen
Chapters at MH: 47
Releases at MH: 0
Publishing Status: Ongoing
Writer(s): HANAZAWA Kengo
Artist(s): HANAZAWA Kengo
Serialized in: Big Comic Spirits
Published by: Shogakukan
Year: 2009
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Popularity: 39 favorites
Translators: 5 (Click here to view)
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Score 4.4 of 5.0 - 13 votes

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Some people live on the breaking edge of society. "Normal enough" to get by (mostly), and "weird enough" to not be able to live what most of us would consider a "normal" life. I am a Hero follows someone exactly in that situation.

Paranoia, obsessions and delusion are all tightly knit into a running monologue that snakes through the protagonist's life. This is what is must be like to live with a mental illness. Yet the story somehow manages to be compelling, because even as the "Hero" repels us with his delusions and the uncomfortable contents of his thoughts, it's logical and consistent in it's own fashion. It's that very logic and consistency that makes it both tragic and heroic.

And yet, the "Hero" continues on, giving us a uncomfortable, yet gripping look into his head as he tries to go about life, go to work, have some sex with his girlfriend.

The art work is a real bonus here - just as detailed and obsessive as the Hero himself. It has a very cinematic feel, as if the panels are more like stills from a movie interrupting slow tracking shots or hyper close ups.

Recommended for those of you interested in psychological stories and human drama.


Psychological, Seinen

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Review by Laika
Though I haven't had a chance to read boys on the run (ordered it recently) it really is interesting to see a more direct approach to a lot of the issues that got addressed in, "Ressentiment." Perhaps it was the humor, the "unreal" aspect, and the more comical art of Ressentiment that allowed enough space between the reader and the author that the ugliness of a lot of the issues was easier to stomach. This series, on the other hand, while it seems to have it's methods of creating space, may become much darker. This is really turning out to be an interesting series but I'm still wondering where it's going to go. As interesting as it is, if there isn't any sign of any resolutions or development, no matter how painfully funny it is to watch Hideo falling on his face is or how fun/insightful it is to read delirious mangaka ranting, it'll get old. Permalink " "
Review by Elena Kruyech
This manga is awesome, so different from the others... I really hope an English-speaking translator will translate this :) Permalink " "

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