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15th Manga Division Jury Selections

I am a HERO

Manga published in book form, in magazine [Japan]



The manga artist Hideo Suzuki finds that his serialized work has been discontinued and he has reverted to being an assistant. Dissatisfied about his work and his girlfriend, he is living a life in which he is constantly “playing second fiddle,” but then this life is brought to a full stop by an epidemic of a rare disease, the cause of which is unknown, which suddenly occurs, turning the body into something like a zombie. Daily life and people become almost unrecognizable. As this crazy story gathers pace, can Hideo become a hero for all of humanity? The terror that builds from the intersection of the I-novel perspective and a setting that is widely different form reality has made it a major focus of attention.