Manga Monday: Hero Company by Shimamoto Kazuhiko

Michael Blaker
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This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review! It’s Hero Company by Shimamoto Kazuhiko!

Plot Synopsis: “A hero” is a job that in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self sacrifice. Would you like to work as such a hero in our company? You may transform, manipulate a huge robot or fight as a squad. Shall we realize your dream in our “Hero Company”?!

Plot: This first chapter that I reviewed is the introduction to the concept of the Hero Company itself and it’s quite funny. It makes a job that we dreamt about as a kid and totally ruins that image for us. It makes the heroes look like normal businessmen, and businesswomen, who are in it purely for the money just like most people who work for a living rather than doing what they love as a job.

Characters: We don’t get introduced to any specific characters in this first chapter, so I’m going to pass over this section this time around.

Art: The art is awesome and has a truly classic Manga feeling, in fact it reminds me the most of Cyborg 00-9 in terms of Art. So I’m definitely going to keep reading this series if it keeps up the amazing artwork.

Overall: This looks to be a truly amazing series that pokes fun at childhood dreams.

For those who like: Comedy, Crushed Dreams, Action, Mecha, Excellent Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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3 thoughts on “Manga Monday: Hero Company by Shimamoto Kazuhiko”

  1. A synopsis without data (genre, reviewed volume, total number of volumes, publishing date, where to read/buy the work, a little author’s bio)?

    >So, the plot part suggests you’ve only read one chapter and ignore what is to come, and your interpretation is quite incomplete (not quick, but incomplete) to say the least.
    >Characters are all presented even though they don’t appear on the first chapter, so considering that the fist volume is telling you that and provides such information, this will need to be expanded.
    >What does “classic Manga feeling” mean? Which other examples other than Cyborg-009 comply with this definition?

    I don’t know what kind of person can feel satisfied on writing this, and which person can truly learn something about the work from it.
    An overall mess, more than a Review.

    1. In the off chance you ever get back to reading the comment here’s some information.

      I tend to call such reviews as this Quick Reviews. They really do only cover the first chapter, I read a couple thousand of pages worth of material every week. I am far, far too busy to read everything that is released to do a weekly column like this.

      Secondly for you disliking my style of writing, that’s absolutely fine. However I’m not going to change my way of writing to suit you because you think I’m being too brief. This is just how I write and I refuse to fluff stuff up if I think it’s not worth my time to do so.

      Thirdly who ever said you could buy this in English? You can’t, it’s not licensed in the West at all.

      Lastly I don’t include things like author bios because frankly I don’t give a rat’s ass who the author is 99.99% of the time. If the story is good, or interesting I’ll say so, who the author is and what they have done in the past is completely irrelevant to what I write about, which is stories. If they have done something noteworthy I may mention them, but for the most part I don’t care who they are. There are exceptions to this, like Brandon Sanderson or Eichiro Oda but those are exceptions.

      I care about stories for the most part. I merely include the other portions like art or music in posts to improve my own writing and judgement skills.

  2. Horaz, I think you might be overly harsh in your criticism. There are different levels of this blog. The quick take features are meant to expose people to new material that they might not otherwise be familiar with, to wet your taste for more of a previously unknown series if you didn’t know about it before. As someone who is just getting into Manga, I appreciate being able to learn about new series this way. And once a week no less!

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