I Am a Hero Manga Gets Osaka-Based Spinoff
posted on by Karen Ressler
This year's fourth issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume announced on Tuesday that Kengo Hanazawa's psychological zombie thriller manga I am a Hero will get a side story spinoff this summer. Yuuki Honda (Tokyo Yamimushi) will pen the spinoff, titled I am a Hero in Osaka.
In the original manga, Hideo is an aspiring manga creator who once struggled with discontent with his assistant artist job and his relationship with his girlfriend — until people started turning into undead "ZQN" creatures overnight. After he is attacked by his ZQN virus-infected girlfriend "Tekko," Hideo flees the overrun Tokyo metropolis with the shotgun he happens to own as a hobby. He travels with Hiromi, a high school girl whom he meets by chance, and they face the desperate situation with the help of a nurse named Yabu at a shopping mall.
Hanazawa launched the manga in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine in 2009, and Shogakukan shipped the 16th compiled volume in December. It won the General Category of the 58th Shogakukan Manga Awards last year, and a live-action film adaptation has been greenlit.