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Hero Company Manga by Honō no Tenkōsei's Shimamoto Gets Anime DVD

posted on by Egan Loo
Action comedy about costumed corporate heroes already inspired 2013 anime short

The May issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Hero's magazine announced on Wednesday that an anime adaptation of Kazuhiko Shimamoto's Hero Company manga has been green-lit. The eighth manga volume will bundle the original anime DVD this fall. The seventh manga volume is shipping on Saturday, and future issues of Monthly Hero's will announce the cast and staff. To commemorate the anime announcement, Shimamoto drew a new extra chapter for the May issue of Monthly Hero's.

The action comedy manga follows workers at a giant corporation that is dedicated to protecting people from disasters and other events all over the world. Together, they transform into the superheroes Dessert Five: Choco Red, Macaron Navy, Langue de Chat White, Soft Ice Cream Yellow, and Parfait Pink.

Shimamoto launched the manga in Monthly Hero's inaugural issue in 2011. The creator is known for other over-the-top comedies such as Honō no Tenkōsei (Blazing Transfer Student), Anime Tenchō, and Hoero Pen. He also created more serious fare such as Aoi Honō and The Skull Man, his interpretation of Shotaro Ishinomori's classic anti-hero manga. Honō no Tenkōsei and Anime Tenchō inspired anime, while Aoi Honō inspired a live-action television series.

Veteran anime studio Tatsunoko Productions (Gatchaman, Casshern, Yatterman) already produced a 145-second anime short to promote the 2013 release of the third Hero Company manga volume. In the ad, the folks on the roster list their favorite sweets: Daichi Hadou (cream puffs), Ginga Amano (chocolate with nuts), Syun Busou (ice cream), Hikaru Hyu-ga (parfait), and Saki Tsurugi ("anything"):

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