In Western culture we have many comics, cartoons, films and series of heroes. Do the Japanese also create anime about superheroes? In this article, we will see an extensive list of manga and anime by heroes like Boku no Hero and others.
Boku no Hero Academia - The School of Heroes
In this anime more than 80% of the population has some individuality (or power), which generates a growing wave of villains and heroes. Midoriya Izuku is a boy in love with superheroes, he wants to become one, but has no individuality.
One day he meets the greatest hero of all, All Might who invites him to be his successor, passing his powers on to him. From there he enters the biggest school of heroes to learn to control his new powers that the body cannot take.
Boku no Hero Academia is a huge success, one of the new pillars of Shounen Jump, with many seasons and films. You probably have watched it, otherwise, I recommend giving it a try, even with the first season half slow.
One-Punch-man - Fighting boredom
In One-Punch-man we follow the unknown hero named Saitama, probably the most powerful man in the universe capable of destroying anything with just one punch (in theory). He lives in a chaotic world full of villains and heroes.
Saitama got so strong who can't find a fun fight, experiencing great boredom. The anime is very funny, full of satires, comedy and with a really interesting and captivating backstory, with well-crafted secondary characters.
In this universe, heroes participate in a kind of popularity ranking, villains do giant damage that make us question the usefulness of a hero. If you haven't watched One-Punch-man, maybe it's time!
Tiger & Bunny - Sponsored Heroes
In Sternbuild City, corporate logos cover not only billboards, but also the costumes of superpowered heroes who act as their protectors. The warriors of justice veterans and newcomers compete in a reality show that offers points for arresting criminals and, at the same time, gives champion sponsors a chance to promote their brand.
When the low-ranking Wild Tiger loses his support after a series of outrageous and unsuccessful rescues, he finds himself paired with a spotlight searcher named Barnaby.
But with their totally different personalities, will the pair be able to save their beloved Sternbuild City and win the game show, or will their constant tension be the bane of the world's first team of heroes?
Inuyashiki - The Last Hero
In this incredible anime an elderly man with cancer ends up being reconstructed by aliens as a super powerful robot. At the same time, a young psychopath is also undergoing the same transformation. The anime has a lot of action and reflection on life.
The young psychopath begins to use his powers to commit sinister crimes, while the elderly man uses his powers to save people and play the hero. What will be the outcome of this story?
Inuyashiki is a very interesting and impressive anime, its only negative point is the use of CG, but it is not as bad as some previous works. It really pays to watch this anime quite different from the conventional.
Flamenco Samurai - A realistic anime?
Hazama Masayoshi is a successful model who has been in love with masked heroes since he was a child - so much so that, as an adult, he decided to become Samurai Flamenco: the masked hero of justice!
But, to his dismay, the job is not as easy as it looks and during his first night as Samurai Flamenco, the man is knocked out and saved by police officer Hidenori Goto. Swearing to keep his secret, Hidenori quickly becomes a friend and partner.
Things get complicated when the media is determined to discover the true identity of Samurai Flamenco. In addition, their actions also trigger imitators, flooding the city with other masked heroes!
This anime had everything to be one of the best anime heroes in the world, with a well-crafted premise, showing people trying to be real heroes, but unfortunately things get off track. Despite this, it may be interesting to watch.
Zetman - The dark hero
Jin is an energetic young man who lives in a slum and does good deeds for money. However, when his mentor dies during a fight with a strange monster, he finally learns the meaning of death.
With superhuman abilities and a group of mysterious men looking for him under the name of Zet, over the years Jin has been attracted to a world of creatures with dangerous powers called "Players".
But what is Jin really, and with his cruel methods of defeating these threats, is he really a hero for justice or just another dangerous monster? A typical Japanese Hero story! The manga is also available in Brazil.
Types of Superheroes Anime
The anime we saw earlier are the most popular in the superhero genre, but it's worth remembering that almost every shounen anime has a hero as the protagonist or characters with scientific powers or not. See some subgenres:
Western Superheroes Anime
On our website we have an article that talks about western superhero anime from Marvel and DC. That's right, in partnership with some Japanese studios, we have some anime of great heroes in the West.
In that article you will see anime of the avengers, X-men, iron man and Wolverine. Unfortunately these anime are not so successful in Japan or even among the Otaku in the West, but they can be seen on American TV.
Mahou Shoujo Heroes Anime
Entering the Superheroes category of my research source, I ended up meeting hundreds of Mahou Shoujo animes, who are basically girls who transform and gain powers, most of the time in a magical way.
This is part of a traditional Japanese genre called Henshin Heroesbasically they are characters that transform themselves into beings with special powers, usually using an item that changes their clothes and grants their special abilities.
They can be a superhero wearing a mask, a magic girl or another type. Among them we have the famous Sailor Moon, Tokyo Mew Mew, Pretty Cure, Cutie Honey and many others. We recommend reading the article on Mahou Shoujo Anime.
Japanese Style Heroes Anime
Just like the mentioned style henshin heroes, Japanese superheroes have other peculiar characteristics. Some are based on tokusatsu, for being successful in the 80s, many of the superhero anime are very old.
Within the Tokusatsu heroes we have anime with Metal Heroes, a franchise produced by Toei for Japanese television in the 1980s and 1990s. The protagonists are typically droids, cyborgs or people who wear metallic armor.
We can mention anime like Kamen Rider, Ultraman, Cyborg 009, Sentai Robin, Kinnikuman, Catman and Skull Man. We also have anime from games like Megaman, classics like Astro Boy and Yatterman. There are many anime of Japanese heroes.
List of Superheroes Anime
To end the article, let's leave a complete list of superhero anime, following its release year in order of the most popular:
|My Hero Academia||2016|
|Tiger & Bunny||2011|
|Inuyashiki: Last Hero||2017|
|Senshi Sunred Tentai||2008|
|Youkai Gakuen Y: N to no Souguu||2019|
|Hugtto! Pretty cure||2018|
|Heartcatch Pretty Cure!||2010|
|Healin 'Good Pretty Cure||2020|
|Go! Princess Pretty Cure||2015|
|Garo The Animation||2014|
|Garo: Vanishing Line||2017|
|Mahou Tsukai Pretty Cure!||2016|
|Star Twinkle Pretty Cure||2019|
|Concrete Revolutio: The Last Song||2016|
|Cyborg 009 (1979)||1979|
|Fresh Pretty Cure!||2009|
|Pretty Cure Suite ♪||2011|
|Gozonji! Gekkou Kamen-kun||1999|
|Choujin Sentai Baratack||1977|
|The Daichis: Earth's Defense Family||2001|
|Ryuusei at Rockman Tribe||2007|
|Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Pure||2004|
|Kirakira Pretty Cure a la Mode||2017|
|Smile Pretty Cure!||2012|
|Dokidoki! Pretty cure||2013|
|Happiness Charge Pretty Cure!||2014|
|Mermaid Melody: Pichi Pichi Pitch||2003|
|Kamen no Ninja Akakage||1987|
|Chiisana Kyojin Microman||1999|
|Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier||2001|
|Crayon Shin-chan: Shin-Men||2010|
|Astro Boy (1980)||1980|
|Tokyo Mew Mew||2002|
|Nana Seven of Seven||2002|
|Yume Senshi Wingman||1984|
|Cutey Honey Flash||1997|
|Sonic Soldier Borgman||1988|
|Marvel Future Avengers||2017|
|Youkai Ningen Well||1968|
|Ultraman Kids at Kotowaza Monogatari||1986|
|Ryuusei Sentai Musumet||2004|
|Cutie Honey Universe||2018|
|Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers||2014|
|Himitsukessha Taka no Tsume: Golden Spell||2020|
|Himitsukessha Taka at Tsume MAX||2013|
|Himitsukessha Taka at Tsume NEO||2012|
|Himitsukessha Taka at Tsume EX||2014|
|Sentai Hero Sukiyaki Force||2017|
|Himitsukessha Taka no Tsume||2006|
|Himitsukessha Taka no Tsume Gaiden: Mukashi no Yoshida-kun||2012|
|Himitsukessha Taka no Tsume Countdown||2009|
|Himitsukessha Taka no Tsume DO||2015|
|Himitsukessha Taka no Tsume GT||2016|
|Sakuran Boy DT||2009|