The protagonist, Old Man, is very attractive but a terrible slob, a failure as a father, and works as a toilet seat designer. He is divorced from his wife, and lives with his daughter, Min-chan, who is both very smart and athletic. One day, as he was taking a dump, he was sucked into his toilet and given the important job of becoming a hero to save the world! He ends up having to give up his good looks for a chubby frame in exchange. Old Man’s battle to protect the Earth and Min-chan is about to start...
First Day as a Superhero
Second Day as a Superhero: "Brutal, Brutal, Brutal Death"
Third Day as a Superhero: "A Leader Really Must"
Fourth Day as a Superhero: "Eight Different Types of Screams"
Fifth Day as a Superhero: "Quit Patching It Up With Tape"
Sixth Day as a Superhero: A Somewhat Heart-Racing Development
Seventh Day as a Superhero: "Inhabitant of the Other World"
Eighth Day as a Superhero: "I Want Multiple Girlfriends at Once!"
Ninth Day as a Superhero "If You'll Do It, I'll Take off My Underwear Right Away"
Tenth Day as a Superhero "This Episode Is Low on Laughs and Salt Content"
Eleventh Day as a Hero: I am a loser. Please let me die.
Stay With Me, Daddy!
What a mindfu*@. I thought this anime was just a gag comedy that's crude, because thats the type of animes I enjoy, I went in expecting it to be like Yondemasyu, and it was like it for like the first few episodes... then it tried to pull a stroy out of its ass. The show revolves around a single dad(forgot his name and cba to look it up) who is raising his daughter, we see them interact and it is very entertaining seeing the daughter get angry at the dad's bad habits. Suddenly the dad gets sucked into the toilet when he's going for a number 2 and is forced into becoming a hero. Since that moment the father is trying to figure out whats going on while fighting aliens that are trying to invade the earth. That is the story for about 10 episodes of the anime but suddenly the anime felt it had to be more. Turns out that what had happened earlier was all just a facade and in the father's head while he's in a coma, but then the anime ends with him having the same apperance which is very confusing to say the least. I was expecting this was an episodic gag anime that I could just watch whenever I needed a laugh but I was disapointed with how it turned out. However there were some funny scenes and the ED is catchy so it wasn't all bad. But I wouldn't recommond it.
For a filler-show with bizarrely manic humor, To Be Hero isn’t really bad per se… it’s just not that good either. The first nine or ten episodes are random, gross, and utterly meaningless. Somehow, the finale manages to tie it all together and turn most of the garbage into gold, but this added layer of depth doesn’t really make up for the first 80% of the experience. The story centers on a selfish and unreliable lech whose toilet transforms him into the most unappealing superhero imaginable. Unable to speak without uttering profanities, he must save the world and protect his daughter while living as an over-the-top pervert with terrible hygiene. As the synopsis suggests, the series relies heavily on crude gimmicks and callow humor. Boob jokes are nearly as common as poop jokes, and they’re not always mutually exclusive. The repetitive punchlines give characters a one-dimensional feel, and few of them are ever more than they appear to be. The humor starts to make more sense when you consider the production was supervised by Shinichi Watanabe, a man famous for directing Excel Saga and spending his entire adult-life dressed up as Lupin III (no joke). He’s eccentric but popular, and he brings with him a wide range of talent. The casting is one of the show’s high points, and features long-time melodramatists Kenjiro Tsuda (Soul Eater’s Mifune) and Yutaka Aoyama (Naruto’s Sasori). The rest of the production quality is a little awkward, at least in part because this is technically a multi-cultural endeavor; Watanabe aside, Haoliners is a Shanghai studio aiming to export more Chinese animation. Though it was released simultaneously in both countries, the two versions are slightly different and both feature localized music and dubs. Watanabe’s influence is still noticeable but comes across as a bit old-fashioned, especially in style and tone. Hero does have one selling point that makes it worth considering; it’s technically the prequel for To Be Heroine, a far better show that I strongly recommend watching. Heroine uses the same themes (and characters) as Hero, but it weaves them together much more cohesively. It’s not absolutely necessary to watch one for the other, but it helps make sense of the antics later in the sequel if you do.
The anime comes out of the gate almost as if it is aping One Punch Man, but it settles into a more sitcom style comedy about the cast clashing over Min-chan. Who wouldn't clash over the adorable Min-chan though? Re-read that crude tag for another description of the jokes that will be employed, a key feature of the main character's hero transformation is the inability to express himself without being perverted. I was more entertained by the wacky cast of aliens and references to the third wall. ("Could you say that in dialogue font instead of monologue font? I couldn't hear you!") The animation is particularly bare bones with maybe 3 set pieces used consistently and even then not with much detail. You'll find it moves smoothly though due ot its cartoonish nature. There's maybe 2 guitar riffs that will be played during flashbacks and emotional moments, probably not something you want to binge watch in one sitting, give this anime an hour at a time. Thankfully the anime is only 3 hours long, and there's somethign to be said for short and sweet. Watch! - but don't expect to be blown away if you're expecting fight scenes, drama, or over-arching story. It all gets tied up in a "neat" little bow at the end.
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