To Be Hero

TV (12 eps x 11 min)
2016
Fall 2016
3.225 out of 5 from 1,223 votes
Rank #4,715
To Be Hero

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...

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First Day as a Superhero

Episode 1

First Day as a Superhero

Second Day as a Superhero: "Brutal, Brutal, Brutal Death"

Episode 2

Second Day as a Superhero: "Brutal, Brutal, Brutal Death"

Third Day as a Superhero: "A Leader Really Must"

Episode 3

Third Day as a Superhero: "A Leader Really Must"

Fourth Day as a Superhero: "Eight Different Types of Screams"

Episode 4

Fourth Day as a Superhero: "Eight Different Types of Screams"

Fifth Day as a Superhero: "Quit Patching It Up With Tape"

Episode 5

Fifth Day as a Superhero: "Quit Patching It Up With Tape"

Sixth Day as a Superhero: A Somewhat Heart-Racing Development

Episode 6

Sixth Day as a Superhero: A Somewhat Heart-Racing Development

Seventh Day as a Superhero: "Inhabitant of the Other World"

Episode 7

Seventh Day as a Superhero: "Inhabitant of the Other World"

Eighth Day as a Superhero: "I Want Multiple Girlfriends at Once!"

Episode 8

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"

Episode 9

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"

Episode 10

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.

Episode 11

Eleventh Day as a Hero: I am a loser. Please let me die.

Stay With Me, Daddy!

Episode 12

Stay With Me, Daddy!

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MyOwnAlarum
4

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.

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