There’s a specific sub-genre I quite enjoy despite the small number of films that fall within its purview. Perhaps its low volume is why id doesn’t have a proper name, so I’ve given it the title of “Ordinary people decide they can be vigilante heroes and violent consequences ensue as the audience is shown that – despite its aggrandizement in comics – the decision to independently commit violence according to one’s own code of justice is perhaps not a choice healthy people make” genre.
KICK ASS is the popular example; SUPER is the good example; and soon enough, we’ll find out on which side of the line HERO OBSESSED LIFE falls. In the meantime, we can speculate from the BRAND NEW TEASERS which show 45 ENTIRE SECONDS OF FOOTAGE.
Though there’s no English in the titles, the folks at AnimeNewsNetwork were kind enough to translate the text and VO in both teasers. That being said, I don’t think there’s a single essential word outside the first line of this video:
Narrator: There has never been a team worse than this.
Sold. Right there. Done. But here’s the second extended teaser anyways, since I already mentioned it. Translation can again be found at AnimeNewsNetwork.
Directed by Keisuke Toyoshima, HERO MANIA SEIKATSU (ヒーローマニア-生活 aka Hero Obsessed Life aka Hero Mania: Life among other English variations) is adapted from the Shigeyuki Fukumitsu’s Seikatsu manga series. The story focuses on Nakatsu, a part time convenience-store clerk burdened by ennui and disaffection until he hatches a plan to take back control of his life: find a group of like-minded people, and form a vigilante group to punish evil! The movie will star Masahiro Higashide as Nakatsu; Nana Komatsu (THE WORLD OF KANAKO) as Kaori, the group’s data expert; Tsurutarō Kataoka as Kusaka, a business man who goes by “Youth Hitter” at night; and Masataka Kubota will play Toshida, the team’s muscle.
Thought no international premiere has been announced, HERO MANIA SEIKATSU is scheduled to come out May 6, 2016. And as much as I’d love this movie to make its way here, I’m not sure I’d be thrilled to find these people working in my neighborhood.