Hitorijime My Hero

Hitorijime My Hero (Japanese: ひとりじめマイヒーロー, Hepburn: Hitoriji me Maihīrō), also known as My Very Own Hero, is a Japanese yaoi[1] manga series written and illustrated by Memeco Arii about the romances between a teacher and his student, and the teacher's younger brother with his childhood friend. It has been serialized in Ichijinsha's Gateau since February 2012. An anime television series adaptation by Encourage Films aired from July 8, 2017 to September 23, 2017, and is licensed in English by Sentai Filmworks.[2]

Hitorijime My Hero
Hitorijime My Hero volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of Hitorijime My Hero volume 1 by Ichijinsha
(Hitoriji me Maihīrō)
Written byMemeco Arii
Published byIchijinsha
English publisher
Original runFebruary 2012 – present
Anime television series
Directed byYukina Hiiro
Written byYūsei Naruse
Music byTakeshi Senoo
Mitsutaka Tajiri
StudioEncourage Films
Licensed by
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, BS NTV
Original run July 8, 2017 September 23, 2017
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
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Masahiro Setagawa has stopped believing in heroes as he believes that heroes do not truly exist, especially since he has been getting into a lot of trouble. He's been coerced into joining a gang and is often bullied and used as a gopher boy. However, soon an infamous street fighter named Kousuke Ooshiba, or the "Bear Killer" inadvertently saves him. This man happens to be the older brother of his best friend Kensuke Ooshiba and his current homeroom teacher. Now Kousuke has claimed Masahiro as his "underling" and promises to protect him, but the feelings seem to run far deeper for both. Meanwhile, Kensuke is reunited with an old friend Asaya Hasekura, a popular pretty boy who declares his love for Kensuke and leaves Kensuke confused and unsure.


Masahiro Setagawa (勢田川正広, Setagawa Masahiro)
Voiced by: Toshiki Masuda[3] (Japanese); Austin Tindle[4] (English)
A weakling delinquent who used to be searching a place to belong to. He is very adept to cooking and housework because his mother doesn't really care about doing much. He likes small animals and seems to be quite informed about it.[5]
Kousuke Ooshiba (大柴康介, Ōshiba Kōsuke)
Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno[3] (Japanese); David Matranga[4] (English)
A high school teacher, teaching mathematics. He is feared by local delinquents and nicknamed as "Bear Killer" (熊殺し, Kuma-goroshi).[6] He is very affectionate and often meddles into Masahiro's life.
Kensuke Ooshiba (大柴健介, Ōshiba Kensuke)
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka[3] (Japanese); Alejandro Saab[4] (English)
Kousuke's younger brother and Masahiro's best friend since junior high school. He often invites his friends to play and eat at the Ooshiba's house. He was a childhood friend of Asaya but currently is his boyfriend.[7]
Asaya Hasekura (支倉麻也, Hasekura Asaya)
Voiced by: Shinnosuke Tachibana[3] (Japanese); Daman Mills[4] (English)
A handsome boy who is very popular among other students.[8] He has big appetite and eats surprisingly quickly. He is Kensuke's boyfriend and is very possessive towards him.



Hitorijime My Hero began serialization in Ichijinsha's boy's love magazine Gateau in February 2012, and so far the chapters have been collected into 10 volumes. The series is a spin-off of Memeco Arii's earlier Hitorijime Boyfriend manga and currently has over 700,000 copies in print.[9] Kodansha USA's manga imprint Kodansha Comics announced during their panel at Anime Expo 2018 that they have licensed the manga.[10]


An anime television series adaptation directed by Yukina Hiiro and animated by Encourage Films aired from July 8, 2017 to September 23, 2017, and has been licensed for an English release by Sentai Filmworks. The opening theme song is "Heart Signal" by Wataru Hatano and the ending theme is "True Love" covered by the voice actors of the four main characters.[11] The anime adaptation rearranges some plot from the manga's story, starting chronologically from Masahiro and Kousuke's meeting and then continues to the main plot of Hitorijime Boyfriend, before continuing back to the main plot of Hitorijime My Hero.

List of episodesEdit

No. Title Original air date
1"In the Beginning, He Wouldn't Tell Me Anything"
Transcription: "Hajimari wa, Itsumo Oshiete Moraenai." (Japanese: はじまりは、いつも教えてもらえない。)
July 8, 2017 (2017-07-08)
2"The Days Go On, But There's More"
Transcription: "Guruguru Mainichi, Dakedo Motto" (Japanese: ぐるぐる毎日、だけどもっと。)
July 15, 2017 (2017-07-15)
3"Like a Teeny, Tiny Ray of Light"
Transcription: "Sore wa, Chiisana Chiisana Hikari no You ni." (Japanese: それは、ちいさなちいさな光のように。)
July 22, 2017 (2017-07-22)
4"A Hunch, Hidden by Fragrant Smoke"
Transcription: "Yokan wa, Kuyuru Kemuri ni Kakureteru." (Japanese: 予感は、くゆる煙にかくれてる。)
July 29, 2017 (2017-07-29)
5"A Person Worthy of Love"
Transcription: "Ai Suru ni Taru, Sonzai." (Japanese: 愛するに足る、存在。)
August 5, 2017 (2017-08-05)
6"My Savior, Be Free"
Transcription: "Kyuuseishu yo, Jiyuu de Are." (Japanese: 救世主よ、自由であれ。)
August 12, 2017 (2017-08-12)
7"The High School Boys Howl"
Transcription: "Danshi Koukousei, Hoeru." (Japanese: 男子高校生、吠える。)
August 19, 2017 (2017-08-19)
8"Inextinguishable Emotions Push Me Forward"
Transcription: "Tomedonai Kimochi, Senaka o Oshite." (Japanese: とめどない気持ち、背中を押して。)
August 26, 2017 (2017-08-26)
9"Where My Feelings are Headed"
Transcription: "Kono Omoi no, Mukau Saki." (Japanese: この想いの、向かう先)
September 2, 2017 (2017-09-02)
10"Why Is It So Hard To Be Happy?"
Transcription: "Shiawasette, Konna ni Kurushii." (Japanese: 幸せって、こんなに苦しい。)
September 9, 2017 (2017-09-09)
11"That's Why I Just Want You to Smile"
Transcription: "Dakara, Tada Waratte Ite Hoshii." (Japanese: だから、ただ笑っていてほしい。)
September 16, 2017 (2017-09-16)
12"The Kindest Place In The World"
Transcription: "Sekai de Ichiban, Yasashii Basho." (Japanese: 世界で1番, やさしい場所。)
September 23, 2017 (2017-09-23)


  1. ^ "Boys-Love Manga Hitorijime My Hero Gets Anime". Anime News Network. July 12, 2016. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  2. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Hitorijime My Hero". Sentai Filmworks. June 27, 2017. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "'Hitorijime My Hero' Anime Reveals Cast & Staff". May 16, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "Hitorijime My Hero Anime's English Dub Cast Revealed". Anime News Network. September 21, 2018.
  5. ^ 第1話『はじまりは、いつも教えてもらえない。』
  6. ^ Character|TVアニメ「ひとりじめマイヒーロー」公式サイト
  7. ^ Character|TVアニメ「ひとりじめマイヒーロー」公式サイト
  8. ^ Character|TVアニメ「ひとりじめマイヒーロー」公式サイト
  9. ^ "Hitorijime My Hero TV Anime's Long Promo Video Previews Wataru Hatano's Theme Song". Anime News Network. June 16, 2017. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  10. ^ Sherman, Jennifer; Pineda, Rafael Antonio (July 8, 2018). "Kodansha USA Adds The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days, Love in Focus, Witch Hat Atelier Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  11. ^ "Hitorijime My Hero's ED song "TRUE LOVE" covered by four main voice-actors!". WorldWithoutHorizons. July 11, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2017.

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