Hero Bank is a multimedia franchise created by Toshihiro Nagoshi, the man behind the Super Monkey Ball and Yakuza series. It's published by Sega and it consists of several video games (Arcade and Nintendo 3DS with the original game released on March 20, 2014, and Hero Bank 2 released on November 27, 2014), a trading card game, a manga adaptation published by Shogakukan's Monthly CoroCoro Comic, and an anime adaptation made by TMS Entertainment, which first aired on Japanese television via TV Tokyo on April 7, 2014, that consists of 50 episodes, directed by Yasutaka Yamamoto. Unlike the games that aren't released outside of Asia, the anime adaptation is available via Crunchyroll.
The series takes place 20 Minutes into the Future where the public can join in a virtual fighting game called "Hero Battles". To be able to participate in these games, they must use special fighting hero suit-type armor called Bankfons G suit or Hero-Gis in Japanese. It centers on a young elementary student named Kaito Gosho, who ended up signing a business contract to secure a Bankfons G suit called Enter the Speed since he is willing to help others to resolve their problems. However, the contact also forces Kaito to take the responsibility of paying a 10 billion yen debt. To help solve the problem Kaito got himself into, he decides to enter Hero Battles and win money from the various matches to pay off the debt when he can. Kaito is later helped by his friends, who also enter the games. As they got into more Hero Battles games, they later get involved in a conspiracy that threatens the survival of the game, which dates back to when Hero Battles were first created.
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Hero Bank provides examples of:
- Virtual Paper Doll: How players can change their hero suits once they get into a "Hero Battles" match.
- The Cameo: Funasshi, the unofficial pear-fairy mascot of Funabashi City in Chiba Prefecture, makes an appearance in the game as a playable suit.
- La Résistance: Many characters make up a national resistance against the Seven Gods of Suits in the second season.
- Running Gag:
- Whenever Maki Kashii is present, Kaito often pronounces her name wrong. A lot.
- Kaito mispronouncing words and relating everything to butts.
- Swiss Army Weapon:
- The Bankfon is a phone, a pager, a television, a light switch, and allows the characters to hero battle.
- Sekito's basketball is a flash bomb, a Hero Suit weapon, and has a program to stop black money.
- So Last Season: Kaito's Enter The Hero, which was used to beat the Money Ghost and Justice Dollar in the first season, gets creamed by Ryuuga Tennouji in the third episode of the second season.
- Wham Episode: Near the end of episode 23, Kaito and his friends learn the identity of the Money Ghost who is none other than the creator of "Hero Battles", Adachi Sumimori.