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 Hero Bank released on March 20, 2014, and Hero Bank 2 released on November 27, 2014), a trading card game, 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, and a manga adaptation published by Shogakukan's Monthly CoroCoro Comic. 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 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 in more Hero Battles games, they later get involved in a conspiracy that threatens the survival of the game, which dates back from when Hero Battles were first created.
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Hero Bank provides examples of:
- The Cameo: Several that double as shout outs. Funasshi, the unofficial pear-fairy mascot of Funabashi City in Chiba Prefecture, makes an appearance in Hero Bank 2 as a playable suit. Likewise, Sonic and Shadow the Hedgehog also show up. A hero suit of Bahn also shows up.
- Reference Overdosed: Segalion/Segalion Mark II's gear. It's a literal walking Sega reference.
- Virtual Paper Doll: How players can change their hero suits once they get into a "Hero Battles" match.
- 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: The battles, doubles as an Art Shift due to how different they look compared to the stuff around them.
- Anime Hair: Surprisingly few characters actually have this.
- Anime of the Game
- Big Damn Heroes: Happens a lot when the heroes get in trouble.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Kaito, Sekito, and Nagare usually deals this mooks and the occasional Elite Mook.
- Face Fault: Oh so much, usually caused by Kaito.
- Facial Markings: Lots of Hero Suits come with them.
- Five-Man Band:
- Groin Attack: Happens in a funny way to Kaito in episode 38.
- Idiot Hero: Kaito
- La Résistance: Many characters make up a national resistance against the Seven Gods of Suits in the second season.
- Portal Pool: The Snuff Out warp machine creates one in a toilet.
- Reality Warper: The Money Ghost.
- Reference Overdosed: The Segalion's gear in "Battle of the Century ¥ Challenge Segalion!!"
- 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, pager, television, light switch, and allows the characters to hero battle.
- Sekito's basketball is a flash bomb, Hero Suit weapon, 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.
- Temple of Doom: The Tower of Bibel which is filled with Booby Traps, it's Played for Laughs
- The Cameo: Some of the characters in the manga adaptation show up in the video games.
- Verbal Tic: Lots. The most memorable is probably Fukuta's "-kedo".
- Wham Episode: Near the end of "Battle of the Century ¥ Challenge Segalion!!", Kaito and his friends learn the identity of Money Ghost who is none other than the creator of "Hero Battles", Adachi Sumimori.