When I was six, my family moved to France. For a couple years or so, I would watch cartoons in French...before I'd actually mastered the language. So, I was mostly going by the animation and tone of voice to try and understand what was going on.
My favorite at the time was a cartoon that, from my understanding, was called "Wingman". It had this boy who could transform into this spiffy, sci-fi-looking hero who would fight monsters while the bad guys stopped time, and he kept creating new powers for himself by drawing and writing into some kind of magical book. I couldn't make out most of the words, but I still got a kick out of watching it.
Fast-forward a decade or two later. The Internet is here. Some further research tells me that "Wingman" was the French dub of "Dream Warrior Wingman", an anime based on a manga by Masakazu Katsura (the guy behind "Zetman" and "Video Girl Ai", or so I hear). Aaaaand as I check the bookstore today, what do I find? The first volume of the "Wingman" manga, published in French for the first time.
Reading it now, I can finally understand the words. And I discover that apparently, the whole thing is a very genre-aware take on henshin heroes. The main character, Kenta Hirono, is a huge fan of the genre, jumps on the opportunity to become such a hero, and is practically giddy every time it looks like he's about to deal with one of the genre's trope (and annoyed/offended whenever those tropes get subverted).
Anyone else familiar with this manga/anime?