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The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 1
盾の勇者の成り上がり (Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari)

Synopsis

Naofumi Iwatani was summoned into a parallel world along with 3 other people to become the world’s Heroes. Each of the heroes was respectively equipped with their own legendary equipment when summoned. Naofumi happened to receive the Legendary Shield, the sole defensive equipment, while the others received weapons capable of attacking. Due to Naofumi’s lack of charisma and experience, he ended up with only a single teammate, a beautiful woman, while others had several. Unfortunately, on his second day Naofumi was betrayed, falsely accused of rape, and robbed by the said teammate.

Shunned by everyone from king to peasants, Naofumi’s thoughts were filled with nothing but vengeance and hatred. Thus, his destiny in a parallel world begins. He tries to level up, despite his weak attack skills. He meets Berocas, a slave trader, Berocas shows him a little girl named Raphtalia and he decides to buy her.
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Animation

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Story

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Pros

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Overview

The Rising of the Shield Hero originally published as a web novel, the series has since been published by Media Factory with an expanded story-line featuring illustrations by Seira Minami.

The novel series was adapted into a manga series by Aiya Kyū and published by Media Factory. Both the novel and manga series were licensed by One Peace Books. The 25-episode anime television series adaptation produced by Kinema Citrus premiered on January 9, 2019.

Alternative title

– Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari
– The Rising of the Shield Hero
– 盾の勇者の成り上がり
– 盾之勇者成名錄
– 방패 용사 성공담
– Isekai Shield

TL;DR Review

The Rising of the Shield Hero (盾の勇者の成り上がり Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari) is a Japanese light novel series written by Aneko Yusagi.

The animation is satisfactory enough, slightly better than mediocre but not quite gorgeous. Though some scenes and background were painted by the B-team.

After the introductory first episode, it had me intrigued and concerned at the same time. I want to see more but was apprehensive it will be another trashy isekai series. The show has a good start, minus the controversy.

Unfortunately, as the season progress, the less I am impressed by it. I notice the narrative become more ignorant and downright basic. This series appears to be aiming at a more adolescent audience with its caricaturist over the top villains. I find one episode feels like such a filler that I start skipping forward. This show suffers from the character do not act realistically in order to push the plot along. Some characters are so dense, you wonder how they dress themselves every day.

This is another series that seem to be divisive on social media, similar to Goblin Slayer. And like Goblin Slayer, I prefer to judge a show on its enjoyment value over some hidden agenda people are theorizing. I find the show enjoyable at the start and that is good enough for me.

I do feel the show is being a bit manipulative with your emotion to get you invested. I suppose that is true with every show. Where That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime use happy peaceful emotion to get you hooked, Shield Hero use frustration and revenge fantasy.

I would only suggest this show to the fan of dark fantasy with a whole helping of vengeance fantasy mixed in. Other than the initial rage you feel toward one character at the start, it doesn’t have much going for it. The Rising of the Shield Hero contains graphic violence and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Featured Music

The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 1
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

– “Rise” by Madkid (eps 2-12)
– “Faith” by Madkid (eps 13-19, 22-24)

Closing Theme

– “Rise” by Madkid (ep 1)
– “Kimi no Namae” by Fujikawa Chiai (eps 2-3, 5-12, 25)
– “Falling Through Starlight” by Seto Asami (ep 4)
– “Atashi ga Tonari ni Iru Uchi ni” by Fujikawa Chiai (eps 13-19, 22-24)

Insert/Image Theme

– “En Annan Tid, Ett Annat Liv” by Maria Andersson (ep 15)
– “Rise” by Madkid (ep 20)
– “Cold Illusions” by Ryan Greaves (ep 21)

Credits

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Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

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