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.
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.
– The Rising of the Shield Hero
– 방패 용사 성공담
– Isekai Shield
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 decent enough, slightly better than mediocre but not quite gorgeous. Though some scenes and background were painted by the B-team.
The opening theme is “RISE,” performed by MADKID, while the ending theme is “Kimi no Namae” (きみの名前) performed by Chiai Fujikawa. For episode 4, Asami Setō sang an insert song titled “Falling Through Starlight” as her character Raphtalia.
After the initial first episode, it had me intrigued and concern at the same time. I want to see more but was apprehensive it will be another trashy isekai series. The series has a pretty good start, minus the controversy. Unfortunately, as more I see of this show, the less I am interested in it. This show suffers from the character do not act realistically in order to push the plot along. Some characters are so stupid, you wonder how they dress themselves every day.
As the season progress, I notice the story become more simple and downright basic. This series appears to be aiming at a younger audience with its cartoonist over the top villains. I find one episode feels like such a filler that I start skipping forward.
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 entertainment value over what I think some hidden agenda is being employed. 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, or how Overlord used villainous fantasy. It’s the same emotion why click-bait become so popular. I think I am starting to ramble.
I would only suggest this show to the fan of dark fantasy with a whole helping of revenge 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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The Rising of the Shield Hero
A collection of notable music and song from this series.
- “RISE” by MADKID
- “Kimi no Namae” (Your Name) by Chiai Fujikawa
- “Falling Through Starlight” by Asami Seto (ep 04)
The Rising of the Shield Hero
A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.
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