The Rising of the Shield Hero (Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari) is a light novel by Aneko Yusagi that was originally a web novel. It was later adapted into a manga by Aiya Kyū and then into an anime.
Sword, Spear, Bow and Shield are the three legendary weapons used to protect the kingdom of Melromarc. Naofumi Iwatani, an otaku is summoned along with three others from parallel worlds to wield the legendary weapons and become heroes. Naofumi is granted the honor of becoming the Shield hero, he sees this as an opportunity to start a new life. It is revealed to them that they can not wield other weapons, and they must fight in separate parties. Naofumi quickly realizes how disliked the shield hero actually is when no one wishes to join his party.
With no one wanting to join him, the shield hero is unable to fight or level up his stats. Lucky for him one woman offered to join his party while the others had several people in theirs. As if his luck could not get any worse, the woman happens to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. She betrays him by stealing everything he has and accusing him of taking advantage of her. The shield hero already hated, finds himself worse than when he started. He now finds himself a criminal out cast who is hated by everyone and the king. Living in this new world has turned into a nightmare for Naofumi.
Naofumi has no other choice but to buy a slave if he hopes to live in this new world. He buys a young girl Raphtalia a demi-human who now serves as his attack force. The series follows the two as they wage war against the hordes, defeat all odds, and meet friends & foe alike.
I had been curious about this series for a while since I had seen it on the shelves at Barnes and noble. I picked up the manga and instantly got hooked, I could never find the volumes I needed in the store, and I was too lazy to buy them online. I currently own up to volume 4 of 11 currently with volume 12 out in December. The light novel has up to volume 13 with vol. 14 set to release in October.
Since I was hooked, I was so incredibly excited when I saw the Anime announcement, the anime has 25 episodes. It’s so cool to see it animated! Raphtalia is seriously the best girl as everyone says on the internet haha. This one isn’t as brutal as Arifureta, but it’s all about the main character going through nothing but struggles and over coming them. It’s definitely exciting to watch and you will go through the motions of hating everyone who does them wrong. I really enjoy it and I’m sure most of you will too!
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