Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari

The Rising of the Shield Hero

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Japanese: 盾の勇者の成り上がり
English: The Rising of the Shield Hero
German: The Rising of the Shield Hero
Spanish: The Rising of the Shield Hero
French: The Rising of the Shield Hero
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Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 9, 2019 to Jun 26, 2019
Premiered: Winter 2019
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 22:00 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Kinema Citrus
Source: Light novel
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Theme: IsekaiIsekai
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.971 (scored by 950249950,249 users)
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Ranked: #6402
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Popularity: #68
Members: 1,526,686
Favorites: 25,340

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The Four Cardinal Heroes are a group of ordinary men from modern-day Japan summoned to the kingdom of Melromarc to become its saviors. Melromarc is a country plagued by the Waves of Catastrophe that have repeatedly ravaged the land and brought disaster to its citizens for centuries. The four heroes are respectively bestowed a sword, spear, bow, and shield to vanquish these Waves. Naofumi Iwatani, an otaku, becomes cursed with the fate of being the "Shield Hero." Armed with only a measly shield, Naofumi is belittled and ridiculed by his fellow heroes and the kingdom's people due to his weak offensive capabilities and lackluster personality.

When the heroes are provided with resources and comrades to train with, Naofumi sets out with the only person willing to train alongside him, Malty Melromarc. He is soon betrayed by her, however, and becomes falsely accused of taking advantage of her. Naofumi then becomes heavily discriminated against and hated by the people of Melromarc for something he didn't do. With a raging storm of hurt and mistrust in his heart, Naofumi begins his journey of strengthening himself and his reputation. Further along however, the difficulty of being on his own sets in, so Naofumi buys a demi-human slave on the verge of death named Raphtalia to accompany him on his travels.

As the Waves approach the kingdom, Naofumi and Raphtalia must fight for the survival of the kingdom and protect the people of Melromarc from their ill-fated future.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Seto, Asami

Iwatani, Naofumi

Ishikawa, Kaito


Hidaka, Rina


Han, Megumi

Melromarc, Melty Q

Uchida, Maaya

Melromarc, Mirelia Q

Inoue, Kikuko


Yasumoto, Hiroki

Melromarc, Malty

Bridcutt, Sarah Emi


Tange, Sakura

Amaki, Ren

Matsuoka, Yoshitsugu



Opening Theme

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1: "RISE" by MADKID (eps 13-19, 22-24)
2: "FAITH" by MADKID (eps 2-3, 5-12)

Ending Theme

1: "RISE" by MADKID (eps 1)
1: "Kimi no Namae (きみの名前)" by Chiai Fujikawa (藤川千愛) (eps 2-3, 5-12)
2: "Falling Through Starlight" by Asami Seto (eps 4)
3: "Atashi ga Tonari ni Iru Uchi ni (あたしが隣にいるうちに)" by Chiai Fujikawa (藤川千愛) (eps 13-20, 22-24)


Sep 6, 2023
From its inception, "The Rising of the Shield Hero" promises something different from the saturated isekai genre. Instead of a tale of easy triumphs and shallow challenges, it gifts its audience a rich tapestry of well-crafted characters, intricate storylines, and a thoughtful portrayal of children, which elevates the narrative to soaring heights.

The protagonist, Naofumi Iwatani, is not your typical hero—far from it. The scorn and distrust he faces upon his arrival in the new world, particularly the false accusation that serves as the catalyst for his journey, ensures that we don't just see a hero rising. We witness the rise of a complex character, hardened ...
Jul 31, 2022
Mixed Feelings
The shield hero is a postirony. You can't call it bad, because in fact it is supposed to be bad, and it does its job, therefore, because of its purpose, it is good.
The fact is that the main character ends up in a very bad fanfiction book created to pump money. The hero himself says about this that this book is a passerby. You have no right to call this anime bad, because the anime itself says so.
Naofumi is a simple anime guy, he's not smart, he's not stupid. However, in the anime, he seems to be the smartest person in the world, as the ...
Sep 3, 2023
3S review no. 16 (short, simple and salty/sweet/spicy)

Let’s make one thing clear, once you start watching this show you simply can’t stop. You just have to find out how much more worse it can get. You just have to find out how bad can it be, and still get aired, let alone have this much success. It is truly a masterpiece, the best of the best at touching your feelings. While watching it I was constantly either laughing out loud, or being totally angry. Not for the reasons that the show intended to provoke my feelings, but, the result is what matters right?

Story is… typical ...

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