Stories of old tell of four otherworldly heroes—wielding the sword, spear, bow, and shield—who defended the land from wave after wave of calamity. With the fate of the world in balance, the kingdom of Melromarc summons these legendary figures; in modern-day Japan, the call is answered, and the unwitting heroes are transported to this fantasy universe.
Thrust into Melromarc and given the title of "Shield Hero," otaku Naofumi Iwatani is labeled the weakest due to his lack of offensive capability and apparent inexperience. When the heroes part ways to start their journeys, he only has one willing companion: the beautiful princess Malty Melromarc. However, she soon betrays him, steals all his money, and accuses him of taking advantage of her.
For his alleged crimes, Naofumi is branded a criminal and made outcast of society. With hatred filling his heart, he sets out alone, vowing vengeance against those who wronged him.
Producer : Okey gentlemen, we need to produce an anime that’s adapted from a Light novel, any ideas of good Light novels’ plots ?
Worker 1 : There’s a good Light novel with a unique plot fused by aspects like psychology, horror and thriller.
Worker 2 : Yeah, I think that this is a good idea, Anime industry needs more mature animes.
Producer : Naah, *coughs in Japanese* not everyone enjoys these kind of genres in animes, we won’t get good sales at all.
Worker 3 : Emm, there’s a Light novel about an Isekai worl-..
Producer : NO ! NO ! NO
MORE ISEKAIS !
Worker 3 : .. and a protagonist that uses a shield bu-..
Producer : ADUICENES ARE FED UP FROM BAD ISEKAS, WE AREN’T GOING TO MAKE ANOTHER ONE !
Worker 3 : ..-ere’s also a demi-human raccoon slave waifu and a loli cute bird girl …
Producer: I decided, we will handle this one. Let’s do our best.
Worker 1, Worker 2 : *glares in Japanese* Sumimasen, Nani the fuck … ???
Isekais, Isekais, Isekais .. Every season there’s a new Isekai. Most of them are already generic and fans became allergic to the word “Isekai”, and you’re expecting now that I’ll say: “But this Isekai is totally unique and different”, right? Fool you!
Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari isn’t a unique Isekai nor different than the rest. Tate no Yuusha is basically what an Isekai anime should be like. What most of the others Isekai animes failed to achieve, this anime can easily achieves it if its quality won’t fall downhill until the end. In addition, I have to admit despite that there’re some main female characters and it’s an isekai anime, yet there’s no fanservice at all –till now-. Which is a thing that I really appreciate.
However, I don’t want to hype this anime so much cause the quality of Isekai animes recently caused some “Trust Issues” for this genre. The anime until now is nice, but I’m afraid of a sudden drop in quality, maybe in the 2nd cour. But I hope that my fears are wrong …
It’s an Isekai, what kind of story are you expecting? 4 Japanese students (Of different ages) were transported to another world and called “heroes”, your generic Isekai plot. thank god that this time our heroes don’t spend 20 mins just to realize that this is an another world, in fact, they act as if they have the upper hand or that they understand everything. Each one of these heroes uses a gear, Spear, Bow, Sword and Shield. If you’re a RPG gamer you’d know at once that any class that uses a shield is pretty weak in leveling up alone, but more effective in parties or groups.
BUT, this time our protagonist Naofumi isn’t an overpowered dude who gained his power due to the plot-armor. This anime, our protagonist uses the weakest gear, the shield. And not that only, Naofumi gets betrayed in his first couple of days in this new world, alongside being false accused and loses everything, his money, reputation and dignity.
The plot here is that there’s something called “waves” that appear in this fantasy world each period of time and it brings destruction to this world, hence, the 4 heroes are required to level up and become powerful to defend this world by killing the monsters coming from each wave. After they protect this world – or specifically, the kingdom – from all these waves, they will receive awards and can be transported back to their real world.
I’ll divide the characters here into 3 parts, the main ones. The heroes and bonus characters.
The main characters here in this anime are Naofumi the shield hero, Raphtalia which is a demi-human raccoon girl and Filo which is a bird loli girl – can transform from a bird into a loli girl-.
Naofumi is actually a cool dude, in my opinion he’s the most intriguing character in this anime so far. The significant change in his personality is something I admire to watch. But who cares about my opinion? Everyone is here cause of choosing their waifu, “Raccoon girl vs loli bird”. Since that we already have cat girls and fox girls, we now got an upgrade, a raccoon girl that’s called Raphtalia ! She’s a pretty girl that cares a lot about her master, and we have loli bird Filo that’s just too pure and innocent for this world. If you want to make your own successful piece of art, don’t pay attention to the plot that you’ll use, just fuse any creature + female = fans will start nosebleeding over this fusion girl, even if this fusion is weird or disgusting, but unfortunately, people nowadays focuses more on unrealistic type of waifus and stuff like that, this what makes an anime popular nowadays.
The other 3 heroes have different personalities, we have the red spear womanizer dude, the kirito’s voice actor sword dude that’s actually better than Kirito himself, and finally, the sassy bow boiii. Nothing much to mention about those heroes tho.
And now let’s go to the best part, the bonus characters, we officially have the worst female character in 2019, Mein Sophia. If you wonder why, watch this anime first to avoid spoilers. There’s also the king which is a garbage and there’s also the queen, no enough details to talk about her though.
If you think that the music and OSTs here are familiar to your ears, then I have good news for you my friend. Cause the composer of this anime is Kevin who was the composer of the brilliant music of Made in Abyss. I don’t have to mention how much do I love his style of music and every piece of track he uses here in this anime, they all capture my soul. The OP is pretty much nice and it’s one of the best in this season in my opinion, the ED is kinda fine.
Kinema Citrus studios seem to have a great staff when it comes in terms of drawing the environment of a fantasy anime. The quality of visuals and the designs are fascinating, the animation during fights is somehow acceptable, the animation of fights isn’t about static images so I guess that’s good at least.
One of the things that make me love this anime is the world-building in it. The show emphasis on how does Naofumi strife in his new life about learning how to live, for example, finding good merchants to sell to them the drops of monsters, or trying to gain money from making medicines and learn how to make rare medicines to sell, or thinking about being a trader, in a nutshell, Naofumi uses everything he can use his skills at, to be alive – at least -. This theme, is one of the interesting ideas I ever wanted to see in a Isekai anime. The anime isn’t boring and the events aren’t that predictable so honestly speaking, I’m enjoying this anime so much.
I know that anime fans are fed up from watching Isekais to the extent not giving any of them another chance cause of the drop in their quality, and I can’t deny that. Tate no Yuusha isn’t a unique anime nor has an idiosyncratic plot. The characters may look generic and sometimes the animation isn’t good. However, it’s enjoyable at least, it’s okey if think that it’s not that good, Tate no Yuusha doesn’t add a new thing to the Isekai’s genre, however, the fascinating thing in it is that it has a good quality overall. and if the studio will be able to hold its good quality till the end, I guarantee that this gonna be a very good Isekai and will be a pretty promising beginning for animes in 2019.
“I’m your sword. I’ll follow you through fire and brimstone.” –Raphtalia.
There are two things I noticed that are problematic with this show: 1.) it shoots its pacing and it ignores good storytelling methods to try to hurry up its narrative to the part it wants to tell and comes off as scared the calibre of its writing is not enough to keep its audience interested so it must rush as hard as it can to immediately show its gimmick; 2.) It’s trying to have its tanuki loli slave cake and eat it too. We’ll naturally go over that over the course of the review.
I want to tackle first its main potential, how it wastes it,
and what it offers instead in lieu of said wasted potential.
Isekai, at its core, is a fish-out-of-water story taken to the extreme. You have an ordinary person from a decidedly un-magical locale and/or lead drab lives before they are whisked away to a fantastical new world where they live out interesting lives full of adventure and magic.
Most videogame-isekai authors, however, seem more interested in tailoring this brave new world in such a way that it’s the one world where their otaku excels at with his given skillset. They’re not dragging the fish out of water, so to speak. They’re dragging the fish into the water.
Now, to the show's credit, there’s a limitation attached to the main character: he can’t attack effectively. It forces him to pair up with someone who actually can. Then his situation becomes untenable when he’s falsely accused of rape and any chance of him getting a decent companion is out the window. In the end, he has to buy a slave. This is a genuinely nice setup. They now have to learn to work together and grow together if they are to survive, with an added dilemma: this is just some slave he bought. Who knows if she’ll even cooperate with him? And even if she does, is she competent enough when his life is on the line? And then there’s her side. For all she knows, her ownership just simply changed. The guy is nothing to her and he has to earn her trust little by little, as she has to earn his. It has the potential for a character story of both party slowly building the bridge between them brick by brick, replete with setbacks and drawbacks along the way. It’s a setup so rife with possibilities; except that story immediately nukes half of that equation of them having to meet halfway by making the girl basically fall for him. It rids itself of one-half of its character building potential. For what? So it could hurry its shipping along?
Alright, it can still work with just the main character half. Slightly less effective sure, but it’s doable. There’s still a character-building potential of the main character half: where he attempts to find it in him to trust again after the initial betrayal. Except that we have no proper measure of him as a character before the rape accusation so we don’t really know how much of him had changed after that beyond the basic demeanor; by ridding us of the ability to make a more in-depth comparison of the before and after of the main character, it lessens its already reduced impact even more. If we had that, we’d have a better idea of what was lost in him that day and can empathize and sympathize with him.
All we have now is a world dedicated on shitting on the main character and we’re supposed to root for him with full justice boner on just because he’s the main character. And there’s so much bullshit we have to put up with with the contrived way he is being put down. Yes, while I did praise the setup the show arrived at, the way they set that up is contrived. The series as a whole feels contrived.
Thanks to the light novel and web novel readers, I’ve been spoiled to hell and back on the major plot points of how the rape accusation ends and why the main character was singled out (seriously, if you don’t like spoilers, stay away from the episode discussions because a lot of readers there seem incapable of using the BB code for the spoiler tag). And all I can say is that the characters who are not the MC did the absolute stupidest things they can do just to make this plot-point happen. Expect a lot of idiot balls handed to the casts to simply move the story along the lines the author wants it to move without necessarily making logical sense. In fact, the anime seems more intent on telling us what things are and how they work even when things explicitly running counter to what was said runs in the background.
Again, it rushes its narrative to get to what it thinks is the good part: the shipping of the main character and the raccoon girl.
[Insert Street Fighter 1994 M. Bison soundbyte here: “OF COURSE!”]
Sure, why not. Let’s get to the meat of the show then. It’s about a cute raccoon slave loli falling in love with the first guy to ever show her kindness in quite a while. Two words come to mind: Stockholm syndrome. It’s not exactly accurate but you get the idea of how imbalanced the power dynamics in the relationship is. He buys her from an abusive slave owner. He’s kind to her. Boom! Love.
The story even takes care to make sure that there’s no male character that can outshine the male protagonist because then it might be hard to justify her settling for him when there are better options. Other male characters of significant note to the story tend to be written in such a way that they’re usually evil, incompetent, obnoxious, or old enough that the otaku cannot see them viably as a threat. Because when all the otaku has to offer is kindness, a decent respectable male is kinda a step up. Can’t have them buzzing around M’lady.
Oh, and they un-lolify the loli. Not really sure if she is mentally an adult or a child, but you know, she’s not physically loli anymore. Yay~! She's legal. /s
It’s a change I’m guessing was hand-waved in to avoid controversy of having a child-looking humanoid who, we would be given to assume, has underdeveloped mental faculties to make correct decisions fall for her slave owner for the trivial reason that he’s kind to her and no one showed her kindness in a long time (or if ever at all).
If you’re here for the adorable raccoon girl, have at it. If you’re here expecting something better, sorry man. But hey, it has a RACCOON GIRL. And she’s cute. I think. I mean, they keep talking about her in episode discussions.
The Adventures of Shielbro and Lolic∞n™ is the highest peak of wish-fulfillment and self-help. The ultimate isekai featuring the ultimate comfy. What more can person truly wish for? As for me, 50 million dollars and a cup of green tea, but otherwise this anime is not missing anything.
While most Isekai series are pure swaggernator harems, cow tits and op swords fights, Shielbro has swaggernator harem, cow tits and a... shield. Originality at its finest. He protect, he gets fed, he rest his head on her lap. ...Whose? The lolicoon's! Who would have guessed the ultimate formula to please every weeb is a 10 years old
loli with cow tits who is secretly a yandere and has FLUFFY animal ears + DOES THE KLUTZ and gives you the personal attention like seen in ASMR. Moreover, that body. Finally the perfect girl. You know she is quality when doesn't have to do the glopping to get noticed by the community.
There is also a story in this anime and anyone can criticize it for what it is, but I highly doubt most viewers care about that. Ever heard of isekai? It means "I, The World". Congrats, you now know the story. This anime is succesful because of its am-totally-giving-a-fuck-I-swear-on-mi-mum attitude/take on the isekai genre and the interactions between its main characters who support each others and do comforting things. How adorable. There are also side characters here such as the SpearVirgin who uses a spear and is not awesome like ShieldBro, and.....WAIT!:!! What is that I hear in the distance?
*weeb - *weeb* - weeb*
Me: "..... Huh? Just what is that sound?
SpearPleb: "It's a Japanese garbage truck, reversing."
Me: "Oh damn, I wonder what's on it."
--Hello guys, it's me, Malty
Me: ".... Just trash, it seems."
Seriously, fuck that Bitch. [her nickname is legit 'Bitch' because she is a bitch, hence the name] Anyhow, the side casting is terrible because their terriblessnessesswhatever adds to the comfy level during the moments that matter. Wisest of viewers might notice some confrontation.
Production wise, it meets the modern standards well and I appreciate how it can take its time and play around with scenery and quietness even. The series values the good moments and damn if these are not smart decisions.
I highly recommend this show because I like it. Also, the memes are great.
I’ve never been a fan of the “isekai” genre. It was never alluring for me and neither is it now. The mere fact that a person was “transported” to another world, for me, invalidated everything that happened to the said person in that “another world”. I could never fathom (and I still can’t) why the hero can’t start off as a regular person in the fantasy world instead of being transported there from our world. Originality is lost in this process as the “another world” of most isekai anime are basically the same with similar power system and the same old cliched stereotypes that have
become quintessential trademark of the isekai genre.
“The Rising of the Shield Hero” overcomes some of the immutable traits of the generic isekai anime and is, not a refreshing take on the genre, but is a good take nonetheless. The story is similar to what you’ve probably seen a billion times - world is in danger; four heroes will appear and save it. That basically summarises the plot. Four “heroes” are summoned to an alternate world to try and stop the dark forces who are trying to eradicate said world. I have heroes in double quotes because they consist of two college students and two high school students, not the kind of people that comes to mind when hearing the word hero.
Here’s my first problem with the show. The four main characters show no confoundment when they are magically transported to a world different than their own. They all adjust to it as easily as adjusting to a new shirt that is ever so short. They simply accept their fate and are ready in minutes to risk their life and save a world with which they have no connection whatsoever. It’s like they’re the most complacent people in the universe. It is not yet explained as to why the heroes need to be summoned from a different world, because to me it seems like there are enough magicians and warriors in their own world who could help cull the demons.
Second problem – the setting. It’s set in medieval times (like the billion other isekai anime), but it doesn’t feel like it (like the billion other isekai anime). There is no atmosphere to encapsulate the feeling of medieval-ness. It basically feels like a village from the past or something.
Our story really starts when the shield hero, our main protagonist Naofumi, is incriminated of sexually assaulting his party member who also happened to be the King’s daughter. Everyone in the world, for some yet to be explained reason, had a deep-seated feeling of aversion for the shield hero from the beginning which is only augmented after hearing the about the harassment of the princess. The shield hero is kicked out of the palace and left alone to conquer his quest while avoiding everyone’s contempt.
The characters in this show are what differentiate it from other of it’s kind. Though there are some cardboard cut outs, the main characters, Naofumi, Raphtalia and Filo are all disparate from the characters present in other isekai shows. Pro No.1 – the show eschews fanservice; this really shouldn’t be a pro, but given the current state of anime and fan-service, it is. At first, I perceived Naofumi as a typical insular otaku but there’s more to his character than just that. We see his compassion through his actions and not by monologue. His magnanimity is shown via his action of saving Raphtalia and is not just pushed onto the audience. Raphtalia, another character whose temperament is shown by actions she takes and not by monologue, is also a great character. She was a slave who was orphaned due to a demon Cerberus killing her parents and is rescued by Naofumi. We see this friendship develop between her and Naofumi which feels candid and not just some forced “nakama” shit. The character writing is eloquent and we have new character Filo introduced in episode 5. I hope she gets the same treatment as the rest of the characters and is not some expendable loli. Since we’re only 6 episodes in, other characters don’t get that much focus but that’s to be expected since we’re only 1/4th into the show.
The animation is awesome, the background looks realistic but the character animation is nothing to fawn over. The character animation is pretty untenable and sloppy at times but when it really matters, it gets better.
The music isn’t remarkable and with the exception of the opening, most of the pieces are instantly forgettable. Still, fire OP though.
I binged six episodes in two and a half hours and it was a ride. I’m gonna put this show on hold and binge it once it finishes airing. Overall, it’s a pretty good isekai (never thought I’d ever say this), and I hope the quality doesn’t degrade as the show goes on. I can’t put my finger on the one reason as to why I like this show, I just like it.