Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari

The Rising of the Shield Hero

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Alternative Titles

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
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Theme: IsekaiIsekai
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.951 (scored by 10017761,001,776 users)
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Ranked: #7022
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #68
Members: 1,607,825
Favorites: 25,261

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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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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)

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Jul 2, 2024
This is a review of season one for the shield hero.

I don't think the other seasons will ever top season one. The character development for Naofumi is pretty good.
I also appreciate that season one consists of 25 episodes. It's a shame seasons 2 only has 13 episodes & season 3 only has 12 episodes.

Anyways, I feel like people judge Isekai's based on the first episode now and days. If that's the case, then the first episode will not disappoint. To be completely honest, the first episode could be described as a villain's origin story -if only that was the case because I would ...
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 ...
Apr 20, 2024
Generic Isekai Harem anime with 1 dimensional characters and a revenge plot without the revenge.

Imagine being framed for the worst crime imaginable and having your reputation destroyed across the whole country while nobody believes you. Nobody wants to work with you and on top of that, you're restricted to only using a shield, but are nevertheless expected to fight off waves of monsters. This helpless, hopeless, rage inducing predicament is what got me hooked at first. An angry protagonist with nothing to lose and a setup for a great revenge narrative? F*ck yeah, let's go! But what I got was one-note characters, tired trope after ...

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