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Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari

Alternative Titles

English: The Rising of the Shield Hero
Japanese: 盾の勇者の成り上がり


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: Crunchyroll
Studios: Kinema Citrus
Source: Light novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.151 (scored by 215,236 users)
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Ranked: #3922
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Popularity: #143
Members: 457,833
Favorites: 9,951
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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


Abo, Takao
Director, Storyboard
Gou, Fumiyuki
Sound Director
Awai, Shigeki
Episode Director, Animation Director
Haga, Hitoshi
Episode Director

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

Edit Ending Theme

#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 (ep 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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Jun 26, 2019
Veronin (All reviews)
Tate no Yuusha is a thundering disappointment for many fans of the isekai genre. And for those who would not have labeled themselves as such, Tate no Yuusha is a testament to their dislike or indifference, being yet another mediocre, soulless title lurching and tossing throughout a tired genre that is swiftly approaching its death throes. In truth, Tate no Yuusha doesn't please much of anybody.

If there is a reason Tate no Yuusha ever stood out in the first place, it is because of the protagonist and the appalling situation he is soon forced into. Though isekai anime taking a turn for the dark read more
Jun 26, 2019
RebelPanda (All reviews)
Welcome to Shield Art Online, the latest popular trapped in a video game light novel adaptation. You’ve seen this show a dozen times before, but this the trashiest one so far. Not only is this dogshit a shameless loli-harem, but it is also a slavery harem, a power fantasy, and 100% incel approved.

Do people actually think The Rising of the Shield Hero is above other isekai harem fodder? Naofumi is yet again another blank slate protagonist who builds his harem by saving a bunch of lolis. Rather than developing any of them, the show just adds a new loli to avoid having to write read more
Jun 26, 2019
XHellLyterX (All reviews)
We've come to a point in the anime industry where isekai anime are immediately judged just for being isekai. Due to the apparent "overuse" and "unoriginality" of the genre, some individuals will make a big deal about it or not even watch an anime at all simply because of the genre, even if the isekai elements have essentially no bearing on the narrative whatsoever, as is the case with The Rising of the Shield Hero. Yes, Shield Hero is an isekai, but don't let that blind you from seeing the true themes and merit of this show. At its core, this is an anime all read more
Jun 26, 2019
Karhu (All reviews)
Who are we? Every person ever. And what do we want? Throw shit at Naofumi. And when do we want it? Every second, non-stop, 247.

Modern problems require modern solutions. If society humiliates you, lets you down, you get accused of crimes you didn't commit, the general public turns against you, the game is rigged, system corrupted, you are bullied, isolated and alone, you see the worst in people and proceed to turn against the world and enter a safety mode where you become something of the sort of a "cynical little animal." Or that's what I would do.... unless... there was a cute animal-eared read more


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