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
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 964235964,235 users)
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Ranked: #6412
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #68
Members: 1,548,531
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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)


Dec 3, 2023
To preface this review, I first watched the series when it came out and loved it, but after being disappointed with season 2, I decided to go back and watch Season 1 again and see if it still was as good as I remembered, or if I just was caught up in the hype.

So first things first, I did end up changing my score as I was a victim of the hype, it wasn't the 9/10 that I had originally given it, the series has some flaws, and the animation, while slightly above average, is not at the standard it would need to be to ...
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 ...
Nov 25, 2023
Warning: I use an actual fucking show to explain my points. The word ‘edgy’ is quite frequently used as criticisms for things that try to be dark. This is an edgy show. But what do I mean by that? What is the difference between dark and edgy as far as shows and characters go? In this review I will be using 2 examples of exceptional dark shows/characters in comparison to this show to explore this aspect and explain why this show fails to enthrall me. For these examples I will use Daredevil and Thorfinn from Vinland Saga. The biggest difference I think between these two ...

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