Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari
The Rising of the Shield Hero
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Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari

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Japanese: 盾の勇者の成り上がり
English: The Rising of the Shield Hero
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Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Feb 5, 2014 to ?
Genres: Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy
Theme: Isekai Isekai
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Comic Flapper
Authors: Aiya, Kyu (Art), Aneko, Yusagi (Story)


Score: 7.761 (scored by 4337943,379 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #14552
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #122
Members: 111,142
Favorites: 2,895

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Twenty-year-old otaku Naofumi Iwatani is mysteriously transported to the otherworldly kingdom of Melromarc. Appearing before the King, Naofumi and three other summoned individuals learn that they are each one of the Four Cardinal Heroes who are tasked with defeating the malicious "Waves of Catastrophe."

However, Naofumi is given only a measly shield and dubbed the "Shield Hero," the weakest of the Four Cardinal Heroes. Owing to his lack of power, none of the kingdom's mercenaries wish to aid him, except for the country's beautiful princess, Malty Melromarc. But Naofumi soon awakens the next day to find himself robbed of all his possessions and falsely accused of rape by Malty.

Due to his status as a Cardinal Hero, Naofumi is not executed, but instead, his erroneous crimes are made public. Struggling to find hospitality, Naofumi buys a demi-human slave girl named Raphtalia to aid his endeavors, and embarks on a perilous journey to deliver retribution to those who ruined him, learning the secrets of this new world along the way.

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Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari has been published in English as The Rising of the Shield Hero by One Peace Books since November 17, 2015 and in Russian by XL Media since February 16, 2016.


Iwatani, Naofumi
Melromarc, Melty Q
Melromarc, Mirelia Q
Melromarc, Malty S
Kazayama, Kizuna


Sep 26, 2014
Preliminary (8/? eps)
(This review may contain minor spoilers. Please continue reading at the risk of spoilers.)

As I was reading the first chapter, I was thinking, Is this just a typical seinen manga about some random person travelling to another world? But boy, was I wrong about this one. It illustrated the meaning of how it was to be downgraded by society but with the essence of fantasy in a different world.

I was captivated by the story. It started with a simple cliché, that somehow lead into something much greater that makes me love this manga so much. It demonstrated the meaning of betrayal and what it meant ...
Nov 30, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (60/? eps)
I think the best way I can describe reading this after watching the anime is... Disappointing?

The art isn't particularly bad or anything, it's just way too soft for the tone of the series. Even comparing it to the Light Novel cover materials you see how much softer the art style is. It more closely resembles an fanservice based idol series than a darker, plot-heavy series. The illustration feels kind of lacklustre and arguably lazy at times. A lot of the fight scenes lacked the impact the anime adaption was able to imbue into them. Great manga can manage to outperform or at least match animation, ...
Aug 24, 2017
Preliminary (25/? eps)
There are two things I have heard about this story. Frist, that this is SAO done right, and secondly, that it's got an interesting main character who, thanks to a betrayal at the beginning of the story, becomes an untrusting bitter person. Unfortunately, the manga failed to live up to my (not particularly high) expectations. I have read 25 chapters, but I have little desire to continue. I would like to advise caution to everyone, who wishes to read it because, in my opinion, this manga is not worth more than 4 overall.

Let's start with the main hero. In light of the synopsis, I've expected ...

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