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.
Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari began as a web novel on Shousetsuka ni Narou on October 29, 2012 and completed with 378 web chapters on May 28, 2015. Media Factory began releasing a revised and illustrated version of the series on August 22, 2013 under its MF Books label. Both the development and pacing of the light novel are significantly different from the web novel, with expanded content and altered events. Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari has been published in English as The Rising of the Shield Hero by One Peace Books since September 15, 2015.
To start off, i would like to say i read all of the Web Novel, rather than the light novel. Thus, that is what my translation is based off of. It's very biased, and it feels more like a bashing rather an actual review. But i do hope people will give it a read anyways.
It was quite the adventure.
It was absolutely horrifying.
I saw a perfectly fine piece of litteratur, a piece that was no masterpiece nor trash, a piece that i enjoyed to my heart's content, i saw a piece like that just go into a decline and devolve from
that into literary garbage that i to this day, will stand by and say i would never have read past chapter 1.
Now for the actual review.
First, what did i like?
The twist to the story in it self was that our character was 'Hero of the Shield'. Our character has to rely on his own shrewdness for most of the story, it was very interesting to read about, and as characters were introduced it felt as if the author wrote them with the intent for us to like them and it gave me a heart-warming feeling to read about Naofumi & Raphtalia's adventures.
I haven't felt like this in a long long time, the feeling of genuine enjoyment and worrying for fictional characters, that they find happiness. It was refreshing.
This was the first 1/3rd of the story and i love it to death.
Second, why do i dislike it?
The further we get into the story the more characters are added to the cast. That's fine. The issue with this in itself that, too many characters were added. We get more characters trying to be 'unique' and end up with bland characters and annoying characters that just exhibit traits off of stereotypical character types such as Tsunderes etc. It took a lot from the series, which is a shame. None of the characters were unique or original, but some of them were genuinely enjoyable and it felt like the author really just wanted to write some good characters at that point.
Then there's the story. The further we get in, the more we expand on the story. The issue was that, the author didn't want to end it on an anti-climatic note. But instead, he kept bringing us bigger and bigger events, that were resolved by Deus Ex Machina (look it up). The amount of times it happens later on is ridiculous. What's worse is that, all the information that we gain after those arcs is rendered useless, because the author wants to finish the story fast, so we rush through things.
The final arc was legitimately painful for me to read through.
The story started out simple, yet strong. Easy to follow and enjoyable to read, easy to immerse myself into. As we progressed it became more convoluted and an amalgamation of multiple plots and the worst trait from character stereotypes.
The world in itself was simple
He didn't have to build up too much about it as it was extremely simple to grasp.
The ares our characters visited were made interesting by the nature of the events leading up to them arriving and leaving. Overall i just want to say it was an alright world.
The plot in itself was fine, the more we expanded on it the worse it kind of got. It felt like he didn't know what to write anymore past a certain point. So he decided to, instead of taking a break, take 'inspiration' from other series and just create a shitstorm.
Final score and thoughts:
Would i like it if it turned into an anime? Yes, as i know it wouldn't gain enough popularity for multiple seasons, i'd love a 24 ep season if possible as it would be able to adapt everything i wanted to see.
It was an amazing experience at first, but the worse it got the more it hurt me as i genuinely like some of the characters and they didn't get worse.
I don't remember them too well. But this one i really liked.
“This truly is the Rise of the Shield Hero”
It's very simple, but i liked it. I might re-read the parts i liked in the future.
First review was taken down so figured I would try again.
This is a really good series and I highly recommend it, "why?" because it has unique twist to the transported to another world story that you can’t help but feel drawn to and it has amazing characters that you will appropriately hate or love depending on the authors intention. I can't recommend this enough for I truly love reading this and I feel anybody could pick it up and love it with its high amount of detail and unique twists so hope on the shield hero express and try it out.
Rough outline- A random
dude is thrown into another world and proclaimed a hero but after a false accusation arises it turns from a dream come true into a nightmare he can’t escape prompting him to change his mind set about trusting others, how will our protagonist survive alone and surrounded by potential enemies?
I have read 150 web novel chapters by this point and rate it a 9.5 out of 10, I would tell you more but I feel you should experience it for yourself.
Tate no Yuusha has become tied with Sword Art Online as my favorite Japanese Light Novel as of writing this review.
The basis behind Tate no Yuusha is fairly simple. Four heroes are summoned from different Japans in order to fight against the invasion of monsters from something called the "Wave." At periodic intervals marked by a special hourglass, the monsters will attack and it is up to the four summoned heroes to defeat the monsters. However, what separates it is the fact that the main character, Naofumi, is rejected as a hero and quickly chooses to become an anti-hero due to circumstances. We also see
how pride and pre-existing beliefs cause problems. These beliefs are criticized and called into question on multiple occasions. Over time though, he begins to develop some of the more heroic qualities and we see how people change over time, something that a lot of series fail to do properly. Tate no Yuusha does a good job of showing Naofumi's growth and connects events together fairly well.
Since this is a light novel, there's not much art, but the ones that are there are great. They show off the characters at key points in the story and their faces and expressions in these pages contribute greatly to the feeling of the story. Also, they're not always focused on the action sequences, which is a nice break from what other light novels often try to do.
The character development in this series is one of the best by far. The series follows Naofumi and it shows how he goes from someone with good intentions to a complete jerk who only shows traces of the kindness that existed in his heart before. However, he begins to recover over time, and we get to see the events that lead to him slowly becoming a heroic figure that is gradually earning the respect of the people. This limits the number of out of character moments despite being quite a long series so far. Each character also has to deal with the consequences of his or her own actions, and this leads to some interesting moments.
Overall, I recommend this series to people. It does not seem like a lot of people read it, and I believe more people should. It shows how an anti-hero can be created, but how an anti-hero can also become a true hero.
Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari is something like a mix of akame ga kill, Sword art online/Log horizon, Dungeon Ni Deai Wo Motomeru No Wa Machigatteiru Darou ka and a main character that you can't dislike (almost like in Yahari ore no seishun love comedy wa Machigatteiru). Plot is just like in some other light novels about being sent to another world and that's the part that really grasped my heart, that the main character is just (more or less) like a normal person. You can see that he's not a hero type but yet, he's getting popular with everyone even after being framed and
mocked of just by living normal way. I said that the hero is the best part of this novel but it is accompanied by a great plot, even if it sometimes seems like a totally cliché copy-paste it can still draw your attention and keep you engrossed for some time. It also has many amusing moments that are motivating to read even more and with each chapter it is getting better. I tried to not spoil much of a plot beacuse it is definitely worth reading (at least novel, beacuse manga skips many moments during his trip, which i do not a prove >.