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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Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Aug 22, 2013 to ?
Genre: Fantasy Fantasy
Theme: Isekai Isekai
Serialization: None
Authors: Aneko, Yusagi (Story), Minami, Seira (Art)


Score: 7.931 (scored by 1657316,573 users)
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Ranked: #8932
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Popularity: #366
Members: 46,987
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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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


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.

One Peace Books has been publishing Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari in English as The Rising of the Shield Hero since September 15, 2015.


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


Jun 8, 2024
Preliminary (1/? eps)
An extremely good Isekai novel that stands above the rest.

In a sea of low standard garbage schlock that is the Isekai light novel genre, The Rising of the Shield Hero, stands out by being just genuinely well written. Which after reading and watching a lot of Isekai, I can assure you is very rare. Shield Hero gets pretty much everything right, it does not disrupt the formula, but takes it's to peak.

The characters are for the most, very well written. Every character serves a purpose and shockingly, most of them have character development, the characters actually have arcs and drastically change to unrecognizable states. ...
Dec 26, 2018
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (10/? eps)
Read the first vol of the Light Novel and didn't continue.
Went and read the manga adaption and fell in love.

The short version- The writing is abysmal and reads more like a shitty first draft of somebody who has never read an actual novel in their life and only reads manga.
The manga, thankfully, translates the story much better because of this and is overall a much better experience.

The full version-
As I said above, the LN reads like a poor attempt at a script for a manga. Its riddled with tropes unacceptable in the writing ...
Mar 14, 2019
Preliminary (13/? eps)
This is probably the most horribly written light novel I have ever had the chance to read. The issue stems from it's extremely strong start, up until volume 4, then the plateau up until volume 8, and then the sharp drop-off in quality as you slowly begin to not only see the faults in this book series, but see them repeated over and over again with absolutely no progression in the story past volume 4, or at least it doesn't feel like there has been any meaningful progression for the past 9 volumes, even if there is it's so weak that it's nearly impossible to ...

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