The Rising of the Shield Hero Anime Review – The Hero Who Was Hated! [Spoiler]

Rising of the Shield Hero Cosplay
Rising of the Shield Hero Cosplay

Rising of the Shield Hero synopsis

Rising of The Shield Hero anime starts with our protagonist Naofumi Iwatani who is a college student and an OTAKU.

What is Otaku?

In case you don’t know what otaku means, it’s a person (generally young men) who is obsessed with anime, manga and/or particular aspects of pop culture.

At the start of the anime, Naofumi went to the library and stumbled upon a strange book named The Record of The Four Holy Weapons.

While reading the book he was suddenly sucked inside it!


When all his senses came back to him, he found himself in a strange place with a medieval age vibe.  To his surprise, he found himself with three others just like him and it seemed like they all came from modern-day Japan. Each of them had a unique weapon with them. Although Naofumi had a shield with him so we may not call it a weapon. The rest of the heroes are Motoyasu Kitamura with a spear, Ren Amaki with a sword and Itsuki Kawasumi with a bow. There were some cloaked men in front of them who explained that the four are the Four Cardinal Heroes and they were summoned in this world from theirs to fight the Waves of Catastrophe. The heroes were summoned by the kingdom of Melromarc and had an audience with the king. They were promised of great rewards for fighting the waves. The heroes agreed to the terms and thus their journey began.

My First Impression on Shield hero

Rising of the Shield Hero is a fantasy-based isekai anime in a medieval age setting.

What does Isekai mean?

Isekai means a different world. In light novels, manga and anime when a normal person is transported from his /her world to another world or reborn in another parallel world it’s called isekai.

Lately, isekai is becoming more and more frequent in the anime industry for the last few years. We get an isekai anime in almost every season with more or less the same setting. So this particular genre seems cliché and overused nowadays. Since Rising of the Shield Hero is also an isekai with a fantasy-based setting I didn’t expect anything out of the ordinary. But since I have a fascination about the parallel universe I started watching it with the expectation of a typical isekai fantasy anime until I reached the end of the first episode.

Normally in this type of story, the protagonist is either overpowered or may have some unique ability due to which he is highly praised by the people surrounding him. Well if nothing else at the very least he is not hated by all the people around him. But that’s not the case for our Shield Hero Naofumi Iwatani. At the end of the episode, it seemed like he was hated by all and the whole world just turned against him!

So what exactly happened?

Why The Shield Hero Naofumi Iwatani was hated by everyone?

Let’s elaborate the story synopsis a little bit here and start from where they were summoned. The cloaked people who looked like alchemist are the ones who summoned the four heroes with some kind of magic. When they briefly explained that the four heroes were summoned to save this world, Naofumi was willing to listen to them. But the other three ware pretty much uninterested and demanded to send them back to their world. When a great reward was promised then it seemed to pique their interest a little. Shortly they were brought to the king where he asked each of the heroes their names. But for some reason, he didn’t ask Naofumi the shield hero anything! So Naofumi introduced himself voluntarily while we observed the king’s discomfort. The heroes were promised rewards for their effort against the Waves of Catastrophe. That night the heroes were together discussing that it’s like a game and they started referring different games for their current situation. Naofumi was told by the other three that according to the games the one with a shield becomes looser and has no future. Naofumi was disheartened a bit but still optimistic because he thinks this new world holds great promise.

Shield Hero with Raphtalia and Filo
Shield Hero with Raphtalia and Filo

Next morning they were standing on the king’s court again in front of the king. There were some people with different skillsets who were to join the hero’s party with each hero being the leader of the party. With each of their respective party members, the heroes were supposed to embark on a journey to become stronger. The king then ordered them to stand behind the hero they wanted to party up with. Surprisingly no one stood behind the shield hero!

At that moment I had to stop for a moment to think.

What’s the problem with these people?

Why are they trying to ignore the shield hero?

A temporary answer came when an advisor of the king opened his mouth.

It seemed some kind of rumor spread about Naofumi saying that the shield hero is useless in this world coz he doesn’t understand anything about this world.

Based on that rumor alone all the companions of the cardinal heroes decided not to choose the Shield Hero’s party. Naofumi panicked and started to ask the other heroes to give him some of their followers. But the other heroes refused to say that they couldn’t force anyone to do what they don’t want to do. Suddenly someone behind Motoyasu the Spear hero raised a hand to join the shield hero’s party. To his surprise, Naofumi saw that it was a charming and beautiful young girl!

I was watching the incident with a poker face because I had spoilers before watching “Rising of the Shield Hero” and know all about the bitch. So I knew what’s about to come next! (●__●)

But enough with my spoilers since I’m going to reveal it soon enough for my dear readers anyway.

The king asked everyone if anyone else was interested to join Naofumi the Shield hero but no one responded. So the king told Naofumi that he can add anyone to his group as he likes. Since Naofumi had a disadvantage of having only one companion in his party, he was given 800 coins instead of 600 like the other heroes were given.

Quite Generous isn’t it?

That’s what I thought until I reached the end of the first episode.

Yes, I just said it again!

The name of the bitch was Myne Sophia and she appeared very lovely and cooperative at first.

At least that’s what I thought until…

No, I didn’t think anything else coz I knew she was a bitch all along!


She robbed Naofumi of everything in his sleep except his virginity and framed him as her rapist. In the morning the defenseless (!) shield hero was arrested by the royal guards and dragged back into the royal palace in front of his majesty. There he was disgraced for the crime he didn’t commit and insulted as the useless shield hero. Incidentally, violent behavior towards women in Melromarc is punished with the death penalty. But since he is one of the cardinal heroes he didn’t receive the penalty. But the people of the kingdom already knew about the highest degree of the crime he committed and thus their hatred towards the shield hero Naofumi begun.

Rage of the Shield Hero

The false allegation and humiliation at the royal palace in front of the king of Melromarc and his court is what enraged Naofumi. His fellow cardinal heroes didn’t help at all except for giving him an earful. Wherever he went in the kingdom or whatever he did he was hated by everyone. Everything he does looks sinful to people, in fact, his very existence was a sin. This made once gentle Naofumi hate the world. His behavior changed and become rough, his humble attitude turned into rudeness. Even his expression of affection towards Raphtalia comes as crusty.

Raphtalia Cosplay
Raphtalia Cosplay

His sole mission was to survive in this cruel foreign world he hates so much and become stronger and stronger to fight it. Although he was rough and rude in behavior and seemed to only care about his profits, Naofumi is genuinely a kind-hearted person. He couldn’t abandon the people in need and helped them even if it means putting his life on the line. The rage and hatred surely played a part to make the Shield Hero stronger but that’s not all there is to it. There were many aspects tied to his growth and if you want to know more about it then it would be wise to watch it yourself.

Rising of the Shield Hero Naofumi Iwatani

This review may seem like Rising of The Shield Hero Episode 1 review to my dear readers but that’s not actually the case.

In fact, there are more to this review. I had to describe certain parts of the first ep to explain the gravity of hatred from people towards the Shield Hero and its origin. This hatred is also the deliberate reason why he could become so strong. Unlike the most other isekai protagonists, Naofumi had to struggle to become stronger and suffered much on the process.

While the other cardinal heroes had companions to help them and the king and the church was there to back them up, Naofumi had nothing. He even threw out a few of the coins he had hidden inside his shield before leaving the royal palace. He didn’t have food, didn’t have money, didn’t have any place to stay, didn’t have anyone to help him and everyone was uncooperative towards him. He started from zero to survive this cruel world and slowly became stronger and stronger. Since he had nothing he had to think a lot about solving his problems which helped him develop his brain and strategic skills considerably.

He discovered that being the shield hero he could only defend properly but attacking was not his best forte. So when a slave trader offered to sell him a slave he quickly grabbed that opportunity. He understood that he needed someone who could fight for him and kill the enemies while he would defend the fighter with his shield. That’s how he came across the Demi-Human Raphtalia and started to train her. They came across many enemies and defeated them together as a team using their attack and defense strategy. The more enemies they defeated the stronger those two became.

My Conclusion on Rising of the Shield Hero

Rising of The Shield Hero may not be one of the best anime out there but it’s still a decent one. They were able to give a different taste in a conventional isekai genre. Those with a taste for isekai and fantasy story would surely love it!

Thank you for reading my review until the end and giving my opinion some of your valuable time of the day. Hope to see you again in another review someday.

Anime like Rising of the Shield Hero

Those who enjoyed The Rising of The Shield Hero and searching for similar anime like shield hero, I have got some good news for you guys.

Here are 15 anime like The Rising Of The Shield Hero that we recommend.

1. Spice and Wolf (Winter 2008)

It’s a story about the connection between a human a demi-human and their adventure. The human is a merchant from the medieval age named Craft Laurence and the demi-human is a wolf called Holo.

2. Sword Art Online (Summer 2012)

Sword Art Online is a story which is based on the imaginary futuristic world of 2022. Virtual reality has advanced so much that people now can connect their minds directly to the virtual world just like it was in the movie Matrix.

3. Log Horizon (Fall 2013)

One day in a virtual reality game called “Elder Tale”, thirty thousand players discovered themselves trapped in the game world. They can’t log out of the game and when they die they just get revived back again.

4. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Spring 2015)

The story takes place in a fictional city called Orario from a fantasy world. There the gods descended on the city. When they came down from heaven to the lower world, they restricted their powers to understand the struggles of the mortals.

5. Overlord (Summer 2015)

In the year 2126 a game was released named Yggdrasil was released. It was a Dive Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (DMMORPG in short) that got more famous than any other game of the time.

It’s another isekai type anime where the protagonist gets trapped in a fantasy medieval world.

6. Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions (Winter 2016)

A large group of people seems to wake up one day in a strange world without any memory of their past except for the names they have. Without their memory and no other choice they had to do whatever they needed for survival.

7. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! (Winter 2016)

One day our protagonist Kazuma Satou went out to buy a game. On his way back he died an unfortunate laughable death. When his conscious came to him, he finds himself sitting in front of a beautiful goddess named Aqua.

8. Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World (Spring 2016)

Subaru Natsuki is an otaku who only plays games. One day from his way back to the convenience store he discovered himself in an unfamiliar place. Soon he died by the hands of…

9. Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Winter 2018)

Ichirou Suzuki is a programmer who is almost at his thirties. He was very exhausted from all of his works and finally had a chance to get some sleep. When he woke up he surprisingly realized that he isn’t himself anymore! The world has also changed.


10. How Not to Summon a Demon Lord (Summer 2018)

Takuma Sakamoto is a skilled gamer who plays a fantasy MMORPG called Cross Reverie. There he is known as the Demon King Diablo and no one can match him. But despite his reputation and skills in the game, in reality he is a hikikomori without any social skills.

11. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Fall 2018)

Satoru Mikami is a 37 year old office worker who is content with his life in Tokyo so far. His only regret is that he never had any girlfriend in his life. But soon he died and discovered himself in a fantasy magical world as a ball of slime and soon befriended a fierce dragon.

12. Goblin Slayer (Fall 2018)

Onna Shinkan a 15-year-old priestess just become an adventurer. She partied up with a group of newbie adventurers just like her and took a mission. The whole party was raped and decimated. When it was the priestesses turn an unexpected help came out of nowhere.

13. Wise Man’s Grandchild (Spring 2019)

Our protagonist Shin was a normal salaryman in modern-day Japan. But after he died he was incarnated in another fantasy type world filled with magic, monsters, and stuff. He was raised by the national hero of Earlshide named merlin as his grandchild in this world.

14. Demon Lord, Retry! (Summer 2019)

Akira Ohno is the founder of Infinity Game and working as the game administrator for 15 years. One day while he was logged in the game as the “Demon Lord” he was transported in another world. In the other world, his demon lord appearance was a tall man with black hair, black eyes and dressed like a mafia boss or something.

15. Isekai Cheat Magician (Summer 2019)

Taichi Nishimura and Rin Azuma are two childhood friends. On their way to school suddenly some kind of glowing circle appears beneath their feet and they disappeared inside a beam of light. When they came to be, they discovered themselves in a fantasy world of magic and monsters.

El Psy Congroo…

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