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The Rising of the Shield Hero

The Rising of the Shield Hero

KBS Kyoto 2019

Iwatani Naofumi was summoned into a parallel world along with 3 other people to become the world's Heroes. Each of the heroes respectively equipped with their own legendary equipment when summoned, Naofumi received the Legendary Shield as his weapon. Due to Naofumi's lack of charisma and experience he's labeled as the weakest, only to end up betrayed, falsely accused, and robbed by on the third day of adventure. Shunned by everyone from the king to peasants, Naofumi's thoughts were filled with nothing but vengeance and hatred. Thus, his destiny in a parallel World begins...

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Rising of the Shield Hero

The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E11

#1 - Catastrophe Returns


Season 1 - Episode 11

Naofumi faces another Wave, this time in a remote village. With the help of the soldiers who volunteered to join him, he's able to secure the safety of the villagers, but the Wave shows no signs of letting up. He heads to fight with the other heroes, only to find a giant ghost ship floating in the sky.

The episode was rated from 197 votes.

The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E21

#2 - Naofumiโ€™s Triumphant Return


Season 1 - Episode 21

After Naofumi survives thanks to Mirelia's help, she comes to visit him and tells him the truth behind the summoning of the heroes and the discrimination against the Shield Hero. She also promises to clear his name, and holds a trial for Aultcray and Myne's crimes.

The episode was rated from 202 votes.

The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E4

#3 - Lullaby at Dawn


Season 1 - Episode 4

The Wave is gone, but Naofumi's relief is short-lived as Motoyasu challenges him to a duel in the middle of the celebratory banquet held in Melromarc Castle. Motoyasu insists that owning a slave is unbecoming for a hero and that Naofumi free Raphtalia at once.

The episode was rated from 211 votes.

The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E12

#4 - The Raven Invader


Season 1 - Episode 12

A mysterious woman showed up out of nowhere and destroyed the second Soul Eater in a single blow. She then proclaimed the start of the "true battle of the wave" and blew away the other three heroes when they attacked her. With Naofumi's party proving ineffective as well, he decided to use the Rage Shield one more time.

The episode was rated from 195 votes.

The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E25

#5 - The Rising of the Shield Hero


Season 1 - Episode 25

It turns out that Glass, like L'arc, is also a hero from other world. Naofumi barely fights off their combo attacks and then corners Glass in a one-on-one battle, but is then faced with an all-important question: does he truly wish to protect this world?

The episode was rated from 175 votes.

The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E3
#6 - Wave of Catastrophe
Season 1 - Episode 3

Naofumi has obtained a whole load of abilities and skills, and his teamwork with Raphtalia is reaching perfection, too. To prepare for the incoming Wave, he upgrades their equipment and heads to the dragon hourglass to find out exactly when it will arrive. But there, he runs into Motoyasu and the other heroes once again.

The episode was rated from 214 votes.
#7 - TBA 2021
Season 2 - Episode 1

The episode was rated from 5 votes.
The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E24
#8 - Guardians of Another World
Season 1 - Episode 24

Melromarc brings a large fleet to fight the Wave out at sea. While the queen takes charge and leads the operation well, the other three heroes prove useless yet again, leaving Naofumi to do it all alone. Later, he gets help from L'arc and Therese to fend off the monsters, but then...

The episode was rated from 181 votes.
The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E1
#9 - The Shield Hero
Season 1 - Episode 1

College student Iwatani Naofumi is reading a book titled "The Records of the Four Cardinal Weapons" in the library when he is suddenly summoned to another world and told he has to save the world as the Shield Hero, one of the Four Cardinal Heroes. And one morning, he finds all his money and equipment gone.

The episode was rated from 236 votes.
The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E2
#10 - The Slave Girl
Season 1 - Episode 2

Naofumi follows the slave merchant to his store, where he looks for a partner to act as his sword. But all he has the money to buy is a diseased demi-human girl named Raphtalia, whom he then forces into an incredibly harsh battle.

The episode was rated from 218 votes.

Last updated: jun 16, 2021



It was really a great anime series. Anime Cliche was in the minimum and both the story and the animation was fantastic. Side Character development was a little lower then needed though. I enjoyed it more than I anticipated. Can't wait for the next season.


As someone not overly fond of anime, I found Rising of the Shield Hero to be a total mess that somehow kept me watching. I'd need a full novel to air my gripes with the show, but I'll try to keep it short. Starting out as a pretty standard Isekai, the course of the anime is upset by an early misadventure, making our hero pretty unwelcome in the world he was summoned to save. I've only come to be familiar with the Isekai genre, in which the characters, often Japanese teens, end up in a video game type world with an absurd level of strength relative to the average person, but RotSH fits the mold very well. From the very beginning, our heroes are barely surprised to be summoned in another world. One has a bow, another a sword, a spear or a shield. "Yeah we've seen that in MMORPGs, move along" they say, despite apparently not being aware of what a tank is. The show goes on a whole story arc insisting on the importance of the lives of NPCs, despite having a literal health bar shown on screen. The characters are cliche to such an extent it can become amusing, they are completely oblivious to the bad intentions of people around them. Most of the cast is completely one-dimensional, those accompanying our hero in particular have almost no agency and behave in a comically irrational way that sometimes border on deranged. The backstories of the secondary cast come out of nowhere and just serve as confirmation that they strictly conform to the cliche archetype they're meant to represent. Despite that, and much more (passive protagonist, unengaging story, poorly defined world), the anime does attempt to embark on a more elaborate story than a standard Isekai and depicts more complicated interactions between characters, even if it fails at doing so. If you're just an occasional watcher of anime, I wouldn't recommend Rising of the Shield Hero, but some anime aficionados might be interested in its nonstandard story and dark themes.


This anime sets up some great concepts but seems to have a lot of trouble following through effectively. The Shield Hero is unable to wield any weapons, making him practically useless offensively. (Although how does that work exactly? What if he picks up something like a baseball bat? The rules for this are glossed over.) At first he seems to overcome this weakness by carrying around weak monsters he can use as weapons. Secondly, he manages to form a companionship with someone who can provide him with offense. Then we start seeing hints that he would find creative ways of using "defensive" powers in an offensive way. Okay. I'm intrigued. But instead of building on this, his weakness just gets kind of forgotten and he just starts getting powers that are explicitly offensive. He doesn't even have to learn a valuable lesson to earn these attacks. He just gets them because [spoiler]he got a bit angry one time.[/spoiler] Yay~ There are also some very strange story moments. For example, his two main companions are enslaved to him by a "curse" placed on them. Even though they are perfectly willing to follow him (and crush on him constantly -- of course they're both part of his loli harem), for some reason it was necessary to magically enslave them. One of them is even said to be put through a lot of pain just in order to have this curse applied. This is our (anti)hero torturing and enslaving people he actually likes -- for no reason! It's just weird. The moment that really made me lose interest in this series is in episode 13 when [spoiler]some random soldiers have what is essentially a magic video camera, to record the shield hero's team defending themselves against some soldiers. THEN this video footage is essentially photoshopped to make it look like they're having a murder spree. THEN they use a magic TV projector to wander around the country showing this footage to all the common people to show how nasty he is.[/spoiler] The lazy ways in which the Shield Hero is constantly getting set up as a bad guy just boggles my mind. Overall, it's been kind of awkward and lazy. On the plus side, adult Raphtalia is pretty cute, and I felt the series was strongest when it just focused on them as a pair (though she's still technically underage, ugh).


A great anime. I'll miss it! This was the first anime I started when it aired. :smile: Started off much stronger than it ended imo, but really enjoyed it anyway. Off to the light novels!

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