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The Rising of the Shield Hero

The Rising of the Shield Hero

AT-X 2019

Iwatani Naofumi, a run-of-the-mill otaku, finds a book in the library that summons him to another world. He is tasked with joining the sword, spear, and bow as one of the Four Cardinal Heroes and fighting the Waves of Catastrophe as the Shield Hero. Excited by the prospect of a grand adventure, Naofumi sets off with his party. However, merely a few days later, he is betrayed and loses all his money, dignity, and respect. Unable to trust anyone anymore, he employs a slave named Raphtalia and takes on the Waves and the world. But will he really find a way to overturn this desperate situation?

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!


The 10 Best Episodes of The Rising of the Shield Hero

The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E4

#1 - 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 8.33 from 252 votes.

The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E11

#2 - 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 8.29 from 236 votes.

The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E21

#3 - Naofumi'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 8.29 from 244 votes.

The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E25

#4 - 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 8.20 from 216 votes.

The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E12

#5 - 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 8.18 from 233 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 8.15 from 256 votes.

The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E2

#7 - 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 8.10 from 258 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 8.09 from 217 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 8.06 from 279 votes.

The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E20

#10 - Battle of Good and Evil (Season 1 - Episode 20)

Naofumi and gang stay on the attack despite being trapped in the Pope's Great Cathedral, but its sacred subspace nullifies his Curse Shield, leaving them one step short. Naofumi turns to another, newly unlocked Curse Shield, but the dragon's wrath threatens to swallow his mind whole.

The episode was rated 8.02 from 224 votes.

The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E15

#11 - Raphtalia (Season 1 - Episode 15)

Raphtalia corners Idol with vengeance in her eyes, her bloodthirsty blade reaching for his throat. Naofumi's words bring her back to her senses momentarily, but when Idol attacks her once again...

The episode was rated 7.98 from 241 votes.

The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E13

#12 - The Devil of the Shield (Season 1 - Episode 13)

Naofumi foils the attempt to take Melty's life and fights off the royal knights, but he's then framed for abducting Melty and killing several knights, so the party is forced to go on the run. With security tightened and checkpoints everywhere, the party receives a further blow that only makes things even worse.

The episode was rated 7.95 from 234 votes.

The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E10

#13 - In the Midst of Turmoil (Season 1 - Episode 10)

After refusing to hear Melty out, Naofumi switches to planning for the next Wave. When a bunch of young soldiers ask to join his party, he agrees, but on a certain condition. At the same time, he also tries to upgrade Raphtalia's class after she hits the level cap, but all he receives is harassment.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 225 votes.

The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E8

#14 - Curse Shield (Season 1 - Episode 8)

After hearing of a village in the East that's being ravaged by an epidemic, Naofumi and his party head there to deliver medicine. The epidemic was caused by the corpse of a dragon that had been killed a month before and left there to rot. Naofumi's party accepts a job request to clean the corpse and head to the mountains where it lies.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 233 votes.

The Rising of the Shield Hero - S1E5

#15 - Filo (Season 1 - Episode 5)

After Aultcray reluctantly offers Naofumi a paltry reward, he heads to the slave merchant to redo the slave crest as per Raphtalia's wishes. He also buys a monster egg there, which hatches a few days later and gives him a new party member. Meanwhile, Myne shows up in Lute Village, where they're staying.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 248 votes.


Last updated: jan 16, 2023


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