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Japanese Title: Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari
The very ordinary otaku university student Naofumi Iwatani finds a book in the library that summons him into an alternate world. He receives a mission as ‘hero of the shield’, who is one of four heroes, the others being sword, spear, bow. Their mission is to shake off the disaster called ‘Wave’ that brings chaos to the world. Naofumi is excited about this great adventure and begins his journey with his fellow comrades.
Oh look out, it’s another isekai anime. Nothing special here. Maybe another Sword Art Online? With the amount of isekai series we’ve had within the last few years, the idea is beginning to become repetitive. A person becomes trapped in an alternate world, mostly in a video game. I’ve personally avoided watching this genre for the last couple of years, seeing one come out every new season. The Rising Of The Shield Hero didn’t seem all that different since main protagonist Iwatani Naofumi is a college student who likes manga and videos games. One day, he is summoned to a world along with three others who are known as heroes.
Crunchyroll has been advertising this series big time, even releasing just a day ago an early preview of Episode 1. Having more of a glimpse into The Rising Of The Shield Hero from the early episode, I’m truly excited now. It’s a generic premise at first glance but the tables are turned where Naofumi is quickly betrayed by the king and people who summoned him to save their world. Being the ‘Shield Hero’, people view him as nothing but weak. Naofumi faces abandonment and now must muster all his will to level up his skills, in order to save this world from the next wave.
This is not going to be your typical isekai. We have a protagonist who is immediately tossed aside, already facing a multitude of hardships. I’m completely sucked in watching Naofumi grow from a weak to strong hero on his journey. The concept of the series is bloody interesting and you should be totally giving this unlike isekai series a try!!!