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That was it for the first season of 2019. Many good titles graced our screens, but if we want to be honest, there are too many series in the new season we have been waiting for quite a long time.
A brand new year comes a brand new basket full of fresh anime. It’s clear The Promised Neverland will be stealing the spotlight for the most popular this Winter 2019 but there was another anime that joined the hype since its sneak premiere last year at Crunchyroll Expo. The Rising Of The Shield Hero is an isekai series that delivered a strong plot opener and which has me addicted already. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve watched an isekai series and I can tell you right now that it’s stepping out of the typical isekai standards.
Japanese Original Title: シールドヒーロー
College student Naofumi Iwatani is your average otaku who spends his basking days reading manga and playing all the games. One day, a trip to the library turns into him being sent to an alternate universe, along with three others who are known as the four prophesied ‘heroes’ who will save the kingdom Melromarc from the catastrophic ‘wave’ that is going to end the world. Naofumi is bestowed as the shield hero and quickly learns the misfortune that the shield hero is seen as the weakest link. It’s not long until Naofumi is betrayed by the very people who summoned him to save the world. Alone and left to fend for himself, Naofumi vows to become stronger and still accomplish what he was sent to do.
Summoners Betrayal: Who saw it coming, the prettiest girl joining the loser group and then betraying the sucker? This was pretty predictable coming though the lets use a false rape allegation. Man, you feel for Naofumi; it stung like a bitch for him. Myne is a cunning girl and I feel there is more to her role in the series than making this brief appearance to set up the major plot point. But I loved this turn-the-tables concept that the main protagonist is not treated as a god who will save the land but instead he is kicked to the gutter. FINALLY, an isekai series taking a different direction.
How Very Like A Light Novel: Anybody else noticed at the beginning of the episode that Naofumi, when at the library, picks out the book and reads the story’s premise, muttering how common a plot it is for an isekai light novel? Haha, relatable fitting mention.
Ignorant To Serious Protagonist: It took about halfway through the episode to convince me that Naofumi was a good choice for the series’ protagonist. He started off acting out cocky and naive, but once the major plot point was introduced, THE BETRAYAL, Naofumi’s personality completely turned 180. That was the moment that had me hooked me on this character; the guy is actually genuine and decent underneath. Going from nice to bad ass dark, aww man, I just got so excited to watch him grow from this point onwards. He just wants to give a bitch slap to the unjust system that condemned him unfairly and just prove all the suckers wrong.
Three Duds Heroes: Is it wrong for me to say this early that I find the other three heroes detestable already? Maybe the series will dive into their pasts, but right off the bat, I don’t like them.
Slave Won’t Leave You: I can see that part of the series plot that is focused on slavery might upset some people. But in Naofumi’s case the dude has no-one else to turn to and Naofumi has no ill intentions. When your back is pushed against the wall, what are you supposed to do? The last few minutes of the episode that focused on this Racoon girl, isn’t there enough indication given he gives this girl new purpose.
Adaptation: The Rising Of The Shield is based on the light novels but it later adapted into a manga.
Demi Humans: In the series, Demi Humans are half human and half beast. They are treated as slaves, used as bodyguards or death matches to be gambled on. The current state of the world’s society would be too much for the Demi Humans, hence treated as slaves.
Separate Journey’s: Each of the heroes must go on a seperate journey to level up their weapons. If the four main heroes were to journey together, their weapons would repel each other.
It’s been a couple of years since I watched any isekai series. There is always at least one every new season but nothing had caught my eye till now. The Rising Of The Shield Hero already has my full attention with its cracking and strong first episode. Crunchyroll have been advertising the crap out of this and I can see why. To be treated to a 45-minute episode was special in my eyes. The plot was laid out brilliantly, the world, characters, everything; you know where things are heading already.
I LOVED the concept that the main hero is not treated as a savior but as the enemy. That whole scene where Naofumi is falsely accused had me liking our main protagonist; a switch is flipped within him and he just goes into badass mode. He’s better in badass mode than he was before. I like badass Naofumi way better. It makes me so excited to watch him kick the unjust unfair system to hell and watch him rise to the top and give justly payback. Thinking about it gives me tingles; Naofumi will transform himself into a bad-ass dude.
This isekai series already has my full attention and fascination, I find the world fascinating… how you have to level up, the kingdoms customs, the system, and the transformation our main protagonist will go through. AH EVERYTHING. I just want to find out more. It’s been a long time since watching Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? back in 2015 and this is the first time since then that I am excited for this genre!!
The Rising Of The Shield Hero will not make me regret choosing to review for this season. In fact, I’m so glad I chose it. This isekai series has proven to not be stereotypical. It takes a different direction with our main protagonist as he doesn’t have the warmest heroes welcome and he faces the bitch of betrayal. Ah, I LOVE IT PEOPLE, LOVE IT. The first episode was epicly strong. It had a fantastic premise set up and my full fascination in wanting to learn more about this world and series.
Leave a comment below on your first thoughts on The Rising Of The Shield Hero? Did you think it was different than your stereotypical isekai?
See you next for more Shield Hero!!! We’re off to a thrilling start!! While you wait for me, don’t forget to check out our other Winter 2019 reviews!!
Next Time: The Slave Girl ( 奴隷の女の子)