The Rising of the Shield Hero

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  • TV-14
  • 2019
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.8  (17,444)

The Rising of the Shield Hero is an anime series that premiered in January 2019. It is based on a light novel series of the same name written by Aneko Yusagi. The show follows a young man named Naofumi Iwatani, who is transported to another world after reading a book. Along with three other young men, Naofumi is summoned to become a hero and save the world from an impending wave of calamity.

Each of the four heroes are given a weapon to assist them in their quest. Naofumi, however, is given the weakest of the four weapons, a shield. He is also ostracized and framed for a crime he did not commit by the kingdom's princess and all of its citizens, causing him to lose all faith in humanity and become a feared and despised hero known as the "Shield Hero."

Throughout the series, Naofumi struggles to clear his name and uncover the truth behind the conspiracy against him. Along the way, he forms alliances with other characters, including a slave girl named Raphtalia, and gains new powers and abilities that help him protect himself and others.

The show has garnered attention for its unique take on the traditional isekai genre. Rather than being a hero who is immediately beloved and revered, Naofumi is forced to overcome prejudice and hatred to prove himself as a true hero. The series also deals with themes of betrayal, trauma, and the corrupting influence of power.

In terms of animation and visual style, The Rising of the Shield Hero is well-executed. The action scenes are intense and fluidly animated, while the character designs are distinct and memorable. The music is also noteworthy, featuring a rousing orchestral score that complements the show's epic feel.

One of the criticisms of the show is its portrayal of certain characters, particularly female characters. Some have argued that certain scenes and dialogue sexualize and objectify these characters, which could be off-putting to some viewers.

Overall, The Rising of the Shield Hero is a compelling anime series that subverts expectations and delivers a complex, thought-provoking narrative. It offers plenty of action and adventure, but also dives deep into the psychology of its characters and the consequences of their actions. Fans of the isekai genre and fantasy anime in general should definitely give this series a watch.

The Rising of the Shield Hero is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (50 episodes). The series first aired on January 2, 2019.

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The Ones We Must Protect
12. The Ones We Must Protect
December 22, 2023
Naofumi begins training in the Way of the Dragon Vein with Sadeena and Gaelion. Back at the village, the blacksmith visits, bringing new equipment for Raphtalia. When she tries it on, it reveals a shocking secret about her past...
Justice VS Justice
11. Justice VS Justice
December 15, 2023
Rishia faces Itsuki in the underground arena. As Itsuki rants and raves, it's clear that he's also come under the mental influence of Myne and unlocked a Curse series. Naofumi evacuates the children as Rishia enters her most dangerous fight yet.
Perfect Hidden Justice
10. Perfect Hidden Justice
December 8, 2023
Filo has recovered, but needs to gain experience to replace her lost levels. S'yne returns from the underground arena bearing a tale of a suspiciously familiar new fighter who uses a bow and goes by the alias Perfect Hidden Justice.
Emperor Dragon
9. Emperor Dragon
December 1, 2023
Naofumi's party regroups and plans another assault on the Emperor Dragon. While their plan of attack comes together, Wyndia explains her connection to the dragon. This causes Wyndia to remember something very significant...
Dragon's Den
8. Dragon's Den
November 24, 2023
Naofumi assembles a party to pursue Gaelion, who has consumed the Emperor Dragon's Core. Gaelion's transformation is profoundly sickening Filo, so Naofumi must return Gaelion to normal within the next two days.
The Girl and the Dragon
7. The Girl and the Dragon
November 17, 2023
Keel and other demi-human children in the village are starting to learn how to assume therianthrope form like Sadeena. Ren is now staying in the village while suffering the effects of the Curse swords, and doing his best to fit in.
Where You Point Your Strength
6. Where You Point Your Strength
November 10, 2023
Ren is haunted by the deaths of his party members in a failed attempt to defeat the Spirit Tortoise, and doesn't want to believe that he might be responsible for what happened. Myne seems ready to take his side and support him, but...
Each of Their Paths
5. Each of Their Paths
November 3, 2023
Naofumi's party is attacked by a pair of mysterious and powerful men. S'yne arrives during the battle and finally attempts to explain why she wants to become one of Naofumi's followers. Meanwhile, more villagers are training in Hengen Muso.
The Operation to Capture the Spear Hero
4. The Operation to Capture the Spear Hero
October 27, 2023
A mysterious girl appears while Naofumi is serving breaking to the children at Lurolona Village. Even though he'd prefer to focus on rebuilding the village, the queen asks him to seek out Motoyasu, whose whereabouts are unknown after his party disbanded.
The White Tiger Siblings
3. The White Tiger Siblings
October 20, 2023
A man equipped with only a shield is chosen to be one of the world's great defenders, but when a cruel betrayal shatters his reputation, he tries to regain the public's trust while fighting evil alongside a few devoted allies.
2. Nadia
October 13, 2023
After his bout, Naofumi encounters Nadia, another one of the coliseum's fierce fighters. With some help from an old acquaintance, Naofumi's team battles through the coliseum's ranks, knowing full well that Nadia will be waiting if they emerge victorious.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
November 1, 2023
Naofumi sets out to regroup the scattered demi-humans from Lurolona to prepare for the next Guardian Beast, but he learns they've all been purchased.
Where to Watch The Rising of the Shield Hero
The Rising of the Shield Hero is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Rising of the Shield Hero on demand at Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Microsoft Movies & TV and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 2, 2019
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (17,444)