The Rising of the Shield Hero
|The Rising of the Shield Hero|
Cover of the first light novel volume
(Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari)
|Written by||Aneko Yusagi|
|Illustrated by||Minami Seira|
|Published by||Media Factory|
|Original run||2013 – present|
|Written by||Aiya Kyū|
|Published by||Media Factory|
|Magazine||Monthly Comic Flapper|
|Original run||2014 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Takao Abo|
|Written by||Keigo Koyonagi|
|Music by||Kevin Penkin|
|Original network||AT-X, Tokyo MX, TVA, KBS, SUN, TVQ, BS11|
|Original run||January 9, 2019 – present|
The Rising of the Shield Hero (盾の勇者の成り上がり Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari) is a Japanese light novel series written by Aneko Yusagi. Originally published as a web novel, the series has since been published by Media Factory with an expanded story-line featuring illustrations by Seira Minami. As of December 25, 2018, twenty volumes have been published.
The novel series was adapted into a manga series by Aiya Kyū and published by Media Factory, with twelve volumes released as of December 21, 2018. Both the novel and manga series were licensed by One Peace Books and were published in North American starting in September 2015. The 25-episode anime television series adaptation produced by Kinema Citrus premiered on January 9, 2019. The anime series is licensed in North America under Crunchyroll-Funimation partnership.
Naofumi Iwatani was summoned into a parallel world along with 3 other people to become the world's Heroes. Each of the heroes were respectively equipped with their own legendary equipment when summoned. Naofumi happened to receive the Legendary Shield, the sole defensive equipment, while the others received weapons capable of attacking. Due to Naofumi's lack of charisma and experience, he ended up with only a single teammate, a beautiful woman, while others had several. Unfortunately, on his second day Naofumi was betrayed, falsely accused of rape, and robbed by the said teammate.
Shunned by everyone from king to peasants, Naofumi's thoughts were filled with nothing but vengeance and hatred. Thus, his destiny in a parallel world begins. He tries to level up, despite his weak attack skills. He meets Berocas, a slave trader, Berocas shows him a little girl named Raphtalia and he decides to buy her.
- Naofumi Iwatani (岩谷 尚文 Iwatani Naofumi)
- Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese); Billy Kametz (English)
- The Hero of the Shield and the main protagonist, Naofumi was a university student who was summoned from another world after finding a book about the four heroes. Originally an open minded person, as a result of being looked down upon his fellow heroes, religious prejudice from citizens, and Malty's betrayal, he turns dark and cynical towards the world and the situation he finds himself in; believing that he can no longer trust others, especially women. It is only after Raphtalia comes to his defense, does he realize his foolishness and begins to slowly open up to those around him. Despite this, he still shows hesitance and often uses slave curses to have others prove their intentions as genuine or asking to be paid upfront when taking jobs.
- After defeating Kyo and ending the threat of the Spirit Tortoise, Naofumi is given control of Raphtalia's hometown. He soon plans to rebuild and make a makeshift army to fight against the Waves & remaining Guardian Beasts, purchasing the original displaced inhabitants and other slaves to repopulate. He often enjoys pretending to be the villain, much to Raphtalia's annoyance and the amusement of his allies, and working as a merchant in his spare time; often haggling with the Weapons Shop Owner. Believing he'll one day return home, he views his relationship with Raphtalia & Filo as a foster parent, seeing them as kids and wanting to make sure they can protect themselves.
- Although he has a slow start because of the false accusations on him and being unable to attack enemies directly, he is still able to keep up with his fellow heroes and even outshine them due to unlocking a wide variety of shields that boost his allies and passive skills. Given his high defenses, he is able to shrug off most attacks and displays immunity to most poisons, being only vulnerable to attacks that use his stats against him such as Hengen Muso. His strongest shield, the Shield of Wrath, allows him to counterattack opponents with cursed flames that rise with his anger at the cost of temporarily decreasing his stats and threatening to allow his inner darkness to take control.
- Raphtalia (ラフタリア Rafutaria)
- Voiced by: Asami Seto (Japanese); Erica Mendez (English)
- A Tanuki (racoon-dog) Demi-human. Originally living in a village on Melromarc's coast, Raphatalia was left orphaned in the wake of the first Wave to strike the world. Shortly after, she & her fellow villagers are captured and sold into slavery by Melromarc's Royal Knights. First purchased by nobleman, she is physically & emotionally tortured out of resentment towards Demi-humans and left a shell of her former self. Near death & suffering from panic attacks, she is sold back and later purchased by Naofumi who, unable to fight himself and spite towards Malty, desires to use her as his sword in the coming Waves. Under Naofumi's protection, she becomes a skilled swords-women and is able to find closure from her past traumas. Able to see past Naofumi's cynical nature, she falls in love with him and does her best to help him overcome his resentment towards others & losing himself to the Shield of Wrath, even volunteering to have her slave curse re-applied after it is forcibly removed as a sign of devotion. It is later revealed that she is a heir to the throne of Q'Ten Lo, her father having eloped to Meloromarc and putting her at odds with her distant relatives.
- Technically a 10 year old girl, being a demi-human, her body is able to age to that of a young women as her levels increase. Due to this, she often gets annoyed when Naofumi treats her as his daughter or is oblivious to her feelings; the latter believing she is only focused on getting stronger. While traveling in Kizuna's world, she is chosen as the wielder of the Vassal Katana (Sever Star Hammer in the Web Novel). She also specializes in illusion based magic and is able to turn herself & allies invisible.
- Filo (フィーロ Fīro)
- Voiced by: Rina Hidaka (Japanese); Brianna Knickerbocker (English)
- A Filolial Queen. Hatching her from an egg purchased from the Slave Trader, Filo is the youngest of Naofumi's allies. She is part of a monster species called Filolials, and having been raised by a Hero, develops into a Queen. As a Queen, she resembles a large flightless owl and possesses higher attack strength & speed than normal members of her species. In addition, she possesses the unique ability to shapeshift into a young blonde girl with wings, retaining the strength of her true form.
- Young and boisterous, she has a short attention span, has a ravenous appetite, and often fights Raphtalia & Gaelion for Naofumi's attention, much to his & others annoyance. Also highly impressionable, she has been shown to pick up on some of Naofumi's habits much to Raphtalia's distress. A capable learner, she able to use advanced wind magic spells and many of the teachings of Hengen Muso with minimal instruction. Her skills are recognized by her Queen predecessor, Fitoria, and is given some of her power.
- In spite of her sometimes overbearing personality, she is able to quickly make friends with others and takes other Filolials on as her underlings. True to her Filolial instincts, her favorite hobby is to pull a custom cart Naofumi made for her. While in Kizuna's world, due to Filolial's not existing, she is transformed into a species called a Humming Fairy, losing her strength in favor of being able to fly & cast magic through singing.
Four Summoned Heroes
- Motoyasu Kitamura (北村 元康 Kitamura Motoyasu)
- Voiced by: Makoto Takahashi (Japanese); Xander Mobus (English)
- The Hero of the Spear. Motoyasu was a university student before he was summoned to the world after being stabbed to death after a misunderstanding by childhood friend & a classmate. Generally a nice person, he is immensely gullible; showing near complete unawareness of the actions of his manipulative party members. A heavy womanizer, he is looked down upon by his fellow heroes for his skirt chasing habits. He also displays a Lolita Complex towards Filo, as she resembles a video game character in his home-world.
- Initially the leader of a party comprised entirely of women who act as his cheerleaders and, unaware of her true nature, Motoyasu sympathizes with Malty's claims against Naofumi and invites her to join him; initially leading Naofumi to believe the two were working together. Despite warnings from his fellow Heroes & Melromarc's Queen, he believes Malty's claims of Naofumi brainwashing others and clashes with him repeatedly, even after Malty's true nature is exposed. Later, he is abandoned by his party and left for dead during the battle with the Spirit Turtle, leaving him critically depressed. Comforted by Filo, he chooses to re-dedicate his efforts to winning her heart and seeks approval from Naofumi to marry her; leading many to question his mental stability and causing Filo much distress with his unwanted advances.
- Motoyasu is shown to be physically the strongest of the Heroes. He unlocks the cursed Spears of Lust & Envy after Malty's betrayal, and as a result of their aftereffects: literally seeing women as pigs, starts a party comprised entirely of Filolials.
- Motoyasu serves as the main protagonist of the spin-off series. Unintentionally unlocking the ability to time travel, he returns to the start of the series with his stats & memories of Filo intact. He dedicates himself again to trying to win Filo's heart and protecting Naofumi from the events that turned him cynical; generally with mixed results.
- Ren Amaki (天木 錬 Amaki Ren)
- Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Japanese); Alan Lee (English)
- The Hero of the Sword. Youngest of the Heroes, Ren was a high school student before he was summoned after being killed trying to save a childhood friend. A loner by nature, he does his best to keep his image as a cool guy intact; at one point resorting to cheating when in a losing dual against Eclair. Commanding the most loyalty, he prefers to run his party like a guild and only working directly together when a powerful monster appears believing each member is only responsible for themselves. While the most willing of the Heroes to hear out Naofumi's claims and advise, his condescending nature towards those at lower levels than himself still leads to tension between the two. To the amusement of his fellow heroes, he has a fear of water and is unable to swim.
- After his entire party is killed by the Spirit Tortoise, he falls into a state of denial and grief. Despite Naofumi's initial attempts to help him, he instead turns to Malty for emotional support and is soon robbed of his belongings. Donning a disguise, he resorts to stealing to get by and becomes the leader of a group of bandits; unlocking the cursed Swords of Greed and Gluttony in the process.
- In his cursed state, he is re-challenged by Eclair and is easily defeated. Finally willing to accept responsibility for his past mistakes and unable to gain experience or money as a result of using his cursed weapons, he chooses to stay in Naofumi's village and become Eclair's student. He now believes the next step to becoming stronger is to focus on his swordsmanship skills.
- Itsuki Kawasumi (川澄 樹 Kawasumi Itsuki)
- Voiced by: Yoshitaka Yamaya (Japanese); Erik Scott Kimerer (English)
- The Hero of the Bow. Itsuki was a high school student before he was summoned, having been killed after a large truck took a sudden left turn. Calling himself an ally of Justice, he holds a superiority complex and has an innate need for attention, often bragging about his exploits to others. He chooses to run his party in a vigilante-like fashion, primarily taking on missions that involve corrupt officials and assisting others at the most opportune moments. He runs his party within a strict hierarchy of seniority, treating new party members as servants. Due to his self-indulgent attitude and treatment of his party members, Naofumi dislikes him the most of his fellow Heroes. Itsuki's feud with Naofumi comes to a head after he frames Rishia for a crime as a thinly veiled excuse to kick her out of his party; viewing her as weak, a burden, and for upstaging him during the Wave in Cal Mira.
- His remaining party later abandons him during the battle with the Spirit Tortoise, sending him into a state of denial. He is soon tricked by Malty into fighting on her behalf in tournaments in Zeltoble; believing he was raising money to help her stop Naofumi from abusing his slaves and extorting citizens for money. Unlocking the cursed Bow of Pride, he fights against Rishia and is defeated as Naofumi and Ren expose the truth. Left in debt by Malty and having lost his volition as a result of his cursed weapon, he begs Rishia for forgiveness and chooses to stay in Naofumi's village as he recovers.
- Malty Melromarc/Medea (マルティ＝メルロマルク Maruti Meruromaruku)
- Voiced by: Sarah Emi Bridcutt
- The former first Princess of Melromarc and primary antagonist of the series. Malty was the first (and only) person to join Naofumi in the beginning, but shortly after, she stole his money and equipment, minus his shield, and then claimed he raped her. Her actions made Naofumi into a dark, cynical, and distrustful person. She manipulated the other three heroes after the Queen ousted her and The King, planning to use each other to retake her place in the palace following her renaming and disownment. She was married off to her sadistic uncle where she was tortured and "killed" until she reappeared alive and attempted to lead a coup, but was unsuccessful and was executed. She was then revealed to be a piece of Medea's soul in human form, and then Medea attempted to kill Naofumi and the others, except Itsuki, but only managed to send them back to their respective worlds, along with sending Raphtalia with Naofumi. Naofumi returns with the others, while becoming a god himself. She was finally killed for good when Naofumi managed to completely redirect her final attack back at her. The attack strikes all forms of the person from all realities, essentially destroying their existence completely.
- A White Tiger Demi-human. He is one of the many slaves owned by Naofumi. He and his sister are both related to royalty from the Silt Welt, but as their family was chased out when they were babies, they were found and raised as slaves. While he often reacts coldly to Naofumi, he does show some respect to him. He later becomes the Hero of the Gauntlet.
- A White Tiger Demi-human, and sister to Fohl. She had a weak constitution, and suffered from several aliments at once when she and her brother were found by Naofumi. Fohl, did everything for her, but was unable to help her as her sicknesses was too severe. However Naofumi, managed to produce Yggdrasil medicine, the most powerful healing elixir, and gave it to her. While it cured her illness, it could not cure her eyes, which were severely damaged beyond repair. She grew to love Naofumi, much to the irritation of her brother. She learned to 'see' by using chi energy.
- She died in the battle against the Houou, protecting Naofumi. As her final request he absorbed her body into his shield which unlocked the 'Shield of Compassion', a blessed version of his Cursed Shield, which had the same move set, but without the backlash. Her spirit from then on resided within the Shield and would remain there, often appearing to talk to the others.
- Melty Q. Melromarc
- Voiced by: Maaya Uchida
- The second princess and heir to the throne. Unlike her sister, she is good natured and kind. She holds an extreme fondness for Filolials. At one point, Naofumi makes the incorrect assumption that she and Firo are lovers. Initially, Naofumi assumed she was like her sister, until she was nearly assassinated by the same knights who protected her. Eventually he grew to accept her as an ally and she fell in love with him. She was constantly egged on by her mother. In the end she, like Raphtalia, married Naofumi and had his children.
- Trash Melromarc XXXII
- Voiced by: Yutaka Nakano
- The King Consort of Melromarc. Initially he followed the religion of the Three heroes, accepting the belief that the Shield hero was a demon. He and Malty both made Naofumi's existence a living hell. Eventually when the Queen returned he was stripped of his powers and renamed Trash by Naofumi.
- In his youth he was the Hero of the Cane and was also called the Great King of Wisdom. When he realizes the errors of his actions, he deeply regrets them and apologizes to Naofumi, and kept the name Trash, stating that he was no better than trash.
- Mirellia Q Melromarc
- The Queen Regnant of Melromarc. She is initially not present due to her efforts to maintain peace between kingdoms. When she discovers what happened, she is furious and returns and brings up the accusations that Malty had against Naofumi. She not only proves them false, but she offers compensation to Naofumi. After this she grants him many benefits and exemptions in return for his services as a hero.
- She is killed in Malty's attempted uprising. Naofumi is greatly hurt by this because he was unable to protect her. Melty takes her place as queen, but she returns briefly as a revived spirit, at the end.
- Rishia Ivyred
- Originally a member of Itsuki's team, she was thrown out due to her weak abilities and false accusations of stealing. She was taken in by Naofumi, who helps her train and become stronger. She grows to respect Naofumi, but she loves Itsuki despite being thrown out of his team due to the help he gave her before. She eventually marries Itsuki in the end.
- Raphtalia's childhood friend, a young dog-girl. In the web novel she was one of the first batch of slaves from the village that Naofumi bought, while in the light novel she was imprisoned in the dungeon of the noble who'd previously tortured Raphtalia. She was raised as a boy, and was shocked when Naofumi and the others told her otherwise. However, she fairly quickly accepted this and even began wearing dresses to help Naofumi peddling goods, utilizing her innocent, clumsy shyness to encourage customers and make them lower their guards. She wishes to be a member of the party but has yet to grow strong enough. Additionally, she has learned how to transform into a beast form, which is described as similar to a husky puppy in a fundoshi walking on its hind legs, which earned her the nickname "Loincloth pup".
- An orca-woman from Raphtalia's village. She is an extremely capable fighter, possessing great speed, intuition, enhanced power when she transforms into a more orca-like form, as well as exceptional lightning powers. She was absent when the Wave hit the village, but later began to buy back the villagers who'd been made slaves, even allowing herself to be enslaved to cover debts incurred purchasing them. Though maintaining one's "therianthrope" form requires a constant use of power, she strongly prefers to remain in her orca appearance.
- A beast-girl from a northern village. After her parents' deaths she was raised by the Dragon Emperor Gaelion until the day Ren killed him. After this the villagers near the dragon's home captured and sold her into slavery, and she was later purchased among the first batch of slaves to populate Naofumi's village. She is very attached to animals and monsters. The first time Naofumi actually interacted with her she was protecting a bug monster she'd helped raise in secret, in a manner that reminded him of an old anime, resulting in her receiving the nickname "Valley Girl".
Originally published as a web novel, the series has been re-written with an expanded story-line. The series is currently published by Media Factory and features illustrations by Seira Minami. As of December 25, 2018, twenty volumes have been published.
The light novel series was adapted into a manga series by Aiya Kyū and published by Media Factory, with twelve volumes released as of December 21, 2018. Both the novel and manga series were licensed by One Peace Books and were published in North American starting in September 2015.
An anime adaptation was announced in June 2017. The television series is produced by Kinema Citrus and directed by Takao Abo, with Keigo Koyanagi handling series composition, Masahiro Suwa designing the characters and Kevin Penkin composing the music. The series premiered on January 9, 2019 on AT-X and other channels. It will run for 25 episodes. The opening theme is "RISE," performed by MADKID, while the ending theme is "Kimi no Namae" (きみの名前) performed by Chiai Fujikawa. Both Crunchyroll and Funimation are streaming the anime.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"The Shield Hero"|
"Tate no Yūsha" (盾の勇者)
|January 9, 2019|
|Finding a library fantasy book about "Four Heroes", otaku college student Naofumi Iwatani is summoned to another universe along three other boys to save mankind from a prophesied evil, a series of Waves that unleash monsters, in the roles of the Four Heroes from the book. Each equipped with Legendary Weapons- Sword, Bow, Spear, and Shield -, with interface functions similar to an MMORPG, they must go on separate quests as neither can upgrade due to the weapons preventing XP gain in proximity to each other. When partners are assigned, nobody wishes to join Naofumi, as he is seen as the weakest. But Myne, a member of the Spear Hero's party, offers to join Naofumi to help him train, shop and equip. On the third day of his journey, Myne robs him blind, frames him for rape, and forces Naofumi to live as an outcast. As nobody would hear his defense, Naofumi becomes angry and bitter at the world; he scrounges for materials, and learns how to upgrade his shield with resources he finds in this world. The only person who shows him any courtesy is the weapon-smith he met the day before, who could tell Naofumi wasn't as he was accused of. After fighting away some thugs who wanted to rob him, he realizes that he's in a feedback loop: he can't upgrade without experience, no experience without strength, and no strength without upgrading. From the shadows, a slave trader greets him, and invites him to a slave market to offer a slave to serve him so he may gain XP and fight. In the corner of the room, Naofumi locates a little slave girl.|
|2||"The Slave Girl"|
"Dorei no Shōjo" (奴隷の少女)
|January 16, 2019|
|While the Slave Trader offers a high level Wolf-man, Naofumi instead buys a cheaper demi-human; the half-raccoon girl, Raphtalia, and is contracted with her. Due to her slave crest, she cannot betray him or disobey orders without feeling intense pain. But Raphtalia has reoccurring nightmares of her parents death, killed by a dog monster in the first Wave, and is initially hesitant to kill. Naofumi trains her to fight on his behalf, learning that because she is listed as a "companion" in his party, he gains XP when she does, allowing the two to begin leveling up; this also allows Naofumi to gain a shield upgrade to craft medicines and potions, which he uses to treat her sickness. As they continue, Naofumi's willingness to feed Raphtalia, let her rest, and not abuse her does he earn her trust, he even goes so far as to buy her a ball to play with. The two leave the capital for the small town of Lute, where Naofumi is unrecognized as the Shield Hero, and he searches for ways to make quick money to get by until the next Wave. Naofumi then unlocks the "Rope Shield" and "Air Strike Shield" spell. The two enter a mine to collect valuable ore. They are then attacked by a high-level dog monster that wounds Naofumi, sending Raphtalia into shock, remembering her parents' deaths; so petrified even the slave crest can't force her to fight. Seeing her petrified fear, Naofumi tells her to run while he buys time (just as her parents did before they were killed), and with those words she musters up her courage and slays the beast. Naofumi comforts Raphtalia, promising not to leave her, and while she lost her parents, she agrees to help Naofumi defeat the Waves so other children won't have to go through what she did. Later at dinner time, Naofumi adds a sauce drop to the toothpick meal flag to make the Flag of Japan, remembering he may go home someday.|
|3||"Wave of Catastrophe"|
"Saiyaku no Nami" (災厄の波)
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