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  • [Winter 2019] The Rising of the Shield Hero Discussion Thread

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    盾の勇者の成り上がり

    An isekai show where the MC is no OP freakazoid as he can only use a shield for his weapon, and he has quite a difficult quest ahead thanks to a certain someone framing him of a crime that never happened.

    Airs: Wednesday, January 9, 2018

    Studio: Kinema Citrus

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    Stories of old tell of four otherworldly heroes?wielding the sword, spear, bow, and shield?who defended the land from wave after wave of calamity. With the fate of the world in balance, the kingdom of Melromarc summons these legendary figures; in modern-day Japan, the call is answered, and the unwitting heroes are transported to this fantasy universe.

    Thrust into Melromarc and given the title of "Shield Hero," otaku Naofumi Iwatani is labeled the weakest due to his lack of offensive capability and apparent inexperience. When the heroes part ways to start their journeys, he only has one willing companion: the beautiful princess Malty Melromarc. However, she soon betrays him, steals all his money, and accuses him of taking advantage of her.

    For his alleged crimes, Naofumi is branded a criminal and made outcast of society. With hatred filling his heart, he sets out alone, vowing vengeance against those who wronged him.


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  • #2
    Episode 1

    A shield won't protect him from this.

    That was quite a tremendous way to open things up as Naofumi is in quite a bad situation there. That Myne took advantage of him, and then some as not only did she rob him, but she framed him for raping her by using fake witness, planting fake evidence, and using Motoyasu to do the dirty work. Naofumi sure has quite a long road ahead of him as isekai shows have a pretty bad habit of making the MC overpowered as hell. Not here as his situation is more like the characters in Grimgar as not only is he saddled with no firepower being someone who is not even allowed to hold another weapon, but he's treated as an outcast thanks to a certain someone who wouldn't get away with that crime in the real world. A great start to this show.
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    • #3
      Re: Episode 1


      Well, that's a novel way to do isekai. I can see the "buying a slave who won't disobey me" thing pissing people off. I think this show will be divisive. Still, a great start.
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      • #4
        Re: Episode 1

        Off to a great start....well, for everyone but Naofumi.

        When I first saw the preview for this show, I ended up checking out the manga, which ended up in me inhaling all the available manga. The result was this became a show I really was looking forward to.

        Episode 1 did not disappoint. It did a great job of setting things up. You can feel Naofumi's confusion and excitement...and then the crushing impact of his betrayal.

        One thing they handled nicely was establishing that the 4 heroes were all from different versions of Japan.

        This show is going to be amazing to binge, but I don't have the patience to wait.
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        • #5
          Re: Episode 1

          This was one of the series I was looking forward to, especially being another Kinema Citrus adaptation with Kevin Penkin doing the music after Made in Abyss, and while it's obviously a very different kind of series, I did like the first episode quite a bit. I can't get my hopes up too high when it comes to isekai series like this, since I was extremely excited about Sword Art Online after the first episode and have been burned by it quite a few times since. There are some elements that could definitely prove controversial, but after setting up Naofumi's situation, I think they can deliver a solid story. It's certainly well-executed so far.
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          • #6
            Episode 2

            She's under his protection.

            So after the fallout after what that bitch pulled off, Naofumi's road to redemption begins with buying a slave to become a fighter seeing that his fighting ability is only useful for defense. As such, he makes Raphtalia his slave seeing that she comes cheap and while she's capable of being a trusted ally, she's quite scared, and is not exactly in ideal health. Nevertheless, those two are growing very nicely together that culminates with her slaying that two-headed dog that looks like that beast that killed her parents. This show just continues to nail it as it goes to show that under the right situation, this demihuman can become a strong ally.
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