To be honest, I'm not sure why many are hating this due to what happens in the first EP. That crap happens in real life, and it or something like it is needed to help move the story.
The overall story is pretty generic. Some person or group gets zap to a fantasy game like world. They have to do xyz to get out. During the time they can pretty much live their life like they want. The difference between this and the number of others that went down this path is unlike most of the other stories. The main person is starting from the very bottom, and the world they are trying to protect hates them. There is some of where the girls around him are wanting to sleep with him. But up to late, it really didn't show at all, and I suspect it won't get much deeper outside a few ep in the future.
Note, one thing I'm not a fan of is how the main person is able to overcome mostly everything. It is starting to feel like they are moving to God like than someone struggling and in real danger. Like it is the one trap many shows fall into where the main person is way too OP sooner or later.
I most likely won't edit this review. But assuming the main person keeps becoming more and more OP. I can see this becoming more and more boring. This is the problem I'm running into with other shows like that time I got reincarnated as a slime. Like if they want to go down the path of mostly everything ends up being about the fight/adventure. Then I need to feel there is a real chance that people can get hurt or die. Where right now it's just annoying until the person gets cured.
Side note to anyone making any anime
If they want to keep making the main person more and more OP. Then I suggest any future anime makers take note and make the show about something other than the adventure/fight. With no risk, it's boring. But if the anime starts focusing on the social aspects. Then this could be worth while even with the main person being OP.
But to have a great show, you need to mix the 2. Re:Zero is a good example (even if it's not perfect). There is a real risk the main person will die (and they tend to do). But it also looks at the social a bit. Re:Zero messes up because they don't use logic. In that one, the main person could simply make some easy painless poison, and use that as a reset since all the actions of EVERYTHING should be 100% the same as before.
When i started watching Rising of the shield hero i was kinda hyped and couldnt wait for new episodes because of the interesting plot of a "hated" main character and the 4 heroes that got summoned with each of their weapons, i really liked the first episodes and the way he got betrayed by almost everyone near him, but then in the newer episodes they have almost completely skipped the main plot and is just following around the mc with his wagon raccoon girl and bird loli helping random people. at this point the anime has turned into some weird isekai harem anime.
the anime hasnt finished airing so i cant for sure say im completely dissapointed but the way this anime is going is dissapointing.
1) The hook
The Shield Hero was super hyped during its early episodes for one and only one reason: Outrage culture. Just like it happened with Goblin Slayer, they deliberately triggered the social justice warriors so they would nag about it and make a lot of people curious about it. It had fake rape allegations and pro-slavery themes, and that means everyone must hate it regardless of it making sense within the story. Soon everyone was onboard this show and in order to explain why it’s amazing, they labeled it as a subversion of isekai. See? The protagonist is not overpowered, and not every woman falls in love with him in a few seconds. This turned out to be a lie a few episodes afterwards.
Turns out it’s yet another generic empowerment fantasy about a neet otaku loser who gets transported to a different world that works like a generic videogame, gets ultra powerful very fast, and amasses a harem of pretty girls who all love him for being bland and grumpy. The hook in the beginning was just to lure people with rage and to keep them for as much as it could with the promise of justice porn. That is, waiting impatiently to see the protagonist proving his innocence and making those responsible to pay. Which is he does. Pretty easily.
Despite the victimizing, the protagonist is bland and entirely passive. Naofumi is constantly told what to do instead of thinking for himself, and is then praised for doing what he’s told. Also, the plot is retroactively proving him right, so he comes off as a robot.
-Buying the slaves was not his idea, it was proposed by the slave merchant.
-Doing the missions that help the villagers was not his idea, it was the villagers asking for help.
-He did not want to be a team with the other heroes, the chocobo queen demanded it or she would kill him.
Also, Naofumi’s idea of working together as a team comes down to mocking the very people he is supposed to work with as a team, which should have the exact opposite effect than the intended one. Basically, the constant need of the author to provide justice porn contradicts what they are supposed to be doing. And it turns out the teamwork part was needless, since Naofumi didn’t have to say a thing in order to make them work as a team. The church tried to kill them all. They even revealed their evil plans in front of them. It became a common enemy of the heroes who wants them dead. They automatically became a team in order to take down this enemy.
Character motivations make little sense in general. The iconic fake rape allegations for example, initially had no in-story reasoning. They just happened because the nobles wanted to incriminate Naofumi, and because the author needed to somehow create sympathy towards the protagonist via unreasonable victimizing. You know what trick I am talking about. Many shows do the same. The audience gets to hate people with authority, and gives the moral high ground to the victimized protagonist. It’s almost like this is a light novel, aimed at otakus who blame society for not doing anything worthwhile with their lives and seek empowerment fantasy in the form of a jobless otaku with nothing but revenge porn on his mind. Also, when the nobles and the clergy eventually revealed the actual reason they did it, it was just a shallow ‘because we don’t like him’. Yeah, it was that cheap, and on top of that it contradicted their very agenda.
-The cartoonishly evil religion hates the Shield Hero because the previous heroes of the same class were allied with the furry kingdom. So basically, they hate the current hero for nothing, since he didn’t do something to hurt them. He just belongs in the same class.
-The dogma of the cartoonishly evil religion is against the cute furry waifus, thus they seemingly justify their hate. And I say seemingly because they don’t, since the hate came before the Shield Hero had cute furry waifus. They hated him before he even got to have cute furry waifus.
-The Shield Hero was normally supposed to be summoned at the furry kingdom. The cartoonishly evil religion cheated and summoned him in their kingdom, so they can hate him. Which means, they have the nerve to blame the guy for forcefully appearing in the place they rigged for him to appear.
-If the cartoonishly evil religion hadn’t framed the Shield Hero, he wouldn’t be forced to buy cute furry waifus as aid in battles. So by framing him, they got exactly what they were trying to avoid. And no, this is not smart writing by having a self-fulfilled prophecy. It’s backwards reasoning.
-The cartoonishly evil religion is also suicidal. Before the second monster invasion, they had the excuse of not needing the Shield Hero for defeating the monsters. After the second monster invasion, they clearly need the Shield Hero, because he’s the only one who is not incompetent. By keep slandering the only person capable of defeating the monsters, they effectively doom everyone, including themselves.
-The cartoonishly evil religion gets completely rewritten into a different organization. At first they needed to resort to slander against Naofumi, because they were unable to kill him directly. All of a sudden, now they have a magic weapon that is as powerful as the four heroes. Why were they accusing the Shield Hero all these months when their plan was to kill him anyways? Everybody believes their lies, so there is no need for all this nonsense. Why didn’t they kill him all this time when they had such a powerful weapon and he was far weaker? Why were they hiding this super weapon and weren’t using it against the monsters? Why did they even need the heroes to save the world when they have weapons and chocobo waifus that are far more powerful than them? Why are the other three heroes blessed to them when they are casually killing them? Why do they have monarchy and not theocracy if they can casually kill the royal family in front of a thousand people and get away with it? Absolutely no consistency.
-And as icing to the cake, all villains are one dimensional jerks who smile smugly and love to torture and kill innocents for fun, because they can. Because what a better way to show justice porn than to have sadistic one-dimensional nobles who exist just to make you hate them and wish to see them dead. And obviously, the only one who can stop them is the self-insert protagonist.
Even on the good side, the slaves have horribly rushed character progression. The author never gave them more than a single episode for growing up into the forms they maintain throughout the rest of the show. Because why should you spend years on properly nurturing anything? Just skip all the build up and go straight for the outcome. And it’s strange to see how despite everything growing up so fast on this world, their lifestyle is still the same one as we have in a typical medieval world.
Add to all that how all members of Naofumi’s team are cute girls who every man is jealous of. Whether they are slave raccoons, or birds from loot boxes, or random encounters with princesses in the wilderness, they are also super cute girls. Not a single old, not a single man, not a single ugly one. Did I mention how they are all around the age of 12? I am sure that is enough to trigger most diversity groups who flip a switch if there isn’t at least one gay, one black, one mentally challenged, and one obese at the same time. Also, Naofumi is showing them around like a possession to be proud about. And they are constantly antagonizing each other for who gets to have the self-insert’s attention, like in any typical harem. And the protagonist is constantly ignoring their flirting, since that is the only way you can show a male character respecting women. And in order to make it clear he’s not an asshole for ignoring them, you add one-dimensional evil rapists who want to rape the waifus.
Naofumi makes fun of the Spear hero for taking advantage of the cute girls in his team, when his team also consists of only cute girls whom he took advantage of by buying as slaves. It’s ok when he does it. Ironically, Naofumi’s furries do not correct him on this obvious hypocrisy and instead support him, while also making fun of the Spear Hero. This is only making the hypocrisy bigger.
Naofumi saves the life of the thot that accused him, although he had spent the whole show trying to make her pay. He is content with everyone calling her slut, and doesn’t care when she is still in the team of the Spear Hero and still constantly tries to mess with him. After all the crap she did, she is still not punished and everyone acts as if there is nothing wrong with that.
And in general, the civilian population is a bunch of sheep with no thoughts of their own. Throughout the series they believe everything they are told right away. And before some of you say that’s exactly how the real world is like, people don’t do a 180 in a couple of seconds. In this episode there was a lynch mob, demanding to see the ones responsible getting punished as they deserve, and after a couple of words from the validated self insert that is Naofumi, they change their minds just like that. Does it make any sense? No, it’s just done for justice porn.
Late in the show, more heroes from a different world appear. They were constantly helping Naofumi and the rest to level up, defeat the monsters, and protect the people on the ships. Then all of sudden they want to kill everyone. The reason is so convoluted, it becomes impossible to follow. They want to destroy this world, so the world they came from will be spared. Which by the way it’s a lie, it will be destroyed anyways, but we need some sort of new fake allegations now that the justice porn is over. That aside, they are not fighting with the monsters so the world will be destroyed, they are fighting against the monsters which is the opposite of what they are here to do. So, the ‘logical’ explanation is, they are good people, they don’t want to kill innocents, they only want to kill the four heroes so the monsters will have nobody able to stop them. Which by the way it’s a lie, because there are a dozen more people far more powerful than the heroes, so the monsters can still be stopped. And also, their sense of justice is so stupid, they actually believe if they only kill the defenders of the world, they would totally not be responsible for the deaths of all those innocent people. Oh, but wait, not everyone is going to die from the monsters. Only most of them. Yeah, only most of them will die, that really makes a difference. Also, even if they are here to kill the heroes, they fight the monsters and help the heroes to level up and become harder to kill, although they are here to kill them. The ‘logical’ explanation for that is that they didn’t believe those four were the heroes they came to kill because they were too weak, so they might as well befriend them and help them get stronger, although it doesn’t matter because they are going to die anyways. They befriend people they know they will eventually stab in the back. And obviously they couldn’t simply ask someone to confirm if they are the heroes, that’s too much work man. It’s not like they are here to find and kill the heroes, which is why everybody knows who the heroes are besides them. But wait, there is a ‘logical’ explanation even for that. They didn’t ask anyone to tell them where the heroes are because they had to level up first. You see when you cross over from another world the videogame logic of this stupid show dictates that you lose your levels because it’s a different videogame, so they had to grind all over again. But wait, there is more. They leveled up way faster than the four heroes because they still kept their weapon mastery skills, which gave them an easy mode for beating monsters. So much for being a different videogame if you can carry over your skills. Don’t tell me all that are not completely convoluted, because they totally are. And yet the fanboys insist that it’s very simple to follow. All that is so simple to understand. There is absolutely nothing hard to comprehend. The Shield Hero has a perfectly easy plot and you have to be really stupid not to get it.
3) The plot
It all falls apart as soon as the fifth episode begins. Up until then nothing was easy and uplifting. It was edgy, dark, and kind of depressing in tone. With the introduction of the second harem girl, a fat chocobo that transforms into a perky loli, every cliché in the book began to appear. Comic relief, fan service, cockblocking romantic advancements, easy victories, constant ridicule of the opposition, and non-stop ego-stroking.
-The rival heroes who during their introduction were presented as super smart and calculative, quickly turned into complete idiots who can’t even walk without tripping over their own feet. Every single thing they do turns to a disaster and it’s up to Naofumi to clean after their mess.
-The vicious nobles who at first were sinister and sneaky in their plan to ruin Naofumi’s reputation, proved to be incompetent buffoons who’s only defining features is being evil and idiotic.
-The world where nobody supports the Shield Hero, is quickly proven to be full of people who are constantly supporting him (peasants), defend him every time he is accused (queen’s spies), and even plot armor him when he is about to be killed (Fitoria).
-The shield Naofumi was using, which was supposed to be weak and unable to be used for attack, soon became able to cast every ability imaginable, and to have enough firepower for blowing up entire mountains.
-The girls Naofumi travels with, which were supposed to have depth and mental issues, constantly do typical fan service shenanigans. Going to hot springs, getting molested by tentacle monsters, never shutting up about how awesome is Naofumi, fighting over who gets to be his lover, and constantly yelling about how they can’t live without him. The best part is how most of the fanboys refused to accept that the show was a harem. They considered it as nothing more than comedy for easing the depressing mood. Yes, because we totally need comic relief in a 20 minute episode. It’s not like you have a whole week to relax until the next episode begins. And it’s not like so many liked the early episode because they didn’t have harem comedy. No sir, they liked the show a lot more when it had comic relief every 5 minutes. Because god forbid if we can sit down and watch something without being constantly distracted.
4) Videogame logic
It also doesn’t help the fact that because of the videogame logic of this world, the allegations could have instantly been proven to be lies if anyone had bothered to use a slave crest that forces the target to be truthful. So basically, the core conflict had little thought placed behind it, and was one that could have been fixed in a few seconds if everybody wasn’t deliberately ignoring the ability of the slave crests. The excuse in-story is that they are very expensive, but Naofumi used them three times with no financial problems becoming apparent, and the king owned the whole kingdom, so it wouldn’t cost a thing to him. And don’t get me started on the queen eventually using one as well. Did you see any villages starving to death because of all the money it costs to print a few crests? And even then, they didn’t even need the crests. If they had bothered to ask the guy who sold Naofumi the armor, he would reveal the lies of the princess, since she didn’t find it somewhere and then gifted it to the Spear Hero.
On top of all this mess, the dreaded videogame logic ruins even the concept of money. During the pilot episode, the heroes are given coins to buy their equipment. Why do they have to pay for anything? They were summoned against their will to save the world. Just give them the best available armor so they can save your sorry ass. An excuse could be so they won’t ruin the economy, but what good is money if they are all dead? And it becomes even messier later on, when Naofumi is constantly given stuff for free as thanks for helping people out. Also, turns out the magical weapons can literally clone anything for free. There is literally no need for money since day one.
The videogame logic ruins even the need to have a team and go on missions. There is no need to do any missions, because there is nothing to actually gain from them.
-Some missions give them money, which they don’t need because their weapons can clone anything they want.
-Mundane stuff like food and drinks are free for heroes who are here to save the world.
-Monsters during missions give you experience points for leveling up, but there is no need to bother as there are special events where you can level up like crazy by beating trash mobs.
-And let’s not forget how Naofumi is supposed to be hated by everyone and constantly says he doesn’t care about this world for what they did to him, thus he technically shouldn’t help anyone.
Despite the videogame terminology, everything constantly comes down to getting power ups in the middle of the battle by triggering a hidden ability, or turning to the power of friendship. What is the point in having rules, if powers come and go depending on what the plot says will happen? Even Naruto has more depth than the logic of this show.
-They try to make it seem like the backlash from using major attacks comes at a cost by losing enough blood to fill a swimming pool, but then Naofumi casually waits defenseless for 5 minutes, as everyone else around him are busy talking to the queen than saving him, thus making it seem like his injuries are not serious. He can take it like a champ.
-The villains stand still while the heroes talk in the middle of the battle.
-The heroes use mostly long ranged attacks, even when their weapons are short ranged. This makes the battles dull, since they are just standing still and fire projectiles. It also makes the bow hero to seem like he got the crappiest weapon, since he is supposed to be using arrows.
-The three heroes use the exact same one attack all the time, making the battles repetitive on top of dull.
Regarding the triggering topic of slavery, Naofumi was accused of owning slaves… in a setting where slavery is legal and by nobles who all have slaves. Do you see the hypocrisy? It never gets any deeper than that, and eventually it’s just an excuse for harem shenanigans. No sir, Naofumi is not forcing cute girls to fight on his side, and is certainly not going to have naughty moments with them at the hot springs. He bought them! Plus, the slave chicks clearly state that they love being slaves. Raphtalia in particular is given her freedom when someone removes the slave tattoo from her body. But she immediately rushes to get another slave tattoo. On her boobs I need to point out, since we need fan service for this garbage to sell. This validates the victimized protagonist by having the cute animal ear waifu proudly stating how she loves being manipulated as a slave. You don’t want to disagree with a cute animal ear waifu, do you now? Look how cute she is and has a tattoo on her boobs, she can’t be wrong. And as simple as that Naofumi once again has the moral high ground to do whatever the hell he wants.
6) Retroactive answers
The show tries a silly trick for hiding all its problems, by providing answers to questions long after the audience bothers to care about their validity. It’s all done for retroactively proving the Shield Hero right, by showing the cause after the effect. It works with people with no critical thinking, since when you reveal nonsensical motivations late in the story, the dumb perceives it as a plot twist instead of bad writing. Thus whatever complains you might have will be instantly shut down by the defenders of the show, by claiming that it’s explained later in the story and thus your complaints are moot. The thing is, nobody was watching the show just to get answers for what is going on with the monster invasion or why the church hates the Shield Hero. Everyone was watching the show for the revengeporn and the pedophilic memes concerning Naofumi’s harem. There was no mystery to solve and therefore late explanations did nothing to save face. Especially when they did not fix any problems and certainly did not make the show better in the longrun.
7) Plot armor
The chocobo waifu plot armors Naofumi from the dinosaur, the spy woman plot armors the 2 heroes from the energy attack, the 2 heroes plot armor Naofumi from the Pope. There is never any sense of death in the show if they can survive all the time like that. And don’t get me started on why the Pope didn’t confirm the death of the 2 heroes before trying to kill the other 2, or how they never show how Sword and Bow survived the explosion. Eventually, even the queen plot armors the heroes from the church, and proves the allegations were false by using a slave tattoo. Something everyone could have used since day 1. And of course Naofumi didn’t have to do a thing about clearing his name. He could have sat on that bed for months and just wait for the queen to solve everything. There never was any urgency, there never was any actual threat.
I wish for Filo to die.
Looks like a standard Isekai from the outside, but its actually a pretty fresh take on an overdone genre. For example in only the second episode the MC is accused of rape, disgraced, and purchases a slave.
Has two very good girls in Filo and Rapthalia, a unique if annoyingly callous/mean MC, likable characters, passable animation and 'par' action.
I also like how 'real' it is, its almost like an isekai version of A Series Of Unfortunate Events. They dont front with the villains, its no 'wahh my motive is because im sad :(" bs that im sick of, theyre just crazy, evil bitches who want power. And i can respect that for keeping it simple
Pretty good even if it aint worldbreaking