Naofumi Iwatani, an uncharismatic Otaku who spends his days on games and manga, suddenly finds himself summoned to a parallel universe! He discovers he is one of four heroes equipped with legendary weapons and tasked with saving the world from its prophesied destruction. As the Shield Hero, the weakest of the heroes, all is not as it seems. Naofumi is soon alone, penniless, and betrayed. With no one to turn to, and nowhere to run, he is left with only his shield. Now, Naofumi must rise to become the legendary Shield Hero and save the world!
Source: One Peace Books
AWESOME manga/LN. It's nice to read something unique every once in a while. The story is quite interesting, and there's very good development of the characters involved. The Shield Hero is initially ridiculed and made fun of, but he ends up being the strongest due to his attention to details. The fight seens are quite intense too
Jesus Christ where to begin. I actually liked this series quite a bit at the begining. Then it started slowly going downhill after volume four. Then it took a giant nosedive after volume ten. Naofumi is absolutly insufurable without Princess Malty around, and interesting/fun characters like Raphtalia, Melty and Filo got pushed to the side for a group of increasingly one dimensional and obnoxis side characters. Atla is the worst offender in my opinion. I'm giving the series a two out of ten purely on the merits of the early volumes. Just drop the series after volume nine if you really need to read this series. You'll be glad you did.
This was the first light novel I have read. I’ve read manga and have seen almost 10,000 episodes; however, no light novel has ever kept me so entertained so as to read the entire series in 3 days. The characters all had their own intentions and beautifully evolved throughout the series. Even when the point of view character went crazy we experienced it with him. Art: I loved the couple of pictures I saw and they were the perfect amount of spolling but not telling everything. The in text effects were also cool to see. *light novel rating so much less art than manga* As for the story, the turns the plot takes can be odd at times. There is a lag in between some events and then it greatly speeds up to one of the most beautiful endings I’ve seen (read) ever. Unlike many anime of watched and manga I’ve read, the ending is a solid place to end the story with everything resolved. It could even be continued if really wanted. While choice isn’t completely required to end the story, it is not left as ambitious as many others. I do not know if any ending I read wI’ll ever be so perfect as this. PS after the epilogue, there is one more chapter that ties up the few remaining loose ends.
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