The Rising of the Shield Hero (盾の勇者の成り上がり, Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari) is a light novel series written by Aneko Yusagi. Originally published as a web novel, the series has since been published by Media Factory with illustrations by Minami Seira. As of January 25th, 2017, 16 volumes have been published.
The novel series was adapted into a manga series by Aiya Kyū and published by Media Factory, with six volumes released as of July 23, 2016. Both the novel and manga series was licensed by One Peace Books and were published in North American starting in September 2015. An anime adaptation produced by Kinema Citrus and directed by Takao Abo has been announced and is scheduled to premiere on January 9, 2019.
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 an outcast of society. With hatred filling his heart, he sets out alone, vowing vengeance against those who wronged him.
- Official website for web novel (in Japanese)
- Official website for light novel (in Japanese)
- Official website for manga (in Japanese)
- Official website for anime (in Japanese)
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- Anime: The Rising of the Shield Hero (TV)
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