The Rising of the Shield Hero, Volume 1
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!

The Rising of the Shield Hero, Volume 1 Details

TitleThe Rising of the Shield Hero, Volume 1
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 17th, 2015
PublisherOne Peace Books
ISBN-139781935548706
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Fantasy, Magic, Comics, Seinen, Comics Manga

The Rising of the Shield Hero, Volume 1 Review

  • Coyora Dokusho
    January 1, 1970
    It amused. I really like the hero's internal monologues and the adorable characters.
  • Jennie Vance
    January 1, 1970
    Note: Initially, I accidentally applied this review to the light novel this manga was based off of. I don’t know how similar the two are, but I wanted to move the review for the sake of accuracy.I don't think I've ever been quite as disappointed by a book before. Which isn't to say I've never read a worse book. The Rising of the Shield Hero is competently paced. The narrative, while I hate it, is pretty solid. Frankly, I've read way worse mangas than this.And yet.(view spoiler)[Naofumi is a youn Note: Initially, I accidentally applied this review to the light novel this manga was based off of. I don’t know how similar the two are, but I wanted to move the review for the sake of accuracy.I don't think I've ever been quite as disappointed by a book before. Which isn't to say I've never read a worse book. The Rising of the Shield Hero is competently paced. The narrative, while I hate it, is pretty solid. Frankly, I've read way worse mangas than this.And yet.(view spoiler)[Naofumi is a young college student who suddenly finds himself in another world that closely resembles a classic fantasy RPG. He is designated the Hero of the Shield, which basically means no one wants to travel with him because he can't fight anything. A young woman decides to accompany him, and it turns out she's a pretty capable fighter. I was kind of optimistic about the book at this point. A male character with only defense capabilities? A female secondary protagonist who has the actual offensive skills? This was interesting, and by the end of the first chapter I wanted to read more.But alas, I was innocent and expected way waaaaaay too much of this book. You see, his female travel companion only wanted to steal his stuff which she does by calling the cops and accusing him of rape. As he is the Hero of the Shield, he can't be jailed or executed for Reasons, but the king says he'll make sure everyone in the kingdom knows what he did so that no one will do business with him. It's revealed later that False Accuser Girl is actually the princess and the king went along with what he knew to be false rape accusation. So this nice young man's life is ruined by an evil woman with the help of a system of law that knows she is a liar but just wants to help her and lie and ruin men anyway.So, yeah, this became an MRA fantasy/cautionary tale.Naturally, Naofumi now hates women and is consumed with anger for the injustice he has suffered. He can't get anyone to fight with him. So he gets a demihuman slave girl named Raphtalia, because at least she can't disobey him. But don't worry! He's a nice slave owner who won't beat her, and promises to protect her as long as she obeys him. Raphtalia is happy to be owned by Naofumi because before this she was malnourished and living in a literal cage. Naofumi at least lets her sleep on furniture and feeds her regularly, so I imagine it is a pretty decent step up from her perspective. Oh, but Raphtalia has sass! Her demure facade eventually fades, but only enough that she's interesting. She never crosses the line into disobedience and the story literally points this out. Eventually she tells him she knows he could never have done such a terrible thing as rape someone, and his angry dark cloud immediately disappears. Around this time, she quickly physically matures from the equivalent of about 15 to 25 (in other words she grows boobs). This is just something her species does apparently? She points out that while she is physically a woman, she still has the mind of a child. So if you were worried that their power dynamic might change, I hope that quelled your fear. Despite having the opportunity to not be a slave anymore, Raphtalia chooses to remain bound to Naofumi because he's just so great. (hide spoiler)]So yeah, this book was garbage and I definitely won't be reading the subsequent volumes.
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  • Elinor Master of Gifs
    January 1, 1970
    Très sympa ! Plutôt original finalement, avec des personnages assez attachants... une lecture agréable !
  • Bryan Mills
    January 1, 1970
    Its nice to put a picture to the story, i read the light novel and then i read over this in about 10 mins.
  • Salman Farisi Prasad
    January 1, 1970
    So, this is the manga adaptation of The Rising of the Shield Hero adapted from the light novel with the same title. It's very mediocre when you want to find something like isekai or fantasy but you still don't like the story because it's mainstream. But, this is more like a fanservice with an anti-hero protagonist concept like the anime I often watch. However, the first volume is just beyond too far when it comes to the protagonist. I think you should read this one if you want to find some iseka So, this is the manga adaptation of The Rising of the Shield Hero adapted from the light novel with the same title. It's very mediocre when you want to find something like isekai or fantasy but you still don't like the story because it's mainstream. But, this is more like a fanservice with an anti-hero protagonist concept like the anime I often watch. However, the first volume is just beyond too far when it comes to the protagonist. I think you should read this one if you want to find some isekai related or else. Just for the recommendation of a friend.
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  • B. Jean
    January 1, 1970
    ...I feel like I'm cheating on my yearly reading challenge by reading manga. Oh well. I'll just up the goal next year to accommodate reading manga. I've read this before, back when it was first coming out. But it's been two years since then, so I'm excited to read all the rest of the books. I can finally support the author properly and buy the books! I'm very fond of the bitter, crusty protagonist. It's been translated to English, but I'm considered buying light novels in Japanese to practice.
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  • Ithamar Ramos
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fan-service resume for people who already read the novel.Lets say the truth.Is everything too rushed, many explanations in the novel are left out with a lot of important stuff.Not sure if someone who didn't read the novel can get a grasp about what is happening.3 stars because of the art.
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  • Spencer
    January 1, 1970
    Great transition from light novel to mangaI'm on book 8of light novel I am very pleased with how this turned out highly recommend reading this it'd be better to start with light novel first.
  • Krista
    January 1, 1970
    I recently saw that this manga/light novel series was being made into an anime. The concept intrigued me and I'm interested to see where it's going to go. I also got the light novel edition of Volume 1, so we'll see how much that adds to the story.So far, so good!
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  • Kyi Night
    January 1, 1970
    different take on the classic rpg hero from another world. enjoyed the concept valot
  • Nolile.kdo
    January 1, 1970
    loved that's kind of hero
  • Stéphanie
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5.
  • Cel
    January 1, 1970
    déçue par les personnages féminins : soit manipulatrice soit être fragile à aider
  • Ben Coovert
    January 1, 1970
    MC vs the world done right. Ahhh it was so good. The first ending was...distressing but the actual ending was nice and neatly tied everything up.
  • Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
    January 1, 1970
    Good volume.
  • Shane
    January 1, 1970
    I read this a bit ago. My son is getting heavily into Manga, I'm more into the lite novels. This one wasn't too bad.
  • Cheungn
    January 1, 1970
    Some of my friends kept consistently bugging me to read this, telling me it wasn't, "just another adventure story," so I decided to take a look. The story's about a teenage male who gets trapped in this video game like world with three others who are all from different time periods. He, the shield hero, is considered the weakest of them all and the story goes through his struggles to not just keep up with the others, but to have his own strong party. I enjoyed this series because of how they gav Some of my friends kept consistently bugging me to read this, telling me it wasn't, "just another adventure story," so I decided to take a look. The story's about a teenage male who gets trapped in this video game like world with three others who are all from different time periods. He, the shield hero, is considered the weakest of them all and the story goes through his struggles to not just keep up with the others, but to have his own strong party. I enjoyed this series because of how they gave a common theme something more complex and fun, plus it was nice to see how imperfect certain characters can be.
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  • Austin Lee
    January 1, 1970
    I came into this manga expecting another generic story about someone being summoned into a new world, but instead I found something much different. Within a day of being summoned to the new world, he is robbed and disgraced by the very people he sought protect. This book is about his journey to seek revenge against those who had betrayed them. With likable characters and a solid plot, this book remains at one of my personal favorites. i would recommend this book to people interested in the "summ I came into this manga expecting another generic story about someone being summoned into a new world, but instead I found something much different. Within a day of being summoned to the new world, he is robbed and disgraced by the very people he sought protect. This book is about his journey to seek revenge against those who had betrayed them. With likable characters and a solid plot, this book remains at one of my personal favorites. i would recommend this book to people interested in the "summoned to a new world" genre.
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  • Jenna
    January 1, 1970
    Read up to chapter 7. A fun concept that tried to mock other alternate universe savior themes, but the delivery wasn't one hundred percent firm. But it was still entertaining, although I think the author wanted to write an antihero and just couldn't take it. zentertaining enough, though.
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  • Roke0sama
    January 1, 1970
    good story and cute characters :P
  • Rafael Ramirez
    January 1, 1970
    se alarga de manera no genial
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