Anime Review: The Rising of the Shield Hero (2019) by Takao Abo

Swords, magic, rpg and vengeance

Medieval themed anime have given us a number of the most iconic titles through the years, with sequence like “Berserk”, “Scrapped Princess”, “Goblin Slayer” and others being the primary that come to thoughts. Primarily based on a light-weight novel, “The Rising of the Defend Hero” is one other title in the identical strains, additionally together with the net RPG component fairly intensely, together with plenty of different parts, and a personality and storyline which might be fairly totally different from what is common within the style. 

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Naofumi Iwatani, an easygoing Japanese youth bordering on being a hikikomori, is summoned right into a parallel world together with Motoyasu, Ren and Itsuki, different younger males from parallel universes, to change into the world’s Cardinal Heroes and battle inter-dimensional hordes of monsters referred to as Waves. Every of the heroes has his personal distinctive weapon, sword, spear and bow, however Naofumi finally ends up with the protect, the only real one with no offensive capabilities, thus making his process much more arduous than the remaining. Moreover, whereas the opposite heroes are absolutely supported by the dominion and acquire a number of robust allies from the get go, Naofumi finally ends up with Malty, a younger lovely girl who appears too good to be true initially, and finally is revealed because the Kingdom’s princess, earlier than betraying him, stealing all his belongings, and leaving him devoid of all help and provides after she falsely accuses him of sexually assaulting her.

Stuffed with hate for the the Aristocracy, the King, Malty and his fellow champions, a moderately cynical to the purpose of merciless Naofumi decides to coach on his personal, even resorting into cooperating with a slave dealer, from whom he buys a a younger tanuki demi-human woman named Raphtalia and an egg that hatches right into a bird-like monster whom he names “Filo”, each shortly rising into maturity and changing into highly effective warriors underneath his care. Step by step, the trio acquire the belief and gratitude of individuals with their heroic actions, however Malty and the King aren’t keen to let him transfer even an inch in the direction of success. Naofumi finds an unlikely ally in Malty’s sister, Melty, however plenty of new enemies additionally emerge, whereas the Pope is revealed as one thing fully totally different, the Queen lastly exhibits her face, and the Waves change into worse every time they seem. 

“The Rising of the Defend Hero” is full of intricate feedback and motifs, which had been those although, that additionally introduced a lot controversy in regards to the first episodes, and notably the way in which slavery and the rape accusation are framed. In my ebook, nonetheless, these parts are fairly nicely portrayed of their significance for the story, since Naofumi resorting to the assistance of a slave dealer exhibits how determined and primarily, how offended on the world he was, whereas the rape accusation highlights the villainy and cunningness of Malty in essentially the most eloquent vogue. 

In that vogue, Naofumi emerges as one of the vital attention-grabbing protagonists we have now seen in a title of the class, because the means he’s handled by everybody to start with makes him bitter, resentful, and primarily hateful of just about everybody. Moreover, that he’s not unforgiving and bigger-than-life in his general conduct, always asking for revenge primarily, emerges as a moderately attention-grabbing component, as a substitute of the extremely unrealistic, forgiving nature related characters exhibit normally in related anime. On the identical time, that Naofumi finally receives vindication, which he appears to take pleasure in, in a method that may very well be described as exploitation, additionally works fairly nicely, primarily offering satisfaction to the viewer, in one other moderately uncommon component. 

Another very attention-grabbing facet of the sequence is the way in which the (on-line) RPG sport parts are carried out within the narrative, as we watch the protagonists leveling up the extra they battle, receiving rewards for quests that permit them to purchase costlier tools, and fulfilling duties that permit them acquire extra talents or improve their class. All these are splendidly carried out within the narrative, in a vogue that can positively fulfill followers of such video games, whereas, additionally very curiously, Abo examines what may occur if occasions like this truly occurred in actual life. 

Probably the most important difficulty right here, nonetheless, takes place someplace in the midst of the season, the place the story loses its curiosity, primarily wanting extra like a sequence of fillers that simply goal to extend the sequence. The battles listed below are much less, and the precise development of the story minimal, to a degree that it turns into annoying to some extent. The Pope arc positively compensates nonetheless, as essentially the most majestic motion piece of the season, that additionally features because the turning level of the entire story, whereas additionally making a remark about the way in which organized religions exploit the devoted. The occasions that observe are additionally moderately attention-grabbing, however the ending, once more falls underneath the identical filler aesthetics, at the very least story-wise. 

Additionally of curiosity is the way in which violence is carried out within the anime, with the fights with the monsters being notably bloody, in distinction to those amongst folks, who’re saved extra tame, in a peculiar strategy that appears as some form of compromise, to ensure that the sequence to keep away from an R15+ and even an R18+ranking. 

Masahiro Suwa’s character design follows Western human profiles for essentially the most half, with the assorted protagonists being straightforward to tell apart from one another, with notably the feminine companions of Naofumi being totally different sufficient to fulfill the harem parts of the story, even though the general drawing just isn’t notably authentic. The creatures that seem observe a mix of cuteness and vulgarity that additionally works fairly nicely, additionally extending to the colour scheme, which includes largely of brilliant colours, even in essentially the most brutal scenes. 

Kinema Citrus’s animation is kind of good, with the motion of the characters and the creatures being real looking normally, whereas the assorted battles change into an increasing number of spectacular because the story progresses and the characters change into stronger. The few CGI are nicely accomplished and properly carried out within the general aesthetics. 

Excluding the mid half and some episodes near the tip, “The Rising of the Defend Hero” emerges as a wonderful title that manages to vary from the plethora of comparable anime, as a result of its general context. 

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