About the Anime
Based on Light Novel by Aneko Yusagi – The Rising of the Shield Hero is one of the most popular mainstream series of 2019. If you enjoy “Isekai” genre such as Danmachi, Konosuba, Elder Tale etc., consider yourself lucky. However, even if it’s “isekai” and even if it’s RPG, Fantasy world, Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari might not be the best comparison for Danmachi and Konosuba, because The Rising of the Shield Hero is not really a comedy, (tries not to be). oddly enough these series focus drama more than anything else. Mostly though it’s exactly what you’d expect. Protagonist as well as few more main characters find themselves in the Fantasy world where they have to level up skills and defeat the “demon lord”.
Again, oddly enough, there’s some element of Shonen in the series. but in general, this anime isn’t categorized as one. However, constantly striving to improve skills, finding new weapons and armor, competing with rivals and few more things you’re gonna find very familiar from many Shounen anime, definitely there.
First impressions are very, very positive but only if “isekai” is your thing, which it is for me, so I can’t really tell if it feels the same for everyone else too. I have watched enough episodes to assure myself it’s only going to get better and better with each new episode; and let me explain why – Normally, when I watch the anime of this genre or close, such as Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku, I reach the point where i can clearly tell the story is stagnated and only miracle can make it better. in Death March case it never did, unfortunately. So, Tate no Yuusha definitely passed the test and more. Definitely worth investing time and waiting new episodes.
In a Nutshell
This is not a final review and I’d like to keep it short so there’s just few more things I’d like to mention, or rather emphasize – The Story, the Art and the characters.
The story is on point: the mystery, the drama, and more importantly the LOGIC, which is rather a rare fruit in fantasy anime (in general). Everything makes sense, and satisfies you; and at the same time, keeps you intrigued.
The art and the animation may not be at the “Fate” level but it’s definitely as good as Danmachi. There isn’t much action in the series even though it supposed to be an “action” anime. But the world, the characters and that small amount of action never disappoints, 7/10 I’d say but most of the time it’s 8/10.
and finally, the characters. Tate no Yuusha is not supposed to be the series with strong character development (not including the main character). But even so, you’ll be surprised how unique and unpredictable they turn out to be. At first you may catch some cliché elements, especially about other “Legendary Heroes” but as the story progresses, things change very fast.
In the end, I’d like to say that Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari – The Rising of the Shield Hero is definitely a no brainer for “Isekai” genre followers, as well as for those into fantasy, adventure. At the moment of publishing this, the series almost reached the mid-season finale and so far, things get better and better.
Credits: Top Image by DeathToTotoro