盾の勇者の成り上がり 1 E–pub/E–book
Y to be an otaku the boy thinks Look at my otaku life I think I ll leave my apartment to visit the storelibrarymuseumetc Hey What s that And then suddenly the boy is transported to the fantasy realm There is almost never any time spent on explaining the transportation It just happens Then the story sets up its world s particular immick and the plot commences with the otaku smartly utilizing his superior intellect to Tricycle (HISTOIRE) game the world usually surrounded by incredibly intelligent skilled and beautiful women who like to hang around socially inept losers for some reason Fortunately they inspire the hero toreatness and he becomes the savior of the world This may sound like I am knocking the enre but with every successful story there are always other stories that riff on the theme and tropes emerge Sometimes the trend inspires so many similar stories that it becomes a enre of its own and very often the stories are enjoyable especially when the tropes are mocked or flipped aroundThis LN follows the transported into video Let Freedom Reign': The Words of Nelson Mandela. Henry Russell game trend but with some uniue differences The main character Naofumi Iwatani is the only hero of the summoned four who is unfamiliar with the fantasy world they are now in The other three heroes all played videoames that were similar to this world though each is from a different parallel Japan This Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts gives them an advantage that fits in with the prophesy The other advantage they have is they were selected to wield the sacred sword spear and bow Naofumi was chosen to wield the shield a defense only weapon and one not respected by the kingdom he has been forced to save Another difference in this story though similar with Sword Art Online Alicization is that the world operates exactly like a videoame The characters have head up displays with access to menus and help screens forests are populated with monsters for leveling up and some peoples like the Demi human Naofumi has as a companion age and mature by leveling up through combat Raphtalia at level 100 may not be as kickbutt as we might hope Naofumi is looked down upon for being the Shield Hero though this is never properly explained framed for a crime that he didn t commit robbed disgraced and kicked out of the castle and then forced to level up on his own without help practically Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind guaranteeing his demise when the waves of evil swarm the land in a month s time This is where another difference sets this story apart Naofumi becomes jaded and cynical full of petty spite He treats people cruelly as if the people of the world are NPCs in a videoame This story is about his transformation from bitter otaku into an inspirational heroToo bad the writing is so amateurish These story twists are excellent variations on the enre and explored with creativity Unfortunately the writing style is hampered by short perfunctory sentences with sparse non descriptive details It began life as a web novel and doesn t seem to have been rewritten to match the skill level of later chapters This is an all too common problem with light novels that came from the web Although the story is told in the first person Naofumi is often written too cavalier and unaware of the events oing on around him Time and time again he is written as an idiot so that there could be a plot development later After all if he knows something the readers knows it To keep the reader in the dark the author superficially blinds Naofumi Despite this the story resolves well rewarding the reader for having faith in Naofumi s character arc He Rudram in Tamil grows and softens He becomes mindful of others and exemplifies true leadership on the field of battle He is heroic and daring He becomes an interesting character redeemed by the faith of his companion Which leads us to the controversies I watched the first episode on Crunchyroll and couldn t understand why people were so upset about it so I sought out the book toain reater insight on the issue This ave me info than the one episode that is currently available It seems people are upset about two plot elements The first is that Naofumi is falsely accused of rape The second is that Naofumi purchases a slave The rape issue is a touchy subject for many people but I disagree with the outrage in this particular case Rumor and false accusation is as old as humanity Weak people are preyed upon taken advantage of and discarded while unscrupulous people profit The issue here is that some people don t believe women should be portrayed as liars I wish I shared their optimism but I ve experienced too much duplicity by both KaBOOM!: One Entrepreneur's Quest to Build Community SAVE PLAY! genders to believe that one is moral than the other In this story as in life sometimes men are falsely accused of rape It is disappointing behavior and makes life difficult for true survivors of sexual assault Yet authors should be free to create characters that make bad decisions The false rape accusation in this story sets in motion the events that lead Naofumi to make his own truly despicable decision The slave owner arc is a difficult one The scene where he buys the slave his thoughts as he justifies the action and the projection of his hate for the woman who betrayed him onto the ten year old slaveirl is reprehensible I can t describe adeuately enough how uncomfortable the scene made me feel and how highly I disapproved of the decision It was hard reading However those who are upset seem to act as if merely was hard reading However those who are upset seem to act as if merely about Naofumi s decision is an endorsement of that decision as if Naofumi s justifications were promoted By The Author As the author as pro slavery argument No characters in the book aside from the slave trader approve of Naofumi s decision It is never portrayed as a noble or virtuous decision Yet Naofumi desperately felt it was his only solution Surely Yusagi could have written a different scene He could have avoided the entire benevolent slave owner arc by having Naofumi come upon Raphtalia in distress from a different and oppressive slave owner Naofumi could have rescued her freeing her from slavery and nurtured her to health as a Good Samaritan Instead Yusagi chose to write Naofumi as the lowest scum with the darkest most revolting thoughts I have had the displeasure of reading in a long while Yusagi wanted his anti hero to be portrayed in the worst light possible thus making his redemption a stronger arc in contrast Yet redemption seems to be a theme that is unpopular in today s online environment Characters are not allowed to be lowly They must always be virtuous They must always be woke Society it seems has no taste any for anti heroesSPOILERThis story ends with Raphtalia s freedom and her choice to remain as Naofumi s companion triggering his cathartic tears and closing the chapter on his darkest days He no longer sees the people as NPCs His faith in mankind especially women has been restored I have no idea if his decision to own a slave has any ramifications in the next volume Will he regret his acceptance of slavery as a necessary evil A ood author might choose this angle to develop LN tend to have very superficial cha. Ed 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 He was clumsy and rude but he was a ood personHis eyes were dark and filled with hatred and sadnessHe was violent angry and vulgar He was scaryBut he understood pain and at his heart he was kindYes he is the person Rifana and I longed for the Shield Hero RaphtaliaWere you expecting another eneric fantasy harem with the done to death ordinary uy transferred to an alternate world premise The alternate world part is true but Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION generic fantasy harem The Rising of The Shield Hero is anything butI ll admit One Peace Books synopsis makes it sound as if the wordeneric was invented for series like these it simply does not do The Rising of The Shield Hero justice The Rising of The Shield Hero is neither Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon Sword Art Online Accel World nor Log Horizon You will neither find an obligatory harem a stupidly denseoverpowered protagonist nor a odly tactician here as of volume 1 anywayInstead you will find an averagely intelligent human being who is also pretty pissed at everything So before you scream eneric bear with meNaofumi Iwatani is a college student and one day through means which are still a mystery he was summoned to an unknown world The first 6 chapters are relatively slow and uninteresting they mainly serve to introduce the basic characters and setting for the story Up to this point there is really little to distinguish The Rising of The Shield Hero from its peers However chapter 7 is when those similarities come to a rinding halt What sets it apart is its eerily human protagonist uniue plot progression and character development Naofumi who appears to be an uninspired oody two shoes transforms into a walking mass of malice and anger He despises the world which summons and Judy Blume: Fearless Storyteller for Teens grossly tramples upon him Chewed up and spat out by the world Naofumi is left with only his shield his wits and his rage The reader to some degree will sympathize with Naofumi he has every right to be angry to loathe the world after how it treated him Throughout the story he can come across as morally ambiguous at best morally defunct at worst his actions do not agree with his words One thing that is apparent though is that no matter how much he wants everyone to drop dead at the core of his being Naofumi is still aood person His character was executed in a such a way that even while blinded by hatred traces of the former kind person he once was still shines through For the sake of not revealing too many elements of the story Naofumi is all I can write about The entire story is told through his cynical and bitter perspective he is the highlight of the story for me That is not to say though that Naofumi is the only well developed character or that the rest of the story is non existent There are plenty of other characters with various pasts motivations and personalities that are distinct from one another I daresay its characters is this novel s strongest point they are realistic and relatable Readers will definitely find that some characters resemble those they already know or will know in life The plot is not lacking either it moves at a relatively fast pace fast enough to keep you reading There is also a fair amount of world building and action If the first volume doesn t intrigue you with its world and story it will make you sympathize deeply for its well developed characters especially the protagonist However I am aware that such a protagonist is not for everyone I can imagine many being put off by Naofumi s pessimistic and scornful disposition I ll also acknowledge that some plot points may make certain readers uncomfortable due to the moral implications that they bring Rest assured though that many of these issues will iron themselves out by the end of the book readers will find themselves sympathizing heavily with Naofumi in spite of themselves Volume 1 manages to wrap itself up with a heart wrenching and satisfying climax the kind where CASCADES OF EMOTION COME CRASHING DOWN THE KIND WHICH of emotion come crashing down the kind which the vertical drop after a long ride up a roller coaster hill the kind that haunts your mind and makes you want to o back and read it over a few times just to soak up every last drop of emotion that oozes from each sentence As a bonus there are two extra chapters at the end which provide reater insight into the personalities and backstories of two major characters of the story One thing to keep in mind though is that the author is an amateur The Rising of The Shield Hero originated as a web novel which the author updated with chapters every single day for the past few years until a publishing company picked it up Therefore if the writing seems amateurish in this first volume the author will most likely improve in the later volumesComplimenting the story are What Am I Doing with My Life?: And other late night internet searches answered by the great philosophers great illustrations and character designs Even by light novel standards the illustrations are very well done and impeccably depict various scenes What I liked the most was how they perfectly captured Naofumi s facial expression you can feel his anger seeping through every corner of his perpetual frown through every nook and cranny of his darklaring eyesNow onto the uality of the translation and publication itself The book had 300 pages but each page was smaller and had less words than books by other light novel publishers However I researched and found that the original Japanese tankobon had the same page count so I ll assume that One Peace Books is not at fault here There were some typos and uestionably worded sentences I noticed #throughout the book further dialogue can et confusing #the book Further dialogue can et confusing when there are three or characters talking at once Although I am disappointed to say that One Peace Books translation is mediocre at best it ets the story across It wasn t anything bad enough to ruin my enjoyment of the story although I really hope they step their translation ame up in volume 2 However as stated before this was written by an amateur author so some kinks in the writing uality here and there might entirely be One Peace Books fault On a side note the uote at the start of this review is a direct uote from their translation which I particularly likeI look forward to volume 2 of what seems to be a deeply promising series with a protagonist one just can t hate It was my first manga and I More scary stories for sleep-overs gotta say I uite liked it It was aood one I m not much of a amer and by not much I mean not at all so it was a little hard etting into the story at first But after a few chapters the plot itself plus the MC s personality Heads of the Colored People got me seriously hooked The Hero is kind of an underdog and who doesn t like those right Also the whole thing had a darker undertone to it which I did not expect but definitely appreciated Overall I had a veryood time reading this Let s separate the controversy from the story for a moment and focus on the story The Rising of the Shield Hero by Aneko Yusagi seems at first like a typical light novel LN about a Japanese fanboy who has been transported to a fantasy realm These stories usually start in a similar vein Gosh I m luck. Naofumi Iwatani an uncharismatic Otaku who spends his days on ames and manga suddenly finds himself summoned to a parallel universe He discovers he is one of four heroes euipp. .