1 Reason Why The Rising of the Shield Hero Hooked Me In!
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It’s been a while since I wanted to write about The Rising of the Shield Hero (Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari). I’ve watched the 40-ish minutes’ episode 1 almost a week ago and I liked it, I liked it a lot! In fact, I’m hooked and I plan to watch all of it.
However, when I wanted to explain why I liked the episode so much, I ended up without many strong reasons. So, I had to think a little bit before writing this post. Fact is, most of the Anime setting comes from known cliches and formulas used in this RPG/Gaming type of Anime shows. This way, it’s difficult to explain why it hooked me more than shows like Goblin Slayer, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Merc Storia, among others.
But first let me explain to you what I want to say with cliches, formulas, etc.
In The Surface The Rising of the Shield Hero is Average
Sorry, but there is no other way to put it. First, the setting starts from a generic formula overused in RPGs. 4 people are summoned to a fantasy world as the heroes that have the power to conquer all evil. See… Overused!
In this type of setting, there are some differences. Sometimes they are all mages and each one has the power of a certain elemental, others will have specific weapons like what happens in The Shield Hero. We have a lancer, a swordsman, a shield bearer and an archer… Basically what you normally need when fighting as a party in a game where there are no mages.
But, it doesn’t end there. Right afterward, we see that Naofumi Iwatani, our main character is, from the beginning, the weakest link. In fact, after half an episode we see that he is able to go even lower and start his adventure completely from zero while the other heroes have some sort of advantage. It’s the generic Shounen Hero right here! Someone who starts from nothing and is not accepted by others. Normally, these characters will start training hard as hell and become the most powerful ones, which basically is what seems to have been settled on this first episode.
Basically, it’s the combination of what we are used to seeing as a setting from games with also a cliché version of the generic main character from Shounen Anime shows. Moreover, the episode 1 plot and story setting are not perfect.
The Anime will be, probably, above average. So, why did The Rising of the Shield Hero hooked me?
Naofumi Iwatani, The Shield Hero
I think I’m in love! Naofumi is the reason I liked the episode so much! Thank god he is the main character, that means we will be seeing a lot more! There is something about him that really makes the difference. It’s true that in the beginning is a little bit of a moron and the only person who wasn’t able to see he was being played. But, gotta love how naive he is! I mean, he doesn’t even drink alcohol! Even when the girl who he finds hot as hell askes him to do it.
It is also true that his character change is abrupt. But, it does make sense! Moreover, I prefer this darker side of him that the goody-goody who doesn’t say anything and let’s get played by everyone. Although quick, it was satisfying to see him go from total noob to being able to beat 3 guys in an alley by the end of the episode.
It’s also nice to see that even though he won’t take any bulls**t anymore, he still has his heart in the right place and will do things right… Unless you try to cross him, then he will set you right!
So yeah, for me, the Anime will be different than others because of the main character. It’s true that I’m also interested to see the overall plot, how his shield will become this massive weapon, and all that jazz. However, that is a plot which you can get similar ones by watching other Anime shows. However, a Naofumi Iwatani… there is only one *sigh*.
How About You?
Did you watch The Rising of the Shield Hero episode? What are your thoughts about it? Have you ever have an Anime that shines more just because of a certain character? Tell me all in the comments!