Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (WN)


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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!

Associated Names
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The Rise of the Shield Hero
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In a World Without Life (Shared Universe)
Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (LN) (Light Novel)
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freedom1x rated it
February 16, 2018
Status: c386
This is a good novel to start with, if you are making transition from Anime to manga, then manga to novel.

After getting tired of unfinished anime, you went to find their manga counter parts. And find yourself wanting to read more manga to end up feeling like what you have felt in anime. And maybe came to the conclusion that light novel/ web novel might help you remedy those feeling of being lost on what to do next after reading something unfinished or yet to be translated/ subbed.

This is a... more>> good novel to practice your imagination. Easy to understand and somehow can be related to typical anime/manga.

Have fun reading, Which you will be. <<less
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Horoscope rated it
October 28, 2017
Status: c386
This story is far from perfect, yet I found it enjoyable.

The revenge part is carried strongly until a certain point in the story. Eventually, it comes to an 'end', and lingering prejudices bring forth some minor conflict here and there. The middle part of the story is weighed down with slice of life like stories. However, they fit in relatively smoothly, not forced and unrealistic like most.

This particular take on weak to strong is unique

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While there is a kind of grinding involved in getting stronger slowly, the MC (as well as other characters) also can get stronger through sacrificing their sanity, which is unique. This also puts emphasis on having friends nearby, to pick you up when you fall down.


If I were to summarize this story, it would be 'satisfying'. Not perfect, but it is very satisfying when there is a purpose behind every event, and there is weight and careful thinking behind the MC's actions.

There is a romance aspect, but it is carried out in a way that is nice to watch, and isn't explicitly harem. The MC isn't dense either. The romance is done slowly and steadily but, however, it might disappoint some people in the end.

As soon as he hooks up, the story ends. It also says that he got roped into other relationships in the end as well, which is strange.


In conclusion, the story starts off very strong, gets a bit less intense towards the middle, and then explodes gloriously towards the end, bringing back the revenge aspect in an unexpected way.

Really liked it. The best way to enjoy it, in my opinion, is to be prepared for a constant change in status quo in the storyline. Everything keeps changing and happening at once. Enemies become allies, friends perish, and new characters are constantly introduced.


There is also a quick jab at the reincarnation genre, highlighting it's sloppiness and inconveniences.

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Tet rated it
September 16, 2017
Status: Completed
Shield Hero (Tate no Yuusha) is easily one of the greatest (if not the greatest) transported to another world fantasy stories out there.

The main character doesn't act like a crappy otaku who is living his dream in this fantasy world. This is all do to the events of the first couple of chapters that make him into a bit of a cynical and distrusting person. This is great because it is refreshing to have a main characters who isn't after every girl in the story.

The story is well made. Nothing... more>> too different, but still enough twists to make it enjoyable and unique. Four Heroes are summoned and have to fight off these waves of monsters, etc... We get great character development and a very satisfactory redemption of Naofumi and revenge towards those who did him wrong.

Is there romance? Yes there is, but it takes a very long time to develop. This is fine though because it doesn't come off as unnatural or sudden. Plus, they make a great couple.

There is an anime in the works, and frankly I can't wait for it. I've been slowly buying the light novels as they come out in my country, and I only buy something if I really like it. <<less
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Rapture rated it
July 28, 2017
Status: c386
Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari is by far one of the best stories I've ever read. It might start off slow but the time invested into it definitely pays off. This story was a gateway for me to start reading other novels because I had only initially tried to read it because the manga adaption was taking too slow. I would recommend it.
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calebra rated it
May 20, 2017
Status: Completed
Shield hero was a series filled with betrayal, despair, and revenge. There are a lot of a**holes you will want to stab to death when you read this. Though there are also good people like Raphtalia and Firo that you'll thank the heavens for letting the protagonist meet them.

Because of the betrayal the main character, Naofumi, experienced in the beginning, he turned into some anti-hero guy with a bad mouth. This also explains his lacking sense of taste (in the beginning - because he didn't find any joy in living... more>> in that world) and his lack of interest in women (because it's a b*tch who betrayed him in the first place). He is by no means dense. It just won't register in his head unless he gets over his "trauma" of his experience when he was first summoned in that world.

While the story was good, the light novel is apparently better because of the improved writing and fleshed out characters and better developments in the story. And I do agree that a lot of the events could've worked out better if the author gave more details in those (some parts just progressed way too smoothly for my liking).

There are boring arcs that almost made me want to not read them,

town building with demi-human s*aves and the part where he gets taken over by the weird shield that made him extremely smart - actually didn't enjoy the town building this time even though it's one of my favorite tags. Sad.

but it goes back to normal again after that and you can continue enjoying the fights and adventure this story originally offered.

Regarding the ending,

I feel a bit complicated about this. For me, it didn't feel like a choice Naofumi would make or maybe I just felt like that kind of ending came out of the left field and didn't fit in how the story was written and how it progressed till then (this is about them becoming gods).

This actually made me hesitate reading the official light novel. I was thinking of waiting for the official Japanese publication to end and search some spoilers on the internet to find out if it ends the same way. Depending on the opinions on this, I might not read the official English publication (ironic how I only decided to read this webnovel because I wanted to compare the differences when I read the official one).

It's an okay read if you have time on your hands and enjoy the tears and despair of humans being betrayed and also the sweet feeling of satisfaction of having their revenge. Just read the light novel if you want better writing though. <<less
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sleib rated it
February 8, 2016
Status: --
if you hate the MC who can't attack properly and lack of proper action and badassness don't read it. If you like overly dense hero when it comes to women and whose pet is giant chicken read it. Well I do not like it!!!
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