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!

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The Rise of the Shield Hero
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Yari no Yuusha no Yarinaoshi (Side Stories)
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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 slaves 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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