Tate no yuusha no nariagari light novel translation
盾の勇者の成り上がり 1 [Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari, #1] by Aneko YusagiThere are a great many stories out there with the premise of the protagonist being transported to another world. Its almost something that is no originality at times, like a ho-hum premise. I dont agree with this attitude, mind you, but it is prevalent enough too have caused some writers to try to be creative. Such an effort have produced some unique twists on the premise.
For instance, in the story Re:Zero, the protagonist is sent to another world with very little fantasy world capabilities beyond his intelligence and the power to die and start over from a save point. Also, the story has other dark turns by deconstructing many of the elements from this type of genre.
The Rising of the Shield Hero is no different in the notion of having a different approach to this scenario. It is about young men taken and sent to be the heroes of a land in danger. Three of these heroes have something special in their backgrounds that can help them succeed. Our protagonist, Naofumi Iwatani, however, does not. Beyond this, the other three heroes are complete man children. Meanwhile the main character is one who begins kindly but becomes - at least on the surface - kinda mean. He has a valid reason for how this happens, though not for why he does some of the things he does. This reason is the unique turn this tale takes.
As a story begins, the two words to describe Naofumi are idealistic and geeky. He is cheerful and kind. Then the fantasy world stomps on him mercilessly. He is accused of a horrific crime, had his name run through the mud, tricked and stolen from, and stripped of everything but the bare necessities needed to perform his role as a hero. Because of this, he turns into a snarky, somewhat amoral, young man whose main goal is to survive and protect himself. The world or the needs of others be damned. At least, thats how he seems, but inside he is a hero, whether he realizes it or not.
As the people in this new world continue to be cruel, Naofumi eventually finds those that truly love and trust him. Unfortunately, he is unable to recognize this given the trauma and emotional whirlwind he is suffering under. Despite this, he is a good guy and with the very selfish actions of others, including the other heroes, he might be the only hope of the world that summons and yet spurns him.
As one can clearly see, the story is actually quite intense, and a nice spin on what many see (though as I stated, I dont agree) as a tired genre. Along with this twist, the story has some pretty good characterization. For instance, Naofumi and Raphtalia are nicely fleshed-out characters. You can get an understanding of what theyre thinking and why. For Naofumi, this is incredibly heart-wrenching, and yet also incredibly funny. He really puts forth the tropes of the sour and snark knight.
The villains and other antagonistic characters are shown in their full evil, and there is no backing away from how bad they are, especially in the two side stories. At the same time, there is also not any overly dark focus on the enormius evils some do. The dark is shown but not wallowed in.
Despite all the the above, in the end, many of the tropes of such hero summoned to another world tales are played straight. And Naofumi, for all of his bitterness, cynicism and so forth, is a genuine hero.
I have to say that the world-building was also good. The author manages to design some pretty neat ideas for the world based off of it being like a game, thus showing both a good imagination and a deep knowledge of RPGs. This all added to the fun flavor of the narrative.
The Rising of the Shield Hero is an interesting story of redemption for a character who is truly harmed, and thus almost turns bad, but despite all that is a true hero.
I Highly Recommend this book.
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The Rise of the Shield Hero
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A collaboration with Bakahou, Yoraikun and various other translators. Each of the heroes were respectively equipped with their own legendary equipment when summoned. Naofumi coincidentally received the Legendary Shield as his weapon. Unfortunately, on his third day Naofumi was betrayed, falsely accused, and robbed by the said teammate. Thus, his destiny in a parallel World begins…. Chapter 1 and 2 are linked with each other somehow.
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