The Rising of the Shield Hero

The Rising of the Shield Hero

The Rising of the Shield Hero

English Title: The Rising of the Shield Hero
Japanese Title: 盾の勇者の成り上がり — “Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari”
Author: Aneko Yusagi
Illustrator: Minami Seira
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Original Run: August 2013 – ongoing
English Run: September 2015 – ongoing
Japanese Publisher: MF Books (Media Factory)
English Publisher: One Peace Books
Volumes Published in Japanese: 16 (In Progress)
Volumes Published in English: 7 (In Progress)
Average Price Per Volume: Paperback $11 — Kindle $9

Synopsis: 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!

Volume 1
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Volume 2
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Volume 3
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Volume 4
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Volume 5
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Volume 6
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Volume 7
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Reviews of The Rising of the Shield Hero
Vol 1 — English Light Novels

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28 responses to “The Rising of the Shield Hero

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  2. To those looking to buy this volume in the UK, at the time of writing it can be ordered here, and as far as I can tell, absolutely nowhere else:
    Postage is £2.00.

    Wordery has the manga companion but not the light novel, book depository it is out of stock, amazon marketplace and ebay have sellers (in the US) but only at extortionate prices, waterstones has no relationship with OPB, Anime On Line doesn’t stock it, rakuten doesn’t stock it, amazon doesn’t stock it, Foyles doesn’t stock it (yes I was getting desperate)…

    Anyway, I’ve placed my order. Here’s hoping that the book is worth all that hassle.

  3. I really hope this gets a complete translation. I’ve read about half of the first volume now and it’s one of my favorite light novels already.

    • Four volumes are already planned for release, so I imagine if those sell well enough One Peace Books will continue on with the rest of the series.

  4. Hi there! I am looking for Manga & Anime bloggers and stumpled across your blog. I couldn’t find your email here, could you please shoot me an email: alysonburston[at] — It’s regarding writing about Anime/Manga type of offer. This isn’t spam by the way. Thank you.

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    • Hmm, I’m still reading August 23rd on Amazon (US), B&N, and Book Depository. But it doesn’t really matter at this point — it’s out now either way.
      Glad to hear you enjoyed the first volume!

  8. Just curious, but why does it not have “Similar Premise (sent from real world to fantasy world)” under the Suggestions?

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