Rising of the Shield Hero: A Postmortem | Glass Reflection

Rising of the Shield Hero: A Postmortem | Glass Reflection

SEASON TWO BEFORE HE SHAT ALL OVER IT? The world may never know. So Shield Hero is a thing. It’s a Fantasy Isekai anime from January
of 2019 about a guy who gets transported to another world, gets mysterious video game like powers and
is tasked with the inevitable mission to save the world from destruction or else….? The initial premise of the series really isn’t
all that much to write home about and while my words on the topic will probably
seem quite negative on the work, it’s not because Shield Hero is “technically”
all that bad, but rather to me it’s just infuriating… My initial thoughts on the series was that
it was a barebones mishmash of well-established iseki tropes that tries
to disguise itself as something truly good by just having far better production quality
then it deserves. You can also call this the Sword Art Online
effect. Because we have to get that joke in here somewhere. When a well written work gets an above average
level of production it becomes a masterpiece that can transcend all, even years after its release,
Shield Hero did not seem like that to me at all when I first watched it. It’s
pretty, yes, and its soundtrack is phenomenal (which I’m saying because I think it is
and not because I’ve actually had sushi with the composer and think he’s a great
bloke). But as far as a piece of entertainment I felt like Shield Hero was just an example
of someone chucking a bunch of money at it with hopes that over-producing it will have
a good effect. Which arguably it did. It’s still trending relatively well on Crunchyroll’s
popular anime tab despite it being 3 months since the show ended, sitting just
under a show that is STILL airing. or was when I took that screenshot. Also the fact that the Shield Hero ad loaded
while I was taking this screenshot is just *chef’s kiss* But here’s the thing, I wanted to try something
new with this video, while it should be very clear that I have
major problems with this series, and if that’s not clear yet it might be
soon, I do realise that it does still hold a semblance of popularity and interest. So rather than
simply disregard the likes of those people for whatever reason, I wanted to see if I could figure out if some
of my major problems with the series are just personal gripes that I have. Are
there highlights to the show that potentially could be major positives for some people that
I can’t see because I can’t get over either my own problems or biases? And really
I just want to know, to be able to explain to myself why people like show in a way that
I can rationalize when I personally had to stop multiple times during my watch
through because of things I found insufferable. So Ladies, Gentlemen and others, my name is
Arkada and welcome to Glass Reflection where today we are looking at the first season
of the 2019 adaption for The Rising of the Shield Hero. Let’s Jam. Hey, if you couldn’t figure it out by this
point, there’s a decent chance I’m going to be spoiling things about the
plot of the series for a variety of reasons. If that bothers you feel free to stop now.
Otherwise carry on! Let’s start a bit backwards so that we can
properly begin with the obvious good points; the things that I’d like to hope are objectively
positive. The animation production was handled by the crew over at Kinema Citrus,
coming off the successes of both the depressing fantasy adventure that was Made in Abyss from 2017,
and last year’s musical extravaganza Revue Starlight. As such it shouldn’t be controversial to
say that Shield Hero looks gorgeous, from top to bottom the designs of the characters
and backgrounds alongside the action animation and even UI elements
make the series land on a step higher then its genre contemporary’s. I’m using contemporary’s like this is an old show, what’s wrong with me… The music and sound design is equally of high
quality, though this here is even where I start getting into my issues.
Listening to the soundtrack on its own, you can get the feeling of the kind of show
Shield Hero wants to be, but the issues I have are two fold even if
they are personal gripes. One, while listening to the soundtrack after
having watched the show I could never get that like playback feeling in my head
where I can imagine what was happening in the episode at the time this
song was playing. Contrast that with Made in Abyss by both the
same studio and composer and that’s very different as I can joyfully recall the majority of narrative
beats from the series just from hearing the soundtrack. While I don’t claim to be an expert on music
or how it can benefit the narrative, but in my layman opinion, especially in the
early episodes I kept feeling like the soundtrack wasn’t given room to breathe in the same
way that others do. I went into the series knowing that I would
probably love the soundtrack given it’s pedigree but could honestly say that after the first
3 or 4 episodes that I didn’t remember any of the music from those episodes. I can listen
to the OST on its own and love it but I just felt in the show itself it got pushed
to the sidelines, which is a real shame. What I’m saying is go listen to the soundtrack,
it’s literally like the best thing here. Alright so, with the obvious good points out
of the way I wanted to move onto the elements I personally had a lot of problems with. I
know what a lot of other people have problems with as far as the narrative of the show is
concerned and rather than regurgitate the majority of that I wanted to elaborate on my issues
which in some ways aligns with those people’s thoughts but maybe just from a different angle. I’ve been able to pair down my problems
with Shield Hero to two main issues. We could argue and discuss other issues and
their relevance and be here all day, but most of them in my mind come down to two
factors: The Pacing, and the Main Character. The Pacing is…..*sigh* Well to bring up the SAO comparison again,
it too decides that time jumping and quickly moving from major
story beat to major story beat in leu of actually taking a moment to breathe and
let us see how the characters live in this world, is the right way to have us enamored by its
characters. The plot as a general “we have to save the world” story is restricted
in that the end of the world comes in waves. Literal waves of enemies appear after a set
amount of time and they are either defeated by the heroes, or the world is destroyed.
With each wave scaling in difficulty like this is a Tower Defense game the waves
would almost make good bookends on various acts but the writing has other
plans. The characters could spend the arc either learning something new about the laws of the
world, building up to a brand new challenge of the next wave. But we don’t get that. The first wave we experience is after,
what can best be described as a montage. Time skips forward like a month in the third
episode just so we can get to the wave and hopefully progress the story beyond it. Now you can argue that nothing interesting
could happen in that month and doing a training montage instead just saves time
to get to the more meaty bits of the story, but I would instead argue that this month
would have been a perfect time to do a bunch of world building. Like at this point we are only at the third
episode, we know very little about this fantasy world and even how the gaming mechanics properly
function. Naofumi keeps getting new functions for his shield but we never get to see him
use much if any of them. He just sort of has them for future battles
like a McGuffin that comes in handy with just the right shield for the situation
that they happened to pick up off screen. We haven’t even really by this point explained
what the shield hero is exactly, so what’s his purpose or place in the group
of heroes? Are there other places in the world besides
the country they started in? and what I thought would have been super important
for Naofumi to try and find out around this time, what is the history of the Shield Hero and
why were people against him before he even showed up? The slightly more frustrating thing in hindsight
is that most of these questions aren’t even answered after the whole first season.
But instead of any of that, the pacing of the story suffers because the
story keeps trying to skip ahead to what it feels like is the more interesting
bits, without realizing that well at least for me what Shield Hero thinks is important storytelling
is the same kind of thing that enrages me as a viewer. Which leads us
to our second point. Naofumi is an asshole. What is the purpose of the main character?
Especially in an action series such as this? The main character is one who the audience
is supposed to either relate too in experiences or at least show empathy toward and want to
cheer for. When our main characters eventually find themselves
against almost impossible odds, we the audience want to be able to cheer them
on, to hope and pray for their success even if, well of course the good guy is going to win
in the end. But that fact doesn’t matter because it’s the willpower and gumption
of our hero that wins us over. I didn’t get that with Naofumi. Like at
all. Hell when a new villain shows up to utterly
smack down the heroes into the dirt I should not be cheering for HER, pleading
YES JUST END THIS ALREADY. No I’m not biased because her name is Glass. This is like walking into a showing of Jaws
just to cheer for the shark. Like you can do it but it’s in no way what
the creators intended. Don’t get me wrong, I can see why many
people sympathize with Naofumi and why the show wants ME to be sympathetic.
He got dealt a bad hand. Nothing really goes right for him, he’s
ridiculed at every turn, and the story against him becomes stupidly predictable in a way that
is sighingly obvious. Like Any time, ANY TIME Naofumi is having
a good day, that exact scene leads into a brand new horrible situation
where the world is out to screw him and the question of WHY? Is one that the show pretty much refuses to
answer in a satisfying way. The king of the land has a bone to pick with
him from almost day one, seemingly with some kind of history or belief
that the Shield Hero is responsible for something tragic in his family but the
story, at least in the show, never wants to explain this. Malty is the first real antagonist for the
series, both by stealing all of Naofumi’s belongings and beginning his initial fall into disfavour
by all after falsely accusing him of sexual assault. But her motivations are never really explained. After the accusations she ends up joining
the Spear hero’s party as his second in command and she ends up wrapping him in her little
finger to help achieve her desires for more power among the nobility and potentially
the crown itself, but nothing makes it clear that framing Naofumi was necessary
for any of this, and her antagonistic attitude towards him just comes off as trite
and forced. Her schemes almost become laughable by how
cartoonish evil they sound and the only real explanation the show gives
is well… there’s no other antagonist and we don’t want to treat the waves as
this evil force without a face sooooooooooo here’s this bi**h! Now it also doesn’t help that virtually
everyone else in the show is an asshole too. The other Heroes keep moving on a scale from
just obvious, to negligibly incompetent. Naofumi makes a comment at one point that
they treat saving the world like it’s a video game and that’s pretty much dead on. Their behavior
both to the mission, their party, and each other is recognizable to anyone who’s been in
hard-core MMO raiding team before. But not the parties that actually get world
firsts. Which is half the problem. From the moment they take two steps into the
world they have an air and attitude like they know exactly what they are doing,
that they are the best people for the job, and that everyone else should bow before their
awesomeness. Because they are the heroes! They get it set in their minds what the best
way to do something is and they will smack their faces into the wall continually
despite any evidence to the contrary. They have gaming knowledge and experience
sure, but I got the feeling like they are far more used to following the guides of other
gamers and re-iterating it back to their party like they came up with the
strategy in the first place. Like the guy who shows up to a blind run of
a savage raid, having already seen a walkthrough, and lambasts anyone else for not seeing the
“Obvious” mechanics that they themselves “just innately knew”. which is all bullshit Problem being in this case there is no guide for
them to follow, so they muddle their way through and take all the credit
at the end. The Second wave had them be completely incompetent
and help with exactly zilch in defeating both the actual boss and Glass
when she makes her appearance. You’d think that this would be the sobering
experience for them, telling them that perhaps their current strategies need improvement
and that if the guy without a weapon who’s under-leveled to boot could do so
much better then them that something needs to change. That they need to, what’s the words? But no, they don’t change, if anything they
double down. When the third wave comes around we see them
get blasted away and need to be saved by their NPC party members.
Only to infuriatingly waltz up at the end expecting the good loot. Several characters constantly state throughout
the series that the four heroes need to team up to even have a chance to save
the world, but at least in this first season having not looked at the manga or the Light Novel there’s no concrete evidence shown that
this is a winning strategy at all. But how does everyone else being an asshole
make Naofumi an asshole? Is he not just a victim of circumstance, who
like almost every action hero before him overcomes adversity to prevail against evil?
Or something like that? True, yes that does happen, but in the most
spiteful and begrudging way possible. Now this is where and why I feel like my enjoyment
of this show is hampered compared to actual fans of the series. I have particular notions as to what a hero
is and how roughly a hero should act. While they are not as rigid like the D&D Alignment
type rules where one expects heroes to be Lawful goodie goodies, and I
don’t deny the role that anti-heroes can have in stories, there is a particular
way I expect heroes to take the high ground when possible. Naofumi is the kind of guy that goes
low at pretty much every opportunity. Again, the argument in his favor is that most
of the time he is only responding to people with the same level of antagonism that is
shown to him, and why should he attempt to be respectful or show any level of decency
when he himself is given none. Why take the high ground, when he can go low, get what he wants and then still have the satisfaction that he was able to toss that last little bit of extra dirt. and if you want to go that way, sure. For me this is why I can’t relate to him,
why I can’t cheer for him, why there came a point when I stopped looking
at the actions of those against him with a belief that they were being completely
unfair and started just thinking. Yep. That’s rough buddy. Because Naofumi has already shown me that
there’s a good possibility that if he had the power and ability from
the get go, he’d probably be just as spiteful as those he is against. He just never seems to have the upper hand. Now I want to somehow think positively for
a moment. I also like to think that a character under
the right circumstances can be redeemed through their actions. I’d like to think that someone who started
off as an absolute asshole can properly heal turn in to a half decent
human being by the end. There are plenty of examples throughout popular
culture where real villains and antagonists can become if not lovable heroes, but at least
understood entities that even if we can see why they are evil
and understand that they can’t ever be good, we don’t fault them so much as the experiences
through which they went through to get to where they are. Redemption arcs are very much a well-known
thing so I’d like to assume that one of the reasons why people find enjoyment
with this series is because unlike me people can forgive actions Naofumi
makes because a future redemption is presumed. That his actions towards Raphtalia and Filo
end up changing his attitude for the better so that eventually, when distanced far enough
from the elements of the world that gave him so much grief, that he can slowly
over the course of the story become a better person. But in this case it’s not something the
story had anywhere near enough time to showcase. While I can try to be optimistic and think
that the recently announced seasons 2 and 3 will be able to take a semblance of character
redemption and properly put it into place, not just for Naofumi but for the rest of the
Heroes as well so that they eventually can become a team and save the world, I have
nagging suspicions that it won’t happen this way. Which, is the underlying issue that I think
really factors into if you are both likely to watch and enjoy the series, as well as look forward to more of the show
being adapted. There are plenty of people who dropped the
show after the first three episodes or didn’t even start the show at all because
they heard of both what happens to Naofumi and how he reacts. How the show and the characters frame him,
both narratively and literally, and how the series tries to set itself apart
from others in the genre. I think there is a line for most people of
how far a character can go before they are considered irredeemable and for many
Naofumi and Shield Hero as a series crossed that line almost instantly. But there are
others who can get through the series and either believe that a kind of redemption for Naofumi
IS in the cards, or believe that he has been completely justified since the
beginning. Their line is a lot further out, Maybe a lot further out. and the show hasn’t or may never cross the
line for those people. I can’t speak for them. I can only speak for my own personal opinion
on the series and whether I am looking forward to more.
Something which, I can at least say for now I’m not EXCITED for more shield
hero. But I don’t carry the same rage and frustration towards it that I did at the beginning. I
am of the mindset that even if Naofumi gets redemption or moves in that direction there’s still
plenty about the world of Shield Hero that stops it from being an enjoyable show
for me. Outside Naofumi’s party and really the proper
otherworldly antagonists, there is almost no one in the supporting cast
I care about. The other heroes are continually acting in
idiotic ways, and in fact my opinion of them has only worsened with
every appearance. The Queen’s actions and choices have been
extremely questionable, I just feel like, even if I can come to like
Naofumi, which is an extremely hard sell, then I still might want him to fail anyways
because I keep finding myself cheering for the “bad guys”, so really that’s my problem, I just don’t care enough. What would I say to watch instead? Oh boy,
I’m not sure. There are plenty of other shows in the genre
that I think do similar things but just better like Log Horizon or even Re;Zero. So check
those out if you haven’t. Really though, I think one recommendation
I have might seem a bit out there. But if you haven’t watched Bokurano yet,
I’d highly recommend it. Mostly because when Shield Hero has been giving
us a taste of where it’s going with Glass and her party against Naofumi and the heroes
of his world, I can’t help but think that it’s going down a very similar path
that Bokurano did, but nowhere near as good. So while Bokurano is far more drama and mecha
focused the events that happen to that world and those elements might play
a factor in Shield Heroes future plot. So it’ll be a good comparison if Shield
Hero does indeed go down that route. If I’ve interested you in Shield Hero enough
for you want to check it out yourself and form your own opinion then you can check
it out over on Crunchyroll Also, should you prefer the manga and Light Novel upon which all of this was based perhaps to see if that would give you a different outlook on that material as a whole Both of them are available from our good friends over at Bookwalker! There will be a coupon code in the description
for first time users of their service should you require it. So please check that out. I am very sorry to people to love Shield Hero
to pieces. I know you are out there, and don’t think
worse of you, but there are just things about it that I can’t get over, can’t
forgive, and while I’m leaving it open for perhaps the later seasons to impress me, I’m really not
optimistic. But I’ll give it a shot. Why? because I have the support to be able
to do so from the wonderful people who support me on Patreon! Man that was a horrible segue… Specifically though, I want to give particular
shout-outs to patrons Hector Montemayor, Siri Yamiko, Ryefan Boneapart, Rune Jachobson,
Calhoonboy , and Richard Bradley for being especially awesome. You guys are
great! So that’s it from me, feel free to go down into the comments and tell me how wrong I am. Tweet at me too! I sure as hell won’t block you. And ladies,
gentlemen, and others – watch more anime…and stay frosty.

100 thoughts on “Rising of the Shield Hero: A Postmortem | Glass Reflection

  1. I read to volumen 10, okay-ish overall, volumen 1 and 2 set the expectations high but after that it felt average, not in a bad way mind you i enjoyed reading it but i never got that itch of what will happend next

  2. well… i liked this show, I thought it was a different take on the whole isekai.

    besides, i think its a genuine way someone would act as if the rest of the world is an asshole to you, you are more of an asshole to them. But i think he`s real good nature shines because even when he is an asshole to the world, he will be one who actually cares to save the world he is in.

    besides Raptalia is the best

    all he`s deeds come back to help him, all the towns he saved, and the soldiers that saw the real him, rally behind him. I think the rest of the heroes are just canon foder, they are not meant to be anything but a stepping stone.

  3. I'll agree with the pacing, but when you're trying to get a certain amount of content adapted into anime more often then not you can find yourself with those issues. The rest I think just comes down to personal preferences in a very specific type of hero you want, and there are subtle hints that could have been easily overlooked that do allude to questions you had (some being straight up answered by the end). I guess you could say that its not for everyone? But I think there's always going to be issues with adapting novels or even manga to anime, we see that happen even with movies and tv shows based on books.

  4. I think a lot of this has to do with adaptation. Which is unfortunate because i agree that the anime could have been so much more regardless of how well it did anyway

  5. From a story telling perspective the biggest sin was the lack of world building. I agree that the animosity for the shield hero should have been explained. It wasn't. The consequences of losing to the waves should have been explained. It wasn't. The other 3 heroes should have been given at least some semblance of remediable or relatable qualities. They weren't. I watched it all the way through hoping someone would become a decent human being or at least some of the mystery of this magical near-mmo world would be explained. It got to episode 19 and dropped straight into the trash. The fight that spanned 19 and 20 not only had a surprise reveal that we were given no hints at, but was also so poorly choreographed that I was actually confused by who was suppose to be where and how much time was actually passing. After that, the show stopping having any human element all together and started being about generic RPG tropes. When the characters NOT in a video game say they need to LEVEL UP you've lost me. Good video. Glad I'm not the only one mad about the parts of the story that could have been good, but fell flat on their face instead.

  6. You can like a show because it's entertaining, and still recognize it has major flaws. I know Shield Hero is a garbage dumpster fire, but sometimes… you just wanna see an asshole be right.

  7. My personal hypothesis about the popularity of Shield Hero is that compared to OTHER go to another world stories, it is better. But this is less about Shield Hero being exceptionally good, but rather that with everything else being so bad; the bar is just so low that Shield Hero looks better than it actually is by comparison. I consider Shield Hero to just be, ok. Not great, not horrible, just ok.

  8. My problems with Shield Hero are admittedly a bit more surface level? I just find it constantly does the dumb thing that annoys me instead of the interesting thing I would've liked.

    The protag only has a shield, so I guess he'll be a tank or a Captain America? Nope, he's a utility mage with a ill-defined spell catalogue. Oh hey, I like this cute raccoon child, she is very cute and endearing. Oh wait now she's just a teenaged waifu who's in love with protag. Dopey chicken could be a fun mute animal character like Appa or something. Oh wait no, it's an annoying loli now (side-note, Naofumi's whole fucking crew is lolis, it's kinda ridiculous). Oh thank god, that bitch is finally getting put on trial, can't wait for her to get exiled and "SHAME"d through the city street- oh wait no let's just call her names and let her stay in the castle after literally trying to stage a coup d'etat and murder your religion's holiest figures.

    Like, holy shit. It consistently never did the things I was hoping it would do.

  9. Dude I really like most of your videos but at some parts it looked like you fell asleep in the little scenes that gives information… Other part is the "super duper good guy" you want the protagonist to be. This is a story where the protagonist doesn't want to be taken advantage of again, so is only normal that he would at least try to not look like he is some naive hero trying to help everyone, actually the bow hero it's most of the time screwing things because of his naive nature (also for being an attention whore).

    In the end there are multiple occasions where we can see that the protagonist has still a little of his good intentions he had from the beginning (like when he saves Melty).

    I can't even imagine what would you think of dungeon seeker if it ever gets an anime based on the novel (cuz the manga it's trash)…

  10. I do prefer Naofumi as a character over Subaru, though at least Re:Zero had plenty of decent supporting characters. Meanwhile, Shield Hero has Raphtalia and Filo for being decent supporting characters. I like both Shield Hero and Re:Zero anyways.

  11. shield hero is shit. When you make SAO look FUCKING FANTASTIC you have failed at life and need to commit Seppuku. Please make a video of it and have someone post it on liveleaks please to whom it make concern.

  12. Arkada apologies but after watching this video i rewatched the whole of shield hero and still enjoyed it XD I think you just hate naofumi lol

  13. I personally like Naofumi being an Asshole MC, actually hate that the anime toned down his Hatred, it even ruined the Queen's Character to redeem Naofumi. I agree with some of your points, but I still personally enjoy the show.

  14. please i dont like sao anymore then any other hater of the show but as a life long gamer them jumping to action right away to get out makes more sense then "oh im stuck in a game let me sit in this chair and eat a sandwich" the gamer mentality would still be fresh, so them acting like its normal life right away would be unlikely to happen. that isnt saying they dont understand the risk, it just hasn't sank in or they are ignoring it to get out as soon as possible. its not until some time passes when they are forced to slow down and think about living in the game and deal with the risks. TL;DR: gamers would play the game before living like its real life

  15. I need to say this, it is refreshing to hear someone dislike the show, and I absolutely love it. It's a very polarizing topic. You either love you or you hate it. There are those of us that really resonate with Naofumi because we can understand where his hatred is coming from. I had to give the series a few episodes before it caught on for me.

  16. I love shield hero because we actually see how low down and hateful the main character is. Instead of being evil just for Ep 3 and turning good after a good speech. I'm exaggerating of course, still we see what path giving into our hate could lead towards this season. I agree with the problems glass has with the show. I hope it'll get better and I'm doing this so apologies for any bad. grammar. Loved your review.

  17. Now about Shield Hero, I see why people would have a problem with Naofumi in particular, I understand why but still don't really agree. I don't see a need for a hero to act like a hero should and even so when it most matters Naofumi acts the part, just not trying to be better than his enemies, yes he doesn't do things for the common folk for the "good of his heart" most of the time (asking for compensation every time) but he does need to be ready for the next waves so it's not like he can simply use up his time and not getting anything back.But he is mostly fair, actions speak louder than words and Naofumi certainly wants to look like a jerk, better be feared, respected, than loved, makes sense gives everything that happened to him but he isn't as bad a guy as his mouth would lead you to believe. It feels more like a facade than anything, one he puts up to make sure people don't step on him again and I see no problem with him not being a goody two shoes and actually fighting back at his enemies with what he can, it may very well be the thing I most like about him. He won't simply stay silent while people attack him, he will fight back if he has too but he doesn't really want to do to that to anyone for free and he never really tried to seriously take revenge on anyone, he didn't go out of his way to destroy Myne or the king for example. I think the way he doesn't put up with these things may be the most relatable aspect of him, at least for me.

  18. It is so very hard to listen to your criticism having read all available LN and WN. So I understand where u are coming from having just watched the show it kills me to have you say that naofumi felt irredeemable

  19. 9:36 Dude, you have not watched this show. Also, those questions were answered and you ignored nearly EVERYTHING that is good about this show. Why do you not believe that Raptalia is best girl? Why do you not see Noaftumi's character arc in the beginning of the show and his struggle throughout the show to be capable of trusting people again. Or how about how the three other Heroes are cookie-cutter stereotypes of other Isekai protagonist and we get to laugh at them for falling on their heads by their stupid mindsets. Watch Anime America, they gave a great review for this show. I think your elitism is blinding you from reality.

  20. Malty is sadistic, she sees him as a scrapegoat and takes pleasure in his suffering. She just wanted someone she can victimize and get away with it. She was born like that and even if you put a seal that will electrocute her when she lies, she will still lie.

  21. You're point about them not explaining what the history of the previous shield hero did is kind of null.
    In the second episode, Raphtalia has a flashback to her parents explaining that the shield hero has always been kind to demi humans. If this true in a chronic sense, it explains why the slave merchant seemed so eager to sell to naofumi and unsurprised that he chose a demi. This also explains why he was framed from the start, as this country treats demis like slaves or second class citizens and the shield heroes of the past obviously upset that hierarchy. We dont know if he led a rebellion or just indirectly encouraged uprisings, but it also doesnt really matter in the grand scale of the story. Naofumi probably was a little too busy during that month training and strategizing. A month isnt a long time to prepare for a large battle, especially if one doesnt have money from the coffers to support them. The pacing may have been better if that arbitrary time limit were longer, sure. But I feel the information given to us directly and indirectly are perfectly adequate to surmise what is going on past and present.

    I feel as though your complaint is that you needed this information given to you directly in dialogue or spoon fed to you in an expo dump.
    Shield hero does do a lot of its storytelling through imagry and indirect means. I feel as though it's a good thing, overall, because it makes the people of the story feel more organically part of their world and less like, well, characters from a storybook. But maybe I'm wrong.

    Also, for that matter, SAO does of its storytelling indirectly, and it's like critics just miss the breadcrumbs and take issue with the fact that the full story wasn't on their desk in A4 by 7am…

    Love you man. But maybe take a second look at the show and see if you missed anything.

  22. The Light novels do a lot more to develop the world and how Naofumi and co. live in it than the anime, sadly. As a reader it’s shocking just how much is cut in an attempt to “get to the good part” as you say, and even the fights are more simplistic and I feel, poorly animated. That being said the books sure don’t make him less of an asshole; the anime itself actually makes him less of an asshole. He is the pettiest man on fantasy Earth.

  23. So on one hand I agree. I can’t fully relate to Naofumi as I’ve idolized heroes since I was little. While I can’t support him taking the low road I can understand it considering how things started out for him. When it comes to him being a jerk. He became a jerk because of his circumstances. He was actually fairly positive and friendly, and unfortunately gullible at the beginning before he was betrayed by someone he naively put trust in. He remains a jerk because he now hates the world and no longer believes he can trust anyone. Part of his development is him gaining a team and realizing that he can actually trust them. That they won’t betray him like he expects everyone else to. I think it’s a nice exploration of the resentment that can come from bad circumstances that unfortunately happen but aren’t often even considered. Despite his often bad outward behavior, in the end he often does something good that gets hidden behind what looks like more selfish motives.

    As for world building. Yes I would like to know more and showing how he got important shields is a fair request, but I don’t feel I need it yet. One piece and attack on titan didn’t answer a lot of questions right away either.

    The reason the king and his daughter have a vendetta against him is that he is the shield hero which is basically considered something like a devil worshiper to their religion. So they are mistreating him out of religious fanaticism.

  24. I understand where you’re coming from, but I really like how it set him up, as I feel he shows he is compassionate and empathetic, just not towards people that have already written him off. It also kind of reminds me of arifuereta from common place to worlds greatest or rather the other way around, although arifueretas protagonist has maybe even less justification for being mad at the world. Although I’m really enjoying it too. Tho I guess one of my fave anime’s is sao I guess you might take my opinion with a grain of salt

  25. I enjoyed the manga but the show was hard to watch. They mangled the timeline and character development. But more than anything I couldn't take the non-stop flashbacks. It was like watching Shippuden again.

  26. Yes I find Naofumi to be asshole. However, what I found interesting about him as a character is that normally we don't get protagonists that have a personality like he does. While that's not enough on it's own to make the character interesting, they do pile so many things in his way that I can't help but want him to overcome this incredible amount of bad luck and ridiculous circumstances. The series was I think called the "dumpster fire that I can't stop watching" by Gigguk (though I could be misplacing that quote) and I feel that's the best way to describe it. I don't think it is objectively great, but it has this method of storytelling that, like SAO before it, draws the viewer into the world even if they don't do a good job of world building. I found myself binging the series in 2 big sittings because I didn't want to stop watching it. I'm not saying my opinion is correct and no one else can think otherwise, but this is how I see the series and I admit to it having many faults, but that isn't going to stop me from watching season two when it comes out and probably binging that too!

  27. GR,

    Having watched the anime, liked it, and only done highly limited reading of the manga. So 3 points I feel it worth commenting on…
    1) Season 1 does hit on why everyone is set against him. It's called religion. I think it was either following the episodes where they fought the pope, or around the trial where the show shares the whole religion based around 3 (not 4) heroes and explain why the wider population is against the shield hero in particular. Myne's motivations get explained as combining that religious ideology with a power play to become hier to the kingdom that drove her actions.
    2) Naofumi was still cleaned up in the anime from the manga. This is a point which I kind of understand why the changes were made. For the same reasons you laid out (there are certain things that are expected from a heroic character and some things that a hero just should never do). Naofumi's anime adaptation does push the limits for what many people deem acceptable, but his manga version kicks it up an extra notch when he responds to the demands from others with the same kind of spiteful disrespect that they gave him. One in particular was when he refused to fight with the other heroes against the pope, another was with the trial. There was a 3rd, but I'm forgetting it. Personally, I feel like the changes to the anime, while understandable, were a bit jarring for Naofumi's character, quite noticeable, and very annoying.
    3) In my opinion, Naofumi got his "redemption" by the end of the season when he became a landed lord. They really have him more or less drop his grudge against the world, the powers that summoned him as the shield hero, and all of those who have done wrong by him in the past (other heroes included) and strive for a more noble future for himself, the demi-humans, and his friends.

    That much said…
    I have to agree about the pacing and lack of time given to life in the new world. The anime is in such a rush to keep things moving forward and fresh that it has they have to do exposition at the same time they're trying to do action scenes. This SAO element was lost on me before, but since you called it out, I can definitely say it was there. The feudalism, political and religious structures, and economic factors (including international politics) is barely touched on and only revealed when absolutely necessary because some viewers (like me) didn't read the manga or LN before watching the anime, so they really had to or lose that portion of their audience.

  28. The 3 doofuses just happen to not have hit rock bottom yet in order for them to change. Also, Naofumi treats people that aren't against him quite decently.

  29. Your X pirivalges denies you the insight to see how this show works. Its like how the rich reacts to middle and lower class. Sad really.

  30. As an anime only, I agree with your points almost completely. In the end I was watching it every week only for the time I had already invested, but I couldn't even bother watching the very last episode because I wasnt really interested in the "plot" or attached to any character in particular.

    I wouldn't mind it getting a 2nd season if it wasn't for the fact that there are much better stories that never got to continue in anime form.

  31. The initial premise is interesting; it’s nice to see a hero despised off the bat but 1. It was too formulaic in execution for too long 2. It’s almost like the Royals and ALL the heroes are willing to put petty schemes against people they don’t really know ahead of the survival of the world 3. Lacks any real or rational motivation to support it. This motivation may be explained later but if it takes over six novels of material to explain or even form the motivations of the major characters (and I know Myne can’t be explored too deeply at this point but still) this shows a distinct weakness. And yeah, a hero, even an anti-hero, shouldn’t be so stubborn about a grudge which is minuscule next to the fate of a world. It is not Ragnarok, Arifureta, or other bottom tier isekai, in fact the animation and decent twist almost guarantee a ‘B’ tier, but it’s not got storytelling and characters to match Overlord/Konosuba/Log Horizon bear the top, either.

  32. Honestly as a shield hero fan I think the reason I like it is because of how it shakes up the isekai genre, admittedly I haven’t watched too many of them since the one that arguably started it all (sao) and when you compare naofumi to Kirito (kirito being a complete Gary Stu and naofumi while being admittedly a little op at times never feels like one because at pretty much every turn he’s treated like shit which is not the case for most Mary Sue type characters)

  33. I think Arkada pegged the reason why he didn't like it, and while others do–it's that he was looking for the MC to be a "hero" and act accordingly. But he's not, and that's somewhat by design. The MC is more of an anti-hero. It draws me back to my remembrance of reading Stephen Donaldson's The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series from… wow, 4 decades ago (published in 1977). The MC in that, IIRC, is also rather despicable at first (in fact, is even guilty of transgressions), and also IIRC, doesn't even embrace his expected role in overcoming the antagonist through most of it.

    So, if you like this show, or are considering it, I think that's the key–liking such anti-hero stories. The whole point, I guess (I'm no literary expert), of anti-hero stories is that the protagonist is supposed to be infuriating most of the time, though with glimmers of inner goodness/greatness that the story draws out. And I think I see that here. I don't see Naofumi as being an AH from the get-go. In fact, he seems quite nice. And he is generally very nice to his travelling companions, Melty being the exception, at least at first. But he's also someone who has a "heroic level" of being able to hold a grudge–something I think is very human, TBH. But by the end, I see the glimmers of his acceptance of the fact that he and the others need to work together, and his struggle to carry through with that given that it takes four to tango.

    And oh, I've seen enough toxic groups in MMOs that really relate to the other three heroes, who think they are much better at the game than they really are.

  34. Pacing in a story is definitely just a personal gripe. From what I know from watching plenty of reviewers videos is that pacing is definitely a very personal gripe that everyone has there own opinion on what is good and what is bad. And I know that technically everything is a personal opinion but pacing probably has the most agreeges examples personal taste taking over.

  35. Yes!!! Naofumi's an ASSHOLE… YES!!! But, compared to dense, SUPER OP MC, who are overly Self-righteous… I'd pick Naofumi 100% of the time.
    Who doesn't want a Bad Boy, right?

  36. I somewhat agree with you on the pacing issues and lack of answers(for now…). But I wholeheartedly disagree with naofumi's chaotic neutral (asshole) nature after the events of the first episode being a downside. First off it separates him from many isekai protagonists. Also in manga and light novel he tends to act even meaner in certain scenarios. Part of the story is how he slowly sees value in the world and becomes less jaded, mainly through his friends and those he helps. His assholish acts towards strangers or seemingly nice people is that because of Malty, the King, and everyone else hes very jaded and has a hard time trusting others, which makes sense. Cuz at first the last time he trusted someone he lost almost anything. He also doesn't seem to want to rely on people's praise, so hes less disappointed by the treatment of those who still discriminate against the shield. There is also the pragmatic factor: trying to get money out of everything so people are unlikely to abuse his willingness to help.

  37. I argue that Glass read the light novel so that he understand that the plot he got was near 1 to 1 plot. I would argue the second season would be one he loves cause all items are explained

  38. I was entertained, but then I'm not looking for anything deep. Yes, it was peculiar, why give the guy such a hard time. While leaving it unexplained, I was reminded of my high school days. Where the best explanation of disliking someone was, "I don't know, just because".

  39. I feel like youve miss read noafumi's character. He actually started off explaining what a good hearted person he was. He got good grades, looked after his brother ect. ect. Then got pulled into this world he knew nothing about, and didnt ask to be taken into. From the absolute beginning, the deck was stacked against him. He still tried to be positive, and do whats right, and then got blind sided with being robbed, and sexual assault. SERIOUS crimes in both worlds. The world, turned a good person black and bitter, and tries to slowly show you there is still good in him, without being all captain america about it like 100 other animes before it.

    The show isnt trying to present you with a hero. Its trying to present you with a normal, non gamer/nerd like person, being thrust into this situation and how they might act if it were you or me. The show is kinda trying to present it like game of thrones in a way. If your gonna take the high road at all costs, youll end up like ned stark. The show never explains why the world hates the shield hero, because they want you too feel the same frustration of the circumstances that HES facing.
    If you really pay attention, he does ALOT of good, in the ways thats more of a teach a man to fish approach. He made those towns folk gather money, then buy armor and weapons so they could fend for them selves. He purchased a sick slave then went above and beyond in raising and training her, so she could one day fend for her self and others when hes no longer around. He spared the king and princess and made them face the consequences of their actions instead of just giving them an out with death. Hes even tried to unify the other heroes and explain how their give a fish approach is actually hurting people. Your so busy hating on him for not being a white knight, your not bothering to look past the bit of rust on his armor. I would actually argue hes of the MOST relatable heroes out there for the average joe..

    THAT said, keep up the great content GlassR!

  40. Some of us enjoy not knowing everything up front, and enjoy watching things as they’re revealed. As for not sympathizing with Naofumi, I think a lot of it has to do with how much or how little that you’ve been shat upon by people and the world.

  41. Shield hero is bad. The other heros are horribly written/under written. The lance guy is a joke and they are all dumb. Why not make them a force to be reckoned with? or feared? or respected? Maybe not all of them have to be that way, but at least 1. The show has some of the worst writing and story tell i have seen in recent years. Is it watchable? i guess. Is it good? No.

  42. At one point in your review you mention that we never get an answer as to why the Shield Hero is hated on. I might be wrong but I believe we do get an answer. It is because the last Shield Hero was the one who protected demi-humans. Which is what Raphtalia is. If I remember correctly. I believe it was stated that there are other countries with hour glasses and that the waves are hitting other countries and not just the main country that the four were initially summoned to. I bet if Naofumi was summoned to a country that adored the Shield Hero. We would be seeing Naofumi in a whole other light. We learn that the country the four are summoned to initially has a church that worships the sword, spear and bow hero. Who try to take matters into their own hands feeling that the four have no lived up to their full potential. Wanting to eliminate them, in hopes of replacing them. This brings me to another point that you made stating that there is no evidence that if they work together as a team (all four heroes) that the outcome will change. This is demonstrated during their fight against the church. The only reason why they are even able to take a stand against the church is because they are working together. Despite all that I have said I still respect your opinion. Not everyone is not going to like everything. If we all liked the same series. The world would be a boring place.

  43. This was a guilty pleasure of mine because I was looking at it as a revenge fantasy. Seemed to get worse as time went on.

  44. Spoiler

    If u like bad guys win and hate here as a guy who read web novel and light novel,he will get demoted to star hero and then lose star weapon(legendary is better then star and star is better then vassal and vassal is better then nothing/adventurer) and he will end up killed also,by June's boyfriend and her "main body" since she can still legendary and star weapons,this is how nauofumi gets demoted and killed…there is a good ending but not the way u expect…

  45. The lack of world building gripe is lost on me. The world building is pretty obvious if you watch idk the first 5 episodes? The anime is more concerned with how this world affects the characters in it rather then just dumping exposition. The Raphtalia plot line in the beginning was a good example, showing is better then telling and i feel like just because they didnt hold your hand through it, you're denying its existence. All Raphtalia's plot is, is world building. Her parents were killed by the last wave, demihumans are treated horribly, oh yeah and slavery is legal. Also for the 1 month montage, all they were doing was essentially farming exp. In order to "world build" they would have to have created like a 2 episode mini arc, while both you and i know it will have no bearing on the overall plot. Naofumi being an asshole is an obvious point, but he isn't selfish, most of the the he is an asshole like you said, to get what he wants. But what does he want? Did you even bother asking yourself that? All he wants is to protect the people he cares about. Cause you know, hes the SHIELD HERO. That's noble enough for me.

  46. Loved the series. She was against him because of the church. Sure it has its flaws. Rushed somewhat. I enjoyed it despite this. 2nd 3rd season coming out. You can always exercise your muscles and see your magical senpai.
    Or be papa. With bunny girl and vampire queen. This season has some interesting stuff. Dr stone and vinland saga. Or a whodunit with beasters.

  47. i loved this show. And I guess i take a different perspective because I love Asshole main characters. I know thats a personal thing and thats okay. But I i just love cheering for a guy whos kinda a dick. I mean a read Weathering Heights and said " you go Heathcliff, show those people what happens".

    I also really like the other characters as well. Raphilia, Flo and that one other girl are a fantastic group who play off one another really well. I love the themes of racism and slavery. How these character have to deal with bigotry by the same people who they swear to save makes a food for thought.

    I never felt the pacing was off but to be honest I hardly ever notice poor pacing. I do really like the stuff between waves though. I think it asks a lot of questions on the definition of a true hero.'

    And lastly they are making more seasons, we dont need to know everything about these characters motivations. I like having that mystery. Even though, I do think that the show gives enough hints as to why they hate him.

    But all of that is subjective. Im very happy you took this type of stance with this video. I would like to see more videos like this. But I do have one small gripe, I do however dont want to mean on this but hear me out.

    Your critiques are that,

    -It doesn't have a soundtrack that is easily identifiable in the show.
    – it has poor pacing.
    – it has an ass hole main character.
    – you dont ever get to understand the characters motivations.
    – and that the production is better than the writing.

    What if I told you that there was an anime that had an
    -an extremely recognizable soundtrack
    -fantastic pacing.
    – a complex and fun main character.
    -a constant stream of character development that makes you really get to understand them. so much so that your opinions of them are constantly evolving.
    – and amazing production that only heightens the already amazing source material and writting

    Would you want to watch this anime?

    Well you once told me you wouldnt ever watch it. and by it i mean the monogatari series.
    you wont watched one the most crticaly aclaimed, well paces, excelently written anime with a fantastic score. But you can find time to complain about shield hero three months after it aired. IDK man, i hope im not coming across as a dick, but it just seems weird to me personally. i do hope you dont take that criticism too harshly however.

  48. How can people not even try the anime an judge it few episodes in?? Just cuse you hear things from people dont listen to them judge it yourself. And i dont know how anyone can judge it so harshly, the fact that its very different to most generic hero isekai anime makes it a decent anime and not to mention the characters are awesome to watch. While your personal gripes may be true in some respects i hope youll try to be optimistic in the many seasons to come. My opinion but yeah.

  49. Seems like a lot of people are saying that you don't have to relate to or empathize with your protagonist, and using Light Yagami as an example. I personally think that while his actions are obviously heinous, they can be empathized with. Even if you disagree with everything he does, you can still empathize with him enough to understand exactly why he does what he does. Personally, I can't understand why Naofumi acts like such an ass. I get why I'm supposed to think how he acts is understandable, but he just seems to act like an asshole as much as the antagonists we're supposed to hate. Basically everyone is an asshole/moron for what seems like no reason other than to justify Naofumi acting like a cunt.

  50. As someone who enjoys Shield Hero, I completely sympathise with your view and defs respect it.
    I definitely see the show as something I’m investing in with hopes that it will pay off narratively. But it might not take the turn I’m hoping for…

  51. For your comment on the soundtrack, I could definitely remember what’s happening during the anime. However definitely weaker than made in abyss’s soundtrack. In a sense, the music in MIA is more fleshed out than Shield, but shield is pretty good aswell.

    For your comment on world-building, the pacing is pretty good as the mystery is used well compared to other world building sessions like overlord and slime. Since these 2 have too many information rather than progressing plot. Shield did it in a way to have shroud of mystery around this world to make more assumptions, I’d rather have some assumptions than feeding me facts.

    And lastly, for Naofumi’s character, it’s pretty fresh for a character within the modern isekai to have bad moral compass. As this is one of the point in the first episode that extremely intrigue me 😀

  52. "Naofumi…is an asshole"

    And that is why i love him 😀

    And i'm 100% disagree with your take on Main characters.

    Main character is not someone who you can relate too or empathy too or anything you just said….no!

    Main character is the Person that you see the story progress from.

    It can be a good guy….or even a bad guy!

  53. i was little disappointed when i watched shield hero ( from what i heard it made my expectations very high , like the best isekai anime high ) well it was not but i still liked it but as of now that slime one is the best one in my opinion .

  54. Yes, Its a game engine Isekai. SAO, Konosuba, Shield Hero, Arifureta. Its all annoying. GATE is probably the last real Isekai though you can pack up and go home which undermines the psychological trauma of the one way journey that Isekai needs, though the Author established a magical girl anime/manga series that the JSDF watch/read in universe which is being turned into a real series.

    Go read the Arifureta novels. You start to see the Author's psychological issues toward power/success and women that poison the Anime. I'm considering the konosuba novels just to examine the psychological issues of the Author.

  55. It’s crazy how many people commented with paragraphs AND that they aren’t all just angry at your opinions. This is a video well done.

  56. For me I go into series with no expectations. I don't care that Naofumi is a jerk, im more interested to see how this jerk interacts with the world and fails or overcomes the obstacles in their path. I dont need to relate to the main character, im here to see the world from their perspective and to expereince something new. And Naofumi being someone who reacts in spite instead of turning the other cheek is rather facinating to me. He wont ever win over anyone but the show has proven that maybe he doesnt have too. And then there is that hope that Glass mentions that maybe he will get a redemption arc and see the value in forgive and forget instead of revenge.

  57. Well many of your problems are going to solved in the upcoming seasons. I did have the same kind of hindrance in enjoyment until I read the LN, the dude's more gruesome and dark in it tho but now I understand why he is how he is. I feel that his character is more human rather a hero. Because there's a limit to what a person takes someone's shit for no apparent reason. Hell he was even summoned without his consent and is given a shit treatment whilst shoving a task on him (which apparently he didn't even volunteer for) and they expect him to do it without any complaints or rewards. And of course he was also NAIVE at the beginning. Also the overconfidence of the other heroes is hinted in the first ep, you just need to pay attention and connect the dots or assume that that might be reason. Well don't expect a dedicated redemption arc because that's kinda lame and predictive, it might be subtle over the series that you don't notice instantly, you just have to be engaged instead. The progress can be slow, subtle or might even go downwards at times but here's the thing, I think my analysis is close (I hope so) to what the author is building, and I just want you notice the title says "The Rising Of The Shield Hero". I'm not spoiling anything, it's just my conclusion I formed by reading a few volumes of LN ahead of the anime, that is – It's not about the waves that naofumi needs to defeat for good but rising from the depths and learn the value by turning from human to a hero.

  58. As if your clothes, appearance, and attitude didn't already tell me everything I need to know about your political affiliations and your testosterone levels, your opinion on Shield Hero did.

    Don't get me wrong, you have legit technical/literary criticisms, but those same issues are commonplace in anime and entertainment in general. Most of the things you criticized could be truthfully leveled at almost any anime that isn't universally given an 8/10. So essentially, you are just complaining that it isn't an 8/10, which is fair enough but not enough reason to say "don't watch this".

    To get specific, you claim that Naofumi isn't heroic because he doesn't conform to your VERY NARROW view of what it means to be heroic. By your standards anything short of Jesus Christ is "not heroic", because only Jesus himself could have POSSIBLY reacted in the way you seem to think Naofumi should have (which amuses me to no end, you have the naivete of a child. I know actual children who understand the world better than you).

    And no, neither heroes nor protagonists are required to be the pinnacle of virtue (as we narrowly define "virtue"). Look at Overlord, the protagonist is the villain of the story and yet people still cheer him on and relate to him. When he kills Clementine, you cheer because you know what she has done and why she did it, and that makes you despise her. When he massacres the Re-Estize army, you cheer because you know that Re-Estize is a kingdom full of corruption and led by leaders that are either weak (and thus unfit to rule) or utterly corrupt (willing to sell out to criminal groups who will enslave and kill people to further their own purely selfish agendas). Ainz ruling over the New World would be, in many ways, a far better fate for the average denizen (particularly the non-human races) than for things to continue as they are. While defying him would result in a horrible fate you would wish to avoid at all costs, he doesn't seem interested (likely because he is no longer human and thus isn't subject to human flaws) in being a totalitarian, which means as long as you swear fealty and live within his guidelines, you can have a happy and fulfilling life under his rule, and won't be subject to horrors and mistreatment simply because some noble wants a sex slave or needs soldiers for his army. Basically, before Ainz came along, there was no real semblance of justice. Once he showed up, you could at least hope to live under a just system, even if you are not given the right to free speech or free expression.

    In a similar vein, in Warhammer 40k the God-Emperor committed horrible atrocities when he conquered Earth. Genocide doesn't even begin to cover it. Not to mention all of the genocide he committed/ordered during the Crusades. Yet still, he is the heroic figure, why? Because despite the atrocities he committed, the worse option would have been for him to NOT to commit them and instead allow humanity to succumb to Chaos (which is by far the more self-destructive and dangerous/unjust faction) and be purged or enslaved by the other alien races. Reality is not friendly, kind, or forgiving. Mother Nature is a cruel and abusive parent who sees fit to purge those of her "children" who fail to hack it in her "system". So in order to survive in it, you must abandon the delusion of morality for pragmatism.

    So the only thing we're left with is the fact that its "not your cup of tea". Fine, then say so and move on. I feel the same way about plenty of stuff I'm sure you swallow hook, line and sinker. But don't pretend your position on SH isn't entirely motivated by your political and personal beliefs and your desire to maintain your incredibly flawed and fragile worldview. Don't act like you're being objective and unbiased when you are clearly motivated by a political/ideological agenda. I have more respect for people I politically disagree with who openly admit "Hey this is just my personal opinion/tastes but ___________." than people who hide their agenda-pushing behind a veneer of "objectivity" and "rationality".

    Does SH have faults? Yes. Like you said pacing was badly handled and some rather important/relevant info was cut for the sake of brevity (or whatever), but those are problems literally every anime has these days, because oftentimes the anime is little more than advertisement for the source material (the light novel/web novel etc). You are nitpicking to try and make Shield Hero look like a sub-par anime when in fact (politics aside) it is objectively just a solid 7/10.

  59. Unearned. The word to describe this show is unearned.
    Naofumi/the shield hero does not earn the antagonism from everyone in the beginning.
    Malty does not earn the venom she has for the shield hero, especially since she's a princess in a supposedly matriarchal society.
    Filo earns none of her skills and rewards from the queen.
    The other heroes don't earn any of their accomplishments, they just luck into things or expect to be given rewards from a battle just because they were there.
    The show's pacing was so weird with wasting time on small little side quests, like that race with Filo, and then totally rush through plot points like the Filo becoming some next queen or the Bow and Sword heroes' investigation into the church. So many episodes felt like they had NOTHING to do with the world building, the plot of the waves, or the mystery of the animosity toward the Shield hero. So when the show finally does end and there's this big uplifting moment, it felt so unearned and forced.

    Except for Raphtalia, who was the only one to show any real character growth, but even that was dropped after the 4th episode. She just became the #1 girl in the Shield Hero's growing harem.

  60. I understand your viewpoint of pacing(even myself wanna know more of this world and the bad reputation of the past shield hero and knowing more about it)but Naofumi being a asshole seem worked because everyone's has their personal agenda from petty to loner badass I like when he was stripped down of power and shame by the king, everyone around him. Maybe it's get better in season 2.

  61. I liked the character because he only did things to survive since he had no money and trusted no one because of the blindsided betrayal he received. Although he could have acted a little more decently, I understand why he doesn't. When you're constantly fighting for your survival and livelyhood, you don't always have the option of being decent.

    However, I did have a lot of grievances with the show. Nearly all of them being plot conveinences.

    One of the worst ones was the tension that was supposed to be created from the Rage Shield. They always paint it as something dangerous and should never be used but don't really show any lasting consequences. Also, its meant to be something where he loses control due to his rage, but that never stays for long. After he gets over his rage within minutes, he's just left with an extremely powerful ability with the only consequences for using it is a little hospitalization.

    The next plot conveinences is also what I dislike about Reincarnated as a Slime had. And that is instant acceptance of political change regardless of individual's viewpoints. When he got his "redemption" and the execution of the King and Myne was taking place, citizens talked about how they've lost loved ones due to Myne's actions but just accept calling her "Bitch" and letting her live because the guy that they all hated days ago said so.

    The last thing I didn't care for, which kind of counts as a plot conveinance, is how much the heroes actively avoid explaining anything even though a little talking in some situations would save everyone a bit of a headache.

  62. Naofumi is honestly a really kind person yet cant trust anybody when the world is using him. It's not for just "reasons" either, the show does explain how they used the populace's predisposition to hate the sheild hero as an excuse to manipulate more power

  63. My problem with the show is it's terrible pacing that felt like they kept just running out of time and decided they needs to finish the given plot arc NOW suddenly. The whole evil pope thing really felt like an abrupt *skip*.

  64. Honestly, I can relate to it because the reward for standing up for myself & others is a gun to my head & such (metro.co.uk/2019/06/28/school-bullies-hold-gun-against-head-of-boy-with-autism-and-tell-him-to-kiss-their-feet-10086430/). The reason you might not be connecting with this show is because you never experienced being punished for doing what is morally good. So when the opportunity arises, such as a purse snatcher snatches your girl’s purse & you chase ‘em into the women’s restroom… imagine how many people will focus more on you running into the women’s restroom, than you chasing the purse snatcher into the place where the snatcher could go, but you can’t. The whole Lose-Lose situation where all your good efforts will be punished instead of rewarded; the whole coworkers being your enemies instead of team players.
    When you have that kind of experience, then you can truly relate to the Rising of the Shield Hero.
    Also, in the pilot episode, the four cardinal heroes couldn’t be together in order to level up. Might imply why they couldn’t get along in long run.


  66. Shield Hero: Great production quality? Let's be real, as far as the animation and special effects goes, it's mediocre at best. The good things about it has mostly been the story elements and character development, as well as the voice work, but everything else is only meh. Can get what people likes about this franchinse, but don't see what's that big of a deal for the anime adaption in of itself. Actually even quit watching it because of how lacking the animation felt.

  67. Initially I felt inclined to disagree with your point on Naofumi's actions, but the more I think about, the more right you are. One thing that I distinctly remember while watching Shield Hero was how my feelings towards the the other hereos went from borderline rage to just "Eh, those guys kinda suck." Even with Myne and the King, by the time we actually get to them being knocked down a peg, I didn't feel anywhere near the satisfaction I was expecting, because by that point, any anger and frustration I had towards those characters had subsided and turned into a simple, apathetic dislike. And the reason for that is because, after a certain point, Naofumi's actions went from relatively justified to straight up unnecessary. Sure, he softened up a bit by the end, but for the most part he was still an unlikeable asshole, and often, it was for no real reason to people who really didn't deserve it. It's hard to cheer for a guy like that, especially after you lose the same hatred they had towards the world in question.

    Basically, as a viewer, once you lose your frustration towards the awful supporting cast, you're left with virtually no reason to cheer for Naofumi, and if you can't cheer for that guy, what's the point of watching? There's no enjoyment by then.

  68. I don't agree with all your points, but I agree with the overarching idea. I wanted to like Shield Hero, but the show just lost me. My main beefs being that:

    -The characters. Almost every character is hateable, including Naofumi, and the ones who aren't are a side character, the racoon waifu, and the token loli. Not to mention the fact that the characters are all pretty one dimensional, for example
    Naofumi: "fuck this whole world"
    King/Spear/Malty: "fuck that shield guy"
    Filo: "I want master's attention"
    Raphtalia: "I want master's dick" (yes, I get there's more to her than this, but it basically devolves down to this by the end of the season)

    -The pacing is wack. The show really loses steam in the middle when it goes all "discount Spice and Wolf" for what feels like way too long. I get that it was for world building and to show how the other heros fuck everything up, but I don't think the world is interesting enough or the audience needs yet another reason to hate the other heros to justify such a long detour. And this leads to the whole pope arc, regicide, and third wave feeling insanely rushed. Speaking of the regicide…

    -The revenge story. I'll admit, I was intrigued after the first episode because, on paper, I really like the concept. It's not super often you have an isekai that's person vs society. Unfortunately, the show chooses to go the route of piling on reason after reason to hate everyone but Naofumi's party in an attempt to make the moment where they answer for their actions all the more cathartic. This culminates in the grand moment where the king and Malty are stripped of their power and… have their names legally changed to Trash and Bitch… and it is a crime to refer to them as anything else. The show started with an interesting concept and decided to take it the route of the a juvenile revenge porn fantasy. Like, if you were to write down a brief synopsis of that episode but change all references to Naofumi into personal pronouns (I/me/my), it wouldn't even be out of place to include "and everybody clapped" at the end.

    I'm not gonna say I hated every moment of the show, but I don't know that I'll be watching seasons two and three. These are just my opinions tho. I get that a lot of people enjoyed it, and I'm happy they are getting two more seasons of a show they liked.

  69. For me personally I started out liking the show because of wanting to see Naofumi get out of his plight and take revenge on Mel. However over the course of the series I think I stopped watching around like episode 8 or 9 i think and kinda gave up on the show. I thought the world was interesting but kinda confused on how it worked, I liked that it wasn't a typical harem anime but the women Naofumi collects are a little questionable, I was HOPING the other 3 heroes would eventually warm up over time and see some of the damage they caused but… nope. I guess for me the initial shock of the first few episodes is what got me started but the show failed to keep me interested after a while so, i don't know I might pick it up again but with Beastars coming out, it'll take alot to get me back to watching this show again.

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