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Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (Novel)  
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Iwatani Naofumi is summoned to another world to become one of the four heroes, namely the Shield Hero. Starting out with poor popularity and labeled as the weakest, Naofumi found himself betrayed on the third day of his adventure. Having losing faith and money, all that left is just his shield. Vowing to exact revenge to those who had betrayed him, Naofumi's path is......

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Восхождение Героя Щита (Novel)
盾の勇者の成り上がり (小説)
盾之勇者成名录 (小説)
Tate no Yusha no Nariagari (Novel)
The Rising of the Shield Hero (Novel)

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (284 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.31 / 10.0
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1 star for this novel   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by santory
March 21st, 2015, 12:49pm
1 star for this novel

I am not the kind who complain after reading something but I did after I read this novel it is ultra-useless and it has more than 600 chapter I did not believe it but I also believe that there are many who does not know what it's mean of a story flow. There are many contradictions in the novel that you can't begin to comprehend. the main character is said to be smart but there are many stations that are very easy to solve but he cannot do anything about it after that he feels that he has been wronged. It like the author wants to create an unexcitable problem to existence and compel the reader to think that the hero has straggled and been betrayed to create a hero form it and give him the right to thrive when there isn't such a thing. I do not want to talk a lot because there are many problems with this novel no story no character even the side character does not have presence and no imagination ……etc.

This novel is good for the people who does not read books and does not know how a story should be built………………etc so they will find it good and will think I am hater . for the people who already read a lot of books and novels please do not read it's just a waste of time if you want to compare it just read Moonlight Sculptor and you will know the deference between heaven and earth.

... Last updated on March 21st, 2015, 12:52pm
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"you can only sympathize with the betrayal if you are suffering from chuunibyou"   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by alphaGulp
February 7th, 2015, 10:47am
LOL. That quote from Kurantz's review is so spot on!

As the other reviewers have pointed out, the MC is never wrong and NEVER seriously questions his way of doing things, never seeks to change or improve his huge character flaws. He even revels in it, he celebrates and flaunts his flaws! - 'cos what can anyone do to an OP character whom the whole world depends on? I guess *everyone else* is going to have to just learn to adapt to *him*!

The MC is such an @sshat that the only kind of relationship he can think to build with people is SLAVERY! So long as everyone else is willing to be his magical slave (magic that tortures), then he can 'help' them.

Seriously, how sad and messed up is that? The MC is completely incapable of building healthy relationships, and so rather than change himself so that he can become a decent human being, he prefers a fantasy world where people can be turned into magic slaves and where there is no competition or pressure (because everyone else is so retarded that the MC seems brilliantly functional in comparison).

Particularly disturbing was seeing how the MC treats the child-like demi-humans and monsters. It is truly sick and deeply manipulative. The MC is also a crook who enjoys swindling people. The story tries to portray businessmen defrauding clients as the smartest thing since sliced bread! It's stuff you should be used to, and even, that you should emulate, it seems.

So if you want to fantasize about how you can 'win' at being a totally self-centered douche-bag, then this is the story for you!

... Last updated on February 7th, 2015, 12:43pm
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Self indulgent garbage   
Rating: N/A
by SagaciousNJ
January 30th, 2015, 1:57pm
Light Novels are well known for being light on writing quality but this really takes the cake.

Our protagonist is moody and unselfconscious; he only manages to seem likable by comparison to the setting which never makes even a desultory pass at believability.

It's never explained why anyone would want to summon random strangers to save the world or how this circumstance of cyclical crises was set up in the first place. Just once I'd like to see one of these cookie cutter kingdoms summon an actual modern day, professionally trained mercenary or soldier to save their kingdom. In fact I would settle for a fantasy setting that was something other than "vaguely european".

You can see the psychological deficiencies of the author play out nakedly in the work, our protagonist is an otaku of no particular will, personality or intellect. He never speaks of having friends and he casts off the bonds of family without a backward glance so that he can serve his true role as the reader's wish fulfillment fantasy stand-in. He arrives and immediately the whole world is set against him, which is not coincidentally the feeling that most self-involved immature fools have, its an emotional attitude best suited for a child.

After his "betrayal" an event that the author clearly lacks enough experience of the world to sell to any discerning reader; Our man the shield hero becomes embittered and jaded. Few things are more disgusting than a privileged 21 year old who thinks they've become worldly.

Its almost like the author was trying to be Freudian by making it clear that the only type of woman our protagonist can relate to is one who has literally been turned into an object for sale or purchase. Few guesses as to whether our protagonist has ever has a girlfriend.

More than a few light novels have protagonists who seem to jump into slavery with no sense of moral compunction, I don't know if this is just an attribute of this poorly composed genre of fiction written by and for crappy people or if Japanese culture in general just has weak moral fiber; I dearly hope its the former. Hopefully light novels are as representative of Japanese culture as Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey are of American culture.

I would recommend this book for otaku who don't read books.

Is anyone translating real japanese novels? The kind that amount to more than wish fulfillment for moody teenagers? Where can I find those?
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Everyone's wrong except him   
Rating: N/A
by Immortal bear
January 25th, 2015, 3:13am
The problem is that they have to force such fake character conflict so readers can ignore his utter lack of character. We know next to nothing about Naofumi when he was in our world and he shows no true character flaws of his own. He would paraded around on a white horse as the next messiah if the writer didn't make the population hate him by default. Then there is the rape subplot that clashes horribly with the setting. You can't just have a RPG fantasy parody and then suddenly throw RAPE! into the story. The tone of this story changes from lighthearted comedy to dark adult fantasy at the drop of a hat.

He also has no foil. Sure, there are the other three knights but they are clueless morons that exist to make Naofumi look better by comparison. For once, I would like a character that could oppose or defy him without looking utterly evil or act like a total ass. Want a resolution to a problem? Ask Naofumi. He's the only one with half a brain. The story also makes the audience hate the majority of the characters that aren't in Naofumi's hare-, I mean party, defeating any reason to care about this save the world subplot. In other words, if you aren't kissing this guy's ass, then you are another moron that Naofumi can beat to prove his moral superiority,

Its the shallowest kind of nerd fantasy, in which the perspective can only be aligned with the main character and self worth is measured by the number of cute girls you can collect and the status of the people you beat up.

... Last updated on January 25th, 2015, 3:19am
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it's okay but the some of the comments here are hilarious   
Rating: N/A
by nugro
January 24th, 2015, 1:54am
Imagine being suddenly thrown into a foreign country with only your clothes and no one to rely on because everyone who lives there, who are also strangers for you, think that you're a sex offender criminal.

It's easy to sweep the story behind the safety of your anonymity while sitting on your ignorant ass but put yourself in his shoes or just try to go abroad as an illegal immigrant and see how that work out for you.
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Retarded betrayal and poor execution   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Kuranz
January 19th, 2015, 9:37pm
When I heard this was about betrayal, I thought it'd be interesting to see how the story develops with a betrayal right at the beginning. But it turned out you can only sympathize with the betrayal if you are suffering from chuunibyou. The guy wants to deliver absolute revenge for some stolen clothes and money and rape accusations that he wasn't exactly punished for....just wtf? It doesn't help that the MC is a whiny, insecure prick the rest of the time.

Read a few chapters. If you don't get interested, just drop it. It doesn't get any better.

... Last updated on January 20th, 2015, 12:53pm
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Best LN WN ever   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by TheMagicKnight
December 19th, 2014, 5:25am
I dont understand why comments say this webnovel is bad I enjoy
this novel if u ask me this is 20x better that SAO and LH its unique story
of betrayal and hatred is what hooked me on it
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Hate the MC   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by Rhados
December 14th, 2014, 8:57am
First of all, that betrayal is by far too exaggerated.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
So the MC gets Money from the King ...for free
Kings daughter steals it and claims the MC raped her.
To punish him King spreads some bad rumors about him.
If that's realy that bad, than Las Vegas should be a war-zone.
To sum it up: Other heroes get stuff for free and I don't. -BETRAYAL

So our, oh so poor and betrayed MC, goes to buy a slave. As the other heroes (who look down on him) see that, are trying to release her with an unfair duel in which the MC gets his ass whooped. (That whole thing could be avoided if he just said "she's not a slave but my partner")
And after that "duel" our "Hero" breaks down wheeping to be consoled by his slave, who by the way had her parents killed and ripped apart, than was enslaved and tortured again and again before she was bought by MC, and never even complained once.

After that MC buys some monster to raise, Turns out that monster is intelligent and can trasform into a 10 years old (mentaly and physicaly) loli. So to controll its tranformation that scumbag of a MC, uses some magic seal to inflict pain on it (she didn't realy do anything bad).
His reasoning:"Selfishness has parts where it can be forgiven and parts where it can't." ...-yes, you are right, thats how you raise children, you beat them...

After that I droped that novel.
Its just pissing me of every time the MC does something (anything).

... Last updated on December 14th, 2014, 9:45am
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Okay.... I guess?   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by gimeyop
November 27th, 2014, 2:14pm
I`m going to compare this to LMS is it`s VERY similar
Faults in both novels:
1. Overpowered exploits are handed to him on a silver platter
2. Everything bad that happens to him are so over exaggerated making him look like he`s not the luckiest piece of shit on earth
3. NO character development personality wise. (at least til chapter 122)
4. Everybody except for protagonist and co. are basically retards
5. A lot of inconsistencies (for example: the protagonist is a tank that literally cannot do damage except one of his skills (and its upgrades) can 1 shot bosses)
6. Author's misuse of the class system. (there is no point in introducing your protagonist as a sculptor or tank if they excel others in dps and combat anyways.)

Anyways... as you can probably tell, I dislike this genre of novels. Why read a novel that tells you: the protagonist's damage increased by 5!
skill level increased by 2!
1h sword mastry level is now 127/200!
when you can just play a single player game and turn on cheats. It's litera-... figuratively the same thing.
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Shoujo. ??????   
Rating: N/A
by dharmox
November 25th, 2014, 4:10pm
Below me have very hilarrious comment, i dont think theres shoujo in this story. Theres no heartbreaking story, only a revenge, and revenge is shoujo.... woowww..... For 600 chapter this story having great translator not only 1 group theres a lot group who workin out the translation some of them using machine some using manually translated chapter,and afterall it consist 2 story shield bro and spearbro, so actually it only about 300 chapter. And look how fast the translator workin on that wn....
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