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Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (Novel)  
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Naofumi Iwatani, an uncharismatic Otaku who spends his days on games and manga, suddenly finds himself summoned to a parallel universe! He discovers he is one of four heroes equipped with legendary weapons and tasked with saving the world from its prophesied destruction. As the Shield Hero, the weakest of the heroes, all is not as it seems. Naofumi is soon alone, penniless, and betrayed. With no one to turn to, and nowhere to run, he is left with only his shield. Now, Naofumi must rise to become the legendary Shield Hero and save the world!

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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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c.375-378 by Yoraikun Translation (79d ago)
c.374 by Yoraikun Translation (80d ago)
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11 Volumes (Ongoing)
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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (350 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.34 / 10.0
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June 10th 2015, 5:32pm PST



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One Peace Books (September 2015)

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Somewhat good   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by morphin007
August 24th, 2015, 12:28am
It's not a bad novel nor an excellent one.
How can I say, it's classical fantasy novel with a bit of harem-like.
My main dissappointement is about all the heroes, including the MC. First the MC doesn't have a greet personnality, ok, but a lot of times his action are contradictory to that, so his personnality seem more forced (maybe to look more human ?) than natural.
The other heroes are somehow in the same boat, forced personnality that seems not to be natural and are more here to make Naofumi shine than anything.
The story and the world is a bit generic but still well written and wonderful to explore. A sort of mix between MMO games and fantasy.
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It ended? My conclusion   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by bakaleaf
June 14th, 2015, 8:31pm
It is a good novel (One of those you can treasure)
There is some up and down but I can say regardless of the circumstances it is interesting
So many people claimed this and that others even call them self professional readers
seriously reading comments is really fun.

First of all this novel is not about betrayals seriously just because he was betrayed at first don't just jump to unknown conclusion.
To summarize it up this novel is about Gods toying with worlds, parallel world encounters and so on.
What I usually notice to most readers and there comments is they easy assume things and compare it to reality and level it to there own morality.
Seriously People this is called fiction stop comparing it to reality.

As for the Story it goes something like this

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Various Heroes are supported from different world
There is no one world in this novel there are worlds and worlds
First the main Enemy is a bitch Goddess
And the heroes are not but tools that she plays with.
She summon Heroes from other world make this fight each other while she slowly absorb the power of the world. That is the reason as you read many bad and good heroes appeard.
The Hero of Shield was a rare existence among the toys of the bitch goddess
In the End the hero of shield became a god slayer and killed the bitch goddess

It was a great twist and turn the plots was also interesting
Just ignore the comments and be open minded
putting aside your self righteousness and morals.

Btw Chapter 376 made a short summary of the end of the story!

Some people failed to differ between shounen and seinen
that is why I find it funny how childish there comments are.

There is also a major lack of romance and it can barely be called a harem
but in the end the MC got married with more than one girl

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
MC the Hero of Shield became a god slayer (Killer of Evil Gods like the bitch Goddess)
MC can leave a fragment of himself (like what the bitch goddess did leaving her fragment AKA the witch princess)
MC left his fragments in the fantasy world and got married same happened to his original world.

To all the haters and negative comments out there
You have all the right to say what you want to say
But to those who have yet to read
Just be open minded and avoid the bad habit when reading and comparing it to reality
Its called a Fiction for a reason.
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Enjoyable but....   
Rating: N/A
by RoxFlowz
June 9th, 2015, 10:38pm
It really screwed up the pacing at some point. Things started going in circles and becoming repetitive, which caused all tension to be gone. Almost feels like two seperate people wrote the first and the second half. But as the manga and the LN go on their own route at some point I do have high hopes for those.
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Carebearfumi Strikes   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Murdath
May 9th, 2015, 5:21pm
The author has no idea how to handle revenge, this attached to a main character that is supposed to be angry all the time makes this retarded.
The novel was fun until the rapth race ark, then it became a chore to read the following chapters.
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Strong Start   
Rating: N/A
by rcaladlr
April 11th, 2015, 10:48pm
This is for the Web Novel.
It starts out pretty strong, however, as the series goes on, we see less of what hooked us in ("MC Suffering"). The later chapters just get a bit crazy and frankly, not interesting. I suggest to read up until Chapter 131. Or you can read up to Chapter 190 for some Sadina goodness, then pretend it settles there and such. Otherwise, if you continue on, you might just get disappointed.

... Last updated on April 11th, 2015, 10:50pm
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Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by ayami123
April 7th, 2015, 3:53pm
it's Such a Waste I kinda Like
Gaiden Yari no Yuusha no Yarinaoshi
it's funny to see Motoyasu's Perspective in his insanity
I just want to add a hate comment biggrin
oh well
dude buy the novel don't read the Web Novel Translation =_=
you keep saying novel yah it's a novel without an editor.
most light novels have an editor you knows to fix the wrong part.
it's a web novel so it's like whatever comes to his mind he puts in it.
the company will take care of the errors or so.
so just buy the light novel. really =_=

anyway this Webnovel is really good biggrin though it got boring later for me. it's not the worst but not the best. for me it's only decent around let say 7/10 biggrin

... Last updated on July 21st, 2015, 5:30am
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Unrealistic expectations?   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Yumcha
April 1st, 2015, 4:50pm
And by that I am referring to the other reviewers comments about the MC. The main complaint can be summarized as "You got falsely accused of rape... get over it."

Is a rape accusation really that simple to brush off? In the real world people have sued for less than this, but the MC (because he isn't real) isn't judged by the same standards? Summoned into another world, accused of rape by the daughter of the King, forced to fight in order to save a world full of people who despise and abuse him, with a very real chance of dying, with little to no economic support and 0 offensive power... if the MC could still be benevolent, not utter a word of complaint and does not become fixated on revenge after all that then he'd wouldn't be human.

Overall the premise for this novel is cliche, but honestly most novels are these days. What makes a good novel is how the story unfolds afterwards. Character growth is definitely there and the characters, for me at least, are not two dimensional (most of them). It's not the best novel out there but it's still one of the more enjoyable ones. Pacing can be a bit weird sometimes, but not to the extent that makes you go "Wtf is happening?" Bits and pieces of comedy are also present. Romantic developments are a bit slow and feels more like a subplot than part of the main story.

Take my comments as you will, just wanted people to give this novel a go without thinking that the MC is a little bitch, when he really isn't. (Character growth isn't going to be achieved in the first few volumes people)

... Last updated on April 1st, 2015, 4:50pm
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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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