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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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8 Volumes (Ongoing)
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Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (202 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.77 / 10.0
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December 7th 2014, 8:34am PST

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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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Cliched as Shoujo   
Rating: N/A
by reanseih
November 24th, 2014, 4:39pm
Well, I dropped the novel at 2 chapters, the manga at 7. That should say enough about my impression.

It might not be as cliched if you only look in translated novels, but if you count all the novels on the site, well yea. Summoned! Betrayed! Slaves and harem! Road to the strongest! That alone I can name a dozen. To top it off RPG settings! Argh... The only unique part is that he cannot use weapons. Sticking a peacock feather on a goose? Oh sure, that makes it different. You know how you feel when you start reading those very cliched shoujo mangas? For some reason, they have one single unique part that really has nothing to do with the story.

Then again, this is only impression from someone who obviously hasn't read far. If it gets better, I wouldn't know. The concept itself is not as close to interesting as I would have liked. I kinda just gave up when I saw it was at over 600 chapters... There's no way I'll be patient enough to finish this one.
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Great start..   
Rating: N/A
by hammertalkers
October 27th, 2014, 12:36pm
Is about the best thing this series have going for. Unfortunately the LN is filled with boring and irrelevant chapters that I have to give this series a 8.

Still worth reading for the couple scenes that are done well, but expect long, drawn out arcs and pointless chapters.
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Come on   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by bnad
October 24th, 2014, 9:25pm
So, to save the world, you (either its the Gods, or the summoner fault, mostly the author) decide to summon, exclusively 4 Japanese student.

Japanese student...

Even pure Japanese, instead of other cross country candidates, it was already enough to brake the suspension of disbelief, but then, they decided to go for students? Really? Yeah, they do play VR-RPG. But so does Zelda William and Kim Ung-Yong if they live in a parallel world where Virtual Reality actually exist.

So instead of going for someone like them. You know, college educated VR player, with a good track record of not being a jerk, they went for immaturity. That would help win the war.

Come on...

... Last updated on October 28th, 2014, 3:44am
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Not bad, not great   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by nakie08
October 20th, 2014, 11:39am
At first I was of the opinion that the story is just about pettiness and revenge. It was like that at the beginning. It was annoying. He winds up in this alternate universe where everyone either betrays him, condemns him, shuns him, or treats him like crap. All for no apparent reason whatsoever. This is what will pull you into the story. You'll want to see him kick the sh*theads' hindquarters. When he does, it is DELICIOUS. Shortly afterwards though, there'll be another betrayal/framing and then you'll want to see a re-revenge. Rinse and repeat. It's hard to put down the novel because of this.

But thankfully around volume 4 the author adds a bit more depth to the story so if you get fed up by all the shittyness(like I did), atleast wait until then before you drop it. A reason was given to all the petty cruelty he receives which makes me a lot more hopeful for this series. It still feels like a bit of band-aid to its gaping flaws but it holds together nicely.

Some flaws:
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The world the author built still feels too generic and weak to stand on its own. The game-like system is confusing, unimaginative, and unbalanced. Even if the shield is the only 'weapon' he can equip, its like a magical Swiss Army knife. He can do anything and everything with it, like brew potions, forge and enchant, he even uses it for mining =_=. Then there are these two dimensional characters. The antagonists are more annoying than worrying. Those who aren't against him adores and worships him.

The powerful force that is revenge keeps the story working, anything else is just extra. So if you want a VRMMO-like LN, and have read all the rest already, this'll do. If not try something else first. If you want an occasional dose of sweet vengeance then this perfect ^^

... Last updated on October 20th, 2014, 11:31pm
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This series is pretty awesome so far.   
Rating: N/A
by loztcause
October 9th, 2014, 11:39am
It's hard for me to say much without spoiling anything. But like the description says, everyone basically looks down on him because he doesn't have a weapon and he even gets framed/betrayed. No one believes him though, so he loses his trust in everyone. But something happens, and....Just read it. I haven't read something I liked this much in a long time. If you read to the end of volume 1, I think you'll probably be hooked too.
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Delicious Revenge   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by bobIV123
October 2nd, 2014, 11:24pm
I don't think I've ever been quite as satisfied with a protagonist's revenge on their foe as I have been in this novel. Sooo satisfying, this work does an excellent job of making you hate the antagonists' guts just as much as the MC, and that makes his revenge feel great.
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