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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 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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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 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!

30 review for The Rising of the Shield Hero, Volume 4

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jaine

    This manga is uniquely pleasing and I love it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Coyora Dokusho

    I find it funny that the guy that absolutely doesn't want a harem... gets a harem. I find it funny that the guy that absolutely doesn't want a harem... gets a harem.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Mills

    This has been a great series to read. Though it may be a little towards the youth side of the genre, it stills has a complex undertone. The fact that the author wants you to see the consequences of actions from the world's viewpoint on a hero's heroics. This means when a hero finishes the job, what becomes of the people afterwards and how do they feel about the hero's. Just by having this dialogue raises a complex political viewpoint for the reader to ponder and give so much more depth the chara This has been a great series to read. Though it may be a little towards the youth side of the genre, it stills has a complex undertone. The fact that the author wants you to see the consequences of actions from the world's viewpoint on a hero's heroics. This means when a hero finishes the job, what becomes of the people afterwards and how do they feel about the hero's. Just by having this dialogue raises a complex political viewpoint for the reader to ponder and give so much more depth the characters. You have been along for the ride with the protagonist, but with all that happens in the world it gives you a better feel on how and what the protagonist is going through. This book is the conclusion of the what i would say is the first long arch of the story. Most of the issues that have been driving the story up to now are going to come to a conclusion. I have to say that this is a giant disappointment that i now have to wait for the next books to be released. If i were to give any advise here it would be not to read the manga ahead of the light novel. It will give away too much of the story and is almost disappointing how it varies from the light novel as well. It seems to leave out too much detail and the story seems to lost from being rushed. It is great though to look at after you have read the novel to use as a visual to what you have imagined. My only cons that i have about this series is something small but frustrating. The dialogue sometimes involve too many people at once, and the author does not try to identify who is speaking. This is irritating at times because i have to read it a couple times to figure out who just said that. Otherwise i think this is a great series, i believe with a story this good, i wouldn't be surprised to see this as a anime one day.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lazybee

    Last few chapters were the only good chapters in a while. The previous book was a disaster. The harem thing continues to annoy me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    LiteratureIsLife

    Read this review (and others) at: https://literatureislife.com/2020/02/... Volume 4 of Rising of the Shield Hero kicks off right where Volume 3 ended. Naofumi and his party are still on the run, framed for crimes they did not commit. For anime watchers, Volume 4’s events were covered by episodes 14 – 21 of the show. Note that this is a higher episode count than the previous volumes. Volumes 1 & 2 each got four episodes while Volume 3 received five. Volume 4 received eight, as many episodes as the Read this review (and others) at: https://literatureislife.com/2020/02/... Volume 4 of Rising of the Shield Hero kicks off right where Volume 3 ended. Naofumi and his party are still on the run, framed for crimes they did not commit. For anime watchers, Volume 4’s events were covered by episodes 14 – 21 of the show. Note that this is a higher episode count than the previous volumes. Volumes 1 & 2 each got four episodes while Volume 3 received five. Volume 4 received eight, as many episodes as the first two books combined. So, the events of Volume 4 are more complete in the anime, with fewer small details being skipped over. This volume more or less wraps up the first major story arc of the series. A lot of issues that began way back in Volume 1 start getting wrapped up here and open the way for new storylines. There is also quite a bit of exhibition as Naofumi learns more about the stakes of fighting the Waves. And about the forces that have been working against him for quite some time. For how dark and dreary of a journey it has been for Naofumi, he starts to see the light at the end of the tunnel here. Naofumi is not alone in character development. Raphtalia, Filo, and even Melty all develop substantially throughout the story as well. Both in fighting ability and as people. Raphtalia’s story focuses on her past while Filo’s focuses on her future, giving the two another parallel as teammates. The worldbuilding also continues in this volume as readers start to learn more about countries outside Melromarc. The inner workings of Melromarc’s culture and government are further explored as well. There is another major factor present here: changes to the story. While the ending of Volume 4 reflects episode 21 of the anime, several major details are changed. The events ultimately play out to the same conclusion, but the way things happen is fairly different. It felt like the changes in the anime were present to make Naofumi feel more heroic to the audience. It also felt a bit odd that the anime kept going for a few more episodes during season 1 since this is a really good stopping point in the story. There are some great feel-good moments in this volume and it is the point where Naofumi really, truly starts to shine as a hero. It will be interesting to see what the next story arc brings as more Waves approach.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gustavo

    Now we know who the real enemy is, the powerful the shield heroe but the price he must pay to use his power is too much. Melty is falling in love with him, finally our heroe is receiving the treatment he deserve but I don't really like how the heroe treat the king, he is kinda mean, but at least Raphtalia control him a little. Now we know who the real enemy is, the powerful the shield heroe but the price he must pay to use his power is too much. Melty is falling in love with him, finally our heroe is receiving the treatment he deserve but I don't really like how the heroe treat the king, he is kinda mean, but at least Raphtalia control him a little.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Donte McNeal

    We’re back with another Shield Hero volume. With this one, we’re getting closer and closer to catching up the anime adaption. Soon enough, we’ll be in uncharted territory! But, that’s neither here nor there. Let’s get into this volume shall we? With Volume 4, we pick up with Naofumi and his party getting chased down under the suspicion of kidnapping the crown princess, Melty. Framed once again, and fearing for not only his life but that of his new (probably temporary) party member, the Shield doe We’re back with another Shield Hero volume. With this one, we’re getting closer and closer to catching up the anime adaption. Soon enough, we’ll be in uncharted territory! But, that’s neither here nor there. Let’s get into this volume shall we? With Volume 4, we pick up with Naofumi and his party getting chased down under the suspicion of kidnapping the crown princess, Melty. Framed once again, and fearing for not only his life but that of his new (probably temporary) party member, the Shield does his best to find a way to get Melty away from the clutches of her older sister and assassins and back to her mother. Only problem is, they don’t know what country the Queen is in, just the general direction. So, not only do they have to contend with a foolish Hero and dangerous assassins chasing them down, they have to find a way to figure out the Queen’s location. I swear, Naofumi just can’t catch a break! Well, I say that but even though he’s been fighting an uphill battle up to this point, that’s looking like it’ll change with this volume. Sure he goes through yet another betrayal, but the good thing about the betrayal in this volume is it brings with it more lore of this world. We get to learn more about the Waves, and their importance to the world, not just the country the heroes were summoned. Which comes as a surprise to many, the fact that Melromarc isn’t the most important country in this story. I’m interested to learn more about the other countries, especially those that favor the Shield Hero, as Melromarc is extremely prejudiced toward him. With that said, this volume shed a brighter light on the discrimination that not only Naofumi faces, but also the demihumans that reside in the country. We’re treated to more of Raphtalia’s life before she met Naofumi…though I guess treated isn’t the right word. We previously learned she was bought and sold as a slave to wealthy men, and the most egregious perpetrator rears his ugly head in this volume, and we see a darker side of Raphtalia than we’ve seen before. The development she and the rest of Naofumi’s party experiences here is so good! They grow not only in character development, but their strength grows as well. We meet an important character in this volume and the meeting results in the growth of our lovely little Filo. We also learn a little bit of the history of this world, as well as the state of the current world from this new character, so meeting her definitely shed some light on the way things were unfolding. By the end of this novel, we get to see some comeuppance on multiple fronts, and the differences from the anime are changes I wish they wouldn’t have made in regards to some of the characters. But, I still had a great time with this one. Looking forward to getting the volume!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bivisyani Questibrilia

    Sped through this one, because there are less chapters on this book than the prequels. It was definitely very intriguing and thrilling a lot of the times. Reading this one, I feel like the previous three books were only an introduction to this soon-to-be ending world. So far, we've only been shown Melromarc and how the country has decided to treat the Shield Hero. However, as we read on, this book slowly starts to reveal that there may be other countries in this very world that has a different o Sped through this one, because there are less chapters on this book than the prequels. It was definitely very intriguing and thrilling a lot of the times. Reading this one, I feel like the previous three books were only an introduction to this soon-to-be ending world. So far, we've only been shown Melromarc and how the country has decided to treat the Shield Hero. However, as we read on, this book slowly starts to reveal that there may be other countries in this very world that has a different opinion on the heroes and other political standing from that of Melromarc's. I'll start with the stuff that I like first. I absolutely adore the appearance of various incredibly strong characters—and how it is entirely possible that they could become our protagonists' enemies at some point. It really shows how weak the heroes—and their party members—truly are. It's somewhat refreshing—since genres like this usually put the main character as the source of all power—but also at the same time frustrating—in the mindset of a game, not being able to defeat a boss feels like that too, right? It really catalyses the great change that will happen to the heroes and how they see the world around them, though. I cannot wait to see what will happen next. On the other hand, there are some parts that don't sit well with me. First of all, let me just say that the religious factor thrown into the conflict feels a little too simplistic. The grounding of said religion is a little oversimplified—knowing full well the state of religions in our actual world, it just doesn't seem possible—and the way that conflict was resolved feels a little rushed. For a conflict that has befallen our protagonist for the majority of the last three volumes, it doesn't feel too satisfying of an ending, to be honest. I suspect there to be more problems from this arising in the future, but it remains to be seen. Apart from that, I also can't help but to cringe at the growing strength of the loli harem. While Naofumi doesn't seem willing to participate in such a troupe—and fully aware of it too—the story nonetheless keeps steering the genre that way. All that being said, I'm just so excited to read the next volume to the series!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Edward Joseph

    We finally see Naofumi catch a break! The Shield Hero's reputation has been shunned since the beginning of the series, this volume justifies the maltreatment from the history of the setting. Along with comes a strong conflict that a new character brought in a deus ex machima for the story. Yes we finally see the much awaited karma of the anagonists, although dark, readers anticipated this. With things cooling down for the Shield Hero, another challenge awaits him and his party on the next wave. We finally see Naofumi catch a break! The Shield Hero's reputation has been shunned since the beginning of the series, this volume justifies the maltreatment from the history of the setting. Along with comes a strong conflict that a new character brought in a deus ex machima for the story. Yes we finally see the much awaited karma of the anagonists, although dark, readers anticipated this. With things cooling down for the Shield Hero, another challenge awaits him and his party on the next wave.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Al

    Another fun book. The first three books Naofumi was so screwed. He was constantly accused of so many horrible things. He was pursued for crimes he didn't commit. He eventually came face to face with the people behind everything. His group had a huge battle and even worked with the people he despised so much. In the end he finally got everything fixed. I enjoyed the characters getting what they deserved. I will probably continue with the series. Another fun book. The first three books Naofumi was so screwed. He was constantly accused of so many horrible things. He was pursued for crimes he didn't commit. He eventually came face to face with the people behind everything. His group had a huge battle and even worked with the people he despised so much. In the end he finally got everything fixed. I enjoyed the characters getting what they deserved. I will probably continue with the series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ericka

    Conflict was resolved too easily in this one. If the hero is pitted against an overwhelmingly overpowered enemy, why not let him lose? The story might have moved a bit more naturally. Having the hero get his butt saved miraculously every time doesn't do much except make you question why, in a world full of strong heroes that can hold their own against overpowered monsters, they needed heroes from another world in the first place. (Unless they are going the Rayearth route...) Conflict was resolved too easily in this one. If the hero is pitted against an overwhelmingly overpowered enemy, why not let him lose? The story might have moved a bit more naturally. Having the hero get his butt saved miraculously every time doesn't do much except make you question why, in a world full of strong heroes that can hold their own against overpowered monsters, they needed heroes from another world in the first place. (Unless they are going the Rayearth route...)

  12. 5 out of 5

    kurogane shiroikaze

    A clear turning point finally arrives for the hero as he manages to be receive vindication of his injustice and finally be recognised as the hero he is. The volume also introduces the first "legendary" character, which greatly assists our hero. A much more fun volume than the previous 2, it still plagued with sub-par translation quality issues. A clear turning point finally arrives for the hero as he manages to be receive vindication of his injustice and finally be recognised as the hero he is. The volume also introduces the first "legendary" character, which greatly assists our hero. A much more fun volume than the previous 2, it still plagued with sub-par translation quality issues.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ageha

    Since I read the Manga before I knew how it would turn out, but the light novel is way more in depth and satisfying in the "Punishment" part. I really enjoyed it way more. Since I read the Manga before I knew how it would turn out, but the light novel is way more in depth and satisfying in the "Punishment" part. I really enjoyed it way more.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mahesh

    Finally, MC got revenge. That's cool! But the starting is little bit icky as I felt the mc childish sometimes! Finally, MC got revenge. That's cool! But the starting is little bit icky as I felt the mc childish sometimes!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Barrett

    The moment of truth eventually befell the Bitch and the Trash. I can't hope to witness a more satisfactory scene than the one where Bitch and Trash got the asses kicked out clean. The moment of truth eventually befell the Bitch and the Trash. I can't hope to witness a more satisfactory scene than the one where Bitch and Trash got the asses kicked out clean.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lachmann Marcel

    TyRex! Nice!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I wasn't that into it. Hardly any leveling up or new abilities. I wasn't that into it. Hardly any leveling up or new abilities.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alex Wilt

    It was pretty good and answering some questions I had in mind.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Scott Mattson

    A lot of events got explained, but it seemed a bit complicated. I am interested to see where the series goes from here.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leonardo Mattei

    Guess this concludes the first part of the saha.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jorge Ramos

    Good book I just liked it For isekai fans or hardcore fiction fans Great story development All in all just really enjoyed the book

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ivan Labombarbe

    Continuing to enjoy this series. Rooting for the underdog.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    The Spear Hero and Malty are on the trail of Naofumi and his bunch. The Spear Hero wants Filo, and Malty wants to assassinate Melty. They almost find refuge in a demihuman town, but people are put in danger, and they must rescue the nobleman who sheltered them from an anti-demihuman town nearby. Lots happened in this book, and it was generally enjoyable. But the end was a little cringe-y.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Aelvana

    Naofumi has been accused of kidnapping Melty, the younger princess, and Motoyasu is determined to save her. Unfortunately, since Motoyasu's party includes the very same princess Bitch who's trying to kill Melty, Naofumi has no choice but to try to avoid him. If Naofumi can just get Melty to her mother, if the queen can learn the whole story, he has a chance to gain an ally. But Motoyasu isn't the only one who wants to see the Shield Hero dead . . . This book finally cuts Naofumi a lot of slack, a Naofumi has been accused of kidnapping Melty, the younger princess, and Motoyasu is determined to save her. Unfortunately, since Motoyasu's party includes the very same princess Bitch who's trying to kill Melty, Naofumi has no choice but to try to avoid him. If Naofumi can just get Melty to her mother, if the queen can learn the whole story, he has a chance to gain an ally. But Motoyasu isn't the only one who wants to see the Shield Hero dead . . . This book finally cuts Naofumi a lot of slack, and he's able to see some actual gains. Unfortunately, the over-the-top catharsis at the end makes some of Naofumi's vindication feel cringy instead of earned. I do like that it's clear from Raphtalia that his poor attitude isn't supported by the person who's done the most for him. One thing I've liked about these books is that they portray Naofumi in unflattering ways, and for every admirable quality he's got, he's also clearly got a long way to go to actually be a hero, and not just in levels. It is amusing how Naofumi, who is both lower level than the other Heroes and completely unable to attack (although some of his shields have counterattacks) is consistently taking down enemies that wipe the other three Heroes. Not Raphtalia or Filo, but Naofumi himself. There's plenty of evidence his Curse Series Shields are not doing him any good, but he can't stop himself from equipping his only effective way to attack. This book also has a number of more light-hearted exchanges, which helps keep things from feeling too dark. Like this one: “It’s your fault, Naofumi!” “Oh, don’t go pinning that on me. You’re the one with arsonists in the family. Hysterical traits are inheritable, you know?” Fitoria was a relief. Finally, someone who can act like the adult in the room. She has both power and wisdom, and isn't afraid to challenge Naofumi's terrible attitude. I love that she challenges him to step up and BE the Hero. And the threat that goes along with that. Because Naofumi has recognized it's supposed to be bigger than him, but he's still very childish in allowing his own hurt feelings to push away the other Heroes. Forgetting Motoyasu, at least Ren and Itsuki have shown they're more willing to challenge what they've been told. A more intelligent approach to those two might have paid off, and if he could convince the both of them, Motoyasu might have followed (although the Bitch would have to get out of the picture first). I also liked that Raphtalia gets more development, as she's been sidelined in favor of Filo for a while now. Raphtalia has the potential to be more interesting, but since she's not as loud, she tends to fade into the background of most scenes. If you've been reading the extra chapters there's a nice callback to her backstory. One of the more surprising aspects of this book is the characterization for Motoyasu. He's always been a real pain, but Naofumi is catching glimpses of why Motoyasu, like Naofumi, was chosen to be a Hero. But Motoyasu can't see how others are manipulating him, and that's turning his more admirable character qualities into liabilities. Overall this is a good continuation of the story. The characters continue to feel uncomfortably caught between depth and complexity and overly exaggerated behaviors, but the plot stays generally strong. I'm hopeful that Naofumi will find something redeemable in the other Heroes and find his place among them, although that's clearly going to be a long time coming. I rate this book Recommended. See my reviews and more at https://offtheshelfreviews.wordpress....

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Mills

    This has been a great series to read. Though it may be a little towards the youth side of the genre, it stills has a complex undertone. The fact that the author wants you to see the consequences of actions from the world's viewpoint on a hero's heroics. This means when a hero finishes the job, what becomes of the people afterwards and how do they feel about the hero's. Just by having this dialogue raises a complex political viewpoint for the reader to ponder and give so much more depth the chara This has been a great series to read. Though it may be a little towards the youth side of the genre, it stills has a complex undertone. The fact that the author wants you to see the consequences of actions from the world's viewpoint on a hero's heroics. This means when a hero finishes the job, what becomes of the people afterwards and how do they feel about the hero's. Just by having this dialogue raises a complex political viewpoint for the reader to ponder and give so much more depth the characters. You have been along for the ride with the protagonist, but with all that happens in the world it gives you a better feel on how and what the protagonist is going through. This book is the conclusion of the what i would say is the first long arch of the story. Most of the issues that have been driving the story up to now are going to come to a conclusion. I have to say that this is a giant disappointment that i now have to wait for the next books to be released. If i were to give any advise here it would be not to read the manga ahead of the light novel. It will give away too much of the story and is almost disappointing how it varies from the light novel as well. It seems to leave out too much detail and the story seems to lost from being rushed. It is great though to look at after you have read the novel to use as a visual to what you have imagined. My only cons that i have about this series is something small but frustrating. The dialogue sometimes involve too many people at once, and the author does not try to identify who is speaking. This is irritating at times because i have to read it a couple times to figure out who just said that. Otherwise i think this is a great series, i believe with a story this good, i wouldn't be surprised to see this as a anime one day.

  26. 5 out of 5

    attha surya dharma

    Interesting Development Rising of the shield hero is recommended for all Japanese novel lover that like, parallel world game genre, such Sword art online/Log horizon. In this volume the author start to reveal the mystery and "game play" of the world of heroes, and i think it is interesting. Interesting Development Rising of the shield hero is recommended for all Japanese novel lover that like, parallel world game genre, such Sword art online/Log horizon. In this volume the author start to reveal the mystery and "game play" of the world of heroes, and i think it is interesting.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ricardo Matos

    This book feels like the culmination of the 1st arc. It is considerably better than the previous two volumes. Reason for that is goes back to the dark style of the first book. Was about to give up on the saga because of a terrible 2nd book and a barely ok 3rd book! Now I'm looking forward to book 5 :) This book feels like the culmination of the 1st arc. It is considerably better than the previous two volumes. Reason for that is goes back to the dark style of the first book. Was about to give up on the saga because of a terrible 2nd book and a barely ok 3rd book! Now I'm looking forward to book 5 :)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This is definitely a series that keeps improving, and this volume does a particularly good job showing Naofumi and Motoyasu as foils - it all depends on the point of view. Full review eventually appearing on ANN.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alec Rebert

    I can't get over how much I love this series....I love Naofumi's sardonic personality and how different be is from the other typical protagonists ....can't wait for volume 5 I can't get over how much I love this series....I love Naofumi's sardonic personality and how different be is from the other typical protagonists ....can't wait for volume 5

  30. 4 out of 5

    MIles Cahill

    About time This was great it explains a lot why things happen to him and what goes on with his shield and explains even more about his companions can't wait too read this next out. About time This was great it explains a lot why things happen to him and what goes on with his shield and explains even more about his companions can't wait too read this next out.

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