The Rising of the Shield Hero, and why its controversial

Light Novel art for The Rising of the Shield Hero

Warning: This post contains minor spoilers and discussion of sensitive issues.

Introduction

Anime is no stranger to controversy – last season threw up Goblin Slayer and this time we have another isekai anime adapted from a light novel. Its titled ‘The Rising of the Shield Hero‘ and has caused quite a stir on social media for more than one reason.

The 47-minute pilot episode introduces us to a 20-year-old university student named Iwatani Naofumi who picks up a book about an ancient legend when he suddenly sees a bright light and ends up – you guessed it – summoned to another world.

Iwatani soon learns that he’s one of four heroes summoned to save the Kingdom of Melromarc from wave after wave of calamity, and is essentially forced to fight monsters and gain experience before the next wave.

Continue reading