This is the first volume of the The Rising of the Shield Hero light novel.


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!


  • Chapter One: "A Royal Summons"
  • Chapter Two: "The Heroes"
  • Chapter Three: "A Heroic Discussion"
  • Chapter Four: "Specially-Arranged Funding"
  • Chapter Five: "The Reality of the Shield"
  • Chapter Six: "A Backstabber Named Landmine"
  • Chapter Seven: "False Charges"
  • Chapter Eight: "Ruined Reputation"
  • Chapter Nine: "They Call it a Slave"
  • Chapter Ten: "Kids' Menu"
  • Chapter Eleven: "The Fruits of Slavery"
  • Chapter Twelve: "What's Yours is Mine"
  • Chapter Thirteen: "Medicine"
  • Chapter Fourteen: "To Take a Life"
  • Chapter Fifteen: "Demi-Humans"
  • Chapter Sixteen: "The Two-Headed, Black Dog"
  • Chapter Seventeen: "Preparing for the Wave"
  • Chapter Eighteen: "Barbarian Armor"
  • Chapter Nineteen: "The Dragon Hourglass"
  • Chapter Twenty: "The Sword"
  • Chapter Twenty-One: "The Wave of Destruction"
  • Chapter Twenty-Two: "The Clash of Spear and Shield"
  • Chapter Twenty-Three: "All I'd Wanted To Hear"
  • Epilogue
  • Special Extra Chapter One: "The Spear Hero's Buffoonery"
  • Special Extra Chapter Two: "The Flag on the Kid's Meal"



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Adaptation Notes

Differences from the original web novels


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