The Moé Report – The Rising of the Shield Hero Ep 1

Author: Faris
Editor: KnightAvenger
StudioKinema Citrus
Watch atCrunchyroll

Another year – another isekai with an otaku protagonist. Well, to be fair, this one seems to be good at not being a stereotypical isekai harem show like so many others have been so far. It definitely toys with the tropes of isekai based on a LN, such as having the protagonist in a party with all others being women, some random otaku from our world being chosen to be the great hero in some high fantasy world and others. It manages to either avoid them or turn them on their head in one way or another, which is something I can definitely appreciate with a show like this.

The first episode, which is longer than usual, introduces us to the main character, an otaku from our world who gets transported to another world to be a hero. One obvious trope is the protagonist getting killed in our world through being hit by a truck or some other way, but refreshingly, here, the protagonist gets summoned to the other world through a summoning ritual a la Zero no Tsukaima. However, it’s not a pink-haired tsundere that summons him, but some people who work for the King of the place. There is a basic threat to their whole world, so they needed to summon legendary heroes to help them defeat the big evil, but it turns out that our protagonist is the one with a shield. It is considered useless and there is a reference to RPGs in which nobody picks a class that focuses on defense and shields, effectively making the hero useless. A lot more happens but it’s mostly about world-building and introducing all the main and some side characters. All of that is done, more or less well.

One weird thing in regards to the world-building was how one of the characters said the world they live in is a matriarchy, which is why something like rape is punishable by death. But then, aside from the said law about punishing rape with death, nothing else is there to give any sort of clue as to the place being a matriarchy. The person on the throne is a male King, all the important people, advisers and guards, or at least most of them, are male. If the world was a matriarchy, then there would be many more women in the highest positions of authority and most social power wouldn’t be in the hands of men. This isn’t too big of a deal, but it is an inconsistency I noticed and felt worth mentioning. There is nothing wrong with portraying a medieval-based land of magic as being a patriarchy, but shoehorning in something like matriarchy for seemingly no reason just makes no sense. I just hope it’s not actually an inconsistency or something shoehorned in and actually gets explored and explained somewhere down the line, for that we are left to wait for the rest of the episodes.

This show is already very popular and its popularity is sure to grow as the episodes keep coming out. It could be the next big thing in the world of sekai shounen genre, if they play their cards right, since the show already has a lot of potential. I look forward to the next episode.

 

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