- Tapa blanda: 300 páginas
- Editor: One Peace Books (15 de septiembre de 2015)
- Colección: Rising of the Shield Hero
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1935548727
- ISBN-13: 978-1935548720
- Valoración media de los clientes: 2 opiniones de clientes
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº55.177 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
The Rising of the Shield Hero, Volume 1 (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 15 sep 2015
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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, 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!
Biografía del autor
Aneko Yusagi was born in Kanagawa. After growing interested in reading and gaming, Aneko began to write novels. Aneko wrote The Rising of the Shield Hero and began posting it online. After updating the story daily, an unprecedented amount of readers became addicted to the rapid pace of the advancing story, and the novel became an online hit. It was first collected and published by Media Factory in Japan in August of 2013. Aneko Yusagi was recently quoted saying, a oeI will rise and find great success in life.a
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Comic (Manga): https://www.amazon.es/dp/1935548700/
Si tenía que hacer un review del primer volumen del comic, diría que está muy bien. Un poco lento en el principio, pero después se fue en un lugar muy oscuro y esto me gustó mucho. Le dare un 8/10.
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I'm giving this 4 stars for the story, not the execution. The execution is horrible. What happens to the main character, how he deals with it, and his unique "dark" take on everything happening around him is what makes or breaks this story. Get past the main character's uniqueness, and everything else is about what readers of the genre (otaku gets thrown into a game/fantasy world) will expect. Aside from that, Aneko Yusagi has some very poor writing habits. Any time there is a detail that they feel the reader needs to know about, but which wasn't mentioned earlier, instead of editing things so that that information shows up where it should, the author just has Naofumi break into whatever else he was doing to say: " By the way, such and such means such and such" or "For your information, I did this other thing earlier." Another thing that really bugs me is that whenever anyone says anything are there ever any direct indicators as to who is saying what. There's no He said,"blah blah blah" or She asked,"What the blah?" You have to infer who is saying what every single time. This is manageable with two people or less, but becomes impossible in most instances where three or more people are talking.
Also, for some reason the publisher decided every instance of "Naofumi-san" needed to be changed to "Mr. Naofumi", even though the book is rife with Japanese-isms. Also typos. Plenty of them. A quick read-through by a fluent speaker before sending the book to the printers should have caught them. Guess they couldn't be bothered.
His eyes were dark and filled with hatred and sadness.
He was violent, angry and vulgar. He was scary.
But he understood pain, and at his heart he was kind.
Yes, he is the person Rifana and I longed for... the Shield Hero."
Were you expecting another generic fantasy harem with the done-to-death "ordinary guy transferred to an alternate world" premise?
The "alternate world" part is true, but "generic fantasy harem", The Rising of The Shield Hero is anything but.
This is a story about how it feels to be an underdog who is ostracized by society, the subsequent distrust, anger and hatred towards said society, and how finding just one person who believes in you can change everything.
I'll admit, One Peace Books' synopsis makes it sound as if the word "generic" was invented for series like these; it simply does not do The Rising of The Shield Hero justice. The Rising of The Shield Hero is neither Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon , Sword Art Online , Accel World nor Log Horizon. You will neither find an obligatory harem, a stupidly dense/overpowered protagonist nor a godly tactician here (as of volume 1, anyway). Instead, you will find an averagely intelligent human being. He's also pretty pissed at everything, if i hadn't mentioned that.
So before you scream "generic", bear with me.
Naofumi Iwatani is a college student and one day, through means which are still a mystery, he was summoned to an unknown world. The first 6 chapters are relatively slow and uninteresting; they mainly serve to introduce the basic characters and setting for the story. Up to this point, there is really little to distinguish The Rising of The Shield Hero from its peers. However, chapter 7 is when those similarities come to a grinding halt. What really sets the story apart is its eerily human protagonist, unique plot progression and character development. Naofumi, who appears to be an uninspired goody-two-shoes, transforms into a walking mass of malice and anger. He despises the world which summons and grossly tramples upon him. Chewed up and spat out by the world, Naofumi is left with only his shield, his wits and his rage. The reader, to some degree, will sympathize with Naofumi: he has every right to be angry, to loathe the world after how it treated him. Note that Naofumi is by no means an incompetent idiot. He is much more intelligent than your average light novel protagonist; he quickly adapts to and exploits whatever the environment around him has to offer, in order to compensate for what he hugely lacks in strength.Throughout the story he can come across as morally ambiguous at best and morally defunct at worst; his actions do not agree with his words. One thing that is apparent though, is that no matter how much he wants everyone to drop dead, at the core of his being, Naofumi is still a good person. His character was executed in a such a way that even while blinded by hatred, traces of the former kind person he once was still shines through.
For the sake of not revealing too many elements of the story, Naofumi is all I can write about. The entire story is told through his cynical and bitter perspective; he is the highlight of the story for me. That is not to say though, that Naofumi is the only well-developed character, or that the rest of the story is non-existent. There are plenty of other characters with various pasts, motivations and personalities that are distinct from one another. I daresay its characters is this novel's strongest point: they are realistic and relatable. Readers will definitely find that some characters resemble those they already know or will know in life. The plot is not lacking either; it moves at a relatively fast pace, fast enough to keep you reading. There is also a fair amount of world building and action. If the first volume doesn't intrigue you with its world and story, it will make you sympathize deeply for its well-developed characters (especially the protagonist). However, I am aware that such a protagonist is not for everyone; I can imagine many being put off by Naofumi's pessimistic and scornful disposition. I'll also acknowledge that some plot points may make certain readers uncomfortable, due to the moral implications that they bring. Rest assured though, that many of these issues will iron themselves out by the end of the book; readers will find themselves sympathizing heavily with Naofumi, in spite of themselves. Volume 1 manages to wrap itself up with a heart-wrenching and satisfying climax: the kind where cascades of emotion come crashing down; the kind which resembles the vertical drop after a long ride up a roller coaster hill; the kind that haunts your mind and makes you want to go back and read it over a few more times just to soak up every last drop of emotion that oozes from each sentence. As a bonus there are two extra chapters at the end which provide greater insight into the personalities and backstories of two major characters of the story. One thing to keep in mind though, is that the author is an amateur. The Rising of The Shield Hero originated as a web novel, which the author updated with chapters every single day for the past few years until a publishing company picked it up. Therefore if the writing seems amateurish in this first volume, the author will most likely improve in the later volumes.
Complimenting the story are great illustrations and character designs. Even by light novel standards, the illustrations are very well done and impeccably depict various scenes. What I liked the most was how they perfectly captured Naofumi's facial expression: you can feel his anger seeping through every corner of his perpetual frown, through every nook and cranny of his dark, glaring eyes.
Now, onto the quality of the translation and publication itself. The book had 300 pages but each page was smaller and had less words than books by other light novel publishers. However, I researched and found that the original Japanese tankobon had the same page count, so I'll assume that One Peace Books' is not guilty of toning any printing quality down. There were some typos and questionably worded sentences I noticed throughout the book. Furthermore, dialogue can get confusing sometimes when there are three or more characters talking at once. Although I am disappointed to say that One Peace Books' translation is mediocre at best, it gets the story across. It wasn't anything bad enough to ruin my enjoyment of the story, although I really hope they step their translation game up in volume 2. However, as stated before, this was written by an amateur author so some kinks in the writing quality here and there might not entirely be One Peace Books' fault. On a side note, the quote at the start of this review is a direct quote from their translation which I particularly like.
I look forward to volume 2 of what seems to be a deeply promising series with a protagonist one just can't hate.
(Originally reviewed on Goodreads, then revised and posted Amazon. Also, thanks for the images, kind imgur user).
The story starts when a typical college student is summoned from Japan as one of four heroes. They are destined to deal with some kind of monster invasion in a world much like a computer game (including leveling, status screens and so on). The man gets the short end of the stick, ending up with what appears to be the worst of the weapons and through it class (the legendary weapon is both a weapon and the source of the wielders special abilities which increase through leveling up). To make matters worse, he ends up being tricked and falsely accused. It angers and embitters him greatly, but he survives and despite his anger and trust issues still turns into something of hero even he himself is blind to it.
The book starts awkward, not sure whether it is the translation or it is simmilar in the original version. After some time though the flow of the story becomes more natural and easier to read. It is an entertaining litRPG story that does not follow the more traditional paths for prophecized heroes. There are some dark elements to the hero, although it is not really all that bad overall. Still, the protagonist buys a slave and helplessly undergoes some pretty bad injustices. Might not be for everybody.
The side characters are flat and cliche, and everybody has a tendency to react in extremes which in my experience is part and parcel of these kind of light novels, although I have seen worse. The two main characters seem to be developing fine and have more depth to their personalities. I am curious though about how little a professed gamer knows about some of the generic aspects of the game mechanics. For example, part 2 starts with him being surprised by spell and receipt books, which are pretty common aspects of most fantasy RPGs I have played from very early on in game development.
In the end, it was a good entertaining read, if a bit short (but I knew that when I bought it), leaving me curious about the next part.