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The 13 Best Anime Like The Rising of the Shield Hero

Updated June 14, 2019 26.5k votes 5.4k voters 203.4k views13 items

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The Rising of the Shield Hero is one of the most popular shows of the Winter 2019 anime season. The show follows Naofumi Iwatani, a college student who is suddenly thrust into a new world to fulfill the role of the shield hero. Already looked down on for a role he didn't choose, he winds up being horrifically betrayed by his only comrades, and forced to fend for himself in a strange new land. If you love what it has to offer, you're probably looking for anime similar to The Rising of the Shield Hero. If so, this list offers some quality recommendations. 

Most anime like The Rising of the Shield Hero exist in the same genre - isekai. Isekai anime take the characters out of their usual setting - usually their lives on Earth - and then transport them to a new and fantastical world. Coincidentally, a lot of these characters are gamers who would easily take to the game like worlds they'll have to inhabit. But just like in The Rising of the Shield Hero, adjusting to a new world is far from easy. Shows like Re:Zero, Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions, and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime show how challenging it can be. An anime doesn't have to be an isekai to share themes of The Rising of the Shield Hero, though - My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is a high school club anime, but the protagonist's bitterness and experience with social betrayal is just like Naofumi's.

Which of these anime do you think are the best The Rising of the Shield Hero recommendations? Vote them up to let the world know what you think.

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    Like Shield Hero, How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord is about an isekai scenario gone wrong. Takuma Sakamoto is a shut-in who spends all his time leveling up his MMO character, Demon King Diablo. One day, he's summoned into the world of the game by two girls who try to cast a spell to turn him into their slave. The spell backfires, and they end up being bound to serve him instead. That's the other thing that the two shows have in common - both of them are willing to address controversial themes like slavery - although their success at doing so is up for debate. 

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    If what appeals to you about The Rising of the Shield Hero is its willingness to get seriously dark, then you might like Re:Zero. When Subaru Natsuki is transported to a magical world, pretty much nothing goes right for him. He's immediately robbed and assaulted, and actually loses his life - but finds that he has a mysterious ability that helps him rewind time and survive. Life in the new world won't be easy for Subaru, and if he wants to survive, he'll have to live by his wits and by the help of his allies. 

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    KonoSuba is basically The Rising of the Shield Hero but funnier and more lighthearted. After nerdy high school student Kazuma Satou passes away in a ridiculous and embarrassing accident, he gets two choices - go on to heaven or get reincarnated into a fantasy world. He chooses the latter, only to find out that he doesn't really have any useful powers - just a goddess who is supposed to be helping him but doesn't really have any substantial abilities. If you loved Shield Hero's isekai concept, but want your next watch to be a little less dark, you should check out KonoSuba.

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  • Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions tells the story of a group of people who are unexpectedly transported to a fantasy world with no memories of their former lives. To survive, they have to join the army. Those who are strong band together and leave the weaker members of their group behind, forcing them to survive by their wits. This is similar to the situation that Naofumi finds himself in upon arriving in Melromarc - he's the weakest member of his party, and he's almost immediately ostracized and forced to act on his own.

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