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The 13 Best Anime Like The Rising of the Shield Hero

Updated June 14, 2019 27.1k votes 5.2k voters 193.6k 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.

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  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
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    Being transported to another world isn't always what one would hope or expect it to be. In Naofumi's case, the problem is that due to a series of betrayals and misunderstandings, he's forced to exist at the bottom of his new society, with no choice but to try and save the world anyway if he ever wants to make it home. That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime takes a far more light-hearted look at this premise by having the protagonist be reincarnated into a magical world not as a dragon, a warrior, or something else that seems cool, but as a slime. But both Naofumi and Rinmaru will learn to thrive in their new environments in spite of their difficulties. 

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  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
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    Unlike Naofumi, Bell Cranel is native to his magical world - but the tasks he must complete are pretty similar. He starts off as a weakling who needs to gain strength through a video game style system of 'leveling up' and he also has to gather party members to help him. Ultimately, he becomes much more powerful and competent, but it's a hard and rocky road to get to that point. 

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  • Overlord
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    When Momonga's favorite online game shuts down, he decides to spend the games' last moments logged into the server. Rather than being kicked off as he expects, he winds up being transported to a real version of the game as his character, the dark wizard who controls a guild called Ainz Ooal Gown. The world still operates with gamelike mechanics, but the inherent dangers have dramatically increased. This is similar to Naofumi's predicament - both of them must adapt to a game-like fantasy world, and both of them start off on the "villains" side, though in Naofumi's case it's not by choice.

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  • No Game No Life
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    Like Naofumi, Sora and Shiro are otaku who don't quite fit in with society, who find themselves being transported to a game-like world and being forced to adapt to it. The difference is that Sora and Shiro are much worse at living in the real world than Naofumi is, and are far more easily embraced by the magical one. While Naofumi is an ordinary college student with nerdy interests, Sora and Shiro are so anxious and maladjusted that they rarely leave their bedrooms. In the new world, Naofumi is immediately excoriated, while Sora and Shiro's gaming skills help them gain the respect of those around them. If you love the premise of Rising of the Shield Hero but want a different take, No Game No Life is a good choice.

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