Naofumi’s Progress From Zero to Hero to Not-So-Anti-Hero

This week I'm turning my attention to Naofumi from The Rising of the Shield Hero. As a character he's already been criticised and mocked and I'm not jumping on that band wagon. Rather I want to look at what his character was trying to achieve, what he did achieve, and where he was found wanting.

2019 Winter Anime End Of The Season

Now that the Winter season is mostly over, this is where the anime ended up on my list. The Reader's Poll results will be announced later today.

Top 5 Anime Characters With Wings

Tuesday's Top 5

This week we are counting down the top 5 anime characters who have wings. Be sure to come along and share your favourites.

2019 Winter Anime Half-Time

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While we aren't quite half-way through the Winter anime season, I'm just taking a moment to take stock, look at my watch list, and I'm trying to predict which of the shows I'm watching will actually hold out until the end of the season to be my favourite. In the meantime, I'd love to know what you are watching, what you've dropped, what you think will be anime of the season, and what you think is going to fall apart.

In Case You Missed It 2019 #2

This week's round up of anime related blog posts. As the new season gets into gear the first impressions are coming thick and fast as are the round-ups of the previous season. Some great posts to be shared, come check them out.

What To Do When The World Turns Its Back On You?

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Naofumi has been summoned to another world, told he is one of four legendary heroes, and that he must save the world. However, why does no one seem to actually want him around and why does he suddenly find himself framed for a crime he didn't commit? It's another light novel adaptation so how is this one going?

The Double-Edge Sword of a Misanthropic Protagonist

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If you've watched any amount of anime, there is no doubt at one time or another you have come across the misanthropic protagonist. Most recently we've had our streams graced by the ever charming Naofumi who actually started out as quite a nice and optimistic guy but after betrayal and injustice lost his ability to … Continue reading The Double-Edge Sword of a Misanthropic Protagonist

The Rising of the Shield Hero 3 Light Novel Review: New Enemies and Conspiracies But Was It Fun?

Overview: Naofumi is still trying to prepare for the coming of the waves but now finds that the church is also blocking his path by denying him access to levelling up his party. It isn't any wonder he has difficulty trusting the young Princess who has come to his party insisting she wants to try … Continue reading The Rising of the Shield Hero 3 Light Novel Review: New Enemies and Conspiracies But Was It Fun?

The Rising of the Shield Hero 2 Light Novel Review: Grinding, Crafting and Lots of Travel

Overview: Naogumi continues his adventure as the Shield Hero (although the term Hero here might be highly misplaced for a lot of reasons) in this second book. Review: I really enjoyed reading book one though had some issues with Naofumi as a protagonist and those aren't entirely diminished with book 2, but at the same … Continue reading The Rising of the Shield Hero 2 Light Novel Review: Grinding, Crafting and Lots of Travel

The Rising of the Shield Hero 1 Novel Review: Why Annoy The Hero?

Overview: I cannot remember who, but someone recommended this series to me so I picked up the first volume to give it a go. Naofumi Iwatani is your basic otaku college student with no drive who suddenly finds himself summoned to a parallel universe where he becomes one of four heroes. Unfortunately for him, his … Continue reading The Rising of the Shield Hero 1 Novel Review: Why Annoy The Hero?