About a recent anime that was just released called shield bro
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The Rise of the Shield Bro
Alright, it has been a long time since I’ve done something like this, and boy am I happy that it’s about something that I love to talk about. As some of you might know, there’s a new anime that was just released at animeshow.tv (you can go see it now if you want to). For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s definitely not Bang Dream Season 2 ! But, for those who knows…..it’s my boy SHIELD BRO!!!! Also known as Tate No Yuusha No Nariagari.
So, if you’ve read my bio/about me before, you might’ve seen me praising a lot about no game no life, which is like, basically this entire websites name and image. BUT, for the true hardcore fans who might know me(not many I presume because I don’t disclose much info because I seldom interact with people TWT), you would know that the first ever web novel/light novel that I completed was Shield Bro(I will refer it as shield bro from now onward). I have followed that series since the first time I stumbled upon it, and have read the god almighty Yoraikun translator which translates basically 1 chapter a day(impossible for me)! And that has inspired me to actually do what I’m doing here today, which is to also translate for everybody else!
Okay, let’s not talk about my story and just jump right into it! (inset pewdiepie meme). Right so, shield bro? How am I gonna go about this….Honestly, I don’t know, I’m so hyped for the anime and had just finished watching it, and it honestly BLEW MY FREAKING MIND! The art, the animation, the CG, the everything!! EVERYTHING IS WHAT I IMAGINED IT TO BE!!!! Sorry for the all caps, but it was really what I hoped for! As a die hard fan of yoraikun and the shieldbro that he translated, everyday was another day to live as I waited for the next chapter to appear, and read, and appear and you get it. So let’s just talk about some of the things that I like about this LN/Anime now.
(From this point onwards, it’s spoiler cities BOY)
The troupe for this is just different from your typical isekai genre. Usually when you think about isekai, you would think of the now apparent, goes to a different world, then gets something OP, and then enjoys the world with their own pace. Something like the recent Slime datta ken, and the death march are of this example.
Which, I don’t hate, don’t get me wrong, I’ve read both of the web novels and light novel of it, and it was an incredible read. But, shield bro is on another category where I like to call, edgy isekai genre. Examples that I can think of on the top of my head is Re:zero, which is dark af and boy do I love that as well.
You might see there’s a pattern to my taste XD Anyways, ripping of from the synopsis of shield bro from myanimelist, it’s about a story of 4 heroes, sword, spear, bow, and shield. They have to defend the wave. Then the king and everyone else in the kingdom thinks that shield is the most useless hero, and he was being accused of taking advantage of Malty. Okay wait let me stop you right there, they’ve already spoiled the story with the surnames of Malty(a.k.a BITCH) and Melromarc, which is the bloody King. Well whatever, I guess the ones writing the synopsis already predicted people knowing some spoilers beforehand. Back to the story…..Right from the start, I already love it, it follows the novel, and boy do I see some subtle references to the end. One HUUUUUGE reference I saw was at the start when he picked up the book about the place that he was about to be transported. When he saw the girls image(which is obviously Malty), he already called her a BITCH! Which is really really funny when I was watching it.
So right of the bat, when this came up I was like, this means business, they aren’t playing around and ruining the anime like what they did to death march. cough cough, change entire plot. Anyways, I don’t want to say too much about other anime, people are gonna come with pitch forks hunting me down if I were to do that.
Any-whoozes, let’s skip forward a little because boy do I love how they’re trying to make things even more inconspicuous with it! When they were summoned, the 4 heroes were sent to meet with the king, and oh man! The king just outright ignores shield bro even after given the opportunity to introduce themselves. Anyways, something doesn’t really smell right but they shrugged it off and were sent to their respected rooms to stay the night. THIS, THIS IS WHERE SHIT HITS THE FAN! During one of the scenes, when they were talking about where they were from, I was shocked! They actually talked about being in a parallel universe and being on different Japan! Which I was like, oh my god author you’re a genius! So, for those of you who have not read the novel, I suggest you SKIP TO THE NEXT PARAGRAPH!, and for those who have, let us continue! Alright, so when they were mentioning that the games that they played were similar to that of their world, and when the sword hero mentioned something about having a button at the right end of the “screen”, everyone somehow has it as well. Oh and also, when the messenger was telling them that they could not party, the “help” option also told them that. But that’s the smart thing, towards the kinda end-ish of the novel, do you remember that the only way to defeat the BITCH ASS MOFO, was that they have to fight together and share their information? Because that’s how they become stronger! For example, one of them mentioned that they can upgrade their weapons/shield and lo and behold all of them could do it as well. Then when the shield bro told them that they have different types of shield which they can change, everyone else could also do it! And also the part where the shield bro has to learn how to read and somehow when they went on that island where you can farm for EXP, only he could read the inscription and learn all those OP ASS BUFFS!!!!! This is the ingenious thing that I wanted to praise!
So, the next day arrived, they start sprinkling even more odd behaviours where nobody wanted to pair up with the shield bro, and blah blah he had to kinda fight on his own. And BOOM MISS MALTY CAME TO SAVE THE DAY! When she offered to be her partner, I was like, OH MAN I’m getting cold sweat! The best part was, I didn’t realize the other subtle details like when she asked how much the armor was for and how much does it resell, and why after the fight she bought such an expensive armor worth like 440 gold! Anyone who has already picked up on it knows that this BITCH ASS GIRL IS AS FAKE AS A CHINA POKEMON CARD! And they didn’t really mention this when they were out fighting dem cute balloon monster, but in the novel, shield bro also said that this bitch didn’t actually party with him so he didn’t even get any exp whatsoever. Which was why when he was abandoned by the King, he just only reached level 2. Oh and I really love this one line when Motoyasu(aka no balls yasu) said when shield bro was betrayed, the line was, “You’re not the protagonist!”, and oh man I felt so much anger just from hearing that!
Yes, this is an edgy anime which just brings hatred to a lot of viewers from the getgo, which also might turn off some viewers because of how shitty everyone treats the shield bro. BUT, that’s exactly what makes this anime so good! It’s because of how everyone treats him like trash(hint hint), that he has to live on his own, feel the pain on his own, train on his own, eats tasteless meals, and finally getting a slave. This is what I love when it comes to character building, not some bullshit ass shounen genre(sorry for those who love naruto, bleach, one piece, fairy tail) where all they do is see some flashbacks and screams about friendships and all and becoming strong. Well again, I do watch all of those shounen animes when I was young, and I loved them, but they’ve became dull over the years and it really doesn’t peaked my interest anymore. So when it was my first time picking up this series, I felt so much pain reading it, its as if I was with the protagonist, weak, betrayed, suffered, anger, wraith(hint hintX2),.everything that shield bro felt, I can feel it too. It’s what makes me go to anime, it’s the reason why I always come back for anime, it’s because of these things that really hits me right in the kokoro(cringe fest please kill yourself weeb). Alright, before I wrap this all off, there’s one more scene which I also love, it’s what we call foreshadowing(oh shit that’s the word I was looking for), where there’s this person hiding behind the pillars when shield bro was walking away from the palace. Place your bets on who might that be!!! Just to give another hint for those who have not read the manga/novel, see the throne, see the seats.
Okay, I might’ve talked for too much, but that’s the thing, this is how much I loved this anime/novel that I wanted to share my thoughts on it. If I had a good microphone and some video editing skills, I would’ve already created a video just like Gigguk~ But sadly, I do not have any of those, including a charisma. Alright, let me just talk about the last scene, where the armor shop dude wanted to whack him, but saw shield bro’s dead ass eyes and he was like, Fuck, this guy’s been tricked. And even gave him some clothes to wear. UGH, I”ll TURN GAY FOR YOU!!!! Also, towards the end, when shield bro saw Raphtalia, UGHHH That same deadpan eyes!!! The connection with the two of them. And it ends… SO GOOD!!!! GIVE ME THAT COLD LOOK RAPHTALIA, I”LL TAKE IT ALL!!!!!! (Eww…stop it)
Honestly, I didn’t want to make this post at all, because I kinda like expected shield bro to come out as an anime and I have already anticipated my hype. But these past few days were really a mess for me….My life to be precised…So to let off some steam, I wanted to talk about a novel that was adapted to an anime which I adore and love so much which also inspired me to become a translator. So yeah, I hope that y’all would enjoy this just as much as I would, and hopefully you would share this to others. Welp, that’s it for me, anything you would like to discuss you can just comment down below, you know for sure I won’t respond at discord XD
TL;DR: Translator-san was so hyped about an anime that he has to talk about it.
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