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The Best Episodes of The Rising of the Shield Hero

Every episode of The Rising of the Shield Hero ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Rising of the Shield Hero!

Iwatani Naofumi, a run-of-the-mill otaku, finds a book in the library that summons him to another world. He is tasked with joining the sword, spear, and bow as one of the Four Cardinal Heroes and fighting the Waves of Catastrophe as the Shield Hero. Excited by the prospect of a grand adventure, Naofumi sets off with his party. However, merely a few days later, he is betrayed and loses all his money, dignity, and respect. Unable to trust anyone anymore, he employs a slave named Raphtalia and takes on the Waves and the world. But will he really find a way to overturn this desperate situation?

Genres:AnimationAction & AdventureSci-Fi & FantasyDrama
Network:AT-X

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "The Rising of the Shield Hero" is "Naofumi's Triumphant Return", rated 9.1/10 from 684 user votes. It was directed by Takao Abo and written by N/A. "Naofumi's Triumphant Return" aired on 5/29/2019 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Lullaby at Dawn".

  • Naofumi's Triumphant Return
    9.1/10 684 votes

    #1 - Naofumi's Triumphant Return

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 2019-05-29

    After Naofumi survives thanks to Mirelia's help, she comes to visit him and tells him the truth behind the summoning of the heroes and the discrimination against the Shield Hero. She also promises to clear his name, and holds a trial for Aultcray and Myne's crimes.

    Director: Takao Abo

    Writer: N/A

  • Lullaby at Dawn
    8.9/10 632 votes

    #2 - Lullaby at Dawn

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2019-01-30

    The Wave is gone, but Naofumi's relief is short-lived as Motoyasu challenges him to a duel in the middle of the celebratory banquet held in Melromarc Castle. Motoyasu insists that owning a slave is unbecoming for a hero and that Naofumi free Raphtalia at once.

    Director: Son Seung-hui

    Writer: Ohine Ezaki

  • Battle of Good and Evil
    8.6/10 456 votes

    #3 - Battle of Good and Evil

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 2019-05-22

    Naofumi and gang stay on the attack despite being trapped in the Pope's Great Cathedral, but its sacred subspace nullifies his Curse Shield, leaving them one step short. Naofumi turns to another, newly unlocked Curse Shield, but the dragon's wrath threatens to swallow his mind whole.

    Director: Takuma Suzuki

    Writer: N/A

  • The Slave Girl
    8.4/10 540 votes

    #4 - The Slave Girl

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2019-01-16

    Naofumi follows the slave merchant to his store, where he looks for a partner to act as his sword. But all he has the money to buy is a diseased demi-human girl named Raphtalia, whom he then forces into an incredibly harsh battle.

    Director: Son Seung-hui

    Writer: Ohine Ezaki

  • The Rising of the Shield Hero
    8.4/10 485 votes

    #5 - The Rising of the Shield Hero

    Season 1 Episode 25 - Aired 2019-06-26

    It turns out that Glass, like L'arc, is also a hero from other world. Naofumi barely fights off their combo attacks and then corners Glass in a one-on-one battle, but is then faced with an all-important question: does he truly wish to protect this world?

    Director: Shinpei Wada, Takao Abo, Koji Furukawa

    Writer: N/A

  • The Shield Hero
    8.3/10 624 votes

    #6 - The Shield Hero

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2019-01-09

    College student Iwatani Naofumi is reading a book titled "The Records of the Four Cardinal Weapons" in the library when he is suddenly summoned to another world and told he has to save the world as the Shield Hero, one of the Four Cardinal Heroes. And one morning, he finds all his money and equipment gone.

    Director: Hitoshi Haga

    Writer: Keigo Koyanagi

  • Catastrophe Returns
    8.3/10 429 votes

    #7 - Catastrophe Returns

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2019-03-20

    Naofumi faces another Wave, this time in a remote village. With the help of the soldiers who volunteered to join him, he's able to secure the safety of the villagers, but the Wave shows no signs of letting up. He heads to fight with the other heroes, only to find a giant ghost ship floating in the sky.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Raven Invader
    8.3/10 412 votes

    #8 - The Raven Invader

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2019-03-27

    A mysterious woman showed up out of nowhere and destroyed the second Soul Eater in a single blow. She then proclaimed the start of the "true battle of the wave" and blew away the other three heroes when they attacked her. With Naofumi's party proving ineffective as well, he decided to use the Rage Shield one more time.

    Director: Shigeki Awai

    Writer: N/A

  • Raphtalia
    8.3/10 431 votes

    #9 - Raphtalia

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 2019-04-17

    Raphtalia corners Idol with vengeance in her eyes, her bloodthirsty blade reaching for his throat. Naofumi's words bring her back to her senses momentarily, but when Idol attacks her once again...

    Director: Toshiharu Kudou

    Writer: Ohine Ezaki

  • Wave of Catastrophe
    8.1/10 485 votes

    #10 - Wave of Catastrophe

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2019-01-23

    Naofumi has obtained a whole load of abilities and skills, and his teamwork with Raphtalia is reaching perfection, too. To prepare for the incoming Wave, he upgrades their equipment and heads to the dragon hourglass to find out exactly when it will arrive. But there, he runs into Motoyasu and the other heroes once again.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Ohine Ezaki

  • Curse Shield
    8.1/10 433 votes

    #11 - Curse Shield

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2019-02-27

    After hearing of a village in the East that's being ravaged by an epidemic, Naofumi and his party head there to deliver medicine. The epidemic was caused by the corpse of a dragon that had been killed a month before and left there to rot. Naofumi's party accepts a job request to clean the corpse and head to the mountains where it lies.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Devil of the Shield
    8.1/10 397 votes

    #12 - The Devil of the Shield

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2019-04-03

    Naofumi foils the attempt to take Melty's life and fights off the royal knights, but he's then framed for abducting Melty and killing several knights, so the party is forced to go on the run. With security tightened and checkpoints everywhere, the party receives a further blow that only makes things even worse.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Ohine Ezaki

  • Guardians of Another World
    8.1/10 393 votes

    #13 - Guardians of Another World

    Season 1 Episode 24 - Aired 2019-06-19

    Melromarc brings a large fleet to fight the Wave out at sea. While the queen takes charge and leads the operation well, the other three heroes prove useless yet again, leaving Naofumi to do it all alone. Later, he gets help from L'arc and Therese to fend off the monsters, but then...

    Director: Takuma Suzuki, Takanori Yamamoto

    Writer: N/A

  • Filo
    7.9/10 451 votes

    #14 - Filo

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2019-02-06

    After Aultcray reluctantly offers Naofumi a paltry reward, he heads to the slave merchant to redo the slave crest as per Raphtalia's wishes. He also buys a monster egg there, which hatches a few days later and gives him a new party member. Meanwhile, Myne shows up in Lute Village, where they're staying.

    Director: Toshiharu Kudou

    Writer: N/A

  • In the Midst of Turmoil
    7.9/10 408 votes

    #15 - In the Midst of Turmoil

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2019-03-13

    After refusing to hear Melty out, Naofumi switches to planning for the next Wave. When a bunch of young soldiers ask to join his party, he agrees, but on a certain condition. At the same time, he also tries to upgrade Raphtalia's class after she hits the level cap, but all he receives is harassment.

    Director: Jun Takahashi

    Writer: Ohine Ezaki

  • The Four Cardinal Heroes
    7.9/10 389 votes

    #16 - The Four Cardinal Heroes

    Season 1 Episode 19 - Aired 2019-05-15

    The Pope holds in his hands the ultimate weapon, which possesses the properties of all four cardinal weapons. Faced with its attack skill, "Judgment," and its powerful defensive force field, Naofumi and gang are rendered helpless. As the crisis worsens, Motoyasu, who is now in line to be punished as a "fake" hero, makes a surprising decision.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Nadia
    7.8/10 131 votes

    #17 - Nadia

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2023-10-13

    Naofumi's party enters the underground arena while concealing their identity. As they win and rise through the ranks, they're forced to confront the greed and lawlessness that lurks both without and within the arena. And when the final battle arrives, Raphtalia recognizes her opponent…

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The White Tiger Siblings
    7.8/10 120 votes

    #18 - The White Tiger Siblings

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2023-10-20

    Naofumi visits the slave market, where the demi-human slave Fohl asks him to save his sick sister. Naofumi asks him if he's prepared to pay the price, but… Meanwhile, Lurolona Village is beginning to come back to life as the rescued demi-humans return, but a grave danger awaits it.

    Director: Shunsuke Kishi

    Writer: Takuya Asahina

  • Dragon's Den
    7.8/10 102 votes

    #19 - Dragon's Den

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2023-11-24

    Naofumi assembles a party to pursue Gaelion, who has consumed the Emperor Dragon's Core. Gaelion's transformation is profoundly sickening Filo, so Naofumi must return Gaelion to normal within the next two days.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Ohine Ezaki

  • A New Comrade
    7.7/10 423 votes

    #20 - A New Comrade

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2019-02-13

    The mysterious girl that showed up out of nowhere was actually Filo. She's a filolial queen with an advanced transformation ability, and she can even take human form thanks to it. However, her clothes get ripped every time she transforms, meaning Naofumi has to get her some magic clothes if he doesn't want to go broke. The party leaves on a new adventure to gather the materials required.

    Director: Shigeki Awai

    Writer: N/A

  • A Conspiracy Linked
    7.7/10 379 votes

    #21 - A Conspiracy Linked

    Season 1 Episode 18 - Aired 2019-05-08

    Naofumi decides to go straight up to the checkpost in order to talk it out with the other heroes. But there, he finds the one guy least likely to listen to him, Motoyasu, who attacks Naofumi without bothering to listen to what he has to say. Why could Motoyasu be so intent on killing Naofumi, more than ever before?

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Savior of the Heavenly Fowl
    7.6/10 423 votes

    #22 - The Savior of the Heavenly Fowl

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2019-02-20

    After hearing of a village that's in immediate need of herbicide, Naofumi and his party head there to do business. The village has been overrun by plants that have turned into monsters, and its residents were forced to abandon it. These plants can even take root in humans, and apparently Motoyasu is the one who released them into the wild.

    Director: Yuji Tokuno

    Writer: N/A

  • Melty
    7.6/10 413 votes

    #23 - Melty

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2019-03-06

    In the Eastern village, Naofumi meets a girl named Melty. She instantly becomes friends with Filo and then requests to accompany the party on their journey. It seems she got separated from her guards. They travel together for a while, but when they reach the capital, they find...

    Director: Toshiharu Kudou

    Writer: Ohine Ezaki

  • Filolial Queen
    7.6/10 379 votes

    #24 - Filolial Queen

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 2019-04-24

    As Naofumi and his party try to get the weakened kids to safety, Tyrant attacks them. Once Naofumi realizes that he's actually after Filo, he hatches a plan to lure him outside the city, but they can't even put a scratch on its massive body.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • A Promise Made
    7.6/10 384 votes

    #25 - A Promise Made

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 2019-05-01

    Fitoria tells Naofumi that she'll kill all Four Cardinal Heroes if they don't get back on the same page. She even takes Melty hostage, but Naofumi continues to refuse. Understanding where he's coming from, Fitoria instead proposes a one-on-one duel with Filo.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A