The Rising of the Shield Hero is a light novel by Aneko Yusagi. It revolves around a otaku named Iwatani Naofumi who is transported into a world. There are protagonists being transported into another world troups in anime. I will get to that toward the end of this post. Naofumi is a shield warrior and the chosen one. He is one of the chosen warriors to save Melromac. There is a spear warrior (Motoyasu), sword (Ren) and bow (Itsuki). These four warriors have to save the Kingdom of Melromac from Catastrophe. Naofumi early in the series gets used by the King’s Daughter named Matly. Matly travels with Naofumi and uses him. Naofumi was dumbfounded and mistrust people after being setup by Matly. Everyone from Malromac shunned Naofumi and treat him like a criminal. This cause Naofumi to felt unease and cynical toward people.
Later on Naofumi, uses his shield to acquire skills and protect others. During his adventures, he learn more about Malromac culture. Outcasted and feel exiled by society, Naofumi meets allies on his adventure. Iwatani meets a slave demi-human named Raphtaila. Raphtaila is a racoon-like demi human that lost her parent during Catastrophe. Naofumi brough her from a slave trader and join in the adventure. Raph is Naofumi sword and right-hand person. Early on, she doesn’t know how to use a sword. After fighting some monsters, Raphtaila level up and become stronger. Later on, Naofumi and Raphtaila brought a egg that have a bird-angel slave. That bird named is Filo, who can change sizes and transform into a human.
Gamers! Is a light novel written by Sekina Aoi and Illustrated by Saboten. The plot of the anime is Keita Amano is loner boy who enjoys video games with a passionate. Amano is approach by the most beautiful student in the school Karen Tendo. Tendo is also a gamer and is a part of the games club. Tendo invites Amano to the games club due to both of them having a similar interest and love at first sight. Anamo declined the offer which lead Tendo stalking and acting awkward around him. The animation by Pine Jam which is a new company and directed by Manabu Okamoto. The series pay homage the mainstream games like Super Smash Bros, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Mario Kart 8 and Tales of Phantasia.
During the opening you will see familiar games from those franchises. The anime teach us that you don’t have to be good at the game or play them competitively. It also tackles real life and romance issues such as Aguri for example she don’t play video games and falls in love with Tasuku Uehara. Aguri finding out that Tasuku is into other girls. Amano and Chiaki debating about video games and Tasuku struggles with being a geek in middle school. Don’t forgot being alone and don’t socialize much in playing video games.
What is Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody about?
Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody is based on Japanese light novel written by Hiro Aninana. The series about a 29 year old video game programmer, who is transferred into the MMO world. Ichirou Suzuki, now go by Satou Pendragon learns about slavery and how to survive in a new world. During his journey, he started as level 1 and higher in the first episode. The series tackles slavery and discrimination of demi humans. People compare this to Sword Art Online but it’s completely different. Satou gained a lot of female companions on his adventures. He also learn and acquire new skills as well. I love how Satou have first person view, where MP, HP and inventory are displayed. I guess Ichirou doesn’t need a VR helmet.
Ichirou is a good nature and care-free protagonist that willing to help others. He quickly gains allies and friends on the way. Satou calls himself a merchant instead of traveler. He level up quickly went summoning meteor magic to defeat lizardmen. Instead of grinding to level up and obtain items. Ichirou already have them by luck, no like Kirito who had to work hard. He meets Zena Marienteil, who comes from a royal family that was saved by Satou. Afterwards, he encountered three demi human slaves named Pochi, Tama and Liza. These three are dog, cat and lizard demi humans, they have face discrimation and prejudice. Satou manage to free them but their mindset has not changed.
Overlord anime is based on a light novel by Kugane Maruyama and so-bin. It’s a 13-episode animated tv series by Madhouse. The plot of Overlord, sets in the year 2126. A DMMORPG called Yggdrasil and on the verge of shutting down. In the game, there is a guild called The Great Tomb of Nazarick. This game have 41 members which are Floor and Area guardians also Pleiades. There is the guild leader named Aniz, who is an avatar of a salesman that remains in the game. . Ainz journeys through Yggdrasil to solve problems and exploring different regions. Ainz motives are unknown as a guild member.
His relationship with guild members are caring and wise. The floor member consist of Albedo, who falls in love with Ainz. Shalltear Bloodfallen is a vampire girl who also love Ainz and betrays him in the first season. Demiurge, who is the most evil NPC in Nazarick. Cocytus is the guardian of the fifth floor and charge of security. Two twin floor guardians Aura Bella Fiora and Mare Bello Fiore. Many more Ainz Ooal Gown members throughout the series. Ainz not only a guild master but adventure named Mononga. In the show, Ainz balance being a guild master and adventurer. Nazarick group is not the only characters to have story arcs.
Sword Art Online is a Japanese light novel created by Reki Kawahara and abec. The story of SAO sets in 2022, where a virtual reality massively multiplayer online role-playing game Sword Art Online is released. VRMMORPG comes with a helmet with uses five sense in the human brain. Closed beta tester Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya is shunned by other players for being a cheater. Kirito rather play alone then a group of players. Later on Kirito befriends other player such as Asuna Silica, Klein, Sinon and more. The series tackles social issues outside virtual world. Sword Art Online is consider one of the popular series in anime. SAO developed a cult-following and fandom worldwide. The series is not the first virtual reality, Dot Hack//Sign come before SAO.
Reki also produce another virtual reality series called Accel World. Accel World is an augmented reality massively multiplayer online (ARMMO) fighting game. Both Sword Art Online and Accel World crossover in novel and video game. SAO focus on virtual reality and MMORPG issues in video games. Virtual Reality is a computer-generated scenario that simulates a realistic experience. It’s simulates of the real-world which people use their hands, feet, eyes and brain. VR is use for health, training and creativity. This sometimes have side-effect such as motion sickness, seizures and common symptoms. In the novel, Reki touch on some issues surrounding that. There are plenty more issues surround SAO as the series progresses.