It’s one of the highlights of 2019, both for the Isekai genre and the most popular anime of the year so far.
All it takes is one episode to see the dark road where the plot is headed. And that’s where each life lesson sprouts from.
Some of the life lessons are cruel, but realistic. While others are subtle, but powerful.
Whether you’ve watched the anime (or not), you’ll be able to relate to at least one.
Let’s get into it.
Life Lessons From The Rising Of The Shield Hero:
1. Some people are out to F*** you over, because they’re insecure
There’s no shortage of people on this planet who feel like absolute sh*t. Either because they’re bitter about circumstances they put themselves in, or because they’re cowards who point fingers instead of facing their own demons.
The same is true in The Rising Of Shield Hero, especially in the soul crushing first episode that paints a harsh image of what’s to come.
Naofumi pops into a new world he’s unfamiliar with. And ends up being one of the 4 cardinal heroes. Only to find out what happens when you put too much trust into people who seem honest and kind.
And it’s all for nothing but greed, power and control to cover up Myne’s insecurities.
Life is the same way
As much as I’d love it if people were more honest, kind and helpful towards each other, the reality is you WILL come across people who will use kindness as a lure to take advantage of you. And then toss you away when they’re done.
2. Hatred will always hold you back if it runs deep
Naofumi Iwatani has every reason to HATE the capital, the system, governments and those with “power”.
After all, it’s hard to trust a system that’s betrayed you, even if there “might” be some good people within it.
Naofumi’s constantly harassed and abused for no reason other than existing.
And this gets worse as he gains more power and respect. But his hatred, even if justified, holds him back to a degree.
Raphtalia and the crew are the real reason he’s able to keep his anger in-check.
Life is the same way
Spending your life driven by hatred guarantees you’ll be miserable and unhappy. Everything feels like a struggle, because you don’t enjoy life the way you should.
Hatred stands in the way of what’s most important, by tricking you into believing it’s less important than the person you despise.
The same person who doesn’t give a F about you.
3. Pain is only temporary, as long as you don’t give up
This isn’t the Victorian age anymore. Or whatever time in human history where struggle was everlasting.
In the modern world, and as represented in Anime, pain is only temporary.
In The Rising Of The Shield Hero, Naofumi would have been consumed by his pain, if it weren’t for finding people with kind souls and pure intentions.
Anyone dealing with the tragic events Naofumi did would have been destroyed in most cases.
Pain runs deep when we have nothing to “heal” it.
Filo, Raphtalia and Melty are 3 characters who make Naofumi more trustworthy of people, to an extent.
And more importantly: they help Naofumi overcome his hardships and see the light at the end of the tunnel.
By the end of the anime series Naofumi is a better man. And “pain” is the least of his worries.
He learns how to deal with his hardships, only to realize it’s nothing he has to bare with forever. Because pain is temporary, especially when you work on yourself and make an effort to improve.
Life is the same way
We’ll always have certain pains that never truly go away. But if we’re willing, pain can be temporary.
It all comes down to perspective, personal development, surrounding yourself with the right people, and doing more of the things that make you feel GOOD about yourself.
4. Some people don’t WANT you to succeed
Naofumi Iwatani has haters from the moment he becomes a “Shield Hero”.
We see “b*tch” cosying up to Naofumi, and behaving as if she’s doing him a favor. Naofumi’s convinced she’s trying to help him (out of the goodness of her heart).
But we soon see this is all for her own personal, selfish gain. Myne’s been dying to see Naofumi fail from the beginning, for no reason other than insecurity and self-hatred.
And once Myne (who’s later named b*tch) brainwashes society, everyone’s begging for Naofumi to fail. By condemning him and blindly doing everything they can to destroy his image.
Life is similar
Almost nobody wants to see you succeed in life. Especially not BEFORE they succeed. And definitely not to the extent that you’re doing “better” than they are.
Even your own neighbors, colleagues, family or friends can turn out to be your worst enemies who cheer for your downfall in silence.
Success reminds people of what they could have accomplished, but didn’t bother to.
It’s a reminder of all the things they’re scared of committing to, and a good excuse to pin the blame on you for their own lack of effort and dedication.
That’s why so few people want you to succeed, in a way that’s genuine and without malice. Just like with the anime: The Rising Of The Shield Hero.
5. Trust is hard but necessary
Who in their right mind would trust someone, after the NEW town you’re now a part of is full of liars, scumbags and hypocrites?
Naofumi Iwatani had to face the same issues after being “transported” to the new world with the 4 legendary heroes.
Not long after being there he’s taken advantage of, and they make it clear as well to Naofumi (even though everyone else who hates Naofumi is being deceived).
But later on he learns to trust Raphtalia and Filo. And then Melty and the queen, but only after a lot of hardship and personal progress is made.
Life is the same way
Trust is hard because so many people betray their trust, and don’t give a F about having principles, standards and morals.
That’s why so many people will turn their back on their word, backstab you, and even use you for their negative agendas and then smile in your face as if nothing ever happened.
But with all that said – trust is still necessary. You need to trust someone, or else you won’t be able to communicate, deal with people, and achieve certain things in life.
Or at the least – be able to form real friendships with real people.
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