On January 3rd, ANN had a segment “The Worst Anime of 2019” where a “journo” added an opinion on The Rising of the Shield Hero.
The review itself, as you can likely expect, doesn’t paint The Rising of the Shield Hero in a positive light.
Which seems to be a very unpopular opinion as most people in the anime community seem to have enjoyed the production, even if it is in an arguably overused genre.
Some parts of the post upset with Shield Hero, stick out more than others.
“If I’m calling an anime the worst of the year, it’s not sufficient that it merely be a “bad” show. It needs to be something actively, politically awful. “
This statement in particular is troublesome. The anime community, by and large, has been trying to stave off the influx of people who have seem to have no interest in anime, the industry, or the fans. The interest those people do have is quite different. They seem to be poised on using the anime industry and the community as their tools to force their own political ideals onto.
Most anime fans seem united in this fight, we don’t want political views being forced into anime. That is bad enough but making it even more troubling is how underhanded some companies go about inserting very biased political opinions into anime.
For example Funimation has been called out multiple times by the anime community for dubbing anime with political views that had no correlation at all in the original Japanese material.
Back to the Shield Hero opinion. This part of the post also stands out;
“With a premise predicated on a glorification of misogyny and slavery, it earns all the ire directed towards “
This isn’t the first time an “anime journo” has called The Rising of the Shield Hero and/or its fanbase misogynistic. Or “slavery apologists”. Or whatever buzzword they apparently feel will best demean the people they’re referring to.
For example, “Anime Feminist” in a post about why they refuse to review Shield Hero wrote;
“Our readers know why a series hinging on a false rape accusation and slavery apologism is wrong”
Reviews like these, that label The Rising of the Shield Hero as “misogynist”, “sexist”, “slavery apologist”, whatever ist; seem out of touch. This is in part why I say that people who make such statements seem to have no interest in anime and are just using it to try and force their views on others.
As you know if you’ve seen Shield Hero, one of the most powerful characters in the show is Queen Mirellia Q. Melromarc. One of the most powerful heroes in the show is Glass, another female character. Even Naofumi’s team is compromised of females, without their help, he would have gotten nowhere.
It seems they label Shield Hero “misogynist” simply because one of the females, Malty, a criminal who committed high treason and almost caused the world to end, received punishment near the end of the anime. This has nothing to do with her sex, it has everything to do with her being a terrible human being.
All in all, these statements are odd and troubling. Yet, I don’t want to blow things out of proportion either.
The “anime journo’s” and associated companies, who seem to have this goal of forcing certain politics ideals onto viewers; seem to be failing.
Companies like Crunchyroll and Funimation appear to be losing plenty of support from anime fans.
If anything the attempts to weaponize the anime community and industry as a means to force their political bias on others, has only united us more as we push back against them.
Thank you for your time.
( And thank you Wesley for the news tip. )