Shield Hero Controversy

Grant Hess, MVC Staff Wrtier

A few months ago, an anime called”The Rising of The Shield Hero,” appeared out of the blue. This one was another isekai; an isekai is a genre of show in which the main character is transported to another world. Many watchers were underwhelmed, “who would want another isekai?” and “when will they stop coming?” were commonly asked questions on the forums. Nobody expected what would happen next.
The first episode was looking like just another isekai. It was nothing special until she appeared. Myne was her name and acting slimy was her game. She betrayed our beloved shield hero with a false rape accusation. Can you imagine: here comes this show out of nowhere and they kick it off with a false rape. What a start. What makes it even better was the timing: right in the middle of the MeToo movement, it was a checkmate. A small checkmate to be sure, but a welcome one.
The claims poured in from gamer magazines like Kotaku and IGN that everybody was upset by this. The media storm continued for about a month until they realized that the creator was a woman and the media ended up with a sounding unreasonable because they just assumed it had been created by a male. To be sure, the media overreacted.