The Cast and Characters of Crunchyroll’s The Rising of the Shield Hero

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The Following is a list of cast and characters from the Crunchyroll program The Rising of the Shield Hero and their status at the end of the season(s).

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Characters description and pictures used are changed as notable information is presented and better screenshots are taken. Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of every cast member. Only those who have presented themselves as an essential part of the show are noted. There is, however, an exception for some guest stars.

How characters end each season are presented on the second page after the season has concluded.

Ishikawa Kaito Plays Naofumi


First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “The Shield Hero”

Who Is Naofumi

Based on his introduction, 20-year-old college student, Naofumi, was a nice kid in his version of Japan. He helped his parents get his little brother in line, and while into video games, he wasn’t a shut-in. He was just an average, arguably unremarkable, kid. However, that changed when he got summoned to Melromarc and was assigned a legendary… shield.

Being given a shield, alongside his less than noteworthy persona, made it so, when it was time to form a party, and gain experience, no one initially wanted to join him. However, one person did who took our bright and bubbly Naofumi down a dark path. One that would change the way he presented himself to the world forever.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

Matsuoka Yoshitsugu Plays Ren

Ren saying his name, age, and school status.
Ren (Matsuoka Yoshitsugu)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “The Shield Hero”

Who Is Ren

Despite being a 16-year-old high school student, Ren is arguably the most mature of the four cardinal weapon holders. His specific weapon is a sword, and it seems, compared to Naofumi, Itsuki, and Motoyasu, he is the least social of the four. Something he has no shame or hesitation in making clear.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

Takahashi Makoto Plays Motoyasu

Motoyasu introducing himself.
Motoyasu (Takahashi Makoto)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “The Shield Hero”

Who Is Motoyasu

The oldest of the four holders of the cardinal weapons, at 21, the lance-wielding Motoyasu is a college student and clearly one of the most charismatic of the group. When it comes time to develop parties to train, most of the female warriors join Motoyasu. However, whether or not he is a good guy is up for question. At least in terms of his relationship with Myne and whether or not he was aware of what she wanted to do to Naofumi.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

Yamaya Yoshitaka Plays Itsuki

Itsuki (Yamaya Yoshitaka) introducing himself to the court.
Itsuki (Yamaya Yoshitaka)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “The Shield Hero”

Who Is Itsuki

The youngest of the four, at 17, is also the wielder of a bow and arrow. In a way, he is a younger version of Motoyasu in terms of charisma, charm, and has some of Naofumi’s initial enthusiasm. However, like everyone else, when things look terrible for Naofumi, after a grave accusation, he doesn’t ask any questions. He just assumes the worse of Naofumi – seemingly based on previous preconceived notions.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

Bridcutt Sarah Emi Plays Myne

Myne (Bridcutt Sarah Emi) introducing herself to Naofumi.
Myne (Bridcutt Sarah Emi)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “The Shield Hero”

Who Is Myne

At first, she was just another female warrior captured by Motoyasu’s charm. Someone who seemingly would be nameless but then decided to be the only one to offer themselves to join Naofumi’s party. Something which, at first, seemed to be an okay arrangement. Yes, he was spending a lot of money because of her, including for wine and weaponry. Yet, with him being given 800 silver coins, which appears to be a lot of money, and her doing him a favor, it’s hard to not want to thank her kindness.

However, in return for his generosity, he is given a rape accusation. One which is taken seriously within the kingdom of Melromarc for they are a matriarchal society, per Myne. Leading to everyone turning their back on Naofumi quickly within the country and Myne getting away with all that was brought for her. Oh, I should note, while returning to Motoyasu’s side who may or may not be the wiser.

Leaving us to question if she is going to play Motoyasu in a similar fashion or, as Naofumi accused, they already had an arrangement.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

Seto Asami Plays Raphtalia

Raphtalia (Seto Asami) happy after being fed.
Raphtalia (Seto Asami)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “The Slave Girl”

Who Is Raphtalia

An orphan, thanks to the first wave, Raphtalia is a demi-human who becomes Naofumi’s first follower. Granted, not by choice, but him buying her. However, in time he becomes like a younger sibling or child to him and they become close. Even to the point of her conquering her fears to save his life.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  • We’re told the Shield Hero, historically, has been kind to demi-humans like Raphtalia.
  • Raphtalia is half raccoon.

Hidaka Rina Plays Filo

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 5 “Filo”

Filo, originally, was just another being Naofumi purchased from Dorei-shou – a simple investment which was supposed to be a bird, which could become a dragon, but ended up becoming a young girl with wings.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

Ogata Ken`ichi Plays Dorei-shou

Dorei-shou (Ogata Ken'ichi) selling Naofumi a Filolial.
Dorei-shou (Ogata Ken’ichi)

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 5 “Filo”

Dorei-shou is a slaver who Naofumi uses, despite him being a bit suspect and not revealing how he has gotten his various slaves.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

Season/ EpisodeSynopsisDirector, Writer, and Introduced ActorsTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 6 “A New Comrade”As Raphtalia gets jealous of Filo growing closer to Naofumi, we’re given an update on what the other heroes are doing.
Director(s)Abo Takao
Writer(s)Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date2/13/2019
  • The Owner, Not Father/ Friend, Not Father: Filo, Raphtalia, Naofumi
  • One Hand Shakes the Other: Naofumi
  • Though He Can Be Gruff, He’s Really a Softee: Filo, Raphtalia, Naofumi
Season 1, Episode 5 “Filo”We’re informally introduced to another kingdom this episode, alongside seeing that Myne and her father truly are trash.
Director(s)Abo Takao
Writer(s)Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date2/6/2019
Introduced This Episode
FiloHidaka Rina
Dorei-shouOgata Ken`ichi
  • A Hero Reborn: Naofumi, Myne, Itsuki, Ren, King Melromarc, Raphtalia
  • Filo: Filo, Dorei-shou, Naofumi, Raphtalia
  • As His Legend Grows, So Does His Party: Myne, Motoyasu, Filo, Naofumi, Raphtalia
Season 1/ Episode 4 “Lullaby at Dawn”The Riding of the Shield Hero kicks things up a notch as Naofumi, once more, is coerced to play the villain thanks to Myne.
Director(s)Abo Takao
Writer(s)Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date1/30/2019
Introduced This Episode
King MelromarcNakano Yutaka
  • What Is It That I’ve Done To You?: Naofumi, Myne, Raphtalia, Motoyasu
  • A Duel: Naofumi, Myne, Raphtalia, Motoyasu
  • There Is Freedom In Love: King Melromarc, Naofumi, Myne, Raphtalia, Motoyasu, Ren, Itsuki
Season 1/ Episode 3 “Wave of Catastrophe”Naofumi and Raphtalia experience their first demon wave, and Raphtalia begins to hear whispers of Naofumi’s past.
Director(s)Abo Takao
Writer(s)Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date1/23/2019
  • Level Up Lolicon: Naofumi, Raphtalia
  • Hello To Old Frenemies & The First Wave: Raphtalia, Motoyasu, Naofumi
Season 1/ Episode 2 “The Slave Girl”Naofumi gets his first follower and may begin to show the world the rumors about him are untrue.
Director(s)Abo Takao
Writer(s)Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date1/16/2019
Introduced This Episode
RaphtaliaSeto Asami
  • The Demi-Human Girl: Raphtalia, Naofumi

Season 1/ Episode 1 “The Shield Hero”

The Rising of the Shield Hero lives up to what its trailer hyped and may provide oh so much more.

CreatorAneko Yusagi
Director(s)Abo Takao
Writer(s)Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date (Available Early With Premium Membership)1/9/2019
Genre(s)Action, Adventure, Drama
Good If You LikeAnime Where Lead Character Is Sucked Into Foreign World

Strong Dramatic Element

Pending Doomsday Battles

Shows Which Have an RPG Vibe

Isn’t For You If YouPrefer Less Talking, More Action
Introduced This Episode
NaofumiIshikawa Kaito
RenMatsuoka Yoshitsugu
MotoyasuTakahashi Makoto
ItsukiYamaya Yoshitaka
MyneBridcutt Sarah Emi

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