Shield Hero Season 3 was…

Key points for Shield Hero Season 3 Review:

  • I appreciate how Shield Hero Season 3 maintains continuity, with consequences from Season 1 still shaping events. The aftermath of past arcs and new world-building additions enhances the storytelling experience.
  • While I enjoy the depth of the plot, I’ve noticed pacing issues and tonal inconsistency. Rushed segments and moments that should be serious come off as goofy, affecting my overall experience.
  • The main cast shines, but the supporting characters suffer from insufficient screen time. I believe there’s a need for more character development, particularly for characters like Wyndia, Rat, and the twins, and I wish for a more significant focus on Ren’s character arc.

As we approach the end of the Fall 2023 Season, I’d like to start pumping out my reviews gradually. As we reach the end of the year, there will be a lot of stuff I’ll have to do aside from reviews. So to avoid my burdens I am starting the reviews early this season. And I have decided to start with Shield Hero Season 3.

Why this anime? Well, this week, Shield Hero had one of the series’ best episodes so far. And I am sure the next episodes will be on a similar level. So I don’t think my rating of this anime will change by the climax, that is why I picked it.

With that long introduction out of the way, let’s talk about the anime itself. Welcome to the first review of the Fall 2023 Season and today we are talking about Shield Hero Season 3. Let’s start.

Plot

The one thing I really liked about the plot of this season, as very apparent in the recent episode, is the continuity. Almost nothing is forgotten in this anime and things from Season 1 still have consequences all this time later. Of course, the travel to Kizuna’s world also took its toll on Noafumi and the team and that is still present. The aftermath of the spirit tortoise arc also played a big role in this season. And the new additions to the world-building are also welcome.

My issues with this season when it comes to the plot are related to the tone and the pacing. Seriously, at times it feels like we are rushing through segments and parts that should have been longer. Characters are introduced at a pretty quick pace and the anime asks you to relate to them despite having very little screen time at that point. I think I mentioned this in a previous article too but some moments that should have been serious, like Motoyasu’s breakdown just come off as goofy. And that is kind of infuriating at times.

Characters

Look, the main cast is still good and I love them. The problem I have on the character side of things is with the supporting cast. As I mentioned, the anime doesn’t really give you enough of a reason to care about them as we don’t get enough time with them. Give the characters more time to grow and develop a connection with the viewers. This goes for characters like Wyndia, Rat, the twins, etc. Aside from that, Ren’s character development should have been a bigger deal. One character introduction the anime does handle right though is Nadia.

Animations and Soundtracks

Not much to say here. I wish the anime itself looked as good as the opening theme. Because the opening theme looks freaking amazing. That said, the anime, in general, looks better than season 2 and maybe even better than season 1 at points. Yes, there is still some goofy stuff but it is decent for the most part. As for the soundtrack, Wizkid is back again with an amazing opening theme and the ending theme is decent as well. The fight BGM is pretty decent but barely noticeable most of the time.

Summing Up

Here are my final scores for Shield Hero Season 3:

  • Plot – 7/10
  • Characters – 7/10
  • Animations – 7/10
  • Soundtracks – 7/10
  • Enjoyment – 8/10
  • Would have benefitted from more episodes – 10/10
  • Overall – 7.5/10

That is all for now. Those were my thoughts and opinions on Shield Hero Season 3. Definitely a step in the right direction from Season 2 and pretty decent overall. Nothing mind-blowing but it would’ve seriously benefitted from a slightly longer season and better production quality. With that said, I will take my leave here. See ya!!

Also, check out this week’s manga recommendation here!

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