With the broadcast of the most recent episode of the second season of Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (The Rising of the Shield Hero) also came the appearance of the Spirit Turtle. Fans of the franchise already knew that this was a giant tortoise that Naofumi’s team had to battle, but a large moving element usually requires the use of one tool: CGI.
Thus, the Spirit Turtle makes use of this animation technique, but the execution was something that was not well received by the fan base at all. On Twitter, the user “Shayan (@Echidnuh)He shared two stills of the turtle in question and wrote: “Hahahahaha, is this your Shield Hero? This is much worse than she thought. I would hate to be a true Shield Hero fan right now».
The publication, of course, attracted comments of all kinds, highlighting:
- «And this is what happens when the entire budget goes to storytelling and character development.».
- «Complaining about a CGI turtle, while having one of the worst manga adaptations ever created as your favorite. You have a series that is a pure insult to the source material and here you are complaining about a turtle. Thanks for the laughs, you made my day».
- «Being a Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari hater has never felt so good».
- «It didn’t need to be drawn by hand, in fact since I read the manga I knew the turtle was going to be CG, although I thought that since the director changed and the anime had a long production time it would look better. As a model itself it is decent, but its quality is not. They could have gone the bind way and used CG but mixed it with smoke, fog and monsters».
- «Well, it seems that Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari is left out of “the best isekai in history”, after all now it’s just about Naofumi getting waifus».
- «This makes the CGI of Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season Part 1 look like a masterpiece. But those models were better made and in less time. That’s why you have to use thick lines and try different compositions to make visually satisfying CGI.».
- «It doesn’t help much that there’s a fucking 2D turtle in the opening…»
- «It looks like something out of the first Shadow of the Colossus video games.».
- «This makes me respect Toei Animation even more, who did not use CGI to animate Kaido Dragon Version in One Piece, even though it is a weekly series that has not been interrupted. Shame on Kinema Citrus to bring this up after a delay of over six months».
- «Looks like the final boss of a low budget video game».
Synopsis for Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari
The Four Heroes are a group of ordinary men from modern Japan summoned to the realm of Melromarc to become its saviors. Melromarc is a country ravaged by the Waves of Calamity that have repeatedly ravaged the land and brought disaster to its citizens for centuries. The four heroes are respectively given a sword, a spear, a bow, and a shield to defeat these waves. Naofumi Iwatani, an otaku, suffers from the curse of being the “Hero of the Shield”. Armed with only a measly shield, Naofumi is looked down upon and ridiculed by his fellow heroes and the people of the kingdom due to his weak offensive capabilities and lackluster personality.
When the heroes have resources and comrades to train with, Naofumi sets out with the only person willing to train alongside him, Malty Melromarc. However, he is soon betrayed by her and is falsely accused of taking advantage of her. Naofumi is then heavily discriminated against and hated by the people of Melromarc for something he didn’t do. With a raging storm of pain and distrust in his heart, Naofumi begins his journey to strengthen himself and his reputation. Later, however, the difficulty of being alone arises, so Naofumi buys a dying demi-human slave named Raphtalia to accompany him on his travels. As the waves close in on the kingdom, Naofumi and Raphtalia must fight for the kingdom’s survival and protect the people of Melromarc from their dire future.
Source: @Echidnuh on Twitter