Do Ren and Itsuki Die?

In one of the more shocking moments of The Rising of the Shield Hero, Ren and Itsuki seemingly die. It’s the kind of thing that makes people stop watching until it is cleared up. That is exactly what we’ll do here. Let’s get right to it.

So, do Ren and Itsuki die? Although Sword Hero Ren and Bow Hero Itsuki are not killed by the High Priest/Pope, they do actually die before being summoned to another world. This is info missed by a lot of people as it is omitted in the Anime. Motoyasu also shares their fate.

Let’s discuss their fate in both their previous world and their new world in more detail below.

Ren and Itsuki Versus the Church of Three Heroes

Shield Hero ShadowAfter Naofumi implores Ren to investigate an alleged conspiracy, he and Itsuki find themselves investigating the Church of Three Heroes. This does not sit well with the Pope/High Priest, who decides to purify them. A big pillar of light, the high-level magic requiring multiple powerful casters, results in a big explosion and seemingly eliminates both heroes.

It was quite a shock to many viewers. Not to worry, however, as it soon turns out they escaped the ordeal unscathed. They were saved in the nick of time by the Queen’s Shadows. This causes some confusion with Spear Hero Motoyasu, as he believed the Shadows to be working for the Church. They were the ones feeding him info on Naofumi’s whereabouts after all. It turns out that there are several factions of Shadows.

The Death of Ren, Itsuki and Motoyasu

Deaths of Shield Hero Heroes

Although they escaped the Judgement spell, it is not exactly their first encounter with death. What we discuss here is extra info in the first volume of the Light Novel and Manga, not present in the Anime.

Motoyasu, Ren and Itsuki die before being summoned to another world:

  • Ren had a fairly heroic death, saving a friend from a criminal before dying at the hand of said criminal
  • Itsuki had a rather lame death, getting hit by a speeding dump truck
  • Motoyasu‘s death was downright pathetic, being stabbed by one of his girlfriends who found out about his other girlfriends

Does Naofumi die? Well, consistency wise it would make sense, but there is no sign of this in any of the mediums. He went to the library, encountered a blank page in the book he was reading and was transported. All indicates to him just leaving consciousness, not dying.

The Second Death of Motoyasu

Although not part of the main story, the author is working on a spin-off series where Motoyasu dies a second time. Death is not permanent for him, however. In what reminds me heavily of Re: Zero, he is transported back to the first day he was summoned.

It is a “what if” spin-off with the focus on Motoyasu, called Reprise of the Shield Hero. In this spin-off, Naofumi is not betrayed. Despite the story not focusing mainly on him, it is interesting to see the effects of this on his character.

You may consider giving this story a go after having gone through all available sources of the original story. If you want to dig into it earlier than that though, you can find the manga volumes on Amazon. Simply click the image to the right to be taken to the relevant page (affiliate link).

Will Ren and Itsuki Die in the Future?

To give a straight answer right away: their relevance in the story goes up and down, but they stay alive in all mediums for the time being.

Fitoria's warningSpeculation alone tells us it will be very unlikely for any of the heroes to die in the future, bar maybe a big self-sacrifice at the end of the story. This is due to Fitoria saying that the death of even one hero would make the waves a lot harder to deal with and major deaths are very rare in this series.

While the Anime leaves this open for interpretation, making it seem that all four are needed to stand a chance, the Manga is even more clear-cut. For every Hero that dies, the Waves themselves seem to grow in strength. This clears up the reason behind Fitoria’s intention of killing all four heroes when one were to die, allowing four new ones to be summoned. All four heroes therefore have big plot armor, at least against death.

John Winkels

In recent years, the amount of series I watched and read has reached three digits. I love digging deep into different versions of the source material (anime, manga, light novels) and sharing the results with you.

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