The Rising of the Shield Hero (Tate no Yuusha) released its first season in January 2019. Showcasing 25 excitement packed episodes, the series grew in popularity exponentially and concluded its first arc on June 26th. In a recent Crunchyroll Expo, a special panel of the anime was scheduled for September 1st featuring character designer Masahiro Suwa, producer Junichiro Tamura, voice actor Sarah Emi Bridcutt, and opening music artist MADKID. The confirmation for the series’ extension to its second and third season was released, pleasantly surprising the fans at the Expo.
Earlier this year, Kadokawa announced that the anime was very profitable in 2019 Q1, thanks to Naofumi, Raphtalia, and Filo’s anime adventures. This had already hinted the fans to a Second Season confirmation. Originally based on a series of light novels, written by Aneko Yusagi and illustrated by Minami Seira, the story was picked up and adapted into an anime by Junichiro Tamura. It has also been adapted into a Shield Hero manga by artist Aiya Kyu. Despite being based around the same source, the Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari manga stands out because of the slight differences in art forms and character designs as compared to the novel and anime.
The publisher of the light novel series, Media Factory, would like to “animate all of Shielded hero”, but the producer of the anime admits that those plans are largely dependent on the support from the fans. During the expo, when asked about the success of the series and the positive response from the fans, Junichiro said:
“From the beginning, I thought that the original would be enjoyable not only for the fans in Japan but fans all over the world. I am very happy that the anime title is also well accepted/received. There are some differences between the original novels and comics, but each has its own good/unique points, thus you will enjoy each version. I will do my best to create the series you all will enjoy.”
About The Rising of the Shield Hero
Iwatani Naofumi, a run-of-the-mill otaku, finds a book in the library that summons him to another world. He is tasked with joining the sword, spear, and bow as one of the Four Cardinal Heroes and fighting the Waves of Catastrophe as the Shield Hero. Excited by the prospect of a grand adventure, Naofumi sets off with his party. However, merely a few days later, he is betrayed and loses all his money, dignity, and respect. Unable to trust anyone anymore, he employs a slave named Raphtalia and takes on the Waves and the world. But will he really find a way to overturn this desperate situation?
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