The Rising of the Shield Hero is a Winter 2019 isekai, dominating in popularity both in Japan and in the rest of the world.
Ever since Season 1 ended back in 2020, everyone was excited for the new season. Fans’ prayers were answered when Season 2 and Season 3 were officially announced in September 2019.
Self-aware isekai anime are amazing if done right. Shield Hero takes it a step further by making the characters nonchalantly accept that they’ve been transported to another world.
Everyone just immediately accepts that they’re going to be on some kind of world-saving quest and just knows that this works as an RPG game.
The series follows Naofumi, the Shield Hero, the member of The Four Cardinal Heroes. His defensive skills become a subject of ridicule among comrades.
Belittled and betrayed by those around him, Naofumi then sets out on a journey to fight for his survival and protect the people of Melromarc from their ill-fated future.
If you’ve grown tired of generic fantasy and isekai anime, check out Shield Hero before Season 2 and 3 are out!
1. Release Date
The release date of Season 2: The Rising of the Shield Hero has been finally announced announced. The studio has confirmed that the series will hit the TV screens for a second season in October, 2021.
However, no exact date has been announced.
Furthermore, The Rising of the Shield Hero fell into controversy when the first episode aired in the US, with numerous viewers criticizing it for the depiction of slavery and framing of false rape accusations in the time when the MeToo movement was at its peak.
It sparked a roar among the activists, and the audience there, the show’s producer Junichiro Tamura apologized for it and said that he didn’t know about such happenings as the movement wasn’t much popular in Japan.
2. Visuals And Trailers
Two Key Visuals have been released for Season 2 of The Rising of the Shield Hero.
Visual 1 shows the beginning of the ‘Spirit Tortoise Arc.’ Notice the two characters apart from the trio. They are none other than the queen and a new companion Lecia Ivyred, a tragic figure.
Visual 2 shows our heroes already in battle, all ready for another season packed with action.
A trailer for Season 2 has also been released. Firstly, we get a recap of the events that took place in Season 1, followed by Naofumi vowing to protect his friends. Finally, we get an announcement for Season 2 in 2021.
3. About The Rising of the Shield Hero
Tate no Yusha no Nariagari or The Rising of the Shield Hero is an isekai light novel series written by Aneko Yusagi. It was initially published as a web novel on the Shosetsuka ni Naro website from 2012 to 2015.
In August 2013, Media Factory started publishing the light novel series with an expanded storyline featuring illustrations by Seira Minami.
Later on, Kinema Citrus adapted the light novel into an anime television series. The first episode aired on 9 January 2019.