The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 has been confirmed! Heck, even The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 was given a heads up and has been confirmed to be in production.
In this article, I will cover everything you need to know about The Rising of the Shield Hero as a series and its subsequent Season 2 announcement.
So, without further ado, let’s look at the premise of this anime before we get into the juicy bits.
A 20-year-old Otaku, Naofumi is suddenly teleported to the Kingdom of Melromarc. He and three others have been chosen as the four Legendary Heroes, prophesied to save the world from a calamity called the Wave.
Every Hero is bestowed a Legendary weapon such as a sword, spear, bow, and shield respectively to save the world from destruction and destroy defeat the Waves.
But, Naofumi is the Shield hero, lacking any offensive power. Being singled out from the group as the weakest hero and being mocked by his fellow heroes, Naofumi is left confused and a bit unsettled by this treatment.
The time comes when he has to set out on his journey and as the other heroes are granted resources and party members, Naofumi has only one adventurer willing to accompany him. Later on, she betrays him and falsely accuses him of taking advantage of her.
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Now, being shunned by the society and his fellow heroes for crimes he did not commit, Naofumi sets on his adventure in the hardest mode possible as the people of Melromarc hate him.
The Shield Hero now enraged and filled with distrust, is all alone and has to save the same people that ridicule him. With a bitter heart, a tale of revenge and forgiveness begins.
The Rising of the Shield Hero Light Novel:
The Rising of The Shield Hero started as a web novel, posted on a user-content generated website called Shosetsuka ni Naro. The Web Novel started on October 29, 2012, and Although, Media Factory started publishing The Rising of The Shield Hero Light Novel on August 22, 2013, The Web Novel concluded with 378 web chapters on May 28, 2015. The Light novel is serialized under Media Factory’s MF Bunko J. imprint.
Does The Rising of The Shield Hero Light Novel follow the same story as the Web Novel?
Yes, to some extent. There are some major differences between the Light Novel of The Rising of The Shield Hero and the Web Novel.
As the Web Novel is treated as a rough sketch of what the story is, the Light Novel goes through some major iterations with its expanded storyline, adds some original Light Novel exclusive content like side stories/Illustrations.
At the same time, it has been confirmed that The Rising of The Shield Hero Light Novel will be following a different ending than the Web Novel.
How many Volumes of The Rising of The Shield Hero Light Novel are there?
The Rising of the Shield Hero has 22 main story volumes and 3 side-stories released as of April 2020. The last Volume 22 was released on June 25, 2019, And the Light Novel has an excellent publishing rate with 2 to 5 volumes released per year.
It seems that The Rising of The Shield Hero’s fanbase does not need to wait as long as the fans of other novels to get more of their favorite Light Novel.
Is The Rising of the Shield Hero Light Novel being Translated?
Yes, The Rising of the Shield hero Light Novel is being translated by One Piece Books for the foreign audiences and as of April 2020, 16 main-story volumes along with 1 side-story volume have been translated. The last translated volume 16 was released on March 14, 2020, and volume 17 has been scheduled to release on July 14, 2020.
The Rising of The Shield Hero Manga:
The Rising of The Shield Hero Manga adaptation began on Feb 15, 2014, with the Art being done by the Aiya Kyu. The Rising of the Shield Hero Manga is extremely famous not only in Japan but also has an enormous Fanbase-outside Japan.
How does Rising of The Shield Hero Manga compare to the Light Novels?
The Rising of The Shield Hero Manga is very well received by the western audience and the Japanese fans. The Manga correctly adapts the Light Novels and carries on the atmosphere from the Light Novels extremely well, but the manga is a bit more fast-paced when compared the Light Novels.
The event progression does seem a bit forced, but the manga has stunning artwork that really engrosses the audience and is loved by the Light Novel readers and new audiences who haven’t read the Light-Novels alike.
How many Volumes does The Rising of The Shield Hero Manga have?
The Rising of The Shield Hero has 15 Volumes and 6 side stories released by Media factory as of April 2020. The manga has a decent publishing rate with the first 8 chapters of Volume 16 already published, the manga of The Shield hero is going quite strong.
Is The Rising of The Shield Hero Manga being translated?
Yes, The Rising of The Shield Hero Manga is being translated by One Piece Books. They have translated the first 12 Volumes of the manga series and have a somewhat slow translating rate. The fans who want to as to keep up with the latest Manga volume, have to rely on 3rd party translations.
The Rising of The Shield Hero Anime:
The Rising of the Shield Hero Anime got into a bit of controversy after its release, but the reception of the anime was exceptional. Even Kadokawa was surprised at the popularity of The Rising of The Shield Hero.
The Anime adaptation of The Rising of The Shield was a bit of a surprise release and Crunchyroll was directly involved with the production of the show. Made by the infamous studio Kinema Citrus, the creators of Made in Abyss, The Rising of The Shield Hero is quite an impressive anime.
What makes Rising of The Shield Hero anime so special?
Rising of the Shield Hero anime is a great example of how the visuals of an anime can make a huge difference in its reception. By that, I don’t mean that the story is bad or anything, it’s just that the animation of The Rising of The Shield Hero anime is extremely good.
It stands out as an adaptation like the other exemplary works of Kinema Citrus and actually adds value to the series which can only be done through animation. The great soundtrack done by the award-winning composer Kevin Penkin adds to the atmosphere of the show in a very unique and engaging manner.
The characters on the screen and the thrill experienced in every fight scene along with the subtle hints about the story here and there can easily get you hooked. The Rising of the Shield Hero is a really good weekend watch that leaves you wanting more and more after the praiseworthy experience.
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How many episodes of The Rising of The Shield Hero are there?
The Rising of The Shield Hero is 25 episodes long, airing from January 9, 2019, till June 26, 2019. While there are some iterations, the anime roughly finished around Volume 5 of the Light novel (also covers some events from volume 6) and on the same note, covers 42 chapters of the manga adaptation.
Sales of The Rising of The Shield Hero:
The anime adaptation of The Rising of The Shield hero did exceptionally well and as mentioned at the start of the article, even Kadokawa was surprised and they even released a public statement that a major portion of their quarterly revenue for the year 2019 was due to the popularity of The Rising of The Shield hero.
This was mostly due to FUNimation and Crunchyroll simulcasting the show as it released and the majority of gains were attributed to the online streaming and 1.2 million+ Light Novel sales in two months when the anime was airing.
The Rising of The Shield Hero is extremely popular and that has made Crunchyroll back the series even more for future releases.
The Rising of the Shield Hero is an exceptional anime where online popularity has driven the course of the show for Season 2 and Season 3 at the same time. Crunchyroll announced this great news during their Crunchyroll Expo2019 and has shown great confidence in the series future with this declaration.
The series has plenty of source material available for two 25-episode long seasons. It has a huge presence in the online anime community and despite its early controversies, with the show must go on mentality, The Rising of The Shield Hero is truly rising at the new opportunity.
No official release dates for the subsequent Season 2 and season 3 have been released, we will update the article as soon as new information is available.