When Season 1 of “The Rising of the Shield Hero” concluded in 2019, fans of the anime series were left wondering when Season 2 would begin. Fortunately, they won’t have to wait long for the film’s premiere.
The isekai dark fantasy anime is based on author Aneko Yusagi’s light novel series. The story revolves around Naofumi Iwatami, an otaku who is chosen as one of the Cardinal Heroes for a parallel world and given the Legendary Shield as a weapon.
He and the other Cardinal Heroes are tasked with fighting hordes of monsters known as Waves. However, things take a turn for the worse for Naofumi when his partner falsely accuses him of sexual assault and robs him of his belongings.
Naofumi devotes much of the series to not only eliminating Waves but also repairing his public image. Due to its questionable use of sexual assault as a plot point, “The Rising of the Shield Hero” sparked debate among anime fans as well as reviewers from sites such as Anime News Network and CBR.
Season 1 did, however, appear to be a success with viewers. According to Crunchyroll, the anime series helped significantly boost sales of novels and manga.
With that kind of success, a new season of the show seemed unavoidable. And, with Season 2’s release approaching, here’s everything we know so far.
What Is the Plot of Season 2 of the Rising of the Shield Hero?
Season 2 of “The Rising of the Shield Hero” has yet to receive an official plot synopsis. The official trailer, on the other hand, appears to indicate that the upcoming season will undoubtedly pick up where Season 1 left off.
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Naofumi fought Glass in the series’ Season 1 finale, a hero similar to the protagonist who comes from another world and is known as the Fan Hero. Glass expresses her belief that the Cardinal Heroes and the Waves are linked in some way.
She resolves to destroy the Cardinal Heroes in the hope that this will stop the hordes of monsters and, eventually, save her world. Glass eventually retreats, so it’s safe to assume that we’ll see more of her in Season 2.
We will also most likely see Naofumi continue his adventures outside of the kingdom. The kingdom to which Naofumi was transported initially kept the existence of other nations hidden from him and the other heroes.
In fact, these other countries are dealing with the Waves and have received no assistance. With Naofumi’s decision to leave the kingdom by the end of the first season, we’ll probably see how the rest of this parallel world has fared.
Who Will Appear in Season 2 of the Rising of the Shield Hero?
The trailer for “The Rising of the Shield Hero” Season 2 may have simply teased the next adventures of Naofumi and his party, but it also revealed who the cast for Season 2 will be. So far, it appears that the majority of the Season 1 voice cast will return for this season.
Kaito Ishikawa will play Naofumi, Asami Seto will play Raphtalia, Rina Hidaka will play Filo, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka will play Ren Amaki, Makoto Takahashi will play Motoyasu Kitamura, Yoshitaka Yamaya will play Itsuki Kawasumi, and Maaya Uchida will play Melty.
Ishikawa, Seto, and Hidaka are all scheduled to speak on a panel at the 2021 Crunchyroll Expo, which will take place from August 5-7. Then, look for more information about their characters and the series’ future. The trailer also revealed a few changes to the Season 2 production team.
For starters, Masato Jinbo has taken over as director from Takao Abo this season.
For Season 2, Kinema Citrus will collaborate with South Korean animation studio DR Movie, replacing Kinema Citrus as the series’ animation studio. Masahiro Suwa, the creator of anime characters, will return, as will soundtrack composer Kevin Penkin.
When Will Be The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Released?
It may have taken some time for the release date of “The Rising of the Shield Hero” to be confirmed, but it certainly didn’t take long for a Season 2 or 3 confirmation.
According to Anime News Network, Seasons 2 and 3 of the anime series will be released during the series’ panel at Crunchyroll Expo 2019.
New visual for The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2. 🛡 Premieres April 2022. pic.twitter.com/6VnyIvDojx
— The Rising of the Shield Hero (@ShieldHeroEN) February 9, 2022
The official release date for Rising of the Shield Hero season 2 has been confirmed as April 6, 2022. It will be broadcast on AT-X, Tokyo MX, and other Japanese channels at 10:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m. EDT).
It will be simulcast on Crunchyroll about an hour later. Season 2 was originally scheduled to premiere in October 2021. However, due to the ongoing issues surrounding the pandemic, the release date was pushed back.
Will There Be a Third Season?
The official website has confirmed the production of a third season. The fact that we would be hearing about the third season of The Rising of the Shield Hero was also revealed at the 2019 Crunchyroll Expo.
Furthermore, the gap between seasons two and three will not be as long as the one between the first and second installments.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where Can I Stream Rising of the Shield Hero?
The Rising of the Shield Hero is available to watch outside of Japan on Crunchyroll. It’s unclear when and if Netflix will have both seasons available. Please check the show’s availability in your area before subscribing to any OTP streaming service.
How Old Is Melty in Shield Hero?
Despite her appearance, she is eighteen years old and proud of being an otaku.
How Long Will Shield Hero Season 2 Last?
Season 2 of The Rising of the Shield Hero will consist of 13 episodes. The announcement was made via the anime’s Japanese Twitter account.
Fans noticed that the episode count for the upcoming season appeared as 13 episodes in a tweet from the official Shield Hero Twitter account announcing the Blu-ray & DVD release.
The handling of false sexual assault accusations in the first episode of this anime drew criticism from critics. Those who are sick of Isekai anime have also overlooked it. On the other hand, many fans regard it as an underappreciated anime with an intriguing anti-hero as its central figure.
Though the anime appears to be primarily about vengeance, it is also about redemption and features a diverse cast of characters, so if you’ve been waiting too long for the second season, congratulations! It’ll be interesting to see what Naofumi and his crew have in store for them in the upcoming season, which begins next month.