The Rising of the Shield Hero is a dark-fantasy and isekai anime that gained popularity and positive reviews because of its well-crafted characters, storyline, and animation.
The Rising of the Shield Hero is based on a novel series of the same name written by Aneko Yusagi. The original novel was first published as a web novel on Shosetsuka ni Naro from 2012 to 2015. Since Media Factory has published the series with a more extended storyline and illustrations by Seira Minami. The manga adaptation of the novel began on February 5, 2014, and the animated adaptation was released on January 9, 2019, produced by Kinema Citrus.
The Rising of the Shield Hero is an isekai anime like none other. Its plot is unpredictable, and the character development as the show progresses is commendable. The anime isn’t slow, nor too fast. It has the perfect pace, which keeps the viewers hooked from the first episode. Here is the good news, season two is officially coming. Yes, you heard it right. Your favorite show is finally getting a sequel, and here is everything you need to know about it.
What Happened So Far In The Rising of the Shield Hero
The anime follows the story of Naofumi Iwatani, a carefree Japanese youth who’s summoned into a new world along with three other people from parallel universes to fight against monsters called waves. Each of them is given a legendary weapon, a sword, a bow, a shield, and a spear. Naofumi receives the protection, considered the weakest because it is a defensive rather than an offensive weapon.
Furthermore, circumstances become worse for Naofumi after he is betrayed by his companion, who falsely accuses him of sexual assault and steals all his belongings. After which, he is shunned and ridiculed by everyone.
Naofumi begins to train alone to get stronger, accompanied by a slave he bought, Raphthalia, and Filo’s bird-like creature. The first season ends with a lot of battles and development in Naofumi and his motives. By the conclusion of the season, Naofumi’s motives change to saving people and demi-humans.
What Is Going On With Kinema Citrus?
After Season 1, studio Kinema Citrus remained active and worked on various projects, including Show by Rock!! Mashumairesh!! And Show by Rock!! Stars!!. They are currently working on Cardfight!! Vanguard and will be producing The Rising of the Shield Hero in 2022.
What do we know about The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 so far?
In 2019, at Crunchyroll Expo, it was officially announced that Season 2 and 3 would be released, and then later in 2020 at the virtual Crunchyroll Expo, the release date of Season 2 was announced be in fall 2021. However, the release has been delayed to 2022. Following is the teaser of season 2:
What are fans saying about The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2?
Fans were extremely excited and happy over the announcement of Season 2. But they were worried too about the seasons being rushed since two seasons were announced together.
However, fans were disappointed when they out that Season 2 had been delayed. They believed that the studio had more than enough time to make Season 2 after the first season because the source material was available, and even then, they delayed it.
Nevertheless, the reaction of fans over the release of the Season 2 announcement is worth capturing:
Some tears over the delay:
Will there be The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2?
The Rising of the Shield Hero was among the most popular anime of 2019, and it still has very high popularity, as shown on Google Trends. By December 2018, the light novel series on which the anime is based had greater than 3.3 million volumes in print. By April 2019, the manga and light novel series had sold a combine of 6.2 million copies in Japan. The anime was so successful that it led to an increase in sales by 1.2 million in barely two months.
There is also more than enough source material for Season 2 because the first season only covered the first five volumes. There are currently twenty-two volumes of the light novel, and it’s still ongoing. Since there was enough source material, and season one was so successful, the producers announced in 2019 that Season 2 and Season 3 would be released.
Yes, you heard that right!
Season 2 of The Rising of the Shield Hero is officially being released. Season 2 was supposed to be released in October 2021. However, the release got postponed to April 2022, possibly owing to the pandemic, which has caused the delay of many anime as work was disrupted due to the lockdown and work from home. Although don’t worry as it will be worth the wait!
When will The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 be released?
After the delay, the new release time for Season 2 was officially announced in April 2022. However, the exact date has not been disclosed yet.
What Can We Expect In Season 2 Of The Rising of the Shield Hero?
By the end of Season 1, it is shown that Naofumi succeeds in finding true friends. In the show’s final battle, it is shown that there are more heroes from other worlds, which gives competition to Naofumi to train harder and become a better hero.
So considering how the first season ended, it can be anticipated that the second season would show Naofumi training harder to improve his skills and become a superior hero to protect the world. Fans have been curious about Naofumi’s life before he was transferred to this fantasy world, so Season 2 might show all those secrets. Raphtalia and Filo will also remember some memories and will cherish them.
According to the light novel, Season 2 will introduce new characters. There will be, once again, some exciting fights between monsters and heroes who want to save the world from demons.
One thing is for sure that The Rising of the Shield Hero will take the audience to an exciting adventure where every scene will be jaw-dropping.