From the beginning of its publication, The Rising of the Shield Hero has been a massively popular light novel series in Japan.
The anime just increased its popularity tenfold worldwide. And on top of that, season 2 of this grand anime is coming soon.
Are you a The Rising of the Shield Hero fan? Are you excited about the new season?
Do you want to know what is The Rising of the Shield Hero season 2 release date? In this article, we discuss all of that and more. So don’t miss reading until the end.
The Rising of the Shield Hero- overview, popularity, plot and characters
The Rising of the Shield Hero is a light novel series by Yusaki Anego and illustrated by the artist Minami Seira. The Rising of the Shield Hero started as a web novel.
Later the web novel was expanded by their creators and was published in print. The series has published twenty-two volumes till 2019.
The manga adaptation of the light novel series was published by manga artist Kiyu Aya. Total seventeen issues have been published till 2020.
The anime adaptation was disclosed in 2017. However, the production house Kinema Citrus took their sweet time to produce the anime version.
It premiered from January to June 2019. The anime season 1 consists of 25 episodes.
The Rising of the Shield Hero is insanely successful in both Japan and worldwide.
More than 3 million copies of the light novel series have been printed in 2018, the manga adaptation had more than 1 million copies in print till 2019.
Both light novel and it’s manga adaptation sold more than 6 million copies only in Japan.
The sales had seen a huge increase after the anime series aired. The season 1 anime is ranked 86 in MyAnimeList with more than 920,000 members.
The Rising of the Shield Hero belongs to the dark fantasy and isekai genre. The plot revolves around protagonist Iwatani Naofumi who suddenly transports to another dimension.
Upon his arrival to the new world, Naofumi gets to know that he has to become a Cardinal Hero and fight against inter-dimensional villains known as Waves.
Naofumi and three other young men who were all from different universes receive their legendary battle equipment.
Naofumi receives a defensive shield (hence the title). All the cardinal heroes are supposed to be supported by the kingdom of the new world.
But when Naofumi’s companion, later revealed as the princess of this new world defames him, Naofumi loses all that support.
Shamed and ridiculed by everyone, Naofumi leaves the royal vicinity and trains alone.
He finds companionship in Raphtalia, a tanuki girl whom he got from slave traders and Filo, a bird-like beast whom he hatched from an egg.
Raphtalia and Filo train alongside Naofumi and become his trusted fellow warriors.
Together they start slaying the monster Waves to earn back their lost reputation and save lives.
What is the Rising of the Shield Hero season 2 storyline?
Season 1 of the anime shows Naofumi’s arrival to the parallel world and the beginning of his quest and competition with other heroes to find his footing. Season 1 portrays Naofumi’s growing cynicism.
He trusts no one but himself but slowly comes back to positivity and once again he starts to trust his friends.
Naofumi learns that there are many great heroes to compete with and also discovers that Waves are extremely dangerous for all universes.
This season covers up to the first five issues of the light novels.
If the anime follows the source material (the light novels), then The Rising of the Shield Hero season 2 starts from the light novel part six.
Season 2 will show the mysterious book Naofumi came upon before he was transported to the parallel dimension.
Naofumi will start to discover the secrets of the book little by little. A huge plotline revolves around the parallel world King and his courtroom. Naofumi will also meet new friends and rivals on his way.
The Rise of the Shield Hero season 2 was announced long ago in 2019. In the Crunchyroll Expo 2019, it was declared that the Rise of the Shield Hero will get season 2 and 3 very soon.
But of course, there was a delay due to the ongoing pandemic.
Last year at Crunchyroll’s Virtual expo it was announced that The Rising of the Shield Hero release date will be disclosed in 2021.
The Rising of the Shield Hero’s official Twitter account tweeted about the upcoming season 2 on September 2020 with the hashtag “#ShieldHeroReturns 2021”
What is the exact release date of The Rising of the Shield Hero season 2 release date?
Unfortunately, the exact date has not been announced by the franchise.
A few months ago, Crunchyroll made a post that said The Rising of the Shield Hero season 2 will release in January 2021 but after a few moments, they deleted that post.
In the meantime, the season 2 official trailer has already been released back in November 2020 on the youtube channel Anime TVチェーン.
There have been some changes in the production house for this second season. The producer of the first season Kinema Citrus is collaborating with DR Movie.
This season will also have a new director. Abo Takao is being replaced by Jinbo Masato in this season.
All these nuances suggest that The Rising of the Shield Hero release date is around the corner.
We can speculate that the franchise will drop The Rising of the Shield Hero season 2 release date either in the summer or fall of 2021.
The Rising of the Shield Hero cast and team members
This list contains the Japanese voice cast of The Rising of the Shield Hero anime.
Although the franchise has not said anything we think all the cast from season 1 will also be voicing the characters in the second season as well.
- Iwatani Naofumi is voiced by Ishikawa Kaito
- Raphtalia is voiced by Seto Asami
- Filo voiced by Hidaka Rina
- Melromarc Mirelia Q voiced by Inoue Kikuko
- Glass voiced by Han Megumi
- Melromarc Melty Q voiced by Uchida Maaya
- Elhart voiced by Yasumoto Hiroki
- Amaki Ren voiced by Matsuoka Yoshitsugu
- Melromarc Malty voiced by Sarah Emi Bridcutt
- Kawasumi Itsuki voiced by Yamaya Yoshitaka
Where can we watch The Rise of the Shield hero season 2 online?
The Rise of the Shield Hero season 2 can be watched on Crunchyroll and the English dubbed version will be available on Funimation.
We will be the first to inform you about the release date as soon as it drops. Until then stay tuned.