When the popular dark fantasy anime – The Rising of the Shield Hero wrapped up its first season back in 2019, fans didn’t have to wait long before the next installments were announced. But it has, since, been two years. So what’s the update on The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2? Find out below.
The Rising Of The Shield Hero is based on the works of an Isekai light novel (or LN) series written by Aneko Yusagi along with illustrations (by Seira Minamian) to feature expanded story-lines in both the anime and manga series.
Even though The Rising of the Shield Hero stirred some controversy among anime fans and reviewers, in the US region, over the depiction of slavery and false rape accusation as a plot point, the first season was a success paving way for a much-awaited sequel. And, in this article, you’ll find out every detail regarding The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2.
Follow through with the article as we disclose the release date, plot, and official trailer for the second installment of The Rising Of The Shield Hero.
The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 | Everything You Need to Know
Season 1 was such a hit with the viewers that the character Raphtalia was selected as Best Girl for the Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2020. To know more about this popular dark fantasy anime, read along with the following subsections.
The Rising of the Shield Hero Backstory
The Rising of the Shield Hero was originally published as a web novel in Shōsetsuka ni Narō, a user-generated novel site. Since then, it has been adapted into a light novel as well as a manga series. As far as numbers are concerned, there have been 22 volumes published in the case of the LN series and 18 volumes for the manga. Both series are published by Media Factory with their licensing handled by One Peace Books.
The franchise’s 25-episode anime adaptation aired between January and June 2019. The plot of the series follows a Japanese high school student, Naofumi Iwatani, summoned into a parallel world along with three other men from alternate realities. Called upon to become the world’s Cardinal Heroes and fight-off hordes of monsters (known as Waves), the four men are equipped with their own legendary equipment.
Inheriting the solo defensive legendary shield, Naofumi is soon betrayed by the only companion he had after being falsely accused of sexual attack. Ridiculed by this new world’s nobility, Naofumi sets out on a journey to train in order to defeat the inter-dimensional evil monsters. Along with fellow demi-human, Raphtalia, and bird-like creature, Filo; Naofumi carries on with his task to protect the new world and gain back the trust and gratitude of the people.
When is the Release Date for The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2?
Though previously announced by Crunchyroll that The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 would arrive on our screens sometime in October 2021, the release plan has been delayed. As per Anime News Network’s reports, the official website for the anime series announced that Season 2 will be delayed from its scheduled air date of October 2021 to sometime during April 2022 citing ‘various reasons’.
This update comes after a second and third installment of the anime series was approved and confirmed at the Crunchyroll Expo 2019 and the following Crunchyroll 2020 Virtual Expo. The previous plan to release The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 was narrowed down to October 2021 during the Kadokawa Expo 2020 set in March of this year.
The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Trailer
Check out the trailer for Season 2 as released by Kadokawa.
The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Plot
Though no official plot synopsis has been revealed yet for The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2, based on the official trailer, it seems that the upcoming season will continue with the story where Season 1 had left off. The Season 2 plot will most likely pick up from the events in the series finale of Season 1 where Naofumi fought against Glass, a hero from another world.
Believing that the Cardinal Heroes are connected to the Waves in some way, Glass resolves to destroy the Cardinal Heroes so as to save her world from the attack of inter-dimensional hordes of monsters. But as she retreats in the season finale, it’s safe to assume that Glass will make a comeback in The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2.
Apart from that, Naofumi and his companions will likely continue on adventures beyond the kingdom to new nations and worlds in order to help them out against the threat of the Waves. There’s also speculation that Naofumi and friends will confront a giant enemy called Spirit Turtle. But all this will be cleared once the season actually premiers.
The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Cast
There are quite a few changes in the production staff for the second installment of The Rising of the Shield Hero. Director Masato Jinbo will be replacing Takao Abo, who worked on the first season, to direct the upcoming season. The South Korean animation studio, DR Movie, will be teaming up with the Kinema Citrus, the animation studio behind the series on Season 1.
As for the anime character designer and soundtrack composer, Masahiro Suwa and Kevin Penkin will return to head their respective fields. The official trailer seems to indicate that much of the voice cast from Season 1 will reprise their respective roles for the upcoming season. This list includes the voice cast for both the original Japanese as well as the English dubbed version:
|Character||Japanese Voice Cast||English Voice Cast|
|Naofumi Iwatani||Kaito Ishikawa||Billy Kametz|
|Raphtalia||Asami Seto||Erica Mendez|
|Filo||Rina Hidaka||Brianna Knickerbocker|
|Motoyasu Kitamura||Makoto Takahashi||Xander Mobus|
|Ren Amaki||Yoshitsugu Matsuoka||Alan Lee|
|Itsuki Kawasumi||Yoshitaka Yamaya||Erik Scott Kimerer|
|Glass||Megumi Han||Morgan Berry|
|Melty Q. Melromarc||Maaya Uchida||Jackie Lastra|
Where to Stream The Rising of the Shield Hero?
You can catch all the action of The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 1 over streaming platforms such as Crunchyroll, VRV, and Funimation Now. You can even buy it over on Amazon videos. Season 2 is supposed to stream on Crunchyroll with a more than likely chance of a Crunchyroll-Funimation.
With this, we’ve reached the end of our article. We hope that you got some insight into the updates of the second installment with The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 cast, plot, and release date. Let us know some of your favorite moments from the first season of The Rising of the Shield Hero, in the comment section below.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How many episodes did the first season of The Rising of the Shield Hero had?
Aired between January 2019 to June 2019, the first season of The Rising of the Shield Hero had a total of 25 episodes.
When is The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 premiering?
Though previously announced by Crunchyroll that The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 would arrive on our screens sometime in October 2021, the release plan has been further delayed to sometime during April 2022 citing ‘various reasons’.
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