Who would ever forget the story of a young happy-go-lucky Japanese youth, Naofumi Iwatani, who was summoned together with three other companions into a parallel universe destined to be the world’s Cardinal Heroes tasked to defeat legions of monsters called Waves?
The title “The Rising of the Shield Hero” has caught the attention of many since its production in 2012, together with its manga release.
“The Rising of the Shield Hero” was written by Aneko Yusagi, published initially as an online Japanese light novel on the Shosetsuka ni Naro website and was released with its expanded story-line by Media Factory with featured illustrations by Siera Minami. It was adapted by Aika Kyu into a manga series and was published with sixteen volumes as of July 20, 2020.
In September 2015, the novel and manga series was published in America after being licensed by One Peace Books. And in January 2019, Kinema Citrus aired the 25-episode anime series on television.
“The Rising of the Shield Hero” is about a young boy named Naofumi who acquired the Legendary Shield after crossing a parallel universe and was destined to defeat tons of monsters called Waves.
His was the only defensive equipment amongst other weapons such as a sword, spear, bow and arrow, and other damage-dealing pieces of equipment.
However, despite being a vital defense specialist, Naofumi’s luck wasn’t right, unlike other Heroes that were broadly acknowledged and supported by the kingdom.
This was because one of his companions stole all his belongings and turned him down by falsely accusing him of sexual assault, which happened to be the kingdom’s princess.
Because of this, he was cut down from any form of assistance and supplies, which made it hard for him to thrive. Stripped down from his nobility and mocked by many, Naofumi is now forced to live and train alone after being viewed as a self-centered individual.
Good thing Naofumi was able to meet a young tanuki demi-human girl named Raphtalia, whom he bought from a slave trader together with an egg that hatches to become a bird-like monster named “Filo”.
Together, they were able to finish many heroic tasks that soon became an instrument to win the favor of those who persecuted them slowly.
Both Raphtalia and Filo grew up so fast and became very strong, making them carry out impossible missions along their way. They could unlock the Waves’ origins and found out the threat they possess to both worlds.
“The Rising of the Shield Hero” has been re-written to expand its storyline from being a light novel. Having been made into a manga series, it has now sixteen volumes recorded as of July 20, 2020.
Its anime series was adapted and released in June 2017. Produced by Kinema Citrus, the television series was published with Takao Abo as its director, Keigo Koyanagi, for the series composition, Masahiro Suwa, for the character design, and Kevin Penkin the soundtrack.
It was aired on AT-X and other channels from January 9, 2019, to June 26, the same year, with 25 episodes.
The anime was also streamed on both Crunchyroll and Fumination, where the original Japanese version and English dub were made available on Crunchyroll. Fumination also had its English dub on May 1, 2019.
However, Masato Jinbo will be the new director instead of Takao Abo for the upcoming new season in 2021 in line with Kinema Citrus’ collaboration with DR Movie for production.
Controversy in the United States
Upon release in the United States, “The Rising of the Shield Hero” has been controversial because of its depiction of slavery with its first episode.
However, its producer, Junichiro Tamura, defended the allegations by stressing out that there have not been any controversies about the series in Japan.
Likewise, it’s difficult to generalize the claim for a controversial storyline. Luckily, its subsequent episodes gained acclamation and positive feedback.
“The Rising of the Shield Hero” will release its second season by 2021 with its announcement in Crunchyroll Expo in 2019 together with its trailer. And not only a second season, but also a third one, as said on their official statement.
It has revealed season 2 during the virtual edition of Crunchyroll Expo for 2020 and has left the fans excited for its upcoming release.
The trailer made a powerful impact on fans and even its staff who were involved in the pre-recorded virtual panel who saw it for the first time since its public release.
It was confirmed that the scripts for the upcoming season are already complete and that pertinent elements for the series have already been consolidated.
The team teased that as you watch the trailer for season 2, it has only a few of the long list of surprises that one could ever think about.
With more climactic battle scenes and many new characters, the all-new season is spiced to suit everybody’s content. Naofumi and his companions will also gain new skills and enhance their strength to battle out the Waves.
However, much to our desire to see this new season, the team is yet to reveal the exact date of release. They play coy about answering questions about when this long-awaited sequel will take place and leave tracks to minute hints of an action-packed series.
Nonetheless, since creating this happy-go-lucky young man’s journey, the series has faced a lot and earned a coaster of ups and downs.
Whether in terms of production management or storyline, “The Rising of the Shield Hero” has caught anime enthusiasts’ eyes, making it one of the most-viewed and now most-awaited anime series not only in Asia but also in America.
Although it received negative feedback upon its first release, it has upheld the reputation to be liked by those who hate it in their subsequent series.
Being able to teleport into another parallel universe is not something that one could think about added to the thrill of becoming a Hero and fight legions of monsters.