Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 announced at Crunchyroll Expo 2022!
From characters to storylines, isekai animes have seen a whole lot of development in the last few years. It’s one of the go-to genres for most anime fandom newcomers and veteran watchers.
Every year numerous isekai animes are released, and the year 2019 wasn’t any different with the popular anime adaption of the light novel series by Aneko Yusagi, Rising of the Shield Hero.
The plot follows college student Naofumi Iwatani who, while in the library, finds a fantasy book about four heroes, the spear, sword, bow, and shield, sworn to protect the land of Melromarc from the Waves plague.
Naofumi Iwatani is summoned to another world in which the heroes are tasked to save humanity from series of evil invasion.
When partners are being assigned, nobody joins now shield Naofumi Iwatani, believing him to be the weakest of the four heroes.Although initially without a partner, Naofumi is joined by Myne from spear heroes who offers training help but later steal his possessions and on top of that accuses him.
Naofumi s’ unpopularity leads to everyone believing Myne and thus he is outcasted from the group except Only one weaponsmith by the name of Elhart recognizes his innocence
Brimming with rage and revenge, Naofumi begins to understand his powers and scurries to upgrade them.
He meets a slave trader who offers him a wolfman as his travelling partner but Naofumi is fixated on a tanuki girl Raphtalia and buys her for a cheaper price. He straps her with a crest which will avoid any betrays and guarantees obedience to her master.
As the Waves loom over the kingdom, Naofumi and Raphtalia must work as a team and save Melromarc from doom.
Despite the controversy in North America around the series depicting child slavery, Rising of the Shield Hero was relatively successful.
Fans enjoyed the unique character of Naofumi, who was not only relatable but also void of any cliché isekai male tropes. Naofumi isn’t forced into romance, and in general, his action is a catalyst for plot progression.
Additionally, the female character of Raphtalia is not defined by groping or lusting over the main character but has her tragic past and personality.
Overall, Rising Shield Hero tried to do something new and has been appreciated by the fandom. Hence, it was no surprise that the series was renewed for not one but two seasons.
Are you excited about the third season? If so, keep scrolling to learn more about the latest updates and announcements on Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3.
Rising of the Shield Hero is rated 8/10 and ranked #560 with 1.3 million members on MyAnimeList.
WHAT IS THE RISING OF THE SHIELD HERO SEASON 3 RELEASE DATE?
Rising of the Shield Hero Season 1 aired from 9th January 2019 to 26th June 2019 for 25 episodes. The second season was promptly renewed but had to be stalled due to the pandemic, following which it aired from 6th April 2022 to 29th June 2022 for 13 episodes.
|Rising of the Shield Hero Season 1||9th January 2019|
|Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2||6th April 2022|
|Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3||Yet to be Announced|
During the Crunchyroll Expo 2020, it was already announced the series would run for two additional seasons after Rising of the Shield Hero Season 1.
Two years later, and in the next Crunchyroll Expo 2022, a teaser visual for Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 was released by the series panel.
Unfortunately, there was neither a Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 trailer nor an update on the Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 release date during the event.
Another point of interest was the decline in ratings for Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2, which dropped from 8/10 in season one to 6.5/10 on MyAnimeList.
While the first season was unique and entertaining, Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 felt predictable and generic, reflected in its user ratings.
Given the disappointment of the second season and the fact the third season could likely be the final series installment, creators would look to take their time in its development.
Hence, we can expect the Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 release date to be around mid-2023 for 13 episodes.
RISING OF THE SHIELD HERO LIGHT NOVEL AND MANGA CATCHUP
Rising of the Shield Hero Light novel is written by Aneko Yusagi and illustrated by Seira Minami. As of June 2019, the light novel has been collected into 22 volumes, with the latest issue coming out on 25th June 2019.
The first and second seasons of the anime used up ten volumes of the light novel, meaning there are 12 volumes left as source material for the third season and perhaps a movie or OVA.
Rising of the Shield Hero light novel is rated 8/10 and ranked #690 with 44k members on MyAnimeList.
A manga adaption of the series was also written by Aneko Yusagi and illustrated by Seira Minami. One Peace books have licensed the manga series, and as of 22nd June 2022, it’s been collected into 21 volumes.
Rising of the Shield Hero manga is rated 7.8/10 and ranked #1020 with 105k members on MyAnimeList.
As of February 2022, Rising of the Shield Hero manga and light novel have sold over 11 million copies.
To celebrate the milestone, posters were put up in Shinjuka Station, Tokyo.
RISING OF THE SHIELD HERO LIGHT SEASON 3 PLOT
In the finale of season two, we see Naofumi and his group return to their world with the help of the turtle king’s power after the battle.
After their adventure in the other world, Naofumi and the others decide to take a trip to say goodbye to Horai.
Along the way, they reminisced about their time with her and told stories about Kizuna and their journey to the other world.
Kizuna was also telling stories to Yomogi, and while fishing together, she told her about her experience in the infinite labyrinth and how she managed to survive the day.
She was trapped as Yomogi told her how Kyo was in his childhood and how he had fun with her before he went to Naofumi s’ world.
At the end of the trip, Naofumi and the others arrived, where they defeated the turtle king to pray for Harai and say their goodbyes.
In the end, she appears in front of them in a pure energy form and finally says goodbye to the heroes.
Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 will most likely begin by adapting the tenth volume of the light novel. The primary plot will be tracking down the Spear, Sword, and Bow hero.
Naofumi organizes a search for Spear Hero but finds himself on the assassin’s target. The bow hero is under the disguise and control of a witch as he starts fighting for money in the Coliseum.
RISING OF THE SHIELD HERO CAST, CHARACTERS, AND CREW
The first and second seasons had different directors, Takao Abo and Masato Jinbo. Likewise, Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 will have a change in direction as Hitoshi Haga will take over Masato. Studio Kinema Citrus will also be back to develop the animation taking over from DR movie.
You can find the list of Rising of the Shield Hero characters and voice cast below:
|Naofumi Iwatani||Kaito Ishikawa|
|L’Arc Berg||Jun Fukuyama|
|Mirellia Q. Melromarc||Kikuko Inoue|
|Melty Q. Melromarc||Maaya Uchida|
|Motoyasu Kitamura||Makoto Takahashi|
|Fitoria (ep 16)||Sakura Tange|
|Therese Alexanderite||Saori Hayami|
|Myne||Sarah Emi Bridcutt|
|Itsuki Kawasumi||Yoshitaka Yamaya|
|Ren Amaki||Yoshitsugu Matsuoka|
|Aultcray Melromarc XXXII||Yutaka Nakano|
After the disappointment of season two, fans would be hoping that Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 will be able to meet the expectations and standards it set in the second season.