The second season of The Rising of the Shield Hero anime will debut in April, and its fans can hardly wait. In fact, with the Japanese release of the twentieth volume of the manga, publisher Kadokawa revealed that 11 million copies of the light novels and manga are in print, showing what a major fanbase the franchise has.
Over in Japan, they’re celebrating (and advertising) the release of the twentieth volume of the manga with this poster in Tokyo Metro Shinjuku Station’s Metro Promenade. The poster is only there for a limited time, with February 27 set to be its last day.
The light novel series The Rising of the Shield Hero and The Reprise of the Spear Hero spinoff are both published in America by One Peace Books. One Peace Books has also begun releasing audiobooks for The Rising of the Shield Hero, with the first one already released and the second to come out in April, around the release of the new season. In addition to this, One Peace Books publishes the manga adaptations of the two aforementioned light novel series.
One Peace Books gave this description of the first Rising of the Shield Hero light novel:
“Naofumi Iwatani, an uncharismatic otaku who spends his days on games and manga, suddenly finds himself summoned to a parallel universe! He discovers he is one of four heroes equipped with legendary weapons and tasked with saving the world from its prophesied destruction. As the Shield Hero, the weakest of the heroes, all is not as it seems. Naofumi is soon alone, penniless, and betrayed. With no one to turn to, and nowhere to run, he is left with only his shield. Now, Naofumi must rise to become the legendary Shield Hero and save the world!”
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin. She is also the author of its upcoming sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.