The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 will be here in less than a month! It had been teased earlier this year that it was set to debut in October, but now we’ve locked down a specific date: October 6.
The new season is directed by Hitoshi Haga. Its new opening theme song is titled “SIN” and performed by MADKID. Meanwhile, the new ending theme song is called “Suki ni Natte wa Ikenai Riyū” (translated as “The Reason I Cannot Love You”) and performed by Chiai Fujikawa.
Otaku USA previously interviewed Rising of the Shield Hero author Aneko Yusagi and manga adapter Aiya Kyu. At the time Yusagi said, “I really have fun when I finally reveal scenes that I’ve been stealthily foreshadowing. It’s fun to see how stealthily I can foreshadow things without anyone realizing what’s going to happen.”
And Kyu said, “A lot of people are sympathetic to what Naofumi goes through in the story. Its success all lies in the appeal of the story and the worldview of the novel. A good work of art crosses borders. I didn’t think I’d ever be involved in something like that.”
The original light novel series and its manga adaptation are both published in America by One Peace Books. The publisher gave this description for the first 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!
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