Written by: Jei Beltrano | Published on: July 08, 2021 at 12:02 PM PHT (GMT+8)
The production committee of the upcoming sequel of the TV anime adaptation of Aneko Yusagi's "The Rising of the Shield Hero" light novel series has announced on Thursday that the broadcast of the second season of the anime has been moved to April 2022 due to various undisclosed reasons. The series was originally scheduled to begin broadcasting in October 2021.
The series is animated by animation studios Kinema Citrus and DR MOVIE with Masato Jimbo serving as the series director. The series composition is written by Keigo Koyanagi, and characters are designed by Masahiro Suwa based from the original illustrations by Seira Yanan. Creator Yusagi Aneko is credited for the original work. The cast of the first season of the series will reprise their roles for the second season.
The new season will be the continuation of the story from the previous season. Naofumi, Raphtalia, and Filo are about to get new companions as they face a new enemy - an unexpected enemy much more durable than anything they have ever faced before.
"The Rising of the Shield Hero" is a Japanese light novel series written by Aneko Yusagi. Originally published as a web novel in the user-generated novel site Shousetsuka ni Narou, the series has since been published by Media Factory with an expanded story-line featuring illustrations by Seira Minami. As of June 25, 2019, twenty-two volumes have been published.
The novel series was adapted into a manga series by Aiya Kyū and published by Media Factory, with sixteen volumes released as of July 20, 2020. The 25-episode anime television series adaptation produced by Kinema Citrus aired from January to June 2019.
The story follows Naofumi Iwatani, an easygoing Japanese youth, who was summoned into a parallel world along with three other young men from parallel universes to become the world's Cardinal Heroes and fight inter-dimensional hordes of monsters called Waves. Each of the heroes were respectively equipped with their own legendary equipment when summoned. Naofumi happened to receive the Legendary Shield, the sole defensive equipment, while the other heroes received a sword, a spear, and a bow, weapons meant for attack. Unlike the other heroes who are fully supported by the kingdom and gain several strong allies each, Naofumi's luck turns to the worse after his single companion, revealed to be the kingdom's Princess, betrays him, steals all his belongings, and leaves him devoid of all assistance and supplies after she falsely accuses him of sexually assaulting her.
Mocked by the nobility and shunned by everyone from his fellow Heroes to peasants, a now cynical Naofumi is forced to train as a hero alone while working to make ends meet, until he buys from a slave trader a young tanuki demi-human girl named Raphtalia and an egg that hatches into a bird-like monster whom he names "Filo", both quickly growing into adulthood and becoming powerful warriors under his care. As they little by little gain the trust and gratitude of the people with their heroic actions, Naofumi and his companions work together to carry out their mission as saviors of the world as they unravel the mystery of the Waves and Naofumi deals with betrayal.