The official website of the anime adaptation of Aneko Yusagi and Minami Seira’s Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (The Rising of the Shield Hero) has announced that the upcoming second season will premiere on April 6th. In addition, a brand new visual and promotional video was also released.
The second season of the Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari anime will debut on AT-X on Wednesday, April 6th at 10:00 pm JST. The series will then air on Tokyo MX,KBS Kyoto, and Sun TV on the 7th at 1:05 am JST.
The 3rd promotional video has been released, which previews scenes from the upcoming season and the Ending theme song, Yuzurenai by Chiai Fujikawa‘s (Munou na Nana ED, Digimon Adventure 2020 ED).
Here is the second season’s first promotional video:
PV 2, featuring the Opening theme song Bring Back by Madkid:
The main cast of season 2 includes:
- Kaito Ishikawa (Tsumugu Kihara from Nagi no Asukara) as Naofumi Iwatani
- Asami Tano (Akane Hino from Smile Precure!) returns to voice Raphtalia
- Rina Hidaka (Airi Kashii in Ro-Kyu-Bu!) as Filo
- Natsuko Hara (Kotonoha Kanade from Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei shitemita.) returns to voice Rishia Ivyred
- Kana Hanazawa (Kanade Tachibana from Angel Beats!) joins the cast to voice Ost Horai.
The second season’s production staff includes:
- Director: Masato Jinbo (Senryuu Shoujo, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya)
- Series Composer: Keigo Koyanagi (Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars, Go! Go! 575)
- Anime Character Designer and Animation Director: Masahiro Suwa (The World God Only Knows and Hitsugi no Chaika Animation Director):
- Music Composer: Kevin Penkin (Made in Abyss, Under the Dog)
- Sound Director: Fumiyuki Go (Overlord, Rail Wars!)
- Animation Studio: Kinema Citrus (Barakamon, Yuyushiki) and DR Movie (First Solo Series)
Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (The Rising of the Shield Hero) is a fantasy light novel series written by Yusagi Aneko and illustrated by Seira Minami. The series began as a web novel on Shousetsuka ni Narou. Publisher Media Factory picked up the series in 2012 under their MF Books imprint, where to date a total of 22 volumes have been published. The novels received a manga adaptation in early 2014, being published in Kadokawa’s Monthly Comic Flapper magazine with a total of 17 compiled volumes. Two more subsequent manga spin-offs and a light novel spin-off were also produced. The series was adapted into a TV anime that premiered during the Winter 2018/2019 anime season, directed by Takao Abo (Norn9: Norn+Nonet) and produced by Kinema Citrus (Barakamon, Yuyushiki).
Here is the series synopsis from MAL:
The Four Cardinal Heroes are a group of ordinary men from modern-day Japan summoned to the kingdom of Melromarc to become its saviors. Melromarc is a country plagued by the Waves of Catastrophe that have repeatedly ravaged the land and brought disaster to its citizens for centuries. The four heroes are respectively bestowed a sword, spear, bow, and shield to vanquish these Waves. Naofumi Iwatani, an otaku, becomes cursed with the fate of being the “Shield Hero.” Armed with only a measly shield, Naofumi is belittled and ridiculed by his fellow heroes and the kingdom’s people due to his weak offensive capabilities and lackluster personality.
When the heroes are provided with resources and comrades to train with, Naofumi sets out with the only person willing to train alongside him, Malty Melromarc. He is soon betrayed by her, however, and becomes falsely accused of taking advantage of her. Naofumi then becomes heavily discriminated against and hated by the people of Melromarc for something he didn’t do. With a raging storm of hurt and mistrust in his heart, Naofumi begins his journey of strengthening himself and his reputation. Further along however, the difficulty of being on his own sets in, so Naofumi buys a demi-human slave on the verge of death named Raphtalia to accompany him on his travels.
As the Waves approach the kingdom, Naofumi and Raphtalia must fight for the survival of the kingdom and protect the people of Melromarc from their ill-fated future.
The second season of the Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari anime will air every Wednesday on AT-X at 10:pm JST from April 6th, during the Spring 2022 anime season.