Ahead of the long-awaited season two of the hit isekai anime ‘The Rising of the Shield Hero,’ fans got some celebratory news in regards to the light novels and manga by Aneko Yusagi. With the release of the twentieth volume of the light novels, it has been confirmed that the series has sold a total of 11 million copies.
“The latest 20th volume of the manga adaptation of Aneko Yusagi’s The Rising of the Shield Hero fantasy novel series, illustrated by Aiya Kyu, is released in Japan today on February 22, and the publisher KADOKAWA confirmed that the series including both of the novel and the manga has printed 11 million copies in total so far,” Crunchyroll said on their website. “The fantasy novel was first posted on the user-generated novel publishing website Shousetsuka ni Narous from 2012 to 2015. Meanwhile, KADOKAWA’s light novel imprint MF Books started publishing its print edition in 2013 and has released 22 volumes. Its manga adaptation by Aiya Kyu has been serialized in the publisher’s Monthly Comic Flapper since 2014.”
The dark isekai was a surprise hit as critics initially gave it poor reviews. Despite the backlash, protagonist Naofumi Iwatani, his demi-human Raphtalia, and the morphing bird-like monster Filo proved popular with audiences. Season one of the anime was produced by the Japanese animation company Kinema Citrus with DR Movie taking over season two, set be released in April 2022.
A poster celebrating the 20th volume was placed in the Tokyo Metro Shinjuku Station’s Metro Promenade.
'The Rising of the Shield Hero' celebrates its 20th volume being released with these cool posters at the Tokyo Metro Shinjuku Station's Metro Promenade pic.twitter.com/5udEdObp0E
— Jukt Micronics (@JuktMicronicsX) February 22, 2022
Wikipedia describes the synopsis as follows,
“Naofumi Iwatani, an easygoing Japanese youth, 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 as they unravel the mystery of the Waves and the reason why they are a threat not only to their world, but to other worlds as well.”
‘The Rising of the Shield Hero’ spun off a new series titled ‘The Reprise of the Shield Hero,’ a comedic tale written by Aneko Yusagi and illustrated by Minami Seira.
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