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The Rising of the Shield Hero (盾の勇者の成り上がり Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari?)​​​​ is an anime series by Kinema Citrus based on the light novel series of the same name by Yusagi Aneko. The worldwide premiere of episode 1 of The Rising of the Shield Hero anime debuted at Crunchyroll Expo on September 1st. The Crunchyroll co-production will be available to members worldwide except for Asia when the series kicks off as part of the winter 2019 anime season.

Synopsis

Stories of old tell of four otherworldly heroes—wielding the sword, spear, bow, and shield—who defended the land from wave after wave of calamity. With the fate of the world in balance, the kingdom of Melromarc summons these legendary figures; in modern-day Japan, the call is answered, and the unwitting heroes are transported to this fantasy universe.

Thrust into Melromarc and given the title of "Shield Hero," otaku Naofumi Iwatani is labeled the weakest due to his lack of offensive capability and apparent inexperience. When the heroes part ways to start their journeys, he only has one willing companion: the beautiful princess Malty Melromarc. However, she soon betrays him, steals all his money, and accuses him of taking advantage of her.

For his alleged crimes, Naofumi is branded a criminal and made an outcast of society. With hatred filling his heart, he sets out alone, vowing vengeance against those who wronged him.[1]

Episodes List

Episode Episode Name Japanese Air Date English Air Date
Season 1
01 The Shield Hero January 9, 2019 February 13, 2019
02 The Slave Girl January 16, 2019 February 13, 2019
03 Wave of Catastrophe January 23, 2019 February 13, 2019
04 Lullaby at Dawn January 30, 2019 February 13, 2019
05 Filo February 6, 2019 February 13, 2019
06 A New Comrade February 13, 2019 February 13, 2019
07 The Savior of the Heavenly Fowl February 20, 2019 February 20, 2019
08 Curse Shield February 27, 2019 February 27, 2019
09 Melty March 6, 2019 March 6, 2019
10 In the Midst of Turmoil March 13, 2019 March 13, 2019
11 Catastrophe Returns March 20, 2019 March 20, 2019
12 The Raven Invader March 27, 2019 March 27, 2019
13 The Devil of the Shield April 3, 2019 April 3, 2019
14 Everlasting Memory April 10, 2019 April 10, 2019
15 Raphtalia April 17, 2019 April 17, 2019
16 Filolial Queen April 24, 2019 May 1, 2019
17 A Promise Made May 1, 2019 May 1, 2019
18 A Conspiracy Linked May 8, 2019 May 8, 2019
19 The Four Cardinal Heroes May 15, 2019 May 29, 2019
20 Battle of Good and Evil May 22, 2019 June 5, 2019
21 Naofumi's Triumphant Return May 29, 2019 June 12, 2019
22 Four Heroes Council June 5, 2019 June 19, 2019
23 Cal Mira Archipelago March 12, 2019 June 26, 2019
24 Guardians of Another World June 19, 2019 July 3, 2019
25 The Rising of the Shield Hero June 26, 2019 July 10, 2019

Staff

  • Original Work: Aneko Yusagi
  • Original Illustration: Seira Minami
  • Director: Tako Abo
  • Series Composition: Keigo Koyanagi
  • Character Design: Mashiro Suwa
  • Design Leader: Takeshi Takkura
  • Design Assistant: Shinpei Wada
  • Monster Design: Satoshi Mori
  • Action Setting: Yuka Kuroda
  • Prop Design: Ayako Sugimura
  • Color Coordination: Anna Okamatsu
  • Visual Adviser: Osamu Masuyama
  • Art: Shinsuke Kinoshita, Sachiko Nishiguchi, Seiko Akashi
  • 3D CG Director: Yushi Koshida
  • 2D Artist: Hydekick
  • Motion Graphics: Hidekatsu Uemura
  • Director of Photography: Yukiyo Kajiwara
  • Editing: Hitomi Sudo
  • Sound Production: Glovision
  • Sound Director: Fumiyuki Go
  • Music Kevin Penkin
  • Music Producer: Hiromitsu Iijima, Shunichi Uemura
  • Animation Production: Kinema Cirus

Cast

Characters Japanese VA English VA
Main Character
Naofumi Iwatani Kaito Ishikawa Billy Kametz
Raphtalia Asami Seto Erica Mendez
Filo Rina Hidaka Brianna Knickerbocker
Supporting Characters
Motoyasu Kitamura Makoto Takahashi Xander Mobus
Ren Amaki Yoshisugu Matsuoka Alan Lee
Itsuki Kawasumi Yoshitaka Yamaya Erik Scott Kimerer
Aultcray Melromarc XXXII Yutaka Nakano Taylor Henry 
Malty S Melromarc Sarah Emi Bridcutt Faye Mata
Erhard Hiroki Yasumoto Imari Williams
Glass Megumi Han Morgan Berry
Melty Q Melromarc Maaya Uchida Jackie Lastra
Mirellia Q Melromarc Kikuko Inoue Katelyn Gault
Fitoria Sakura Tange Cristina Vee
L'Arc Berg Jun Fukuyama Alejandro Saab
Therese Alexanderite Saori Hayami Erika Harlacher
Rishia Ivyred Natsuko Hara Kira Buckland

Music

Opening Themes:

  • RISE by MADKID (Episodes 2-12)
  • FAITH by MADKID (Episodes 3-19, Episodes 22-23)

Ending Themes:

Original Soundtracks:

  • Dusk by Kevin Penkins
  • Dawn by Kevin Penkins

Insert Song:

  • Falling Through Starlight by Asami Seto (Episode 4)
  • RISE by MADKID (Episode 20)

Trivia

  • When Aneko Yusagi was asked about their first impression towards the storyboard, Aneko replied "Was this really how it was like? I knew how the story went, but when I tried looking at it as my own work it felt like something else entirely."[2]
  • When Aneko Yusagi was asked about his favorite episodes, Aneko replied "Episode 1-4."[3]
  • When Aneko Yusagi was asked about his overall impression towards the anime, Aneko replied "I guess. It's like seeing the story from Raphtalia's point of view" (sugar-coated).[4]
  • When Aiya Kyu was asked about the character designs and art for the Shield Hero anime, the manga artist replied, "I believe the illustrator for the novels, Minami Seira, is overseeing the whole thing in detail."[5]

External Links

References

  1. Written by MAL Rewrite
  2. https://webnewtype.com/report/article/195514/
  3. https://webnewtype.com/report/article/195514/
  4. https://webnewtype.com/report/article/195514/
  5. Interview with The Rising Of The Shield Hero manga artist Aiya Kyu
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