The YouTube Live special for the television anime of Aneko Yusagi‘s The Rising of the Shield Hero (Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari) fantasy light novel series unveiled additional cast members, the January 9 premiere date along with the series’ half-year length, the second promotional video, and a new key visual on Saturday. The new promotional video debuts Filo’s voice and features the opening theme song “Rise” by Madkid.
The series will premiere with a two-hour special on AT-X on January 9 at 10:00 p.m. and will run for two consecutive cours or a half-year. The series will also run on the Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, TVQKyūshū Broadcasting, and BS11 channels. It will start streaming in Japan on Hikari TV and other services on January 9 at 11:30 p.m.
Before the formal launch, the first episode will get special preview screenings on Hikari TV on December 27 at 11:30 p.m. followed by the Niconico Live, Abema TV, and AT-X services. The Internet Radio Station Onsen will stream a web radio program with personality hosts Asami Seto and Rina Hidaka.
One Peace Books is releasing the novel series and Aiya Kyū’s manga adaptation in English. The publisher describes the novels’ first compiled book volume:
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!
Crunchyroll will stream the anime with both English subtitles and dubbing as it airs in Japan. Crunchyrollpremiered the first dubbed episode at Crunchyroll Expo on September 3 with guests from the anime.
MF Books published the novel series’ 19th compiled volume in January, and the 20th volume will ship on December 25. One Peace Books released the 12th volume in August.
Kyū launched the manga adaptation in Media Factory‘s Monthly Comic Flapper magazine in 2014, and Media Factory released the 11th volume on July 23. The 12th volume will ship on December 21. One Peace Booksreleased the ninth volume in August.
Sources: The Rising of the Shield Hero anime’s official website, Comic Natalie