The Rising of The Shield Hero is an anime series first released in 2019 in dark fantasy and isekai genres which are beloved anime genres. Written by Aneko Yusagi, the story initially met readers as a web novel and then continued as a light novel with an extended storyline. The news that the light novel, which was so beloved that it sold more than 5 million copies in total, would be adapted into a anime was not surprising, but was pleasant to his followers. Multiplying the fanbase with its anime, The Rising of The Shield Hero consists of two seasons for now. It was adapted by studio Kinema Citrus, who also made animation Made in the abyss† In the second season, a South Korean animation studio, DR Movie, joined the team. DR Movie, which we don’t see much in the anime industry, has participated in successful productions such as Avatar: The Last Airbender. Licensed by crunchy rolls, the anime is also streamed by Funimation and Hulu TV. The second season aired on April 6, 2022, with delays. The 13-episode season ended on June 29, 2022. For example, the anime has been renewed for a third season† Continuing our article, we’ve gathered everything we know about the third season of The Rising of The Shield Hero.
Will there be a third season of The Rising of The Shield Hero?
The second season of the anime was announced at Crunchyroll Expo’2019. However, the announcement at the event didn’t just contain good news for the second season of the anime. Crunchyroll announced that the anime would get two new seasons and renewed the series for the third season† From June 29, 2022, this announcement still stands. However, the second season of the anime has just aired and there are no details about the third season yet.
Shield Hero Seasons 2 & 3 Announced at Crunchyroll Expo Panel
— The Rise of the Shield Hero (@ShieldHeroEN) September 2, 2019
As we mentioned at the beginning of our article, the anime series The Rising of the Shield Hero is an adaptation of the light novel series written by Aneko Yusagi. The light novel, on the other hand, is a more refined version of the web novel series, previously published and written by the same author. The light novel has an expanded and modified storyline compared to the web novel. The web novel is no longer in progress and has a finale, but we can’t say the same about the light novel. The light novel, which reached 22 volumes, was last published on June 25, 2019. Although it has not been published for a long time, no final or hiatus announcement has been made.
The anime adaptation of The Rising of The Shield Hero is an adaptation of the first 6 parts of the light novel in the first season. In the second season, it was adopted until the end of the 9th volume. The remaining source material is 13 volumes as of now. It seems that even half of the series hasn’t been adapted yet. This is a sign that we can see more seasons in the future if all goes well. Even if the light novel series has taken a hiatus, it looks like the anime could go on for at least one more season after the third season†
The Rising of The Shield Hero was renewed for two more seasons after the first season. The reason behind this was that the first season was popular worldwide in a short time and everything was going well financially. According to Myanimelist, the anime series is currently the 74th most popular anime. Among thousands of anime, this ranking is not easy at all.
On the other hand, the official Twitter account of The Rising of The Shield Hero, which is well known in Japan, is followed by about 100,000 people. However, the worldwide popularity of the anime series is much higher than in Japan. Currently, the English Twitter account is followed by about 300,000 people.
In Google searches, we see that anime has a strong search popularity. So much so that anime is currently as much searched as popular productions like Dorohedoro or Devil Man: Cry Baby† Also, the popularity of the anime seems to have increased noticeably with the second season airing.
Chance of The Rising of The Shield Hero 3rd Season
Popularity on Mynanimelist
Popularity on social media
Popularity on Google searches
Great Reviews (8.02 on MA, 8.1 on IMDb)
Enough light New source material
Ongoing light novel
Major distributor like Hulu
Good Light Novel Sales (5+ million copies in print)
Extra income with smartphone game and spin-off comedy
No success in disc sales
Disc sales and exclusive distributors
While the disc sales aren’t as valuable as they used to be, it’s still good data to compare to other anime that went on sale during the same time period. The disc sales of the anime took place in the winter season of 2019. A total of 4 volumes of discs were sold, but only 2,246 copies were sold on the volume average. An anime series is expected to sell at least 4,000 units. When this sales figure is evaluated, it seems a long way from the targets. Kaguya-sama: Love is war, which went on sale during the same period, managed to sell 4,906 units. However, it closes the financial gap in disc sales with exclusive distributors. The anime is licensed by Crunchyroll and is also distributed by Hulu TVa giant streamer.
When is the third season of the anime?
The anime was announced at a special Crunchyroll event for the second and third seasons on September 1, 2019. However, this announcement did not include Publication date for the seasons. The announcement of the air date for the second season was made months after the renewal. However, as of June 29, 2022, at the time of writing, a release date for the third season has not yet been announced.
Since the second season has just been released, we can say that it is early to bring out information about a new season. Since there is no official news yet, it is possible to speculate about the release date. After the first announcement of the second season renewal, it was announced that the anime would air a year later, in October 2020. Although there was a delay after that, we can assume that the average production time is one year. Given the production time, it is likely that the third season will be broadcast in the spring, just like the second season. We can expect the anime to air in the spring of 2023† Stay tuned for official updates.
|Season 1||January 9, 2019|
|Season 2||Apr 6, 2022|
|Season 3||Spring 2023 (expected)|