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The Rising of the Shield Hero Fantasy Novels Get Anime

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Anime's 1st promo video debuts at Anime Expo on July 1

The Twitter account of the Osada, Shizuoka branch of the Yoshimi Books store posted a picture on Thursday that reveals an anime adaptation of Aneko Yusagi's The Rising of The Shield Hero (Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari) fantasy light novel series has been green-lit. The image shows promotional flyers from MF Books, the light novel label of Kadokawa's brand company Media Factory that publishes the series.

The flyer states that a promotional video for the anime will premiere at Anime Expo on July 1. MF Books' official website will reveal more information about the anime on Saturday. In addition, the back of the flyer features a spinoff story for the novels to mark the anime announcement.

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!

The publisher also lists an author profile:

Aneko Yusagi was born in Kanagawa. After growing interested in reading and gaming, Aneko began to write novels. Aneko wrote The Rising of The Shield Hero and began posting it online. After updating the story daily, an unprecedented amount of readers became addicted to the rapid pace of the advancing story, and the novel became an online hit. It was first collected and published by Media Factory in Japan in August of 2013. Aneko Yusagi was recently quoted saying, “I will rise and find great success in life.”

Minami Seira illustrates the novels, and MF Books released the 17th compiled volume on March 25. The 18th volume will ship on July 25. One Peace Books released the eighth volume on June 13.

Kyū launched the manga adaptation in Media Factory's Monthly Comic Flapper magazine in 2014, and Media Factory released the eighth volume on April 22. One Peace Books released the sixth volume on May 16.

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