Following last month's announcement of The Rising of the Shield Hero, Crunchyroll is excited to announce the launch of a special Early Preview of the first episode exclusively for Crunchyroll Premium members. The series will officially launch next Wednesday January 9th with subsequent episodes launching every Wednesday for Crunchyroll members worldwide except Asia. The Early Preview will be available today starting at at 3:15 PST.
Iwatani Naofumi, a run-of-the-mill otaku, finds a book in the library that summons him to another world. He is tasked with joining the sword, spear, and bow as one of the Four Cardinal Heroes and fighting the Waves of Catastrophe as the Shield Hero.
Excited by the prospect of a grand adventure, Naofumi sets off with his party. However, merely a few days later, he is betrayed and loses all his money, dignity, and respect. Unable to trust anyone anymore, he employs a slave named Raphtalia and takes on the Waves and the world.
But will he really find a way to overturn this desperate situation?
The curtain rises on a fantasy adventure about the rise of a man who has lost it all.