Crunchyroll Announces The Rising of the Shield Hero Anime's Territories

Episode 1 just had its worldwide premiere at Crunchyroll Expo

The worldwide premiere of episode 1 of The Rising of the Shield Hero just went down at Crunchyroll Expo, so now we have more info about its upcoming streaming debut. 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. 



The main cast for The Rising of the Shield Hero includes:



Kaito Ishikawa as Naofumi Iwatani, the Hero of the Shield.



Asami Seto as Raphtalia, a slave girl.



Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Ren Amaki, the Hero of the Sword.



Makoto Takahashi as Motoyasu Kitamura, the Hero of the Spear.



And Yoshitaka Yamaya as Itsuki Kawasumi, the Hero of the Bow.



The original The Rising of the Shield Hero novels are published in Japan by Media Factory under their MF Bunko imprint, and English language versions are also available from One Peace Books, who describe the story as follows:


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 Rising of the Shield Hero TV anime is directed by Takao Abo and features animation by Kinema Citrus.



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.

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