The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3: Will it be able to overcome the previous season’s failure?

The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 Will it be able overcome the previous season's failure

The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 also known as (Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari) is an action, adventure, drama, fantasy, and you-guessed-it, isekai anime that serves as the sequel to the highly praised and fan favourite Season 1 which aired in 2019. The series is based on a light novel written by Yusagi Aneko and illustrated by Minami Seira. With the recent announcement of Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 3, it becomes an important question if this new season would be able to overcome Season 2’s failure. That of course means exploring the reality – was season 2 even that bad?

Studio Kinema Citrus, the same studio responsible for the first season of the show as well as other critically praised anime such as Made in Abyss and Barakamon, converted the show’s second season into anime. Masato Jinbo was in charge of the direction for this season. Season 2 of The Rising of the Shield Hero may have fallen short of its predecessor, despite being half the length, but it did end on a high note with Episode 12. The plot was, more accurately, wrapped up in Episode 12, while the genuine season finale acts more like the extra features part of a DVD release.

The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2: is the ending disappointing?

The series never recovered from the slow crawl of the final few episodes of Season 1 and continued at a dismal clip throughout Season 2. The action and intensity of the first season vanished without explanation and have yet to return.

In the light novel, this phase of the story was slower and more deliberate, building up to various plot developments that would be essential in the future. Deliberation is vital here, as the anime ended up breaking down the novel into “more digestible” chunks and removing several major parts laden with important future data.

The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 Will it be able overcome the previous season's failure
The Rising of the Shield Hero. (Image credit goes to Studio Kinema Citrus)
  • The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 experienced terrible production delays, which were also to blame for the season’s shorter length and poor pacing.
  • Shield Hero’s season finale adds virtually little to the overall tale, and most of its sequences are filler. They portray entertaining occurrences that occurred earlier in the season, due to the rushed nature of Season 2.
  • Except for the Ost memorial sequence, the remainder of the episode is completely skippable, with Episode 12 seeming more like the season’s genuine finale.

The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 3 Announced

Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 is set to have a world premiere tour in five countries, according to the announcement. This news was revealed on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, and it surprised everyone, causing a rush of excitement among fans worldwide.

The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 is now scheduled to launch in the Fall of 2023, as a part of the year’s final wave of new anime releases, and the show is going all out in anticipation of what’s to come.

The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 Will it be able overcome the previous season's failure
Naofumi in The Rising of the Shield Hero. (Image credit goes to Studio Kinema Citrus)

The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 has huge preparations for its grand launch, including exclusive advanced screenings in five different locations, culminating in a final stage event in Tokyo, Japan.

The premieres are to be held in Los Angeles, California, Austin, Texas, and Paris, France this July, Mannheim, Germany, Toronto, Canada in August, and Tokyo, Japan in October, prior to the release of the entire season.

Will The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 3 be able to overcome the previous season’s failure?

The Rising of the Shield Hero season 1 premiered in January 2019 with a two-hour special, attracting fans worldwide. The second season, which launched in April 2022 following a delay from its intended October 2021 release, came as a surprise to fans.

But, eventually, the Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2, ended on a disappointing note among the fans as it was overall very poorly executed and produced.

The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 Will it be able overcome the previous season's failure
Raphtalia in The Rising of the Shield Hero. (Image credit goes to Studio Kinema Citrus)

With the announcement of the world premiere tour to kick off the forthcoming third season, the series has renewed fan interest. The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 features a new director, Hitoshi Haga, who previously contributed to the first season. Season 3 is also set to undergo massive production changes, starting with the director itself. It is also rumored that Season 3 would solely be produced by Kinema Citrus, unlike Season 2, which was a collaborative effort by Kinema Citrus and DR Movies.

The New Realm Arc, in which Naofumi and his friends enter Kyo’s realm, was featured in the second season. The season finished with the party eventually arriving at the site of the Spirit Tortoise’s death, where they paid their respects to Ost. Naofumi sees Ost’s spirit before leaving. So, for Season 3, it can be expected that the anime would follow the light novel and The Fallen Heroes arc of the light novel may be adapted. The Fallen Heroes Arc is the fourteenth arc of The Rising of the Shield Hero’s Light Novel and the fifteenth arc of the Web Novel.

We are hopeful that Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 would be able to revoke the failure of Season 2 and satisfy the fans with better production and animation, as well as better writing.

It will indeed be an exciting journey to watch the revival of the anime from the epic failure and debacle of the Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2. Before the third season is released, the viewers can rewatch the first two seasons ofย  The Rising of the Shield Hero on Crunchyroll as well!

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