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Aneko Yusagi’s “The Rising of the Shield Hero” Gets Anime Adaptation

Sometimes, it takes the skills of an otaku to bring peace to a magical universe.

Earlier today, the official Twitter account for Yoshimi Books’ Osada, Shizuoka location took to Twitter to reveal a new anime title. The store published a flyer, which confirms that Aneko Yusagi’s The Rising of the Shield Hero (Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari) will receive an anime adaptation.

According to the flyer, a promotional video for the series will be shown at Anime Expo on July 1. Currently, no further details have been revealed, though MF Bunko’s website will update with more details on Saturday.

Aneko Yusagi and illustrator Minami Seira’s The Rising of the Shield Hero began publication in 2013. To date, seventeen volumes have been published, with the most recent book hitting stores on March 25. Volume 18 will ship to stores on July 25.

Aiya Kyū launched a manga adaptation of The Rising of the Shield Hero in the pages of Media Factory’s Monthly Comic Flapper in 2014. To date, seven volumes have been released.

One Peace Books holds the domestic rights for the The Rising of the Shield Hero novels. They describe the title as:

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!

One Peace Books also offers an author profile for Aneko Yusagi:

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.”

Source: Twitter (yoshimi_osada)

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