They’ve officially confirmed the production of the season 4 of the TV anime The Rising of the Shield Hero. They even shared a cool Ultra Teaser Visual to celebrate such announcement. The original author Aneko Yusagi, character designer Seira Yanami, director Takazu Kazuto, and the cast are all excited and have shared positive comments about the decision of making a Tate no Yusha no Nariagari 4th season.The Rising of the Shield Hero or Tate no Yusha no Nariagari is a Japanese light novel series created by Aneko Yusagi. It all started as a web novel on Shōsetsuka ni Narō, a site where users share their stories. Media Factory liked it so much that they published an extended version with illustrations by Seira Minami. As of June 25, 2019, they’ve already released 22 volumes. This cool story also got turned into a manga by Aiya Kyū and published by Media Factory. There are 24 tankōbon volumes out as of November 22, 2023. And guess what? One Peace Books licensed both the novel and manga series, bringing them to North America in September 2015.
The series story is about Naofumi Iwatani, a laid-back Japanese youth, is summoned to a parallel world to be a Cardinal Hero alongside three others. They must combat inter-dimensional monster hordes called Waves. However, Naofumi’s luck takes a nosedive when his single companion, the kingdom’s princess, betrays him, falsely accusing him of assault and leaving him with nothing. Facing mockery and isolation, Naofumi trains alone until he buys a tanuki demi-human girl named Raphtalia and an egg that hatches into a bird-like monster named “Filo.” Together, they become powerful warriors. As they gain trust and gratitude through heroic actions, they work to unravel the mystery of the Waves threatening not only their world but others.
The anime adaptation, produced by Kinema Citrus and directed by Takao Abo, aired from January 9 to June 26, 2019, with 25 episodes. It announced a second and third season at Crunchyroll Expo 2019. The second season aired from April 6 to June 29, 2022, with 13 episodes, and the third season aired from October 6 to December 22, 2023, with new composers Alfredo Sirica and Natalie Jeffreys joining. Crunchyroll streamed all seasons, including the English dub.