It has been nearly 3 years since the isekai fandom was blessed with arguably one of the best light novel adaptations in the form of The Rising of the Shield Hero. Following the tale of summoned shield hero Naofumi Iwatani, our summoned MC met with a lot of challenges thanks to his “weapon” being the infamous shield. Despite being hated and framed for a crime he didn’t commit, Naofumi rose past the hell he was thrown into thanks to his companions—Raphtalia, Filo, and Melty—and became a hero recognized across the lands.
Season 2 wastes no time re-establishing us to Naofumi and his battles against the “waves” but adds in a new threat that could be even worse than the mysterious waves. This second season of The Rising of the Shield Hero should be incredible but after three episodes…we have seen some rather worrying issues. Here are our first impressions of The Rising of the Shield Hero season 2!
The Animation…What Happened!?
Let’s not waste time and talk about the major issue we’ve noticed in season 2 of The Rising of the Shield Hero, the animation. Still produced by Kinema Citrus, there is now also another team that apparently helped out with season 2 in the form of DR Movie and we can notice this season isn’t being completely handled by one team. While character designs and animation still look similar to season 1, the animation hasn’t looked as sharp with visuals feeling a bit weaker than in the first season.
This worries us here at Honey’s Anime as we are avid fans of the light novel for Shield Hero and hope that some of the better parts coming up will look good and be handled properly. Season 2 still has a bit to go before completion obvious so it is possible the animation quality will increase but after three episodes, this definitely feels a bit like a downgrade from season 1.
The Pacing Feels Absurdly Fast
There was one extremely admirable element for season 1 of Shield Hero as it did an amazing job of following the source material without skipping a lot or altering too much. Season 2 is clearly trying to mirror that but we have noticed the pacing is a bit extreme. There are moments we swear feel like they were sped up to reduce some of the light novel fluff but for anime-only watchers, this will still be noticeable as characters just suddenly make appearances without little setup. We won’t spoil some of the bigger moments to come but if they are handled like these last few episodes have been…many light novel fans will be quite frustrated and anime-only viewers will be sure to also notice.
Still the Cool Main Team
As far as isekai protagonists go, Naofumi still is one of my absolute favorites. Cool, tough and a bit mean when the need arises, Naofumi still retains what we loved about him from season one of The Rising of the Shield Hero. The rest of the gang too has returned and it’s like they haven’t been gone long! Were excited to see the newest trials our heroes will have to go through and how their attitudes will change—especially the other heroes as they undergo some of their harshest challenges yet—but we will keep those revelations to ourselves for now.
A Great First Enemy Right?!
Be honest readers, when you first heard about an evil turtle being the main threat crushing the lands devouring souls, did you really think of a strong main enemy? We doubt many of you did but after witnessing what the Spirit Tortoise could do, your opinions probably underwent some extreme changes. The Spirit Tortoise is a solid first main threat for Naofumi and the kingdom and there are some more threats to come that we can’t wait for anime fans to see firsthand!
The Rising of the Shield Hero season 2 hasn’t been as great as we had hoped for but it is still too early to lose hope in this second entry. We still adore the cast and from what we know of in the light novel, there is some great things to come that will hopefully be handled correctly! For now, we still are enjoying season 2 of Shield Hero but we do worry about its future.
Are you readers feeling the same as we are about The Rising of the Shield Hero season 2? Let us know via the comments below! For more coverage of Shield Hero and other anime airing this spring 2022, keep stuck to our shield-wearing hive here at Honey’s Anime!