The Rising of the Shield Hero Light Novel and Manga Licensed by One Peace Books

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After finding listings on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, we reached out to One Peace Books for confirmation that they have indeed licensed The Rising of the Shield Hero light novel (also known as Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari) for release in the West. They have licensed not only Angeko Yusagi’s light novel series but also the manga adaptation that began back in 2014.

Current listings show that the first volume of the light novel will be released on September 15th while the second volume of the light novel will be released on October 20th and finally the first manga volume will be available on November 17th.

Originally starting as a web novel before being adapted into a light novel and manga, Aneko Yusagi’s The Rising of the Shield Hero follows Naofumi Iwatani, an otaku who is suddenly summoned to a parallel universe and told that he is one of four heroes chosen by legendary weapons in order to protect the world from imminent destruction.

A summary provided by Barnes & Noble can be found below:

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!

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