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The Rising of the Shield Hero has returned for season 2, and the isekai anime has already thrown several new challenges Naofumi’s way. In addition to the imminent second wave, the Shield Hero faces another threat that must be dealt with. That’s not to mention a surprise appearance that could shake up his journey further. So, when does The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 2 come out? And how can fans tune in?

[Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 1, “A New Roar.”]

‘The Rising of the Shield Hero’ Season 2 Episode 1 recap

The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 spent the majority of its premiere setting up Naofumi’s next adventure. Although the other heroes are preparing for the second wave, the anime’s lead agrees to deal with another threat at the request of Queen Mirellia. He and his companions embark on a journey to confront a creature called the Spirit Tortoise. And they find themselves facing other monsters before they even reach their destination.

In addition to setting the stage for the next big conflict, the season 2 premiere digs into Rishia’s storyline. Banished from the Bow Hero’s party, she winds up joining Naofumi’s companions. She even agrees to activate the same slave bond as Raphtalia — a questionable choice given some of the backlash the show has already received.

Both Queen Mirellia’s mission and Rishia’s decision help set up the current outing. However, the end of the episode leaves off on a bit of a cliffhanger. After Naofumi and his party face an onslaught of monsters, they’re greeted by a mysterious woman who asks the Shield Hero to kill her. It’s an odd place to leave things, but it does raise questions heading into The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 2.

‘The Rising of the Shield Hero’ Season 2 Episode 2 release date and time

Naofumi Iwatani in 'The Rising of the Shield Hero,' which returns for season 2 this April. He's looking out at something and wearing a green cloak.
Naofumi Iwatani in ‘The Rising of the Shield Hero’ | Aneko Yusagi/Kadokawa

With The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 leaving fans on a cliffhanger heading into episode 2, fans will no doubt be eager to get to the next installment. So, when does it come out?

The anime is releasing new episodes every Wednesday, with the second one slated for April 13. It will air first in Japan, arriving on AT-X at 10 p.m. After that, it will head to other networks in Japan, as well as streaming services. International viewers can expect episode 2 on Crunchyroll and Hulu at 6 a.m. PST. Here’s when it debuts in other time zones:

  • CST: 8 a.m.
  • EST: 9 a.m.
  • GMT: 2 p.m.
  • CEST: 3 p.m.
  • AEST: 6 p.m.

So, now that viewers know when to expect the next episode of Shield Hero, how can they go about accessing it?

How to watch the next episode when it comes out


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Viewers in Japan have several options for watching The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 2 — from catching it on AT-X when it first premieres to checking networks like TOKYO MX and KBS Kyoto later on. (Check the anime’s official Twitter for scheduling details.)

International fans will need a premium Crunchyroll subscription to watch the next installment. The series is part of the streaming service’s spring lineup, and all new content from this season will require a membership to access. Plans begin at $7.99 per month, but viewers have several different options.

Those who have Hulu will also have access to the second season, though the streamer doesn’t currently have the first. Hulu plans start at $6.99 per month with ads and $12.99 per month without.

However you choose to tune in, The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 has some major questions to answer as it continues. Episode 1 is currently streaming on Crunchyroll and Hulu.