‘The Rising of the Shield Hero’ Season 2: Episode 3 Release Date, Time, and How to Watch

The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 has introduced the Spirit Tortoise, a new foe for Naofumi and his companions to defeat — and the anime saw them preparing for battle in its most recent episode. The next chapter will determine if their plans will stop the creature from destroying more towns. So, when does The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 3 arrive and how can fans watch it?

[Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 2, “Footprints of the Spirit Tortoise.”]

Naofumi prepares for battle in ‘The Rising of the Shield Hero’ Season 2 Episode 2

The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 2 saw Queen Melromarc summoning a war council to discuss the Spirit Tortoise. After destroying its own kingdom, the creature is resting — but it will head for the next densely populated area in its path once it wakes. The generals from a number of nearby nations discuss possible solutions to the problem. However, it’s the mystery woman from the end of episode 1 who reveals the best way to kill it.

As it turns out, the woman who approached Naofumi and his party during the premiere is Ost Hourai. She’s spent years posing as the Regent of the Spirit Tortoise Kingdom, as well as the late king’s concubine. But she’s actually a familiar of the Spirit Tortoise itself, tasked with collecting souls to prevent the Waves of Calamity.

Ost Hourai claims that the Spirit Tortoise had its seal broken by someone without permission, and thus, isn’t in control of its actions. Although she wants to stop the Waves, she also believes her master must be defeated — if only because it will destroy the world. She reveals the best way to stop it is to remove its head. And although the war council comes up with a plan to fight the creature, Naofumi still needs to work out how he’ll decapitate it.

The second chapter ends with the Spirit Tortoise waking up, meaning we’ll likely meet it in The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 3. When does the next installment arrive?

When do new episodes of ‘The Rising of the Shield Hero’ Season 2 come out? Episode 3 release date and time

Raphtalia in 'The Rising of the Shield Hero,' which returns with season 2 episodes on April 6.
Raphtalia in ‘The Rising of the Shield Hero’ | Aneko Yusagi/Kadokawa

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With the Spirit Tortoise waking up at the end of episode 2, Naofumi and his friends are likely to meet it in The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 3. That means a suspenseful installment should follow. But when does it come out?

New episodes of Shield Hero Season 2 are broadcast every Wednesday at 10 p.m. in Japan. They’re later simulcast on platforms like Crunchyroll and Hulu. Here’s when they hit the streaming services in the following time zones:

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

It’s unclear if the battle season 2 is building to will begin this week, but it seems likely viewers will get a glimpse of Naofumi’s next opponent. How can they catch the Spirit Tortoise in action?

How to watch Naofumi’s next adventure on Crunchyroll and Hulu

Those hoping to watch The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 3 when it comes out will need a Crunchyroll or Hulu subscription to do so. Crunchyroll now requires a premium membership to access new releases. Those begin at $7.99 per month, gaining subscribers access to a library full of popular series.

Fans can also tune in for new episodes through Hulu, which starts at $6.99 per month. The streaming service has been getting many of the new anime available on Crunchyroll, including Attack on Titan and Spy x Family.

Whether you watch Shield Hero on Crunchyroll or Hulu, it sounds like the next installment is one you won’t want to miss. And after a week of mostly exposition, we could certainly use some action moments.

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