The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3: English dub release details

Savannah Howard
Naofumi and friends in Rising of the Shield Hero.IMDB

On October 6, Naofumi, Raphtalia and friends returned for The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3. Now fans of the hit anime can enjoy the English dub on Crunchyroll.

Over a year has passed since Season 2 of The Rising of the Shield Hero (which aired from April 6 to June 29, 2022) concluded. Following the second season’s less-than-stellar fan reception after the meteoric success of Season 1 (January 9 to June 6, 2019), with complaints voiced over world-building, character development, and pacing, the stakes are high for season three. So can it win the series place back into fans’ hearts?

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The third season – adapted from Aneko Yusagi and Seira Minami’s isekai light novel – maintains the 12-episode format of the previous season. However, it also comes with notable production changes. Director Hitoshi Hago – known for Made in Abyss – takes the reins as director from season two’s Masato Jinbo. Returning to the series’ successful origins, Kinema Citrus assumed sole responsibility for production, and the light novel’s authors confirmed their active involvement in shaping the storyline. With Kevin Penkin (Tower of God) returning as the music composer and the Japanese voice cast remaining unchanged, it’s safe to say that Season 3 is shaping up for an exceptional redemption season.

The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3: English dub release details

The English dub version of The Rising of the Shield Hero is released today – October 20, 2023 – on Crunchyroll. The series also has some behind-the-scenes changes.

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Lucien Dodge took on the ADR Director role, Eric P. Sherman stepped in as producer, and Henry Mason returned as the scriptwriter.

Who’s the English cast?

The English dub cast is as follows:

  • Stephen Fu as Naofumi
  • Erica Mendez as Raphtalia
  • Brianna Knickerbocker as Filo
  • Taylor Henry as Aultcray
  • Imari Williams as Elhart
  • Kieran Regan as Fohl
  • Kimlinh Tran as Keel
  • Jackie Lastra as Melty
  • Katelyn Gault as Mirelia
  • Alice Himora as Nadia
  • Kira Buckland as Rishia/Shadow
  • Alexander Gross as Yuji

Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3: a quick recap

With over a year to wait between seasons, it’s no surprise if you need a refresher before you jump into season three. So here’s a quick recap of the storyline:

In season one, we were introduced to college student Naofumi Iwatani, who was summoned into a parallel world as The Shield Hero to combat demonic invasions known as “The Waves”. Despite being the weakest of the universe’s four cardinal heroes, he captured viewer hearts on his extraordinary journey filled with betrayal, hardship and unwavering determination.

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The second season saw Naofumi and his party face new challenges, including exploring alternate worlds and confronting giant monsters. However, it left fans wanting more.

As the third season unfolds on Crunchyroll, will The Rising of the Shield Hero recapture the magic of its first and rekindle the excitement that made it a standout in the anime world? Stay tuned with our coverage to find out.

How to watch Crunchyroll from outside your location in 2023

Crunchyroll is the world’s best hub for streaming anime, whether it’s One PieceAttack on Titan, or Jujutsu Kaisen – and thanks to ExpressVPN, you can access the platform’s full library even if you’re outside the US.

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If you’re abroad, here’s what you need to do to access Crunchyroll’s full selection – and it really is this simple: 

  1. Sign up for ExpressVPN, which has ultra-fast servers and offers a secure, private connection wherever you are in the world.
  2. Connect to a location anywhere in the US. Express VPN allows you to choose from 24 different spots, from New Jersey to Santa Monica.
  3. Visit Crunchyroll online and start streaming all of your favorite animes – and perhaps some you’ve never watched.

Accessing Crunchyroll’s US roster makes a difference. For example, Hong Kong users only have access to less than 100 titles, while the US has nearly 1,000 movies and TV shows. 

You can also stream anime on Crunchyroll for free with an ad-supported plan. Or you can pay for a subscription – there’s even a 14-day free trial if you can’t quite make up your mind.

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About The Author

Savannah Howard is an Anime Writer at Dexerto. She loves dystopian thrillers, sci-fi and action series. You can email her here: savannah.howard@dexerto.com