The August issue of Kadokawa‘s Monthly Comic Flapper magazine revealed on Wednesday that Aneko Yusagi‘s Yari no Yūsha no Yarinaoshi story, a spinoff of the author’s The Rising of the Shield Hero (Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari), will get print novel volumes and a manga adaptation. Kadokawa will begin publishing the the print volumes under its MF Books label this fall. As with the print versions of The Rising of the Shield Hero, Seira Minami will draw the illustrations for the novels. The manga will debut on the ComicWalker and Nico Nico Seiga website on August 21. Neet (Mayo Chiki! manga, Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata ~egoistic-lily~) is drawing the manga.
The comedy spinoff story focuses on the Spear Hero, Motoyasu Kitamura. At the brink of death he acquires the power to turn back time, and decides that he’ll use it to become stronger and start a “new game.”
Yusagi launched the spinoff story in the “Shōsetsuka ni Narō!” (Let’s Become Novelists!) website in 2014, after finishing the main The Rising of the Shield Hero story. Yusagi ended the story in 2015.
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!
Yusagi launched the original story on the “Shōsetsuka ni Narō!” (Let’s Become Novelists!) website in 2012, and ended it in 2014. MF Books released the 17th compiled print volume (seen above right) on March 25. The 18th volume will ship on July 25. Seira Minami illustrates the novels. One Peace Books released the eighth volume on June 13. Kyū launched the manga adaptation in Media Factory‘s Monthly Comic Flapper magazine in 2014, and Media Factory released the eighth volume on April 22. One Peace Books released the sixth volume on May 16.
Seven Seas Entertainment published all seven volumes of Neet‘s manga adaptation of Hajime Asano‘s Mayo Chiki! light novels from 2012 to 2014. The company re-released the manga in three omnibus volumes from 2015 to 2016.