The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 English dub release date on Crunchyroll, Funimation confirmed


The Rise of the Shield Hero 2
Rising of the Shield Hero season 2 anime will see the characters face a new kind of threat. Credit: Studio Kinema Citrus

Crunchyroll has confirmed that the English dub release date of The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 is May 4, 2022 at 5:00pm EST/2:00pm PST. In addition, it has been confirmed that the Naofumi Season 1 voice actor, Billy Kametz, will be replaced by VA Stephen Fu.

The Shield Hero Season 2 Dub is streaming on both Crunchyroll and Funimation. The two anime streaming services were both bought by Sony. Therefore, Funimation’s content is slowly moving to Crunchyroll as the two platforms are merged into one.

In the past, the English dub of Shield Hero was released on the same day that new episodes were released in Japan. The first season of the Shield Hero dub experienced a delay in the syncing process and it seems that the second season of The Rising Of The Shield Hero can’t keep up with a same-day simuldub schedule.

New dub episodes of The Rising of The Shield Hero Season 2 will be released weekly on Wednesdays. The latest simulcast episodes from Japan stream Wednesdays at 6:00am PST on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

Crunchyroll previously announced that the Shield Hero Season 2 dub will also feature English, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German and Russian.

Naofumi voice actor changes for English dubbing of Shield Hero Season 2

LA-based voice actor Billy Kametz was recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Fans of The Rising of the Shield Hero anime series will be familiar with Billy’s work as he was the English voice over artist behind Naofumi Iwatani in Season 1 of Shield Hero.

Recently, Billy has undergone chemotherapy and will be taking some time off from work. His condition has forced him to retire from voice acting roles, but he wants fans to support the shows and the voice actors who will be replacing him.

“We would like to give a special thank you to Billy for his work on this series and other anime projects. His Crunchyroll friends and family wish him the very best now.”

-Crunchyroll (via email correspondence)

Kametz’s voice acting career in anime is impressive. His voices include Josuke Higashikata in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable, Mikhail in Sirius the Jaeger, and Seiya Ichijō in Sword Gai.

Anime Geek readers who would like to support Billy can donate to the following GoFundMe page. And for those who want to keep up to date with the latest developments in Billy’s life, be sure to follow him on Instagram.

Billy Kametz voices Naofumi Iwatani from Season 2 of The Rising of the Shield Hero.
Billy Kametz’ voice acting brought Naofumi Iwatani to life. Credit: Glovision/Kinema Citrus

The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 English Dub Cast

The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Dubcast includes:

The ADR director is Steve Staley (Magia Record).

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