One Peace Books has licensed the light novel series The Rising of the Shield Hero (Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari), written by Aneko Yusagi and with artwork by Minami Seira. The first volume will release in English on September 15th, with the second volume to follow on October 20th. The story began as a web novel series, and so far there are ten light novel volumes available in Japan. A manga adaptation for the series will also be localized by One Peace Books.
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!