On the One Peace Books website, a fall 2018 catalog has surfaced, revealing an announcement for The Reprise of the Spear Hero, a spinoff series for The Rising of the Shield Hero. The text does not specify if this is a license for the light novel series or its manga adaptation, but the cover pictured is the first volume of the light novels. (This is the manga cover, for comparison.) One Peace Books is currently releasing both the light novels and the manga volumes in English for the main Shield Hero series. The first volume of Spear Hero has a release date for October 16, 2018.
Synopsis: Summoned to another world to serve as the Spear Hero, Motoyasu Kitamura is a pitiful young man who eventually finds himself only able to love filolials. But after being fatally injured in battle, Motoyasu wakes up yet again in the exact circumstances of when he was first summoned. It turns out that his spear possesses an ability known as Time Reversal! With his stats unaffected by the reset, Motoyasu decides to fight once more. His motivation: to once again see the smile of Filo, the filolial that he loves more than any other! Could this be considered the start of a new game in god mode?! The long-awaited otherworldly redemption fantasy begins!
It sounds like Spear Hero will tell a more lighthearted story than its parent series Shield Hero, which appears recommended to be read beforehand for context.
The One Peace Books fall catalog also advertises future volumes for both the light novels and manga of Shield Hero, as well as manga for Mikagura School Suite. I don’t see any mention of the light novels for Mikagura, so I’m not sure if more of that series will release in English this year. I’ll update this post if I learn anything more on that.
In other news, I have learned that the tenth volume of The Rising of the Shield Hero is already available digitally. The paperback for that is set to release on March 20th. Note that Amazon has some of its links messed up at the moment — the paperback edition of volume 10 has a link to the Kindle version of volume 2 for some reason.
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It’s the LN. On the catalog list if it’s a novel, it’s listed as fiction. If it’s manga, it’s listed as manga. Also the page count is pretty high (400 pages) compared to the manga listing of Shield Hero. Can understand if unclear, but pretty sure it’s the LN.