"The Rising of the Shield Hero" anime TV series, based on the light novel series by Aneko Yusagi, streams Season 3 October 2023 on Crunchyroll:
"....'Naofumi Iwatani', was summoned into a parallel world along with three other young men from parallel universes to become the world's 'Cardinal Heroes' and fight inter-dimensional hordes of monsters called 'Waves'.
"Each of the heroes were respectively equipped with their own legendary equipment when summoned. Naofumi happened to receive the 'Legendary Shield', the sole defensive equipment, while the other heroes received respectively a sword, a spear, and a bow, weapons meant for attack.
"Unlike the other heroes who are fully supported by the kingdom and gain several strong allies each, Naofumi's luck turns to the worse after his single companion, revealed to be the kingdom's princess, betrays him, steals all his belongings, and leaves him devoid of all assistance and supplies.
"Mocked by the nobility and shunned by everyone from his fellow Heroes to peasants, a now cynical Naofumi is forced to train as a hero alone, with a 'tanuki' demi-human girl named 'Raphtalia' and an egg that hatches into the bird-like monster 'Filo'..."
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