The Cast and Characters of Crunchyroll’s The Rising of the Shield Hero

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The Following is a list of cast and characters from the Crunchyroll program The Rising of the Shield Hero and their status at the end of the season(s).


Characters description and pictures used are changed as notable information is presented and better screenshots are taken. Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of every cast member.

Season/ EpisodeSynopsisDirector, Writer, and Introduced ActorsTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 18 “A Conspiracy Linked”The true mastermind behind Naofumi being harassed and treated like a social pariah reveals themselves to us.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 5/8/2019
  • Facing Motoyasu: Motoyasu, Naofumi, Myne, Melty, Raphtalia, Filo
  • The Truth Is Revealed: Pope Balmus, Myne, Motoyasu, Naofumi, Filo
Season 1, Episode 19 “The Four Cardinal Heroes”As Pope Balmus attempts to eviscerate the Cardinal Heroes, a few surprises appear and we’re clued in that Naofumi may get some reinforcements.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 5/15/2019
  • The Cardinal Weapon Replica: Pope Balmus, Melty, Naofumi
  • Guess Who Shows Up: Itsuki, Ren, Naofumi, Myne, Motoyasu
  • Keeping Promises: Naofumi, Fitoria
Season 1, Episode 20 "Battle of Good and Evil"As followers of the Pope die, so comes the question of whether or not one of the heroes may sacrifice themselves, Naofumi in particular, to save the rest?
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 5/22/2019
  • The Martyr System: Pope Balmus
  • Tapping Into The Darkness: Pope Balmus, Naofumi, Melty, Filo, Raphtalia
  • Blood Sacrifice: Naofumi, Queen Melromarc, Pope Balmus
Season 1, Episode 15 “Raphtalia”Raphtalia’s childhood up until when she was purchased by Naofumi is uncovered, and it is a tear-inducing tale.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 4/17/2019
Introduced This Episode
Rifana ?
  • Before & After The Wave: Raphtalia, Rifana
  • Enslavement: Raphtalia, Rifana, Idol
  • From Victim To Hero: Raphtalia, Naofumi, Van, Melty, Idol
Season 1, Episode 16 “Filoial Queen”Never mind the beasts from the last episode, all eyes are on the Filolial queen Fitoria.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 4/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
Fitoria ?
  • Taking Care Of The Unleashed Beasts: Naofumi, Filo, Raphtalia, Van
  • The Queen Of Filolials & The Ominous Shield: Fitoria,Naofumi, Filo, Raphtalia
  • There Is So Much You Don’t Know & Refuse To Learn:Fitoria, Naofumi
Season 1, Episode 17 “A Promise Made”As Fitoria presents her ultimatum, the other heroes may have walked into a trap.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 5/1/2019
  • A Trial: Filo, Melty, Fitoria, Naofumi
  • But Did You Fight Back?: Naofumi, Fitoria
  • It’s A Trap: Ren, Itsuki, Myne
Season 1, Episode 14 “Everlasting Memory”Raphtalia noting she wants to confront her past.

With being unable to cross into Siltvelt, the team encounters someone connected to Raphtalia’s past as someone’s slave.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 4/10/2019
Introduced This Episode
Van Reichnott ?
Idol Rabier ?
  • Borderlands: Naofumi, Raphtalia, Melty, Van, Myne
  • The Plight of Demi-Humans: Raphtalia, Idol, Naofumi, Melty, Van
  • Rescuing Melty: Raphtalia, Idol, Naofumi, Melty, Van, Filo
Season 1, Episode 13 “The Devil of the Shield”A wanted poster featuring Naofumi, Raphtalia, and Filo

Are you tired of Myne? I’m tired of Myne, and luckily the heroes are reminded that she isn’t the benevolent person she pretends to be.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 4/3/2019
  • The Brainwash Begins: Melty, Naofumi, Filo, Raphtalia
  • The Getaway Plan: Melty, Naofumi
  • Seek The Truth: Myne, Melty, Ren, Naofumi, Motoyasu, Raphtalia
Season 1, Episode 11 “Catastrophe Returns”Glass (Han Megumi) making an entrance.
While the 2nd wave has far more interesting battles than the first, it is the arrival of the character Glass that will be noteworthy.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 3/20/2019
Introduced This Episode
Glass Han Megumi
  • The 2nd Wave: Naofumi, Motoyasu, Myne, Raphtalia, Filo, Ren, Itsuki
  • The Rage Shield: Naofumi, Raphtalia, Filo
  • Introducing – Glass: Glass, Naofumi
Season 1, Episode 10 “In The Midst of Turmoil”It seems Melty has a mission which could change Melromarc for better or worse. Also, Itsuki and Ren seem on the verge of fighting Naofumi.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 3/13/2019
Introduced This Episode
Mirellia Q. Melromarc Inoue Kikuko
  • Let Me Upgrade You: Naofumi, Dorei-shou
  • Your Reputation Precedes You: Melty, Naofumi, The Queen
  • We Don’t Need Another Hero: Ren, Itsuki, Naofumi
Season 1, Episode 11 “Catastrophe Returns”While the 2nd wave has far more interesting battles than the first, it is the arrival of the character Glass that will be noteworthy.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 3/20/2019
Introduced This Episode
Glass Han Megumi
  • The 2nd Wave: Naofumi, Motoyasu, Myne, Raphtalia, Filo, Ren, Itsuki
  • The Rage Shield: Naofumi, Raphtalia, Filo
  • Introducing – Glass: Glass, Naofumi
Season 1, Episode 12 “The Raven Invader”While you may think the battle between the heroes and Glass would be the highlight of the episode, oh you got another thing coming!
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 3/27/2019
Introduced This Episode
Elhart Yasumoto Hiroki
King Aultcray Nakano Yutaka
  • Glass vs. Everybody: Glass, Naofumi
  • Still On His Bulls***: King Aultcray, Naofumi
  • Assassination Attempt: Myne, Melty, King Aultcray, Naofumi, Elhart
Season 1, Episode 9 “Melty”Naofumi finds himself involved with a young girl named Melty, thanks to Filo, and he is under the impression she may bring nothing but trouble.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 3/6/2019
Introduced This Episode
Melty Uchida Maaya
The Pope ?
  • Let Me Tell You About My Best Friend: Melty, Filo
  • Attacked On Sight: Motoyasu, Filo, Naofumi, Myne, Melty, Raphtalia, The Pope
  • Watch The Throne: Melty, Naofumi
Season 1, Episode 7 “The Savior of the Heavenly Fowl”Raphtalia has it bad for Naofumi, as does Filo, and both are beginning to make plans on how to make him theirs.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 2/20/2019
  • The Legend Continues: Naofumi, Raphtalia, Filo, Motoyasu
  • You’re Going To Love Me!: Naofumi, Raphtalia, Filo
Season 1, Episode 8 “Curse Shield”Remember that dragon Ren supposedly killed? Well, Naofumi and his girls end up having to face it because Ren didn’t finish the job.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 2/27/2019
  • The Zombie Dragon: Naofumi, Filo, Raphtalia
  • The Curse Shield: Naofumi, Raphtalia
  • A Smile: Naofumi, Filo, Raphtalia
Season 1, Episode 6 “A New Comrade”As Raphtalia gets jealous of Filo growing closer to Naofumi, we’re given an update on what the other heroes are doing.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 2/13/2019
  • The Owner, Not Father/ Friend, Not Father: Filo, Raphtalia, Naofumi
  • One Hand Shakes the Other: Naofumi
  • Though He Can Be Gruff, He’s Really a Softee: Filo, Raphtalia, Naofumi
Season 1, Episode 5 “Filo”We’re informally introduced to another kingdom this episode, alongside seeing that Myne and her father truly are trash.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 2/6/2019
Introduced This Episode
Filo Hidaka Rina
Dorei-shou Ogata Ken`ichi
  • A Hero Reborn: Naofumi, Myne, Itsuki, Ren, King Melromarc, Raphtalia
  • Filo: Filo, Dorei-shou, Naofumi, Raphtalia
  • As His Legend Grows, So Does His Party: Myne, Motoyasu, Filo, Naofumi, Raphtalia
Season 1, Episode 4 “Lullaby at Dawn”The Riding of the Shield Hero kicks things up a notch as Naofumi, once more, is coerced to play the villain thanks to Myne.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 1/30/2019
Introduced This Episode
King Melromarc Nakano Yutaka
  • What Is It That I’ve Done To You?: Naofumi, Myne, Raphtalia, Motoyasu
  • A Duel: Naofumi, Myne, Raphtalia, Motoyasu
  • There Is Freedom In Love: King Melromarc, Naofumi, Myne, Raphtalia, Motoyasu, Ren, Itsuki
Season 1, Episode 3 “Wave of Catastrophe”Naofumi and Raphtalia experience their first demon wave, and Raphtalia begins to hear whispers of Naofumi’s past.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 1/23/2019
  • Level Up Lolicon: Naofumi, Raphtalia
  • Hello To Old Frenemies & The First Wave: Raphtalia, Motoyasu, Naofumi
Season 1, Episode 2 “The Slave Girl”Naofumi gets his first follower and may begin to show the world the rumors about him are untrue.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 1/16/2019
Introduced This Episode
Raphtalia Seto Asami
  • The Demi-Human Girl: Raphtalia, Naofumi

Season 1, Episode 1 “The Shield Hero”

The Rising of the Shield Hero lives up to what its trailer hyped and may provide oh so much more.

Creator Aneko Yusagi
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date (Available Early With Premium Membership) 1/9/2019
Genre(s) Action, Adventure, Drama
Good If You Like Anime Where Lead Character Is Sucked Into Foreign World

Strong Dramatic Element

Pending Doomsday Battles

Shows Which Have an RPG Vibe

Isn’t For You If You Prefer Less Talking, More Action
Introduced This Episode
Naofumi Ishikawa Kaito
Ren Matsuoka Yoshitsugu
Motoyasu Takahashi Makoto
Itsuki Yamaya Yoshitaka
Myne Bridcutt Sarah Emi


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Introduced Season 1

Ishikawa Kaito Plays Naofumi

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “The Shield Hero”

Who Is Naofumi

Based on his introduction, 20-year-old college student, Naofumi, was a nice kid in his version of Japan. He helped his parents get his little brother in line, and while into video games, he wasn’t a shut-in. He was just an average, arguably unremarkable, kid. However, that changed when he got summoned to Melromarc and was assigned a legendary… shield.

Being given a shield, alongside his less than noteworthy persona, made it so, when it was time to form a party, and gain experience, no one initially wanted to join him. However, one person did who took our bright and bubbly Naofumi down a dark path. One that would change the way he presented himself to the world forever.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Matsuoka Yoshitsugu Plays Ren

Ren saying his name, age, and school status.
Ren (Matsuoka Yoshitsugu)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “The Shield Hero”

Who Is Ren

Despite being a 16-year-old high school student, Ren is arguably the most mature of the four cardinal weapon holders. His specific weapon is a sword, and it seems, compared to Naofumi, Itsuki, and Motoyasu, he is the least social of the four. Something he has no shame or hesitation in making clear.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  • Ren is the one who begins to question Myne and the perceptions of Naofumi, with Itsuki usually following.


Takahashi Makoto Plays Motoyasu

Motoyasu introducing himself.
Motoyasu (Takahashi Makoto)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “The Shield Hero”

Who Is Motoyasu

The oldest of the four holders of the cardinal weapons, at 21, the lance-wielding Motoyasu is a college student and clearly one of the most charismatic of the group. When it comes time to develop parties to train, most of the female warriors join Motoyasu. However, whether or not he is a good guy is up for question. At least in terms of his relationship with Myne and whether or not he was aware of what she wanted to do to Naofumi.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Yamaya Yoshitaka Plays Itsuki

Itsuki (Yamaya Yoshitaka) introducing himself to the court.
Itsuki (Yamaya Yoshitaka)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “The Shield Hero”

Who Is Itsuki

The 17-year-old Itsuki is the wielder of a bow and arrow. In a way, he is a younger version of Motoyasu in terms of charisma, charm, and has some of Naofumi’s initial enthusiasm. However, like everyone else, when things look terrible for Naofumi, after a grave accusation, he doesn’t ask any questions. He just assumes the worse of Naofumi – seemingly based on previous preconceived notions.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Bridcutt Sarah Emi Plays Myne

Myne (Bridcutt Sarah Emi) introducing herself to Naofumi.
Myne (Bridcutt Sarah Emi)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “The Shield Hero”

Who Is Myne

At first, she was just another female warrior captured by Motoyasu’s charm. Someone who seemingly would be nameless but then decided to be the only one to offer themselves to join Naofumi’s party. Something which, at first, seemed to be an okay arrangement. Yes, he was spending a lot of money because of her, including for wine and weaponry. Yet, with him being given 800 silver coins, which appears to be a lot of money, and her doing him a favor, it’s hard to not want to thank her kindness.

However, in return for his generosity, he is given a rape accusation. One which is taken seriously within the kingdom of Melromarc for they are a matriarchal society, per Myne. Leading to everyone turning their back on Naofumi quickly within the country and Myne getting away with all that was brought for her. Oh, I should note, while returning to Motoyasu’s side who may or may not be the wiser.

Leaving us to question if she is going to play Motoyasu in a similar fashion or, as Naofumi accused, they already had an arrangement.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Seto Asami Plays Raphtalia

Raphtalia (Seto Asami) happy after being fed.
Raphtalia (Seto Asami)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “The Slave Girl”

Who Is Raphtalia

An orphan, thanks to the first wave, Raphtalia is a demi-human who becomes Naofumi’s first follower. Granted, not by choice, but him buying her. However, in time he becomes like a younger sibling or child to him and they become close. Even to the point of her conquering her fears to save his life.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  • We’re told the Shield Hero, historically, has been kind to demi-humans like Raphtalia.
  • Raphtalia is half raccoon.

Hidaka Rina Plays Filo

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 5 “Filo”

Filo, originally, was just another being Naofumi purchased from Dorei-shou – a simple investment which was supposed to be a bird, which could become a dragon but ended up becoming a young girl with wings.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Ogata Ken`ichi Plays Dorei-shou

Dorei-shou (Ogata Ken'ichi) selling Naofumi a Filolial.
Dorei-shou (Ogata Ken’ichi)

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 5 “Filo”

Dorei-shou is a slaver who Naofumi uses, despite him being a bit suspect and not revealing how he has gotten his various slaves.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Uchida Maaya As Melty

Melty delivering a proper introduction.
Melty: Second Princess Melty Melromarc

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1, Episode 9 “Melty”

Melty, despite older sister Myne, is next in line for the throne and is far more mature than her demented sister. One could equate this to her seemingly being raised more so by her mother than her father.

Additional Information About Melty

  • She has a deep love for Filolials.

? As Pope Balmus

The pope speaking with Naofumi.
The Pope: God is equally compassionate to all.

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1, Episode 9 “Melty”

While most nobility turn their nose up at Naofumi, especially in the castle, it seems the Pope lives up to his position and believes in forgiveness. Those under him, not so much, but he chastizes them for disrespecting Naofumi so while not an ally, at least he gives Naofumi a fair deal.

Additional Information About The Pope

  • He is responsible for Naofumi being treated as a social pariah as he is the head of The Three Heroes Church.
  • It appears the Pope wants Melromarc to become a theology government.

Han Megumi As Glass

Glass (Han Megumi) making an entrance.
Glass (Han Megumi)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 11 “Catastrophe Returns”

Glass is a powerful fighter who appears during the second wave and introduces herself as an enemy to the various heroes. Though her sights are keenly set on Naofumi since he is the only one who is a true example of a hero.

Additional Information About Glass


Inoue Kikuko As Mirellia Q. Melromarc

Queen Melromarc (Inoue Kikuko) worrying about the next wave.
Queen Melromarc (Inoue Kikuko): The next Wave is coming.

First Noted In

Season 1, Episode 10 “In The Midst of Turmoil”

Character Introduction

While all powerful due to Melromarc being a matriarchal society, there is something strange about the queen. Between seemingly being unable to move freely, using a shadow task force, and sending Melty to handle her errands, something fishy is going on.

Additional Information About Mirellia Q. Melromarc


Yasumoto Hiroki As Elhart

First Noted In

Season 1, Episode 12 “The Raven Invader”

Character Introduction

Elhart was the first, and for a long time only, person within Melromarc that would provide Naofumi and his team weapons. For with his reputation being that of a slaver and a rapist, it made him a social pariah. But, in time, Elhart took pity on him and it led to them becoming cordial and friendly. Now, he is who Naofumi uses exclusively for armor and weapons, unless referred to others.

Additional Information About Elhart

Nakano Yutaka As King Aultcray

King Aultcray (Nakano Yutaka) shocked by what Naofumi said to him.
King Aultcray (Nakano Yutaka)

First Noted In

Season 1, Episode 12 “The Raven Invader”

Character Introduction

It isn’t 100% clear why in a matriarchal society it seems the king is the one ruling. However, taking note of Myne’s influence on the King, even if he is currently making important decisions, she is likely pulling the strings. A prime example being her pushing the King to hate Naofumi.

Additional Information About King Aultcray


? As Van Reichnott

Van Reichnott smiling and trying to put Naofumi and his team at ease.

First Noted In

Season 1, Episode 14 “Everlasting Memory”

Character Introduction

A friendly to demi-human lord who rules one of the outside provinces of Melromarc and whose family is friendly to the queen.

Additional Information About Van Reichnott

? As Idol Rabier

Idol Rabier looking quite upset.

First Noted In

Season 1, Episode 14 “Everlasting Memory”

Character Introduction

A follower of the Three Heroes Church, like Myne, his vehement hate of Naofumi leads him to kidnap Van and torture him to find out where Naofumi is. He even was going to torture Melty for the information until Naofumi showed up. But what may make him most noteworthy is he is Raphtalia’s former slave master.

Additional Information About Idol Rabier


? As Fitoria

Fitoria noting she is the queen of all filolials around the world.

First Noted In

Season 1, Episode 16 “Filoial Queen”

Character Introduction

Fitoria is the queen of Filolials who has been alive for centuries. Part of the reasons she has lived so long can be contributed to her being raised by a cardinal hero. Someone who she thinks of fondly and because of them, she fights the waves the new cardinal heroes ignore.

Additional Information About Fitoria

 

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