Naofumi gets his first follower and may begin to show the world the rumors about him are untrue.
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The Demi-Human Girl: Raphtalia, Naofumi
Though it likely would only worsen his reputation, Naofumi decides to purchase a slave and while the girl, Raphtalia, may not know about the rape accusation, she is fearful. Why? Well, being that her parents died in the first wave, and she was sold into slavery, with a former master who was abusive, you’d be scared too. Yet, we learn the Shield Hero, despite how humans treat him, is a bit of a hero to demi-humans.
The story goes that they would usually advocate for demi-humans and thus, as Naofumi shows he isn’t a terrible person, Raphtalia grows closer to him. However, one major issue between them is Raphtalia isn’t necessarily ready or willing to fight or kill. Especially since, when she gets beyond balloon monsters, she has to deal with blood and it triggers memories of her parents dying.
Yet, upon dealing with a demon beast, and her relationship with Naofumi switching from slave to someone he’d sacrifice his life for, she kills for him. Leading to this idea that, while she is bound to him, she may get treated as his equal. If not, more accurately, like his child, little sister or some form of squire.
It is going to be interesting as we see more people of the outside world react to Naofumi taking on a child as his companion. For just the way the inn attendant looked when he heard Raphtalia screams at night had me questioning if Naofumi even thought about what he was saying. But, what also should be interesting is the discrimination against demi-humans and whether the show addresses that.
Which I question if it will since most shows may put out there that there is discrimination, but it isn’t treated as a big deal. But, considering how the shield hero has a history of being an advocate for demi-humans, it could be interesting to see him leave humanity behind. Perhaps give the finger to the kingdom he was summoned to and protect the demi-humans across the world. Heck, maybe even buy those that were enslaved and have himself a large army willing to fight for him.
Leading to the question: How does one free a slave? Long term, I can’t see Naofumi remaining comfortable with the idea of Raphtalia being bound to him. While he had to get indifferent, callous, whichever, quickly, I can see this child melting his heart a bit. Maybe, though not as bad as his little brother, she may remind him of what it is like to look out for and love a sibling? For example, when he was consoling her after a nightmare. I think there will come a point when he just isn’t willing to have this child on an invisible leash anymore.
- That the episode effectively established Naofumi and Raphtalia’s relationship and found a means to balance making it a significant one between the two, without cheapening it with quick and easy methods. And while one could argue her trauma and him almost dying would qualify, it is with reminding us Naofumi isn’t a bad guy, but just adapted, that makes their relationship so meaningful. Since it is Raphtalia, a demi-human, who may remind Naofumi what it means to be humane, vulnerable, and caring once more.
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|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Director, Writer, and Introduced Actors||Topics & Focused Characters|
|Season 1, Episode 25 “The Rising of the Shield Hero” [Season Finale]||While The Rising of the Shield Hero technically comes to an end, it may actually be a new beginning.|
|Season 1, Episode 24 “Guardians of Another World”||In its penultimate episode, L’Arc and Therese reveal their true selves and Glass makes a long-awaited appearance.|
|Season 1, Episode 23 “Cal Mira Archipelago”||What begins as just a regular day of defeating monsters and the Cardinal Heroes bickering turns into a stark realization.|
|Season 1, Episode 22 “Four Heroes Council”||Despite Naofumi’s name being cleared, there remains many issues keeping the Cardinal Heroes from being on the same page.|
|Season 1, Episode 21 “Naofumi’s Triumphant Return”||In pursuit of making things right with Naofumi, Queen Mirellia Q. Melromarc seems willing to go to drastic means that even disturb Naofumi.|
|Season 1, Episode 18 “A Conspiracy Linked”||The true mastermind behind Naofumi being harassed and treated like a social pariah reveals themselves to us.|
|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.|
|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?|
|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.|
|Season 1, Episode 16 “Filoial Queen”||Never mind the beasts from the last episode, all eyes are on the Filolial queen Fitoria.|
|Season 1, Episode 17 “A Promise Made”||As Fitoria presents her ultimatum, the other heroes may have walked into a trap.|
|Season 1, Episode 14 “Everlasting Memory”|
With being unable to cross into Siltvelt, the team encounters someone connected to Raphtalia’s past as someone’s slave.
|Season 1, Episode 13 “The Devil of the Shield”|
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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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!|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Season 1, Episode 5 “Filo”||We’re informally introduced to another kingdom this episode, alongside seeing that Myne and her father truly are trash.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
The Rising of the Shield Hero lives up to what its trailer hyped and may provide oh so much more.