While the 2nd wave has far more interesting battles than the first, it is the arrival of the character Glass that will be noteworthy.
|Introduced This Episode|
The 2nd Wave: Naofumi, Motoyasu, Myne, Raphtalia, Filo, Ren, Itsuki
As usual, rather than come together when a wave hits, the heroes are disjointed. Not just in terms of Naofumi vs. the rest, but even when it comes to Motoyasu, Ren, and Itsuki they are combative against each other. Thus making the whole process so much longer and when Naofumi calls them out, naturally Myne adds her two cents. However, with Naofumi figuring out how to trigger the soul eater, he gets no props. Heck, until Raphtalia guilts the others, they pretty much leave things to Filo, Naofumi, and Raphtalia for a bit. Especially as Naofumi summons the Rage Shield.
The Rage Shield: Naofumi, Raphtalia, Filo
While Ren is at level 65, so assumingly the others are as well, they aren’t able to make much of a dent against the Dimensional Soul Eater. This is a problem to Naofumi since his main goal isn’t the glory of defeating a wave but protecting villagers. It is kind of his unofficial thing at this point, being a man of the people. So, rather than have Raphtalia fighting to the point of exhaustion or Filo using up all her mana until she ends up vulnerable, he uses the rage shield.
Now, while a good idea, at first, unfortunately, it seems rather than feed on his hatred, it is feeding off the zombie dragon that Ren pseudo-killed. Thus creating a custom armor and attack, but leaving Naofumi incapable of controlling his powers like before. Which, of course, worries Raphtalia since she got injured when she tried to stop him before. Luckily though, since the shield wasn’t feeding off Naofumi’s hatred, he was able to combat it and use the shield to actually provide some offense. Leading to us seeing his Iron Maiden attack which kills the soul eater but leaves one remaining one left. Though, a new frenemy handles that.
Introducing – Glass: Glass, Naofumi
A frenemy whose name is Glass and apparently is disappointed in all the heroes but Naofumi. Not that she means to compliment him too much though. It’s just that she likes a challenge and it seems, despite being 15 or more levels than Naofumi, only he seems to take that world seriously and she admires that. Making it so their fight, perhaps to the death, or just for the sake of gloating, will be the true test of each individual hero and them as a group.
The Battle Against The Dimensional Soul Eater
I’m sure I’m not the only one who felt the first wave was a bit lackluster. Maybe it is because Naofumi wasn’t at the heart of it, so we didn’t get to see the real damaging effects. However, between fighting with the other heroes and the being they took on, we continue to see an uptick in where this show is going.
The Arrival of Glass
With Glass so easily taking down a dimensional soul eater and presenting themselves as an enemy to the heroes, call me interested. After all, there hasn’t been a villain on this show beyond Myne, and she isn’t so much a formidable villain, even with her powers as a member of the royal family, but just an annoyance. So having someone charismatic and a physical threat should be interesting.
|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.
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