While you may think the battle between the heroes and Glass would be the highlight of the episode, oh you got another thing coming!
|Introduced This Episode|
|King Aultcray||Nakano Yutaka|
Glass vs. Everybody: Glass, Naofumi
Let’s be straight forward, Glass pretty much wipes out everyone but Naofumi, despite him having the lowest level of the heroes. However, what isn’t made clear is what Glass is. Considering she is the only human to appear during the waves, so comes the question if she is from another universe or dimension like the heroes. Also, taking note of how complicated politics gets, who is to say the wave isn’t more than it appears? Taking note of the demi-human hatred, who is to say, considering the waves consist of spirits and zombies, that the apocalypse isn’t retribution in a way?
I mean, we’ll learn more if and when Noafumi heads through demi-human supremacist are Siltvelt, but perhaps the kingdom of Shieldfreeden may also offer some information as well. Such as, are they hit by these waves at all or is that just a local issue?
Still On His Bulls***: King Aultcray, Naofumi
Apparently, King Aultcray watches the waves as they happen, from the safety of his throne, and was quite impressed by Naofumi. A praise which he naturally doesn’t give outright since the Myne rape accusation still is fresh for him. However, with him being so impressed, despite how he has impeded Naofumi’s progress comes a request, if not demand, to know the source of this new power.
As you can imagine, being in a power position with King Aultcray makes Naofumi decide to push his luck. Not by asking for a proper amount of money, which apparently he still gets, but rather having the king beg and bow for the information. Leading to, as you’d expect, another major argument in which Naofumi’s life is threatened by soldiers, and that’s shrugged off. However, with threatening Filo and Raphtalia comes a threat to the king’s life and an end to their conversation.
Assassination Attempt: Myne, Melty, King Aultcray, Naofumi, Elhart
With it being clear Naofumi and the king will never make peace, Naofumi gets a second opinion about where to go for a class upgrade since he can’t in Melromarc. This leads to Elhart noting it would be best to head to Shiledfreeden due to it being more human-friendly. And while Naofumi is on his way there, Melty is having a confrontation with Myne over trying to convince King Aultcray to put his ego aside for the sake of the kingdom. Something Myne tries to block for while she isn’t the crown princess, or has her mother’s favor, she does have the king’s ear and isn’t going to let Melty get in the way of that.
Leading to, later on, after Melty catches up with Naofumi, one of the soldiers often associated with Myne’s will attempting to assassinate Melty. Perhaps with the goal of blaming it on Naofumi?
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- Anyone else wonder if Elhart gets any flack for still backing Naofumi despite his less than popular antics?
The Political Drama
The Melty and Myne standoff was probably some of the best writing, for a non-emotional scene, this show has had, and I must admit I was shocked. But, I think that comes from this show strangely being more versatile than I expect it to be. Though the fight scenes were meh in the beginning, they’ve greatly improved. Naofumi dealing with the idea the world is against him has long been a selling point, but now this political drama makes it so the expectations are raised once more. Especially since Myne, more than likely, planned the assassination attempt.
Which reminds me, considering how Melty was, albeit putting on an act, there does still remain the whole issue of why the mother is not sitting on her throne? Much less, looks like she is in exile. Add in her secret army, and it makes you so happy that for a series with 20+ episodes, it has yet to slow down.
On The Fence
Glass Got Overshadowed
Honestly, as badass as Glass was when she appeared, with everything that happens towards the middle and end of the episode, she almost gets forgotten. Making it seem her introduction, like how the queen was introduced, was just so you have someone to keep in mind and ask about. So that when they appear again, even if just by making an appearance, it builds intrigue until they can step to the front of the stage.
|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.