The Rising of the Shield Hero: Season 1, Episode 13 “The Devil of the Shield” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

A wanted poster featuring Naofumi, Raphtalia, and Filo
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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.


Network
Crunchyroll
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 4/3/2019

The Brainwash Begins: Melty, Naofumi, Filo, Raphtalia

With defending Melty from assassination, a wizard or soldier, holding a crystal ball, records everything that happened. Then, through some kind of video editing magic, they make Naofumi, and his team seem crazed! I’m talking blood that we haven’t seen before in this series, faces which make them look possessed, and they use that to create a smear campaign. One which goes beyond Myne’s rape accusation, which was kept inside the capital, but they go around the kingdom to make Naofumi seem like a bloodlustful kidnapper. Leaving Melty to realize what is being done and shocked.

The Getaway Plan: Melty, Naofumi

Melromarc at this point is toxic. Those who are members of the Three Heroes Church seemingly want to keep Naofumi down no matter what and so he’d rather leave than fight against what is being said. Originally, the idea was to go west to Siltvert to class upgrades could be done and Naofumi could move on. The problem with that is, what to do about Melty?

Should Naofumi let her run off to her dad and be killed? No. So, it is decided she’ll come with them, and while there is some hesitation, once Melty learns the full story, it seems she trusts Naofumi and is cool with following him anywhere.

Seek The Truth: Myne, Melty, Ren, Naofumi, Motoyasu, Raphtalia

But before they can leave the country and head west, Myne and the three stooges, the other heroes, show up. This leads to Myne making it seem she is rescuing her sister, that Naofumi has brainwashing powers, and him being asked to prove he doesn’t. Because that makes sense. So, with Melty scarred, since she knows what Myne is capable of, she asks of Naofumi to protect her and he does.

However, the biggest of the three stooges, Motoyasu, keeps Filo from being their getaway runner and seems ready to kidnap her. Luckily, as Raphtalia sneaks over to save her, Melty shows she has magic like her sister – leading to a duel. One which shocks the heroes for while Melty only fired a warning shot, Myne is going for the kill. Thus forcing Naofumi to unleash his rage shield which, surprisingly, when facing off against Myne, didn’t cause him to go berserk.

Naofumi relying on Ren to learn the truth.
Naofumi: I know you’ll be able to figure out what’s really going on here.

But, once Filo gets free, and Raphtalia stops Myne from killing Melty and Naofumi in one blow, they escape. I should note though, before they escape Naofumi throws to Ren a symbol of the Three Heroes Church. If only because, of the heroes, he seems to be the only one willing to give Naofumi any benefit of the doubt and with what he witnessed, he is hoping he’ll finally realize he has repeatedly fought on the wrong side. Pushing the idea maybe Myne is the one using brainwash magic since she has shown her true colors repeatedly and yet the heroes remain at her beck and call. Though, thinking about it, let’s not forget their lives are largely financed by the king so they are put in a tough spot.

Excused for the heroes aside, before the episode ends we meet one of the Queen’s “Shadows,” her exclusive espionage group, who says the queen wishes to meet Naofumi. Which he naturally is meh about but with the explanation that some of Myne and the king’s issues deal with how popular he was getting, and Melty seeming cool, he seems willing to meet her.

Leaving one last thing: With Melty’s life being saved by Naofumi more than once now, she wants to cut the formalities and use first names. This, as you can imagine, flusters Raphtalia, since she has feelings for Naofumi. Yet, because Naofumi is trying to make peace and gather allies, he gives in.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Is part of the reason the shield hero isn’t part of the Three Heroes church because, traditionally, they have been kind to demi-humans? Who, of course, are associated with demons?

Highlights

Why Does This Feel Like Social Commentary?

Raphtalia reporting that the altered footage is traveling.
Raphtalia: The altered footage has made its way to the nearby towns and villages.

I know it is terrible to politicize everything but there is something about The Rising of the Shield Hero sometimes which makes it seem like you can’t ignore its deeper messages. Take the whole idea of rewriting facts to support your opinion. Myne’s assassination attempt on her sister failed but, as a backup, she painted across the kingdom that she was kidnapped.

Then, to further support her position, she is riding off religious beliefs to further assert that Naofumi is an agent of the devil if not the devil himself. Thus leading to soldiers, who traditionally aren’t part of the noble class, but commoners moving up the only way they sometimes can, thinking he is evil.

Now, as to how that relates to the real world, depending upon your country, you can easily see it. A political figure rewriting what happened in order to support their position. Bolstering themselves with a faith which likely they don’t adhere to but has followers they can manipulate for their goals. It may not fit the politics of every nation but seems familiar enough to remind you that this show isn’t some basic action anime.

Will Ren Learn The Truth?

Let’s remember something: Ren is the youngest of all the heroes, and has consistently been the only one capable of giving Naofumi the benefit of the doubt or being willing to admit he was wrong. So after at least two to three incidents in seeing Naofumi wronged, will he now not only acknowledge something is up but investigate? That is a huge question since he has no reason to. Yeah, it would make handling the waves easier, but it could cut off one of his main sources of income. So how he handles dealing with what benefits him vs. what could save the world should be interesting.

Naofumi Learning To Trust Again

Shadow noting the queen wants to meet Naofumi.
Shadow: Shield Hero, you are requested to meet with her majesty the queen, I daresay.

One of the things Naofumi hasn’t been much for is admitting he is wrong. After Myne betrayed him, he developed a shell which takes some time to find the cracks and crevices of. Yet, one could argue that he is learning that he can’t keep expecting people to keep trying to figure him out and break through his tough exterior. Sometimes, he is just going to have to trust people.

Case in point, Melty. She is a royal, clearly her side of the family has plans for Naofumi, and yet he isn’t making her jump over hoops or denying seeing her mother. Instead, he is going to trust her. Same goes for Ren. While Ren always begins things as being against him, he is learning to trust that he’ll come around as he usually does and even go beyond and handle the issues he can’t because his name has become too toxic. Which could backfire since he could use that trust to stab Naofumi in the back. Yet, it could lead to his salvation as well.

Low Point

How Forgetful Are The Heroes?

With that all said, Myne has multiple times shown she can’t be trusted. Whether it was the duel between Motoyasu and Naofumi, her actions in front of the king, and how she and the king run the kingdom. Clearly, something is up yet they seem to ignore, or forget, what is going on. Which isn’t to say Naofumi helps the situation by often being a douche, but still.

On The Fence

Off To See The Queen, Which Means No Siltvert For Now

One of the annoying things about anime like The Rising of the Shield Hero is they make it clear there is a vast world unseen, yet you are only going to see a small part of it. So with the idea of leaving the kingdom existing for a few episodes, even if we are seeing a more industrial part, it makes not seeing demi-human ran kingdoms unfortunate. Granted, we have 12 episodes to go, assuming there isn’t one or two recap ones, but there is always the need to ask is that enough?

Naofumi making it clear we aren't leaving the kingdom.

Granted, part of the reason for answering that is because not a huge amount of anime feel like they are given enough time to finish their stories. Either they rush to their finish or end where, unless they get a second season, you barely feel like you’ve gotten started. So it makes it hard to get a vibe of what is just right since we don’t get that too often or consistently, rather. So one can only hope that, even if we don’t see each kingdom named previously, we will at least feel like this world was explored enough to get a sense of culture beyond what was initially presented and solely talked about.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisDirector, Writer, and Introduced ActorsTopics & Focused Characters
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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