The Rising of the Shield Hero: Season 1, Episode 15 “Raphtalia” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers

Raphtalia asking of her parents spirits to watch over her.
Raphtalia: Please watch over me.
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Raphtalia’s childhood up until when she was purchased by Naofumi is uncovered, and it is a tear-inducing tale.


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Crunchyroll
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 4/17/2019
Introduced This Episode
Rifana ?

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Before & After The Wave: Raphtalia, Rifana

As we have long known, Raphtalia’s parents died during a previous wave. One before Noafumi and the others showed up. However, the time between the wave and her being found at Dorei-shou has been a mystery. Well, to fill in that plot hole, we see her hanging out with her best friend, Rifana, before her parents die and Rifana being the ones she is closest to as she sets aside her grief and inspires others to rebuild that village. One of the few independent demi-human ones in Melromarc.

Enslavement: Raphtalia, Rifana, Idol

Rifana suffering while in prison.

Well, for a little while. Be it the king’s command or Idol’s, many of the children are taken and placed in cages beneath Idol’s mansion. There they were abused, partly due to religion or Idol’s fanaticism, but while Rifana screamed and cried, Raphtalia didn’t. She was an unofficial leader, a calming presence, and didn’t break. Yes, she became solemn, but she didn’t break. Even when sold to Dorei-shou and separated from everyone else.

From Victim To Hero: Raphtalia, Naofumi, Van, Melty, Idol

In present day, Raphtalia nearly kills Idol, but Naofumi talks her out of it. However, Idol, spared by a demi-human, feels insulted and challenges her with a sword. Leading to her fighting back and him falling out the window – assumingly dying in the process. Following that, Van is freed, and Raphtalia leads everyone into the basement dungeon to search for those who might still be imprisoned.

This leads to the rescue of a handful of demi-humans, including some Raphtalia knew. However, when it comes to Rifana, all that is left is her skeleton. Which leads Raphtalia to immense guilt but with the reminder of all she has done so far, she recovers just in time to see Idol unleash a sealed beast for revenge.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. What is it about the Shield Hero that, past and present, has made him a friend to Demi-Humans? Are they inan unending cycle? Also, will we ever learn about the religion which specifically excludes him and who created it?

Highlights

Raphtalia’s Backstory

While Raphtalia’s backstory gets you teary-eyed, what it also presents to you is a reminder of her strength. Not too long after losing everything, she stood in front of her village to give them hope. Heck, even when kidnapped, she was a beacon of light who tried to smile for those who couldn’t think of a single reason for all seemed lost. Thus pushing the idea that Raphtalia wasn’t weak before Naofumi came into her life. Physically she may not have been able to fight but mentally? She has long been a soldier.

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Cast & Characters


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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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