Never mind the beasts from the last episode, all eyes are on the Filolial queen Fitoria.
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Taking Care Of The Unleashed Beasts: Naofumi, Filo, Raphtalia, Van
As Van handles the demi-human kids, it seems Naofumi finds a way to cross the border by hopping on Filo, with Raphtalia, and taking advantage of this T-Rex looking beast to leave the country. Mind you, with very little care about the destruction it would cause as homes or businesses are destroyed. But, lest we forget, Naofumi pretty much only cares about his people right now.
Who all, once they find a clearing, are too weak to hurt this beast at all. Leading to, of course, Naofumi prepping to use the Rage Shield.
The Queen Of Filolials & The Ominous Shield: Fitoria, Naofumi, Filo, Raphtalia
However, then Fitoria appears, blocking that transformation, and handles the beast herself. And with there being peace, she desires a bit of conversation. First about the Rage Shield, which she doesn’t like due to the powers and ominous aura coming from it. Following that, they leave for another part of the country, maybe another world even, to a forlorn civilization. One which we’re told are the remnants of a civilization heroes of the past fought for.
There Is So Much You Don’t Know & Refuse To Learn: Fitoria, Naofumi
Leading to Fitoria dropping a lot of information as soon as everyone is fed and resting. First and foremost, she questions why Melromarc is the sole kingdom they, the Cardinal Heroes, are defending when it appears each kingdom is being attacked. Leading to Naofumi realizing that Melromarc isn’t isolated from the waves, and then presenting the excuse of him being attached and ostracized. Leading to Fitoria to tell him to make things right, him making excuses, and her realizing she may have to kill him.
Why? Well, like Filo, she was raised by a hero, and that had allowed her to have the strength she has. Also, she made them a promise and to fulfill that promise she needs the heroes to be together and worth together and if this group doesn’t want to do so, better to start over than hope eventually they’ll come to their senses.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- How is Naofumi’s family, like his brother, doing during all this?
Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments
- Itsuki and Ren are looking into the Church of the Three Heroes, and Myne doesn’t like it.
Confirmation The Waves Are Happening Elsewhere & Understanding The Isolation
Perhaps the biggest thing was confirmation waves were happening in other kingdoms and it being made clear, from the get-go, Myne and the king were trying to keep the heroes from talking. For, as we see, when Naofumi really gets in Ren’s ear, who can get Itsuki to listen, they can and will change their opinion. Now, whether or not they could break through to Motoyasu? That’s hard to say. However, the more which support Naofumi the less of a pedestal Myne and her religious followers have to stand on.
Myne’s drama aside, what truly matters is Fitoria pushing that there is a much larger world than what we’ve seen and with her transporting Naofumi and his team, likely out of Melromarc, we may finally get to see it.
On The Fence
Is Fitoria Really Going To Try To Kill Everyone?
The episode ends with the idea that Fitoria may kill the heroes and it’s hard to not role your eyes about the idea. Not because she couldn’t, and likely win, but it seems too drastic to take serious.
While we get a confirmation about other worlds being affected by the waves, and see Itsuki and Ren look into the Three Heroes Church, the pace of the episode feels a tad bit slow. Making the information given good, but barely keeping the pace needed as we get towards the heart of the latter half.
|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.