As Fitoria presents her ultimatum, the other heroes may have walked into a trap.
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A Trial: Filo, Melty, Fitoria, Naofumi
At first, it seemed Melty was going to be held hostage by Fitoria to force a promise out of Naofumi to make up with the other heroes. One which he strangely refused to do and instead allowed Filo to fight for Melty’s freedom. This leads to Fitoria whipping the spit out of Filo for the majority of the fight. Actually, Filo gets her butt whooped for nearly the entire fight but then, with Naofumi’s encouragement, she breaks through Fitoria’s shield. Thus ending the battle and leading to Filo being crowned Fitoria’s successor. Since it seems, while she does care about Naofumi making up with the other heroes, her successor is as important, if not more.
But Did You Fight Back?: Naofumi, Fitoria
But while everyone celebrates Filo, Naofumi and Fitoria talk so she can understand what happened. To which she hones in on why he didn’t say nothing and Naofumi just stating he didn’t think anyone would believe him. A weak answer to Fitoria so she lets him know she’ll drop him off near another hero so they can begin reconciling and she expects all four to eventually. Particularly since, at the rate they’re going, she won’t need to kill them for the waves will do it for her.
Also, she mentions there will come a point where you must choose the world or people and while “People” is the easy answer, it does leave the question of what it means to make that choice?
It’s A Trap: Ren, Itsuki, Myne
With Myne seeing that the heroes are focusing too much on her and the church, it seems Myne rather kill the guys off than try to bring them back to her side. Hence us seeing what seemingly was a trapped laid out and a huge, nuclear like, explosion. One which the heroes likely survived but let’s pretend their lives may actually have been lost.
On The Fence
I Just Want To Move Forward
I don’t know about you, but at this point, I feel like we’re taking the long way past what we should be seeing by now. That is, Myne being exposed, which is being baby stepped to, and Naofumi crossing a border or figuring out some way to break the level barrier. Two things which are far more interesting than a side story which slightly boosts Filo, but doesn’t feel necessary – big picture wise. Especially with it following Raphtalia’s which was an emotional journey.
But with 25 episodes, and not a single recap episode yet, I guess every side story and main arc is going to be included. Making me hope with Filo and Raphtalia’s handled, we’ll either see Melty’s next or maybe what life was life for Naofumi before all this. I mean, at this point, why not throw everything and the kitchen sink?
|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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