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The true mastermind behind Naofumi being harassed and treated like a social pariah reveals themselves to us.
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Facing Motoyasu: Motoyasu, Naofumi, Myne, Melty, Raphtalia, Filo
With a promise to Fitoria in mind, Naofumi decides to head straight to a checkpoint where he is told one of the heroes will be. Unfortunately for him, it is Motoyasu who, as always, has Myne right behind him. Thus leading to them fighting, as usual, but this time with the pretense being that Naofumi killed Ren and Itsuki. Two people who, mind you, he was only told were dead so they can be alive. However, with how easily manipulated Motoyasu is, he doesn’t ask questions or listens to Naofumi trying to reason with him. Instead, he just fights, and it becomes a huge brawl that includes all of their allies.
The Truth Is Revealed: Pope Balmus, Myne, Motoyasu, Naofumi, Filo
However, the battle stops after it becomes clear Naofumi and his team cannot be easily defeated, even if they all have hit a level cap. But, alongside coming to a bit of a stalemate, though arguably Naofumi could have won, Filo notes something is coming and calls on Naofumi to create multiple shields. Of which, when attacked, leads you to believe maybe Glass is attacking, but it is actually Pope Balmus.
To make a long story short, it seems Pope Balmus wants to turn the country into a theological society, and so he used Myne’s simple self to split the heroes who, likely, are the only ones who could stop him. Also, he split the royal family too for while he has an army of loyal nuns, clergy, and followers, there is always the question of between religion and royalty, who holds the most power.
But, with plans to murder Myne, Melty as well, and do away with the Cardinal Heroes, it seems Pope Balmus is aiming to gain absolute authority with the Shield Hero taking all the blame for what was done.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- Considering how open Pope Balmus is about his plans, in front of followers even, shouldn’t the legion behind him be shocked or they see themselves rising in power once he is done? Which is all they care about?
Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments
- Almost everyone on Naofumi’s team is at level 40, except him at level 39.
We’re Finally Getting Somewhere
Let’s be real: The chances of Myne being smart enough to create a nationwide platform to damn Naofumi and create a way for her to become queen seemed unlikely. She has been defeated way too many times when she coerced combat, and often times the defeat was public. She also attempted to raise taxes and try to make Motoyasu a lord – despite him lacking the experience to do so. Also, with her not being next in line for a reason, there is also that issue. Not to forget her influence on two of the three heroes has been wavering and her leadership abilities have been minor. Which isn’t to say she couldn’t have had allies who could have bolstered her position but with the way she is, the way the kingdom is, you’d expect them to betray her eventually.
But what matters the most is we are being presented with some sort of big evil who could help fill out a handful of episodes. One which, honestly, may not be the most exciting at first, but Pope Balmus has potential. He may have killed two heroes, has enough followers for an insurrection, and his moral compass is off.
Now, considering Naofumi, at level 39, was able to block his attacks, that does damper things. But that doesn’t mean once the dozens of people behind Pope Balmus get involved that the fight will be almost even. Nevermind, be it defeating the pope or retreating to a bordering country, this represents a turning point in the show. One which feels overdue.
|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.