The Rising Of The Shield Hero: Season 1, Episode 20 “Battle of Good and Evil” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Naofumi & Raphtalia behind the chaos shield.
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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?


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Crunchyroll
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 5/22/2019

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The Martyr System: Pope Balmus

In case you are wondering, yes, Pope Balmus is willing to let his followers die for this cause, and some do pass out.

Tapping Into The Darkness: Pope Balmus, Naofumi, Melty, Filo, Raphtalia

However, Naofumi is willing to do whatever it takes for while his Curse Shield is surprisingly holding up, shocking the other heroes who are beyond his level, it isn’t enough. So he digs back into the darkness, speaks to the dragon, and once more his anger against the others heroes is dredged up. But, like before, Raphtalia digs him out of his rut. Well, Raphtalia, Filo, and even Melty.

Blood Sacrifice: Naofumi, Queen Melromarc, Pope Balmus

Naofumi performing his Blood Sacrifice attack.

Leading him to be able to harness the anger of the dragon and its power to present a new move known as “Blood Sacrifice.” An attack that, as the name hints to, uses up Naofumi’s blood in the attack and thanks to it, Pope Balmus has a violent death. I’m talking blood splatter and all.

Leaving Naofumi seemingly on the brink of death and Queen Melromarc, who assisted in delaying Pope Balmus’ attack, after the cardinal heroes decided to give him ample time to gather strength, vying to save him.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Why didn’t they try to leave the crater before the Cathedral dome was made?

Highlights

The Emotional Moment When Naofumi Was Reminded He Was Loved

Okay, let’s not pretend the show depicting Naofumi thinking everyone is against him isn’t getting old. They’ve done this at least 4 to 5 times at this point, and it pretty much covers the same events, with maybe one or two added. However, even with this being repeated, I must admit I still got teary-eyed when Raphtalia and the others joined in to refute Naofumi’s insecurities. Not as much as I have done previously, but the impact is still there.

On The Fence

What’s Next?

Queen Melromarc standing tall.

With how the show has dragged its feet lately, what should we expect next? The show was building to Naofumi and Queen Melromarc speaking, and with the pope gone that should allow for him to do a class upgrade. However, lest we forget, there remains the issue the Cardinal Heroes aren’t supposed to be exclusive to the kingdom of Melromarc and are supposed to protect the others as well. So do we have the time to see them travel, establish themselves in foreign cultures, and eventually have a rematch against Glass?

Not to forget, with the conspiracy Myne pushed being learned, there is undoing all the damage she did, and her dad supported. Never mind figuring out if there are any other potential insurrections pending thanks to the Three Heroes Church. All of which can’t really be addressed, properly, in five episodes.

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Cast & Characters


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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisDirector, Writer, and Introduced ActorsTopics & 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.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 6/26/2019
Introduced This Episode
Lecia ?
  • A Battle For Survival: Glass, Naofumi
  • A New Recruit: Lecia, Naofumi
  • Long Term Planning: Naofumi, Raphtalia, Queen Mirellia
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.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 6/19/2019
  • Taking Down A Monstrosity: L’Arc, Naofumi, Filo, Queen Mirellia
  • The Battle With L’Arc: L’Arc, Terese, Naofumi
  • A New Player Approaches: Glass, Naofumi
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.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 6/12/2019
Introduced This Episode
Terese ?
  • New Friends: L’Arc, Terese, Naofumi
  • Different Location, Same Nonsense:Naofumi, Ren, Itsuki, Motoyasu
  • Two Days & Counting: Naofumi, Filo, Raphtalia
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.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 6/5/2019
Introduced This Episode
L’arc ?
  • A Meeting Of The Minds: Naofumi, Ren, Motoyasu, Itsuki, Queen Mirellia
  • A Trip Back Home: Raphtalia, Naofumi
  • Meet L’Arc: L’Arc, Naofumi
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.
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 5/29/2019
  • It’s Been 72 Hours: Naofumi, Melty, Raphtalia, Filo
  • Clearing His Name: Naofumi, Autocray, Myne, Mirellia
  • Mercy/ A Slut B**** and Trash: Naofumi, Autocray, Myne, Mirellia, Melty
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 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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