While The Rising of the Shield Hero technically comes to an end, it may actually be a new beginning.
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A Battle For Survival: Glass, Naofumi
Back and forth Glass and Naofumi fight, with Glass willing to battle to the death for she feels, until the Cardinal Heroes are dead, the waves won’t end. For while the Cardinal Heroes don’t cross over into their world, it seems there is some strange connection between each world’s heroes and the waves.
Oh, by the way, Glass is a hero. Specifically, Glass is the Vassal Wielder or Fan Hero. So while she may appear to be a villain, that perception is false. Though, in Naofumi’s eyes, she might be for even as the clock ticks down, and the wave ends, it is made clear this fight will not end until one of them die.
A New Recruit: Lecia, Naofumi
As with the past waves, at least of late, Naofumi and his team did the majority of the work. However, in this episode, one of Itsuki’s now former team members deserve great credit. You see Lecia, a young woman, launched the alcohol that no one but Naofumi seems to have much of a tolerance for. Thanks to that, on top of greatly assisting Naofumi, she also outshone Itsuki. Which, as we’ve seen from the followers of the other heroes, outshining their leader is a huge no-no and likely one of the main reasons Naofumi is still demonized.
Yet, with it being a common person, Lecia finds herself accused of stealing and tossed out. Said embarrassment leads to her being suicidal, in a way not made to be taken serious, and so Naofumi offers to recruit her. Which, despite all that has been said about him, is an offer she gladly accepts. Well, after he offers kind words and acknowledges how great of a help she was in the waves.
Long Term Planning: Naofumi, Raphtalia, Queen Mirellia
Naofumi has been, for at least 6 or so episodes, prepping Raphtalia for the possibility of him not always being around. In this episode, he really triggers her by becoming the lord of the demi-human region Seyaette and Raphtalia being led to believe he is prepping her for life after he is gone. That is recovering her fishing town to its former glory, and training the locals so whether it is a wave or outsiders, they are prepared to protect their home. Leading to her having a full-on breakdown and Naofumi reassuring her.
However, whether he is doing so to qualm her fears or he is truly committed to sticking around is hard to say.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- So does Naofumi not care about the little brother he was such a big influence on and the rest of his family?
- What is the level cap in Raphtalia’s world?
- Are Glass and the rest from Earth or is their other world just another version of the one the show is primarily set in?
Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments
- Naofumi is now level 73, Raphtalia 75, and Filo 76.
On The Fence
It Ends On A Ellipsis
From the fight with Glass to how the season, maybe series, who knows, ends, you don’t feel like you got a real conclusion. Which could be a good thing since maybe another season will be produced. However, unlike Goblin Slayer, there isn’t an explicit noting that The Rising of the Shield Hero will return. Thus leaving us with what feels like a 25 episode origin story. One which certainly had many high points but also for a good while now it has been just lacking any real pop. Even if you include Myne getting bit in the behind by karma.
|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.