Naofumi and Raphtalia experience their first demon wave, and Raphtalia begins to hear whispers of Naofumi’s past.
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Level Up Lolicon: Naofumi, Raphtalia
According to Naofumi, it has only been a week since they were in the mines and now he is at level 16 and Raphtalia at 18. Also, the formerly childlike Raphtalia has seemingly become a teenager. This leads to some awkwardness for, according to Naofumi’s observations, the kingdom seems to have a lolicon complex. On top of that, there seems to be something about demi-humans that Raphtalia doesn’t want Naofumi to know. But, unbeknownst to her, she isn’t the only one with secrets.
One of the things I hope is revealed is why there is racism (?) against demi-humans. Also, how did demi-humans come to be? Most shows sidestep that but with Raphtalia trying to be secretive and not have Naofumi be informed about her people, it makes you wonder if we won’t be left to make up our own assumptions.
Hello To Old Frenemies & The First Wave: Raphtalia, Motoyasu, Naofumi
For the first time in weeks, maybe months, Motoyasu and Naofumi are in the same room and, of course, there are snide comments passed between them. All of which Raphtalia hears as Motoyasu tries to woo her to no avail. But, one comment, about Naofumi’s past, leads to him being reminded of how much he hates the position he is stuck in. Well, at least until he sees waves of zombies coming from the air.
Once that begins, and he notices all the heroes and knights going towards a close by landing zone, as a village named Lute goes undefended. Now, while Naofumi feels trapped in this foreign land, that doesn’t mean he is going to stand by and let people get hurt. So, alongside Raphtalia, he rushes to the village and tries to help the village people escape. However, seeing him do so much for them leads some to want to help Naofumi and even knights who don’t support him, they stand by him too. Thus leading to the village being saved.
Considering Naofumi protected a village, rather than a city, seemingly winning the hearts and minds of the people, will things change? Heck, considering even the knights found themselves respecting him, will there be a day it is realized Myne was lying? Oh, and the biggest question of them all: How will Raphtalia react?
At the moment, it seems she believes Naofumi can do no wrong, but a rape accusation could potentially break all that. Though there is also the possibility she takes note of her relationship with Naofumi and says she doesn’t believe it. Something that, I can already imagine, is going to lead Naofumi to break down. After all, this persona he tries to put out there is due to him feeling like a social pariah. So imagine what could happen if someone sees him for who he truly is and not this façade he uses to cope.
- Naofumi and Raphtalia growing closer makes Raphtalia’s reaction to Naofumi’s rape accusation a thing of interest.
- The first wave we saw was so anti-climatic that it pushes the idea that this show better have one hell of a story.
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|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.