As Raphtalia gets jealous of Filo growing closer to Naofumi, we’re given an update on what the other heroes are doing.
The Owner, Not Father/ Friend, Not Father: Filo, Raphtalia, Naofumi
The relationship dynamic between Filo, Raphtalia, and Naofumi is complicated. Naofumi sees Raphtalia as his daughter, but she wants the potential to be seen as more. Then with Filo, she is pushed to see Naofumi as her father, since he does so much for her, but he rejects that. However, no matter how you see it, Raphtalia, with having to share Naofumi, is a bit jealous of Filo. Not enough to say or do anything mean, but the side eye is strong.
One Hand Shakes the Other: Naofumi
Naofumi, as he tries to make money, is also repairing his reputation. He helps one person rush to deliver medicine, as well as enhances it. Also, he helps a trader who seemingly is renowned, but also a bit infamous. But, with helping that trader from being robbed, Naofumi gains a connection and much knowledge. For example, he learns how to craft gemstones and gains access to the trader’s grapevine. Thanks to this, he learns Myne is still trying to boost Motoyasu’s profile, Ren is hunting monsters, maybe even dragons, and Itsuki? Well, things are a bit more murky when it comes to him.
Depending on who you ask, he is training in the mountains, dungeons, might be within another kingdom, or other things. As for the rumors about Naofumi? Well, it’s starting to get a bit more mixed now. There is still this idea that he is a horrible person, but increasingly, as noted above, he is starting to seem perhaps a bit money hungry, but fair. Especially since he is willing to trade goods for services and not always money – which for most is in short supply
Though He Can Be Gruff, He’s Really a Softee: Filo, Raphtalia, Naofumi
One of the issues Naofumi is having with Filo is that she can transfer on will, and this makes it so, like The Hulk, she often rips her clothes. Luckily, it seems she isn’t the sole transforming being out there and, thanks to the witch Naofumi works with, and a dressmaker, Filo gets an adapting dress. One which Naofumi notes, between that and a crest Naofumi had to pay for, she will be paying him back for.
That and an incident when trying to get a gem to make the magic thread, it makes Filo question he part of this dynamic. But, with some reassurance from Raphtalia, who knows Naofumi is just scared of being hurt, Filo never minds the gruffness of Naofumi.
An Update On The Other Heroes
It’s easy to forget about the other heroes, especially Rin and Itsuki, since the show hasn’t done much with them. They pretty much have only co-signed whatever was going on at the time. So hearing that Rin is being this gallant adventurer and Itsuki, being a bit mysterious, is of interest. Maybe even to the point of hoping, since this show has 20+ episodes, seeing what is going on with them.
The Family Dynamic
While unfortunate, and uncomfortable, Raphtalia may have feelings for Naofumi, despite their history, and he sees her as a daughter, due to past episodes, their relationship has admirable elements. From the way Filo and Naofumi’s relationship is being developed, it is hoped that she’ll embrace the idea pushed of Naofumi being a father figure and him feeling the same. For if there is one thing this show has done right consistently, is developing the emotions of the characters.
We see this with Naofumi consistently. Take this episode featuring him still not trusting Raphtalia fully and thinking she would stab him in the back. Yes, the witch notes the monsters in the tunnel helped to conjure these thoughts, but the base of them is Naofumi’s own fear. Also, you have to take note Raphtalia’s own fears for with her parents gone, Naofumi is all she has. So her rushing into battle, and things of that nature, that is her reasserting her position in Naofumi’s life. Especially since what he is doing for Filo mirrors how he and her once were.
Also, Filo isn’t exempt from this. Unlike Raphtalia, Filo knows nothing beyond Naofumi so even if she is calling him master, we see a paternal and daughter relationship. One which has sway over her emotions, as seen in the tunnel, and made it so Raphtalia had to reinforce the idea that Naofumi wouldn’t abandon her. Which created a sweet moment between the two for whether Filo sees Raphtalia as a mom or sister, maybe just a friend, it reassured her that she has a family.
The Battle Was More Interesting Than The Wave
One of the few failings of this show has been the action has been hit and miss. The wave was an utter disappointment, but the fight with Motoyasu, the race against him, and this episode’s fight with the Nue have shown us the show is getting better.
On The Fence
So, About The People Introduced In The Last Episode
We were introduced to an industrial kingdom, some secret army, and despite all the traveling we see this episode, none of those people appear. On the one hand, it’s understandable since Filo had to be developed, but with Naofumi traveling as he does, I hope he ends up in that location so that plot point doesn’t fall off. Especially since there seemed to be a balance of power thing going on.
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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.