Raphtalia has it bad for Naofumi, as does Filo, and both are beginning to make plans on how to make him theirs.
The Legend Continues: Naofumi, Raphtalia, Filo, Motoyasu
Naofumi is still working with the trader who has a dubious reputation, but because of this man, Naofumi is becoming a bit famous. Between Filo, the talking bird, and Naofumi’s potions which damn near cure even the rarest diseases, that whole rapist accusation, no one hears about that. Though, for what we know, outside of the capital, maybe no one knows?
Case in point, Naofumi ends up cleaning after Motoyasu who continues to be used by Myne and her father to boost their profile. For if you remember from the last episode, when Naofumi and crew were trying to get a crystal for Filo’s clothes, they passed an open box. Said box had a seed which grows in even the worst conditions but also happened to be mutated in the worst way.
However, between Filo, Raphtalia, and one of Naofumi’s potions, they defeat the monster and deal with the issue for a village. Then, on top of that, with adding the seed the monster came from, and its fruit to his shield, he genetically modifies it, so two issues are solved. The first being the village dominated by the original seed and the famine. Leading to Naofumi continuing to disprove any negative things said about him.
You’re Going To Love Me!: Naofumi, Raphtalia, Filo
It was made clear in the last few episodes Raphtalia had feelings for Naofumi. However, with Filo taking up more and more of his time, and receiving the treatment she formerly did, her jealousy grows. Especially as she thinks about becoming official with him and learning Filo wants to mate with him. So now they both are actively competing for his time, attention, and him showing them affection. To which he doesn’t even know or else he downplays.
On The Fence
From Daddy To Lover
It’s a bit difficult to root for, or even wrap my head around, the idea of either Filo or Raphtalia standing a chance with Naofumi. First off, Filo is either this heavyset Chocobo most of the time or the epitome of an angelic child. Then, when it comes to Raphtalia, Naofumi basically raised her. Granted, not from a baby but considering Raphtalia formerly looked like Filo, I don’t think she even registers as a woman to him, having a figure now or not.
So a part of me hopes both competing for his affections don’t become too big of a part of this show since it is a tad bit uncomfortable. But, considering the show started with a rape accusation, who knows where this show may decide to go? Whether it makes the audience comfortable or not.
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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.