Raphtalia and Filo fighting over a piece of fruit, and Naofumi.
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Raphtalia has it bad for Naofumi, as does Filo, and both are beginning to make plans on how to make him theirs.


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Crunchyroll
Director(s) Abo Takao
Writer(s) Koyanagi Keigo
Air Date 2/20/2019

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

Raphtalia reaffirming that she will continue to fight for Naofumi's affections.

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/ EpisodeSynopsisDirector, Writer, and Introduced ActorsTopics & Focused Characters
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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