In pursuit of making things right with Naofumi, Queen Mirellia Q. Melromarc seems willing to go to drastic means that even disturb Naofumi.
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It’s Been 72 Hours: Naofumi, Melty, Raphtalia, Filo
Despite the powers of the Queen, Naofumi was in a coma for three days. Also, it is revealed to us that while he might be able to move, he will remain cursed for at least a month. Yet, just seeing him awaken overjoys Melty, Raphtalia, and Filo.
Clearing His Name: Naofumi, Autocray, Myne, Mirellia
With Naofumi awake comes Mirellia, Queen of Melromarc, explaining everything that happened up until now. If not, better said, what allowed everything to happen. The gist: While she was away at an international forum, Autocray and Myne acted on their own to summon the four cardinal heroes. Originally, each of the major kingdoms were to summon just one, but with what Autocray and Myne did, that was no longer possible. So, she spent a lot of the time we saw Naofumi struggling trying to keep the peace.
Leading to her offering, now that she is back, to clear his name and make things right. Which, originally, seemed like she’d just reveal the truth and that would be it. However, it is revealed there instead would be a trial. One which includes marking Myne as a slave to force the truth out of her ranging from her framing Naofumi to attempting to assassinate her sister. As for Autocray? His outright hatred for the Shield Hero, which seems to be a personal matter, beyond religion, damns him. Leading to them both being sentenced to execution.
Mercy/ A Slut B**** and Trash: Naofumi, Autocray, Myne, Mirellia, Melty
But the execution doesn’t happen. Naofumi, who foresaw the execution, taking note the Queen has no real desire to do so, gives her an out by presenting an alternative punishment. One which will keep Myne and Autocray alive but embarrassed forevermore. Autocray, stripped of his title and power, is sentenced to be known as Trash. As for Myne? She will go by B**** and Slut to replace her birth name and adventurer name. Thus making it so Queen Mirellia doesn’t have to beg for their lives and truly leaving her in Naofumi’s thanks.
Though, she isn’t alone. Upon learning what Queen Mirellia was going to do, and the likelihood Naofumi did what he did for her sakes, Melty runs to thank him. All while, I should note, he walks to leave the kingdom and is praised on his way out. Finally getting his dues not just for being a hero, but living up to the title.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- So will Naofumi and company finally get past the level cap in the next episode? Heck, will we get to meet leaders of the other kingdoms, since I doubt we’ll see their individual lands, in depth, at this point?
- What happened to Autocray’s (Trash) family to make him hate the Shield Hero? Did he not arrive in time? Also, when it comes to Zeltoble, did they worship the Shield Hero like Siltvelt, and assumingly Shieldfreeden? Considering they are a land of mercenaries, and it not being noted if there are interrace or not, do they see the Shield Hero in a positive light?
- Considering Naofumi dreamt of Autocray and Myne’s demise, does that mean he may have foresight or is more savvy than given credit for?
The Politics Return
One of the early highlights of the show, which hasn’t been of use, was how political it seemed. This is something which makes a small cameo as Mirellia reminds us of the balance involved with keeping each kingdom at peace despite all the reasons to go to war. Either one on one or in groups. Add in the trial, which could have gone a multitude of ways, and it reminds you of when the show had a more serious tone – outside of battles and emotional moments.
The End To A Rather Large Arc
Most of this show has been about Naofumi traveling all around the country because he was an outcast, and also being unable to leave the country due to being an outcast. So with that over, and Queen Mirellia seemingly having no desire to trap him in the kingdom, one can only hope we’ll see the other leaders, maybe glimpses of their kingdom now.
Plus, with Naofumi mentioning going home, it is nice to be reminded this all is not where he and the others are from. Not that he didn’t mention leaving within the last few episodes, but with only a few episodes left, it means we may finally see it happen.
|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.