Warning… this review contains nothing but gushing. AHH this week’s episode was GOOD. It was good guys. Initially I thought it was going to be about Fitoria’s promise to her hero but it was far from what I thought. Everything was unexpected and ended on that CLIFFHANGER… ugh, that got me good.
Japanese Original Title: 紡がれる約束
Fitoria meant what she said when she unexpectedly took Melty hostage to make Naofumi reconsider reconciling with the other heroes. This only angers Filo and takes on Fitoria. Meanwhile Itsuki and Ren’s groups discover a hidden cave that leads to more clues regarding the Three Heroes Church, but all rather seems suspicious.
Fitoria Test: This week’s episode was right in with the surprises. Fitoria took Melty hostage to force Naofumi to make up with the other heroes. I forgot that Filo was a candidate to become Fitoria’s successor as the queen, so during this whole period I was acting like I had not known beforehand and it left me gasping. Despite forgetting, It was DAMN convincing on Fitoria and Naofumi’s part on putting on the act. It was intense and grippingly good.
Future Queen: Filo the pocket rocket stepped out of her child persona in this episode and showed her resilient, mature side even more. Ah, this focus on Filo just made me love her so much more. Now we have a future queen. Ahh, this is exciting if this becomes more than 25 episodes, and we get to see this moment.
Flashback: I was hoping this episode to focus on Fitoria and her hero. We were shown a mere glimpse a couple times. It was the first time Naofumi told Filo that ‘she can do this’ and can defeat Fitoria, as Fitoria recollected her hero saying the same words. It was also the second time Naofumi told Fitoria she is a good person. These two moments were really sweet to see. You can tell how much this hero meant to her, though mentioning her memory becomes hazy over a period time. Seeing Naofumi and Filo’s relationship reminded Fitoria the promise she made with her hero and how Naofumi and her hero are alike.
Any Wish You Wanted This? It was just cute when more shield powers are unlocked for Naofumi and Filo is dubbed as queen successor and gained boost stats. Fitoria asks Melty if there is a wish she would like granted and it was adorable of all things. Melty wanted a ride on the back of Queen of all Filolials.
Naofumi, You’re A Darling: ANOTHER CUTE MOMENT when he let Fitoria lay on his lap. I love this guy so much… send help.
Ending Like THAT: Ren and Itsuki (including their parties) had walked into a trap. DAMN, to end the episode like that was SOO GOOD, I NEED THE NEXT ONE STAT.
Themes And Trivia
Sacrifice For The People or World: I was really confused by the comment Fitoria made to Naofumi about the tough decision himself and the other heroes will have to make. What they are fighting for: for the people or for the world? Sounds either path is going to be bad either way but why? It remains another mystery.
Cowlick: Filo couldn’t get to wear her tiara permanently which is sad as a hysterical trait to be next in line as Filolial queen, a piece of hair known as Cowlick just sticks up. It will always grow back if forcibly removed. For human hair a cowlick is a section of hair that either stands up on its own or tips on an angle and the rest of your hair is forced into that direction.
This episode was so good. It had so many adoring moments and managed to keep you fixated throughout. ESPECIALLY THAT CLIFFHANGER OH MY GOD!! I want to believe Itsuki and Ren are still alive but after that scene it’s hard to be so hopeful at this moment.
Fitoria’s introduction into the mix has made things lot more interesting and has built up suspense as what is to come. Fitoria and Naofumi’s conversation of the upcoming battles show that things are going to get bad from here on out. We knew that but hearing Fitoria talk about it makes all the more convincing. I am just looking forward; after this episode we are getting into the GOOD STUFF NOW!!
Filo Pocket Rocket Queen!
Ahh, this week’s episode was not how I thought it would go. I had forgotten about the part Filo tested to become the next queen. BUT she passed with flying colors. Would you expect anything less for this little firecracker? I am so stoked for next episode because ending episodes with explosions like that puts a strain on you for the next week!!
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See you next for more Shield Hero!!
Next Time: A Conspiracy Leak (連なる陰謀)
The Rising of the Shield Hero
Spring 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast