Everything was on an epic high this week. After so long our four heroes join forces for the first time to defeat the pope and his followers. The episode had me on the edge of my seat! I’ll take any chance to watch Naofumi and that rage shield at work because it’s always so damn entertaining.
Japanese Original Title: 聖邪決戦
Three Heroes Church’s pope and followers are a willful bunch and are relentless in their assault fight upon Naofumi and other heroes. Despite their attempts, the replica cardinal weapon is too strong still. Naofumi takes the risk in using the rage shield as a last resort, where he is confronted by his hidden true feelings from taking over – and Royalty make their appearance in aiding the heroes.
Now That’s a Queen: It’s been a while since I’ve seen a queen be badass and Queen Mirellia is a inspiring beacon of badass. She made a brief appearance at the start of the episode and again at the end, saving everyone with her ice magic. Mirellia left a strong impression on me; this woman has strong resolve and spirit – she reminded me of Erza from Fairy Tail. She’s been teased throughout the series for defying her own family and has supported the shield hero from the beginning. Mirella doesn’t have her daughter Malty and the King’s bitterness towards the shield hero but her reasoning goes beyond deeper to this. I can’t wait for this to be delved into more.
Disgrace To God: It’s disgusting and revolting in itself that the pope uses the pureness of religion to hide his selfish intentions and then goes preaching to unsuspecting souls who have no-one left to turn to and they become swallowed in his selfishness. The pope didn’t bat an eyelid sacrificing his own followers, these poor people with nothing left going for them who would follow him to the end. Using the hope that religion brings for people and twisting it into something toxic is vile, like that pope.
Save Naofumi: This was unlike the first time Naofumi used the rage shield when he was confronted with the zombie dragon’s anger. He took the risk to use it and the rage shield persuaded Naofumi to let out his pent up anger from the exile and ridicule he’s faced up until now onto those who have wronged him. The desire and pull of this is much stronger than Naofumi released and it was going to take a lot to pull Naofumi back. Luckily his cutie party members Raphtalia, Melty, and Filo did this easily… Oh my heart ached at this beautiful scene. It showed how deeply Naofumi cares for all of them and he is not alone in any of this. It addressed well this upcoming moment for Naofumi when he faced the burning anger within himself, the one he’d tucked away until now.
Opening Theme: I LOVED it that when Naofumi regains control over the rage shield, the second opening theme ‘Rise’ comes in – when everyone attacks the pope over and over. It was a perfectly fitting to use the song and added more excitement.
Blood Sacrifice: WAS THAT A COOL ATTACK OR WHAT!! It was alarming that cuts appeared all over Naofumi, blood spurts everywhere. Then it’s nothing… all of a sudden this long dragon-like creature rises from the bloody ground and finishes off the pope. I have to admit it was a scary heart-racing moment but enthralling.
YES YES YES!! Can you tell already? How exciting and happy this episode made me, AGAIN. It’s been the same with every single episode of shield hero. This series pulls out my inner fangirl with no effort on display for you all to see in these reviews… damn it. But this week’s episode was on a constant high. The fighting was even more entertaining because of everyone working together. I never thought I’d see all the four heroes come to work together in the end. It’s trippy as I still think that the three other heroes were jerks. Motoyasu is an idiot, and Ren and Itsuki have a lot to learn. But they were never bad people, just arrogant and overconfident and these traits put them in an unfavorable position. Motoyasu during the episode said that all of them can work together and be friends and that made me laugh in a surprise. That was the last thing you’d expect to hear from him.
The handling of Naofumi’s anger when he risks using the rage shield was done brilliantly. The connection fitted and was understandable, Naofumi could harness such a power and the temptation to use for personal gain was there. Naofumi had every right to be mad and frustrated at the ones who have ridiculed and falsely accused him but Naofumi never wanted to sink that low. Then Melty, Raphtalia, and Filo save him in the end. This part doesn’t make Naofumi look weak. He still needed that support and reassurance from those who believed in him the most. It was a scene that warmed my heart. Naofumi doesn’t know how lucky he truly is with the cuties by his side.
Of all things, I wasn’t expecting Queen Mirellia to make her appearance, let alone suit up ready for battle… oh this the kind of queen I love. The divide herself and daughter Melty have brought to their family wouldn’t have been a bad thing if the Queen Mirellia and Melty were just like the king and Malty. But having this rift in the family has added a fantastic dynamic to the plot, and it’s being utilized to the fullest. It has made things truly exciting.
Well, I think that is enough ranting in this comment section as I could be here all day talking about this series. I hope Naofumi is fine for the next episode after using that last attack and it’s exciting to see where things will lead into. Five episodes to go, I can’t believe it… No!!
Good Always Prevails Over Evil Pope In This Case
Fantastic episode from Shield Hero this week and I loved that Queen Mirellia made an appearance; she is a woman not to mess with. Naofumi better be fine in the next episode as I have no clue where things will go from here after the defeat of pope and his followers. But the title of next episode has me psyched more: we’ll have aNaofumi focus!! Five episodes left guys now! How did it go by so fast to get to this point already!!
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Next Time: Naofumi’s Triumph Returns (尚文の凱旋)
The Rising of the Shield Hero
Spring 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast