The Rising of the Shield Hero – 08 – Don’t Let The Hate Flow Through You

Fresh off of cleaning up the Spear Hero’s mess (carelessly introducing an invasive plant species), Naofumi, Raphtalia and Filo come upon yet another village suffering unintended consequences of a hero’s actions. This time it was the Sword Hero Amaki Ren, slaying a dragon in the mountains but leaving its massive corpse behind to rot.

That rot causes a plague in the village that has already claimed many lives. Naofumi treats those still living with his potions for 50 silvers, then agrees to deal with the root cause of the problem (the dragon corpse) for ten times that amount. When the village doctor’s nurse questions whether he’s really a savior, he remarks that he never said he was.

By the time they reach the dragon, the rot has set in to the point the corpse rises again as a zombie dragon with a nasty poison breath. Naofumi is immune, but Raphtalia is not, and his shield can’t fully protect her. Worse, Filo can’t help herself from charging the dragon on her own, since filolials apparently hate dragons just that much.

While Naofumi is struggling to minimize Raph’s exposure to the toxins, Filo is distracted for a moment, and in that moment, she gets gobbled up in a spray of blood. Just like that, barely a month into her life, it would seem the Heavenly Fowl was no more.

Naofumi retreats into his dark brooding corner of his mind, fearing he’s about to lose everything once more, when he’s suddenly visited by something best described as a curse of pure, unadulterated hatred. He’s quickly consumed by his hatred for this world, everyone in it who loathes and distrusts him, and of course, Malty.

The hatred imbues him with formidable power—enough to stop the dragon’s arm when it tries to crush him, then lops off its tail, setting the stump on fire. But it’s too much power for Naofumi to handle. Fortunately, Raphtalia is there to pull him out of his hate-trance, though she bears the brunt of the curse emanating from his person.

As for the dragon, it suddenly keels over, and Filo bursts out of its stomach, having eaten the crystal core that gave it live. The “spray of blood” was merely Filo puking up all the red fruit she ate earlier; the dragon swallowed her whole.

But while Filo is fine and the dragon defeated, Raph is in a bad way, and Naofumi’s quick heals only offer temporary relief. Naofumi offers all the silver the doctor just gave him in exchange for healing her, but the village lacks holy water pure enough to dispel the curse. Still, Raphtalia doesn’t regret doing what she did; she didn’t want the curse to take her Naofumi away.

As she and Filo rest, Naofumi resolves to continue growing stronger—for one thing, his level is too low to unlock the shield he gained from absorbing the dragon’s crystal. They’ll also need to head to a larger city with a larger church that will possess stronger holy water. But more than anything, Naofumi seems relieved his family wasn’t taken from him…not when he had just fashioned accessories for them using the crafting hammer they gave him.

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Author: braverade

Hannah Brave is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

One thought on “The Rising of the Shield Hero – 08 – Don’t Let The Hate Flow Through You”

  1. Everything about the episode is fine aside from the group’s encounter with the dragon.

    It felt very anti-climatic, cheap, and disappointing. A slight change to making the group fight for their lives should have done the trick. Attack as a group since it’s the only way to survive or escape. Rid of Filo’s utter recklessness or false death. Did anyone really fall for that? Instead make Filo and Raphtalia near-death due to their injuries from their initial unsuccessful attacks to the dragon.

    Since Naofumi regenerates his health faster, he recovers from his injuries faster which would give him the opportunity to lose himself and unleash his Curse Shield due to their dire circumstances. He burns the dragon, which exposes the jewel inside it, Filo sees it and does a last-ditch attack with every last ounce of her strength which finally kills the dragon. Naofumi is still berserk at this point. Filo looks on helplessly and is scared. This is where a severely injured Raphtailia attempts to calm him down by hugging him which burns her. The moment she drops, is when Naofumi begins to regain his senses from his rage…. then continue with rest of the episode that is presented.

    This simple change alone would have made the episode SOO much better. But damn, I am disappointed. They better not make a mess out of Glass.

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