The Rising of the Shield Hero – 17 – Rite of Succession

The next morning, it’s No More Mrs. Nice Fitoria. She binds Melty in a wind prison and demands once more for Naofumi to make up with the other heroes. When he refuses, she once again threatens to kill all four heroes, but first gives his party the chance to prove they can take on the waves on their own. She’ll determine this by fighting Filo.

As expected, the spirited but woefully under-leveled Filo is absolutely no match for Fitoria…at first. But with continual pointers and encouragement from Naofumi, Filo keeps getting back up dusting herself off, and trying again. Eventually, she’s able to summon enough power to literally put a scratch on Fitoria’s face. That’s enough to satisfy the queen: Filo wins.

Not only that, but Fitoria names Filo her official successor, conjuring a crown to place on Filo’s head, which is replaced by an ahoge of which Filo very much not a fan. She opens a new Filolial-themed section of Naofumi’s sphere grid—albeit all shields he’s of too low a level to access—and increases Filo’s stats (though she still can’t break Level 40 quite yet).

She also apologizes to Melty by giving her a ride in her giant filolial form (of which I wish we could have seen more), and throws a huge party. Throughout these events, and the episode itself, Kevin Penkin’s marvelous score really asserts itself, elevating the images on the screen. This show’s music is just a pure joy to listen to.

Once the festivities have wound down and everyone else is asleep, Naofumi finds himself in a similar situation as the previous night: alone with a Fitoria committed to getting him to reconsider his hard stance on not playing nice with the other heroes, which she actually manages to achieve when she points out that his refusal to defend himself against Malty’s lies is as saying the lies are true.

While Fitoria doesn’t have the best memory, on two occasions Naofumi says something her hero once said to her, and the nostalgia leads to her tearing up and placing her head in his lap to be patted. The reason Fitoria works so hard to make Naofumi repair his reputation and relationship to the other heroes goes beyond the fate of the world: she knows he’s a good man by dint of raising the next Filolial Queen. It’s time the rest of the world knew it.

As for those other heroes, both Sword and Bow enter a cave seeking some kind of treasure, only for it to be a trap that incinerates the entire cave. I highly doubt they didn’t survive, though it’s not like I’d care if they didn’t…

Car Cameo Update

RABUJOI is, to our knowledge, the only anime review blog that consistently identifies and catalogues nearly every real-world vehicle that makes an appearence in the anime we watch. (If there’s another blog that does this, please let us know!) Our Car Cameo garage has grown quite a bit since its inception five months ago.

Here are some observations:

• Jormungand dominated in car cameos with 21 in just 12 episodes. What with all the car chases, that’s not all that surprising.

• Hyouka, only half-over, occupies second place with 9 cameos and has a solid chance to beat Jormy, despite the fact cars are only background. This is KyoAni we’re talking about, though, so of course most of those car models are of the highest quality.

• Eureka Seven AO has had 7 cameos so far, while Sket Dance has had 6. All other series have featured five or less in their runs.

• With 23 cameos – and probably a few more we missed, Toyota is the top marque. Not surprising, since Toyota dominates the Japanese domestic market. Of the 19 different Toyota models that appear, the “Crown” family is the most common, followed by the Prius.

• In a distant second and third are Nissan and Honda, with 9 and 8 cameos each, respectively.

• Jormungand featured lots of German marques like BMW and Mercedes, and Volkswagen as well as Frenchies Citroen and Peugeot,  Swedish Volvos and Italian Lancias. Call it the UN of the bunch.

• One of our own cars, an eigth-gen Honda Civic sedan, has a cameo in Hyouka 04. For the record, the car is named Kana-chan, after Hanazawa, the prolific seiyu.

• Strangest Cameos? It’s a tie between the legendary Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16v Evoluzione II (quite a mouthful!) from Aquarion Evol 15 and the immense ’75 Chevrolet Caprice Estate Wagon from Eureka Seven AO 11.

• Head-scratchers: Accel World features many real-life cars (like the Prius), but some that are quasi-futuristic mashups we couldn’t identify. We convinced ourselves one such model really existed, and drove ourselves half-mad trying to find it on various Japanese car websites, to no avail. :P

• Tari Tari is off to a good start – automotively, with 5 distinct cameos in its first episode. Looking forward to spotting more cameos in the coming Summer season!