The Moé Report – The Rising of the Shield Hero Ep 18

Author: Faris
Editor: KnightAvenger
Studio: Kinema Citrus
Watch at: Crunchyroll

Well. That was an interesting development, at the very least. One I didn’t quite see coming. There were some obvious clues and the Church people were always somewhat suspicious, but I had wrongly assumed that they were working for Myne or for whoever Myne was working for or with, never that the Pope would be the main enemy.

The episode quickly gets to what would be expected from a meeting between Naofumi and the Spear-head. They fight, Myne having convinced her gullible Cardinal Hero that it was Naofumi that killed the other two heroes in the explosion we saw in the post-credits scene of the last episode. Obviously, it wasn’t Naofumi, but considering the ending of this episode, it doesn’t seem like Myne was working with the Pope, but for some reason, she was still going with the idea of causing a fight. Either she’s just a useful tool but an idiot or was betrayed.

Pope is such a fucking sleaze; that much is obvious from the start. He is a clear example of how corrupt an organized religion will get. Still, he does have a single good point when he points out how the heroes, other than Naofumi, fucked up a lot by having hero complexes and just treating their missions as nothing more than quests in an RPG and not thinking how their actions will have lasting consequences after they’re done. Obviously, Naofumi is also put in the same bucket as the rest of them for “spreading a disease,” but it was left unmentioned how he also fixed as much of all those fuck-ups as he could.

The entire episode was just a fight between Naofumi’s and Spear Hero’s parties with the ending giving a twist, so there isn’t much more to say. It was an interesting episode and I do look forward to seeing the next one, if only just to see where it all goes.

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