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View Poll Results: Tate no Yuusha/Shield Hero - Episode 14 Rating
Perfect 10 1 7.69%
9 out of 10 : Excellent 2 15.38%
8 out of 10 : Very Good 8 61.54%
7 out of 10 : Good 1 7.69%
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Old 2019-04-09, 21:59   Link #1
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Old 2019-04-10, 11:13   Link #2
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That was a raphtalia focused episode which is pretty good, dedicate a little it of time to her is always nice. Is evident that all the abuse commited by the fat guy and the tragedy that happened on the town where Raph used to live as a child left a deep scar on her mind, Naofumi wasn't acting based on his feelings most of the time in this episode but at the same time he wanted to take care of Raph and save Melty from this fat guy.

Is understandable why Raph wanted to deal with this problem alone and I respect how naofumi isn't getting in the way, she's strong enough to face that piece of shit who's now begging for his life.
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And suddenly we have a tragic heroine backstory arc!

I don't know if I'm not paying attention every episode or whatever but I can't really understand why some of the characters here do what they do.

First off, that's one mighty coincidence, they find themselves in friendly territory, got some rest, and then suddenly the fat guy from somewhere decides to invade and "arrest" their ally the next day! Really?? On what basis, it's not like Nao and the others were seen around that mansion! Not only that, he has a past with Raphtalia! Small world! And finally, the skinny guy who's supposed to be a noble only has 2 maids with him? No soldiers/bodyguards? While that other guy has a small army? Really???

Then I thought they were all running away from the murderous bi Myne but suddenly Melty wants that other nobleman to take her to the capital? I know they wouldn't have been able to escape if not for that ruse Melty came up with, but what if something happened to her between getting captured and Nao infiltrating the castle? Did she forget that the soldiers directly under the king tried to run a sword through her days ago?

The fat guy already did something illegal by arresting and torturing a fellow lord, so what's stopping him from doing the same to Melty? It just doesn't make any sense because I thought the whole thing was to prevent Myne from finding out where Melty was???
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And suddenly we have a tragic heroine backstory arc!

I don't know if I'm not paying attention every episode or whatever but I can't really understand why some of the characters here do what they do.

First off, that's one mighty coincidence, they find themselves in friendly territory, got some rest, and then suddenly the fat guy from somewhere decides to invade and "arrest" their ally the next day! Really?? On what basis, it's not like Nao and the others were seen around that mansion! Not only that, he has a past with Raphtalia! Small world! And finally, the skinny guy who's supposed to be a noble only has 2 maids with him? No soldiers/bodyguards? While that other guy has a small army? Really???

Then I thought they were all running away from the murderous bi Myne but suddenly Melty wants that other nobleman to take her to the capital? I know they wouldn't have been able to escape if not for that ruse Melty came up with, but what if something happened to her between getting captured and Nao infiltrating the castle? Did she forget that the soldiers directly under the king tried to run a sword through her days ago?

The fat guy already did something illegal by arresting and torturing a fellow lord, so what's stopping him from doing the same to Melty? It just doesn't make any sense because I thought the whole thing was to prevent Myne from finding out where Melty was???
Friendly territory was a coincidence (as was Reichnott just popping up out of nowhere), but may have had something to do with the past lord of the area, who treated demi-humans fairly (based on Raphtalia's recollections). Probably also related to the close proximity to Siltvelt, as treating demi-humans badly right on their border would be like taunting them and inviting an invasion.

Obviously Idol (fat guy) has spies in his neighbors' territories. Given his behavior and personal army, he's unlikely to trust any of them. Thus he probably got word about the Shield Hero's party entering Reichnott's estate fairly quickly.

Idol having a past with Raphtalia... Well, she obviously has to have had her past take place somewhere, which means we were going to run into it eventually.

Reichnott has at least 3 maids, as the one who was helping them hide in the kitchen was different than the two that served dinner. The two that we see in the attic are the one who helped them hide, and one of the servers.

As for why he only has a handful of maids, and not an army of soldiers, well, we don't know anything about the size or wealth of his domain, but we do see that he has a modest 3-story mansion, whereas Idol has a walled keep atop a cliff-faced hilltop, with easily defensible raised roads that lead out to the surrounding town. The difference in apparent power is massive. Just based on where they live, I would absolutely expect Idol to have a personal army (pretty much needed to make that castle make sense), whereas Reichnott's handful of maids is all that's needed if he lives there alone. If he had a family, I'd expect more servants, and maybe a guard retainer or two. However if he's as good at stealth as implied, a personal guard for him would be of minimal value.

Further, Reichnott seems to rule an area mainly populated by demi-humans. I expect that if he had a retinue of soldiers under his command, that could create a lot of agitation with nearby nobles.

As for Melty asking for Idol to escort her back to the capital: She still has that implicit trust in nobility, and expects that, even if Idol has some issues with the king, he will still conform to certain levels of behavior and decorum. Despite what she's learned from Naofumi, she still believes that nobles will "behave properly", more or less. She doesn't want to believe that Myne is not exactly the exception.

Further, even if her own guard turned against her, Idol's soldiers are his personal army. It would be unthinkably unlikely that they would be under the same influence as those that would convince the king's soldiers to betray royalty. Or, more specifically, that can't be controlled by Myne, and thus are inherently more trustworthy. Having them escort her back to the capital is a logical decision, as they aren't likely to betray her, and will protect her from any attempts by the royal guard to attack her. Well, if Idol wasn't a horrible scumbag, anyway.
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Looks like fatso there was a member of the church here. Good thing Nafoumi intervened, it was clear where that was going. Especially considering the disgusting implications about Raphatlia's past and that sicko's choice of weapon.

Also LOL at Filo doing her impression of the Kool-aid Man
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Raphtalia took those whips like a boss. She didn't even flinch. Health regen too stronk.
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I don't know but this episodes made me feel better than last week's. Naofumi seems more mature than last time, we got more screentime for the supporting characters and for once, people are being nice.

Then again, while many will find the obvious pedo guy disturbing, I think it's better shown as a threat than when the "other hero" started chasing Filo in some sort of comic relief.
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I find it a bit hard to believe that Idol guy would be willing to torture Melty, the freaking crown princess. Evil shouldn't equal dumb/reckless. As far as we know and unless I missed some hints, he isn't in Myne's pocket and he knows the king personally (Melty mentioned they fought together), why would he risk doing such a thing to his king's daugther? He'd be digging his own grave.
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I believe Reichnott has a connection to the previous lord or something. And as for Idol's presence, it was already mentioned that the moment the king got a little bit of authority he used it to move pro-demi-human nobles to places where they'd have no power or influence and replaced them with people like that. I'd imagine that's at least why someone that blatant has a position so close to Reichnott's manor and apparently has enough power to pull stunts like this. King's prejudice is strong enough to tread the boundary between taking liberties while watching things for his wife and complete hostile takeover. How much would you bet the moment the queen comes home a whole lot of those recently-promoted nobles will find themselves demoted and/or arrested?
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I find it a bit hard to believe that Idol guy would be willing to torture Melty, the freaking crown princess. Evil shouldn't equal dumb/reckless. As far as we know and unless I missed some hints, he isn't in Myne's pocket and he knows the king personally (Melty mentioned they fought together), why would he risk doing such a thing to his king's daugther? He'd be digging his own grave.
He already kidnapped her. His best course of action at that point would be to get information from her and then discard of her before the king finds out.
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He already kidnapped her. His best course of action at that point would be to get information from her and then discard of her before the king finds out.
He didn't kidnap her. She willingly went with him. A lot of his soldiers know she's in his castle, and as we've seen they're not very loyal. He doesn't seem like the type to trust others, either. If he intended to kill her, he should have been more stealthy about it. Why would he want to kill a princess anyway? He's got more to gain by bringing her back safe and sound to her father.

And before anyone brings it up, being a follower of the church doesn't make him immune to the king's wrath.
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He didn't kidnap her. She willingly went with him. A lot of his soldiers know she's in his castle, and as we've seen they're not very loyal. He doesn't seem like the type to trust others, either. If he intended to kill her, he should have been more stealthy about it. Why would he want to kill a princess anyway? He's got more to gain by bringing her back safe and sound to her father.

And before anyone brings it up, being a follower of the church doesn't make him immune to the king's wrath.
He essentially said "Take her" to the soldiers-- He didn't give her an option, she just went with the flow after the fact. He also kidnapped the noble of that manor and was beating him, she was a direct witness to that. Get rid of any trace of evidence that Melty was there, and the king would never know. Let Melty go back and she'll put in a bad word to the king about him. The other soldiers would be culpable for not protecting the princess so they'd have to keep quiet about it. The king threatened to have the heads of the soldiers if they couldn't find Melty, imagine what they'd do if they were in the vicinity of Melty and didn't save her.
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You'd think that with them being fugitives, everyone would try to come up with better disguises than just having Naofumi wear a hood.
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So it seems like a lot of this anti Demi-Human sentiment popped up after something occurred during the First Wave, which I guess is when something bad happened to the king's other family which is why he sicked the knights on Raphtalia's village (if I'm following the order of events correctly). Was there some kind of a rebellion that the original Shield Hero led or inspired? Maybe Sitvelt led an incursion into Melromarc to cause a Demi-Human uprising ?

Well, I guess if one good thing is coming out of this is that Melty is realizing just how much of the kingdom needs to be reformed when she hears how the Demi-Humans have been treated and seeing how corrupt some of the nobility is. The fact that she says she'll make sure Raphtalia sees justice for what happened to her is a positive sign for her as future queen and for the kingdom as a whole .

Nothing says you can trust somebody by them emphasizing your food isn't poisoned and then getting arrested trying to protect you from evil nobles. I also have to admit, "The only one I know is the Shield Hero" is a pretty awesome line .

It's nice to see that Naofumi has finally come around to Melty and realizes she's a truly genuine and good person who believes in him as the Shield Hero, to the point where he's willing to go out on a limb to protect and save her. And conversely being with Naofumi helps bring out the more childish emotions Melty usually represses .

I wonder if a lot of the knights and lords are under standing orders by Myne to prioritize finding and taking care of the Shield Hero first and securing Melty for Myne to take care of later. Malty's whole ruse relies entirely on Melty not getting close enough to the king to be able to reveal to him what's been going on so she probably has to make sure Melty doesn't even get close to the capital .

With her magic, I have to imagine Melty was probably safe from that noble, but getting distracted and grabbed gave a legitimate reason for Naofumi and company to really step in .

Man, you know the latest evil noble is a real piece of work when even Raphtalia, of all people, seems to despise them with every fiber of her being. Like, this is the girl who has been unfailingly polite and courteous to everyone, even people who she knows have screwed over her beloved Naofumi, so seeing her have such a violent reaction to someone and seem willing to kill them in cold blood says a lot. I can only imagine how horrifying what Raphtalia went through as a slave was before Naofumi found her .
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I believe Reichnott has a connection to the previous lord or something. And as for Idol's presence, it was already mentioned that the moment the king got a little bit of authority he used it to move pro-demi-human nobles to places where they'd have no power or influence and replaced them with people like that. I'd imagine that's at least why someone that blatant has a position so close to Reichnott's manor and apparently has enough power to pull stunts like this. King's prejudice is strong enough to tread the boundary between taking liberties while watching things for his wife and complete hostile takeover. How much would you bet the moment the queen comes home a whole lot of those recently-promoted nobles will find themselves demoted and/or arrested?
I actually was wondering if a lot of this anti-Demi-Human sentiment or treatment is yet another thing we can blame on the queen being gone and leaving the king in charge ?
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He didn't kidnap her. She willingly went with him. A lot of his soldiers know she's in his castle, and as we've seen they're not very loyal. He doesn't seem like the type to trust others, either. If he intended to kill her, he should have been more stealthy about it. Why would he want to kill a princess anyway? He's got more to gain by bringing her back safe and sound to her father.

And before anyone brings it up, being a follower of the church doesn't make him immune to the king's wrath.
Yep. But note how his behavior echoes Myne's. I am getting the same vibe here as with Naofumi framing: things does not making sense to me. Which imply that I don't know something important about situation. Or just bad plot. Not really sure about this case yet - there is some promise but also some disappointments.

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You'd think that with them being fugitives, everyone would try to come up with better disguises than just having Naofumi wear a hood.
With those badly drawn Wanted Posters, a hood is all they need.
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So it seems like a lot of this anti Demi-Human sentiment popped up after something occurred during the First Wave, which I guess is when something bad happened to the king's other family which is why he sicked the knights on Raphtalia's village (if I'm following the order of events correctly). Was there some kind of a rebellion that the original Shield Hero led or inspired? Maybe Sitvelt led an incursion into Melromarc to cause a Demi-Human uprising ?
I don't think so? The impression I got was that the lord that used to rule that area (and was killed during the first Wave) was attempting to mend relations with the demi-humans. That implies this hostility has been going on for much longer than that.

Also remember that the first Wave was only a few months before the summoning, at best. That's not nearly enough time to build up the type of racial hatred we see here.

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With her magic, I have to imagine Melty was probably safe from that noble, but getting distracted and grabbed gave a legitimate reason for Naofumi and company to really step in .
Sort of. She was holding her hands out like she was preparing to fire off one of her water blasts, to the point that I was surprised that she was just warning him off and not actually casting the magic. The only thing I can figure is that, from what we've seen of magic casting, it requires a pretty long chant phrase before taking effect, and she's likely pretty vulnerable during that time. (EG: Interrupting the chant might cancel the magic? Focusing on the chant itself might lock you in place, preventing you from defending?) I'm guessing that casters normally need protection while casting in order for them to be effective.

Edit: Not to mention the sheer difference in body sizes.
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I guess Tales games aren't the only place to find goofy Wanted Posters .
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Friendly territory was a coincidence (as was Reichnott just popping up out of nowhere), but may have had something to do with the past lord of the area, who treated demi-humans fairly (based on Raphtalia's recollections). Probably also related to the close proximity to Siltvelt, as treating demi-humans badly right on their border would be like taunting them and inviting an invasion.
I forgot to even mention that, that's another really convenient coincidence!

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Obviously Idol (fat guy) has spies in his neighbors' territories. Given his behavior and personal army, he's unlikely to trust any of them. Thus he probably got word about the Shield Hero's party entering Reichnott's estate fairly quickly.
He was invading a fellow noble's territory, it shouldn't have been that easy!

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Reichnott has at least 3 maids, as the one who was helping them hide in the kitchen was different than the two that served dinner. The two that we see in the attic are the one who helped them hide, and one of the servers.

As for why he only has a handful of maids, and not an army of soldiers, well, we don't know anything about the size or wealth of his domain, but we do see that he has a modest 3-story mansion, whereas Idol has a walled keep atop a cliff-faced hilltop, with easily defensible raised roads that lead out to the surrounding town. The difference in apparent power is massive. Just based on where they live, I would absolutely expect Idol to have a personal army (pretty much needed to make that castle make sense), whereas Reichnott's handful of maids is all that's needed if he lives there alone. If he had a family, I'd expect more servants, and maybe a guard retainer or two. However if he's as good at stealth as implied, a personal guard for him would be of minimal value.

Further, Reichnott seems to rule an area mainly populated by demi-humans. I expect that if he had a retinue of soldiers under his command, that could create a lot of agitation with nearby nobles.
If the skinny guy's arrest was too easy because he only had 3 maids with him, it was also too easy for all those demi-humans from his territory to storm the fat guy's castle, right up to his front gate!

I just realized this, it didn't even occur to me how the fat guy who had a small army wasn't able to stop a mob of peasants from running up to the front gate of his castle.

Also, Nao commented something about how the stealth skill of the skinny guy was not normal, since he crept up on them without Nao noticing, but yeah, he got captured that easily. Sure, he might've been taken by surprise, but why point out the stealth skill of that guy if he's not going to use it??

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As for Melty asking for Idol to escort her back to the capital: She still has that implicit trust in nobility, and expects that, even if Idol has some issues with the king, he will still conform to certain levels of behavior and decorum. Despite what she's learned from Naofumi, she still believes that nobles will "behave properly", more or less. She doesn't want to believe that Myne is not exactly the exception.

Further, even if her own guard turned against her, Idol's soldiers are his personal army. It would be unthinkably unlikely that they would be under the same influence as those that would convince the king's soldiers to betray royalty. Or, more specifically, that can't be controlled by Myne, and thus are inherently more trustworthy. Having them escort her back to the capital is a logical decision, as they aren't likely to betray her, and will protect her from any attempts by the royal guard to attack her. Well, if Idol wasn't a horrible scumbag, anyway.
If her own older sister tried to kill her because she's with the shield hero, and even claimed that she was brainwashed and threw fireballs at her, how can she trust some other noble to safely take her to the king? They were all together with Nao when they met the skinny guy, but it's a different situation when she's all alone with the fat guy and there's nobody around to protect her, not to mention if Myne suddenly shows up and Melty's turned over to her!

The noble attacked the skinny guy's mansion because he was looking for the shield hero, and she already knew Myne planted some fake news about how Nao burned down the forest to cover their tracks and that Nao brainwashed Melty, so it isn't a stretch for her to conclude that the fat guy was in on the plot and that he might just kill her, regardless of whether he's acting under the orders of Myne or not.

Again, I thought the point of all this hiding was so they couldn't find Melty because Myne/Malty was trying to kill her, and that they don't know who to trust, then suddenly she comes out in the open, confirming their location and at the same time makes it easier for Myne to dispose of her.
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He was invading a fellow noble's territory, it shouldn't have been that easy!
Depends on his power and influence. Considering the current political environment he's probably got a fair degree of influence, and if he'd gotten some inkling that Melty might be there, he'd have prerogative. The guy appears to run a fairly small, largely rural territory, and with his unpopular position he probably couldn't just stand against him and refuse entry or anything. It'd just give him more fuel to claim some sort of collusion. It's all a matter of how much political power and prestige he has. There certainly are some who can throw their weight around like that. Especially if they have some sort of background of achievements to further bolster their position.

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Nao commented something about how the stealth skill of the skinny guy was not normal, since he crept up on them without Nao noticing, but yeah, he got captured that easily. Sure, he might've been taken by surprise, but why point out the stealth skill of that guy if he's not going to use it??
To protect Naofumi and Melty. If he saves his own backside, he leaves Naofumi and Melty defenseless in a position where even if they escape they'll still pinpoint their location and thus their route. No matter how things work out they'd be in even more danger. Not to mention that Melty is in the hands of a man who at the very least BELIEVES he has enough power to get away with anything up to and including killing a princess whose political position is inconvenient to him and framing a guy who he can't confirm was present (though the top-ranking nobles will automatically believe and insist must have been). Escaping would be worse for her yet again.

Not to mention his people. If he fled, this could be used against him to push him out much faster than if he stood up for himself and claimed no knowledge of the Shield's presence. Flight would be taken as confirmation of guilt and leave his people in a very vulnerable state, while enduring this torment and insisting no involvement gives him a better chance at maintaining his position and thus protecting everyone.

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If her own older sister tried to kill her because she's with the shield hero, and even claimed that she was brainwashed and threw fireballs at her, how can she trust some other noble to safely take her to the king? They were all together with Nao when they met the skinny guy, but it's a different situation when she's all alone with the fat guy and there's nobody around to protect her, not to mention if Myne suddenly shows up and Melty's turned over to her!

The noble attacked the skinny guy's mansion because he was looking for the shield hero, and she already knew Myne planted some fake news about how Nao burned down the forest to cover their tracks and that Nao brainwashed Melty, so it isn't a stretch for her to conclude that the fat guy was in on the plot and that he might just kill her, regardless of whether he's acting under the orders of Myne or not.
There's a huge difference between believing in one bad apple who deceives others, tricks them into colluding with her and does what she wants and recognizing that the nobility is filled with people who are just as bad. And it takes even more to believe that a noble would be so very arrogant, sure of his security and determined to get what he wants that he'd risk raising a hand against her. She recognizes that there's a bad apple in the government and some negative prejudices, she doesn't recognize that there are people like this.

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Again, I thought the point of all this hiding was so they couldn't find Melty because Myne/Malty was trying to kill her, and that they don't know who to trust, then suddenly she comes out in the open, confirming their location and at the same time makes it easier for Myne to dispose of her.
That was Naofumi's goal. Melty wanted to protect him and secure the party's safety more. She wanted them to just pack up and run while she took a shot that Idol would take her to the king (again she knows her sister's a bad person, but not that there's tons of others just as bad), not for them to just hide long enough to regroup and come to her rescue.
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