The much-anticipated isekai anime of spring 2022, The Rising of the Shield Hero, has aired its first episode. Continuing the unfinished journey in season 1, Naofumi added a new member to her team, Rishia – a girl with a lot of experience in the fight against Wave. However, in contrast to the other members, Rishia joining Naofumi’s group is currently being opposed by the majority of the audience. The reason they gave was because Rishia came to the Hero of the Shield not because she really wanted to, but because she was chased away by the bow hero Itsuki due to her weakness and stupidity. Rishia joins Naofumi’s group desperately looking for a chance to prove herself.
For many viewers who watched season 1, Shield Hero season 2 continues to make them feel inhibited when the main character encounters too much injustice. In the first episode of the new season, Naofumi is still training hard to help the village of Lurolona defend against the next Waves. His companions, the demi-human Raphtalia, and Filo also had to put in their best efforts, always on high alert. In contrast, Rishia – the female character with green hair – struggles to prove her worth, even though she has previously shown a lot of potential in controlling qi during training sessions. . However, when the oversized bats attacked, everyone with the exception of Rishia was able to manage.
Severely affected by the insults from the Bow hero Itsuki, Rishia felt that she couldn’t keep up with those around her. Her insecurities grew as she repeatedly failed on missions to fight for Naofumi or impress the other cardinal knights. In fact, Rishia was trapped in a vicious cycle of poor performance that led to her low self-esteem, as a result of which Rishia’s fighting ability decreased significantly. Even Rishia’s problems make Naofumi’s adventure more difficult, but fortunately the Hero of the Shield and the other comrades seem to care a lot about her.
Raphtalia has suggested a way to help Rishia increase her strength before the next Wave hits, although this method makes many people like Naofumi uncomfortable. The group finds a slave trader in the capital, whose former owner once sold Raphtalia to Naofumi, because Raphtalia advised Rishia to get the slave seal to become a full member of the group and increase her strength. At first, Naofumi objected to this proposal, but then he had to accept it because Rishia insisted on accepting the slave seal. Just like Raphtalia said, Rishia’s stats increased rapidly.
This detail shows that Naofumi had a different opinion about slavery, he even showed a dislike for it. This is a big change, because in Shield Hero’s first color, Naofumi yearns for allies and resources, and when he bought Raphtalia, he didn’t hesitate to use the slave seal to control her. Now, when Naofumi has been cleansed of his crimes, he has somewhat reduced his harsh pragmatism and followed the model of a good leader who always respects his team members, refusing to use bondage unless a member actively requests it.
In addition, Rishia’s consent to receive the slave seal shows that she is in an unhappy and desperate state, ready to do anything to increase her strength and make herself more useful. Rishia’s determination to receive the seal may be a pledge of allegiance to Naofumi, but it also shows her low self-esteem. It was Rishia’s self-deprecating attitude and blind admiration for the bow hero Itsuki that made the audience feel frustrated. They question whether Rishia can be completely loyal to Naofumi when Itsuki and Naofumi are cold towards each other, while Rishia herself still considers Itsuki as her leader. It can be seen that the upcoming developments of Shield Hero will definitely exceed many people’s speculations.