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The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 13 Review – Best In Show

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The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 13 Review – Quick Summary

In The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 episode 13, “Flowers Offered in Recollection”, Naofumi, Raphtalia, Filo, and Rishia bought some flowers and headed off on a day trip. As they traveled, they reflected on their journeys since the Spirit Tortoise entered their lives. At the same time, Kizuna and Yomogi Emarl also looked back on their experiences, starting when Kizuna became trapped in the Infinite Labyrinth. Where were Naofumi and his friends heading? What were they trying to do? And what was so embarrassing about what Rishia remembered Ost Horai talking about?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 13

It would have been cool if Rishia started the fire with no problem – she showed a lot of potential grown in the final episodes of this season, after all! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Rishia seems to have left some of her competence in Kizuna’s world. I’m thinking of the Rishia who was not only in favor of rescuing Filo from the slaver., but theRishia who was prepared to do so. She had been no-nonsense, and she wasn’t making frightened little noises.

Maybe the familiar surroundings prompted the reemergence of old habits. Whatever the reason, as Naofumi and Raphtalia tried to catch some fish for dinner, Rishia succeeded in not starting a fire. Naofumi even had a suggestion for her: “You should’ve learned survival skills from Kizuna too, Rishia.” 

He wasn’t being mean. He just wanted her to know that he noticed her failure to make fire.

“I was just thinking the same thing!” she said (02:18).

At least she wasn’t oblivious to the problem.

Best in Show Moment for The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 13

You keep telling yourself that, Kizuna! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Unlucky 13?

At the end of the previous episode, I had to wonder what was going to be in this episode. Episode 12 seemed to wrap up the major plot points. What was left?

Well, this episode gave one answer I thought was dramatically solid: they wanted to say a final goodbye to Ost Horai. The overarching plot of Naofumi and friends traveling to the site of the Spirit Tortoise battle felt justified, from a story perspective. Hurling the flowers into the valley of the battle made some sense. In that regard, it reminded me a lot of Samwise Gamgee returning home to the Shire, and Rose, and the rest of his family. But it only reminded me of that scene a little.

Since I’m trying to maintain a celebratory posture towards the series I review, I think I’ll leave it at that. Because to be honest, the material in the flashbacks didn’t feel noteworthy. There was one exception: it was kind of cool seeing how Kizuna kept herself sane in the Infinite Labyrinth.

Kizuna had a hard time being all alone for so long. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

That said, I do have a favorite moment, and whether it’s noteworthy or not I leave to your tastes. 

Kizuna had just helped Raphtalia pick out a new outfit. Of course, she had to force Raphtalia and Rishia to try on swimsuits first (and I give Rishia credit for asking (05:12), “Wh-Why am I changing, too?”). Kizuna kept trying to convince Raphtalia to wear outfits that wouldn’t let her fight. The final compromise was functional, and Raphtalia liked it.

Of course, Raphtalia couldn’t not ask Naofumi about it. More to the point, she asked Naofumi about it right in front of Kizuna and Rishia. Actually, her question was more generic. She asked who was the best out of all of them.

Delivery: Naofumi’s Quick Thinking

Naofumi thought about it  and said (06:20), “Hmmm. Mine has the highest defense stat.”

Kizuna, Rishia, and Raphtalia just stood there for a moment. Finally, Kizuna sighed and thought, “Man, Naofumi’s dense as a rock, huh?”

But, I don’t agree with Kizuna. I think Naofumi just displayed a moment of tactical brilliance. Kizuna might be in denial, but I suspect she wants Naofumi’s praise. Rishia’s confused in general, but she has reacted well to his praise in the past, too. And Raphtalia – well, he’s completely in love with the guy. 

What would have happened, though, if he had come out and praised Raphtalia?

I think that Naofumi played his hand just right! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream

No, I’m not being sexist. I’m not saying that “awww, girls just want to feel pretty!” No, I’m talking about Naofumi in his role as the leader of a special forces team showing favoritism to any given solider. Yeah, that’s overstating it. He and Raphtalia really do have a special friendship, wither he accepts it or not. But in that moment, I think Naofumi showed good awareness of his role as leader. What’s more, I think he did a good job maintaining his team’s effectiveness.

Though at some point, the elephant in the room that is his feelings for Raphtalia will have to be resolved. Maybe that’ll be something we see in season 3!

What did you think of Yomogi Emarl’s recollections of her childhood friend (who I just don’t feel like naming right now)? What were your favorite moments in this episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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