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The Rising of the Shield Hero Episode 11 – Catastrophe Returns: REVIEW

After weeks of waiting and preparation, the next wave is finally upon us. The Rising of the Shield Hero Episode 11 – Catastrophe Returns gave us a badass old lady, dope power up and a brand new enemy named Glass.

Unlike the last wave in which Naofumi had to spend all of his time protecting the villagers from harm, we finally got to see him in the frontline of the wave attack, along with Motoyasu, Ren and Itsuki. The boss battle took place aboard a flying ship.

As expected, when they made that rule about the heroes not been allowed to travel together, I knew that their team-coordination would be non-existent. The three heroes had never worked together as a team and therefore were fighting among themselves. It took Naofumi seconds to figure out the trick behind the skeleton’s magic and they were able take down the mobs to summon the Soul Eater.

As they fought the Soul Eater, with each firing their attacks, something dawned on him. Do these guys even have other abilities like Naofumi? I can’t remember the last time these guys used anything other that their bread and butter. Motoyasu may have used other abilities but that was sparingly. What I had hoped to see is their growth in terms of strength to complement their ego. So far, only Naofumi is looking all types of overpowered right now.

Anyways, with Naoufumi realizing that if they took too long to beat this wave, the village would perish, he resorted to using the Rage Shield once again. This is were we learned that the Zombie Dragon that the Sword Hero, Ren had killed a while back had resided inside the shield, basically taking control over him. This gave him a new look with a dragon armour. Listen, I’m starting to like this Shield more and more. Makes you wonder why the King and his daughter are so hellbent on making him an enemy of the state.

His new shield looked really amazing too and boosted some pretty dope abilities. That Iron Maiden was a terrifying. That scene alone was well animated in my opinion. You know a ability is strong is there enchantment to be had.

It was so OP, that Ren called it a cheat, and he’s kinda right! After defeating what we thought was the real boss, a new enemy named Glass appears and challenges the heroes to the real final battle. We don’t know what her game is or if she’s testing the heroes for something greater in the future but I can’t wait to see what happens.

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  1. Some observations: 1) I think that one of the powers of the Cursed Shield is that he is able to combine the effects from different shields that he already has to create a unified powerful summon-like / limit breaker-like effects (like from Final Fantasy). If you look closely at the shot at around 18.10 – there are 7 icons with skills flashing around the central jewel of the Rage Shield, the one in the bottom right is for ‘Iron Maiden’, the one at the top is ‘Change Shield’. At 18.11 an icon for ‘Pipe shield’ flashes to the left, with skill ‘Change Shield’ allowing it to be upgraded into ‘Iron Maiden’.

    2) I think that Naofumi still can’t fully control the Rage Shield, not truly. Now he is just not in the berserk mode the whole time. In a way – we saw how he was going to control the shield: not by testing it in combat, but by mentally becoming prepared to care and protect his close ones no matter the cost. We had several episodes of Naofumi dealing with the results of his previous usage of the rage shield (his anguish from hurting Raphtalia, his dedication to find the Holy Water to heal her, constant care for her – applying bandages, non-stop crafting of healing materials, etc). So this can lead him to suppress the berserk state, but it does not mean that he is free from the curse at all. I think he is redirecting the damage from his close ones – to himself. Like a true tank))) I believe that the idea behind the shield that it costs you to use it, so he is likely draining / burning himself with the curse. I would not be surprised if Naofumi will have cursed burn marks after this wave when he removes his armor that will require a bath of holy water) As the dragon was shouting within his mind ‘you will pay!’.

    3) I also find it both ironic and poetic, that the first skill from Rage Shield that he uses is ‘Iron Maiden’, a horrific torture tool, that is symbolic in a way of how he was feeling in the series before: constant attacks and pressure from all sides. It is his way of channeling his rage and hate that he felt in a concentrated, physical manifestation.

    4) About Filo going into rage mode at the same time as Naofumi. If you look at Filo at 19.44 – there is a flash of purple light in her stomach. As I remember – she ate the jewel from the Zombie Dragon, but the stone that she later pooped out and gave Naofumi was much smaller than the one she swallowed. Most likely this means that a shard of that original stone is still in her, triggering the berserk mode when Naofumi activates the shield (as it is now tied with that Dragon in a way). As soon as Naofumi deactivated it – she immediately went out of it.

    5) It will be interesting to see if the other heroes will get some version of cursed weapon of their own. If Naofumi awakened his due to very strong negative emotions – it is understandable, why the others do not have something like this yet (as they were cuddled by the kingdom and have not experienced the same level of stress). But now, little by little they a getting more and more dirt thrown at them. If they will get something similar – it will be interesting to see what form it will take and how they will process it and control it. I can’t imagine Maine being in the same role for the Spear Hero as Raphtalia is for Naofumi if it comes to this))

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