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Recap / The Rising of the Shield Hero S1E18 "A Conspiracy Linked"

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Naofumi decides to go straight up to the checkpoint in order to talk it out with the other Heroes. But there, he finds the one guy least likely to listen to him, Motoyasu, who attacks Naofumi without bothering to listen to what he has to say. Why could Motoyasu be so intent on killing Naofumi, more than ever before?


Tropes for this episode include:

  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: "Judgement" is an exceedingly powerful group ritual spell the Pope and the Church casts, breaking through three of Naofumi's shields and leaving a massive molten crater where they stand.
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  • Corrupt Church: It is revealed that the Pope intends on overthrowing the government and replacing it with a theocracy where the Three Heroes Church is in control.
  • Dramatic Irony: Having just promised to work it out with the three other heroes, who does Naofumi bump into? Motoyasu, the least reasonable one.
  • Frame-Up: Malty and the Church pin the dragon being freed from the obelisk by Idol on Naofumi, using it and the forest they burned down as a diversion so that Naofumi could kill Ren and Itsuki.
  • Kid Has a Point: Naofumi thinks that it is possible that they could find Itsuki and Ren at the check-point or they could just barge through the check-point without stopping. When Melty agrees with the later, she makes a point that with people like Idol running the country, keeping up appearances isn't a priority.
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  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: After Filo senses it, Naofumi was able to protect everyone from the Pope's massive attack by encasing everyone in a shield prison, two air-strike shields and a block from the Rage Shield when it pierced the first three shields.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: Motoyasu is convinced that Naofumi killed Ren and Itsuki. Despite there being absolutely no evidence for this, this is Motoyasu we're talking about, so of course he believes it unquestioningly.
  • Never My Fault: When the Pope rightfully points out the damage the Three Heroes have done to the world, Motoyasu tries to save face by claiming that they still had the best of intentions.
  • Villain Has a Point: While Naofumi isn't the "Devil" the church thinks he is and the Three Heroes are not "imposters", he is right in pointing out that the Three Heroes are more of a danger to the people than they are saviors.
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