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Recap / The Rising of the Shield Hero S1E19 "The Four Cardinal Heroes"

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The Pope holds in his hands the ultimate weapon, which possesses the properties of all four cardinal weapons. Faced with its attack skill, "Judgment," and its powerful defensive force field, Naofumi, and the gang are rendered helpless. As the crisis worsens, Motoyasu, who is now in line to be punished as a "fake" hero, makes a surprising decision.

Tropes for this episode include:

  • Good Weapon, Evil Weapon: The Pope's replica weapon is meant to evoke the idea of a holy artifact, being shining gold, and since the Church thinks the shield is the weapon of the Devil, he prefers to waste mana on a barrier spell rather than use its shield-form.
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  • Holy Hand Grenade: The Pope wields a replica of the four cardinal weapons. It is shown to be incredibly powerful, allowing the Pope to effortlessly block everything thrown at him and can use the same techniques as the heroes themselves. However, it is flawed, as each use of it take massive reserves of mana, draining swaths of his followers exponentially.
  • Hypocrite: Motoyasu is willing to team up with Naofumi. When Naofumi is hesitant, Motoyasu plays the victim and goes on about how they are being unfairly persecuted, not even apologizing for doing just that to him only a few minutes ago.
  • Large Ham: Motoyasu ups the ham when he goes on the offensive, everyone else clearly seeing through the act.
  • The Law of Diminishing Defensive Effort: Unwilling to use the shield-mode for his replica weapon, the Pope uses a barrier spell instead, which is still effective enough to keep him invincible.
  • Never My Fault:
    • Itsuki confirms to Naofumi that he did in-fact not steal his reward money, something that he was the one accusing him of.
    • When Naofumi refuses to work with the Three Heroes, Motoyasu accuses him of doing a "lone wolf act", ignoring the fact that they pushed him away and have done nothing to earn his trust. Not only that, but they have been proven to be incompetent and make a poor team overall, so of course he would prefer working with his own party.
    • When Naofumi points out how they are the reason why they are in the situation to begin with, Motoyasu agrees with him, thinking he was only talking about Ren and Itsuki and deflecting when one of them tries to ring him in on it.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Naofumi tears into Motoyasu, Ren, and Itsuki for all their recklessness and stupidity; like how they have been acting selfishly while calling themselves heroes, have stupidly done whatever they wanted in the world under the idea it was a video game and leaving him to clean their messes, they refuse to work together on anything, and they constantly blame him for everything and try to take everything from him. He also manages to sneak in one for Malty by saying how she was blind to the church's scheme too due to being too busy with her own conspiracies and manipulations of Motoyasu.
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  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Ren and Itsuki show up to help, the attempts on their life having failed and discovering the truth behind Melty's supposed kidnapping.


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