The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 10 Review: A Series Of Extremely Stupid Events

With the link to Raphtalia fading, The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 10 has to play catch up with the terrible villains that it has introduced. Let’s see if it was able to make this worth a watch in this review!

The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 10 Overview

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The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 or Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari Season 2 is an action, adventure, drama, fantasy, and most importantly, isekai anime that serves as the sequel to its highly acclaimed and fan favourite Season 1 that aired in 2019. The series is based upon a light novel written by Yusagi Aneko and illustrated by Minami Seira. You can read our review of the previous episode of the show right here.

The show’s second season is being adapted into anime by Studio Kinema Citrus, the same studio behind the show’s first season, and other highly acclaimed anime such as Made in Abyss and Barakamon. This season is directed by Masato Jinbo, an industry veteran who also directed shows such as Chaos Child and Restaurant to Another World. This episode of the show is also referred to as Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari Season 2 Episode 10.

– Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari Season 2 Episode 10 Review does not contain spoilers –

The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 10 Review- I Can’t Take This Anymore

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Honestly, this one is on us. We should have seen this coming. As if the quality of the rest of the season hasn’t been telling enough, this was proof that any credibility that this show once had in front of isekai fans, or normal human beings for that matter, has been effectively and utterly annihilated. This was an embarrassing episode for the viewers who watched it, and it should be the same for the people who saw such a thing conceived and translated to another medium.

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This was perhaps the most predictable episode in the history of anime. I’ve proclaimed that being predictable isn’t a bad thing, but it is very much a bad thing here. The thing that happens needs to be good to make it work while still being predictable. Here, the events of this episode were so atrociously written and needlessly simplistic that you start to question yourself over things like, “Is it the plot that’s stupid, or does the problem lie within me?”. Trust me, it is the show. It isn’t you. It is in an unwatchable state right now, one that doesn’t look to be changing any time soon.

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We saw Raphtalia get separated and Filo get found in the previous episode. In The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 10, we continue the story from the side of Raphtalia and her efforts to reunite with Naofumi. She isn’t alone and meets some very old friends quite soon. Not only was that too much of a coincidence to just ignore, but she doesn’t even behave in a way one should to tormentors like these. It is like all the developments Raphtalia went through were because of her grown body, and she lost every ounce of her common sense when she was transported into this world. Something that, may I remind you, was a stupid decision.

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Not only that, but The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 10 gave her a new ability. That would have been a good development if that ability was actually enjoyable. It seemed like a stupid scheme to get one of the show’s often used statements into something more than it is. If her having a boring power wasn’t enough, it is also not unique to this world. A Hero, who came alongside Naofumi, already wields that very same power. Where did these guys disappear to, by the way? The method of earning that weapon is also the most cliche and uninteresting thing you will ever see.

This entire arc makes no sense. Kyo is weak as all hell when he needs to be and the strongest character in the show otherwise. The blue-haired guy was supposed to be his associate, but we learn in this episode that for no reason whatsoever, he actually isn’t what we assume him to be. He still does bad things and is a bad guy, just not in a way that we imagined. The production quality was decent, and the music was great, but it all went downhill as soon as any action was portrayed. Some shows are rescued by being good looking and well animated despite being mediocre. This isn’t one of them.

Verdict

The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 10 is unwatchable television. Stay as away from it as possible, for its poor quality might put you off Isekais, sequels, or both, forever.

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SUMMARY

The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 10 is unwatchable television. Stay as away from it as possible, for its poor quality might put you off Isekais, sequels, or both, forever.

3 COMMENTS

  1. It really is a bloody shame how much they’re trashing this season, I think that the director might be out of his element, or otherwise unable to understand the source material. It just happens sometimes, older directors unable to understand “game world’s” and things like that in this genre. Sands of Destruction failed for a similar reason. Had all the necessary elements of becoming a timeless classic, but the execution made it one of the worst of its season. The anime went so bad it killed the localisation, even! I’d put the game itself up there with Romancing Saga, Tactics Ogre, and Sukoiden, so it was a double shame you need to learn Japanese to experience it now.

    Also, in one interview Aneko stated the inspiration for Kyo was Kagato, who was SUPREMELY iconic in the 90s after just 3 episodes (then brought back over and over to slacking success), and he’s a much better threat in the LN, so it hurts a bit more seeing him be a generic snarky know-it-all type of villain with poor fighting skills and planning that relies on the heroes being idiots. It’s also removed a ton of his awesome mad scientist moments, which provided both characterisation and necessary setup for future fights that will probably be skipped now. (or if they still happen, will make all of this make even LESS sense)

    I really don’t understand why they cut both seasons down to half the size if the show was so “popular,” there are probably some impressive backroom fights over “creative differences” in the studio we haven’t been privy to for so many drastic changes and cuts to take place.

    Also, another massive fail is (re: statements on the episode 3 review about how “finished” the show seemed at the end of season 1) the way it was supposed to work is after Naofumi finished his “arc” he was supposed to have started finding people in a similar situation to his old self and start bringing them up, instead they’ve cut so much for Rishia, who was supposed to be the first of these, she seems as much an unimportant side character as the kung fu Granny. I guess the most fun in this show now is seeing how much more fucked up it can get, especially in the third season now that so much is missing from the second.

    Hell, they haven’t even shown Spear Guy’s party again, nor given us their names, which is going to be of massive importance if a fourth season is pitched. They will probably have to put out a couple OVAs in between seasons to fill in all the gaps!

    • Thanks for your comment! While I’m not very knowledgeable about the light novel, some of what you wrote was really interesting to me. I had heard that the turtle part of the LN wasn’t well regarded, but I had figured it was because of the same reasons as in the anime. To see that the anime found even worse ways to mess it all up is truly astounding.

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