The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 12 Review: Please End This

One look at The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 12 will make you wish this was all the series was allowed to go on for. Let’s take a look at this cursed show once more in this review!

The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 12 Overview

The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 12 Title

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 12.

– Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari Season 2 Episode 12 Review does not contain spoilers –

The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 12 Review- A Rough Finale

Discovery The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 12

We are going to play fast and loose with the spoiler rule in this review. I hate this episode too much to veil any of these statements behind the rule. This episode should have been the endgame of this season based on every sensible thing that we have ever known about anime. Every sign pointed toward it being the end, like skipping the opening, the climactic (?) ending that ended the current arc, the title card at the end loudly proclaiming the title of the show, and the overall presentation of this episode, and it wasn’t the case.

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The episode wanted us to feel the dichotomy between Kyo and Naofumi as if that was a brilliant move on its part, whereas it felt completely on its face due to nobody caring about Kyo. He is annoying, came out of nowhere, has terrible motivations, and his powers feel meaningless due to him being just as powerful as the plot requires him to. One second he will be facing the might of multiple heroes and coming out on top, and the other second he will be losing to Rishia in a swordfight when it isn’t even her weapon of choice.

Kyo The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 12

Speaking of Rishia, she is the most redundant character of the show by far. She offers nothing that the other characters don’t do better, and her arc is just as stale as the rest of this season. Her actions feel reminiscent of early Raphtalia or Filo everywhere she gets involved. The only difference is that her being crazy for Itsuki is more annoying than any other motivation in the show. Speaking of Itsuki, he finally bothered to show up for 5 seconds in this episode after being missing the entire season doing absolutely nothing for no discernable reason. Are these guys supposed to be heroes, still?

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The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 12 also tried to be Naofumi’s standout episode of the season, by doing the exact same thing with him that they have already done at least three times before. The wrath shield corruption got old the first time they tried it this season, and the second time wasn’t any better. If you actually agree with the villain on the hero’s actions, you didn’t do a very good job with the hero in the first place. That counts double if your villain is as bad as Kyo.

Another annoying thing about The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 12 and this entire season has been that you can’t even hate on it properly. because the music is good enough to always be in the good graces of even the sternest of critics. The plot can be cliched and repetitive, the characters can be horribly written, and the animation can be not so good, if the music is great, you can derive some pleasure from the worst of scenes. Kevin Penkin is a miracle worker for giving something worth remembering to this steaming pile of garbage.

Verdict

The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 12 was another hot mess that made no sense and was a pain to watch. The plot is going nowhere, the characters are all stagnant, and the series looks to be officially dead in the water.

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SUMMARY

The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 12 was another hot mess that made no sense and was a pain to watch. The plot is going nowhere, the characters are all stagnant, and the series looks to be officially dead in the water.

21 COMMENTS

    • Even though it wasn’t, I’m going to answer it like it was a question in good faith. For me, mediocrity is much worse than being outright bad, because you can at least enjoy bad things ironically and laugh at them. On the other hand, mediocrity is just boring with nothing in it to enjoy. Mediocrity is more painful than outright low quality.

  1. Don’t quite your day job bro, go read the light novel if the animation doesn’t meet your ridiculous high expectations.

    • If you say so even after how much the adaptation was butchered, I don’t know what adaptations you actually enjoy. Go watch Promised Neverland Season 2 maybe.

  2. Was this season was bad? Yeah. Does it need this hard a rage boner? Not even close. The studio was mandated to condense their 25 episode season into 13. Still has pretty visuals, good music like mentioned, and is enough to tide me over til season 3. Dead in the water? You act like this show killed your children

    • And I am supposed to care about what the studio was forced to do because? I am here to watch and enjoy anime, and enjoyable this absolutely was not.

  3. As much as I wanted this season to be good I have to agree with every point you’ve made. The best part of this whole season was Naofumi ripping into Rishia when consumed by the rage shield, Raphtalia’s somewhat necessary glow up and banging new outfit Naofumi went into ep 12 in.

  4. I think if it hadn’t been condensed it could have fixed alot of its problems. There were some redeeming aspects like the music and I’m always a fan of good banter, thank you L’arc. I did think revealing how he felt explained why he was always trying to leave her behind was a nice interweave. The whole Otaku vs Troll think was unnecessary. It was rushed and messy and hopefully if they get a third season they can do better.

  5. This season was dead, this guy is completely right. If you actually enjoyed watching it then it looks like your perception of good plot is flawed.

  6. Ridiculously high ,how ? Have u never watched anime with good animation , we are living in 2022 , This animation of shield hero is below average for 2022 , Even fate/zero from 2012 has better animation

  7. In my case I enjoyed the season because I’ve read the light novel and enjoyed it and while they missed out it really wasn’t that bad I don’t understand why every says it’s that bad.

  8. Honestly It wasn’t that bad, I found some parts entertaining and there are plenty of mediocre anime thats celebrated in the Anime community. It’s obvious not every season is going to come out with entirely fresh or new concepts. I think the writer of this review expects wayyy too much. I mean granted there’s going to be issues here and there. But at some point that’s also like meh whatever. The visuals. I’ve seen worse, it wasn’t as polished but it was watchable. The music was good. I wasn’t bored. Sure it wasn’t a masterpiece. But damn a lot of the opinions in this review was kinda too harsh. There was an introduction to plenty of cool new characters I liked Kizuna, I liked Ost. Ryou was a pretty cool villain. I can’t complain really. Overboard review.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, but I couldn’t bring myself to feel the same way. I think the main reason I complained this much was that we all already know how good this show could be because of that phenomenal season 1. Compared to that, this season went about as well as a wet fart.

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The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 12 Review: Please End ThisThe Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 12 was another hot mess that made no sense and was a pain to watch. The plot is going nowhere, the characters are all stagnant, and the series looks to be officially dead in the water.