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 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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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