This isn’t going very good, any way you look at it. The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 4 needs to steady the ship and ensure that the show is actually fun to watch instead of a boring slog. Was it able to do that? Let’s find out in this review!
The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 4 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 4.
– Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari Season 2 Episode 4 Review does not contain spoilers –
The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 4 Review- Power Of Positivity
This review series has been a little too critical of a show that is at least above average in quality, so let’s pull back and look at the good qualities of Shield Hero Episode 4 for once. However poorly the show has been received and reviewed, there has to be some good underneath all that, right? Yes, absolutely. After all, a little positivity never hurt anybody. However, it is up to your personal preference to decide if these qualities make up for the show’s current state.
We have talked about this in earlier reviews, but Kevin Penkin’s music has been a breath of fresh air. He has always been a master at making music of a specific type, including a ton of different instruments alongside his signature electronic sound. It is extremely atmospheric music that enhances a journey as much as it does an episode. It adds an air of mystique and an ominous quality to the surroundings that is hard to replicate. He has been an in-demand and highly respected music director for years now, and it isn’t hard to see why.
The animation quality is also good, but it’s nothing that’s not being done equally or better in other shows. There are some great frames and settings in every episode, but they are surrounded by an as generic as it gets fantasy world where not much is worth admiring. Especially in season 2, it appears as if all the uniqueness in the show was taken away to make room for more unimpressive larger scale battles. Tate no Yuusha Episode 4 makes some good use of lighting and sets up some very pretty imagery, but that’s about where our praises end.
Plotwise, while this episode wasn’t as bad as the ones that came before it, it wasn’t that much better either. We were dealing with the fallout of the Spirit Tortoise dying but not really in the previous episode. Ost is still being not so subtly aloof and mysterious, as nothing changes around her. This was a pretty slow-paced and unimpressive episode, where not much happened. There were a couple of discoveries about the previous heroes that should be useful for the future, but nothing very useful right now.
There was a lot of Rishia in this episode, but that’s just been this whole season so far. She isn’t a particularly interesting character, but her story is not a bad one to tell. The weirder part is an old lady getting more attention than the other three heroes, but I suppose that’s the mystery. Not much needs to be made of just the opening cinematic, but the lack of other heroes surely is telling on how much the show values them as characters.
The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 4 wasn’t as bad as the previous outings, but the quality of the show right now leaves a lot to be desired.
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