The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 9 Review: Goodbye To A Friend

It might just be time to say our final goodbyes to one of our favourite characters in The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 9, but things are probably not as they seem. Let’s see what went about in this review!

The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 9 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 9.

– Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari Season 2 Episode 9 Review does not contain spoilers –

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Studio Kinema Citrus is responsible for one of the greatest anime to come out in the previous decade, Made in Abyss. It is a riveting tale of a journey to somewhere it is impossible to return from and features some of the best music ever put to the anime screen. The show exudes extraordinary quality and combines the efforts of the author, the studio, and the music composer, Kevin Penkin. I bring all of this here in this review because the latest season of Shield Hero has made me doubtful about the quality of the upcoming Made in Abyss sequel, something that should have never been possible.

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If you think that is an absurd take, think of it like this. Two of the three things that made Made in Abyss so magical are present in this season. The studio and the music are there, contributing as much as they can to make this as good as possible. However, the source material has been making the masters of their craft look bad at a level perhaps unprecedented. It tells the viewer that it doesn’t matter how good the production is. If the writing is bad, nothing can rescue a project, no matter how hard they try.

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There is so much wrong with the latest arc of the show that it is very hard to pinpoint where exactly the epicentre of the problem is. It is easy to point at the writing and call it bad, but it is a whole another thing to know why the writing is so all over the place and bad. We discussed in the previous review about this being because of the awful villain of this season, Kyo. While that sentiment still rings true this week, this episode still managed to be and without Kyo’s presence or influence ruining it for everyone.

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Instead, it was just everything else about The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 9. The plot doesn’t have a definitive end in sight, the characters are experiencing the most contrived and illogical separation ever, and the setting is at its most dour and depressing yet. Nothing seems to be going right for this trainwreck of this season. On paper, this was a perfectly fine episode that featured a reunion and some cute moments, but the end result turned out to be just as infuriating as the rest of the season.

There is no coherency to this plot. Things just happen without much rhyme or reason, almost as if the people who said that Shield Hero lost its focus and writing quality as soon as the revenge part was over were right all along. Maybe next week, we’ll meet the God of this world, and it’ll be just as plausible as one random guy activating the turtle just to create chaos and steal a little energy. Or maybe just as much sense as a Hero being locked away in an infinite labyrinth and not being bothered to do anything to the people who did that to her. Wasn’t this show known as a revenge story?

Verdict

The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 9 was a rough episode to sit through. There was very little substance to it despite being chock full of events, and no moments managed to hit even remotely hard.

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SUMMARY

The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 9 was a rough episode to sit through. There was very little substance to it despite being chock full of events, and no moments managed to hit even remotely hard.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Amusing enough, the turtle isn’t supposed to be Kyo as the anime implies, he was there collecting other spirit beasts, it’s actually another of Motoyasu’s (and Itsuki’s) fuck ups. But SINCE WE HAVEN’T SEEN HIM ALL SEASON good luck figuring that one out!

    They got new abilities and they wanted to test them out on the turtle, figuring “if we can Break the turtle’s defense, we can Break Naofumi!” They both have non hero related reasons for having a grudge that the anime once more skipped over. It’s also because of this incident that Myne’s convinced she “backed the wrong horse” and Spear Guy is just too retarded for her plans, leading to the future mutiny by his own party

    Also the turtle is much MUCH bigger than the anime portrayed, it is on the level of Toriko’s animal Kings. The size it is now is what those two expected based on the temple drawings. It was in fact the ENTIRE mountain range. Due to waking early, it was weaker than it should be, allowing Kyo to take control. Blessing or curse with the writing we got, but it should have taken THREE whole episodes to walk across the turtle, not half of one. It’s literally a mobile dungeon! The fighting outside was also supposed to be occuring at the same time as the fighting inside.

    The spirit turtle arc is considered bad in even the LN, but there it’s because THE WHOLE THING is nothing but setup, it’s crammed full of people and information NEEDED for future arcs. So it’s a bit of an expo dump. The anime pretty much skipped everything that arc existed for, there’s going to be a hell of a mess a few months from now!

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The Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 9 Review: Goodbye To A FriendThe Rising Of The Shield Hero Season 2 Episode 9 was a rough episode to sit through. There was very little substance to it despite being chock full of events, and no moments managed to hit even remotely hard.