Overall Rating: 7.5/10
After defeating the first wave, The Cardinal Heroes are celebrated at the King’s palace for their courageous deeds. Raphtalia’s slave status is revealed to the public who, once again, condemns Naofumi.
Tensions rise amongst the Cardinal Heroes once Motoyasu (the Spear Hero) discovers that Nephtalia is Naofumi’s slave. Motoyasu exposes Naofumi at the celebration banquet and challenges him to a duel for Nephtalia’s freedom. Naofumi’s “shield only” handicap is once again made apparent as he must enter the duel with only his shield. The two Cardinal Heroes exhibit the skills they have acquired since arriving. The King and crowd rally against Naofumi as he attempts to prove that he is not to be taken lightly.
The King and Myne (the King’s daughter) have had it out for Naofumi since day one. It is still a mystery as to why, but for now, we can only speculate that it is due to his status as Shield Hero. Motoyasu appears to be operating under the orders of Myne and his true intentions seem to primarily involve womanizing and glory-chasing. The remaining Cardinal Heroes (the Sword Hero and the Bow Hero) seem indifferent as they try to determine if Naofumi is to be trusted.
This episode allowed us the opportunity to witness a battle between two of the four Cardinal Heroes. It was exciting to see more of the unique attacks that the Heroes had to offer as well as a compelling one on one fight scene. We also get to see more of the conspiracy against Naofumi unfold as this world appears to despise his presence. I felt this episode truly expressed Naofumi’s desperate position as he realizes that he will continue to be the victim of a social attack.