Oh don’t deny boys and girls, you knew it was coming. An isekai with only one girl part of the protagonist party? Utter heresy—blasphemy I say. Never say Shield Hero doesn’t know its audience or its genre though, because those doubts and concerns have been laid to rest for good—and in arguably the best way possible too. Our future might be all about those genetically modified catgirls, but cute birdgirls from eggs could just be the thing to give them a run for their money.
As anyone already familiar with Shield Hero can say the big thing this week is the introduction of Filo, and it’s not too hard seeing why. She’s an actual girl (at least until the growth spurt kicks in), has a transformation ability with some comfortable applications, and—best part of all—was born from a bloody egg suggesting there’s more where she came from (and you damn well know you want another six or so). We may only have some comedic relief and unconditional love to go off of so far (until the fun of next week), but oh yeah, this one is a keeper. Raphtalia after all might not yet be putting the cuteness of bugs’ ears to shame (although she’s quickly getting there), but it’s arguably the right time to introduce some competition for her when it comes to Naofumi, because while protecting that smile and seeing it prosper is objective numero uno, there’s only so much tension and romantic suspense you can generate alone with a guy who she’s firmly enamoured of. Hell she reinstated the slave crest just to showcase the seriousness of that affection and all but physically rubbed the results in our unfortunate hero’s face—having to share the shield with someone else will help keep our favourite racoon girl just that bit more honest and upfront about her feelings.
Beyond an imminent romance shakeup though, Filo’s introduction also helps accelerate matters concerning the other heroes and everyone’s favourite antagonist Malty. Having Motoyasu now lose twice in rigged duels with Naofumi (not counting the public rebuttal by the other two heroes who still shouldn’t be trusted) is bound to infuriate spear hero and his main supporter both, especially considering Naofumi is now slowly building up his own wellspring of support. To the princess’ chagrin the shield hero is starting to throw some serious wrenches into whatever goal she’s trying to pursue, and with the Queen now apparently getting involved in support of Naofumi, you can bet it won’t be long before Malty gives up relying on others to win her battles and goes after Naofumi personally. One way or another there’s a major showdown coming soon between our two key players and their parties, and while we may not yet know Malty’s true objective in pushing this fight, you can bet we’ll discover it before too long.
Well, at least after we finish with Filo’s introduction of course. Going to battle with the newest good guy girl only a name and a cute face? Now that just won’t do at all, no matter what Raphtalia may think.