「漆黒の異邦者」 (Shikkoku no Ihou-sha)
“The Raven Invader”
After a certain point, you’ve got to grab your earnings and call it a night. Stay in the casino too long and you’ll lose everything, after all. Basically, it’s about time Naofumi called it quits on the Melromarc kingdom and brought his party elsewhere. While I can understand why Melty and the Queen would want to be on good terms with the Shield Hero, Naofumi was robbed and framed for assault, then ostracized by the nobles and rejected by the church. That ship sailed a long time ago.
And demanding that he return and apologize, however earnest the intent behind it, isn’t going to help repair relations. If Naofumi ever agreed to Melty’s request, it would be because she’s a little girl, and that’s probably the only reason. Anyone else demanding he do such a thing would have been told to grovel on the ground like a dog, as the king can attest to. Speaking of, while Myne seems to have the king’s favor, is it possible that the eldest princess isn’t first in line for the throne? Melty told Myne that the ruling of the kingdom was none of her business, and between the two, Melty appears to be the one preparing to take the throne, someday. It would certainly explain the not-so-small amount of
As is appropriate for a show reaching its halfway point, the audience has been given more questions than answers. For example, who exactly was the titular raven-haired woman? She broke out of both Naofumi’s Shield Prison and Iron Maiden with ease, and likely would have defeated him if the Wave hadn’t ended before she got the chance. From the way she spoke, it’s safe to assume that she’s not a solo agent, yet what would she or anyone else have to gain from defeating the heroes?
Naofumi’s expressions are getting better and better with each passing episode. This week, he adopted a grumpy muppet expression for a solid minute after Melty showed up to ruin his mood, along with an entourage of soldiers. Truly, he is the hero Melromarc doesn’t deserve.
Actually, that brings me to a theory. Now, if Myne ordered the soldiers to kill Melty, I doubt they would have gone through with it. It’s been shown multiple times that she commands very little respect amongst the Guard. However, if the Queen were to order her daughter attacked in a ploy to regain the Shield Hero’s allegiance, they’d have no choice but to go through with it. If Melty really was about to be killed, why didn’t the Queen’s bodyguard step in? Was it because she saw that Naofumi had the situation handled? Or could it be because the whole thing was a part of the Queen’s brilliantly devious plan?
Well, at least one thing’s for sure. With a possible Wave cult making themselves known, a corrupt church, conspiracies amongst the Royals, and an assassination attempt, it’s safe to say that there will be plenty of story left to dig our claws into for the second core.