「フィロリアルの女王」 (Firoriaru no Joou)
At long last, the other shoe has finally dropped for the Four Heroes. There’s a price that comes with power and prestige. Respect has to be earned, after all. Expectations have to be met. When the King summoned the heroes to protect Melromarc from the Waves – and conveniently neglected to tell them that other countries were suffering from the Waves, as well – he implied that the only way for the heroes to return to their homes was for them to defeat the Waves and prevent the Catastrophe, but though that they may or may not be true, what would happen if the heroes were to fail? What would happen if they died?
Well, we have our answer now. According to Fitoria (Tange Sakura), the true Filolial Queen, when the heroes are killed, new heroes will be summoned to take their place. After all, if the heroes are fighting amongst themselves, then they aren’t reaching their full potential, which they will need to do if they are to save the world. Unfortunately, while none of the heroes are entirely blameless for how their situations turned out, the problem also can’t be laid solely at the feet of any of them. Even if Fitoria were to summon a new batch of heroes, the King and Myne would still conspire to alienate the Shield Hero from the rest of the group. And since that’s the case, discard and draw wouldn’t be enough to fix the situation.
Melty has been urging Naofumi to talk to the other heroes for some time now. She and her mother understand that in-fighting directly impacts the heroes’ effectiveness when there are people’s lives hanging in the balance. While past heroes managed to protect all of the countries, this recent crop is struggling to handle Melromarc. Needless to say, the comparison isn’t flattering. Again, that’s not completely their fault. No one informed the heroes that other countries needed saving, leaving Fitoria to pick up the slack. Since she was raised by a previous hero and has lived for centuries, she’s grown to an enormous size and holds enough magical power to cancel Naofumi’s attempts to activate the Rage Shield, but even she can’t fight the Waves on her own forever.
After his traumatic experience with Myne, Naofumi stopped trying to communicate with the other heroes. This made sense, as Myne had so thoroughly destroyed his reputation that they wouldn’t listen anyway, but he also told the King to get down on his knees and beg if he wanted to know how he became so strong. Not exactly the words of a man interested in reconciling for the greater good. Of course, he didn’t know what was at stake then. Luckily, Ren and Itsuki have taken Naofumi’s warning to heart and are investigating The Church of the Three Heroes as Myne lurks in the wings, watching their every move and gritting her teeth. Now that the series has passed its midway point, I can’t help hoping she doesn’t interfere too much with their progress. Quite a few people seem to be urging Naofumi to reconcile with the others, despite the fact that it’s not so simple as talking and making up when he is literally being chased out of the country. It’s about time someone reached out to him. Plus, if he manages to sway Itsuki and Ren to his side, each powerhouses in their own right, he will be in a much more advantageous position to negotiate with Melromarc and the other countries.
The question, then, is whether the small gains with Itsuki and Ren will be enough to save the heroes from Fitoria.