「勇者会議」 (Yuusha Kaigi)
“Four Heroes Council”
Despite Naofumi’s seeming reluctance to accept the Queen’s hospitality, it looks like his globetrotting was put on hold so that he could upgrade Firo and Raphtalia’s stats in the newly christened Church of the Four Heroes. Even at this early stage in the game, though, his party’s destinies are beginning to diverge. Firo’s shaping up to be the future Queen of the Filorials and Raphtalia will one day return to her hometown to aid in the rebuilding effort. Whether they like it or not, their world can no longer revolve solely around their companions. Of course, that doesn’t mean they’ll be parting ways any time soon. Naofumi doesn’t intend to leave them until he’s certain they’ve found happiness, plus his goal of ‘saving the people’ is still nebulous at best.
At least the Filorial Queen can’t say he hasn’t tried to mend bridges with the heroes. It seemed to me like they should already be past the bickering stage, or at least open to the idea that not all of them experience the world in exactly the same way, but by speaking honestly when answering Naofumi’s questions, they have made progress towards earning his trust, whether they know it or not. It’s slow going, but it is slowly going.
Already, a certain disgraced princess was up to her old tricks again. I could have sworn she was banished, not that a little thing like banishment could ever keep her down for long. Luckily, Melty was extra vigilant, nipping her latest scheme in the bud. The party thrown in the heroes’ honor still devolved into in-fighting, though, much like the heroes’ council, when one of Itsuki’s companions got a little too lippy around Raphtalia. She’ll put up with a lot, but talk bad about Naofumi and you better be ready to put your swords where your mouth is. Besides that, it actually went rather well. Well, not the party. That was a disaster. But after storming out of the council, Naofumi decided to believe in his fellow heroes a little, leading him to unlock new copying abilities in his shield, which he promptly used to rob the blacksmith.
That’s what you get when you give a guy Barbarian Armor, I suppose. And speaking of, on an entirely separate note, the dramatic fwoosh Naofumi’s cloak does every time he enters or exits a room is such a nice little detail. Nobody storms out of heart-to-hearts with half as much style as the Shield Hero does. Once that outburst was done, though, he and Raphtalia both seemed to regret losing their cool. The other heroes just don’t really know how to deal with Naofumi yet. Yes, they were all summoned at the same time, but Naofumi has grown and changed to such a degree that it’s impossible for them to accept that every bit of his strength was gained through hard work and experience. Although, it’s also true that none of the other heroes have accessed their Curse Series, so it’s understandable that seeing Naofumi’s power would be intimidating. Itsuki and Ren seem to be the closest in the group, but Motoyasu, I would hazard, is regarded as an equal as opposed to an unknowable factor, which is why they’re seen hanging out together when waiting for the ship. The Shield Hero’s a wild card, no doubt about that, and not everyone’s a fan of surprises.
Now that upgrades and group therapy are out of the way, it’s off to Cal Mira, a place where the heroes will hopefully be able to grind and make up for lost time. Meanwhile, another new pair of characters have been introduced, a young girl and a young man who seem to despise war, given several comments they dropped about ‘needing to win’ when they passed through Raphtalia’s hometown. In any case, it’ll be nice to see how they shake things up in the final arc.