「カルミラ島」 (Karu Mira-tou)
“Cal Mira Archipelago”
Sometimes, Raphtalia and Firo remind me of proud parents the way they gently prod Naofumi to open up more and meet new people. L’Arc Berg (Fukuyama Jun) and Therese Alexanderite (Hayami Saori), who we last met appearing on the ship heading to Cal Mira, had a bit of a rough start with Naofumi. Laughing at him when he told them his name wasn’t the best way to get on his good side, but their charming personalities seemed to win him over in due time. Considering how quick they were to assume that Naofumi was using an alias, it’s probably safe to say that L’Arc Berg and Therese Alexanderite are not the names their parents gave them. Whatever their reasons for going to Cal Mira may be, seeing the pair being genuinely good to Naofumi and his party did wonders for the heart.
Plus, they’re both on the powerful and experienced side. L’Arc wields his scythe with ease, while Therese, after having her stone polished and cut by Master Craftsman Naofumi, became able to purify monsters (and leftover blood curses) with ease. The moment during battle when she cast her flames over Naofumi without even singeing his cloak looked to be when his trust in the pair (as well as his and L’Arc’s budding bromance) became solidified, to the point where he asked them to come level grinding with his party the next day. Though he was rejected, and I’m sure this has nothing to do with the Wave that’s about to hit Cal Mira, he’s still thinking of inviting them to join his party, making this the first time he’s ever seriously considered expanding it.
Towards the end, there was a brief sojourn to the beach where Firo showed off her adorable pink suit, and Raphtalia tried to do the same, only for Naofumi to throw both him and herself into a pair of Christmas-themed penguin monstrosities to investigate something Firo found underwater. Since the existence of Christmas in this world is in question, it’s plausible that one of the past heroes/isekai protagonists designed the suit, which means Naofumi and his party are once again
walking swimming in the wake of greatness here.
Unfortunately, exploring the ship Firo found leads to them finding a dragon glass in its depths, meaning that Cal Mira can be hit by a Wave at any time, and time is running out.
Given that L’Arc and Therese seemed to know that something was going on – which, of course, they wouldn’t share with a guy naively pretending to be the wicked Shield Hero – my initial theory that Naofumi activated the glass doesn’t seem to hold much water, which leads me to my second theory – the Waves follow the Heroes. In any case, something fishy is going on, and you can bet that the Cardinal Heroes… well, the Shield Hero… somebody is going to get to the bottom of it.