Sorry to dismay all the RaphtaliaxNaofumi shippers out there, but the two didn’t share a kiss. It was just one of those moments where we all made it up in our heads. The final episode of The Rising of the Shield Hero season one gave high hopes for RaphtaliaxNaofumi shippers as they seemed to share a kiss after their conversation. However, these hopes were immediately burned down because nothing really happened.
Sadly, Naofumi and Raphtalia haven’t shared a kiss based on the recent episodes and chapters of the series. To the viewers, Naofumi and Raphtalia may have seemed to share a kiss in the final episode of The Rising of the Shield Hero season one. However, this is sadly untrue. Yes, life just doesn’t give us what we want.
I know that most felt butterflies in their stomachs during this scene. I mean, Naofumi and Raptalia blushing when they got caught hugging was truly something. However, we all got fooled! As future illustrations by the director revealed that this scene was no more than just a hug between the two.
But, theories didn’t stop regardless if it was a kiss or not. Many fans believe that this scene was animated for a valid reason. It is a popular speculation among fans that the just-a-hug-not-a-kiss-scene was meant to build a foundation for the future relationship between Raphtalia and Naofumi, if there ever there will be.
Do Raphtalia and Naofumi Have Feelings for Each Other?
As much as I want to say YES! YES, THEY HAVE! Apparently as of now, it hasn’t been confirmed if Raphtalia is actually Naofumi’s love interest in The Rising of the Shield Hero. Hence, what we’re sure of is that they do not have romantic feelings for each other yet. Even though someone between the two of them harbors feelings for the other, it is none other than the fearlessly beautiful demi-human, Raphtalia.
The undeniable chemistry between the two makes fans assume that something is going on or that someday there will be. Raphtalia and Naofumi met at the beginning of season one. She was the first OG ally of the Shield Hero, and both of them have surpassed so much ever since. Raphtalia eventually developed romantic feelings for Naofumi as he showered him with kindness ever since they met. She most likely fell first, and that is so obvious in plenty of the episodes of the series.
Wagging her tail because of excitement whenever she’s with Naofumi, getting jealous of other girls, and crying because of not wanting Naofumi to die or go back to his world basically tells us that Raphtalia is indeed in love with the Shield Hero. But, Naofumi’s feelings for Raphtalia differ greatly as he only views what he has with Raphtalia as a father-daughter relationship.
Naofumi basically stood as his guardian or father as he looked after her ever since she was smaller. He gave her clothes, shelter, and food, and even cut her hair. Their relationship may not have started for the right reasons as he intended to use her; however, Naofumi constantly showed love and care for Raphtalia even
However, the series The Rising of the Shield Hero undeniably have persistent women, especially when it comes to love. For instance, Rishia’s unrequited love for the Bow Hero. Hence, the possibility of their relationship developing more is not that impossible for they already have the foundation to become something someday.
So far nothing has been confirmed yet; however, let’s let us not lose hope that maybe someday and somewhere in the anime adaptions or original manga, Naofumi will finally see Raphtalia as a woman.