The Shield of Wrath is undoubtedly the current strongest shield of Naofumi in the anime adaptation. This shield is born out of hatred and suffering and is one of the Curse series. Hence, this makes the Wrath Shield the most powerful one among all of current Naofumi’s shields. However, in the latest season of The Rising of the Shield Hero, Naofumi gained a powerful shield that can greatly serve as an option in place of the dangerous Shield of Wrath and eventually unlock a shield that could rival his strongest.
Since being isekaid, Naofumi Iwatani has unlocked several shields. Although his legendary weapon was deemed to be the weakest. He was able to prove them all wrong by obtaining shields that we can rightfully call powerful. The legendary weapon of Naofumi has obtained shields that gave his enemies a hard time, such as the Air Strike Shield, Two-Headed Black Dog Shield, Soul Eater Shield, Iron Maiden, Viper Shield, and Whale Shield.
The curse series is based on the Seven Deadly Sins: Envy, Greed, Gluttony, Lust, Pride, Sloth, and Wrath. Moreover, it is not only Naofumi who has acquired the curse series. His fellow Cardinal Heroes have also obtained a curse series of their own.
How did Naofumi Obtain the Shield of Wrath?
Naofumi obtained his curse shield after saving a village. The village was doomed to its end. The villagers were dying due to an illness brought on by a dragon’s corpse in the mountain. Ren Amaki, the Sword Hero, went to the village and slain the dragon. It is true that the Sword Hero was able to kill it making the village flourish for a short amount of time.
However as the dragon gets rotten day by day, it affected the air around it causing the villagers to suffer. Naofumi and his party agreed to help the villagers by dismembering its corpse. To their shock, the dead dragon has turned into a zombie who ought to kill them. Filo rushes to fight and gets swallowed by the Zombie Dragon. After witnessing this, pain was very much evident in Naofumi’s eyes as he thought that he had once again lost something. Naofumi fell into deep hate and unlocked his shield of wrath.
The Shield of Wrath is no doubt Naofumi’s strongest shield yet. But the problem is that there are a lot of drawbacks when using it. Naofumi is aware of the danger that comes with the shield; thus, he only uses this in desperate situations. The Shield of Wrath takes over the legendary hero’s body, and fills it with nothing but anger, hate, and rage.
In episode eleven of season two, Naofumi ended up using his Shield of Wrath to stop the villain, Kyo, and end the Waves of Calamity in Glass‘ world. Hoping to help Naofumi, Rishia got closer to him but ended up being strangled. Things were starting to go on the wrong way, not until the Soul of the Spirit Tortoise, Ost Horai, came into the picture. She told Naofumi that he no longer needs the fire of the Shield of Wrath because he may also burn their friends with it. Naofumi accepted Ost’s hand and use the shield she gave him.
Acquiring the Spirit Turtle’s Heart Shield gave Naofumi massive power allowing him to complete his mission in Glass’ world and gain recognition from the Queen of Melromac. Through the Spirit Turtle’s Heart Shield, Naofumi was able to add up his few offensive attacks as this shield can shoot energy at 100% against his enemies.
Spoiler Warning: This part of the article may contain information regarding the next chapters of The Rising of the Shield Hero light novel that is to be animated. Read at your own risk.
The Blessed Series vs The Curse Series
Up to the latest season of the series, the Shield of Wrath and Spirit Turtle’s Heart Shield are the two most powerful shields of the hero in the entire franchise. However, in the light novel, his strongest and most powerful shield was recently unlocked.
The Shield of Compassion is one of the blessed Series in The Rising of the Shield Hero. It is the complete opposite of the Shield of Wrath of the curse series. While the cursed shield alters the personality of its users and brings out the worst, the blessed series on the other hand is all that the wrath shield can do but is more powerful and good.
The blessed series grants a very strong support-based shield to its user which is very similar to his curse series. However, it can also give Naofumi powerful support-based effects that he can overlay on other variants of shields.
The Shield of Compassion can only be obtained when the user has overcome the curse that comes with the weapons Curse Series. According to the light novel, Naofumi unlocked his first blessed series because his curse was overwhelmed greatly by his positive virtues during his fight with the second reawakened Guardian Beast, Phoenix.
Can Naofumi still use his Shield of Wrath? Yes, he still can. Naofumi can still intentionally use his curse shield in a battle. Moreover, he might be able to use it better this time as he already has the Shield of Compassion which can balance it all out. This proves that the Shield of Compassion is his strongest shield to date as it posed no danger to its user, and at the same time gives him powerful legendary skills.
The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 Released Date
I know that all the Shield Hero fans out there are too excited about season three. During the Crunchyroll Expo 2019, it was announced that seasons two and three of the series were in production. Since the release of season two was in the Spring of 2022, the third season was pushed back a bit. Though no exact date has been released, fans can expect season three of The Rising of the Shield Hero this 2023.
I know that we cannot all wait for Naofumi to battle the Guardian Beast Phoenix and obtain the first Blessed Series among all the other heroes. However, a little practice of patience is not that bad either. Besides, it might come sooner than we think.