We soon learned that the epidemic was caused by the corpse of a dragon that had been killed a month before and left there to rot. This is when we see shit got down. I kind of find it amusing that Naofumi is basically solving and fixing the mess that the other heroes are creating. So anyways, I knew after that lighthearted episode from last week, we were gonna get some epic moments in Episode 8 and I was not disappointed.
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Has he really defected from the Melromarc Kingdom and joined up with a rebel force in another country? It seems that, like Motoyasu with the magic seed, Ren probably defeated the dragon with the thinking that it would be good for the locals. And, just like how the seed Motoyasu used turned out to be a curse, this defeat of the dragon actually made things worse for those who lived nearby. But, although Naofumi is the only one of the three party members who has an immunity to poison, Filo charges in to defeat the dragon on her own. Skipping ahead to the end of the battle, Raphtalia breaks Naofumi out of his Curse Series rampage and Filo is actually the one to defeat the zombie dragon from the inside.
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Enlarge Image. Close call for Naofumi as a raging, unknown power tries to take over while trying to save a village. Naofumi and the gang venture to the east and come across a plagued village.
The Rising of the Shield Hero still has a ways to go in justifying the poor treatment of Naofumi in a plausible narrative sense, but this episode does at least partly explain it in a conceptual sense; without a machine to rage against, something like the manifestation of the Rage Shield wouldn't be possible. A curse taking over and turning Naofumi into a berserker has been telegraphed since the beginning by the opening theme, and access to the Curse Shield tree was initiated back in episode 4, so the only question since then has been what circumstances would be required to trigger it. Since Naofumi's "me against the world" mentality initiated it, it makes sense that the next trigger would be this mentality finally twisting into hatred. In this case, the cause is Filo apparently getting eaten by a zombie dragon—I had trouble buying that Filo could get killed off that simply, though. She's already proven to be a strong and durable bird-girl, and her pointedly chowing down on those berries earlier smelled suspicious, but this also speaks to a broader problem with the series.