Raphtalia, as she literally points out, is Naofumi’s sword. And he’s the shield.
In the beginning she’s weak, frail, and in a word: recovering from her abusive past life as a slave.
This gives her story depth and is one of the reasons the anime has so much purpose to it. Not to mention Raphtalia’s quotes in general.
Her quotes highlight insecurities, hope, courage, and progress.
Here’s a list of the best Raphtalia has to offer!
“What the hell are you people standing around for? Naofumi-sama is fighting in our place! That’s right, if only I weren’t so useless..If i only were stronger… I wouldn’t have to put him through this. You have the power, so why won’t you fight? How can you call yourselves the world’s heroes like that?” – Raphtalia
“Even if you can’t trust anyone anymore, I trust you.” – Raphtalia
“Naofumi Sama.. You won’t leave me, right? I can’t imagine a world without you.” – Raphtalia
“Naofumi-Sama. Don’t ever die. Please don’t leave me alone.” – Raphtalia
“Did you do this knowing Naofumi-sama was here?! Depending on your answer, I’ll have your head!” – Raphtalia
“What kind of knight neglects the people he’s meant to defend?” – Raphtalia
“Naofumi-sama..Well, I just want to say…I’m truly grateful I met you. You cured my illness and fed me warm meals. You taught me how to live. And you gave me a reason to fight…a reason to fight the waves. I am your sword! Where you go, I will go with you.” – Raphtalia
“I mean sure I’m still an unreliable kid who cries at the drop of a hat. I may even be a burden. But please let me stand by your side. I need you Naofumi-Sama.” – Raphtalia
“I’m happy that we’re staying in a hot springs inn, but Filo’s being too clingy with Naofumi-sama. I want to be clingy with him too!” – Raphtalia
“I am Naofumi-sama’s sword. None may disrespect him in my presence.” – Raphtalia
“I know you better than anyone else in this world. I know how kind you are. So even if the whole world speaks ill of you, I’ll tell them they’re wrong. I’ll tell them again and again that you’re a wonderful person. You’re the one who saved my life, gave me a sword, and showed me my purpose in life. I am your sword. I will follow you through fire and brimstone.” Raphtalia
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