If you think Goblin Slayer hasn’t been all that edgy lately, this episode has got you covered.
I probably should’ve seen this coming. This is Goblin Slayer we’re talking about after all. Still, I thought this anime was doing really well with restraining itself for the past couple of weeks. Now, it kind of threw that out of the window what with High Elf Archer almost getting raped and Priestess wetting herself again and getting bitten by a Goblin Champion. I don’t even want to figure out what that last bit could possibly be indulging in.
Am I the only one who finds it concerning that it’s largely the female characters who deal with this kind of stuff? At best, all the men will deal with is getting brutally injured and barring that one guy in Episode 1, that isn’t saying much. Sure, Goblin Slayer gets brutally injured but no one in their right mind would suspect this is truly the end for him. This anime is called Goblin Slayer for God’s sake. Meanwhile, Dwarf Shaman and Lizard Priest came out of that battle largely unscathed. How, exactly? Apart from them just being plot tanks I mean.
Truth be told though, I find this episode significantly less troublesome than the premiere. The key difference here is that we’re now following a group of characters you are expected to care about and probably in fact do at this point. Episode 1’s issue is that those Porcelain rank adventurers were all expendable, not just literally but also in regards to the narrative. There just isn’t enough time spent establishing them as real people and the fates they’re subjected to end up feeling gratuitous. This, however, genuinely made me tense because I do in fact care about this team and don’t want to see them fail. I can’t help but give a huge sigh of relief when Dwarf successfully rescues High Elf out of a pinch. And goodness, someone keep Priestess safe. Besides Goblin Slayer I mean.
Which brings me to my next point. This episode surprisingly does a great job humanizing Goblin Slayer. Gradually, it strays away from his seemingly invincible prowess and actually have him unable to shrug off the injuries dealt to him. At the end of the day, he is still just a human who can only last for so long. More importantly, there’s the fact that what keeps him in the fight is hearing Priestess scream for her life. Not his singular hatred for goblins (though I’m sure it’s still at play here) but his fear of losing a dear friend, the very first one he ever gained from adventuring no less. There’s a lot of great details that really sell the fact that he does care. The flashbacks to his sister and his ability to save her which contrast the current situation of the episode. Him holding Priestess’s hand despite him also needing intense treatment. There is no doubt in my mind during all this that there is a human underneath all that armor.
And yes, I say this knowing that this anime still makes him an edge lord. It’s hard to deny how over the top it is seeing him use literal human hair to strangle a giant goblin. Don’t get me wrong, it is an entertaining and satisfying action scene but this anime is clearly having its cake and eating it too. Oh well, I’ll still appreciate whatever this show does right anyway.
- Personally, I think the canary is my new favorite weapon in Goblin Slayer’s arsenal. Not going to lie, the cut to the bird is so perfect.
- Goodness, that fan-service at the beginning of the episode. On one hand, it’s fan-service. On the other, it kind of detracts from the revelation that Sword Maiden is all too familiar with what goblins are like. Surely, you could’ve revealed this detail with more tact?
- Could someone please put a coat over High Elf after the fight? I think she deserves one and the amount of convenient censorship is so much that it starts to feel silly.
- That said, nothing will be as unintentionally hilarious as the final shot with the canary’s eye. I really want to know why the copy provided for Crunchyroll removes the credits. What should be a terrific, ominous end the episode ends up feeling awkward and amazingly so.
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