Big surprise, Goblin Slayer survives. I’ll admit that this anime sure tried its darnedest to wave that death flag (albeit to some unintentionally humorous results) but was there really any doubt? If you honestly thought he could die, at least this early in a clearly longer story, I’m gonna slap some sense into you. That said, the manner in which Goblin Slayer recovers is, uh, strange to put it mildly. Really? You’re going to take a page from Fate/stay night with the sexy time equals powerful magic detail? Not only is it a silly excuse to show Priestess naked, you’re also making me remember Fate/stay night. How dare you, Goblin Slayer.
The following scene where Goblin Slayer converses with Sword Maiden is pretty decent. I didn’t make this too clear in the last episode review but I do find the latter a potentially fascinating character. Even though she faced and defeated the Demon King, what truly still haunts her to this day is her traumatizing experience with goblins. It’s heavy stuff, relevant even in today’s cultural discourse. However, that there’s still a couple of fanservice shots sneaked is very questionable. I suppose they serve to accentuate the fact that Sword Maiden is flirting with Goblin Slayer here. Given their similar pasts, I buy the idea that she’s interested in him, even borderline infatuated. But I don’t know, maybe save this kind of male gaze pandering for another, more lighthearted scene? It’s a little hard to take the conversation seriously when you can clearly see someone’s erect nipples. Geez, even with clothes on, little is left to the imagination.
Personally, I think the highlight of the episode is watching Priestess and Goblin Slayer stroll through the town as they get their equipment repaired. Leaning towards the latter’s more socially awkward or off kilter side continues to work wonders for his character overall. Just the shot of him wearing normal clothes while keeping his helmet on is a funny enough image and there’s a lot of charm watching Priestess call him out on his frequent, one-word responses when talking. You also get a glimpse at Goblin Slayer’s compassionate side. After saving Priestess last episode, I’m convinced he cares about her but even so, it’s still heartwarming to see him thank her for all the help she’s provided. He still seems to insist that she doesn’t need to any of that though at this point, it now feels more out of modesty and concern and less him being emotionless or rude.
That of course doesn’t dissuade Priestess in the slightest. Until something drastic, good or bad, comes up, it’s safe to assume that this girl is committed to staying by Goblin Slayer’s side. It is kind of stunning that after two horrifying experiences, she’ll still brave facing hordes of goblins but perhaps that’s a testament to her resolve. I’m all for it though; this entire dynamic has really grown on me.And while I’m still partial to Cow Girl (whose occasional appearance is always welcome) for my favorite character, Priestess has been slowly creeping her way up to second. Darn it, why are there so many candidates for Best Girl?
As always, the action continues to be really entertaining. Sure, the enemy isn’t a goblin this time around but this weird tentacled eyeball monster suffices. The manner in which Goblin Slayer takes it out is spectacular. I mean, he uses a bag of flour to blow up the room. Say what you will about this show but its titular character is remarkably creative and well informed when it comes to the act of murder. Honestly, it’s worth paying attention to what ideas Goblin Slayer might be secretly cooking up. While touring with Priestess, the two get some ice cream and you can just see light bulbs flashing over Goblin Slayer’s head as he learns how ice cream is made. I’m so darn curious as to how exactly he’ll apply this knowledge to better kill goblins.
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