「思いがけない来客」 (Omoigakenai raikyaku)
Who knew at the start of this season that fall’s defining meme would be goblins. Shrewd goblins, evil goblins, hell even voluptuous goblins, it’s a cornucopia of green and pointy right now, and when even SAO is now getting in on all things goblin you know you’re living in interesting times. As for the progenitor of it all, well, no real surprises. When it comes to Goblin Slayer it’s goblin 24/7 and you better like it because darling, there’s no brakes on this goblin train.
While no vivid displays of Christmas colours made our acquaintance this week (don’t worry, that’s coming next time), Goblin Slayer certainly didn’t waste for effort by introducing us to the other side of this mass murdering freak show, and oh boy what a show it was. High Elf (or just Elf
the movie, because Christmas is almost here and she’s about as curvaceous as one of Santa’s little helpers) is obviously going to be winning points here for the 2000 year old youngling act and those hilarious bit of drunken shenanigans—not to mention lembas bread—but add on our dwarf and his complementary amusement to things? Yeah, now we’re going places. I never expected Goblin Slayer to feature a good bit of comedy considering its edgy appearance (read: all dark, all the time), but the way our new cast plays off against Goblin Slayer’s single minded focus and Priestess’ almost motherly care for the guy really gives the show a life of its own. There’s a lot of life here beyond the eye popping bloodshed and provocative imagery, which ensures that when Goblin Slayer does return to its roots, the intended effect will be that much better overall.
As for bringing back Goblin Slayer’s thematic namesake we won’t have long to wait before seeing the goods. If elven (well, lizard) foreshadowing is to believed, there’s a massive goblin infestation encroaching on elven lands, and rather than cause an international uproar by mobilizing the army, the pointy ears decided to send in the
mercs adventurers to take care of the problem. Given the dropping of details like goblin lords and kings and the origins of their species you can bet quite a bit of interesting scenes await us in the future, especially considering this nest is supposedly nothing like the brief forays we’ve seen up to this point. This little excursion is going to see some crazy before all is said and done, because if there’s one thing funny talking magicians tell me, it’s that nothing good ever comes from pathological nutcases wielding unknown powers.
We’ve got some fun awaiting us next episode, and even if we don’t know exactly how it’s going to play out, you can bet the body count is going to be awesome—crazy elf archery guarantees it.