「冒険と日常と」 (Bouken to nichijou to)
“Adventures and Daily Life”
Well who knew, Goblin Slayer isn’t all about goblin slaying. And for that matter our goblin slaying armour boy either, but I think that was a given considering the last arc. Yes it was laid back
filler character development this week for fall’s greatest meme show, but for all the concerns regarding empty anime calories I don’t see much of a problem with it for Goblin Slayer. Actions always speak louder than words and they definitely made themselves heard here.
One of the things I’m really starting to enjoy about Goblin Slayer is the show’s gradual fleshing out of its world. These moments are largely minor right now, but stuff like adventurer promotions and the importance of equipment adds a really nice touch to the overall aesthetic, showing the world to be more than running out and killing things. Lose your sword and lack the money to replace it? Too damn bad, figure it out kiddo. It’s the professional lifestyle in a nutshell, especially the need for humility and knowing when to ask for help from those who you’d clearly want nothing to do with—I love it all. Especially the adventurer promotional review, and not for catharsis of best clerk girl revealing her love, although that was pretty damn cute and you know it.
Probably the bigger surprise, however, was the complexity Goblin Slayer is starting to show. The guy may remain a one-dimensional greenskin genocide machine, but he’s clearly more than that under the surface. He’s willing to help his fellow adventurers should they come to him, and while no one should expect the goblin-free moon, he’s certainly open to ideas, whether that be offering advice on weapon selection or entertaining the idea of actually doing non-goblin things. While definitely something I wasn’t expecting this show to feature, this is a development which largely ensures Goblin Slayer won’t be growing stale anytime soon. Need a break from the usual? Just have our titular character do something different for a bit which thanks to a little interaction was primed in advance. It’s smart writing on the part of the series, expanding the array of available scenarios for later arcs without breaking the overall feel of the show. Plus when you couple that with Goblin Slayer’s willingness to focus on its side characters (including those not part of the main party) you’ve got lots of room to keep things entertaining. It may be all about those green critters here, but no one ever said a break or two could ever be worthwhile.
For the immediate future though it looks like it’s back to Goblin Slayer’s namesake as mysterious letters and foreshadowing teasers make their presence felt. If you thought last week’s ogre was fun better grab those reins boys and girls, I imagine we haven’t seen anything yet.