「水の街の小鬼殺し」 (Mizu no machi no ko onikoroshi)
“Goblin Slayer in the Water Town”
Single week breaks getting you down? Character development fillers ruining the mood? Never fear because Goblin Slayer has got you covered. Literally. As we have seen time and time again it’s all about that fanatic purification of all things greenskin, and as this new arc quickly hints towards, we can be expecting plenty of additional goblin slaying going forward once again.
As I’ve highlighted before a lot of the fun of Goblin Slayer for me is the show’s attention to RPG detail. Get a new quest out of the blue? Well go visit the guy (gal) requesting it, confirm the details, and by golly go have fun. It’s standard fare questing in both tabletop and video game alike, but Goblin Slayer definitely embraces the idea to its fullest, especially when you factor in the fun it has with its titular character. The requestor is literally one of the strongest people around responsible for helping defeat the demon lord and upholding law in the area? Who cares point me in the direction of the goblins. I’d be lying if I said Goblin Slayer’s antics still don’t make me bust a gut, particularly when we have Priestess just give up even trying to change his ways and Elf actually side with the one track mind. Say what you will about simplistic character types, but this party? Oh yeah, this is one group I can happily watch interact for a long time. With banter like this who even needs an opponent?
Of course, however, no story is complete without enemies, and Goblin Slayer isn’t about to let its arch nemesis languish for too long. While the goblins are very much a one-dimensional enemy, Goblin Slayer has put some thought into making their shenanigans interesting, whether that be their adoption of certain technology or ability to outsmart and outmanoeuvre adventurers arrogant towards the skills of their prey. It’s an excellent hearkening back to the basic principles of RPGs, where the key to defeating enemies is not so much your own abilities, but understanding the capabilities of your enemies and how they employ them. Got the strongest spell around for miles? Fantastic, but will it work against the guy you’re now up against? Yeah, didn’t think that part through did you. Goblin Slayer may be comically quirky in his mannerisms and life mission, but the guy is 100% right when it comes to understanding the enemy and knowing how to take advantage of any opening.
Considering the calibre of green peeps coming down the pipeline he and the rest involved are going to need every last ounce of that shrewd intelligence.