「死へ進め」 (Shi e susume)
“Onward Unto Death”
Well I’ve got to hand it to Goblin Slayer, this show just keeps hitting mark. No matter how cliché this fantasy setting may be or the featuring of some provocative imagery at times (Priestess says hi again), Goblin Slayer keeps on finding a way to make what could be a train wreck into some damn fine fantasy. There may still be a lack of overarching story or real purpose beyond the slaughter, but what Goblin Slayer does it does well, and I wouldn’t have any other way.
While obvious for a while (whether through spoilers or foreshadowing) that something big would eventually happen to our greenskin slaughter machine, I don’t think many actually expected this to happen. Throwing your titular saviour through the wringer sure—everyone needs a little struggle here or there—but seemingly killing him off halfway through the show? Now that’s surprising. Of course I think everyone knows Goblin Slayer, if dead, won’t stay dead for long (something something titular character and never ending goblin threat), but his manner of actions this week really put to rest some preconceptions about the guy. Single minded focus on all things green and beady to the expense of everything else? Sure, to a degree; bet a few didn’t see that concern for comrades (in arms) coming there at the end. In truth Goblin Slayer is pretty damn complex for a guy wholly focused on his life’s mission, someone who’s one dimensional not so much because of writing constraints, but because he is, as flashbacks are showing, broken inside. There’s an important history under the armour, a history which has the answer for everything we’ve seen to date.
Of course part of the enjoyment here is down to Goblin Slayer simply having the willingness to make its party suffer. It’s too often easy for fantasy shows like these to stick with the tried and true—i.e. changing the setup, maybe having a character or two encounter trouble, but having the main guy wind up saving the day like before. Actually throwing Mr. Hero into disaster and showing him to be fallible is not all that common, especially when paired with mortality. Goblin Slayer may not be truly dead as aforementioned, but after this point he’ll never be looked at the same again. No matter his skills, no matter than seeming invincibility, he needs help to overcome certain situations, help you can bet is going to be plentiful from now on. Elf after all has some newfound respect for the greenskin terminator following that adrenalin-fuelled attack, and I think we can guess what Priestess’ opinion on letting the guy out of her sight is going to be from now on. Whether he likes it or not Goblin Slayer now has a committed party, and they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
Considering one big baddie of a goblin and a good chunk of his minions still remain, you can bet our armoured badass might appreciate the assistance.