「囁きと祈りと詠唱」 (Sasayaki to inori to eishou)
“Whispers and Prayers and Chants”
Alright be honest, who didn’t see this coming? Goblin Slayer staying dead? Please. Although to be fair having him emerge from the grave barely seconds into this week’s episode certainly was speeding things along, especially when paired with the choice imagery accompanying such feats of resurrection. Goblin Slayer may have its emphasis on all manner of bloody and destructive, but never say this show doesn’t know how to liven things up—just ask anvil Elf .
While Goblin Slayer’s return from the dead needs little discussion, it is interesting noting the slow fleshing out of his backstory. As known for a while for example Goblin Slayer’s family is central to his reasons for the greenskin hate, particularly one sister who seems to have found out the hard way what happens when making friendly with the monster folk. That event more or less drives our crusading badass, although having what definitely looks like an old and wizened goblin as his teacher/master definitely screams more yet to be revealed. Just who the hell is this guy, how did Goblin Slayer end up meeting him, and why did he exactly teach the kid? Your guess is as good as mine at this point, but the featuring of it does show a lot left for this story to cover before we finally know it all. It’s only a question of whether we get it before the show concludes.
The real fun for me, however, continues to rest in the interactions and actions of our main party. Priestess of course wins this week in sheer affection and caring for Goblin Slayer (among other things), but Mr. Terminator himself still winds up impressing me with the little things. Your tagalong companion is angry you’re not being open our elaborative enough? Well why not indulge her a bit and hey, even acknowledge the importance of her help. It’s a small thing, but scenes like this really endear me to Goblin Slayer’s development overall, showing him to be a guy who may be transfixed to his mission, but also one capable of seeing the importance of things beyond it. Did I also mention the concern for the canary? Oh yeah that kicked my animal loving spirit into high gear. And I haven’t even touched on the guy’s attention to all manner of random detail (my
work life inner engineer is in love). While I definitely harped on about all of this before, Goblin Slayer’s willingness to go beyond its single minded focus is what keeps this show interesting and a blast to watch. The enemies may stay the same (more or less), the party and its banter may not change, but damn is it fun seeing all the new and crafty ways to overcome situations so inherently different from the goal of slaying goblins. And the best part? We haven’t even hit the best stuff just yet.
After all there’s a well-known goblin ringleader hiding and licking his wounds away, and it would be entirely remiss for the greenskin slayer to let him live. Well, once a mysterious mirror is figured out mind you. Get that popcorn ready boys and girls, the final stretch is going to get crazy.