「往きて、還りし」 (Yukite, kaerishi)
“There and Back Again”
There and back again indeed. From killing even more Goblins (I know, hard to believe) to teasing some more about greenskin origins and hey, even a bit of Sword Maiden confession for spice, Goblin Slayer certainly knows how to end an arc on a high note. It may be the same food for another day in a row (the university student in me feels the pain), but with flavours like this can you really complain?
As highlighted a few times before Goblin Slayer’s focus not just on battles but the tactics involved and used is one of things keeping me loving this show. Have a mass horde of goblins running at you with some tough frontline support? Well better think of a suitable strategy because the usual one won’t work. It’s intriguing watching this sort of pre-fight strategizing play out because it adds a bit of depth to an otherwise straightforward process. We obviously know our party is going to win (well, most of the time), but keeping the manner of it different from prior fights ensures the interest and entertainment remains. Of course Goblin Slayer will beat the goblins to a pulp (it’s his reason for living), but he’s going to be doing it slightly different each time. The imagination at work here in setting up these simple situations is something a few fantasy series can learn from, because if there’s one thing which grows boring after a while it’s watching the heroes win in more or less the same manner every time.
Of course the big thing this week is not so much
Anvil Elf learning to add falling debris into her banned tactics handbook, but the things at play underneath all that goblin slaying. Sword Maiden for example apparently orchestrated the whole situation in the first place, giving the goblins the means to actually travel into the sewers via the mirror and setting up her familiars (at least, I think the mirror guardian was also a familiar) to protect the mirror and prevent the goblin menace from getting too out of hand. And why go to all that trouble? To apparently show how dangerous a threat the goblins actually are. Given how we’ve seen the general populace and adventurers treat goblins it’s not that surprising someone with the Maiden’s history would go to such lengths, but it’s somewhat surprising and a little questionable considering everyone here by now knows what those little greenies are capable of. Not like Goblin Slayer cares too much however; as long as he can slay goblins all is well, and Sword Maiden certainly met that goal and then some, even her the methods were a little less than maidenly.
As for the future, well, I think we know what our greenskin terminator has planned. The mirror might be gone and easy access to the goblin homeworld eliminated, but if there’s one thing you can bet on Goblin Slayer it’s that there’s always another plan in the works. When it comes to goblin slaying no one bests our armour boy, and with three episodes left there’s plenty of time to further that mission of a goblin-free world.