「まどろむの中で」 (Madoromu no naka de)
While I’m sure there will be a few complaints about Goblin Slayer returning to the quiet side of life (read: superfluous SoL filler) this episode, it’s kind of hard to blame the show for giving some pleasantries after the raucous past couple of weeks. Dinnertime banter, hilarious drunk Anvil Elf, a little kiddie training? For all its simplicity you kind of need that refreshing break every now and then—particularly when we all know what’s coming next down the pipe.
Although Goblin Slayer has shown its writing strength multiple times before, the show is still surprising me with the little things it does to accentuate its world and story. Take the man himself: roaming around without armour, and doing so while keeping watch for the very threat he wears that armour for? Inconceivable just a short while ago, but now something he’s willing to do. Sure it may only be because the guy’s armour was damaged, but I guarantee a part of it is because he’s finding confidence and trust in those around him. Whether shown or not, Goblin Slayer has come to rely on his party members and their skills, knowing full well he can do more with their help than alone. Say what you will about that single-minded attitude, but humility is always a trait worth having.
On point about Goblin Slayer’s showing of vulnerability as well is how nicely it ties in to this episode’s plentiful foreshadowing of the future. Without a doubt the future is what always occupies our collective time, we plan for it, worry about, often try and leave it for another day. In this regard adventurers are no different, some have ideas (no matter how vague) of giving back and helping the next generation, but many like Goblin Slayer believe, whether rightly or wrongly, that they simply have no time right now to secure their future. The childhood friend (and Priestess in a way) understands this and fears for what may happen, but how can you convince or direct the best in the business to start scouting and training his successor? Simply put, you cannot. As with everyone else it’s up to Goblin Slayer to decide when the time is right to forge his future and secure his legacy. He may succeed in doing it like one couple in the making or miss out entirely, but in the end the choice and its consequences lie with him and him alone.
In this respect I imagine one upcoming event may encourage our greenskin slayer to start considering putting some thought to what lies beyond killing goblins. Nothing after all encourages a change in mindset like a deadly experience.