「冒険者の饗宴」 (Bouken-sha no kyouen)
“The Adventurers Feast”
Kind of hard to believe there’s only a week or so left in this season (not to mention Christmas is mere days away), but here we are once again looking a new year in the face and Goblin Slayer at least intends on making the most of it. In the face of the season’s end it’s only fitting to go all out, and with arguably the show’s most important fight before us, no better way to do so. This is one show which is going to go out with a bang.
While there’s some complaints floating about regarding Goblin Slayer’s rearrangement of its source material, for me at least this arc’s placement works well. Having Goblin Slayer defend hearth and home would function fine anytime of course, but by featuring it now instead of near the start we have the strength of past developments, character interactions, and revelations/understandings to build upon. Goblin Slayer requesting assistance and putting his whole being on the line for the sake of help? Quite a powerful moment when you have all those prior scenes of banter and humour to help explain the actions of every adventurer and guild girl to boot. In the end Goblin Slayer has truly been building up to this moment, the point where we realize the show isn’t as much about our greenskin slayer as the adventurer community as a whole. Our titular character is just one piece among many, and he can only accomplish what he does because everyone else takes care of the tasks he cannot.
By this token the same idea can be extended to goblins of this series. While the undeniable enemy of Goblin Slayer, goblins here aren’t really “the” threat per say, they’re simply part of the world everyone must learn to live with. In a sense goblins in Goblin Slayer are a pest or vermin: they exist, we don’t like them, and a few are tasked with the unenviable duty of exterminating them. The show may excessively play up these points—especially in regards to how the goblins act—but in short there’s nothing inherently wrong with goblin existence, like all life they’ve found a niche which simply clashes with the lives of Goblin Slayer’s inhabitants. At its core therefore Goblin Slayer isn’t so much a fantasy about right or wrong or epic quests to save the world (a few are already living that dream), it’s just one about living day to day and dealing with the issues life winds up throwing at you. Mind you, with a little more pizzazz than your typical commute to work.
While we may know how this little bit of goblin clearing will end next week (the face doesn’t lie), you can be sure there’s a trick or two left up Goblin Slayer’s sleeve before all is said and done. With quite a few goblins remaining and one cow girl in need of a happy ending, there’s plenty of time to see just what this show can offer.