Episode 7 They Were Called Goblin Slayers
In order to solve the mystery of Mary’s indifferent attitude, Haruhiro and the team investigated her background with help from a soldier named Hayashi who had fought together with her in a previous quest party. Hayashi shared Mary’s grieve and painful story. Now that the secret has been unearthed, Haruhiro and his friends can’t find an answer as to what they are going to do with the secret that they dug up.
The next day, the party sets out to a Goblin quest as usual. Haruhiro is determined to change the status quo. He begins to tell Mary a story. It’s a story of his own party.
Script: Ryousuke Nakamura
Storyboard: Tomotaka Shibayama
Direction: Hiroaki Nishimura
Animation Director: Minami Seki, Keiichi Kondo
Review (spoiler alert)
After learning Mary’s past, Haruhiro and his friends put their heads together. Now what? How are we going to talk to Mary? The members’ gut feeling and a glimpse of mixed emotions come up to the surface of the candid conversation. Haruhiro handles the conversation sincerely and honestly. Not only Haruhiro, but Ranta, too, seems to have lots on his mind.
The following day, Haruhiro shares their story with Mary. How much they have been dependent on Manato, and how that dependency led to the death of him. The party was formed because of Manato. He invited leftovers that nobody else picked, and the team grew developing a friendship.
Now Manato is gone, the party hired Mary out of sheer necessity; however, such process doesn’t mean much anymore. What matters most is that the remaining members all feel that Mary is a part of the team.
After this talk, Haruhiro invites Mary to join them for dinner. She declines again. But this time, she apologizes for not joining. This may be a small sign of improvement.
Every day, Haruhiro’s party goes Goblin hunting. This earns the team a nickname “Goblin Slayer” and often other folks at the pub used that label to ridicule Haruhiro. He doesn’t care what others may think. Things are improving; Mary begins to share meal time. The team earns enough gold to invest in equipment and to learn new skills. They mastered the Goblin battles. The team’s one and only goal is to take down the Goblin that deprived Manato’s precious life.
This is Yuki the writer. I got a hunch. Shihoru is still in emotional mess after losing Manato. After learning about Mary’s past, she might have overlapped her image of Manato on Mary. It is unusual for her personality but she spoke up in front of opinionated Ranta.
Perhaps, Ranta is not an exception. He’s still hurt with Manato’s death. That is why, I think, he resisted to the idea of being kind to Mary, since the team members have overcome painful situations on their own without relying on anyone else. A jealousy might have sprouted in his heart when he heard that the other team members are willing to extend their open arms to Mary.
In the scene where Haruhiro and Mary talked about the party’s past, Haruhiro was no way near eloquent, but, he was very very passionate. His clumsy talk felt that he probably had lots of things to say, but he was struggling to find the right words.
Mary declines the invitation from Haruhiro to join the meal. The reason why she wanted to do that is probably a result of her mixed feelings. She probably wanted to join, deep in her heart. But, she created her own persona, which refuses all kinds of human relationships and possible dependencies. Such unspoken dilemma flickers between the layers of her facial expressions. In the end, she starts running off to somewhere. She might have felt compelled to mask her naïve self that she accidentally let out.
Toward the end, Haruhiro leads a monologue where he wishes that he could show Manato what the team has become. If he could say that, it’s a sign of improvement. The team seems to be geared up for the special quest, to beat the goblin that took Manato’s life.
The ending scene of this show always makes me sad. The transition from the story ending to the music intro is fabulous, as usual.
The seventh episode is a bit of improvement in terms of getting along with Mary. What do you think? Be sure to let us know about what you think, the comment column is there for that purpose!