Just as I suspected, this week’s episode took a step back to show us more of Goblin Slayer’s daily life. While many fans have enjoyed these episodes as breaks from the usual slash and dash scenes, I’ve found them to be quite tedious and genuinely frustrating. As we’re nearing the halfway point of Goblin Slayer’s anime series, I’m starting to wonder if this anime isn’t all that it promised to be.
Episode Five Violence Levels – Very Low (some bloodshed)
Japanese Original Episode Title: 冒険と日常と
Goblin Slayer heads into town with Cow Girl where he essentially catches up with his Squad. After a few scenes of mindless chit-chat, he helps out at the guild. Interspersed with these scenes is a random story of two adventurers who are trying to get back their lost sword from an adventure gone wrong.
Priestess Leveled Up: That’s right, our sweet Priestess has leveled up once again, but this time instead of learning a new spell she’s received a new guild rank.
Sword Maiden Appears!: Sword Maiden is a much talked about character in the Goblin Slayer universe, and I was so excited to see her mini scenes pop up during this episode. Could she end up joining the Goblin Slaying Squad in a few episodes?
More Gross Creatures: If the world didn’t have enough problems already, it seems giant rats and cockroaches populate the town’s sewage system. I wonder what other strange creature we’ll encounter next in the Goblin Slayer universe.
A High Standard: Throughout the series many random characters have questioned why Goblin Slayer is a silver-ranked adventurer. This episode showed how thorough the guild is in examining adventures as they try to move through the ranks. There’s a high standard required even to move upwards from the lowest rank and the smallest infraction can mean expulsion from the guild.
Themes & Trivia
Guts!: Another anime reference has been spotted in this week’s episode. About mid-way through the episode, two adventurers are training, one of them looks eerily similar to Guts from the series Berserk.
The Boob Purse: Our Witch seems to use her cleavage like a handbag as she stores a rare candle in her ample bosom. This anime trope is described as the Victoria Secret Compartment. Examples include Kill La Kill where Mako pulls out a boxed lunch from her chest and in Detective Conan where Conan is wrapped inside a character’s cleavage as she rides a motorcycle. If only boobs were so convenient in real life!
This week’s episode cherry-picked from different parts of the main manga and the spin-off essentially creating a Frankenstein-esque episode of pointless scenes and random plots. It was perhaps too tongue-in-cheek when Goblin Slayer exclaimed “’’m running into everyone today’, because yep we really needed a run-down on how every character was doing since the previous episode. But even that wasn’t too bad. What was really frustrating was the plot of the two adventurers who were chasing their lost sword, their only purpose to show that Goblin Slayer can be kinda nice and give newbies some tips on how to destroy monsters. Will we ever see them again? Probably not. Should their scenes have to take up half an episode? Definitely not.
However, under all the criticism, I did enjoy the short gags between Goblin Slayer and the other adventurers. His obsession with goblins and disregard for anything but them, is an ongoing joke that never fails to make me laugh. As I mentioned a few reviews back, if the series could balance these slice of life moments with some action this series would truly be enjoyable. But for now, it’s like being on a roller-coaster that suddenly stops and crawls the rest of the way, ruining any tension or excitement built up.
New Friends, Old Foes
Even though I went into this episode with low expectations, I still came out disappointed. These episodes are beginning to feel like ‘filler’, but there isn’t anything to fill! Hopefully next week’s episode will turns things around with the exciting introduction of Sword Maiden. I’m ready to leave daily life behind and to jump back into some action.
That’s it for this week’s Goblin Slayer review, while you wait for the next one, make sure to check out the rest of the MANGA.TOKYO team’s Fall 2018 reviews.
NEXT TIME: Goblin Slayer in the Water Town
Fall 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast