What’s the show? Goblin Slayer, Episode 3.
So how’s this episode? How dare this show get good! Like seriously, where does it get off!
Interesting choice of words… Speaking of getting off, we’re properly introduced to two new female characters, and what do you know, this show can write proper female characters, surprise surprise!
Wait, what was that about “getting off”? One of the characters, unimaginatively called ‘Witch’ has wonderful breasts, truly sublime.
Of course that’s what you’ve chosen to focus on… Hey! I’ll take what I can get, it’s not like this show is ~known~ for being particularly fan service-y otherwise, lest of course you’re into rape hentai…
Don’t go there again! Can we please have a review of this show that doesn’t incur the R-word?! Fine… jeez…
So what happens in this episode? A motley ~fellowship~ of adventurers, consisting of a 2000 year old loli elf, a curmudgeonly dwarf and a well-spoken lizard man come to the guild hall looking for the titular ‘Goblin Slayer’. They find him and ask for his assistance in a quest to fight off an oncoming demon horde—Goblin Slayer isn’t interested until they mention there’s goblins amongst the horde, powerful ones too! He agrees to the quest and intends to set out alone—until the others, Priestess included, join him too.
That’s a lot to unpack… Eh, not really. I mean its all set-up really, good set-up but set-up nonetheless. Also its clear the writer of this series had a huge love for Lord of the Rings, there’s references and inspirations aplenty, which I’m… kind of okay with? I mean wear your references on your sleeves for sure, it’s better than hiding them and trying to pass them off as your own. That said, I do think not naming any of the characters will be the thing that stops me ever ‘loving’ this show. Like they’ve given them so much personality and yet, I’m constantly left pushed at arms length because of this nonsense decision to name them after their professions rather than give them ~actual~ names.
Anything else to add? This show went from being the most oppressively dark and relentlessly exploitative shit on Earth to being almost jovial and light-hearted, that’s something that’ll never sit well with me. In comparison to this episode, the first episode feels all the more unnecessary, which is something which will grate on me for the rest of the series. Yes, this show is good, maybe even great now, but it’s hard to overlook how hard it almost blew all its promise so early on just for the sake of being edgy and hardcore. Also, why are all the members of this party flat-chested, while the large breasted girls stay at home? I’m all for flat-justice but we need some balance to this intrepid ~fellowship~, yeah? Next time leave ‘Priestess’ at the guild and bring ‘Witch’ or ‘Cowgirl’ along instead. Boing!
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Categories: Fall 2018 Anime