Goblin Slayer Episode 3 Review

Goblin Slayer Episode 3 Review

Here we are, at the 3-episode test point, and I’m still enjoying the BAYOG approach of episodic reviews. It helps motivate me to keep up with my shows week to week, and also makes me really enjoy what I’m not reviewing, or at least writing about here and now. Episode 3 of Goblin Slayer was admittedly a slow burn today, but set up a good amount of world building and introduces a series of other adventurers. We have the adventurers from last episode searching the guild for someone called “Orcbolg” or “Beard-cutter” but in human/common/English, Goblin Slayer. They subsequently propose a quest to Goblin Slayer in the upstairs office while Witch (the busty partner of Spearman) informs Priestess of her interactions with Goblin Slayer.

Goblin Slayer Tig Ole Biddies
The detail in this scene is higher than some low budget anime entirely.

We are then introduced to the other Silver ranked adventurers, the 2,000 year old High Elf Archer, her racial enemy Dwarf Shaman, and their strange companion, Lizard Priest. They explain a bit of the backstory and political climate, with demons and monsters mounting some sort of massive attack on the capital. Of course, Goblin Slayer gives none of the shits about any of this, and tells them as much.

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Goblin Slayer Why Didn't You Say So
Why didn’t you just say so?

With a resurgence of all these evils and enemies, the different races are concerned and very busy, with other armed forces being unavailable to handle these goblins. With the lack of trust in Elven people by the human nations, they are unable to mobilize a force to handle the issue in their own lands. As such, Goblin Slayer was sought out and approached to represent the human side of this multi-racial coalition. At this point, I was beginning to get concerned with all the backstory, we wouldn’t have enough goblin death. However, I really didn’t mind because seeing Goblin Slayer capable of social interaction was a truly interesting moment, especially with the banter between the adventurers.

Goblin Slayer High Elf

Upon accepting, Goblin Slayer heads off on his own, not even opting to hear out the reward for the quest. At this point, he tries to go his own, much to the chagrin of Priestess, and the two of them find themselves in an awkward discussion about the matter, ending with Priestess accompanying the rest of the Silver ranked adventurers. And so our band begins to set off, with them setting up camp and having probably the most wholesome moment of the show. They camp out and begin to eat rations and stories, with Elven bread, Dwarven fire wine, Lizardman roast, and amazing cheese being shared, along with theories about where goblins come from. These range from them coming from an underground city, to being the result of when children make mistake, to being from the moon. After introducing a component of magic in the form of a rare scroll, Goblin Slayer passes out and the group readies to assault the ruins being used as a base of operations.  I really anticipating seeing the goblin tracks at the farm when we jumped back for a bit, but the episode ends with the attack beginning with two goblins and a wolf getting Wanted style shot by Elf Archer. While that left me wanting more, I opted to spend the next 4 hours after the episode reading the manga, and the two spin offs and still wanting more. I highly recommend both, and can’t wait to see more, but this episode itself kinda fell a little flat (but still knowing more is coming), with me rating it at 8 curve shot goblins out of 10.

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