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(Four episodes watched):|
This was possibly the most grim and brutal tale of Sword & Sorcery adventuring that I have yet seen. Captives are raped, people die agonizing deaths, and in general there is little heroism to be seen, just hatred and vengeance. In some ways it reminded me of Grimgar. But I was left intrigued, and want to see where this story will go from here. The priestess (I don't think we ever learned her name) narrowly survives her first quest and for some reason is taken on by the mysterious high-level Goblin Slayer (whose face we have yet to see) as an assistant. We get to know both of them fairly well through what they do in a situation which is desperate for her but seems pretty routine for him. He never gets particularly emotional, he just mercilessly hunts Goblins down and kills them, as if it was his life's work. We can only wonder why, and what might happen next. I felt that I had gotten to know Priestess well enough to care what becomes of her, and hope that she would be able to make herself useful while adventuring with this pro, but not become brutalized and emotionless. Will this show quibble with issues like whether killing is justified or not? It looks like a number of additional adventurers will be joining them as the series progresses.
I was a bit surprised to learn that for all his skill, valuable equipment and fearsome appearance, Goblin Slayer is a pretty modest guy. He lives on a small farm, presumably because killing Goblins isn't all that profitable a pursuit. Nobody wants to pick a fight with him, but the general opinion is that he is a fool who is wasting his talent on a minor endeavor. he has a Captain Ahab-like obsession with killing goblins, because of what they once did to his family. This surprise was kind of neat; it suggested that some serious thought had been given to his character, and he won't just be another superhero cast in pretty much the same mold as the average one. It becomes obvious that GS is a pretty unemotional guy, who seldom displays either joy or unhappiness--he just mercilessly and remorselessly kills goblins. That's who he is.
In episode three the rest of the team illustrated above appears, as they recruit GS for a major task and, once they tell him that killing goblins will be involved, he gladly agrees. Episode four was fun, as the team ventures into a seemingly deserted fortress or temple that is now a goblin hideout. I wish the trick that GS used at the climax had been explained a little better, but otherwise it was an entertaining story which included likeable characters and an exciting battle. I like the fact that goblins aren't easy to kill; the writer might have just made GS such an awesome warrior that he can take them down with one swing of his sword (and expected us to be thrilled by that), but instead he uses all sorts of tricks and clever tactics that he has learned over the years to deal with them. This show is the first one I watch each week, which tells you something about how much I like it.
Last updated Friday, November 16 2018. Created Sunday, October 07 2018.
|Official Japanese Series Web Site||http://www.goblinslayer.jp/|