In Goblin Slayer episode 12, "The Fate of an Adventurer," Goblin Slayer faces off against the Goblin Lord. Remembering that even a Goblin Champion was more than a match for him, how in the world can he, a silver-ranked adventurer, expect to prevail? Especially as higher-ranked adventurers than him are struggling against the Goblin Champions back at the farm!
Warning: This series presents decidedly mature themes, and it contains a dramatic representative of violence against women (including rape). If any of these these trouble you, please do not watch this series or read this review.
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
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3 Favorite Moments
"You fool... your home is gone!" Goblin Slayer tells the Goblin Lord. Now, if he can just withstand the pounding he's about to get... Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I love when a show sets up an expectation, then delivers something that blows right past it to something even more cool. In the early moments of this episode, we get to see the Goblin Lord fleeing through the forest. He realizes that he's lost the battle, but he doesn't panic. He's planning to go back to his hideout, "reproduce using the prisoners I have there," (0:19), and make a comeback. Just as we saw at the very end of the previous episode, he encounters Goblin Slayer. I'm expecting our hero to say a way more cool version of "you're about to die, goblin." And that's where the show waltzed right past my expectations. Goblin Slayer said, "I knew that was what you'd think... The army was just a decoy. Your home is gone" (0:42). Goblin Slayer not only anticipated his enemy's tactics and strategy; he went beyond to destroy the enemy base and means to continue fighting. How cool is that?
Onna was completely unmoved by the Goblin Lord's pleas for mercy. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Remember how back in episode 1, Onna Shinkan (the Priestess) objected when Goblin Slayer killed the goblin children? It wasn't exactly that she was squeamish, it's that she objected to killing helpless goblins. She didn't have the experience that Goblin Slayer had. The events of the last eleven episodes have changed her perspective! After using two (and only two) protection spells to trap the Goblin Lord, she calmly regarded the trapped being (8:59). There was only resolve in her eyes. And then the Goblin Lord did something new: it tried to apologize and promise it would never do anything like that again -- if only she would let is escape to live peacefully in the forest. Our Priestess was completely and utterly unmoved. Do you know what the only effect the Goblin Lord's words had? They gave Goblin Slayer time to gather his breath so he could slit the monster's throat. Onna's come a long way since the first episode! They grow up so fast...
Onna's come such a long way that even Goblin Slayer relies on her now! She was as shocked as any of us... Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
You probably expected me to pick Goblin Slayer's big face reveal as my third moment, didn't you? To be honest, I did too! But another little character moment asserted itself instead. Shortly after the fall of the Goblin Lord, Onna heals Goblin Slayer, but he's still to weak to walk on his own. Tears streaming down her face, she tells him not to push himself so hard. He said it's not as if he did it because he actually believed he could win on his own. That just made her more angry, and she scolded him by saying he should put more thought into his plans. That's when he apologized and said he did it "because... I trusted you" (11:36). Think about that for a second. When he first found her, she was paralyzed with fear. She advocated to save the goblin children. Now, he's relying on her for combat operations. Talk about a formidable pair!
If I could have chosen four favorite moments for this episode, I would have picked Yousei Yunde's reaction to seeing Goblin Slayer without a helmet. That moment provided a wide range of reactions from a lot of different characters, but the High Elven Archer's reaction was my favorite. Is it cheating for me to put it that way?
Is it cheating if I don't actually name a fourth favorite moment, but just tell you which moment it would have been? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Do you remember why I said I chose this series to review (back in episode 1)? I said something along the lines of:
... I've missed the feeling of real danger. I've missed a sense that any of these characters could die at any moment. I've missed the clear link between preparation/planning and successful campaigns. If this show delivers on the promises it made in this episode, then it could be something really powerful.
Do you think the show lived up to my hopes?
I think Goblin Slayer's fight with the Goblin Lord is the perfect capsule answer to that question. During that fight, I couldn't forget that a Goblin Champion nearly killed him. Goblin Slayer had to know he didn't have a reasonable chance against a Goblin Lord -- at least not alone! The show's gained my trust, so I was confident it wouldn't do anything stupid like pull a deus ex machine to save him at the last second.
He made progress, but each time he inflicted damage on the Goblin Lord, it hit him three times as hard. Finally, having broken off his sword in his enemy's chest, the Goblin Lord slammed Goblin Slayer into the ground. The Goblin Lord towered over him, triumphant, and for me, the show's entire run -- all of its credibility -- came down to this instant.
What would the show do?
With the Goblin Lord having hammered Goblin Slayer into the dirt, what would the show do? Would it live up to its promise? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
The show delivered, that's what the show did. Onna had been waiting for the right moment to trap the Goblin Lord between two protection spells. The plan had been for her to use three, but she took the initiative to figure out that two were enough. That allowed her to keep the third in reserve. She and Goblin had worked out the plan ahead of time (10:30), just like they did before each encounter. Their planning had paid off!
Even better, Onna showed initiative. The Goblin Lord was dead, but Goblin Slayer was injured. She was able to use her third spell to heal him (10:59). Gotta love yet another sign of her growth -- and another affirmation of planning and preparation as useful tools!
I'm glad I watched the show. It was everything I'd hoped it would be in terms of fighting goblins. To be completely honest, it exceeded my expectations by giving us some memorable and lovable characters. Ushikai Musume isn't the most original character ever, but I found her dedication to her childhood friend to be endearing. Goblin Slayer himself proved himself to be a completely reliable friend and honorable man. I enjoyed watching him investigate everything and dedicate himself to thorough planning. I appreciate those traits! And of course there's Yousei, who managed to combine a supposedly mature 2000 year old High Elf with an almost too well formed sense of adventure. She endured a lot in this series, but she managed to keep her positive attitude. Though she didn't show a lot of character development, I still enjoyed her screen time. I could say similar things about most of the secondary characters.
And for me, that's enough to consider the show a success!
What did you think of Goblin Slayer? Did it live yup to your expectations? What were your favorite moments? Let me know in the comments!
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Other Anime Sites
- Reddit Discussion of Goblin Slayer Episode 12
- KVASIR 369'S ANIME, MANGA, AND GAME BLOG: Goblin Slayer Episode 12 Review [Season Finale]
- AngryAnimeBitches Anime Blog: Goblin Slayer Episode 12 [Final Impressions]
This Site (Crow's World of Anime!)
- Goblin Slayer Episode 1: The Fate of Particular Adventurers
- Goblin Slayer Episode 2: Goblin Slayer
- Goblin Slayer Episode 3: Unexpected Visitors
- Goblin Slayer Episode 4: The Strong
- Goblin Slayer Episode 5: Adventures and Daily Life
- Goblin Slayer Episode 6: Goblin Slayer in the Water Town
- Goblin Slayer Episode 7: Onward Unto Death
- Goblin Slayer Episode 8: Whispers and Prayers and Chants
- Goblin Slayer Episode 9: There and Back Again
- Goblin Slayer Episode 10: Dozing
- Goblin Slayer Episode 11: A Gathering of Adventurers