Goblin Slayer Episode 3 Review: That’s Not What We Proposed and the Drunken Elf
In Goblin Slayer episode 3, "Unexpected Visitors," Goblin Slayer and Onna Shinkan return from a successful mission to find an Elf, a Dwarf, and a Lizardman waiting for them. Well, not for them -- only for Goblin Slayer. Leading Onna to wonder just how seriously he takes her, Goblin Slayer excludes her and meets with Yousei Yunde, a 2,000 year old Elf archer who is paradoxically the least experienced of the three; Kouhito Doushi, a Dwarf shaman who mercilessly teases the Elf; and Tokage Souryo, a Lizardman shaman who seems like the most diplomatic of the three. They've come to ask Goblin Slayer for his help in a demon war that will likely determine the fate of the world. Will he be interested in fighting creatures other than goblins? Can he even fight on a team? And what will Onna have to say -- assuming he even asks her?
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
Well, I have to agree with the Elf. They certainly don't seem like goblins... Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I'm beginning to suspect that more than just having enduring emotional trauma, Goblin Slayer is actually on the autism spectrum. Look at how he processes information during his initial meeting with Yousei, Kouhito, and Tokage (the Elf, the Dwarf, and the Lizardman, respectively). The guild representative (who's still one of my favorite characters!) had just greeted the three when Goblin Slayer and Onna return (3:43). He had heard the tail end of the conversation, so he asked her where the goblins were. Gesturing to the three, the representative said he should ask them. What does he do? He turns to them and asks, "Are you goblins?" On the surface, it's an irrational question. Of course they're not goblins! But he's so fixated on the concept that it's hard for him to shake it. Or, maybe he's joking, and the joke only makes sense to him. That same scene has another clue: his tendency to take things literally. Yousei says that of course they're not goblins, but asks if he's the Goblin Slayer -- because he doesn't look like Orcbolg. He responds, "Why would I? I've never been called that" (4:16). Difficulty with emotion, single-mindedness, and taking things literally -- I think Goblin Slayer might actually be as positive a role model for those of us on the spectrum as Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy!
The Elf seemed astonished that Goblin Slayer assumed they were asking him to take on the mission -- alone! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
The three adventurers met alone with Goblin Slayer (the latter having told Onna to sit the meeting out and rest). After a false start where Goblin Slayer thought Yousei was asking him to fight demons (of course, he had no interest!), they got down to business. Their team had been formed to attack the goblins that were going to impede the armies that were preparing to fight the demons. He asked the logical questions (yea realism!), like the goblins' location and strength and whether they had hobgoblins or shaman. After gathering all of their information, he stood up and said, "I'll leave immediately" (11:23). He added that they could decide how much to pay him. Before they could recover from their shock, he'd left the room. The stunned silence was hilarious! It never entered into his mind that they wanted to team up with him; it never entered their mind that he'd dash off on his own! Seriously, you have to admire the man's dedication to a quest!
Poor Onna! She thought Goblin Slayer was giving her orders; he suspected that they were having a discussion! On one hand, I feel sorry for her having to learn a whole new emotional vocabulary; on the other, I admire her courage to stick with it! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
This episode made selecting three favorite moments very difficult. But for my third, I've chosen the discussion Onna didn't think she was having with Goblin Slayer (12:12). He'd finished his meeting with the three adventurers. Before he could leave, Onna said she'd get her things together. But he said no, he wanted her to stay and rest. She was crushed! Did she give up? No! When he'd been talking to the adventurers, she'd been talking to the witch Majo. Their conversation apparently helped Onna decide what she wanted to do. More importantly, it helped her understand why she wanted to do it! Onna told him that he wasn't being fair, and that he should have at least discussed his decision with her first (12:30). His response was simple: "I am now." He thought they were having a discussion! Her reaction was so endearing: "Oh, so this is a discussion?" When she said she was going to go with him because she didn't want to leave him alone, he said she could do what she liked. She's assertive when she has to be, and I like that! It's also a trait that'll likely keep her alive...
Since I'm beginning to see Goblin Slayer in the same light as Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy, I find I'm really getting angry at the people who show a bias against him -- like the porcelain adventurers who say something was "off" about him, or Ushikai Musume's uncle saying that he was crazy. Goblin Slayer processes information differently than most folks; and he's profoundly effective at what he does. He deserves more respect!
Onna had to defend Goblin Slayer's reputation when the ignorant porcelain adventurer who tried to spread rumors about him. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
At least the three new adventurers simply said that he was hard to read and that they were looking forward to working with him. I guess it took an Elf, a Dwarf, and a Lizardman to demonstrate an enlightened attitude! Well, and Onna, the guild representative, and Ushikai, too!
I think Onna is beginning to understand Goblin Slayer. She also understanding her own motivations better. Her talk with the witch Majo might actually have clarified both for her! That was an interesting conversation...
I'd like to share with you how differently I view this show compared to other fantasies I've watched. In most fantasy anime series, if I see a witch like Mayo, my first thought is to wonder where the artist learned about breast physics (because it certainly wasn't in real life!). Then, I'd then settle back to enjoy the scene. Not in Goblin Slayer! My first thought was "Good heavens, where's her armor?" Then I mused that she must be extraordinarily powerful if she's been in the field dressed like that and is still alive.
Usually, I'd be thinking, "Wow, she's distractingly attractive!" But this is Goblin Slayer, so I'm thinking, "Wow! How'd she survive this long dressed like that? Her magic must be amazing!" Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Or what about the scene near the end of this episode, when Kouhito the Dwarf shares his fire wine? In any ordinary series, the scene would have been merely humorous: the Dwarf taking a stiff drink with no apparent effect, the Elf nearly choking, and Goblin Slayer stoically taking a gulp. That's standard fare. So is the Elf getting drunk because she's such a lightweight when it comes to alcohol! All very humorous.
But here, I couldn't help but reflect on the dangers of getting drunk in that cruel world. You'd have to have tremendous trust in the people around you (well, the ones who didn't get drunk!), because any time you lessen your own combat capability, you're relying more heavily on your teammates. The comical drunk Elf is basically making a statement that she trusts the Lizardman and Onna to watch out for them in the case of surprise attack. It's not just humorous; it's a statement of trust.
In other words, this series has completely destroyed my concept of "frivolous." When even breast physics and drunk Elves remind you of how dangerous the world is, you know you have some effective world-building going on!
What did you think of this episode? Do you have a favorite character among the adventurers? What were your favorite moments? Let me know in the comments!
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