Goblin Slayer Episode 5 Review: An Insightful Interlude and the Benefits of Clubbing
In Goblin Slayer episode 5, "Adventures and Daily Life," a two-person team whose warrior just lost his sword begs with Goblin Slayer for help. Will they accept his unorthodox advice? And if they do, will they survive trying to put it into practice? Later, Uketsuke-jou, the Guild Representative, asks Goblin Slayer to be an official adventurer observer at a promotion test. She has to practically beg him because are no goblins to kill, but he eventually agrees. It seems the scout seeking promotion has something to hide -- can they figure out what before it's too late? Meanwhile, Onna Shinkan earns a promotion, in part because of her ogre defense in the previous episode, and she sets off to inform Mother Superior. Shortly after she leaves, Goblin Slayer receives a personalized request for assistance from a decidedly VIP. What kind of strings are attached?
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
Doesn't Yousei's smile just make you feel good about life? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I'm glad I've made no secret that I really like Yousei Yunde, the elf archer/scout. I think she's a great combination of skilled campaign warrior (and now goblin slaying warrior!), youthful exuberant (despite being over 2,000 years old), and strong character. Remember how she kept herself together in the last episode? And now we can confirm another adorable trait: she's tsundere! After Tokage Souryo's almost shy request for another cheese wheel, Yousei seems nearly as shy when she starts to ask Goblin Slayer (in a very round about and halting way) if he'll join them in another mission (5:36). She reminded me of a school girl asking a boyfriend on a date! When he said he'd think about it, she got all playfully condescending, inferring that he'd better consider it, when she was clearly delighted. What clinches it (as if we don't have enough evidence for a tsundere conviction already) is her hostile reaction to Kouhito Doushi, the dwarf shaman, when he suggested she could just come out and ask him. She actually throws a rock at his head! Have I mentioned how happy I am that she's part of the cast now?
Can't get a sword? Use a club! With a club, you can "Throw, stab, break, and shatter!" What could be better? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I still haven't recovered from the first episode, so I was in a state of constant dread while the two novice adventurers who were having trouble killing giant rats were on screen! It was poetic justice that Uketsuke-jou, the Guild Representative, suggested they ask Goblin Slayer for advice. They hesitated, because they'd ridiculed him before, but they need not have worried. They weren't goblins or members of his party, so their insults meant literally nothing to him. My favorite part of this moment was how he answered their questions. Best way to fight enemies if you've lost your sword? Take a sword from a goblin (11:27). Their response that they weren't fighting goblins seemed to perplex Goblin Slayer until he asked if the novice adventurer had used any other kind of weapon. At his answer of "no" and the apprentice mage's assertion that they had no money, Goblin Slayer came up with a pragmatic and effective solution: Use a club! I laughed at the young adventurer's near dismissal of it as a weapon until Goblin Slayer ticked off the uses on his right hand: "Throw, stab, break, and shatter" (11:43). The funniest part? The young adventurer asked how the club would work against bugs and rats, and Goblin Slayer answered, "I couldn't say. I'm sure if you swung one around and it hit them, it'd at least hurt" (11:55). I think that pragmatism is a huge plus in his line of work!
Would you want to be on the receiving end of this gaze? I know I wouldn't! Heck, I was glad we got to view it from the side! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Did you know Uketsuke-jou had a strict side? One that bordered on downright scary? I didn't! I guess I've mostly seen her interact with Goblin Slayer, and she's so sweet on him that it makes her act happy and buoyant! But in this episode, during the promotion exam for the scout, she showed a much more stern side. She began cheerfully questioning how the scout had managed to acquire such excellent new and expensive gear while going on the same quests that were available to everyone else. He tried to lie, but her companion was a priestess who could see through lies. He tried to apologize, but she pointed out that his behavior made it hard for adventurers to trust other scouts or members of his race. Her solution? Demote him back to porcelain and forbid him from adventuring in this town again. This is where things got interesting. He protested, suggesting that he "just" stole from his own party. That's when our Guild Representative tossed aside politeness and explained, very clearly and in a disdainful voice that I'd never want to trigger, that being willing to betray trust means he doesn't deserve to be an adventurer (15:28). There's something terrifying about a cheerful woman's righteous wrath...
We got some interesting insight into how the adventurers interact. When the novice adventurer who had lost his sword went around asking to borrow a spare, I got the sense that the other more experienced adventurers want to help (6:26), but that their weaponry was too heavy or too advanced. The more experienced adventurers weren't being mean; just practical.
It's not that the more experienced adventurers don't want to help the younger adventurers. It's that the more advanced weaponry is dangerous in untrained or less strong hands. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Remember how I started watching this show in the hopes I'd get realistic depictions of combat? Something I didn't know I also wanted was the realistic depiction of the aftermath of combat -- equipment repairs (7:38). Goblin Slayer had to take some of his equipment in to be fixed. Equipment breaks. Blades get dull and notched. Armor degrades. I just love little details like that.
I've seen some reviewers and even casual viewers wonder why goblin slaying in this world is treated with such disdain. Some folks have even questioned if that attitude is even realistic -- a damaging accusation if true for a series that relies on realism! After thinking about it for awhile, I think I have an answer.
Interested in hearing it?
I've going to give an answer that's blends my last three jobs -- so this is not a depiction of anyone who knows me. I don't want to call anyone out! But the core ideas are valid based on my experience.
Someone has to do the boring, foundational jobs -- and celebrate them, too, I hope! Else, the whole system could come crashing down. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
If you write application code, your focus is on delivering cool new features to whoever's using your product. That means you want to spend every minute you have in your Integrated Development Environment (IDE) writing application code. That'd be like fighting ogres or demon lords. That's where the visibility is. That's where the glory is.
But there's an aspect of writing code that few developers embrace. What do I mean? I mean watching your vendors for security bulletins. Write application code that runs under PHP? You need to watch CVE Details to look for PHP vulnerabilities. The reason's simple: You can deliver the most amazing functionality ever, but if bad folks can waltz in and steal your data -- or your customer's data! -- who's going to want to use your product?
Watching security bulletins is the same as killing goblins. It's grunt work. It's not glamorous. You won't get the praise that the folks focusing on killing demon lords enjoy. But it's no less important. We see it playing out in real life all the time! We don't have many Goblin Slayers in our developer ranks, so we see breaches like the one Equifax and its customers "enjoyed." And we see them over and over.
That's why Goblin Slayer's world rings true to me. I see a bunch of adventurers (developers) who pursue glory, and I see some (Goblin Slayer) who try to do the grunt work. The ones pursuing glory look down on the ones doing the grunt work. But without the grunt work, the villages would be overrun.
The world of Goblin Slayer looks just like our world in that respect!
What do you think? Have you seen similar examples? What were your favorite moments? Let me know in the comments!
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