In Goblin Slayer episode 7, "Onward Unto Death," the priestess Onna Shinkan receives a disturbing prophecy from the Sword Maiden, and she can't shake the feeling of unease even as they start their next mission into the sewers. Goblin Slayer, warned perhaps by the lack of giant rats in their destination, purchases a canary to detect poison gas. That turns out to have been a good decision when he and his entire party find themselves trapped in a crypt that's flooding with gas. Can even Goblin Slayer, with backup from Onna, the Elf, the Dwarf, and the Lizardman, survive the gas? And if they can, what can they do about the large number of goblins outside the door -- goblins that have brought something else with them?
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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There's no substitute for paying attention and making preparations. Goblin Slayer saved them from death by poison gas by bringing the components of a primitive gas mask. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
There's no substitute for preparations! I think Goblin Slayer suspected the goblins were using poison gas when he saw there were no quests to kill giant rats in the sewers. Tokage Souryo seemed to confirm this with his comments that they had been trapped like rats in the crypt. So, when the goblins began flooding the crypt with poison gas (10:25), Goblin Slayer didn't panic! Instead, he brought out the period equivalent of gas masks and handed them out to the team. He also brought the raw materials for concrete to plug the gas inlets. Kudos also to Kouhito Doushi, the Dwarf, for using a weathering spell to set the concrete almost instantly (11:29), and to Yousei Yunde for running around and plugging the holes ahead of Kouhito. Teamwork makes everything better!
I wonder if Onna would have fared any better without hearing the Sword Maiden's dire prediction? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Onna was apprehensive since the moment the Sword Maiden warned her that Goblin Slayer would someday disappear (4:06). She held herself together during the descent, but for the whole episode, we could see that she was scared. It got worse when Goblin Slayer dashed outside of her protection spell so he could kill more goblins (14:05). She nearly panicked in that moment, but again, she controller herself and kept the protection spell intact. But then the goblin champion blocked Goblin Slayer's sneak attack (by using another goblin as a shield -- talk about hard core!) and countered with a smash that sent Goblin Slayer hurtling through the air. He crashed in a crumbled heap (14:59). When she realized how much blood he coughed up, you could just see her panic building (15:13). It was like every memory she had of her first encounter flooded back over her. Her protection spell wavered and fell. Then she screamed (15:21). That sound that gave me chills. I think her scream of despair was even more affective than her later scream of pain when the goblin champion bit into her arm (16:07).
Sometimes the decision within a single moment can define who you are. This is Goblin Slayer's moment. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
We expect super-human efforts from our heroes, and in that regard, this episode didn't disappoint. The show prepared us by showing Goblin Slayer's back story in episode 2, so we had the visual vocabulary to understand how he saw the world and his relationship to it. As Goblin Slayer lay in the wreck of the sarcophagus, Onna's screams, Yousei's increasingly desparate shouts, and even the battle cries of Kouhito and Tokage as the goblins drove them back, washed over him and blended with his childhood memories -- and seriously pissed him off (16:57). His reaction to these taunting sounds and memories? "Bullshit," followed by the trademark red glow igniting in his left eye. The show treated us to some great goblin slaying from that point forward, but for me, the best moment was his decision to stand. I'm a sucker for that kind of thing!
There's something about the metal rock music this show uses during battle scenes that I love. It really captures the intensity of the emotions!
Did you notice the shot of our heroes kneeling beside the fallen Goblin Slayer that went on for almost 90 seconds? At first I thought it was a cheap way to end the episode, but then I read a Reddit post from LordFapington513. The poster pointed out that in the Japanese version, the end credits rolled over the scene. The post even contained a screen shot. So, it looks like there was a problem with the version Crunchyroll showed, at least when I watched it (on November 17, 2018). If you're wondering what I'm talking about, maybe Crunchyroll fixed it by the time you saw it!
This was a touch episode for Onna. It was as if her worst nightmare was coming true. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Yousei's voice actor, Nao Touyama, did a fantastic job in the early parts of the episode -- she sounded so natural! And if I'm talking about voice acting in this episode, I have to mention Onna's voice actor, Yui Ogura. Both of her screams were absolutely convincing.
I've said before I wanted realistic fights, and this episode gave one to me. Previous episodes prepared us for what could happen in this world, particularly that brutal first episode. In this episode, seeing Onna deteriorate and when Goblin took the full force of the goblin champion's enormous club, I lost all thought that "Hey, they're both main characters. They'll be fine!" I was completely caught up in the danger of the moment. I was convinced that any of them could die at any moment.
Part of me is still not convinced Goblin Slayer is going to survive this! Another part of me is certain that the titular character will live on... Won't he?
This kind of danger I can handle. Kouhito or Gimli the Dwarf, I've seen this kind of thing before. I'm used to it! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
But do you know what bothered me the most in this episode? It wasn't Goblin Slayer taking so much damage. It wasn't Tokage being overrun or Kouhito vanishing under a wave of goblins. I've learned to expect that kind of violence since I read Lord of the Rings all those years ago. In effect, I'm desensitized to it.
Even seeing Onna nearly eaten is something I've seen before and was prepared for. Don't get me wrong! I really like these characters. What they're going through it terrible! But seeing characters I like in mortal danger is something I've gotten used to.
What really got to me was Yousei's plight. You remember what happened to the young woman adventurer in the first episode. Yousei had to face that possibility of same fate in this battle. I hated seeing that. I'm not used to it! It was worse because she's my favorite character.
I'm not desensitized to that kind of danger yet.
Because of Goblin Slayer's heroic last effort, she drove off her attackers, and so did the rest of their party. The goblins had managed to rip off most of her clothes, but did you see how she reacted when Goblin Slayer almost fell? Heedless of her modesty, she rushed to his side and caught him. She was calm and composed -- right up to the moment where she realized he was so bad off that he couldn't walk on his own. That's the moment when her tears started.
Yousei's toughened up since her previous foray into the dungeon. She's learned to handle danger to herself. It's danger to her companions that's still hard. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
This episode was so visceral that I think I'll only be able to say if I think it's "good" in retrospect. For now, I'm going to accept that it gave me what I asked for in the beginning: a show that puts its characters in real danger.
I wonder if this show's going to make me more cautious about what I ask for?
What did you think of this episode? What were your favorite moments? Let me know in the comments!
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Other Anime Sites
- Reddit Discussion of Goblin Slayer Episode 7
- KVASIR 369'S ANIME, MANGA, AND GAME BLOG: Goblin Slayer Episode 7 Review
- AngryAnimeBitches Anime Blog: Goblin Slayer Episode 7
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 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