The Goblin Slayer has been summoned to take on a quest in Water Town, home of the Temple of Justice and the legendary hero, Sword Maiden. As expected, the quest involves goblins and the whole party has come along.
Word has spread throughout the lands that the hero has defeated the Demon Lord, however, that doesn’t concern Goblin Slayer as he still has goblins to kill. Lots and lots of goblins. He approaches the High Elf, Dwarf, and Lizardman offering them a bag of gold each if they accompany him on this mission. Of course, Priestess is included, although she’s annoyed that he doesn’t really give them much of a choice.
If they’re going to join him, he is forbidden from using fire, poison, or water. He seems a little upset but agrees to their demands. They arrive in Water Town and make their way to the Temple of Law to meet with the Sword Maiden. It turns out that they have a goblin problem beneath the city and the local soldiers and law enforcement see the problem as below them.
The Sword Maiden gives them a map of the old ruins beneath the city and points them in the right direction. Once in the underground passageways, they are repeatedly attacked by goblins. Then, they come across an underground waterway and a boat full of goblins. Goblin Slayer offers up some ideas but they’re a bit dangerous for everyone else. So, he has to do it the old fashioned way.
After the battle, a giant alligator leaps out of the water to eat a goblin and gives chase to the party. Goblin Slayer manages to use the alligator to take down several more goblin boats headed their way. Someone or something is training the goblins. This is not a natural nest!
What did you think?
Fantastic! This was an excellent episode. Not only did we get lots of action in the sewers with Goblin Slayer and his party, but the lore of the world was expanded on. We saw the hero defeating the Demon Lord, although I loved that Goblin Slayer had no interest. If there was still goblins, he still has work to do. We learned a lot more about the goblins and how Goblin Slayer is always thinking like a goblin so as to understand them and predict their actions better.
There were some nice moments with the Sword Maiden too where we got to see just how singleminded Goblin Slayer is. He is always trying to assess the situation and get as much information as possible. That often comes across as being rude or blunt, but the guy is efficient and I approve of that. There were also some funny moments which was nice, especially, the “That’s not a goblin!” moment.
What have you learnt?
I love that the story of Goblin Slayer is almost a side quest. The main story for the land is that of the hero and her battle with the Demon Lord. That makes the way that this story is told to be that much more interesting in my mind. Not everyone can be the hero, but everyone can play their part. Without characters like Goblin Slayer, the world would be overrun with goblins as few people take them seriously. This is reflected in the pay attached to killing them and the way the government dismisses them as if they were nothing. It helps that we’ve seen just how bad they are and the threat they pose.
Other reviews in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – The Fate of Particular Adventurers
- Episode 2 – Goblin Slayer
- Episode 3 – Unexpected Visitors
- Episode 4 – The Strong
- Episode 5 – Adventures and Daily Life
- Episode 6 – Goblin Slayer in the Water Town
- Episode 7 – Onward Unto Death
- Episode 8 – Whispers and Prayers and Chants
- Episode 9 – There and Back Again
- Episode 10 – Dozing
- Episode 11 – A Gathering of Adventurers
- Episode 12 – The Fate of an Adventurer
- Season Two
- Episode 1 – An Ordinary Spring Day
- Episode 2 – The Red-Haired Wizard Boy
- Episode 3 – The Training Grounds on the Outskirts of Town
- Episode 4 – Onward to Adventure
- Episode 5 – Beard-cutter, to the Southern River
- Episode 6 – The Elven King’s Forest
- Episode 7 – Jungle Cruise
- Episode 8 – Heart of Darkness
- Episode 9 – Once There Was Youth, Now There Is Nothing but Ash
- Episode 10 – City Adventure
- Episode 11 – The Princess’s Ordeal
- Episode 12 – O Prayers, Have You Reached Heaven?
- Side Story II: Dai Katana