In order to prepare for the upcoming season of Goblin Slayer, let’s go down memory lane from the beginning and do a little refresher!
At the beginning of episode one, we see a girl with an arrow in her shoulder sitting helplessly, the camera then cuts to a mysterious figure walking towards the girl. The camera then cuts a close-up shot of her face but this time with fire moving around in the reflection of her eyes.
After that, the episode cuts back to the time before the flashback happens, we see the priestess signing up as a new adventurer in an adventurer’s guild. Right as she finishes signing up, a party of three approaches the priestess and asks if she wants to join their party to go on an urgent quest to hunt some goblins.
The priestess decides to join the party, and all of them then travel to the goblin cave. The guy walked right up to the cave and noticed a weird-looking totem. The party doesn’t really seem to care and walks right into the cave
After walking in the cave for a while, the group spots another totem and once again disregards it except for the priestess. The swordsman and the martial artist walk ahead leaving the priestess and the mage behind. And when they were about to catch up, the priestess heard a sound from behind. The two then get ambushed by a group of goblins.
The mage tried fighting back and managed to shoot one firebolt and kill one of the goblins but man that’s all she could do before she got completely overwhelmed by the goblins. The priestess tried helping by she couldn’t do anything really. After they locked her down, one of the goblins stabbed her with a dagger. Ouch!
The two idiots that left these the priestess and the mage behind finally got back to them. The swordsman lunged forward to fight the goblins while the martial artist girl told the priest to heal the mage but it didn’t seem to work.
The swordsman tried fighting more than 5 goblins at once and well, he managed to kill like 2. Unfortunately, he swung his sword too high and hit the ceiling which led to him literally getting overwhelmed and absolutely destroyed.
The martial artist girl tried fighting the rest but got grabbed by the leg by a hobgoblin. It slammed her around, bim bam boom, she couldn’t really fight anymore after that. After that, the goblins pinned her down and violated her. But before it all went down, the priestess was told by her to carry the mage to safety.
The priestess then carried the mage away from the fight but two goblins caught up to them. The priestess then got shot in the shoulder with an arrow which caused her to drop down in pain — obviously. But when things were about to get as bad as they could, guess who showed up?
The goblin slayer is here baby. He walked up real menacingly and absolutely obliterated the two goblins, saving the priestess. They couldn’t do A THING. Just look at the guy, you know he’s not playing around.
After killing the goblins, Goblin Slayer then went to inspect the mage and told the priestess that she was in fact poisoned and it was too late to save her. He then decided to end her suffering.
After this, Goblin Slayer cut open one of the dead goblins and covered both himself and the priestess with its blood and guts in order to mask their scents. They then walked back to where they were ambushed and then it was revealed that there was in fact another pathway in the cave that the party overlooked and walked past. After seeing the other totem, he then says that the group was led by a goblin shaman. But before he walks into the other pathway, he lures goblins out from the dark and kills them.
After killing these goblins, he told the priestess to blind the goblins with her light magic, after she did so, bro ran in with one of the spears from the dead goblins, identified the shaman, and threw the spear straight through it like his life depends on it (it did).
He then ran back out and lured the hobgoblin from the inner part of the cave to a tripwire. The stupid big guy trips big time and boom it was stabbed in the head by Goblin Slayer. After that, he pours some gasoline on the hobgoblin’s corpse and kicks it down into the cave then lit it on fire which burns a few more goblins.
He then went back into the deeper part of the cave while finishing off the rest of the goblins. The priestess and he then found the beaten up and traumatized martial arts girl barely breathing and lying on the floor and some more girls that were still alive. Goblin Slayer then went to check on the shaman because he knew it wasn’t dead and killed the damn thing again for sure this time
The Goblin Slayer broke a few more things a found a hidden door which was a hiding place for goblin toddlers. The priestess was like no what if they’re good goblins, and he was like no the only good goblins are dead ones and then beat all the goblins with a club. Oh, he also said the goblin survivors tend to become smarter and create even more problems down the line.
That was the end of the cave adventure. The Goblin Slayer and the priestess got the rest of the survivors out and sent them to get treated. In the end, the priestess decides to team up with the Goblin Slayer to go slay some more goblins.
This first episode is really faithful to the manga and that’s something I appreciate. The expectation subversion of making a weak species like goblins to be something that is dangerous, cruel, and disgusting is a unique idea at the time this series came out. The way Goblin Slayer was portrayed is also well done.
Would I say that I like the “scenes”? No, I would not but I do think it was something that set the tone of what to expect from this series well.
I also really the designs of Goblin Slayer, It’s not too flashy but is still able to portray what kind of character he’s supposed to be. Overall, It’s a good first episode.