Episode 9 of “Goblin Slayer,” starts with the party discussing what to do and what the mirror is. It turns out that the magic mirror is able to invoke ancient gate magic that allows the goblin to come through it and attack Watertown’s sewers. But before they could do anything, the explosion caused by the beholder killing itself from the last episode alerted all the goblins within the sewers to come running.
One of the most striking elements of the episode is the party’s strategic approach to combat. Faced with the threat of an impending goblin onslaught, including the formidable one-eyed goblin champion, the group showcases their adaptive thinking and teamwork by collapsing the ceiling and killing all the goblins with the falling debris. The show once again emphasizes Goblin Slayer’s resourceful nature, making use of every available tool and tactic to counter the goblin horde.
In the climactic scene, they detach the magic mirror from the wall and use the mirror gate to shield themselves from a collapsing ceiling, which serves as a testament to their quick thinking.
The confrontation between Goblin Slayer and the Sword Maiden delves into the deeper, more intricate aspects of the narrative. The Sword Maiden’s knowledge of the city’s underground and her tacit complicity in the events that transpired there bring to light the intricate politics and personal traumas intertwined with the goblin threat.
The revelation that she was behind some of the strange occurrences in the city, combined with her history of trauma at the hands of goblins, paints a tragic portrait of a hero unable to confront her past.
Goblin Slayer’s reaction to this revelation is equally telling. Rather than condemn her, he assures her that he will always be there to kill goblins for her, even if in her dreams. This moment epitomizes the essence of his character: single-minded in his mission, yet understanding of the traumas that drive others.
The episode wraps up with a return to the series’ lighter side, with the party engaging in jovial conversation on a carriage ride home. The talk of enjoying ice cream together serves as a poignant reminder of the small joys in life, a stark contrast to the perils they’ve just faced.
This episode was okay. The biggest thing in this episode was the final fight with the goblin champions and the twist with the Sword Maiden. I personally didn’t find it all to be too interesting. The fights were a bit uncreative and the twist wasn’t very shocking. The reasoning for the reveal wasn’t great and it was all just simply mid. Overall, this episode was just okay leaning on the boring side this time, unfortunately.