The eagerly anticipated season 2 of Goblin Slayer starts off with an evocative recollection of events from season one. Interestingly, it takes the perspective of the goblins during their attack on the rookie party, with a poignant use of color (or lack thereof), where everything is black and white except for the emphatic use of red.
Fast forward to a familiar scene: Goblin Slayer is meticulously checking for signs of goblin activity. As we are reintroduced to the bustling guild lobby, it’s evident time has passed, and character dynamics have evolved. A nostalgic conversation between the priestess and the elf serves as an exposition. They reminisce about the time elapsed, discuss their progress, and reveal the inception of a training center. This casual catch-up encapsulates the camaraderie of the first season while introducing newer elements.
Throughout the episode, several familiar faces make appearances, cementing the continuity with the last season. Notably, Goblin Slayer’s entrance to the guild is reminiscent of his previous receptions, albeit with a twist. Now, with an influx of newbies in the guild, he garners a mixed reaction of awe and recognition. Our taciturn protagonist remains resolute in his singular focus – killing goblins, evidenced by his interactions with the blonde clerk.
The introduction of the young wizard, brash and reckless, juxtaposes the seasoned nature of our primary adventurers. His confrontation with the priestess, the subsequent tension that arises, and the impromptu challenge thrown by the paladin set the stage for compelling character arcs in future episodes.
Another touching dimension is Goblin Slayer’s ever-evolving bond with Cow Girl and her uncle. The episode offers glimpses into the complexities of their relationship, most poignantly in Goblin Slayer’s candid conversation with the wizard in his room. It’s a subtle testament to the scars and vulnerabilities of our masked protagonist.
So far we haven’t gotten any action scenes yet so I can’t comment on that. Everything else though I feel is improved. The art style has changed for the better and is still subtle enough to be similar to the old art style. I also noticed snippets of animation improvements as well from the opening song and the flashback. Overall, this is a slow but good start to season 2. I hope for better fights to come!