Goblin Slayer Ep. 2: Let’s make this show a harem too

‘Cause what goes better with murder and rape than hot, sexy girls? We’ll start by adding a big titty childhood friend to the cast. 

— Well, that’s a nice warning to start off my morning.

— This kid is probably Goblin Slayer in his youth. I don’t know why the show is going to such lengths in order to obscure his face. Who cares? Unless he’s a goblin himself — which might have been a decent twist — he’s probably just another generic hot anime dude.

— Lemme guess, the girl returns to a village destroyed by goblins. The boy grows up to hate goblins while she becomes another generic hot childhood friend. But of course, Mr. Goblin Slayer is too busy murdering goblin children to bone the girl who has always loved him.

— I won’t lie: I kinda like the OP by Mili.

— Well, we got the generic hot childhood friend part down. Christ, what do you eat to get those proportions?

— Nobody has a name in this show, but I still don’t know her title, if you get my meaning. So for now, I’m just gonna call her Childhood Friend. Anyway, she tells us that Goblin Slayer always checks for goblin footprints in the morning. It’s a wonder why he’s the only person who is this paranoid about goblins when they seem to cause mayhem and destruction everywhere they go. Everyone else is just so carefree.

— You know what the goblins feel like in this world? Bedbugs. No one takes them seriously until they strike.

— I get being prepared, but the guy must have some kind of mental illness if he insists on wearing a full set of armor to the dining table. Does he sleep in that thing? Does it stink to high heavens? After all, he does smear goblin blood all over it on his hunts.

— Maybe society should invest less on adventurers and more on security to keep itself save. I mean, if the first episode is anything to go by, the goblins look pathetic. They live in dirt holes with barely any technology. What? Some poison and spears? Gimme a break. I understand huge numbers can be overwhelming, but maybe villages should merge and become cities, cities should become metropolises, so on and so forth. Maybe these settlements should then have high stone walls and guards patrolling said walls at all hours. This show wants to be realistic about rape and violence, but it’s not realistic at all about humans’ ability to adapt. We’re the OG goblins of our world, man. We’re the ones who breed like mad then rape the planet. Don’t try to take that distinction from us!

— Yeah, you gotta go to the guild in order to find an adventurer willing to exterminate the pesky goblins plaguing you. And even then, you have to wait days until someone takes up the job. Goblins are treated like bugs that nobody wants to deal with, because the pay is too low. Again, if this is such a huge problem for society, there should be some sort of government that you pay tax to — a government that will just automatically protect you from bedb–… I mean, goblins. But in these generic fantasy anime, there’s always a guild and there are always adventurers, so the guild board has all sorts of dumb, inane requests that should just be a regular job for a day laborer instead.

— The Guild Lady likes Goblin Slayer simply because he’s willing to take on all these menial goblin-slaying jobs. She beams whenever he enters the building. Hah, putting together a harem by murdering goblins. That’s a new one.

— Other adventurers look down on Goblin Slayer because, well, he only fights goblins. I swear, the humans in this show are so brain-dead. Or they’re just bad adventurers. In every lame ass JRPG that you can play, people become adventurers because they want to help people. But in this show, they just care about money and the prestige of taking down strong mobs. And considering how you have to depend on these losers to protect you, no wonder society is stuck in the medieval age.

— Still, you have to wonder who decides the rankings for these quests. If the Guild Lady (or whoever’s in charge) knows that newbies can’t normally handle goblins, maybe they shouldn’t be considered porcelain-ranked quests.

— Oh look, more newbies for the meat grinder.

— So apparently, the Guild Lady warns the newbies not to take the goblin slaying quests, but they can choose to do so anyway. That’s like telling a little kid that they’re not old enough to drive a car, but not stopping them from getting behind the wheel.

— Goblin Slayer doesn’t rush to the guild board, because he knows that there will be plenty of left over goblin-slaying quests. But I dunno, if idiot newbies are gobbling them up, maybe he should beat them to the punch. Think about it. If they fail, the girls will just get raped and give birth to more goblins, right? Well, he probably doesn’t care whether they live or not. He just cares if he can kill more goblins.

— Oh no, my weirdo childhood friend has made a new female friend!

— So Priestess, still probably a newbie, starts trying to argue with Goblin Slayer about his tactics.

— To nobody’s surprise, three newbies take a goblin-slaying quest, and Priestess is worried about them. Unfortunately, she can’t change her partner’s mind so those three are as good as dead and/or raped.

— C’mon, does a dungeon full of goblins like this look like something that the lowest-ranked adventurer can handle? The funniest thing about this show is that goblins aren’t even the biggest threat. Rather, it’s human ineptitude. The show wants to be so solemn and realistic about questing as an adventurer, but the stupidity here is comical. The selfish, egotistical adventurers combined with the guild bureaucracy’s poor threat assessment of the quests are why people keep suffering. As a result, I have a hard time taking any of this seriously.

— So there we go, Goblin Slayer’s village was destroyed and his big sister was raped by goblins. Childhood Friend only survived because she had gone to the big city.

— At least all the sexual violence is kinda happening offscreen in this week’s episode. Kinda. I hope I didn’t speak too soon.

— Again, kinda. For some reason, we needed to see what had happened in last week’s episode again while Goblin Slayer goes on his rant about how all goblins deserve to die. It’s only been one week, guys. I haven’t forgotten.

— Oh what? Some of the newbies survived? Good on them, I guess.

— I get that he wants revenge, but there are probably better ways to do this… like convincing people that goblins are a menace that need to be wiped out systematically. Call it goblin genocide or whatever. Goblin Slayer’s just one man. He knows he can’t kill them faster than they can multiply. Then again, what would he even do with the rest of his life if they did all die? This is more like masturbation for him than a true quest to wipe out all goblins. He needs them to keep on truckin’.

— Even Childhood Friend’s uncle tries to warn her that Goblin Slayer is too far gone. Just give up on the idea of him eventually settling down and living a normal life one day.

— Priestess gains a new spell, but instead of using it to protect others, she’s using it to trap goblins to their death. This seems like it bothers her a bit, but whatever. It’s like taking out bed bugs.

— The girl then falls to her knees and prays for the fallen adventurers who had tried to take on the same quest before them. Again, there are probably more productive things she could be doing. Like go on an inspired campaign to inform people about the dangers of goblins and these quests. I dunno, there has to be a better solution than just standing idly by and doing nothing. Oh no, newbies are throwing their lives away! I guess I’ll just pray!

— Look at that Guild Lady blush while talking to a suit of armor. We’re up to three haremettes now. Like goblins, they’re multiplying outta control.

— Near the end of the episode, Goblin Slayer finally makes his way back to his Childhood Friend. They proceed to have a scintillating conversation where he replies to every question with a one-word answer.

— After the ED, we see a bard singing about the Goblin Slayer of all people. He proceeds to pretty much summarize the rest of the story for us. Basically, every single hot babe in this world can yearn for our hero’s goblin-stained ass all they want, but he’ll never stop. He can’t stop. This goblin murderin’ train has no stops.

— Or to put it more disturbingly, he’ll never get over watching his sister get raped. All the hottest babes in the world can’t sooth Goblin Slayer’s tormented soul.

— Speaking of hot babes, this hooded person is probably going to be the fourth haremette to join the party.

— Ooh la la, she’s an elf.

14 thoughts on “Goblin Slayer Ep. 2: Let’s make this show a harem too

  1. Srw94 (@Srwk26)

    I’m a fan of the manga and honestly expected a shit storm for ep 1 but did not expect it to blow up so much lol. The show is going to be a lot more tame going forward barring some exceptions. I really enjoy the DnD aspects of the setting and the entire series is pretty much based on the author’s DnD campaign. As for the chars, they really start to shine once they form a party and start bonding with each other. The MC becomes a lot more endearing as he starts to form relationships and opens up to them.

  2. Cozy Rogers

    Thankful to you for sitting through this so I didn’t need to. Moment ep2 opened with a series of fan service shots, odds of a classy follow-up on events of ep1 evaporated.

    So tone-deaf it’s -almost- funny. Show officially dropped. RIP.

  3. Adrian Saputra

    If there is one thing I can say about this shitshow is that its creator know how to drum up attention and get audience. Other than all that 2edgy4me stuff, this farce isn’t dark at all. This is just your standard harem LN fantasy adventure and its creator seems to realize that, so he put shitload of gratuitous rape and other comically stupid stuff in it, so he can pretend that this crap is totally dark and mature. Not to mention, all the controversies about it is basically free publication and make people want to watch it at least once to see what all the fuss is actually about.

    Seriously, the writing of this shitshow is bad and it isn’t even a dark story.

  4. Mort Baldomero

    The only threat to humanity here is the negligence of these people. Seriously what would happenif this guy did not exist? neither I could not say that he is a good character or that he does the right thing as someone who does his duty “it’s a dirty job but someones gotta do it”, since in reality he is only guided by revenge. As I said the situation of the goblins is like a plague of rats, every so often the guilds should worry about doing a cleansing of these in “tensei shitara ken deshita” they make a free goblin hunt because these also accumulate and we talk about a story about a cat loli and a sword that speaks, but that has more flashes of common sense than this undeservedly popular show.

  5. Corvo Attano

    If you exclude the possibility that rape is just cheap fan service/hentai excuse. GS’s world is a lot like Warhammer 40k, except that only imperials of man outbreed any other species.

    Goblins uses human female as breeding tool but the human has no problem throwing female adventurers at them, even elite ones(both the priestess and the wizard died at first ep are both honorary student type). That means human can chow out hundreds of elite adventurers like them throw them like guardsman until goblins dead.

    Goblins, despite its danger portrayed in the show they are still consider minor pest and there’s dragons/ demons that are widely considered more dangerous than goblin. And human doesn’t seems to have problem, the chatter in the guide just saying killing dragons like regular quest.

    Gives you a perspect that human are so cheap that they have both the number and quality to dominate food chain.

    But I’ll just stick with excuse to hentai.

  6. Yalu

    Speaking of bedbugs, did you see the reddit post where this poor girl thought her doctor boyfriend was drugging her and raping her? In the end it was just bedbugs biting her and creating gaps in her memory. They really are terrifying.

    Anyways, it’s good to be back. I finally have time to follow your blog.

    1. Sean Post author

      I saw it. Legal Advice post, right? I dunno, I found it dubious. Bed bugs are terrible, but they don’t cause memory loss.

  7. hanasra

    Good observations. A Friend of mine already made those line of criticism (human being so negligent it’s so fucking funny) but it’s good to see it again here. I already blacklisting the manga ever since chapter 1 because how edgy and stupid it is. And after passive reading (my friends like to posted some of the pages on our chat group), I know that all the edgyness from chapter 1 is just smoke and mirror. In the end it is about Goblin Slayer guy doing awesome thing while surrounded by his newly found harem.

    And that makes it even worse.

    Some people LIKES to tell me that the manga, LN, or whatever wasn’t so bad after chapter 1 because of that. But I object. The usage of such violence in only 1 chapter shows that the author are not being honest with the intention of the story. It is pure gorn, a tryhard attempt to make his story looks more serious than it actually is. The scene itself throws so much logic and basic writing to make the world looks dangerous by making the newbies adventurer braindead, incapable of thinking, acting, and desperately struggling on their own. It is like they are pawn or something.

    Yes that DnD thing.

    It is clear that the vices of this show or the whole series to be exact comes from that. DnD playthrough made into story without proper retooling to make it works as a normal narrative. The premise itself is very shallow and soon you’ll see that the shows turned repetitive and aimless. It even beats its own purpose by introducing Goblin Warlord, which is high level mob of the goblin.

    Some people likes GS because it have some DnD homage, but that is a very poor excuse to like something bad as this. Pick a better reason to like a show please.


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