Goblin Slayer: Influence of adaptation on events in the light novel

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Spoilers for Goblin Slayer

I know I said I’d do series reviews, but I couldn’t help myself with this topic. While I was on vacation for the winter holidays, I had a lot of time for reading light novels. With that extra time, I ended up reading the Goblin Slayer light novel up to the point where the anime ends. While it’s still uncertain whether we’re getting a second season, I did notice that the order of events in the light novel noticeably differed from what we saw in the anime. Obviously, this post will have spoilers about those events.

Goblin Slayer faces off against a goblin lord

The anime ended with the dramatic fight against goblin lord attacking Goblin Slayer’s home village. However, the light novel has this entire encounter in the first volume, before the group goes to the Water City and meets the Sword Maiden. This has an interesting consequence. As you may recall, there’s a specific scene in the Water City arc in which Priestess and Goblin Slayer wake up together in the same bed. At the time, I remember questioning why Priestess doesn’t bring up the fact that Goblin Slayer is not wearing his helmet, as it’s the first time we’ve seen that in the anime.

Goblin Slayer is revived by Priestess

In the light novel, this behavior makes sense, since Goblin Slayer reveals his face to her as a reward for defeating the goblin lord. So, Priestess has already seen his face by the time they sleep together. But that’s really just a minor gripe, as the anime explains this away by having Priestess say she didn’t see Goblin Slayer’s face clearly at the time.

High Elf sneaks

What’s more interesting is that the anime chooses to end on that fight in the first place. As opposed to the events of the Water City arc, the attack on the farm is personal, and it’s a battle Goblin Slayer acknowledges is impossible to win alone. As a result, the stakes for the fight become a lot higher, since it’s not just Goblin Slayer’s survival that’s in question. What better way to end a series?

Goblin Slayer is a weirdo

Additionally, the fight forces him to call upon the aid of every adventurer he has met up to that point despite his reputation as a largely unsociable guy. That means the fight is building upon the interactions we’ve seen throughout the entire series, making it a fitting conclusion. Sure, it’s probably just a result of the adaptation benefiting from hindsight. The fight serves pretty much the same purpose as the finale for the light novel, but it’s missing the time aspect, time to show how other adventurers see Goblin Slayer.

That's not a goblin

I think the events work either way, but I personally think it’s fun to see how the anime takes advantage of its season constraints to construct a slightly different, but ultimately appropriate, story experience. I’ve always been really bad at seeing the specific ways an anime adaptation builds upon its source material, and I think this might be a clear example to help me out. It’s something to think about, right?

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Random Impressions: Goblin Slayer Episode 9 – The brave adventurers

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Discovering the secret entrance of the goblins

I’m still not entirely sure I understand the Sword Maiden’s role in this story, but I’m having a surprising amount of fun with the D&D references in this series. The more cheeky ones are nice to see, such as introducing the flying eyeball with with the line “behold” (look up what a beholder is). There are definitely some that feel more like a stretch, but it’s all good fun. I know that people are suffering in the background, but I’m supposed to be role playing as a form of escapism, right?

Trying to pry away the mirror to the goblin home world

This mirror is an example of a reference I think might be a stretch. Given that the mirror is a portal to the goblin home world, it’s presumably a portal to the “green moon”, or GM. Behind the mirror is every goblin that is entering the world to wreak havoc, so would that make the mirror a GM screen?

Goblin Slayer sticks to the plan

I really liked this scene. High Elf comments that Goblin Slayer’s plan seemed convenient given the location of the battle, and Goblin Slayer simply responds with “yeah, that’s because I plan based on my surroundings, genius”.

Sword Maiden gets rejected

It definitely took a bit of research before I could understand that remnants of the Demon army sent goblins to terrorize the Sword Maiden, forcing her to ask Goblin Slayer for help to avoid revealing her fear of goblins to other adventurers. But I think the important takeaway is that she’s not getting together with Goblin Slayer?

Everyone travels together now

The ending of this episode felt incredibly reminiscent of the typical D&D opening. The DM always comes up with some shoddy reason to shove the players together on the same mission, and the mission ends with everyone saying “I guess we’re a team now”.

Fall 2018 Grab Bag Week 5: Goblin Slayer, Ulysses

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I’m watching too many shows this season. So, I have quite a lot of impressions to get through. I wonder how many shows are going to make it into the grab bag rotation.

Goblin Slayer First Impressions (1-4)

Hey, I heard people were talking about this show. I’m not really a big fan of super gory shows. I mostly like watching this show because I’ve played a decent amount of D&D and this show plays out like a pretty standard campaign. I can envision that one player who creates a character with a single defining trait and then goes to great lengths to make that character trait relevant in every exchange. Enter Goblin Slayer, the guy who’s obsessed with goblins and will bring up goblins in basically any way he can.

At the end of the day, I’m a sucker for the D&D references in this series. The character jobs are all familiar, and I like the constant references to dice. It’s also fun to see how Goblin Slayer in particular comes up with crazy ways to use his limited abilities to fight goblins. It’s the equivalent of one player asking if they can try something, and seeing what happens when the DM replies with “only one way to find out”.

Oh, the joy of spell slots. Better enjoy that short rest, right?

This is that awkward moment when you realize that Fireball has a 20-foot radius. Huh…I never thought about how ridiculous that is.

To be honest, I really like to see shots like this with Goblin Slayer’s phantom red eye. They’re…pretty cool?

Ulysses – Jeanne d’Arc to Renkin no Kishi First Impressions (1-4)

I’m really not sure about this show. I have no problem with re-imagining every supposed saint in history as an immortal Ulysses powered by a Philosopher’s Stone. Shifting the perspective of history is something I like to see in a show. My main issue is that the characters in the show have a weirdly childish side to them. The main character, Montmorency, has an excuse, as he literally spent seven years interacting with no one. But I really don’t understand why every other character seems to have an obsessive reliance on Montmorency when they’re all either stronger or more influential than he is.

As a general impression, this show moves quickly. Honestly, I think it moves too quickly for its own good, leaving certain things in the dust. For example, a large part of the series revolves around the fact that Montmorency disappears for seven years because he becomes so obsessed with creating the elixir he needs to tolerate the Philosopher’s Stone. How does one completely lose track for that long? Who cares? I’d be less upset with not knowing why if it wasn’t such a sticking point for every other character.

But hey…Astaroth is a pretty nice character, right?

Speaking of pacing, everyone is basically back together by episode four. Richemont’s capture ends up feeling like a cheap catalyst, since she’s back by the time Montmorency becomes active again.

Sure, why not?

The wonders of elixir. It evaporates immediately on contact with air, but it can apparently survive in your body for…as long as you want? It’s not like the stomach shares the same entryway as the lungs or anything.

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Episode 9: Day off

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You know what a show that moves slowly and has a lot of dead air needs? An episode where the main characters take a break! So much excitement! Woohoo!

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So, I guess Shihoru’s new bird-feeding obsession is an homage to that scene with her and Manato from earlier. But more importantly, this sentence is all kinds of wrong. As awkward as it sounds, “looking forward to continuing to work with you” is more correct here.

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Uhh…did that aardvark thing just “meow”? Is that really the sound they make or were they too lazy to get a better sound?

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While I understand that this is supposed to be nostalgic or something, it does bring up an obvious question. How exactly does Mary pay for these lodgings? Even if they’re specifically for women, the place must be nicer than the standard lodging that the main group is using, right? Did she just save up a bunch of money from her past adventures?

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I can’t tell if the show is trying to ship these two together or just using Haruhiro to pull Mary into the team activities.

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Wow…was my prediction last week correct? Now that they’ve avenged Manato, it’s time to avenge Mary’s former teammates?

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Uhh…this is actually terrible reasoning. It’s the kind of thing I would say in this situation and YOU DON’T WANT TO LISTEN TO ME IN THIS SITUATION. That being said, it’s possible that this is an adaptation that Haruhiro has developed from the incident with Manato. Manato died when the team let their guard down, so he might be trying to prevent the same thing from happening.

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Why is Haruhiro even talking about “breaking the routine”? If they can’t go to Damuro, then every place they choose will break the routine. He’s doing a very poor job of hiding the fact that he wants to go to Cyrene Mine just to help Mary face her past. His argument is invalid!

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Whoa, really? Mary is surprisingly rational in this situation.

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Haven’t seen her in a while…

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HE MUST CHOOSE!

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No Game No Life King?

I guess next week, we tackle the Cyrene Mine…sooooo more action?

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Episode 4: That happened more quickly than I expected…

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Randomly starting off the episode with bird taming. Also, what won’t hurt? Her hands won’t hurt? I think you mean “they won’t hurt you”.

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Look at her shadow here. Her right hand is literally touching the ground right now. There’s no way in the world Manato will be able to do…

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…this. If he were really there in time, we would have seen his shadow too in the previous scene. This is not how physics works.

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Also, there’s no way Manato actually kept Shihoru from being injured here. There’s no way his right arm is cushioned enough to relieve the entire momentum of Shihoru’s fall…she would have at least hurt her back or butt here.

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Animators taking a day off on the characters, huh? Also, sure…let’s start this episode off with some romance. It’s been hinted at between these for a while now, but we should display it in the open!

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Taking some time at the start of the episode to introduce the party’s new skills? I’m totally fine with this. Show me what you got!

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So Shihoru is officially the team’s only decent ranged character? Yeah, this is some solid team strategy.

I’m totally fine with Backstab for Haruhiro…he definitely needed a skill like that.

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No it’s not…please tell me this is a translation error. I don’t think anyone has thought that “atrocious” is an elegant word…ever.

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Shadow first? Surely, this doesn’t suggest anything. Also, I guess you can get away with being a debuff mage when your entire team is melee fighters…feels like a waste of potentially destructive arcane magic, though.

Also, WHY IS MANATO THE VANGUARD?

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Ranta actually says the same thing I was thinking throughout Yume’s rant.

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Wait…they explicitly foreshadowed Manato’s death? Wow…I guess they really were pulling out all of those death flags on purpose.

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Oh, I see…this is one of those “pretend I’m fine until the danger passes” deaths…well, that feels like such an anticlimactic way for Manato to die.

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WHAT? THERE WAS NO ARROW IN HIS BACK! LOOK:

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That entire running scene was put there just to make us guess at how Manato was injured (I re-watched that scene three times looking for the arrow)…and then they just retcon the arrow in his back to mess with us.

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First off, this is why the healer should never be the vanguard.

But in all honesty, there’s not much more to be said about the rest of episode because it just shows the team grieving. For those of you that may be worried about this episode being a launching pad for murdering more members of the team, I’d say put your worries at ease. Manato’s death was something that has been coming for a long time and it’s something that kinda had to happen. He coddled the team too much and kept them in a dangerous state of mind. It felt like everyone was seeing this situation as a game that they played together, but Manato’s death shocks them into realizing that this is their reality. Now, each character will have to step up and fill in the gaps that Manato left behind, so I think it’s really unlikely that anyone else will be killed. It’s a good development, but it lacked all emotion. Manato felt more like a device than a character…you could tell from the start that he was just going to be thrown away.

Anyway, it looks like next week’s episode will introduce a new character to the group to fill in the healer role. Hopefully, this one actually does her job…yeesh.