Goblin Slayer anime episode 8 dropped November 25, 2018, on Japanese television, and the release date may be different depending on the time zone if you’re watching the episode online at Crunchyroll. The anime episode gives the audience a glimpse of young Goblin Slayer’s training and his teacher basically tells him don’t let fear hold you back from taking action, which is a reoccurring theme of the episode.
About 70% of this episodes plot gave a couple characters’ a breather with the remaining 30% showing the continuation of a quest. I like how the whole episode kept eluding to the point about don’t let fear hold you back from quickly acting on your decisions. The tone was pleasant, the themes are apparent, and the cinematography was on point.
The beginning of Goblin Slayer anime episode 8 gives the audience a flashback of the main character’s goblin slaying training. This little flashback training scene sets up the idea of making a decision quickly, acting on it, and don’t let fear hold you back. Then the episode transitions to the present day of the main character, and how he as well as the Priestess must heal from their wounds before continuing their quest any further. Almost the last quarter of the episode shows the characters’ continue their quest, and get into a battle with some unknown creature.
In the beginning of the episode, it gives the audience a scene showing a much younger Goblin Slayer receiving harsh, even deadly, training from his master who is still very mysterious at this point in the series.
The episode then fast forwards to present day when Goblin Slayer and the Priestess receive special healing from the Sword Maiden. Also, more information is revealed about what happened to the Sword Maiden with her experience fighting goblins 10 years ago in the series timeline.
While Goblin Slayer and the Priestess get enough rest and preparations, the three other members of the Goblin Slayer team continue excavating the sewers. A couple of familiar faces make an appearance, and they are connected to something Goblin Slayer did in the last episode. The episode also cuts back to the Cow Girl and her uncle wondering about Goblin Slayer’s well-being.
By the end of the episode, Goblin Slayer and the Priestess reunite with three other members of the group on the quest of solving the goblin problem of Water Town. All five members of the Goblin Slayer team encounter a mysterious monster beneath the catacombs of Water Town, which they must battle before getting to the goblins.
Tone & Themes
The tone of the first scene of the episode is definitely on the dark side of things here. A young Goblin Slayer is literally on the brink of death in his training with a creepy old dude who is the complete opposite of Yoda from Star Wars.
Then the tone shifts to a period of healing from battle wounds, preparing for a quest, and getting relaxation before starting the quest. Another tone shift happens by the last quarter of the episode with a risky battle and a bit of action.
There may be a few themes being shown in this episode, but there is only one theme that stands out the most. This theme I mainly want to discuss is about making a quick decision and acting on it even if you’re terrified to do so. The Sword Maiden explains this the best because she knows how dangerous and terrifying their world is, and how people in the world must continue to take action even if they are quaking in their shoes.
Animation & Sound
Now, there wasn’t that much action in this episode but the animation was still awesome. The animators really show their talent of directing the flow of the episode with their use of camera shots, camera angles, and the timing of it all. When they use CG animation it doesn’t really bother me that much because there is very little of it and they only use it when they need to. The little action we do get in the episode is always epic and fun to look at.
I’ve mentioned in another anime series review for the series Radiant about the music being slightly above average, but the music in Goblin Slayer goes way above that. The timing with the music is just as good as the timing with the animation in this episode.
I also think the sound effects are perfect with footsteps, water dripping, blood dripping, water flowing, rocks being thrown, ice crashing, spells being cast, disintegrating blast shooting, weapons being sharpened, and so much more. The last thing I want to say is the voice actors did a marvelous job in this episode like they do in every episode.
Goblin Slayer Anime Episode 8 – Final Thoughts
The way that episode 7 ended had me worried about the main character, but episode 8 put me at ease, although, this series is still extremely dark and no one’s really safe in the world of Goblin Slayer. I did like the official reveal of Goblin Slayer’s master in this episode, but not enough is known about him and I’d like to know more about him. The down time that a couple characters’ had in this episode was excellent because it had great dialogue and it was animated well.
I have to say the plot was solid in this episode coming off of last week’s episode. The dynamic of characters’ as well as the characterization was intriguing to watch.
I think the tone of this episode shifted smoothly as well as not being so dark and the themes presented in this episode were strong. And the cinematography was great for a more laid-back episode even though we got good action by the end.
Lastly, I think I will give this episode a score of 8.5 out of 10.
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