Bewitching Beauties – ‘Goblin Slayer’ Episode 3 Review

Bewitching Beauties – An Anime QandA Review of Goblin Slayer Episode 3

What’s the show? Goblin Slayer, Episode 3.

So how’s this episode? How dare this show get good! Like seriously, where does it get off!

Interesting choice of words… Speaking of getting off, we’re properly introduced to two new female characters, and what do you know, this show can write proper female characters, surprise surprise!

Wait, what was that about “getting off”? One of the characters, unimaginatively called ‘Witch’ has wonderful breasts, truly sublime.

Don’t worry Priestess, she probably just had a magical boob job.

Of course that’s what you’ve chosen to focus on… Hey! I’ll take what I can get, it’s not like this show is ~known~ for being particularly fan service-y otherwise, lest of course you’re into rape hentai…

Don’t go there again! Can we please have a review of this show that doesn’t incur the R-word?! Fine… jeez…

So what happens in this episode? A motley ~fellowship~ of adventurers, consisting of a 2000 year old loli elf, a curmudgeonly dwarf and a well-spoken lizard man come to the guild hall looking for the titular ‘Goblin Slayer’. They find him and ask for his assistance in a quest to fight off an oncoming demon horde—Goblin Slayer isn’t interested until they mention there’s goblins amongst the horde, powerful ones too! He agrees to the quest and intends to set out alone—until the others, Priestess included, join him too.

High Elf is very cute, especially for a 2000 year old!

That’s a lot to unpack… Eh, not really. I mean its all set-up really, good set-up but set-up nonetheless. Also its clear the writer of this series had a huge love for Lord of the Rings, there’s references and inspirations aplenty, which I’m… kind of okay with? I mean wear your references on your sleeves for sure, it’s better than hiding them and trying to pass them off as your own. That said, I do think not naming any of the characters will be the thing that stops me ever ‘loving’ this show. Like they’ve given them so much personality and yet, I’m constantly left pushed at arms length because of this nonsense decision to name them after their professions rather than give them ~actual~ names.

They have good chemistry… well except for Goblin Slayer himself.

Anything else to add? This show went from being the most oppressively dark and relentlessly exploitative shit on Earth to being almost jovial and light-hearted, that’s something that’ll never sit well with me. In comparison to this episode, the first episode feels all the more unnecessary, which is something which will grate on me for the rest of the series. Yes, this show is good, maybe even great now, but it’s hard to overlook how hard it almost blew all its promise so early on just for the sake of being edgy and hardcore. Also, why are all the members of this party flat-chested, while the large breasted girls stay at home? I’m all for flat-justice but we need some balance to this intrepid ~fellowship~, yeah? Next time leave ‘Priestess’ at the guild and bring ‘Witch’ or ‘Cowgirl’ along instead. Boing!

Witch’s mesmerising jiggles. “Now, now…” indeed.

Previous Goblin Slayer Reviews:

Dark Twisted Fantasy – Episode 1 Review
Reason and Restraint – Episode 2 Review

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Author: Cactus Matt

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9 thoughts on “Bewitching Beauties – ‘Goblin Slayer’ Episode 3 Review”

  1. Lol…we need some balance 🤔🤔 Hmm…wonder what you meant with that 😂😂
    Seriously though: I was pretty surprised as well at this turn of events myself as well. If you would not have seen the first episode and dropped into this without that knowledge it would almost seem like it’s a “normal” show. Probably will change rapidly again next week though…have this feeling it will. But…really enjoying this so far 😊

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  2. I had a friend in high school who had boobs like Witch. Yeah, I am serious. They didn’t bounce quite that mysteriously though. I’m kind of relieved that it is the two flat chested girls out slaying the goblins. I mean, do you want a goblin hanging from those tasty boobs? Yeah, I think not. Save them for later. *Lina talking boobs way too early in the morning. That’s a first*

    As for the rest then. I am disappointed. Well, not as the anime as a whole because I really like the characters (especially Goblin Slayer, I would do him any day of the week) and the world. I am disappointed because it went from a promising dark and disturbing first episode to a light and somewhat cheerful anime about slaying mythical creatures. Like any old fantasy adventure. I wanted that first episode to continue. Set the tone for the series. As it is now it was unnecessary as you say.

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      1. I have a secret to tell you. Promise to not tell anyone… my rep as the boys loving maniac will forever be destroyed if you do… I have a minor *cough* rather big *cough* crush on Cow Girl. 😳😘 And I mean, I was just considerate when I didn’t want witch out fighting goblins. They are some mean motherf*ckers. We wouldn’t want them chewing on some sensitive nipples now, would we. Also, I bet she will be back, I got some vibes from her.

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  3. “In comparison to this episode, the first episode feels all the more unnecessary, which is something which will grate on me for the rest of the series.”

    I don’t know — the horror from that first episode has cast a dark shadow on almost everything about this series — and I think in a dramatic way. I can’t look at any of the characters without feeling a thrill of fear on their behalf! It’s been awhile since I’ve watched a show where life and death was that close to the surface.

    Well, not counting Zombieland Saga, because the zombies are already dead…

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    1. But as I’ve said countless times my issue with episode 1 wasn’t with the content of the first episode it was how it was represented. It was lurid and exploitative as opposed to dark and menacing. They could have presented the rape as less fan servicey and still maintained the dark tone.

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      1. Maybe. I’m not sure. Or maybe I’ve just seen, well, too much… All I can say is that I’m jumpy on behalf of all of the characters in this show!

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