I recently finished watching Goblin Slayer and honestly, it was a very enjoyable watch for me. As someone who likes powerful, careful and/or calm protagonists, this was Goblin Slayer-san was truly fun to watch.
The Goblin Slayer is always speaks in a rather monotonous voice and responds to others with concise answers that can be used to answer just about any question. He speaks in a very matter-of-fact manner to others and mainly has a single goal in mind. To slay goblins.
While many other adventurers look down on the Goblin Slayer, he is by far the most knowledgeable and cautious of the bunch. Or at least, comparing him to other adventurers shown in the anime. He never fails to meticulously plan out the most efficient way to slay goblins. The more episodes you watch, the more you really come to understand how much research he has done on goblins.
When I first watched Goblin Slayer, I thought that his ability to focus all his energy to achieve his one and only goal of slaying goblins was amazing. I thought to myself, if only I had a goal of some sort that I could focus all my energy on to achieve. Even knowing that my life is insignificant in the grand scheme of things, to at least be content with doing whatever I want to the best of my abilities… Would that allow me to feel “true happiness” that eludes most of us who go through our lives as empty shells destined to make money just so we can live?
Despite the fact that Goblin Slayer’s focus in entirely on goblins, he does not allow himself to be relaxed in any manner. He thoroughly prepares himself for whatever may come his way and hinder him from goblins… Even if it means preparing for more than just your run-of-the-mill goblins.
In life, there are times when we really just want to throw everything else away on focus on that one thing that we love. However, sometimes, we need to acknowledge the fact that we cannot overspecialise as that may restrict our abilities and could even prevent us from doing what we want to or need to do. This is especially true in our times as more and more jobs require individuals to have more than just one skill. To put it simply, one must have specialised knowledge of their field of study but also needs good problem solving skills. Only with proper problem solving skills would an individual be able to handle tasks thrown to them that is slightly outside their range of specialisation.
Just as the Goblin Slayer has the basic necessities of an adventurer, being quick-witted, meticulous and combat ready, we also need basic necessities in life such as the ability to handle stress, think rationally and make sound decisions based on your own knowledge. At the same time, we should learn from the Goblin Slayer and always be listening out for new information that could be useful to our own areas of specialisation.
I apologise for the messy write-up. I kept worrying that I was spoiling too much and ended up with a kind of half-assed post. I guess in the end, I basically just wanted to share my thoughts on how we could learn from the main character’s one track mind, meticulous and determined nature while at the same time being careful not to restrict ourselves too much. After all, sometimes you need to take into consideration other things that may help you achieve your goal, even if it is slightly outside your area of specialisation.