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Goblin Slayer Season 1 (2018)
ゴブリンスレイヤー (Goburin Sureiyā)

Synopsis

In a world of fantasy, adventurers come far and wide to join the Guild, in order to complete contracts for whatever jobs are available. An inexperienced priestess joins her first adventuring party but comes into danger after her first adventurer contact involving goblins goes wrong. After the rest of her party is wiped out, she is saved by a man known as Goblin Slayer, an adventurer whose only purpose is the eradication of goblins with extreme prejudice.
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Overview

Goblin Slayer (Japanese: ゴブリンスレイヤー Hepburn: Goburin Sureiyā) is a Japanese dark fantasy light novel series written by Kumo Kagyu and illustrated by Noboru Kannatuki. An anime television series adaptation by White Fox premiered on October 7, 2018.

Alternative title

– Goblin Slayer
– Goburin Sureiyā
– ゴブリンスレイヤー
– Убиец на гоблини
– قاتل الغوبلن
– 고블린 슬레이어
– Goblin Katili (Goblin Slayer)
– Gobusure
– ゴブスレ

TL;DR Review

Goblin Slayer is a Japanese dark fantasy anime. Unlike Western dark fantasy, this type of sub-genre can be super dark. If you think anime is for kids and feel a mature subject is a taboo, then stay away from this series.

The animation is quite beautiful and horrifying at the same time. The first episode set up how unforgiving, dark, and gritty this world is, despite how vibrant it looks. The anime uses a mixture of both traditional 2D animation and 3D CGI. It is pretty obvious when the 3D scenes are used. Goblin Slayer character himself sometimes go between the 2D and 3D version.

The music for this anime is quite subpar. It feels almost like a fan cover song or a seiyuu that can’t quite hit some of the notes. The theme songs are “Rightfully” by Mili (OP) and “Gin no Kisei” (銀の祈誓) by Soraru (ED).

This series main focus isn’t just shock value, but to develop the main character as he goes from a lone wolf to someone who can open up and gather friends around him. I would say it does a poor job of conveying this message. Some of the dialogs is a bit cringy and unrealistic. It feels more like instead of him opening up, everyone just starts to accept him.

I was unsure from episode one alone if this anime is worth watching. It does have a strong memorable introduction to the characters. This episode either demonstrate how horrible this world is or just using cheap shock value to get attention. I believe it is the first, but some people may disagree. After watching more episodes before making my initial review, I am happy to say this series is worth a watch.

I am uncertain if this is a harem anime at first, as all sign seem to be hinting at it. After completing the series, it does indeed have all the harem elements, but it is very low key. Don’t be turn off due to this fact, as it is rather tame.

This anime isn’t for everyone. Children should definitely not be watching this. If you feel morally pure and any sex or violence being shown is unacceptable, then don’t watch this.

I recommend this series to fan of medieval dark fantasy. Goblin Slayer contains strong graphic violence, some nudity, some alcoholic use, sexual content, and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for mature audiences.

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Featured Music

Goblin Slayer Season 1 (2018)
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

– “Rightfully” by Mili

Closing Theme

– “Gin no Kisei” (銀の祈誓) by Soraru
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Goblin Slayer Season 1 (2018)

A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.

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Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

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