– Goburin Sureiyā
– Убиец на гоблини
– قاتل الغوبلن
– 고블린 슬레이어
– Goblin Katili (Goblin Slayer)
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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