Anime Review: Goblin Slayer
With a name like Goblin Slayer, you’d expect this to be a relatively simple little anime. You know, you have a protagonist who goes around and slays some little green-skinned humanoid creatures, which fight in packs – Sounds about right? Well, that’s exactly what you get… Except, when you think of the term “Goblin Slayer”, you expect some early level stuff in an RPG. You think of a protagonist killing creatures and getting a lot of gold for it. Again, you get just that and a lot more in Goblin Slayer. If that’s whetted your appetite for the surprise ahead, then read on for more.
Hey, before we get too into this one, I thought I’d put up a note. The name of this series makes it sound quite innocent. I first found out about Goblin Slayer about a year ago, as I saw one of the graphic novels. It was a lot more graphic than this anime adaptation, however don’t let that fool you. Some of the scenes in this anime are quite shocking, so take this as a warning if you go to watch it.
A team of would-be heroes, each bearing a Porcelain ID tag, get a quest from the quest giver in the city. A newly registered hero, a Priestess, is invited to join the team of would-be heroes to go and slay some goblins. This sounds like a simple quest and indeed, the team start off on the right foot. However, the numbers of goblins quickly mount up, overwhelming the party. Priestess goes to make her escape, only for her to be cornered by some of the goblins. Scared, the Priestess fears for her life, when suddenly a man clad in armour appears at the mouth of the goblin cave entrance.
This man is known as the Goblin Slayer, a Silver ranked hero. He fights goblins and only goblins, a type of quest that most heroes would deem to be beneath them. However, Goblin Slayer comes in to kill as many of these goblins, counting how many he kills. As he see’s the Priestess who is in trouble, he asks her to join up with him. With Priestess by his side, Goblin Slayer is able to overcome a lot more than he used to – And so the party leave to take more goblin killing quests.
As is customary with our reviews, we like to show what an anime looks like. I believe the CGI on Goblin Slayer himself looks fantastic and the animators have managed to capture the exact essence and style of the manga. It’s genuinely a visual treat, along with a lot of dark, dingy scenes. As ever, seeing is believing, so check out our gallery below:
Any anime fan knows how the opening theme or closing theme helps to solidify a series; just look at the exceptionally catchy tunes of Assassination Classroom, or the surprise real songs of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure! Now, when we look at Goblin Slayer, it’s not quite as catchy as the previously mentioned anime, but it certainly has its own sense of style. It’s somewhat relaxed compared to many series much more frenetic energy, but it’s got enough of an adrenaline pumping beat to it, that it works really well.
Okay, so actually, when I first heard they were going to make Goblin Slayer into an anime, my initial thoughts were “okay, how tame will they make it”? To their credit, whilst its a little bit tamer than the original graphic novels, it’s not too bad. It’s certainly not a censored anime, so if you’re looking for something bloody and brutal, this might be the one for you. In a weird way, I’d like to try to think of this as a ‘video game anime’ version of Berserk, so uh, there’s some logic for you? Whilst it’s not actually a ‘video game anime’, per se, it follows the concept of a combat class system pretty heavily.
All in all, I really have enjoyed the anime release of Goblin Slayer. I am thoroughly impressed and for those of you with a Crunchyroll account, it airs every Saturday – Which is great, as I needed something to take over since My Hero Academia is down until next season. Do you think Goblin Slayer is a bit too brutal, or do you dig content like this? As ever, share your thoughts in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t forget to check out Goblin Slayer on Crunchyroll (and you can watch it for free a week after it airs, don’t forget that!)