I love Goblin Slayer. Even before the anime, I was already a fan. I read the first two volumes of the Light novel and am very updated with the manga, I just love this series.
With it anime adaptation finished airing last season, I think its time for me to share my thoughts about it and express my opinion about its adaptation.
This is going to be fun.
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2018 to Dec 30, 2018
Premiered: Fall 2018
Studios: White Fox
Source: Light novel
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Synopsis: A young priestess has formed her first adventuring party, but almost immediately they find themselves in distress. It’s the Goblin Slayer who comes to their rescue—a man who’s dedicated his life to the extermination of all goblins, by any means necessary. And when rumors of his feats begin to circulate, there’s no telling who might come calling next… (MAL)
Goblin Slayer was a dark fantasy anime I didn’t expect I wanted. I first heard about this series when a friend of mine gave me a copy of the first LN volume. I fully got interested with it after seeing the interview of the LN author with the An1meMan. That was the moment I knew how the story was made through the experience and D&D campaigns of the author. With that connection, I immediately got intrigued by this series, and it didn’t disappoint.
The story was well-crafted and it progressed well. In alot of ways, alot better than the manga/LN. The manga/LN had a solid and well-paced plot already, but I prefer the arrangement of the arcs in the anime. Making the “attack of the hometown arc” the climax of the story over the “Sword maiden arc” had showed the growth of the characters, especially Goblin Slayer. Though, it would have been amazing if alot of the mini-storylines of the manga/LN was included in the anime. Still, the anime ended on a very happy note and I am looking forward heavily to the 2nd season.
I think I don’t need to explain much about the characters and why their names are too literal. With the series being connected heavily to D&D, its understandable. I do wanna say share how much I love the characters and how much I enjoy the interactions between them. Yes, each character represent a cliche personality that is quite common in fantasy stories and especially, on D&D. But it was how these cliche archetypes compliment each other that made the watching alot more fun.
I especially love how unique and undefine Goblin Slayer was all through out the series. With him being the “anomaly” in their world, his actions continues to be unpredictable and it is a delight to see him fight against the enemies in a very unorthodox way. Other than GS, my other favorite character would be the Priestess. I really like her growth all throughout the series. From being a novice to a reliable party member, her journey was not easy but it was worth it. I especially love her amazing moment in the last arc where she was the one who hit the last blow. It was at the moment, I saw how the Priestess was no longer the same Priestess in the 1st episode. It was mesmerizing.
As much as I want to continue to give praises to this series, the anime fell short on the animation. The character designs were quite close to the manga so I approve it. It was the animation that was quite disappointing. I really hate the 3D animation of GS, he looked so detached from the anime. There were alot of shortcuts and bad animation on some simple scenes, though they do deliver really good animation on the important scenes. If only this series had a consistent and stable animation, then this would be amazing.
Overall, this anime was a nice adaptation. It delivered well and I can’t wait for the next season.
Yes, I know about the controversy and I don’t want to talk much about it anymore. I knew about the controversial scene in the beginning and I know that it was used for shock value. Its purpose was for us, readers, to see how cruel the Goblins are in their world and understand the hatred the Goblin Slayer had for those filthy creatures. Whether you guys understand that reasoning or not, I can’t force you to like this series. If this is not for you guys, then don’t force yourself to watch this. There are still alot of animes out there.
I guess…that’s all I want to say.
Thanks for reading!