Ever since vanilla World of Warcraft was released years ago, I have despised goblins. However, this dislike seems like a simple inconvenience compared to the hatred of the Goblin Slayer that is the main character in the series that holds his namesake. Goblin Slayer is an armored adventurer who never takes his helmet off and is a man of few words that has a serial killer complex against the little green men… and he is super good and he is very damn good at it.
Goblin Slayers one goal in life is to eradicate the mischievous creatures from the planet. Despite the presence and threat of demons and dragons throughout his world, he only accepts quests involving those screechy little creatures. Now to be fair, he has good reason for a bit of Goblin hatred, but as you soon see, the Slayer has gone so far off the deep end with hatred , you would wonder if he was actually committing mass genocide.
Despite this being a fantasy world with different races, an innocent priestess, and an innocent childhood romantic interest, this series is extremely dark. The first episode there are multiple graphic deaths, the killing of goblin children, a rape scene. The second episode includes a village massacre and female nudity which reinforces the idea that this series is for mature audiences only. What makes this even worse in my opinion is that this early in its the season, it already feels like it is being set up to be another harem anime.
While the plot line may seem quite simple, the series leaves you wanting to know more about what’s going on in this psychopaths head and that which drives him to be a walking with little talking one man goblin massacre. and inspires you to go read the manga. I give Goblin Slayer a 3.5 out of 5 stars, a good series to watch when you feel like some medieval action.
First Aired: Fall 2018
Available on: Crunchyroll
Age Range: Mature Audiences Only.
Studio: White Fox
Written by: Hideyuki Kurata and Yōsuke Kuroda
Directed by: Takaharu Ozaki
Music by: Kenichirō Suehiro
Final Rating: 3.5 Definitely worth watching.