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...
*** How to bamboozle Anime fans in 2018 in few steps only***
1) Announce the production of a “Fantasy” Anime that its LN/Manga has a large fanbase, so you can attract a large amount of anime audiences.
2) Make a really nice & “vague” trailer that shows this anime as a “generic” fantasy anime with goblins.
3) Accidentally, Make a mistake by putting “PG-13” in the Rating section instead of “R – 17 +” in most of anime sites, so the audiences feel safe 100% about this one. (But change it later indeed).
4) The first few minutes of the first episode must be smooth and normal like any generic fantasy
or Isekai anime. Now, it is the perfect chance. The audiences are off guard … INCLUDE some random disgusting rape scenes and some brutal deaths to the extent that the audiences want to vomit & puke and feel pain in their stomach, ragging on Internet about this anime, driving them into insanity, cause of the best trolling ever. Ka-booooom, Mission accomplished by a success rate 100% and the anime’s base has jumped into a high number of users in no time.
Some animes acquire their fame due to the high quality, the originality or maybe cause of the hype. But Goblin Slayer is different. This anime acquired its fame cause of …. Some rape scenes??! Goblin Slayer is now considered as the best anime for “hot” topics and discussions threads. With +850 comments in the first episode’s discussion, and more than 45 threads about this anime in only few weeks, Pretty much right?
If you’re looking for a “deep plot”. Then, you came to the wrong place, my friend. As the name of the title, this anime is only about killing goblins, obviously the anime is called Goblin Slayer. The setting of this anime is somehow like MMORPG games or Isekai animes. It’s about a fantasy world with different races and creatures, and one of those races are the goblins. The story revolves around a skilled adventure who kills nothing but goblins only. Despite his high rank as an adventure, he only cares about slaying goblins; cause he hates goblins as he wants to take revenge from them. But do goblins consider as a high threat? In this anime, yes. Goblins here have only 1 gender. “Males”. How can they reproduce then? Simply, by having an intercourse with female humans to breed their kids. Which is “Rape” of course.
Some people would say that rape’s theme is used here as a kind of awful fetish or some kind of disgusting fan-service. No, rape here isn’t used for this. It’s not hentai. It’s not used for making you entertain seeing some girls getting raped, again, it’s not a BDSM hentai or something. And if you think like they used it for a disgusting thing like this, then mate, it’s your own problem.
But then, the rape theme here is used for another purpose. The idea of this anime is to make the audiences hate goblins to the extent that they all must die and that humans must wipe them out. If goblins kill humans only, then it will not make all of the audiences agree on annihilating them, even killing their kids like what goblin slayer did. So how can this be improved? By rape. Yes. Rape is an awful act, then what if all goblins rape innocent humans? It’s awful right? And this successfully worked. Anime fans are hating goblins – and the anime itself – cause of this. The purpose of rape is to make you get angry from all goblins and want to kill them like what goblin slayer is doing by himself, cause even their kids, will grow up someday and will rape other women. So they must be slayed. And this is why, this anime is called “Goblin Slayer”.
Most of characters here are somehow generic. You have a cute and innocent priestess, a busty childhood cheerful friend, a blonde elf, a hot guild girl and some cool characters like that Dwarf and the lizard-man. But, the only exception here is, the protagonist who is Goblin Slayer himself.
Goblin Slayer is unlike the main characters of any other fantasy/Isekai anime. Some sees him as edgy and some sees him as a badass person. Goblin slayer is an interesting person in my opinion. He has witnessed his sister’s rape when he was young, leaving an enormous scar in his soul, turning him into someone who cares about nothing but murdering goblins to take his revenge. Goblin Slayer’s monologue in the 2nd episode highlights an important part about his character, revealing the truth that he knows, that he is getting ‘happier’ and ‘happier’ each time when he kills goblins, changing his route from seeking revenge into fulfilling a sadistic desire. He, himself is going downhill into insanity, as he’s slowly turning into a monster who just enjoys killing goblins every day, losing his humane side bit by bit, which can be highlighted as a foreshadowing in the upcoming events.
Goblin Slayer isn’t like the other high-ranked adventures who seek for attention, bragging and being pretentious to be praised from others. He doesn’t care about stuff like this at all. He is a victim in my opinion, despite his high rank, he’s getting mocked by the other guildmates about his state, gears etc .. And what he cares about is killing goblins only, we can see from this that he has zero intent in life since that he looks like as if his holy mission is killing goblins and nothing else, feeling joy? No. falling in love? No. He’s basically turning into a blind person whose desires are consuming him to a bad edge.
Nothing special about the OSTs, they’re not bad nor perfect, just normal. The OP song is dark, calm & somehow okey, the ED song isn’t that good even.
The animation here isn’t a top-tier or something. It’s normal, people complain about the bad GC but actually I didn’t notice the GC till I saw people talking about it on the internet. There’s nothing like a superpower here or stuff like that so I don’t see the importance of wasting a huge budget on anime like this.
The anime is quite entertaining, as many generic fantasy & isekai animes were released this year, Goblin Slayer breaks the trend like what Re:Zero did in 2016. As in Fall, we have mostly romance or school animes, so I honestly like watching Goblin Slayer, this anime is somehow dark and has a lot of violence in it beside really good action’s scenes, which is something I really appreciate, giving the calm and heavy atmosphere, is a something I barely see in the recent animes.
It’s okey if you don’t love Goblin Slayer, you don’t have to force yourself to watch it, if you can’t stand the rape and violence in it and you are sensitive about it, despite that “rape” here is used for another thing as I explained, then I think it’s better for you to watch any anime else from this season, there are more than 20 animes, you know. Goblin Slayer isn’t meant to be liked by everyone so please don’t start bashing about a series that is not genuinely your type. In the recent years, animes tend to be more “peaceful”, “relaxing” and having some cute girls. So It will be weird indeed for a lot of people to see something vulgar & harsh like Goblin Slayer. Moreover, if you don’t like the anime cause that there’s no particular deep plot or something, then yeah, you’re probably right. But overall, this anime is so good & interesting in my opinion, It has some pros and some cons indeed. I hope that this anime impress me even more in the upcoming episodes.
“I am, in turn, a goblin to them” – Goblin Slayer.
TL;DR: at bottom ***Minor Spoiler from episode 1 below***
I am not familiar with the source material, my review is solely based on the first 4 episodes.
The worst part of the show is the main character. He is an empty tin-can, both literally and figuratively.
He is always wearing full body armor which covers his face and body at all times. This might look bad-ass in a character with
less screen-time. But when the main character is wearing armor doing mundane things, like eating though though his metal visor,
it really makes him look retarded.
One might overlook the superficial appearance of MC if he was given
something resembling a personality.
He is obsessed with killing goblins because TRAGIC BACKSTORY.
His responses are monotone, like a robot.
99% of his responses are
"Is that so?"
" Where are the goblins?"
These repetitive responses, combined with his appearance really get on your nerves over time. You don't care about him at all.
The Main girl character has turned 15 and she really wants to be an adventurer. That's her motivation & "personality".
Supporting cast is your generic tropes in an adventure anime. Most of them are there to talk about Goblin Slayer, to make up for his cinder block personality.
Story is non existent until now. Just kill goblins thats all.
The biggest flaw here is TONAL INCONSISTENCY
Characters are non-serious, joking and bickering, sometimes, even during dangerous quests, followed by scenes of carnage, immediately followed by same jokes.
Its almost like the things happening aren't real and have no effect on them.
They look like Edgy teens running around in a Adventure game.
ART, ANIMATION & SOUND 6/10.
NOW LETS TALK ABOUT THE INFAMOUS SCENE * SPOILER FROM EPISODE 1*
There is a random girl adventurer that gets raped by goblins. She is immediately cast aside by the end of episode.
Why not make her the main girl? She has a lot more reason to fight goblins and the motivation behind her actions would be self-evident.
And this would have made a dark action packed emotional drama with cathartic violence.
But the show neither had the intellect nor the courage to actually deal with such an issue.
That is why I would say the rape scene was unnecessary, exploitative and only there to seem edgy.
A Human shaped Tin-can, a stupid girl, an elf, a dwarf and a lizard-man walk into a bar.
All of them talk about how great the Tin-Can is.
"Slice of life really just tends to write itself."
- Gen Urobuchi
These were the words I found myself saying when watching this newest iyeshikai (=healing anime) by White Fox. After the dark and edgy filled last season where a nameless series contained a traumatizing hand-twist scenes, I was blessed with a series that values the comfy and cozy side of every day life. These type of 2pure4this world narratives may to be very well-written or plot heavy series in generally, but they offer something most other series can only dream of: beauty.
Our story centers around the daily life of a man who we simply refer
as the Goblin Slayer. His favorite past time includes slaying goblins, hence the name. Just like in many other healing centric series, Goblin Slayer himself is a very likable and strong person who essentially is offering the viewers a certain feeling of "safety" and "comfort" and overall a welcoming atmosphere that could be compared to the safe-space level of ASMR videos. This feeling is presented so well and in such a powerful manner that even other characters are feeling the healing and safety effect of Goblin Slayer by simply being close to him. This is the type of stuff that relieves my stress and gives me hope for better tomorrow, and also works as the main motivator for character development seen in the series. The character development for other character, I mean, as Goblin Slayer himself is already flawless.
The biggest difference between Goblin Slayer and typical comfy stuff are the existence of "villains" in the series, who are -of course- essential part of the series, after all, how can man slay goblins if there are none? The "green little shits" side of this story is where the real good stuff is at. Essentially, these characters are what us humans would be if we didn't have someone as awesome by our side as Goblin Slayer. The acts of goblins are something us modern humans couldn't even comprehend. They do not follow such human-made concepts as moral compass or right or wrong. However, this is not to be mixed with one-dimensional characterization. Oh, no. What we, once again are seeing here, is what us humans would be if we didn't limit ourselves with self-invented moral codes. When the first goblin incident occurred, I didn't see any evil doing, but the natural act of uncensored person who is enjoying the good things life. These including the intimate acts inspired by our natural need to reproduce.
This might raise the question: what else exactly happens in the series? And that's the smartest decision that was made here: Absolutely nothing. That's right. The entire series is about slaying goblins and unwilling acts of mating. As a person who appreciates the simple things in life, the content where quantity is not prioritized but the quality of it -- anti-jack of all trades, master of none -- I truly appreciate what Goblin Slayer does with its overall story. It doesn't extend its art forms: it masters them. To get back to my original "this is beauty" claim, Andre Gide, a famous French writer and poet, has been rewarded for the quote "Only those things are beautiful that were inspired by madness and written for a reason." And I find myself thinking these words whenever a goblin gets its head smashed in or the distant screams of unwilling sexual intercourse are echoing in the walls of any dungeon. This is what the rough, natural reality of life is all about, and life is ugly yet beautiful.
The art in the series is completely flawless because the scenes where goblins are slayered are great and the rapey scenes are also neat and nothing else happens. Therefore, no flaws. In all honesty, the art is the best part of the series and the single biggest upscaling from the manga. The highest maturity level, the cold and brutal atmosphere, the feel of a dark fantasy series and overall the badass characterization all have been changed to match what this series truly is about. For one, the color pallet is just ridiculously happy bright rainbows and unicorns -tier stuff that really brings alive the aesthetics and the all-positive look on things, serving the series and making it soothing to watch.
Sounds-wise, only smart decisions have been made. Whenever the characters mention Goblin Slayer, I find myself repeating out loud after them "Gobulin Shleiyaa". The foot-step sounds alone are already creating an awe-inspiring feel as this is the most badass walking sequence since the reappearance of The Mountain. I unplugged my bass, but the water surface on my glass was still making waves like in Jurassic Park. This is the type of stuff I like. The OST is also uplifting when it has to be and beyond calming and has a real home-feel to it especially in the tavern scenes and the sexual intercourse scenes. Every part serves to warm its viewer's heart.
While the content may occasionally be "dark" the series itself is radiating positivity and spirit, showing us how amazing humans can be even in situations that are less amazing and not preferred. By humans, I mean the ideal humans -- such as Goblin Slayer. Seeing how the weaklings, baka-boats and other people in the series who do not know how the world really works -- all are getting what is coming to them, is nothing less than a form of honesty. Only the strong, smart and most fit survive, and while many will not like it, this is what the ideal world looks like. There is no way to rig this game, and that's precisely why this series has a powerful healing effect. Equality in its purest sense. After just 4 episodes, I already feel like my very soul has been cleansed from everything that is evil, from all the injustice and acts in our very own world that make no sense and should not be. These things never occur in Goblin Slayer because it is a genuine work written based to how the world works and not how society wants it to work. 10/10
Goblin Slayer is an anime about a dude named Goblin Slayer who slays goblins.
Now here's the part of my review where I wish I could say "but there's just so much more to Goblin Slayer than that!" Unfortunately, I just can't. In fact, with the exception of a few dark scenes, this show possesses all of the qualities of a typical fantasy world anime. Now is this a bad thing? Of course not. It's just that Goblin Slayer was hyped as a new and innovative approach to the genre. Yet from what I've seen so far, this simply isn't the case. In this preview,
I'll list the two most prominent aspects of this anime that make it absolutely plain and generic.
1. A lackluster plot that doesn't go anywhere.
At this point of a show, one would expect the story to have actually, you know, PROGRESSED in some way. Not Goblin Slayer. Other fantasy anime that many would probably classify as "standard" like DanMachi had already established some plot elements like character motivation and world building by this point. Yet in Goblin Slayer, what do we know? Well, there's a run of the mill guild that serves as the location for literally every relevant conversation and character interaction in the show...Okay, what else? Umm, apparently the demon lord is threatening the world, but no one seems to care too much...Wow, that's TOTALLY original...Oh, and goblins raid villages, pillaging and raping everything they see. Hmm, how...innovative? Seriously though, we know absolutely NOTHING about the world of Goblin Slayer. There's just a lot of much needed depth that's simply missing from this anime. All I've gotten out of this show is that goblins are bad and must be slayed. And to be honest, that's quite disappointing.
2. One note characters with little to no depth.
The most prominent example is the protagonist Goblin Slayer. Anyone who has simply heard about this anime or read the source material knows that this man loves to kill goblins. Aaaaand that's it. So far, his personality hasn't developed at all. In fact, it's a stretch to say that he even has a personality. I'll give you a basic example of why his fixation on goblins can be detrimental to the already weak narrative.
Elf, Dwarf, and Lizard: "Hey bro, we heard that u r supah cool fighta & want you to help us kill da demon lard."
Goblin Slayer: "Did you say goblins?"
Yeah, that's basically how the meeting between these characters went down. Well, at least Goblin Slayer's given a good reason for hating goblins. And he looks cool when he's not animated in hideous cgi, so that has to count for something, right?
So while I was composing this preview, I realized that I didn't know the name of any other character in the show. Then it dawned on me that none of them actually have NAMES. They're just given titles like "Priestess" and "Cow Girl." I mean what the hell? If that doesn't completely detract from any connection to the characters that a viewer might have, than I don't know what does. Well, I guess I might as well talk about some of them. Priestess is a cute, innocent girl who follows Goblin Slayer because...she can. Cow Girl is Goblin Slayer's childhood friend who clearly loves him and dotes on him but gets completely shafted by Goblin Slayer's fixation on goblins. Dem feels doe. High Elf Archer is obviously best girl cause she's a hot tsundere elf girl who gets drunk easily. Oh yeah, there are also some dudes in this show, but nobody really cares about them, so...moving on!
Don't get me wrong, I have no problems with the cast. I even hope that the anime gives them much needed development down the line. But for now, there's just nothing that noteworthy about any of them. They're just, well, average.
On a positive note, the anime has decent technical aspects, but nothing outstanding. The opening theme is a pretty good song. It's a captivating combination of both modern and classical music that perfectly coincides with the tone of the anime. The seiyuu do a fine job and perform their roles adequately enough. The visuals are pretty standard, and I have no problems with the animation besides the choppy and unrefined cgi.
So I've established that Goblin Slayer is basically average in every sense of the word. But there has to be something special about it, or else it wouldn't receive so much attention. So what does Goblin Slayer have that makes it stand out from the rest of the crowd? Extreme Edgyness!
Though in all seriousness, it's not nearly as edgy as people make it out to be.
I simply couldn't end this review without discussing what made Goblin Slayer so popular (or maybe "infamous" is a more suitable word). Yes, this anime has rape and gore, which is heavily demonstrated in the first episode. Thankfully, it's not used to the extreme in every episode, which would, for me, be quite detrimental to the anime. Instead, it's used as a means to show that fantasy worlds aren't all fun and games, and that they contain a lot of pain and misery too. Makes you think twice about wanting to live in a fantasy world full of monsters even if you get all of dem waifus, doesn't it?
That's right, I'm actually defending the dark scenes in this show because they do, in fact, add layers to this anime (albeit pretty thin layers). I betcha thought that I was a butthurt snowflake who would complain about the rape scene after seeing my score for this show. But it was I, D- *ahem* Anyway, like I wrote in this review, Goblin Slayer's flaws lie elsewhere.
You know, if the anime continues down the path it's going, but starts to include some good plot progression and character development, then I think it could actually be a pretty good and entertaining anime. But for now, it's just lacking too much to be anything but average and generic, which is really unfortunate.