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...
After the incredibly controversial first episode, Goblin Slayer has found itself in the spotlight of the season (but for the wrong reasons). People have either already given up on this series and are calling anyone who still watches it a "rape apologist" or something along those lines, or didn't think the first episode was that bad and are waiting to see where this series will go.
Personally I think the first episode is fine if the series continues the darker theme. However, after watching the 2 episodes following the first, I'm starting to get concerned. It's really starting to look like a generic Ecchi Isekai show
as there's a lot of focus on animating the "assets" of the plenty of women around in the series, and no darker themes in sight.
If you haven't started watching this series yet and you're not sure about it, I recommend you wait until the last episode has aired. By that time the reviews have been updated and you'll be able to determine what this series truly wants to be; generic Ecchi Isekai show #5382 or a more darker themed Isekai that focusses on the less ideal side of living in an Isekai world.
The 5 for this series is temporary. It has potential, but it has been pretty bad up until this point.
Go read either the manga or the novel, but spare your eyes the dreadful execution of this anime adaptation.
The Story goes just like the manga, so there isn't much to say, the only detail is that it's far more boring than the manga or novel.
My biggest issue with this show is mainly just how bloody bad the animation is, it's dreadfully ugly to look at and the cut parts.
The manga by itself is good in a very mediocre way, it's enjoyable, but the anime adaptation takes away all that makes it enjoyable diminishing an already poor characterization and by far doing the most stupid thing
imaginable, the action is not at all good in any way
tl:dr: The very selling point of the whole story, that being the badass characters and action is gone, just watch clips of the show while reading the manga, there is no other use for this show
Goblin Slayer is a serviceable anime that manages to be more than the sum of its parts. Its execution is surprisingly enjoyable, despite its mediocre setting and over-reliance on generic anime tropes.
Features of the setting that it shares most with isekai anime are thankfully papered over — e.g. EXP, guild ranks, quest-types, etc. It doesn't seek to craft that which has already been beaten to death, nor does it need to: the setting assumes a familiarity with isekai and JRPGs, leaving time to focus on what is unique to the anime.
Sadly, not much is unique, save the compelling and titular character. Even he [Goblin
Slayer] might be discarded as a one-dimensional trope (that of a child who grows into a person seeking nothing but revenge), though there is something about his instantiation that ties everything together. If I had to point to one particular, it would be the uneasy balance between the character's lack of speech and the focused VA work done by Umehara Yuuchirou.
Focus is the reason why this anime stands above its peers. Its art is well crafted, though not groundbreaking; its music fits well (I was pleasantly surprised by the OP, though others expected heavy metal) but is not memorable. These technical flaws never become overly apparent, as the anime hones in on what is most important: killing goblins.
An oft-mentioned example as to how this show transcends its interconnected parts is in the first episode, when GS first appears. The scene is dire. We, the audience, would expect a rescue that happens just in the nick of time — instead, the horrors continue beyond our initial expectations. Then, GS walks onto the scene with some punctuated guitar riffs. For my part, I felt giddy, because I knew that this anime wouldn't merely tease peril to have it resolved before it began; rather, this was going to be a show about pain and revenge. Success wasn't guaranteed for anyone, which is why I and many others continued to watch. The art, the sound, and the setting all came together with a laser focus, shedding all pretense to cheap laughs, cheap philosophy, and cheap suspense. WYSIWYG.
In sum, Goblin Slayer is worth watching, but perhaps not worth re-watching (unless the story goes to unexpected places). It does not disappoint tempered expectations.