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...
I'm surprised that nobody has made a review yet so far on the novel, I guess I'll be the first.
Story 8/10: The story is fairly simple: There's a goblin slayer and he wants to kill all of them.
All jokes aside (well technically the sentence above wasn't a joke, but) the story is indeed very simple that contains moments where you think "Huh, i never thought of that". Goblin Slayer, the main protagonist takes on a bunch of quests that involves goblins and he soon meets a bunch of companions that decides to fight with him. They go on a bunch of adventures and dungeons that
are filled with grim challenges which are solved by using tactician.
Another part of why the story is great is because it's unique. I mean, who would've thought goblins who were commonly known as the weakest of fantasy monsters were cunning and raped women?
Art 10/10: It's usually hard to judge art in novels and this all comes down to personal preference.
Character 9/10: Each has a unique personality that all molds and fits in together with the group and also have their own distinct fighting role that has great chemistry with one another. The protagonist is-despite his dispassionate and toneless self-is someone you can grow attached to, because under all that armor is a kind heart. The novel does have some unintentional "aww" moments with Goblin Slayer which can light your heart sometimes. The supporting cast does it's job very well-they all compliment the main character (Read it and you'll see what i mean!).
Enjoyment 10/10: All in all the enjoyment is quite wonderful. Characters are all likeable and the fighting text are imaginably badass (is that a thing?) One thing i really liked about the series was how they had these breaks in between the missions, almost like a time to reconvene, chill out and it helps bond the team outside of the battlefield.
Overall 10/10: Summarizing it up, I'm enjoying the series. Finished 2 books and am already quite attached to it, not to mention this is only the beginning. From the start, it'll capture your interest if you like blood and a unique story. Give it a go if you're bored!
Edit: MAKE THAT THREE
The title itself is the description, a goblin slayer who goes slaying goblins out of hatred and for a good cause.
This review might be bias cuz this is the first ever manga that i've read in my entire life. I've watched anime with the similar genre like this Goblin Slayer, but nothing can compare the realism of this one from the animes i've watched. The manga is clever, it has parts that makes you go "what?! How the fuck?" and it fills you with soo much hype, especially the parts were Goblin Slayer slays goblins and at the same time looks so badass, it makes
you want to wish goblins we're real just so you can kill the shit out of them! The gore is excellent and all...BUT THE RAPE PARTS ARE WHAT MAKING THIS ANIME SO..interesting yet fills you with hatred towards the goblins, but eh you'll get used to it.
To be honest, the manga is good, its clever, its realistic, its kinda funny(?!), and overall amazing. You guys should read it, it's definitely worth your time.
I swear when the anime adaptation is released, I'm sure it will blow up to the hotlist!
This is going to be my first review of a series written before its completion, but tbh I don't see this thing going through any massive turning points that completely change how the whole work is looked at. This review is written as of me having read four full volumes of Goblin Slayer.
Art: 7/10- I'm going to knock out the art category first because it's quick and easy to do so for light novels. The art is actually pretty good, but it's nothing THAT amazing. (Told you that would be quick)
Story: 8/10- I'm a person who doesn't need a really complicated story to like it,
which is good for Goblin Slayer since the whole thing is about, well, goblin slaying.
The thing that's supposed to "blow your mind" about this series is the fact that GOBLINS ARE TERRIFYING. The writer is really, really good at making these creatures feel like a significant threat to society. If you're sensitive, I suggest you walk away from this series now. It's no Berserk, but it's nothing to sneeze at either.
However, as great as the presentation of the goblins is, the actual goblin slaying itself is this LN's biggest strength. The fights have great pacing, and Goblin Slayer himself looks awesome when he's hacking away at his foes. But brute force isn't the first approach to goblin slaying. The teamwork between Goblin Slayer and his party is phenomenal. Everyone's roles is vital and it makes them well-rounded enough to be able to fight literally ANYTHING.
Goblin slaying isn't all that occurs, though. Probably about 50% of this series (at least for where I'm at) is just people hanging out. Yeah, half of this thing is a fantasy slice-of-life of sorts. When goblins aren't dropping like flies, people are either eating, partying, turning in quests, or having an inner monologue about their unrequited love.
And these slice-of-life-like scenes are where my main issue with Goblin Slayer comes up. It's not because I think this approach is a bad idea for a story, but because of...
Characters: 6/10- Before I get to the people whom I don't like, first I must praise Goblin Slayer himself. Although he is a bit of a Guts wannabe, he is really cool and stoic and has a lot of potential for great character development. I also like how he handles himself against goblins. He always has a game plan, plus he's also very minimalistic as he only wears cheap armor and equips himself with weapons he picks up off of his vanquished foes. He's the kind of guy who will not hesitate to use a consumable item- no matter how rare it is- for getting out of a bind, even if selling it would've set him up financially for the rest of his life.
I wish I could say the same thing about the other characters, though!
The funny thing about the characters in Goblin Slayer is that they are so over-the-top generic that their NAMES are just what they ARE. I actually like this naming system since a lot of fantasy characters have really strange and dumb names, and the author knew that we'd just call them "Priestess" or "Cow Girl" and just decided to make those their official names. With names this overly generic, the author must be using that as a red herring to trick us into thinking these characters are super dull and one-dimensional and then will blow our minds with their depth later on, right? I don't know if it's me, but...
...these people are as one-dimensional as they sound!! I can't even tell who's who by looking at the front cover art!
Like- I don't get it!- is it me? For whatever reason, I cannot enjoy these characters AT ALL during the many segments where they're just hanging around and chilling. They are so boring! Normally, these simple, disjointed events make character development really natural and easy, but it doesn't seem to work with these people! This is almost Overlord-level with boring, dull characters who stay boring and dull no matter HOW much screentime they get!
To be fair, there was one romantic scene I actually did like, but that was really because it reminded me of a scene from Disney's Tangled moreso than me actually CARING about the romance that I KNEW would go nowhere.
I think there's even some hint of the obligatory harem in this series. I mean, we have a girl whose life Goblin Slayer saves, a tsundere, a childhood friend, this blind person who'd fit the "student council president" type, and the woman who works at the place that the main character is a regular customer of. I dunno, doesn't that sound like a harem?
For me, I only think the everyday-life style of writing works in something like Durarara! or Konosuba where everyone is so extreme with their personality that it makes even mundane life a fun read. But that's definitely a personal preference. If you like "normal" people, then this is the LN for you!
Enjoyment & Conclusion: Better Than Overlord/10- This is a light novel with a lot potential to become really good. As long as it doesn't pull an Overlord and almost completely abandon its main character to focus on dullards (which after reading Volume 4, the series DOES have a chance of doing just that), it should be perfectly fine.
Well, how fine could it get? I see this series going down two paths: One where it becomes Overlord and forgets who the main character is, or it mainly focuses on goblin slaying. Even though the latter seems more attractive, just how long can the goblin slaying stay fun to read? I mean, there's only SO many ways to infiltrate a goblin nest, SO many ways to describe how goblins violate their female victims, SO many ways to describe how Goblin Slayer beats up goblins and counts each kill out loud, and SO many generic fantasy monsters to mix things up with.
Even though I have this rated at 8/10 for now, I could easily see myself rating it at a 6 or even lower further down the line. Even at the best possible case scenario, this still doesn't come CLOSE to my favorite LN's of all time.
Regardless though, the upcoming anime is probably going to be one of the more acclaimed of Fall 2018. I can already see the Madoka-style debates over whether or not Goblin Slayer is a "deconstruction" of the fantasy light novel genre occurring in my head. So if you want to be one of those people who looks cool by getting on the bandwagon early, then go read Goblin Slayer ASAP.