So, Goblin Slayer is an action fantasy-horror created by author Kumo Kagyu which tells the story of a standard RPG team with darker themes. And we MEAN dark.
What Goblin Slayer (ゴブリンスレイヤー) Is About
A Small Synopsis
Priestess (yes that’s her name) joins a guild and soon happens upon a fellow guildmate appropriately named Goblin Slayer who saves her from a mission gone terribly wrong.
Where to read Goblin Slayer (ゴブリンスレイヤー)
This manga can be purchased on sites such as Amazon.
There are unofficial fan translated English versions available that can be found on scanlation sites such as MangaDex and MangaNelo.
What Is Good About Goblin Slayer (ゴブリンスレイヤー)
The Main Cast
I personally love the design of Priestess, the healer of the team.
Our friendly neighbourhood Goblin Slayer is super badass yet has a rather unintentional cutely oblivious side to him which makes him able to connect with his team all the more better.
High Elf Archer, Dwarf Shaman and Lizard Priest are all characters that appear a little later on in order to join our other two protagonists and they all have interestingly endearing personality traits AND flaws.
They feel like a REAL team. Something that we as readers can get behind easier in a story like this.
We get to see this in the first Volume. With a group of rookie adventurers underestimating entering a goblin hideout while over-estimating their abilities. What then proceeds to happen a few pages later actually gave me a major shock as the easy-going team suddenly were thrown into an extremely grim situation.
With DIRE consequences.
Bonus points for the anime adaptation, as Kojurio and I watched the anime before checking out the manga. Suffice to say during the first episode we were left absolutely stunned.
What Is Bad About Goblin Slayer (ゴブリンスレイヤー)
The only thing I can really think of as a bad thing about this gritty reimagining of an RPG-genre is the fact our characters don’t have actual names.
It’s a very miniscule gripe of mine, but it bothers me. A lot more than it probably should, ha.
If you’re looking for a darker-themed view on a typical fantasy adventure, then perhaps give Goblin Slayer a read and see what you think.
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