As I’ve been rapidly catching up on all the recent seasonal anime I had missed, Goblin Slayer is next on the completed list.
I can definitely see why this anime had so much hype surrounding it!
And it completely lives up to that hype.
Minor Goblin Slayer spoilers ahead!
You simply can’t enjoy goblin slayer if you like goblins. Or maybe you can, but it would turn the anime into some sort of deep tragedy anime about the deaths of many goblins and destruction of their homes… would definitely be an ironic take on the anime at least.
Anyways, you can’t enjoy goblin slayer if you like goblins. And so, you have to dislike the goblins. Despite being the center of a little controversy, developing a hatred for the goblins is something that Goblin Slayer does very well. The first episode lays down a very firm foundation upon which to build up the viewers disdain for those damn goblins, for which, well, the sky is the limit.
Just about every single scene where we see goblins is used to further develop hatred for them. Those shrieking and squealing little creatures. Their existence is something that needs to end, as it is in direct conflict with regular civilization. I can completely understand why someone would devote their lives to killing those goblins. It’s a job that someone has to do.
There was only one instance in which my disgust towards the goblins subsided, and that was the goblins on the ship. It was just so funny to see a crew of goblins sailing through the sewers like they did. Of course, it was also fun to watch them all get eaten. I’d love to see more goblins die to creatures like that.
Personally even now I feel like not enough goblins have died for my liking.
We need to kill more goblins.
How can we see more goblins die, and what are some creative ways to do it?
All right, I guess there were enough goblins slain for one season. It was only the first season. But I have high expectations for the next season. We’d better see the goblin bodycount at least triple.
It’s About Killing Goblins, But It’s Also About The People Who Kill Them
Centered around the Goblin Slayer, we get to see some excellent adventures involving the slaughter of goblins. And on top of that, we get a great cast of characters, who, to my benefit, don’t have names. At least, I’m pretty sure they are just called by their class or race.. like Elf Archer, Goblin Slayer, Priestess, Dwarf… It’s either that or I’ve completely missed their names. Either way, these names are better.
We end up with a pretty cool cast of characters in Goblin Slayer. And while most of them aren’t really keen on ONLY killing goblins, they come around pretty quickly after having to actually deal with goblins themselves. It seems in this world that killing goblins is looked down upon so much that no one has actually even bothered to go out and kill goblins. Once you’ve killed goblins, you can’t go back to other quests. Goblins need to die.
I had one gripe that involves the Elf Archer and Priestess, and that was their insistence that the goblins are not killed using fire, poison, or water. Who in their right mind would actually make such a request? It makes absolutely no sense. First off, the goblins deserve any and all means possible of killing them. And second, their lives are at risk here, why would they increase their chances of being killed / captured / tortured with a restriction like this?
I get that in the anime it was framed a a joke of sorts, but in perspective it’s a very ridiculous and stupid joke. I’m sure Elf Archer would be wishing that they just smoked out goblins had she been captured and tortured. The only part I could understand is the Priestess not wanting to use her magic to kill goblins, but in the end she seems to have no issues with it. And you can still use fire / poison / water without her magic. This was just a gripe I had with the anime, because it’s just so ridiculous and no one in their right mind would impose a restriction like that on themselves.
The Goblins Themselves
I also just wanted to point out how refreshing it is to see a fantasy anime that portrays goblins for what they are supposed to be. Too many fantasy anime now (Overlord included) make goblins to be nothing more than another civilized humanoid that can be friendly and helpful. That’s not what goblins typically are. If you want someone friendly, choose another fantasy race. Goblins are supposed to be dumb, cowardly, cruel, sneaky, and savage. They’re goblins.
If my memory serves me right, goblins in The Lord of the Rings universe were described as disgusting creatures that hated themselves so much that they lived in a state of constant envy and hatred towards others. But they were so cowardly that they feared death. Of course those goblins could actually speak, so they are actually a step above the goblins in this anime. Point still stands though I think.
I’m glad the goblins existed to be slain in this anime, as they typically are fodder for adventurers in fantasy environments, and NOT civilized and friendly creatures. But Goblin Slayer also portrays them as a real threat, like rats. When left unchecked, you’ll quickly find yourself with a serious problem that can’t be solved by laying down a few traps or getting a few cats.
I was actually quite surprised to see a.. harem? form around the Goblin Slayer. Not because he isn’t worthy of a harem, mind you. I just didn’t expect that in an anime like this. It seems that many of the female characters, all of which are very cute, end up liking the Goblin Slayer. I don’t have any favourites at the moment though. If only one of them had a hime cut, this would be an easier decision.
And also goblins aside, I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with the hero. Because it looks like the sequel will probably introduce the hero to the Goblin Slayer at some point, which could lead to some more characters in the “harem”. I don’t know if that’s even the best word for it. I think that’s something fun to look forward to. How will the powerful hero react to meeting the Goblin Slayer? And I wonder if there will be more to it than that?
I really did enjoy the scenes of the anime that took place in the guild hall. It reminds me a lot of Konosuba in how relaxed the environment is inside the guild hall, which is great. And we get to see a lot of regular faces in the guild hall which is also very cool to see, and it was nice to see them all in the end too. It really was just a great space and I could see it working in almost any fantasy anime, not just one centered around slaying goblins.
Maybe we actually will see the Goblin Slayer go on a non-goblin related quest next season? No way, right?
It did not take long for me to appreciate what the Goblin Slayer is all about in this anime. Every goblin slain increased my enjoyment of this series. But were enough slain?
I’ll also quickly mention that the animation / sound were excellent, as you’d expect from a major release like Goblin Slayer.
I’m giving Goblin Slayer a 8.5 / 10.
Excellent anime, but let’s get those numbers up in the next one!
More goblins might net the sequel a 10, we’ll have to see!
I’ll also give Goblin Slayer the Job Well Done award, for a job well done and many goblins slain.
Until next time,
Thanks for reading.