I think the first and most important thing to know before watching this series is that there is some fairly graphic rape scenes that occur in this show. If you don’t like that stuff depicted in any shape or form, then skip this series. For those of you who can stomach it, know that these few scenes establish the fear and revulsion necessary to show why the protagonist hates goblins. With that said, the scenes are still a bit much.
Goblin Slayer takes place in a fantastical world of monster, magic and adventurers. The story centers on an adventurer known only as the Goblin Slayer. Despite the many monster and quests available, the Goblin Slayer is obsessed with killing goblins only. The series goes through various goblin slaying quests he undertakes and explores the motivations behind his obsession with killing goblins.
I think the most important thing to know is that the world this takes place in is incredibly dangerous, to an adult degree. This is not a shounen series. It’s seinen, which means blood, guts, sexual stuff, and nudity. There isn’t an enormous amount of it, but it’s there.
What I like about this series versus other fantasy anime series’ is the degree of planning necessary for the protagonist to do what he does. For the most part, the protagonist is just a guy with no magic powers. He has to plan far in advance in order to kill anything or else he’ll die horribly.
And man the deaths are bad. There are some truly messed up rapes and deaths. I’ve seen worse in other series, but the characters still didn’t die well. This serves a narrative purpose though in that after witnessing these characters suffer, we now know what motivates all the character in the show to try so hard in defeating their enemies. This also conveys a natural sense of fear among the characters as they all know what horrible things will happen to them if they fail.
This is still an anime though, so expect lots of lighthearted moments between the serious ones. Despite what I said above, this is still a mostly positive anime. The few bad parts only help highlight the majority of the anime which is mostly positive.
The animation here is good, with a few moments being drawn especially well. It’s not amazing though.
Overall, this was a good series and a somewhat unique take on the fantasy genre. It’s no where near as brutal as Berserk, but dips its toes in telling a sort of brutal fantasy adventure story.