Manga Review: Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One

Details: More information can be found at https://yenpress.com/9781975302849/goblin-slayer-side-story-year-one-vol-1-light-novel/

Score: 6.8/10

After the success of the Goblin Slayer anime, a slew of spin off manga were published. Almost all of them achieved little success with the exception being this book. Unlike those other books that focused on new characters, this story focuses on the same protagonist and is mostly the same type of story as the anime.

Year One again focuses on a young boy whose village is destroyed by goblins. Traumatized by the experience, he spends the rest of his life hunting goblins. Year takes place about five years before the events of the main series. This is an origin story and focuses on the early experience that shaped the protagonist into who he was in the main series.

With that said, it’s really not all that different from the main series. Our protagonist goes to the local adventurers guild hall, picks up a quest to hunt goblins, hunts goblins, and learn some lessons along the way. That was the basic structure of the main series and that’s the structure of this one.

The interesting bits of both series are the details in the story. The protagonist is simply a windows through which we can view the stories of the supporting characters as well as many guest characters. We also get to learn more about this fantasy world the story takes place in through the protagonist’s eyes. The world building in this story is pretty good in that it doesn’t just dump exposition onto readers. We learn a little bit more of the world with each story arc, not a whole bunch at once. It does a good job of keeping the world somewhat mysterious while revealing just enough to keep you interested.

Overall, this was about as good as the main Goblin Slayer series because it’s mostly the same. Both are enjoyable for exactly the same reasons, so if you enjoyed Goblin Slayer, you’ll enjoy Year One.

Anime Movie Review: Violet Evergarden Side Story: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll

Details: Also known as Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidou Shuki Ningyou and ヴァイオレット・エヴァーガーデン 外伝 -永遠と自動手記人形-. More information can be found at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10477558/ and https://myanimelist.net/anime/39741/Violet_Evergarden_Gaiden__Eien_to_Jidou_Shuki_Ningyou

Details: 7.5/10

Violet Evergarden Side Story: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll does everything the thirteen episode series does, just better. The production values are higher, the visuals are somehow even better, and the story affected me even more than the series did.

Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll takes place after Violet has established herself as an Auto Memory Doll, which is basically a ghostwriter who writes letters for people. A noble from a foreign land has requested Violet become the handmaiden for his daughter at an all girls school for three months. As Violet serves as a handmaiden, she bonds with the noble’s daughter and learns about her tragic past.

Visually, this movie looks even better than the series, which already looked amazing. I think the series even won an award for its visuals. There’s a ton of beautiful scenery and imagery. This movie is fantastic just to look at.

The music is also fantastic. I love a fully orchestrated soundtrack.

The story moved me more than any of the episode from the series. That’s not to say that the series was bad, it was really good. This movie was just even better.

Overall, this movie was beautiful in many ways. It was beautiful to watch, the music was fantastic and the story was meaningful and affecting. I don’t recommend watching this if you haven’t watched the series. If you have watched the series and you enjoyed it in any way, you need to watch this movie.