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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.