Goblin Slayer! (Season One)

When a young Priestesses party of adventurers falls foul of a goblin ambush all appears lost, until an armoured man strides through the caves slaying every goblin he can.

What did you watch and why? Even before the massive out roar that followed episode one, Goblin Slayer was one of the series I was sure that I was going to watch and enjoy. I love epic fantasy and adventures, but I also like dark and gritty, so this should be a perfect union.

What’s it about? A young Priestess joins an adventuring guild and is convinced by a confident group of adventurers to join their party on an easy quest. Some goblins have kidnapped some girls and it was their job to rescue them and eradicate the goblins. The Priestess was hesitant but eager to get her first quest under her belt.

Everything goes horribly wrong. Within minutes they are ambushed and overpowered. With the end appearing neigh, the Priestess is saved by the Goblin Slayer, but the rest of the party was not so lucky. She is grateful for his help and is determined to return the favour, joining him on more quests.

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Goblin Slayer! – Second Chances (Episodes 5-8)

All right! It’s time to kill more goblins. It’s in the title, so he is contractually obligated to kill more goblins, which is something I’m fully onboard with.

What’s happened since last time? Goblin Slayer slept for three days, recovering from the battle with the troll. Once recovered, or as close to as he was willing to wait, he returned to work – killing goblins.

To help the Guild, he sat in on a level assessment as an observer, which seemed to bore him to no end. As soon as that was done, he jumped on another mission, inviting his companions from the last quest to come with him.

They agreed, but put some restrictions on the things that the Goblin Slayer can use to kill goblins, which was a little harsh in my view. They arrive at a beautiful city with waterways and stunning architecture, only to discover that a goblin horde had settled into the ruins beneath.

Deep beneath the city, they encounter a goblin hero and barely escape with their lives. Once recovered, and it was touch and go for a while there, they return to take on a demonic eye that appeared to be guarding something sinister.

Have your feelings changed? Nope. I loved everything about this series after the first episode and that feeling just got stronger as I continued to watch. Having now watched eight episodes, it is still one of my favourites of the season, possibly the year.

Favourite character so far? Nothing has changed. I want to see the Goblin Slayer doing what he does best, being silent and broody. No! Not that. I want to see him killing goblins and all other demonic beasts he comes across, using whatever method he deems necessary.

Who do you want to see more of? After the first impressions, I said I wanted to see more of the new group – the High Elf Archer, the Dwarf Shamen, and Lizard Priest. I was not let down. It would appear that this group is now firmly established, so I would like to see more dangerous quests, and of course more goblin slaying!

Are you going to continue watching? Absolutely. I love this series. It’s dark and dangerous, and the stakes have been set. As much as people complained about the opening episode, it really set things up, making it possible for anything to happen to anyone. Without that, you would end up being bored. It’s great to see the characters winning, but only if there’s a chance that they could lose.

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Goblin Slayer! – First Impressions (Episodes 1-4)

You may not think about goblins all too often, but here’s a vital piece of information for you. The only good goblin is a dead goblin!

What’s it about? The story follows a young Priestess who wishes to become an adventurer. Almost immediately upon registering with the Guild, she is convinced to join a party on a quest to rescue some girls from the goblins. Assuming they will be easy to defeat was a massive mistake. With everything going horribly wrong, the adventurer known only as Goblin Slayer intervenes.

What are your first impressions? Brutal! You get the sense that the Priestess joining the party was a terrible idea from the start. Then you are left with this lingering sense of dread as they enter the goblins’ lair. It doesn’t take long before you get to see just how evil and twisted the goblins really are. This series is dark and awesome.

Favourite character so far? Goblin Slayer! He is devious and determined. Well accustomed to the goblins and their attacks, he leaves nothing to chance. He doesn’t care that the other silver ranked adventures look down on him, he just wants to kill all the goblins and he’s fines tuned his armour and weaponry to be the perfect goblin killing machine!

Who do you want to see more of? I loved it when the High Elf, Dwarf Shamen, and Lizard Priest joined their small party. Together they make a formidable group. Seeing them going after the goblins and other dark creatures is all I want. Kill all the goblins!

Are you going to continue watching? Oh, yes! This was epic! I love dark fantasy where there is a little more realism. To think that every party of adventurers is going to win and that the monsters aren’t going to embody everything that is wrong with society is a little nieve. There’s been a lot of complaints about Goblin Hunter for glorifying certain darker elements, but I saw none of that. If anything it was the complete opposite. It was in there to make you hate the goblins and it bloody worked!

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