|Written by||Kumo Kagyu|
|Illustrated by||Noboru Kannatsuki|
|Published by||SB Creative|
|Original run||February 15, 2016 – present|
|Written by||Kōsuke Kurose|
|Published by||Square Enix|
|Magazine||Monthly Big Gangan|
|Original run||May 25, 2016 – present|
|Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One|
|Written by||Kento Eida|
|Published by||Square Enix|
|Original run||September 15, 2017 – present|
|Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One|
|Written by||Kumo Kagyu|
|Illustrated by||Shingo Adachi|
|Published by||SB Creative|
|Published||March 15, 2018 - present|
|Goblin Slayer: Brand New Day|
|Written by||Masahiro Ikeno|
|Published by||Square Enix|
|Magazine||Monthly Big Gangan|
|Original run||May 25, 2018 – May 25, 2019|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Takaharu Ozaki|
|Produced by||Tsuyoshi Aida|
|Music by||Kenichiro Suehiro|
|Original network||AT-X, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, BS11|
|Original run||October 7, 2018 – December 30, 2018|
|Goblin Slayer: Goblin's Crown|
|Directed by||Takaharu Ozaki|
|Written by||Hideyuki Kurata|
|Released||February 1, 2020|
Goblin Slayer (Japanese: ゴブリンスレイヤー Hepburn: Goburin Sureiyā) is a Japanese dark fantasy light novel series written by Kumo Kagyu and illustrated by Noboru Kannatsuki. A manga adaptation by Kōsuke Kurose is serialized in the Monthly Big Gangan magazine, and a second adaptation by Masahiro Ikeno runs in the same magazine. A prequel manga by Kento Eida runs in Young Gangan. Both the novels and the manga adaptations have been licensed by North American publisher Yen Press. Three audio drama CDs have been released, bundled with the fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth light novels. An anime television series adaptation by White Fox aired from October 7 to December 30, 2018. An anime film titled Goblin Slayer: Goblin's Crown is set to premiere on February 1, 2020.
Goblin Slayer was posted on an online textboard starting from October 2012, as a work that combined ASCII art with dialogue (The format is known as "Yaruo Thread" on Japanese internet). The series was then rewritten into the format of a novel and submitted to competitions organized by publishers, as such the novel version was completed before the online version and the novel was thus subsequently amended to match the ending of the online version, which was created according to real time feedback from users on the internet. Although the novel version failed to win awards in the Fujimi Fantasia Contest, it was picked up by GA Bunko editors when the author enrolled his other works into their competition, and as such the work started publishing commercially via GA Bunko.
Both the author and the publisher consider the ASCII art version to be different and does not consider the published novel to be based on the online version, instead the published novel is said to be based on the version that was submitted to Fujimi Fantasia Contest.
In a world of fantasy, adventurers come far and wide to join the Guild, in order to complete contracts for whatever jobs are available. An inexperienced priestess joins her first adventuring party, but comes into danger after her first adventurer contract involving goblins goes wrong. After the rest of her party is wiped out, she is saved by a man known as Goblin Slayer, an adventurer whose only purpose is the eradication of goblins with extreme prejudice.
The characters in this story do not carry proper names but are named by their classes. Many of the main characters are strongly influenced by the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, and particularly his 'Lord of the Rings' novels.
- Goblin Slayer (ゴブリンスレイヤー Goburin Sureiyā)
- Voiced by: Yūichirō Umehara (Japanese); Brad Hawkins (English)
- The series' main character, an experienced silver ranked adventurer who only concerns himself with hunting Goblins (
小鬼goburin, lit. "little demon"), to the point where the Guild has awarded him a Specialist classification due to both the sheer amount of goblins that he has killed as well as his work in studying their habits and biology. The jobs he takes only involve goblins and he takes no others, though he often gets roped into more dire quests for reasons beyond his control. He actually takes his missions seriously if he learns of said high rank monsters commands goblins as his army. His appearance is not as glamorous or elegant due to using equipment that would seem lacking for an adventurer of his rank. He does this out of advice from the Blacksmith or anything he learns on his journeys. While wearing only light armor and carrying a small round shield and occasionally a short sword that is routinely broken and has to be reforged or replaced several times, he also reveals in volume 4 that he wears a magical ring that allows him to breathe underwater. Dwarf Shaman noted that his equipment is perfectly suited for taking on Goblins in their dark and cramped lairs. His style of combat relies more on pragmatism such as setting traps, using a weapon against its user, and taking whatever advantage that may come. He even uses his own imagination to repurpose a protection spell in order to kill all the goblins in a burning elven fortress. His most defining trait is the hatred of goblins that fuels him and his actions. The reason behind this is his family and village were massacred by goblins, causing him to pursue a vendetta against all goblins everywhere. The sole survivor of the attack, he was soon taken in by Master who taught him the skills needed to kill Goblins.
- Five years later he applied for adventurers guild and was taken in by the uncle of his childhood friend, Cow Girl, and uses his income to pay for his stay. Though he is open to the idea of there being genuinely good goblins somewhere in the world, he believes that until proven otherwise, they can only be assumed to be evil due to the death and destruction they cause. He goes into a mad berserker state when he witnesses any maiden violated by the goblins as it reminds him of his sister's death.
- Priestess (女神官 Onna Shinkan)
- Voiced by: Yui Ogura (Japanese); Hayden Daviau (English)
- The main female protagonist. She initially is a 15-year-old porcelain rank adventurer, the lowest rank, as she had just joined. Her personality consists of being young, kind, and a generally helpful person. She is capable of performing healing magic, miracle of holy light and protective spells with a high amount of proficiency. After her first goblin hunt rapidly goes downhill and she is saved by Goblin Slayer, she joins with him as a new party. Even after the events of her first job, she still wishes to be an adventurer and helps her party however she can. As she fights alongside Goblin Slayer, she learns how to use spells alternatively, gaining new spells, ranking up as an adventurer, and has started to wear armor as the story progresses. Her backstory is that of an orphan raised in a temple into priesthood along with other orphans like her.
- High Elf Archer (
- Voiced by: Nao Tōyama (Japanese); Mallorie Rodak (English)
- A 2000 year old High Elf (
上森人hai erufu, lit. "high forest (hu)man") adventurer of Ranger ( 野伏renjā) class. She came with Dwarf Shaman and Lizard Priest to find Goblin Slayer and recruit his help. They face some trouble earlier as they are unable to pronounce "Goblin Slayer" and refer to him by other names (mostly Orcbolg and Beardcutter), until they find him. They reveal their objective; due to the increase in other demon monsters, there are not enough people to deal with Goblins and the elf army cannot mobilize to attack goblins as it would create suspicion and panic, if the army were focusing only on taking out the weakest monsters. They wish to hire Goblin Slayer to help them kill goblins. Her party also joins him to help him. She initially looks down on Goblin Slayer, due to his unkempt and weak appearance, but later comes to respect him, when she sees him in battle. She initially comes off as rather naive, believing that Goblin Slayer is an affront to the idea of an Adventurer because he does not actually go on what she considers "adventures", but after their encounter with Ogre she comes to realize just how strong and brave Goblin Slayer is and becomes determined to make him go on a true adventure with her and the rest of their party. She is a light-weight when it comes to drinking. She is a Silver ranked adventurer.
- Dwarf Shaman (
- Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura (Japanese); Barry Yandell (English)
- A 107 year old Dwarf (
鉱人dowāfu, lit. "ore (hu)man") adventurer of spellcaster ( 精霊使いspellcaster, lit. "spirit user") class and party member with High Elf and Lizard Priest. He is a cheerful and happy person mostly and is almost always arguing with High Elf Archer. As a Dwarf, he is good with metal, stone, and alcohol. At first glance, he is able to tell that Goblin Slayer is experienced and strong. He sometimes proves more knowledgeable than High Elf, despite being much younger. He is Silver ranked adventurer.
- Lizard Priest (
- Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese); Josh Bangle (English)
- A Lizardman (
蜥蜴人rizādoman) adventurer and party member with High Elf and Dwarf Shaman. Like Priestess, he can also heal, but he also uses a sword to fight and can summon skeletal familiars to assist him in battle. He often acts as a mediator between Dwarf and High Elf, stopping their arguments. He is a very calm and composed person. He cares deeply about nature due to his religion. He is also extremely enamored with the taste of cheese, which he finds exotic as his people do not raise livestock. His intention is to become a dragon. Like the dwarf and high elf he is also a Silver ranked adventurer.
- Cow Girl (牛飼娘 Ushikai Musume)
- Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi (Japanese); Brittany Lauda (English)
- Goblin Slayer's childhood best friend and a farm hand on her uncle's farm. Her uncle took her in on his farm initially as an assistant, but adopted her after her family and the Goblin Slayer's sister were massacred by Goblins during their childhood. She clearly cares deeply for Goblin Slayer, though he seems oblivious to the depths of her affection.
- Guild Girl (受付嬢 Uketsukejō)
- Voiced by: Maaya Uchida (Japanese); Sara Ragsdale (English)
- A young woman who runs the Guild's front office as a receptionist and hands out contracts to adventurers. She shows concern for the villages pleading for help against the goblins, and is exasperated from how few experienced adventurers would take such jobs. This problem would leave inexperienced rookies to die from them, or worse. She holds great amounts of respect for Goblin Slayer, due to his willingness to take on many goblin contracts others would not touch, and eventually develops feelings for him.
- Witch (魔女 Majo)
- Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa (Japanese); Amanda Gish (English)
- A sorcereress who is an acquaintance of Goblin Slayer. She is Spearman's partner. She speaks very slowly pausing between each word. She has enough magical power to not care about wasting it and even uses expensive magic (due to it having a usage quota) just to light her pipe.
- Spearman (槍使い Yari Tsukai)
- Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Japanese); Kyle Igneczi (English)
- A warrior who usually belittles Goblin Slayer for his habit of hunting only goblins, despite being a Silver Rank adventurer. He is Witch's partner. He has a crush on Guild girl. Spearman has the reputation of being the strongest adventurer of the borderlands.
- Sword Maiden (剣の乙女 Tsurugi no Otome)
- Voiced by: Aya Endō (Japanese); Meg McClain (English)
- One of the heroes who helped defeat the previous Demon Lord, and now the highest authority in Water Town, Sword Maiden had no innate talents like the other heroes, developing her abilities from scratch. She was blinded and raped by goblins after being captured by them once, and since then she has a deep fear of them, thus hiring Goblin Slayer and his friends to deal with goblins lurking under the city. She also commands an alligator familiar which protects the city sewers from goblin attacks. She later develops strong romantic feelings for Goblin Slayer. She is a gold ranked adventurer and the archbishop of Supreme God.
- Noble Fencer
- Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka
- Goblins and Monsters: The Primary antagonists of the series and are vicious creatures that kill those who oppose them and rape any maiden to reproduce.
The light novels are written by Kumo Kagyu and illustrated by Noboru Kannatsuki. The series was originally published online. SB Creative published the first volume under their GA Bunko imprint on February 15, 2016. Eleven volumes have been released in Japan so far.
A spinoff novel written by Kagyu and illustrated by Shingo Adachi, titled "Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One" (ゴブリンスレイヤー外伝：イヤーワン Goburin Sureiyā Gaiden: Iyā Wan), was published in March 2018. A prequel series that reveals Goblin Slayer's past and the events that led him to become an adventurer with the sole purpose of exterminating all goblins from the world.
Kagyu will launch a new spinoff, titled "Goblin Slayer Side Story 2: Daikatana of Singing Death" (ゴブリンスレイヤー外伝２ 鍔鳴の太刀《ダイ・カタナ》 Goblin Slayer Gaiden 2: Tsubanari no Daikatana), in the Gangan GA online magazine. The series will run for nine chapters.
Yen Press licensed the novels for publication in North America, and released he first volume in English on December 20, 2016. Yen Press has also licensed the Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One spinoff.
A manga adaptation by Kōsuke Kurose began serialization in the June 2016 issue of Square Enix's seinen manga magazine Monthly Big Gangan on May 25, 2016. Yen Press licensed the series at the same time as the light novels, and are simulpublishing the chapters in English as they are released in Japan.
Artist Kento Eida launched a prequel manga, titled Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One, in Square Enix's seinen magazine Young Gangan on September 15, 2017. As with the main manga, the prequel is simulpublished by Yen Press.
A second adaptation of the main story, this one titled Goblin Slayer: Brand New Day and illustrated by Masahiro Ikeno, began serialization on Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan on May 25, 2018. The story adapts the light novels starting with volume four. Yen Press is also simulpublishing Brand New Day. The story follows the lives of the many other characters the main series' protagonists have encountered throughout their adventures, providing background on minor characters which further explores the world that Goblin Slayer takes place in.
Takashi Minakuchi will launch a manga adaptation of the Tsubanari no Daikatana novel on Square Enix's Manga Up! app and on the Gangan GA website.
A 12-episode anime television series adaptation by White Fox premiered from October 7 to December 30, 2018,[a] and was broadcast on AT-X, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, and BS11. The series is directed by Takaharu Ozaki, with scripts penned by Hideyuki Kurata and Yōsuke Kuroda, character designs handled by Takashi Nagayoshi and music composed by Kenichiro Suehiro. The opening theme song is "Rightfully" by Mili, while the ending theme song is "Gin no Kisei" (銀の祈誓, "Silver's Oath") by Soraru. Funimation produced an English dub for the series, while Crunchyroll simulcasted the series internationally.
- The series is listed to premiere on October 6 at 24:30, which is the same as October 7 at 12:30 AM.
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