Nardio Manga Review


Is Goblin Slayer Chapter 1 WORTH YOUR TIME?


If you can deal with very dark fantasy stories that include violent and graphic material.





goblin-slayer-chapter-one-main-characterGoblin Slayer seems to be a pull-no-punches dark fantasy adventure with real consequences. 

This is an adult only story that gets very graphic. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

So what did I think? I actually liked chapter 1 of Goblin Slayer. It’s a refreshingly dark take on the watered down adventure fantasy manga genre. Instead of the cheery world that many mangas shove in our faces, Goblin Slayer brings the genre back to its roots. Its very dark roots.

The best way to describe this manga right now is a horror movie. You see all of the red flags coming. It’s just about waiting for the shit show to begin and seeing how the author and characters handle the situation. Overall, I think the manga handled it well. Yes, it escalates very quickly. Considering the front cover and the very first pages of the manga, you should know this isn’t another kiddie story.

It’s really dark.

Yet it manages to never feel cheap, gratuitous or forced. It’s not really even surprising. You can see things coming before they happen, but it still doesn’t take away from gravity of these situations. This is due to smart writing and detailed art. The art is insanely perfect for this story. It captures modern adventure manga art, while not being overly unrealistic. It also manages to make blood and gore disturbing. I’ve read a lot of horror manga and comics in my day and I can say as dark as this chapter gets it doesn’t hold a candle to some others out there. Chapter offers a brief look into another world. I’m curious to see where the author will take it.

Goblin Slayer is based off of a popular light novel series. Instead selling the series in a traditional book format, the publisher opted to release by chapter. Thankfully, the folks at Yen Press acquired the rights to sell this in America. The first chapter is $2.99. That may seem a little pricey, but it’s 54 pages of quality. The following chapters cost $1.99. That feels about right for me. The first chapter nailed it. I have also bought the following chapters because I am curious as to where the author is going to take things.









Lets talk about Goblin Slayer Chapter one!

While a bit extreme in its portrayals of violence I appreciated the tone it set for the rest of the series.

goblin-slayer-chapter-one-dumb-kids-trying-to-be-heroesHonestly I found it refreshing to see things go the way they did. The gruesome events weren’t surprising. The author called all of the potential issues out. Even the priestess knew she was walking into a bad situation. Sadly she was just so new she just fell into stupid group think. The adventurers reminded me of the Naruto cast of kids. Young, stupid and walking into a very bad situation full of cocky bravado.

That said this chapter can be tough to stomach. Not for me, but I know there are people who are going to read this and freak out. You literally watch a group of adventurers get themselves raped and killed. I feel like this would work best for some people as a part of a volume as they can quickly move on to the rest of the story.

Now back to the story.

I do think the woman handing out quests should have said refused to give the quest, but that’s the sort of world this is. They were all trained for this situation, they just didn’t take it seriously enough. It really was like watching a horror movie. As a reader I saw all of the tells and waited to see how far it would go. I was pleasantly surprised. I’m not saying I enjoy random deaths and rape. I’m just sick of light fantasy with teenagers and tweens where there are no consequences.

Stories don’t need death, but if characters are constantly in life-and-death situations, I’d appreciate some repercussions. In this chapter a bunch of gung-ho teenagers tried to play heroes and ignored what could happen if they failed. The goblins normally kidnap women and attack in packs.. They’re a persistent and dangerous threat. As a result of their cockiness these kids pay with their lives.

It’s messed up, but it makes sense.

In the 20+ years I’ve been consuming novels, manga, anime and comics I’m more heavily invested in worlds where anything can and does happen. I think people of my generation want a dose of reality in their fiction. As a result, stories like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones are so popular nowadays. People want to see heroes deal with the unfairness and misery of the real world. Dark fantasy and story telling like this used to be niche, but it’s becoming more mainstream. I think big media has realized that its audience has grown up and can handle darker things. Because of this publishers like Yen Press can now promote stories like Goblin Slayer to the mainstream.

I, for one, love it.


Hopefully the series evolves and offers more story and character development. While I want it to keeps the stakes high, it doesn’t always have to be dark.

After reading Goblin Slayer chapter 1 I have bought all of the following available chapters.








Nothing at all. This was a marvelous introduction to the world of Goblin Slayer.



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Bernardo Español

Hi I'm Bernardo Español. I'm a guy with way too much energy and not enough free time.

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