A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes explored include gore, fantasy, friendship, revenge, trauma, conflict, violence, and moral choice.
Positive Role Models
The Priestess is the only main character to display qualities that are role model worthy. She's kind, empathetic, and cares about others. As a character she contrasts the brutal and harsh reality of the Goblin Slayer world and the morally gray characters who inhabit it.
This Japanese anime is set in a fantasy world and focuses on male and female characters. Most of the characters are human and light skinned but there are some fantasy races as well.
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Violence & Scariness
Fantasy violence and scary imagery, including blood, gore, death, dismemberment, decapitations, torture, and the use of medieval-style weaponry. Combat sequences are explicit, portraying characters being killed in gruesome ways. Instances include a character being stabbed in the leg before being attacked and killed, a woman being brutally assaulted and smashed against a cave wall until her death, and another woman experiencing sexual assault before being stabbed in the neck. Scenes depict a man being fatally pierced by a spear. The anime involves numerous instances of brutal killing of goblins and monsters. Graphic scenes of sexual violence throughout.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Graphic scenes of sexual violence and nudity throughout. The opening scene depicts a graphic sexual assault involving one of the characters. Another character is occasionally seen naked, their breasts and butt can be seen. Several flashback sequences show a character being sexually assaulted by monsters. Another scene includes a threesome implication with a teenage girl.
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Language includes "damn," "hell," "bastard," and "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are occasionally seen drinking alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Goblin Slayer is a Japanese fantasy anime about a warrior's mission to eliminate goblins. The series contains graphic violence, sexual assault, gore, death, dismemberment, decapitation, torture, and the use of medieval weapons. Explicit combat sequences show characters dying in gruesome ways, such as being stabbed in the leg and then killed or being brutally assaulted and smashed against a cave wall. Sexual violence include a scene of a woman being assaulted before being stabbed in the neck. Flashback sequences feature a character being sexually assaulted by monsters, and there is a threesome implication with a teenage girl. Nudity is present throughout the anime, with a character's breasts and buttocks visible at times. Language includes "damn," "hell," "bastard," and "s--t." Characters are occasionally seen drinking alcohol.
Is It Any Good?
This dark fantasy anime offers some intense action scenes that are great for fans of brutal action. Goblin Slayer offers solid strengths in its well-executed action scenes and impressive animation. But the series falls into a generic fantasy narrative, lacking distinct elements to set it apart. Moreover, the inclusion of graphic sexual content (including assault) may make some viewers uncomfortable, detracting from the overall viewing experience. While the animation quality stands out, the show's overall appeal may be limited for those seeking something more than cool fight scenes and brutal action.
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