Goblins are known for their ferocity, cunning, and rapid reproduction, but their reputation as the lowliest of monsters causes their threat to be overlooked. Raiding rural civilizations to kidnap females of other species for breeding, these vile creatures are free to continue their onslaught as adventurers turn a blind eye in favor of more rewarding assignments with larger bounties.
To commemorate her first day as a Porcelain-ranked adventurer, the 15-year-old Priestess joins a band of young, enthusiastic rookies to investigate a tribe of goblins responsible for the disappearance of several village women. Unprepared and inexperienced, the group soon faces its inevitable demise from an ambush while exploring a cave. With no one else left standing, the terrified Priestess accepts her fate—until the Goblin Slayer unexpectedly appears to not only rescue her with little effort but destroy the entire goblin nest.
As a holder of the prestigious Silver rank, the Goblin Slayer allows her to accompany him as he assists the Adventurer’s Guild in all goblin-related matters. Together with the Priestess, High Elf, Dwarf, and Lizard-man, the armored warrior will not rest until every single goblin in the frontier lands has been eradicated for good. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
The dark fantasy series was originally posted on an online textboard in October 2012, combining ASCII art with dialogues. Kagyuu rewrote the story into a novel format and revised to match the online edition, but lost in the third round of the 27th Fujimi Fantasia Taisho. GA Bunko editors picked up the novel when the author entered the 7th GA Bunko Taisho with a different work. SB Creative began publishing the novel series through its GA Bunko imprint in February 2016 and shipped the 13th volume on October 14. The 14th volume is scheduled for release on March 12. Goblin Slayer has a cumulative 7 million copies on its volumes in circulation.
Kousuke Kurose began drawing a manga adaptation in Big Gangan magazine in May 2016. Square Enix published the tenth volume on October 12. White Fox adapted the light novel into a 12-episode television anime in Fall 2018, followed by a theatrical episode in February 2020. Crunchyroll simulcast the show with subtitles, while Funimation streamed an English dub. The latter also shipped the anime series on home video in October 2019, with the theatrical episode planned for release on March 30.
Yen Press licensed both the light novel and manga adaptation in English in May 2016 and published the tenth light novel volume on August 25 and the ninth manga volume on December 15. The company is also publishing the Goblin Slayer Gaiden: Year One (Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One) and Goblin Slayer: Brand New Day side stories.