While Goblin Slayer’s savage violence divided and upset audiences, it created itself a niche for itself among anime enthusiasts.
Last season’s stand-out anime was the dark fantasy Goblin Slayer.
While its extreme brutality divided and shocked audiences, it created itself a niche for itself among anime enthusiasts searching out something grand and intense. While there are many fantasy anime (most notably the isekai type of animation, including entries like Sword Art Online and Re:Zero), Goblin Slayer is genuine dark fantasy, featuring uncompromising violence and powerful visuals.
For admirers who are looking for more, though, it may appear depressing. There are many light-hearted fantasies and fantasies that feel weirdly familiar and comforting. For those in quest of something more extreme, though, there are shows for you. The following fantasy anime are the best shows to watch once you finish up with Goblin Slayer.
Update April 1st, 2020 by Louis Kemner: Fans of Goblin Slayer may still have a long wait ahead of them for a second season, albeit there is a movie for this franchise, Goblin’s Crown. This anime is all about R-rated fanasy action and a Dungeons & Dragons style squad bringing the fight to the enemy in underground lairs and tunnels, and we noticed that there’s more than a few anime that share some of these notions. The realm of fantasy anime is broad, and some fantasy series are more related to Goblin Slayer than not. Let’s add a few more to the list.
Claymore is in many aspects the mid-00s version of Goblin Slayer. Itis a dark fantasy anime depicting cruel “heroes” trained to fight goblin-like monsters. In this scenario, though, Claymore, while vicious, never indulges in the sexual brutality Goblin Slayer seems to flaunt.
Claymore remains a significantly more mainstream fantasy anime, despite its severe brutality, due in part to its fantastic and rich lore and uncompromising cynical world view. If you have not viewed it yet, repair this mistake.
2. The Twelve Kingdoms
A convoluted tale with warring kingdoms, The Twelve Kingdoms might on paper appear like a proto-isekai anime, only to demolish assumptions very immediately. For this reason, it remains one of the most critically regarded fantasy-anime out there.
It is far more big in scope than Goblin Slayer, sure, but if you enjoyed the dark fantasy of Goblin Slayer, then this politically-driven epic may be of interest as well.
3. Guin Saga
Few anime have as extensive a history as Guin Saga. Older maybe than most people realize, the series of novels that inspired Guin Saga have been published since 1979. This resulted in one of the greatest works of fantasy ever written, at least in terms of scope.
The anime adaptation arrived decades after the novel’s birth, but manage to tell one of the finest heroic epics of the modern period. There is a historic element to Guin Saga that needs to be experienced to really grasp. Even if you’re not a fan of Goblin Slayer, this is a must-see for everyone who enjoys the best fantasy anime out there.
4. Record Of Lodoss War
Lodoss War is one of the longest-running anime series of the late ’90s and early ’00. The original story was written by Ryo Mizuno, who played a tabletop campaign based on it (Record of Grancrest War being the most recent).
The best representation of a tabletop game come to life can be seen in Record of Lodoss War. It’s like going on a journey with a group of close friends, but with all the grandiosity and adventure that each player has come to expect from a good campaign. If you’re a fan of Japanese animation, you must see this.
Next, we have the obvious choice of Berserk. There is no other choice. After the first episode of Berserk aired, viewers began drawing analogies to Goblin Slayer. Fix it if you haven’t seen Berserk after watching Goblin Slayer.
The original anime is the finest way to see Berserk, but the ’90s series or the film trilogy are also good options. But what about recent anime? The less words that need to be stated, the better.
6. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba
In fact, the heavy-metal word “slayer” does appear in the titles of both Goblin Slayer and Demon Slayer, but these two anime share more than just a moniker. The brutal and gruesome nature of battle is depicted beautifully in this animated series, which makes no effort to romanticize the violence.
As a matter of fact, the main character, Tanjiro Kamado, is nearly in tears every time he kills one of the demons in Demon Slayer (they’re like vampire analogs). To make matters worse, even his own sister has been corrupted by the demon-spawn.
7. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, with its early modern World War I style backdrop and lack of goblins, may seem worlds apart from Goblin Slayer at first. However, despite their comedic nature, these two programs carry a significant amount of emotional weight.
Leading characters Edward and Alphonse Elric learn the shocking truth about the magical Philosopher’s Stones in this series and face off against the incredibly strong homunculi on numerous occasions. The series Redemption, the cost of ambition, and letting go of hatred are all themes that feature prominently in this series.
8. The Ancient Magus Bride
This series, like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, has some Shojo characteristics to it at first glance, much like Goblin Slayer. However, like Goblin Slayer, it is strongly grounded in fantasy, and the author must have done extensive study prior to writing.
Adventure and action scenes are well-written, and the series’ somber and mature tone distinguishes it from other, lighter series like That Time I Got Reincarnated As a Slime. Chise Hatori, the story’s protagonist, too has a lot of baggage that she must cope with.
Goblin Slayer and Demon Slayer are cousins in this gothic horror series, which is why there is a lot of material for fans to appreciate even though new episodes aren’t being released as frequently as they used to be.
When the evil Akuma emerge from their human disguises, they launch surprise attacks on the monster hunters. Exorcists, wielding magical weapons to destroy the animals, face off against the Millennium Earl, the evil mastermind behind them all. The humor in this show is there, but the overall mood is pretty somber.
10. Fire Force
However, this series has a more distinct and consistent style and more serious tone than Soul Eater, which was written by the same author. Infernals are the victims of spontaneous combustion in this new monster hunter anime.
They are the heroes, the firefighters and the priests, who battle these unfortunate Infernals and send their souls to the afterlife. However, a sinister scheme is afoot, as evidenced by the appearance of hooded cultists on the streets…