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Goblin Slayer, Vol. 4 (light novel) (Goblin Slayer (Light Novel)) Paperback – December 19, 2017
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Noboru Kannatuki is the illustrator behind the light novel series Goblin Slayer.
Kumo Kagyu is the author behind the light novel series Goblin Slayer.
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Kumo Kagyu does a great job of deconstructing the fantasy genre. He presents scenarios with very realistic problems. Yes, the world of Goblin Slayer is a fantasy-based one. There are other races, monsters, and creatures. Humans know how to use magic and are granted power from the gods. The gods also exist and are basically playing one giant tabletop board game, using adventurers as chess pieces. Yet through all that, there's an interesting level of realism to these stories and the problems the characters deal with.
For example, the early stories sort of deconstructs the idea of lower level heroes grinding through those early levels against low-level monsters. There's nothing easy about it. Those lower level monsters are still deadly and could easily kill you if you are not careful. The Rookie Warrior has to sleep in the stables and bury his equipment in the dirt to try and get some of the stench out. There's a real worry they'd have to turn to serfdom or prostitution if they run out of funds. No RPG typically presents such a scenario for playable characters.
There's even a story here presenting the point-of-view from a goblin. You don't really sympathize with them, but it at least shows some method to them. They are vile, cruel, selfish and greedy things. They generally hate each other and only care about themselves. They have a hierachy. They have a chief, scouts, and sentries. They have to do as they are told and follow that hierarchy. All that material is very fascinating.
Anyone who calls this story a ripoff of Berserk has no idea what they are talking about. This is a dark fantasy at times, but it is its own beast. Kagyu is a lover of tabletop RPGs, so he took those scenarios and ideas and fleshed out a living, breathing world with rules and stakes that are more realistic.
Plus, there's the emotionally stunted Goblin Slayer at the center of it. One of the most intriguing protagonists to come out of the light novel scene in ages. Rather than all these bland generic main characters, you have a unique hero, and you got to love his dedication to his craft. He never lets anyone roll the dice.
These are the sorts of short stories that are designed more for the author's enjoyment than the readers. He's probably growing a little tired of writing by now and wants to change things up so he sticks in a bunch of side stories. None of them were bad, but they weren't what I wanted as a reader of the Goblin Slayer series.
I decided to reread volume 1 again because one of the short stories in here was a prequel to volume one. While reading it, I couldn't figure out if it was referring to new characters or if it was a prequel because it didn't match up to what I remembered from volume 1. I was right, they absolutely have a tonne of consistency errors mixed in there.
I initially gave 3 stars, but I was being generous then and I didn't know about the consistency errors. So I have to lower my score by another point...
As others have mentioned there is a part (at least in the kindle version) where a page gets repeated, which is unfortunate; hopefully the folks over at yen press will get around to fixing that.
The story of goblin slayer started off amazingly, but it's degrading quite a bit. This book and other books have made me come to hate the Japanese mindset and parts of their culture with a passion.
There's a little goblin slaying that takes place, but it isn't front and center like the previous volumes. If you're a fan of the series it's definitely worth the read, but if you're just here for goblin bashing, you might be better served looking elsewhere for now.
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This volume tells more about other characters than GS.