Goblin Slayer is a unique entry into the dark fantasy genre that strays from the conventional high-fantasy plotlines. The story revolves around an enigmatic adventurer known only as the Goblin Slayer, whose sole purpose is to eradicate goblins. His grim determination and single-minded focus are born from a traumatic past, making his character intriguingly complex.
Based on the original light novel series of Goblin Slayer, its anime adaptation was first produced by White Fox, airing with 12 episodes in 2018. It was followed by the anime movie Goblin Slayer: Goblin’s Crown in 2020. The series has been also adapted into manga series since 2016. The gripping storyline, engaging characters, and high-stakes battles have gained it a considerable fanbase worldwide.
If you’ve been captivated by the anime and are eager to see what comes next, this article will guide you through where the Goblin Slayer anime ends within the light novels and manga, allowing you to seamlessly continue the gripping tale.
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How many volumes does Goblin Slayer have?
There are 16 volumes in the light novel series of Goblin Slayer so far (the 16th volume released in July 2022.) It has been published since 2016, written by Kumo Kagyu and illustrated by Noboru Kannatsuki. Kumo Kagyu also writes some spin-offs including Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One and Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana.
Goblin Slayer has also made into the manga adaptation with Kosuke Kurose since 2016, and it has 14 volumes so far (the latest 14th volume released in May 2023.)
Which should you choose, light novels or manga?
Now, it seems that there are two options for enjoying the rest of the anime: the light novels and the manga. So which is the better choice for you to read?
To fully enjoy the authentic Goblin Slayer story with its unique originality, it’s recommended to delve into the original light novels. This way, you can thoroughly immerse yourself in the world of Goblin Slayer, and of course, the narrative in this format is more advanced than in any other medium.
On the other hand, if reading novels isn’t your preference, or you wish to enjoy the story in a shorter span, the manga is also a good choice. The manga adaptation has been progressing at a relatively fast pace, providing a considerable volume for those wanting to continue from where the anime left off.
However, due to the nature of the medium, the manga inevitably omits some parts of the original novels. Therefore, if you truly want to dive deep into the world of Goblin Slayer, the light novels are highly recommended.
Goblin Slayer: Which Volume to Read after the Anime Series
Light Novel: Which volume of Goblin Slayer to read after the anime?
The first season of the Goblin Slayer anime ends with Goblin Slayer Episode 12 “The Fate of an Adventurer,” and it is equivalent to the end of Volume 2 of the light novel series. So you can enjoy the following story after the anime by reading the light novel from Volume 3 onwards.
Season 1: From Volume 1 to Volume 2
Anime Movie (Goblin’s Crown): Volume 5
Season 2: From Volume 3
In 2020, the first anime movie titled Goblin Slayer: Goblin’s Crown was released, which covers the story equivalent to Volume 5 of the light novel. In other words, it’s recommended that you read volumes 3 and 4 of the light novels, watch the anime movie, and then return to the light novels to continue reading from volume 6 onwards.
Manga: Which volume of Goblin Slayer to read after the anime?
The anime adaptation of Goblin Slayer finishes with 12 episodes, which aligns with the middle of Volume 6 in the manga. I recommend to re-start with Volume 6 Chapter 30 in the manga adaptation after watching all of the existing anime episodes.
Season 1: From Volume 1 to Volume 6
Anime Movie (Goblin’s Crown): From Volume 9 to Volume 11
Season 2: From Volume 6
If you’ve seen the anime movie, you might be able to skip volumes 7 to 9 of the manga series. If you haven’t seen it, then it’s advisable to just continue reading from midway through volume 6 onwards.
When will Goblin Slayer Season 2 air?
Goblin Slayer Season 2 has been already confirmed, scheduled to air in 2023. The second season of the anime is produced by Liden Films, which is different from White Fox that handled the first season. However, both are excellent studios, so it’s exciting nonetheless.
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