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Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana Manga 1 Review

Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana Manga 1 Review

-Written by: Devlen

As a huge shonen fan, I tend to be drawn to popular, impactful titles. From One Piece, which is recognized as one of the longest series, to Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood having the scarring “Big Brother Edward” scene, I really get hooked on a series for their memorable moments. And as most fans know, Goblin Slayer made a lasting impression when the first episode premiered. Strangely enough, the first episode didn’t scare me away with how raw the subject matter was illustrated. Instead, I liked how it exposed the gruesome and realistic nature of goblins in the first episode. So when I saw the new side story appear in our warehouse, I knew I had to put on the mantle and attack this fierce series. Ready your weapons and roll for initiative!

Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana opens with some background on this world. There is an impregnable Dungeon of the Dead that wreaks havoc in the north and the King of Time issued a decree to seal away the source of the dungeon. After a failed attempt of sending a large army to dispel it, adventurers all around the world formed parties of six to explore the dungeon and gain wealth. This is the moment where our protagonists are introduced. The story follows a newly formed party of three spellcasters, two warriors, and one scout, and the captain of this party is the samurai warrior from the cover. The party members seem to mesh pretty well as they gather intel on the Dungeon. We’re shown a future cataclysmic event where our party fights a terrifying Demon King, but I won’t spoil how that turns out.

The first volume mostly covers the character’s backstory and how they formed this rag-tag party for the dungeon crawl. It does feature some fight scenes, but the focus was mainly world building. Throughout the manga, I kept picturing this story as a Dungeons & Dragons campaign my friends and I would do. This is probably due to my party recently having a session, but either way, it sparked lots of creativity for my next character. My one critique is I wished it was longer. There were some moments that grabbed my attention and others that dragged on a bit because they needed to build the world more. What I do know is I am excited for the next volume because we should learn more about the battles the party encounters in the Dungeon of the Dead!

Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana Manga Volume 1

At the very north of this four-cornered world lies the impregnable Dungeon of the Dead, so-called because naught but death awaits those who enter within. At least, not until that challenge is met by a certain party of adventurers, six men and women who would one day be called "Heroes"... With this volume, the ashen tale of their youth begins!

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