Top 20 Anime from the 2010's (Part 2)

15. Goblin Slayer (2018)

Studio: White Fox | MAL: 7.60 | Genre: Dark Fantasy

On the surface it is a standard fantasy series,with mages, elves, goblins and guilds. In reality the world of Goblin Slayer is brutal. Adventurers come from all over the world to join the Guild, competing for contracts. Based on the light novel series from Kumo Kagyu, Goblin Slayer, follows a 15 year old Priestess. On her first day as a Porcelian-ranked adventurer, she joins a group of inexperienced adventurer. Their first mission is a disaster. Their ambushed by goblins in a cave, with many of the members killed and the females raped. The Priestess is rescued by the Silver-ranked Goblin Slayer, who’s obsessed with killing goblins. Known for their smarts and rapid reproduction, goblins are still considered the lowest level of monster. Goblin Slayer hopes to prove why thinking that is a mistake.

Check Out My Review of Goblin Slayer Episode 1


14. Banana Fish (2018)

Studio: MAPPA | MAL: 8.32 | Genre: Shoujo

Aslan Jade Callenreese better known as Ash Lynx, was a street kid that was raised by mafia don, Dino Golzine. The story of Banana Fish picks up when Ash is 17 years old. He forms his own gang and aims to discover the secret of a mysterious drug, “Banana Fish.” However, Dino interferes, sending his men to retrieve the drug from Ash. He’s introduced to Shunichi Ibe and Eiji Okumura as they photograph American street gangs. While at a bar they’re kidnapped by Dino’s men. Now, Ash is tasked with rescuing them, while discovering the secret behind Banana Fish. The series is highly regarded, featuring a complicated plot, sophisticated dialogue and action sequences. Banana Fish is also known for it’s depiction of a gay relationship between Ash and Eiji.

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13. Parasyte: The Maxim

Studio: Madhouse | MAL: 8.47 | Genre: Sci-Fi

Parasyte: The Maxim (Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu) focuses on high school student Shinichi Izumi. His right hand is replaced by an alien Parasite named Migi. Generally, these Parasites consume the head of the human taking over the entire body. Shinichi and Migi are forced to work together to survive as other Parasite’s arrive on Earth aiming to kill them. I think this series started of better than it ended and by the end I was glad it was over. However, the themes on what makes someone a human being, dealing with death and the hypocrisies that humanity possess. Parasyte: The Maxim is a well animated series with complex theme, get action and body horror.


12. Little Witch Academia (2013)

Studio: Trigger | MAL: 8.03 | Genre: Magic, Fantasy

Little Witch Academia doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but remains compelling regardless. Akko Kagari dreams of becoming a witch. Inspired by her childhood idol, Shiny Chariot, she enrolls in Luna Nova Magical Academy. Clumsy and hyper, Akko and her friends, Sucy and Lotte get into hi-jinks. Little Witch Academia begins with a light hearted tone but pivots to darker themes. Akko is the heart of the series, you end up sharing her enthusiasm for magic. Anyone familiar with the Harry Potter series will see parallels between the two. The characters in Little Witch Academia are variety, likable but predictable. As expected of Studio Trigger, the animation is fluid and consistent. Overall, Little Witch Academia is a well done series, even if it’s not groundbreaking.

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11. Dr. Stone (2019)

Studio: TMS Entertainment | MAL: 8.49 | Genre: Sci-Fi

If there’s a series that will make wish you paid attention in science class, Dr. Stone is it. While it certainly takes liberties with science, Dr. Stone manages to make the subject engaging none the less. The series focuses primarily on the genius Senku. After several millennia, Senku frees his classmate, Taiju. The modern world is completely non-existent and nature has flourished. Taiju learns that Senku plans to return humanity to it’s original glory. With Taiju’s brawn and Senku’s brains will they be successful? Senku’s ideologies are challenged by the powerful Tsukasa. The story takes an unexpected turn when we learn that Senku’s father is an ancestor of a village that formed after they world was stoned.

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Goblin Slayer Episode 12 Review – The Fate of an Adventurer

Goblin Slayer & Priestess vs Goblin Lord

One thing we’ve learned i this series is that the Goblin Slayer is best equipped to fight from a distance using his intellect and strategy. Close hand to hand combat isn’t really his thing. As the other characters thoroughly defeat the horde without too many causalities. The Goblin Lord is too strong for him. He breaks GS’s sword and leaves a massive gash in his arm. As GS crawls on the floor the Goblin Lord begins stomping on his head. As the Goblin Lord prepares to finish GS off the priestess arrives and traps the Goblin Lord between to of her protective spells.

This marks a turning point in the Priestess. While she has always maintained her upbeat personality, turning her defensive spells into offensive was symbolic and effective. However, what convinced me of her change was her reaction to the Goblin Lord pleading for his life. The Priestesses personality would suggest that she would fall for this. However, even with his crocodile tears it has no effect. The Goblin Slayer then slits his throat. I turns out this was all part of GS’s plan. The series began with the Priestess being a novice that you weren’t sure wouldn’t survive this world without the Goblin Slayers help. Turns out she became one of the more useful characters and the Goblin Slayer might not have survived without her.

Goblin Slayer the adventurer

GS reveals that nobody came when there was a post for goblin attacking his village and he felt that he was on his own. Feeling more accepted at the guild he finally entertains the idea of becoming an adventurer. Priestess asks the Goblin Slayer to remove his helmet as a reward, the entire guild takes notice. We are not show his whole face, but its implied that he’s handsome.

For a series that started will an episode that many found horrific, it ended it’s first season with a very hopeful note. Despite the characters not having real names, they ended up still being full developed characters (especially Goblin Slayer and Priestess). I’m satisfied with the lovely ending. However, I fully expect that the first episode of the next season will change that.

Goblin Slayer Episode 11 Review – A Gathering of Adventurers

Teary eyed Cow Girl

The King of Goblins

The Goblin Slayer Episode 11, A gathering of Adventurers begin with GS telling Cow Girl that she needs to run. Coming from him this is alarming. He goes on to state that he cannot defeat the goblins. If the number of footprints are any indication, he alone will not be enough. It makes since that the big final villain is a massive goblin horde and the king of goblins, the Goblin Lord. The horde according to the GS probably seeks Cow Girls land as a stronghold, as she assumes the worsts. The potential battle marks a difference for GS. Defeating goblins in close, closed quarters is possible. Doing so in an open field would require strength the GS doesn’t have.

The Witch and Dwarf puts goblins to sleep

Cow Girl makes a bad choice, GS makes a good one

Cow Girl is an idiot. Staying to “protect” her home when she can’t even fight is the height of stupidity. Or is it that she loves GS and can’t bare to be safe while he battles the horde? Considering that more than death would await her, such a decision makes no since. Also, what about her uncle? GS heads to the guild where he does something he’s never done, asks for help. He explains the situation to the guild, unsurprisingly many are dismissive. Spearman even demands that he make a formal request, with a reward. GS isn’t troubled however. Being the true hero of this series (despite what he thinks of himself) he offer them EVERYTHING he owns.

Goblins getting slaughtered

The Adventurers Gather

The Spearman joins as he demands a beer, High Elf Archer joins next, followed then by Dwarf Shaman, Lizard Priest and the Witch. Guild Girl seeing the unwillingness of many of the adventurers to join, pulls some strings getting any adventurer a gold coin for every they slay. The rest of the guild soon join. Many pretend that they “only” will do so for the bounty, but it’s clear that GS has had personal effects on them. Of course the Priestess is on board.

Lizard Priest decapitating goblins

The Battle begins

The goblins arrive with shields featuring abused women attached to them. The GS shows his strategic skills once again. He has predicted the Goblin Lords plans almost too perfectly. The adventurers quickly dominate the smaller goblins. The Goblin Lord becomes enraged and orders the hobgoblins to attack, along with two goblin champions. The veterans handle them, while the GS takes on the fleeing Goblin Lord. So far the battle is clearly in the adventurers hands. Is it likely that a series known for its harsh reality will allow most of the most noted characters survive? I don’t trust it, but we will see. The potential one on one battle between GS and Goblin Lord could be an epic.

Goblin Slayer ready for the kill

Goblin Slayer Episode 10 Review – Dozing

Remembering the Past

Goblin Slayer remembers his dreams of becoming a hero. He wished to become a hero powerful enough to “defeat dragons,” and become a “platinum-ranked adventurer.” We see flashbacks of the battle between the Heroine and the Demon Lord. He awakens in a carriage with the other adventurers. He remembers having an argument with his sister and how is sister cooked for him. 

Downtime in town

As is typical of Goblin Slayer this episode is largely about the time in-between battles. While, there is no goblin quest to be had there are plenty of the Demon Lord army remaining to be killed. Obviously, GS doesn’t care about non goblin quests. He goes to get his newly repaired gear and is told that there’s no magic scrolls left. Heavy Warrior and Female Knight are training rookies. The Priestess greets GS. They share a meal with the other members of the group. 

The Sword Maiden’s Letter

The Sword Maiden writes GS to say that she is grateful. She thanks GS and his comrades for “freeing” her mind from constantly thinking of goblins. The Demon Lord is defeated, but his army is still a treat. While reading the letter, GS completes chores ending when he finds a large amount of goblin footprints. This episode was largely useless. However, I do find it interesting that the big bad (Demon Lord) wasn’t defeated by the main characters. They will likely face a major monsters later but it does deviate from what we expect from series. 

Goblin Slayer Episode 08 – Whispers and Prayers and Chants

Goblin Slayers abusive Master

This episode begins with a flashback of Goblin Slayers childhood. His master taunt’s him for his inability to save his sister. The master uses abuse both physical and mental in order to instill some toughness into GS. Clearly this worked as GS is now a goblin killing badass. He says that the ” moment you make the decision to do something and act on it, you win.” The master begins quizzing GS with puzzles. The final question he asks Goblin Slayer is “what’s in his pocket.” I don’t know if it’s my expectation from this series or not, but the face he had suggested that the question was sexual in nature. If the relationship between was sexually abusive we’ll fine out sooner or later.

Sexual healing ? 

In the present Goblin Slayer awakens. We see his toned, scared body and his head sans helmet. His face however remains hidden. Next to the GS is the priestess, naked. This is suppose to be “the miracle of Resurrection” which is achieved by “sharing a bed with a virgin.” It’s a interesting manner of healing I guess. Especially, because it requires no sex, hence the virginity requirement. It’s made clear that the Sword Maiden was raped by goblins, she makes a claim that doesn’t make since. She says that “women are weak creatures,” but she’s “the woman who defeated the Demon Lord.” She does see the contradiction. Regardless, she is clearly throwing herself at Goblin Slayer but he doesn’t seem to notice or care. 

Some down time

After battle Goblin Slayer often has an episode of downtime. This time is no different. The Goblin Slayer and the Priestess head to a blacksmith to get their equipment repaired. She refuses to get new chain-mail because the Goblin Slayer complimented her on it previously. Of course GS does bother getting any new armor, but does seem willing to get new weapons.  They have ice cream, while the sun sets. They are interrupted by Witch and Spearman, that deliver some “very” fine flour, that GS says will help him against the “goblins.”

Explosive battle against a giant eye

This battle isn’t as high stakes as the previous ones, but does illuminate on aspect of GS that often is subtle. He is a fierce warrior and a master tactician. The main issue with the giant eye is that it’s capable of “disintegrate and dispel.” Spells aren’t effective, fighting head to head isn’t a good strategy either. The high elf archer distracts the eye, as the Dwarf Shaman cast a spell to put it asleep. While, it’s sleeping the GS releases the flour into the air, then the Lizard Priest summons his dragontooth warrior. Then the Elf shoots the eye with an arrow, while the Priestess uses protection to trap it. When the eye sees the dragontooth it fires it’s beam causing a massive explosion killing itself. GS explains his strategy as we see a strange magic mirror remains.