Goblin Slayer (Japanese: ゴブリンスレイヤー Hepburn: Goburin Sureiyā) is a Japanese dark fantasy light novel series written by Kumo Kagyu and illustrated by Noboru Kannatuki.
A manga adaptation by Kōsuke Kurose is serialized in the Monthly Big Gangan magazine, and a second adaptation by Masahiro Ikeno runs in the same magazine. A prequel manga by Kento Eida runs in Young Gangan. Both the novels and the manga adaptations have been licensed by North American publisher Yen Press.
Three audio drama CDs have been released, bundled with the fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth light novels. An anime television series adaptation by White Fox premiered from October 7 to December 30, 2018.
Goblin Slayer was posted on an online textboard starting from October 2012, as a work that combined ASCII art with dialogue together (The format is known as “Yaruo Thread” on Japanese internet).
The series was then rewritten into format of a novel and submitted to competitions organized by publishers, despite the novel version was completed before the online version and the novel was thus subsequently amended to match the ending of the online version which was created according to real time feedback from users on the internet.
Although the novel version failed to win awards in the Fujimi Fantasia Contest, it was picked up by GA Bunko editors when the author enrolled his other works into their competition, and as such the work started publishing commercially via GA Bunko.
It should be noted that, both the author and the publisher consider the ASCII act version to be different from and does not consider the published novel to be based on the online version, instead the published novel is said to be based on the version that was submitted to Fujimi Fantasia Contest.
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