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Goblin Slayer Season 2 Release Date, Cast And Plot - What We Know So Far

The dark isekai anime series Goblin Slayer is based on a light novel series (for young adults, usually) written by Kumo Kagyu and illustrated by Noboru Kannatsuki. It became quite controversial during its first season in 2018, thanks to initially being mislabeled as appropriate for PG audiences by Crunchyroll when it became available for streaming — and because of its unusually graphic nature, which becomes clear within the first 10 minutes. We're not just talking brutal violence, but also sexual assault (not completely revealed on-screen, but seen and heard) and later, the killing of children (goblins, but still).

The sexual assault is an integral part of how the goblins procreate in this world, so it's part and parcel of the story, creating a sexualized framework for its female characters that didn't sit well with some viewers. Understandably, this type of visual trauma caused backlash among those who didn't know the source material and thought the show would be a bit more friendly for younger viewers. Screen Rant notes that Goblin Slayer's use of sexual assault as a narrative shortcut bungled a sensitive subject in a way that caused a long-lasting backlash. 

Yet, for viewers who can stomach the violence and gratuitous revealing shots of women, the show offers some epic adventure, compelling storylines, and good characterizations. Initially, it looks like a more lighthearted anime in which a young teenage priestess joins a group of three adventurers on an urgent quest to rescue girls from some goblins. Her party is quickly decimated, though, and she is rescued by the Goblin Hunter, whose only goal is to horribly kill as many goblins as possible — and starts forming his own goblin-fighting squad to do it. 

Here's what we know about a second season to this interesting, adventurous, not-for-everyone, RPG-inspired anime TV show.

When is the release date for Goblin Slayer Season 2?

In January 2021, publishing label GA Bunko announced at anniversary event GA FES 21 that a second season of "Goblin Slayer" was underway. It released a poster and announcement trailer celebrating the approval of the upcoming season, but there was no new footage. This indicates the production of Season 2 was probably not very far along at the time. Comicbook.com estimates that a new season could be out by the end of 2021 or the beginning of 2022, if everything stays on track. 

In the meantime, however, the entire first season can be watched on Crunchyroll. There's also a movie, "Goblin Slayer: Goblin's Crown," which came out in Japanese theaters in 2019 and depicted the events of Volume 5. It's currently also able to be streamed, and is labeled as Season 2 of "Goblin Slayer" on Crunchyroll. You can purchase the DVDs online if you wish to catch up in time for the release of Season 2. 

Who is in the cast of Goblin Slayer Season 2?

The original cast of Goblin Slayer includes prolific voice talent such as Yuichiro Umehara as the Goblin Slayer, Yui Ogura as the Priestess, Nao Tôyama as the High Elf Archer, Yûichi Nakamura as the Dwarf Shaman, Tomokazu Sugita as the Lizard Priest, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as the Spear Man, Yuka Iguchi as the Cow Girl, and Yôko Hikasa as the Witch. If you're not familiar with the series yet, you'll see that the characters don't have actual names — they're simply referred to as their archetype. 

There's an English dub, naturally. Actors taking on the Americanized roles in Season 1 include Brad Hawkins as the Goblin Slayer, Hayden Daviau as the Priestess, Mallorie Rodak as the High Elf Archer, Barry Yandell as the Dwarf Shaman, Joshua Bangle as the Lizardman Priest, Kyle Igneczi as the Spear Man, Brittany Lauda as the Cow Girl, and Amanda R. Gish as the Witch. 

These actors are mostly expected to return to their roles in this fantasy anime in Season 2. New characters will also be introduced, if the series follows the plot of the novels, so additional actors should be incorporated as well.

What is the plot of Goblin Slayer Season 2?

The "Goblin Slayer" light novels continue to be published, with Volume 14 published in Japan in March 2021. As the source material for the anime, these books contain what'll happen next for the characters fans have come to know in the TV series. The first season of "Goblin Slayer" covered events up to Volume 4, and the 2019 film tackled Volume 5, so Season 2 will begin with Volume 6. 

From Volumes 6-10, the group put together by the Goblin Hunter teams up with a young wizard boy to deal with goblins at an old mausoleum. They'll also head for the Elven motherland, escort the Sword Maiden to the capitol, and guard a vineyard. For a time, the Priestess takes leadership of the group in absence of the Goblin Hunter, which helps her character develop. There are plenty of goblins to fight every step of the way, of course. You can expect plenty of action and some side stories in the mix.