Goblin Slayer made a splash with its premiere containing a massive turn of events. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’d probably glance at the cover and wonder what the big deal is about; make no mistake, this anime is messed up. Set in a world where mythical creatures roam and adventurers are needed to defeat them, it seems like your average fantasy anime. That is, until a young priestess joins an inexperienced party to fight goblins. When they become overwhelmed, a man in armor appears to defeat the ugly creatures; the Goblin Slayer. He’s dedicated his life to defeating these creatures no matter the means. If you’ve already caught up on the show and are dying for more anime series like it, we have a few great recommendations for shows that feature the same kind of messed up twists and turns as well as the fantasy element you love about this show!
The lone mercenary, Guts, has been on his own for as long as he can remember. After joining a group of his own, the Band of the Hawk, Guts follows a leader known as Griffith who's motives eventually grow questionable. When their leader betrays the group, many of them die. Alone again, Guts goes on a journey to fulfill his revenge and end Griffith. Goblin Slayer is known for being incredibly messed up and bloody from episode one and Berserk is no different.
Momonga spent the final hour of his favorite virtual reality game, Yggdrasil, roaming through the halls of his guild's castle and remembering all the good times he had. But when the hour strikes midnight, the game doesn't shut down; he can't even log out. Now the NPCs seem to have come to life and even the world outside seems different than the game he came from. Stuck in this world, he takes on his character's game, Ainz Ooal Gown, and decides to explore the world beyond. While this anime isn't too brutal in its fight scenes, it still maintains a fantasy-like setting that matches Goblin Slayer nicely.
If you're looking for something filled with horrific twists and scenes, Akame ga Kill! is filled with them right from episode one. Tatsumi and two of his close childhood friends have traveled to the capital in hopes of earning money to send back to their poor village. Naive to the horrific truth behind the "kind" citizens of the capital, Tatsumi watches the horrors that have befallen his friends and decides to join a revolutionary group known as the Night Raid. Their goal is the overthrow the prime minister and change the world around them. It's full of gore and some of the show's plot is incredibly difficult to watch.
In a world where shapeshifting demons called "youma" exist to hunt humans, only the Claymore are able to truly defeat them. These are beings crossed between humans and youma that roam the world defeating them, one after another. While Raki's family was killed during a youma attack, his life was saved by Clare. After being banished and having nowhere else to go, he follows the Claymore, finding out more about her on their long journey. With battling monsters and a story fueled by vengeance, there's a clear line as to where Goblin Slayer and Claymore have similarities; it's the perfect show to add to your que once you're caught up in the other!