When a thirty-something office worker was murdered on his way to lunch, he couldn’t have imagined he would be reincarnated into a new world as a slime.
What did you watch?
This has been an epic series, both in the sheer scale of the world-building and because I’ve been watching it since November. When I first started watching That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime I had no idea it was going to be twenty-five episodes long, but when I found out I was well in and quite happy to discover there would be more. However, sometimes less is more.
What’s it about?
A thirty-something office worker is murdered on his way to lunch and as he lies there slowly dying, he complains about the pain, the heat, the cold, etc. Somehow, his complaints influenced what happened next. He awoke in a strange world with a strange body and a number of strange new abilities. He had been reincarnated as a slime!
He comes across various monsters and manages to defeat them and gain their abilities. Finally, he meets a mighty dragon imprisoned in a magic cage. They give each other names and become friends. Then Rimuru, the slime, eats the dragon and the prison in hopes of finding a way to free him. Then he sets out to explore this strange new world.
What did you think?
I’m a sucker for Isekai, so I was all in from the start and from the beginning I absolutely loved it. I found the slow and steady pace as Rimuru worked out how to use his new body and the various other skills he’d acquired along the way to be quite refreshing. There was a good mix of adventure, action, and humour. I think the world-building was very interesting even if from time to time it seemed all too easy.
I think there were some excellent parts and some quite pedestrian parts. Sure, Rimuru is over-powered so things are going to be easy. I enjoy seeing the reaction of people who believed they were strong when then realize just how far behind Rimuru they are. I think the thing missing in this series was any real sense of danger. Even in Overlord or One Punch Man, you get a feeling that they have to overcome something. Here is all just kept falling into place with little effort.
What was your favourite moment?
The whole Shizu arc was without a doubt the best part of the series. They did an amazing job to make you care about a character in such a short period of time. Those episodes were awesome, heart-breaking, and intense showing that they can do it even with an over-powered main character. This then, of course, makes the rest of the series seem that much more of a missed opportunity.
What was your least favourite moment?
The final arc saw Rimuru travel to another city to try to save some children who had been summoned from Earth. They were Shizu’s students and her one regret was that she couldn’t save them. So, Rimuru shows up, instantly works out the problem, stumbles upon the answer, and then takes the children on an adventure. When they got there, he quickly defeated a magical golem and then managed to create his own spirits and save the children. This whole arc seemed incredibly rushed and lacking in any real threat. At no point did it feel like anything bad could possibly happen.
Who was your favourite character?
Rimuru is my favourite character throughout, but there have been some excellent additions to the cast. I enjoyed the absurdness of Gobta and his unlikely fighting prowess. Then there’s Ranga and Shion… um… Shion, she’s awesome. Maybe that was another issue. There were just so many characters that they were constantly fighting for screen time, so no one really had much of a chance to shine beyond Rimuru.
Who was your least favourite character?
He started to grow on me towards the end, but Gabiru, the overconfident prince of the lizardmen was without a doubt the most annoying character. That was probably the goal of his involvement early on, so well done.
Who needs more screen time?
There needs to be more Shion. For me she stole the show in the Charybdis arc when she rode into battle, standing on top of a flying Ranga with a massive sword. Even if that arc was completely pointless and another frustrating example of how things were too easy. They even made a point of saying that one of the Demon Lords was worried about Charybdis’ revival, but then Milim destroyed it in one attack.
Is it similar to any other anime you’ve seen?
From the over-powered sense, I’ve already compared to Overlord and One Punch Man. Then there is the Isekai side of things… so also Overlord… I think this show’s main difference is that it seems to be focused on world-building and Rimuru developing a community, kind of like a fantasy version of Simcity. Which is fine, I just wish they’d create a little more tension.
Would you like another season?
They’ve already announced that there will be a second season and I will definitely check it out, however, this time I may hold back and wait until it’s finished airing so that I can watch it all together. I think total immersion will help pull me into the world. Like I said, though if they can emulate the success of the Shizu arc on a larger scale, this series could be epic.
Other reviews in the series
There were twenty-four episodes in the actual series and then an episode 24.5 which kind of recapped the whole thing and was kind of pointless, but I still watched it. Also, I started this series last year so the numbers are going to be all over the place.
- Episode Count: 25 (293)
- Push-ups – 140 (2,230)
- Sit-ups – 150 (2,250)
- Squats – 140 (2,230)