Anime Review: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Introduction:

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is a novel series written by Fuse, which ran from 2013 to 2015. The light novel was first published on 2014, and is still getting published, while the manga began the publication in 2015, and it is still getting published in the Monthly Shonen Sirius.

The anime adaptation aired its first season in 2018 for total 24 episodes, while the second season began airing in 2021, and ended in the same year for again 24 episodes, bringing the total count up to 48 episodes, not counting OVAs and other material.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (TTIGRAAS from now on,) tells the story of Satoru Mikami, who was stabbed and died, and reincarnated into another world as a slime.

Plot:

Satoru Mikami works in a construction company as a general contractor. He is 37 years old, and still virgin. When his coworker invites him to meet his fiancé, (As he admitted he wanted to show off to him,) he got stabbed, and died. But not before telling his friend to wipe his hard drive. (Probably to hide his porn preferences.)

After dying, he gets reincarnated into an unfamiliar world, where he meets and befriends Veldora Tempest, The Storm Dragon (Trademark.) Veldora is sealed in a cave for destroying a city 300 years ago, but Satoru promises him to break him out of his seal. As a result, Veldora gives him a new name, called Rimuru Tempest. And thus, begins the story of a slime.

My watching experiences:

At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of this as I began to watch the first episode of the season 1. Mostly because the slime is the least interesting thing I could imagine. The fact that the whole episode was giving the gaming vibe didn’t help any either, as I have read few books regarding that topic, and a lot of fanfics as well, most of which I ended up dropping because the plot was boring.

Thankfully, that doesn’t happen here. And though it might give some gaming like vibes, I assure you, it is not a game where Mikami has reincarnated to.

However, it is hilarious to see as Rimuru tries to keep his little monster nation under the radar, and yet ending up attracting a lot of attention. It is even more hilarious when his own people end up accepting responsibilities on his own behalf, while he doesn’t even get a say in it.

Veldora is also amusing. He is a terrifying dragon, who is clearly lonely, but still likes to play “Hard to get.” As Rimuru himself remarked in their first meeting. But if you want to observe more dragon related comedy, you must watch “Veldora’s Journal,” the special episode which summarizes the first season’s events, but I watched it just because of the antics of that dragon.

While season 1 did has its dark moments, season 2 is where things start getting dicey. The increasing power of the Forest of Jura caused the country to get attacked, while demon lord Claymon, who maneuvered in the background finally decides what to do with the slimy issue in the open.

We also get introduced to Hinata Sakaguchi, the student of Shizu who was mentioned in the previous season. While she’s an awesome fighter, I kind of don’t like her, mostly because of her attitude. we have enough extremists in the real world already.

The opening for the latter half of this season, I’m gonna remember that one for a long time. It is perfectly suited to the mood of that season.

Conclusion:

Again, I would like to repeat that I didn’t know what to make of it after watching the first episode. Little did I knew that I would end up liking it so much, which probably tells you everything.

But wait, I’m not done yet. The fact is, though a lot of the time it gives happy vibes in the first season, there is a dark part of this unnamed world, which we get to see in the second season.

And villains. Villains are just awesome. Take Claymon for example. There’s no doubt that he deserves what’s coming to him. But the fact that he called out for help to his companions, and those same companions being sad for him after learning about his death, just how many times have you seen that happening with villains? Usually, they’re just trying to backstab each other. Watching villains having a comradery among themselves gives me hope, as weird as it sounds.

Also, the dub. (Here come the haters. Your opinions will be used to roast marshmallows… which I don’t have.)

First, Rimuru, the main character is voiced by Brittney Karbowski, so that is an automatic plus in my book. But rest of the cast also does a wonderful job with their characters. I especially like the voice of Diablo. I hope we get to see him more in the season 3. Speaking of which, I will be here, reviewing it when it comes out.

My overall opinion is, go watch this series. You’ll certainly enjoy it.

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Published by Tanish Shrivastava

I'm a guy who likes programming, chess, and writing.

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