Good Things Take Slime – ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime’ First Season Review

Good Things Take Slime – A First Season Review of ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime’

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What’s the show? That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime.

And what’s it about? You know what it’s about, everyone does at this point–this isn’t like one of my niche cute girl or ecchi shows that no one’s bothered to investigate.

Wow. Why the attitude? No attitude, just cutting to the point of this review. Also, if I’m honest, I kinda didn’t want to write this review.

Reincarnation seems like a fun idea…

Oh? And why’s that? Because I’ve kind of got nothing to add to the overall discussion around this anime. Sure I’ve seen my share of complaints about this series (mainly on WordPress) but at this point it feels like the people who don’t like this show are steadfast in their disapproval and there’s no amount of discussion on my part that could sway them to think otherwise. Nor would I want to, that’s really not my job after all.

Hehe, the little ears and tail!

For the sake of sating my curiosity, what are the complaints? You want me to do a Top 5 Complaints and Rebuttals About ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime’ type thing then, because I’ll do it?!

Sure, means I can have a break while you talk to yourself… I mean more than usual… Right! Here we go!

    1. “Rimuru is too overpowered!” That’s practically every shonen anime ever–at least the one’s I’ve watched. Overpowered is the point of these types of wish-fulfilment fantasy series’, to be able to envision yourself in the place of the protagonist crushing your enemies like you wish you could do to your enemies in real life.
    2. “He’s so overpowered that there’s no threat to any of his encounters with his enemies, he can just pull out some ‘deus ex machina’ and win instantly!” Even if that was true (which I think is a bit of a stretch, he has to rely on a couple of more powerful or more knowledgeable individuals throughout the series) what’s so wrong with having a protagonist with god-like powers? It makes for an interesting inversion on the tried and true Shonen formula of ‘fight a guy, get defeated, train, learn new skills, fight a guy, win’. Not to mention its good for comedic effect–which this show leans on quite a bit.
    3. “The show’s pacing is far too quick. Entire storylines are brought up and resolved within the space of an episode!” I hate this complaint so much, yes it’s pace is fast. There are many one-episode arcs that could (and would) have been stretched out to 3+ episodes if this was an adaptation of a long-running filler filled shonen manga. But this is originally based on a web novel that’s 248 chapters long and that presumably has a definite beginning, middle and end to the whole saga. Added to the fact that the first season only adapts 64ish chapters means there’s a larger story to tell then the brief arcs which are mere connective stitches in the overall “bigger picture”.
    4. “Why do the more animal or monster looking characters turn more human and “sexy” when they receive a name and rank up?” Not to be racist, but human looking characters are typically sexier than monster-looking characters. That’s literally the reason, don’t think too hard about it.
    5. “I just find the whole series underwhelming and kind of boring.” That’s fine, that’s your opinion and if you think so then there’s no need for you to watch the upcoming second season. I personally am very invested in the characters and have the confidence that the author (and those responsible for the adaptation) will deliver a compelling story to come!

 

 

 

 

 

Hmm, oh, you’re done? Sorry I was just taking a nap. Hey! You asked me to do this!

The ogre’s are still my favourite group of side characters.

Oh yes, right and what a splendid job you did. Should we continue with a proper review now? Yeah, yeah…

So what was your favourite arc in the first season? Obviously Shizu’s story remains the beating heart of this series and while the episodes about her were always of a high quality, I really enjoyed connecting it back to the kids she was trying to save and the last arc with Rimuru teaching the students, gaining their trust and finding a way to “cure” their predicament. I get the feeling we’ll be seeing those kids again, albeit at a later and more pivotal moment in the series where they can repay their debt to their slime sensei.

The feels.

Just for the record you haven’t read any of the Web Novel or Light Novel this is based on right? That’s pure speculation. Correct, I barely have the patience to read one manga a week let alone get through that many chapters of a novel. With full sentences and hardly any pictures!

Right. And what was your least favourite thing about the series? Aside from my one-sided feud with Gabiru, I think some of the female characters were underutilised at some points. This is a minor nitpick as, with so much of the story yet unadapted, there’s still plenty of time to use them later down the line. But I still would have liked to see more action from Shion and Milim.

More of this please, or better yet a whole series of Shion kicking butt in her suit.

Ahem, speaking of which, in your Best Waifu’s of Fall 2018 list you gave Shion the number 2 position meanwhile in the Best Waifu’s of Winter 2019 list you gave Milim the number 2 position. Care to definitively pick one as all time favourite from this show? Oh god, why are you making me choose? That’s like asking which do I prefer ‘anime boobs’ or ‘anime butts’! But, gun to my head I’m picking Milim–I just prefer her overall personality to Shion’s.

Just look at that face!

Answering the tough questions here folks! So final recommendation and review for ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime’? I’d have thought this show would have almost universal appeal but there seemed to be a fair share of people who didn’t care for this show–or maybe they just happened to be especially vocal and in my direct circle of fellow reviewers/commenters. That said, if you enjoy the isekai genre, fantasy, comedy and action you should find something to enjoy about this series. While I had no overwhelming complaints about the series I don’t think it’s the best isekai out there but nevertheless I still enjoyed the experience from beginning to end (or should that be beginning to one fourth of the way through the full story). Final score: 89 out of 100.

I mean, you have to admire my restraint that I didn’t make all the gifs in this review ones like these…

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Virtual NTR – ‘My Sister, My Writer’ OVA 1 Review

Virtual NTR – An Anime QandA Review of ‘My Sister, My Writer’ OVA 1 Review

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This post contains some NSFW imagery.

What’s the show? My Sister, My Writer. OVA 1 (Episode 11) Review.

Wait. I thought you were taking a hiatus from seasonal anime reviews, and hasn’t this god-awful abomination of a show already ended?! What’s going on here?! Calm down buddy, I thought I’d make an exception and review the 11th episode (it’s not the 11th episode, it’s an OVA, but whatever) of ‘My Sister, My Writer’ since Crunchyroll decided to stream it.

Yep, that about sums up the show.

That’s kind of rare in of itself, isn’t it? Crunchyroll doesn’t usually put OVA’s up on their service, do they? You’re oddly well-informed in this regard, and yes, that’s true they usually don’t. And what’s more remarkable is they’ve put up the uncensored version of the episode!

Mai putting up a good case for a new ‘best girl’ from this show.

Ah… and now we come to the real reason you’ve come out of semi-retirement–the pursuit of anime nipples! Do you really think I’m that shallow?

*cough*, *ahem*, *mumbles* Okay fine, you got me. But obviously I wouldn’t be talking about this episode unless it had something noteworthy about it, would I? Something I felt compelled to share with my lovely readers.

“I love the power glove, it’s so bad”.

Oh yeah? And what’s that… It’s ~really~ funny, both ironically and unironically.

Okay, so what’s the OVA about? Right, so the gang is all gathered at a non-descript meeting room because Double Peace Sensei has asked them there. Turns out the “company” she works for has developed an ultra realistic deep VR game that they want to beta-test on Yu and the girls. Turns out the game is a ‘GNTR’ or ‘Gender switched Netorare’ which for the innocent among you basically means Yu’s going to act out being a married man at the center of a cucking harem. That’s not a typo by the way, ‘Netorare’ is a genre of fiction and eroge that deals with a married person (usually a wife, but in this case husband–hence the “gender switched” bit–who is sexually pursued by others with a modicum of consent on the part of their partner).

Asking all the tough questions, Suzuka.

I’m already confused and annoyed. Shut up, it gets better. So basically the whole episode is each of the girls interrupting sexual encounters that Yu has with each other girl in a kind of knock-out round situation. So after Double Peace Sensei (who “luckily” rolls the role of Yu’s wife) tries to get Yu to enter her back entrance Mai crashes the scene with a more powerful ‘card’ and so the shenanigans continue with each girl getting a chance to get their boobs out and generally be sexy for no apparent reason but to give the audience the fan-service they deserve after sitting through 10 mostly mediocre episodes of the show!

Send this pic to someone who doesn’t watch anime and show me their reaction. I dare you.

Aside from pandering to your perverted proclivities I fail to see how this episode is entertaining. Listen, it’s a genuinely funny and occasionally well-written episode and it’s a darn sight more self-aware and tongue-in-cheek than the series was. I wish the rest of this series had this level of playfulness and frivolity!

“Fever time” huh?

Right. So you’re settling on? This is probably the best episode of the series from a sheer entertainment perspective (assuming you have no issue with excessive fan service and nudity). The animation is passable and never dips to the horrendous levels it did during the show’s run which I know for some people who watched this show as a spectacle train-wreck rather than appreciating it for what it is will be disappointing. But for the rest of us who genuinely enjoyed this amateurish exercise in anime–punctuated with professional level fan service–this is about as good as it gets for ‘My Sister, My Writer’.

Jiggles + nipples through shirt. What a time to be alive.

Previous My Sister, My Writer Reviews:

Family Matters – Episode 1 Review
“I’m Not Bad, I’m Just Drawn That Way” – Episode 2 Review
Schrodinger’s Panty Shot – Episode 3 Review
All Roads Lead To Bikini Fan Service – Episode 4 Review
A Sister’s All You Nude – Episode 5 Review
Sibling Bondage – Episode 6 Review
Lewding From The Heart – Episode 7 Review
The Best Offence Is A Good Incest – Episode 8 Review
Keeping Face – Episode 9 Review
Sis-Confession – Episode 10 (Finale) Review


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A Meeting Of Monsters and Men – ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime’ Episode 17 Review

A Meeting Of Monsters and Men – An Anime QandA Review of ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime’ Episode 17

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What’s the show? That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime, Episode 17.

So how’s this episode? Another jam-packed episode filled with new and returning characters, ~almost~ confrontations, people foolishly underestimating Rimuru and newly forming alliances and deals.

And is it interesting? Okay, so like I get all this kind of world-building is important to establishing the ‘Jura Tempest Federation’ as a prominent political force in this world. I’m sure all this alliance forming and talk of trade deals and what not is going to be called into play later when things get more serious–it’s just that it’s kind of a lot to take in. Like between the various other Demon Lords and faction leaders from other regions all having a say in the workings of their growing community it’s a bit overwhelming to remember everyone and everything. And it seems like the pace is accelerating as if to reach a satisfying seasonal end-goal in spite of itself–though that last thought is pure speculation on my part.

Cute uniform but I miss her old outfit.

Oohh~ sounds like you have some substantial complaints, that seems like a first. I wouldn’t say complaints–more likely trepidation. I don’t want this series to get bogged down in endless committee meetings which feel more and more frequent and lengthier with each episode. That’s not to say they are not well written and don’t feature a decent amount of amusing character moments but by the same token it doesn’t exactly make for the most consistently dynamic or riveting viewing.

Now that’s an outfit I’ll never get tired of.

Fair enough. So what interesting things do happen in the episode that you did like then? So the healing potions that Rimuru “produces” through his own body are 99% effective at healing near fatal injuries. But Vesta, the exiled minister who came to work for Rimuru has–through his research–managed to make a “full potion” that is 100% effective. And aside from the trading and financial implications of such a development I just really liked this redemption arc for Vesta as a character, it was really endearing to see his accomplishments.

Naww, Vesta. What a good lad.

Anything else? Of course. Throughout the episode there’s just a lot of really cute and funny character moments like Gobta single handedly slaying a giant spider (and then getting excited because of how tasty they are in a hot pot). Also Shion’s violent reaction to being called “tits” by one of the village leaders and seeing Elen and her party back in the show was really nice too! One thing I didn’t like was my favourite loli Demon Lord Milim being given a new outfit, I mean sure the school-girl outfit was cute and all but I miss my fan service! Hopefully this is just an everyday kind of deal and she gets to break out the low-riding panties again during battle!

Gobta is true champion of the Jura forest.

You’re the worst. So overall thoughts? I think there was enough material in this episode to be stretched to two but at the same time having that much time spent on meetings would have felt even more drawn out. Had they expanded it to two and inserted some action scenes I think the overall ratio would have felt better, but it’s understandable if they couldn’t due to budgetary constraints. It’s still a good episode that promises bigger and scarier things to come but not close to this show when its at its best.

Milim’s just the best.

Previous The Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Reviews:

Slife After Death – Episode 1 Review
Slime Is On Their Side – Episode 2 Review
A Name Brings Great Chance – Episode 3 Review
Elf-Care – Episode 4 Review
The King’s Justice – Episode 5 Review
Building Connections – Episode 6 Review
Burning Away The Past – Episode 7 Review
Ashes To Ashes, Slime To Slime – Episode 8 Review
Ogre-Reacting – Episode 9 Review
Un-Makeover – Episode 10 Review
Truth and Allies – Episode 11 Review
Hungry For Blood – Episode 12 Review
An Appetite For Destruction – Episode 13 Review
The King, The Tribe and The Holy Slime – Episode 14 Review
A New Federation Rises – Episode 15 Review
The True Power Of The Demon Lord – Episode 16 Review


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The True Power Of The Demon Lord – ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime’ Episode 16 Review

The True Power Of The Demon Lord – An Anime QandA Review of ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime’ Episode 16

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What’s the show? That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime, Episode 16.

So how’s this episode? Ahhhhh! I’m so happy!

Oh god, what now? The cute pink haired fang girl with the skimpy outfit who’s been teased in the OP since the beginning of this series has ~finally~ appeared… and she’s everything I could have hoped for and more! Ah, I’m in love!

*heart eyes*

Please… stop… it’s embarrassing. No, never!

Wait, weren’t you like literally in love with Shion just last episode? I… I have room in my heart for two… I think…

She just wants some honey.

Oh boy, this is going to be a ~weird~ one folks, strap in. So who is she and what’s her relevance to the narrative? Her name’s Milim and she’s a Demon Lord and upon learning about Rimuru and his budding nation she pays a visit and promptly gets involved with fighting Rimuru’s kijin entourage (Shion included), but he manages to “tame” her with a delicious treat known as ‘honey’ and with the suggestion that being friends with Rimuru is more fun than being a full-time Demon Lord (which is the only reason she is a Demon Lord in the first place–for the fun of it).

Her expressions were adorable all episode.

Right, wait, she’s a Demon Lord? Is this another Demon Lord Loli?! How did this become a trope and so quickly too? I know right, in the space of a couple of seasons we’ve had ‘How Not To Summon A Demon Lord’, ‘Endro!’ and now this show pulling it out and I gotta say I’m still not sick of it! Sorry/not sorry for everyone who is.

I had a reason to include this gif BUTT I forgot.

Of course you’re not. So I know you’ll probably want to talk about her some more but what else happens in this episode? A surprisingly large amount of things at quite a pace too. Vesta, the guy exiled from the Dwarf City by the king way back in Episode 5 returns to work as a researcher for Rimuru. Speaking of returning from exile, Gabiru’s back and he’s joining Rimuru’s town and has been relegated to ‘comic relief whipping boy’ which feels a lot better than Gobta having to cop it. Also Gabiru’s sister Souka is there with her entourage and so Rimuru decides to give them all names which means a level-ip turning the lizardmen into dragonewts which as a result gives the men wings and the women… well let’s not beat around the bush, it turns them into sexy human-looking women. Because of course it does…

Is it racist to say I like how she looks now instead of before?

Okay that is a lot of things happening. Yeah and all that happens before Demon Lord Milim even shows up in the episode! Anyway so they bring Milim to town and immediately she punches Gabiru for calling her “chibi-chan” and did I mention how much I love her?

You did, move on. And so the townspeople are surprisingly cool with a Demon Lord moving in to their town and her declaration that she and Rimuru are “besties” and it turns out it’s because having a Demon Lord align with your city or country or region is not-unlike being under their protection. Of course, what that means going forward is anyone’s guess but I doubt it’s going to be all smooth sailing seeing as Milim has a bunch of Demon Lord cohorts who at this point aren’t even aware she’s joined forces with Rimuru.

A surreal moment in an episode full of them.

So it sounds like you loved this episode quite a bit then yeah? Sure, I mean it wasn’t perfect. I didn’t like the fact that Rimuru had a big important meeting about the future of the town and the only people invited there were the men. Meanwhile the girls were just frollicking in the hot springs (oh yeah, they have a hot springs now too). That kind of sexism I’m not fond of the women’s opinion are just as valid as the men, don’t start excluding them now when you were doing so well before.

I’ve still got time for Shion, especially when she’s serving up the bath service like this.

Anything else you wanted to– I LOVE MILIM! MILIM DAISUKI!

Ugh, end of review!


Previous The Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Reviews:

Slife After Death – Episode 1 Review
Slime Is On Their Side – Episode 2 Review
A Name Brings Great Chance – Episode 3 Review
Elf-Care – Episode 4 Review
The King’s Justice – Episode 5 Review
Building Connections – Episode 6 Review
Burning Away The Past – Episode 7 Review
Ashes To Ashes, Slime To Slime – Episode 8 Review
Ogre-Reacting – Episode 9 Review
Un-Makeover – Episode 10 Review
Truth and Allies – Episode 11 Review
Hungry For Blood – Episode 12 Review
An Appetite For Destruction – Episode 13 Review
The King, The Tribe and The Holy Slime – Episode 14 Review
A New Federation Rises – Episode 15 Review


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Waifu Of Mass Destruction – ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 10 (Finale) Review

Waifu Of Mass Destruction – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 10

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What’s the show? Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur, Episode 10 (Finale).

So how’s this episode? It’s the first cour finale, and with that comes the pressure of this show ~actually~ having a plot! And by that I mean in this episode not only do we get a bigger idea of the world of this show and feel the scope of it enlarge in turn but we also get new antagonists who aren’t just the “baddie of the week” kind of deal the show has been dishing out for the last 9 episodes but rather will be recurring in the second cour!

Sounds like the show is evolving–for the lack of a better word. Yes, and it’s a necessary evolution–not that I didn’t enjoy the show as it had been but the scope always felt minuscule in the face of their task–something this episodes seeks to highlight and rectify.

Hey look, new weirdly dressed weirdos!

How so? Well the gang is faced with the prospect that at their current rate, defeating the remaining 900,000 Arthurs would take 267 years a sobering statistic that is only worsened by the fact that many Arthurs they face choose to flee rather than flight which only makes their job more difficult. Meanwhile a shadowy group of Arthur’s is formulating a plan to take out our gang once and for all. What is their plan you ask? Why nothing short of mobilising every hostile Arthur on the planet against them and declaring their intent to attack en masse, hundreds of thousands of Arthurs vs our 6 protagonists–it’s a battle of insanely stacked odds and ludicrous to imagine numbers.

I mean when you put it like that it sounds impossible!

And how does the show pull of animating such ridiculous numbers. Surprisingly well, obviously it more or less looks like a swarm of ants against six other ants in the wide shots but it still absolutely sells the scale of the battle. And while our protagonists do their very best to fight off the horde they can only do so much before their stamina wains and the sheer number of enemies overwhelm.

900,000+ vs 6.

Are they defeated? Well just as all seems lost a brilliant pinkish red bright light shines from the sky and a girl descends, turning a sword in her hand like the ticking hand of a clock and dressed like a spirit out of ‘Date A Live’. Her name is Pharsalia and she’s not messing around she launches one of her swords at a group of thousands and unleashes an explosion akin to an atomic bomb vaporising Excaliburs and Arthur’s alike with extreme prejudice. She continues, launching her missiles and killing hundreds of thousands of people all in the name of “saving” our protagonists. She then too eliminates the shadowy group who were watching on all the while her own team are watching on from a distance. This being the “new antagonists” I spoke of at top of the review.

Waifu of chaos, Pharsalia.

Right. And you’re calling them “antagonists” despite the fact they or rather one of them saved our protagonists? The scene is not played as a ‘victory’ this was a slaughter, this was overkill, this was… well in a pretty obvious visual metaphor using weapons of mass destruction on enemies unprepared and helpless to defend against them. Regardless of who these people actually turn out to be, for right now–they are the true enemy of our protagonists.

They dead.

Fair enough. So overall thoughts on the final episode? It’s hard to even assess this as a finale, because while certainly fitting in scale and grandeur it’s just the beginning of things to come, thus as far as cliffhanger finales go it’s perfect as it grabs hold and makes me long to see future episodes. Likewise it’s no slouch on the emotional side as it goes all out in making all of our protagonists feel like vulnerable human characters on the day before their big battle. Having each character share a tender and emotional moment with their respective fairy. While not strong in comedy, it excels everywhere else and if this is the type of show we’ll be getting next cour then I’m all for it!

Yamaneko and Coupy share a tender hug the night before the big battle.

Previous Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur Reviews:

6 vs 1 Million – Episode 1 Review
Hammer Time – Episode 2 Review
Mine Your Own Business – Episode 3 Review
In A Pickle – Episode 4 Review
Painted Into A Corner – Episode 5 Review
Life’s A Beach – Episode 6 Review
A Thorny Issue – Episode 7 Review
The Magic Within – Episode 8 Review
Worshipping The Idol – Episode 9 Review


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A New Federation Rises – ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime’ Episode 15 Review

A New Federation Rises – An Anime QandA Review of ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime’ Episode 15

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What’s the show? That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime, Episode 15.

So how’s this episode? Good news! We’ve got a new OP! My prayers were answered! Bad news. It’s not much better than the first one…

Tears of joy for the new OP. Tears of disappointment when it’s not much better.

Well, you win some you lose some… more importantly what happens in the episode? It’s one of those episodes where ~technically~ a lot happens but describing it in great detail doesn’t make for a terribly riveting recap. So I’ll be quick about it; Rimuru pardons the orcs but everyone’s okay with it because who’s going to say no to Rimuru, Treini the dryad makes Rimuru chancellor of the Great Forest of Jura for saving everyone which basically means he’s in charge of all the monsters. The orcs help build a community for everyone and everyone’s getting along great. 3 months pass and then the Dwarf King Gazel Dwargo suddenly shows up to see what’s been going on with all these monsters suddenly getting names and being all civilized and shit. Next minute he’s challenging Rimuru to a sword dual but Rimuru manages to block his most powerful attack earning the King’s respect. Then everything’s cool again and they have a dinner meeting together to discuss matters. Turns out Gazel Dwargo wants to formally recognise the Great Forest of Jura and the monsters living in it as an official country and just like that the Jura Tempest Federation is formed with its hastily named capital city of ‘Rimuru’.

Look at this motley bunch.

Lots of politics huh, sounds kinda dry… As I said, just highlighting what happens doesn’t give a sense of this shows personality and heart. There’s so many good little scenes within this episode, like when the newly named Orc King begs forgiveness of the Kijin whose village was destroyed and offers his head in penance only for the Kijin to show mercy and restraint even with so much pain and hate in their hearts. And even Gabiru manages to impress with his resignation at the thought of being executed for treason only to be excommunicated instead. I mean I’m glad he’s out of the show (though I know he’ll totally be back one day) but still his character arc was at least interesting.

Blocked.

Anything else happen that’s worth mentioning. I don’t trust the King, like at all. I know this episode was trying hard at having him seem like a good, down-to-earth guy what with him having trained with the Kijin elder as a child but I’m not buying it. My money is that he’s only backing the decision to make their place a country so he can “officially” wage war on it later.

I wouldn’t mind living in Rimuru. *cough*

That’s very pessimistic of you, but fair enough. So overall thoughts? Another great episode that’s made hard to talk about because it is more or less in-between arcs and laying the groundwork for future episodes. Nevertheless it’s full of great character moments and interactions and promises of bigger and better confrontations (at least if the OP’s new visuals are anything to go by!) I’m looking forward to whatever this show brings!

Here’s your weekly dose of Shion.


Previous The Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Reviews:

Slife After Death – Episode 1 Review
Slime Is On Their Side – Episode 2 Review
A Name Brings Great Chance – Episode 3 Review
Elf-Care – Episode 4 Review
The King’s Justice – Episode 5 Review
Building Connections – Episode 6 Review
Burning Away The Past – Episode 7 Review
Ashes To Ashes, Slime To Slime – Episode 8 Review
Ogre-Reacting – Episode 9 Review
Un-Makeover – Episode 10 Review
Truth and Allies – Episode 11 Review
Hungry For Blood – Episode 12 Review
An Appetite For Destruction – Episode 13 Review
The King, The Tribe and The Holy Slime – Episode 14 Review


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Worshipping The Idol – ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 9 Review

Worshipping The Idol – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 9

What’s the show? Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur, Episode 9.

So how’s this episode? So a group of adventurers walk by a tree and an idol falls out on top of one of them.

I haven’t heard this joke before… Oh this isn’t a joke, this is how the episode starts!

I appreciated this shot a lot.

Err, okay then. So what’s this episode about then? It’s about an idol by the name of Kaguya who is being harassed by her self-entitled fans, up to and including one desperate fan who wants to kidnap her so she can be subject to his “experiments”.

Yikes!

Eek, that’s a bit dark! It’s funny, I’m finding an increasing number of anime painting fanatic idol fans with a very negative brush and I’m wondering if the overlap between anime otaku and idol otaku in Japan is relatively small. I mean it wouldn’t surprise me, one favours the flesh and blood over the animated so obviously there’s going to be a tangible difference of opinion but that’s a topic for another day…

I found it very amusing that they looked like Daru from Steins;Gate.

Right, so anything else happen in this episode? Well it’s mostly focused on Tekken Arthur, which is fine because I actually like him and it was nice to see him have some quieter scenes with Kaguya the idol which showed a different side to his character. Also I really like Kaguya too, she’s very cute and her voice actress was wonderful I hope she comes back in Season 2 even if it’s just for a cameo. Also the song she ended up performing was very nice and professional sounding too, makes me wonder if she is/was a famous idol?

Even in her bathrobe she commits to the ridiculous rabbit ears.

So overall thoughts on the episode? It was very good had some quality laughs (and a decent amount of fan-service–there’s a brief visit to a spa) and it was just plain entertaining throughout–sometimes things are pretty straightforward and there’s just not much else to say!

I can understand the appeal… still, don’t harass idols!

Previous Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur Reviews:

6 vs 1 Million – Episode 1 Review
Hammer Time – Episode 2 Review
Mine Your Own Business – Episode 3 Review
In A Pickle – Episode 4 Review
Painted Into A Corner – Episode 5 Review
Life’s A Beach – Episode 6 Review
A Thorny Issue – Episode 7 Review
The Magic Within – Episode 8 Review


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The King, The Tribe and The Holy Slime – ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime’ Episode 14 Review

The King, The Tribe and The Holy Slime – An Anime QandA Review of ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime’ Episode 14

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What’s the show? That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime, Episode 14.

So how’s this episode? It makes an impact, in many senses of the word.

Okay then, so what happens? Putting it succinctly, Gelmud the powerful majin responsible not only for this whole ~march of the pigs~ but also for giving Gabiru his name shows himself on the battlefield, positioning himself between the Orc Lord and the “good guys”. And well, he’s your typical ‘not actually that powerful and kind of a wuss when it comes to crunch time’-kind of bad guys but rather than be defeated by one of our heroes his own creation Geld kills him, eats him and transforms into a Demon Lord level monster called ‘Orc Disaster’. (P.S What’s with all these G-names?)

Bye!

That sounds like trouble. Indeed, and while our kijin friends put up an admirable fight, literally decapitating the big pig it’s no match for his overpowered regenerative and healing abilities as he walks off a decapitation like an athlete would walk off a stitch. So it’s the showdown we’ve all been waiting for Rimuru VS Orc Disaster. And boy does this show pull out all the tricks for this battle! Not only is it visually impressive, filled with the trademark dry humour and full of fun subversion on expectations but it’s also among the most touching “villain” deaths I’ve seen in this type of anime.

That’s what the kids call a ’69’ right? (Sorry)

But isn’t he just some big dumb orc? That’s what I thought too, but like the best shows this isn’t just faceless evil up against our protagonists. This was once a humble orc King, living in the barren wastelands, trying his best to keep his people fed against impossible odds and so when traversing the wastes in search of the Forest of Jura he happened to stumble across Gelmud when he was at his lowest and most desperate and hence why he took the offer that seemingly doomed his whole clan to become a shambling echo of their former selves.

I cried.

So does this fall into that trope you don’t like of “last minute flashback that humanizes the villain seconds before their death”? Somewhat, but this show handles death a lot differently from other shows I’ve seen and as a result it gets away with it. See, after trying everything to kill Orc Disaster (even letting ‘the great sage’ take a turn at “auto-battle”, which was wonderfully meta) Rimuru uses his trump card, that being his ‘Predator’ ability that literally allows him to absorb any threat and kudos to the show, they don’t do the whole ‘you were my enemy but now we can be friends’ shonen trope. Rimuru straight up dissolves Geld into nothingness but not before “absolving him of his sins” and showing him one last look at paradise to ease his guilty mind. I said it back when Shizue died, but Rimuru is ~literally~ God in this anime. The comparisons only mount with each episode!

Our Slime, who art in the sky, hallowed be thy name.

Uh-huh, so good episode then? Yep, wonderful, I loved every single minute of it! Well… except that we’ve still got the same crappy OP as the previous 13 episodes. Keenly hoping since this is the end of this arc that we get a new OP next episode! Please?

This is my only god. Shion is absolute perfection.


Previous The Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Reviews:

Slife After Death – Episode 1 Review
Slime Is On Their Side – Episode 2 Review
A Name Brings Great Chance – Episode 3 Review
Elf-Care – Episode 4 Review
The King’s Justice – Episode 5 Review
Building Connections – Episode 6 Review
Burning Away The Past – Episode 7 Review
Ashes To Ashes, Slime To Slime – Episode 8 Review
Ogre-Reacting – Episode 9 Review
Un-Makeover – Episode 10 Review
Truth and Allies – Episode 11 Review
Hungry For Blood – Episode 12 Review
An Appetite For Destruction – Episode 13 Review


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The Magic Within – ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 8 Review

The Magic Within – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 8

What’s the show? Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur, Episode 8.

So how’s this episode? Remember last episode when I was complaining about the show not pandering to my specific tastes and how I was annoyed but still okay because I knew it’d be fixed by the next one?

Vaguely, yes. Well it’s fixed and everything is a-ok!

Uh-huh… and how much fan-service fixed this problem? None, actually! So you can cut out that judgemental tone! This was an episode about 3 girls who’d used their finding of their respective ‘Excaliburs’ to become magical girls and it was very fun and wholesome and cute!

Man this is so dorky and lame… I LOVE IT.

Okay, fine, I’m listening. What happens? So to sum it up quickly, Kakka, Renkin and Yamaneko go to a famously walled seaside town that though its history was prone to foreign invaders, except when they arrive they kind there is no wall to speak of–but that’s because the “invaders” are being fought off by three prototypical ‘magical girls’ and despite the fact these ‘Arthurs’ are using their ‘Excaliburs’ for inherently noble purposes like protecting the town it’s still our heroes job to stop them and destroy their excaliburs. And unlike other episodes where the ~evil~ Arthur(s) in question are easily defeated, here these magical girls put up a damn good fight, almost defeating our trio until the fairy partners save them by hiding them in the sewers.

At the risk of sounding like Rurou, look at Renkin’s cute underpants!

Wait, why are they trying to defeat people who are only doing good with their excaliburs? Because that’s their job, and I’m wondering if there’s going to be some deeper discussion about blindly following orders and how that’s problematic later down the track but then again I don’t think this is that kind of show. Anyway, after a period of time for each group to lick their wounds they confront again and have a close fight, only for the town to beset upon by robot invaders. So the six of them form a temporary truce and fight off the invaders together only for a boss robot to appear and in their fight against it the magical girls’ ‘Excaliburs’ are broken. It’s a convenient way of having our protagonists avoid seeming like the ‘bad guys’ by not having to destroy them themselves.

*giant robot appears*

I see, seems like a kind of serious episode? In a way. Though there’s requisite levity when applicable, like when the magical girl trio admonishes our three for interrupting them by attacking during their long-winded introduction. Also as usual the after-credits stuff is as bonkers as ever…

I mean obviously, how else do you explain it in all those other magical girl shows?!

Anything else to add? Oh yes. There’s a lovely moment when the magical girl Arthur’s are seemingly defeated by the boss robot and so the children of the town rush out and form a human wall in front of the imposing threat, followed by the rest of the adult townsfolk. It’s a genuinely touching moment and something so earnest that I’d dare say it’s unexpected from this series.

Look at these brave kids! *wipes tear*

So overall thoughts? While a drier and somewhat darker episode than some of the more comedic focused episodes this was still a lot of fun and helped remind me why I watch this series after the previous episodes’ various failings. Hopefully the show can maintain this level of focus and quality going forward!


Previous Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur Reviews:

6 vs 1 Million – Episode 1 Review
Hammer Time – Episode 2 Review
Mine Your Own Business – Episode 3 Review
In A Pickle – Episode 4 Review
Painted Into A Corner – Episode 5 Review
Life’s A Beach – Episode 6 Review
A Thorny Issue – Episode 7 Review


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