「爆炎の支配者」 (Bakuen no Shihaisha)
“Ruler of Explosions”
Well that escalated quickly.
Boy, was I the only one who thought things got a little too hot a little too quickly? With Shizu’s transformation into Ifrit occurring at blazingly fast pace, I thought it was a big shame that we didn’t get an opportunity to watch her and Rimuru share some more screen time together.
Okay, bad fire puns aside, I must give credit to the show for using its slower pacing in its favor. Seeing how Shizu has only been around for about half an episode, I was blown away just how well they managed to build up her story in just a few flashbacks. A child that experienced World War II only to be swept away to a different universe where the first thing that happens is the god damn god of fire is forced into her. Cool as it might be to have the power to wield fire, I’m not sure if I’d sacrifice the ability to control my actions. Especially if that means accidentally barbequing one of my own friends! All that said, the setup to Ifrit erupting from her body felt so natural that I remember getting scared about just how much time was left for the battle itself.
Amazingly we were also graced with the biggest fight of the series yet. With Rimuru staring down the god of fire, I was happy to see that even as strong as he is, he managed to keep his expectations in check. Which in turn made his surprise anti-fire properties feel that much better especially when we got to see the Great Sage save the reveal until just the right moment where we got to experience a unique feeling of intense humor.
At the end of the day it looks like all’s well that ends well. Rimuru managed to take care of a pretty significant threat, the village he’s trying to create avoided getting burned to the ground, and most importantly it looks like Shizu and Ifrit seem to have been successfully separated. Boy, I can’t wait to see just what happens next week. See you then!
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