「全てを喰らう者」 (Subete wo Kuraumono)
“The One Who Devours All”
This week’s episode was a whirlwind of emotion.
Okay, before we talk about anything else, I think we can all agree that auto battle mode was freaking awesome. First, who would have thought that the Great Sage would be capable of controlling Rimuru’s body? Second, for those of you who have partaken in the source material, am I the only one who thought battle mode was just the Great Sage honing Rimuru’s other abilities by optimizing them for combat? In any case, I have to hand it to the series for giving us a fantastic battle scene where we got to see some pretty crazy moves coming out from both sides. Between Rimuru/Great Sage unleashing some fancy footwork to Orc Disaster just brute forcing his way through every single attack, it was truly a battle on an epic scale. That and I really appreciated how the story took the time to really put the loveable Kijins power levels into perspective by having them get wrecked by Orc Disaster.
You know, if you really think about it, a really interesting question you could pose about Rimuru at this point is questioning whether or not he was powerful enough to defeat Orc Disaster. As a Demon Lord class enemy, it looks like most of Rimuru’s attacks were ineffective at completely frying the guy and it makes you wonder if he’d be able to win the battle without his unique skill Predator. Honestly though, I think the mere fact that we never truly know whether or not Rimuru will win keeps the tension high enough that we can ignore most of the small stuff in the midst of battle. A point that I hope the story continues to utilize as we dive deeper into Rimuru’s journey.
Getting back on topic, let’s take a second to talk about the waterfall of emotions that appeared during Orc Disaster’s flashback. Responsible for the wellbeing of his people, I nearly died inside as we learned what his motivations were. In the face of overwhelming odds and the destruction (by famine no less) of his people looming over the horizon, how can you not pity the King who would sacrifice himself to save his people? God, what a fantastic deal it must have been to learn he could keep his people from starving just by sacrificing himself. Man, just thinking about the moment when the field he’s standing in turns lush gets the waterworks running.
God, after a two week break what a fantastic episode to return to. We got to watch Rimuru show off some cool new skills (as well as defeat a Demon Lord class enemy), Gabiru had an opportunity to realize just how foolish he’s been, and the forest of Jura manages to exist for another day. All-in-all not too shabby of an episode if you ask me! With that said, it looks like the story is ready to pivot into the next big thing and I can’t wait to see what that thing is. See you next week!
ED2: 「リトルソルジャー」 (Ritoru Sorujya) by 田所あずさ (Tadokoro Azusa)