OP2: 「メグルモノ」 (Megurumono) by 寺島拓篤 (Terashima Takuma)
「ジュラの森大同盟」 (Jura no Mori no Daidoumei)
“Great Jura Forest Alliance”
What a fantastic episode to wrap up the Orc Arc.
Looking back on this week’s episode, there’s no denying that something amazing happened this week. Instead of unleashing some sort of punishment against the Orcs (which honestly would have been so far out in left field that I think we all might have died if it happened), I loved how Rimuru instead took the opportunity to unify the races of the forest into a big ol’ federation. Capitalizing on each race’s strengths, I loved how it mimicked the typical setup you’d see in any world-building game. With the foundation of a proper civilization all falling into place, it felt pretty darn good as a reward for all of Rimuru’s deeds up to this point.
However, what caught me off guard (even though I knew it was coming), was just how emotional this week’s episode was. From Geld offering himself to Benimaru on behalf of all the orcs who had committed countless atrocities and Benimaru refusing to take the head of someone as honorable as Geld, I could feel all sorts of emotions welling up in my chest (or maybe that was just congestion, who knows). But as if that wasn’t enough, even Gabiru was given a moment to really repent for what he’s done. And the best part of it all? The fact that Abiru understood exactly what happened and exercised mercy on his son. God, can this show do no wrong?
Moving on to the conclusion of this amazing episode, who would have thought we’d get a surprise appearance from Dwargo? Besides nearly forgetting that he had sent a spy to keep an eye on Rimuru, who would have thought that the Dwarven King himself would show up to see just what kind of person Rimuru was!? At the end of the day though, it was nice to see that he’s a stand up man who keeps the well being of his people at the top of his priorities.
With the Jura Tempest Federation firmly established with the backing of a very powerful nation, I can’t wait to see just how quickly things accelerate from this point. Unfortunately we’ll have to wait until next week before we’ll get a chance to see, but based on next week’s episode preview, it sounds like we’re in for a fantastic episode with the introduction of a bombshell of a character. See you then!
ED3: 「リトルソルジャー」 (Ritoru Sorujyaa) by 田所あずさ (Tadokoro Azusa)