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OP2 Sequence

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 Sequence

ED3: 「リトルソルジャー」 (Ritoru Sorujyaa) by 田所あずさ (Tadokoro Azusa)

Preview

January 15, 2019 at 10:33 pm
31 comments »
  • January 15, 2019 at 10:48 pmGreed

    https://randomc.net/image/Tensei%20shitara%20Slime%20Datta%20Ken/Tensei%20shitara%20Slime%20Datta%20Ken%20-%20OP2%20-%20Large%2009.jpg
    From what I learned in anime, cute girls are often one of the strongest characters in anime.

    Notably our slime had named MANY orcs. I wonder if one of them will turn into an Orc Lord. One Orc turned into a Lord after he was named by a lowly villain.

  • January 15, 2019 at 11:11 pmzztop

    25 eps confirmed for Slime Tensei, but only 23 will cover the main story.
    https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-01-14/that-time-i-got-reincarnated-as-a-slime-anime-casts-takahiro-sakurai/.142028

    Ep 24′s an anime original side story written by Slime’s author.
    Ep 25′s a semi-recap of the series’ events from Veldora’s POV.

    • January 16, 2019 at 11:52 amBertz

      that is one less episode to count, which frustrates me a bit because you can already tell that they are rushing with the adaptation and jump to the arc of the Shizue students.

      • January 16, 2019 at 12:30 pmSly

        My thinking is that (ideally) they’ll skip most of Volume 3 (except for introducing Millum) and save the big battle/conspiracy stuff for the OVA, and focus most of the rest of the season on Volume 4. This would make sense as Volume 3 involves a lot of the demon lord politics stuff that is pretty irrelevant to volume 4, but very relevant to volume 5+.

  • January 15, 2019 at 11:55 pmmac65

    God Great Sage, can this show do no wrong?
    Answer : No.

    Yes, a well done episode. Abiru showed the same mercy Rimuru showed to Gabiru.
    From a practical point, Abiru is Rimuru’s subordinate now (more or less) and would
    follow any example Rimuru sets regarding the application of law, etc., IMHO.

    One of the things common in (some) Isekai-shows seems to be that the protagonist
    followers are / become secondary super fighting machines. (I don’t know a better
    wording for that idea.) The best examples (that I’ve watched) are Death March kara
    Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku
    and Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni. where each
    of the close secondary characters gets stronger and stronger. Death March’s Tama and Pochi
    should be in elementary school and Smartphone’s princess (in the series) should,
    well, keep being a princess (this is really clear if you read beyond the Anime series
    and into the soure materials). Death March and Smartphone are still favorites to
    me, but that is their basic character-growth formula.

    What Slime does best, is that not every support character (to Rimuru) is a fighter.
    Look at Kaijin. This episode (kinda emphasized) that he’s a somewhat out-of-shape
    metal artisan, struggling to catch his breath. He didn’t suddenly become some superman
    after joining with Rimuru. Same for the Holy Princess – if anything she’s become more
    domestic / maternal. I think it’s this rich character-ability diversity that sets this
    show well above the other Isekai’s in its past (even Overlord’s world building is more
    magical (you know – a snap of the fingers) that practical hard work).

    I’m probably over-simplifying but hopefully you’ll see the point.

    I think it’s these mostly “unnoticed details” that resonate with viewers and really
    provide that foundation for the story. I think there’s a lot of Bumping the Lamp
    in Slime that without it, it would definitely feel off or not as good as a series.
    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t agree with every difference between this adaptation and
    its sources, but the heart has been really captured and there seems to be love in
    their animation of the source. I haven’t seen any garbage or poorly drawn characters
    in any of its episodes so far.

    That said, I can’t wait for Milan to show up. Gonna be great!!!

  • January 16, 2019 at 3:47 amMistic

    The Milim is coming! Run for your lives! And your popcorn XD

    As many viewers commented, this episode feels like Rimuru is playing Civilization. Building! Progressing through the technology tree! Increasing the population! And also, diplomacy.

    Many were surprised that King Gazel appeared so hostile at first, despite having said in a previous episode that it was a shame they lost an opportunity to befriend that slime. Or in this very episode, saying that Rimuru’s new nation could be a threat to the dwarves. But it’s all very in character with Gazel.

    “Diplomacy is all about bluffing”, he will say in the future. “Good things do not come to those who wait; they’re taken by those who persist.”

    Think about it: instead of showing he’s afraid of Rimuru’s power, he came directly to him with a full retinue. Heck, even the fact that he came from above, in flying horses, seems an attempt to showcase his power. He boldly challenged Rimuru to a duel and called it a test of character. In truth, Rimuru could have been inept with a sword and it wouldn’t prove a thing about his power or character. It would only prove that King Gazel is an excellent swordsman (which probably was the point). Before anyone can realize it, the king has already imposed his terms on the meeting, and Rimuru is glad to pass a test he wasn’t obliged to pass to begin with.

    King Gazel would do well in Westeros, I think.

    • January 16, 2019 at 4:13 amAex

      He still knew when to concede on things, too. Once Treyni showed up Gazel knew better than to try to keep pressing that Rimuru might be evil or boasting so that he didn’t piss off the whole forest, and basically admitted that the test was just because he was curious. I was glad the anime toned down his attitude, cause I remember in the manga he pretended to be a lot more of an arrogant ass that I wanted Rimuru to say “screw swords” halfway though the fight and just roast him with magic.

      • January 16, 2019 at 12:56 pmMistic

        Once Treyni showed up Gazel knew better than to try to keep pressing that Rimuru might be evil or boasting so that he didn’t piss off the whole forest, and basically admitted that the test was just because he was curious.

        Yes, that was reasonable of him. Interestingly, it also addresses one of the issues that have come up about Rimuru’s position: legitimacy.

        From an outsider’s point of view, Rimuru is a suspiciously powerful slime that has claimed a part of the forest on his own without any warning. First it was goblins, then wolves, now ogres and orcs… At no point does Rimuru ask for permission, or clarify if there are previous owners or claimants. He just does it, long before he knew of the dryads. A nation of monsters with no affiliation appearing in previous “neutral” ground? No wonder King Gazel isn’t thrilled. Until Treyni appeared, he couldn’t know that Rimuru had the dryads’ approval.

        In fact, that’s also another reason for him to be an arrogant jerk. He has the right to be arrogant because he’s a legitimate king who also respects the legitimacy of others (in this case, the dryads), but won’t have the same sympathy for illegitimate upstarts: “Since you boasted of being the chancellor of this forest, it seems I must teach you, exactly, where you stand!”.

    • January 16, 2019 at 5:00 amWorldwidedepp

      I think it was an old China thing:

      - Feed some and you just have Heads without Legs (Nobles)
      - Feed an hole Nation and you have an Country on your back

      So Welfare is not only for “Nobles” to become more richer

      • January 16, 2019 at 5:02 amWorldwidedepp

        So, do not let your Country end up like the Orcs…

  • January 16, 2019 at 4:45 amAex

    While the episode was great and just keeps reaffirming my faith in this show(still not a huge fan of Gazel, but finally an MC that pays attention), I’ll take a second to say I love the new OP.

    First off, it’s great, so yay! Second, it makes me stop worrying about pacing. Show Spoiler ▼

    was either someone jumping the gun in the first OP, or we’ll end with her getting a tease at the very end or something(I refuse to jinx things by assuming the “ss” words). Ending with finishing the kids arc is much more reasonable and assures me that the awesome pacing and quality that I want all “Isekai” adaptations to study like it’s THE friggen Masters course will continue throughout.

    It’s all good new, and I like good news.

  • January 16, 2019 at 10:57 amstarss

    Why didn’t the orcs change their design when they were named?

    • January 16, 2019 at 10:59 amWorldwidedepp

      Rimuru cheated somehow, but the anime failed to explain it properly

      • January 16, 2019 at 5:35 pmmemi

        The Orcs got a bluff from the starve skill and already had upgraded forms. Rimuru just made the form more permanent with giving them names.

      • January 16, 2019 at 9:19 pmMockman

        Does that mean he had to come up with 150,000 names? And remember them all so he didn’t re-use them?

      • January 17, 2019 at 4:48 amAex

        @Mockman: a “name” is a funny thing. I forget what exactly he used, but it was something along the lines of where the Orc was from plus their gender and a number. “HM1″ is a name if he says it’s a name, and it has the exact same benefits as all the other names.

        Not great, but the Orcs were fine with it. *shrug*

  • January 16, 2019 at 11:57 amBertz

    The best of all is that already in the next episode Milim will appear what should say it because he is an important character not only because of his charisma but because he is the one who shows that Rimuru is not really the strong and unbeatable character that everyone thinks

  • January 16, 2019 at 3:53 pmsouma

  • January 16, 2019 at 4:51 pmQubeley

    How awesome is it that Dwargo took one look at the dryad and understood how Rimuru ended up where he is…

    • January 16, 2019 at 9:47 pmewok40k

      Dwargo was pretty sure to recognize Dryad would not support an evil ruler, and he could understand her pretty much manipulating Rimuru to form the alliance…

      • January 17, 2019 at 5:30 amWorldwidedepp

        Alone the Wood and Tress they cut to build the House and place. An Dryad would not allow it against her will

  • January 16, 2019 at 9:46 pmewok40k

    Rimuru Capital City is tongue in cheek allusion to Washington DC?

    • January 17, 2019 at 8:00 amArsene

      Plenty more precedent than just DC.

  • January 17, 2019 at 8:06 amSlarkero

    I like both opening and ending, mmm this episode was quite fast pace I think. Wasn’t Tempest the name for the capital?

  • January 19, 2019 at 4:10 amjhpace1

    https://randomc.net/image/Tensei%20shitara%20Slime%20Datta%20Ken/Tensei%20shitara%20Slime%20Datta%20Ken%20-%2015%20-%2019.jpg
    Somebody needs to slow down on the naming process. “The Time I Reincarnated as a Slime” becomes “The Slime That Named the World!”

    …and spent the next century sleeping.