「魔王ミリム来襲」 (Maou Mirimu Raishu)
“Demon Lord Milim Attacks”
I. Love. Milim.
After a bunch of serious episodes that really did some heavy lifting when it came to world building, it was real nice to finally get an episode that just was a huge package of fun. And by fun, I mean Milim’s introduction because as a character it’s really fun seeing someone stronger than Rimuru finally enter the picture. Not only does she provide a nice contrast to the stoic behavior of all our other characters who revere Rimuru, but you have to love someone who’s able to call Rimuru their friend. You know, if you really think about it, how long has it been since someone’s actually called Rimuru their friend? Come to think about it, has Veldora been the only one minus Milim who’s went and formally called Rimuru their friend? Also, was I the only one who was a little annoyed Benimaru and friends came in and interrupted Rimuru’s conversation with Milim? It’s not like they didn’t know who she was, and you’d think by this point they’d understand that Rimuru is capable of handling himself in the face of all things overwhelming.
Fun times aside, I also enjoyed the little bit of seriousness that the story sprinkled in right toward the end. Looking back at the short scene with the Demon Lords earlier in the episode, it’s actually kind of crazy how the balance of power works in Rimuru’s world. With vast nations controlling things at a political level, it makes you wonder what kind of balancing act those leaders are doing when it comes to making sure these Demon Lords don’t come and just obliterate things. Which then leads to the next logical question — why are the Demon Lords in a non-aggression pact with each other? Could it be the fact that the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction is at play here? Jokes aside, I do hope we get the chance to see some more of the Demon Lords since there are a lot of unanswered questions here — hopefully Milim will be the one who can get that ball rolling.
In any case, this week’s episode was just plain fun and I wouldn’t mind a few more episodes like these. However, based on Rimuru’s monologue toward the end of the episode, it looks like there’s something menacing is hiding over the horizon. Hopefully it doesn’t end up wrecking the town that Rimuru’s been spending his time building, but it looks like only time will tell. See you guys then!