「シズさんの教え子達」 (Shizu-san no Oshiegotachi)
Boy, we’re zipping through things real quick.
I’m not sure how much of this is related to the fact that I was stubborn and read the source material, but I think even the casual anime-only viewer would notice that things are moving at a breakneck pace and the story is suffering for it. First off, am I the only one who felt a little odd with how Rimuru decided to tackle the task of becoming a teacher? Compared to the Rimuru we’ve seen in the past, it was a little jarring watching him act better than someone else. Sure, you could attribute it to him not having much strength in handling children since most of his interpersonal powers are better suited to an older audience, but it just felt so odd to watch him behave so differently.
Out-of-character behavior aside, I wasn’t a big fan of how this week’s episode handled Rimuru building up his relationship with the kids. Again, it’s probably more related to him being a bit heavy handed when it comes to forcing some respect out of the kids (and also testing whether or not he’d be able to get them to burn up some of that excess energy), but I can’t help but feel that things would have felt so much better had there been a little bit of build up to this point. If I remember correctly all we got last week was Yuuki dropping a huge truth bomb and cutting right after Rimuru met the kids. Honestly I wish that the episode spent a bit more time with the kids and less on trying to advance the story to Rimuru finding the land of the spirits.
Minor gripes aside, this week’s episode was pretty fun at its core. Besides watching Rimuru strut his stuff to demonstrate just how much of a monster he is, I really enjoyed watching all the kids show off both their powers and personalities. Seeing how they’re going to be the focus for the last arc of this season of Tenshura, I’m glad that they’re more than just emotional fodder.
With the location of the land of the spirits found, we can only pray that things go well for Rimuru. Luckily he’s been on a bit of a hot streak since he came to this world and I can’t imagine things being too tricky. In any case, I’ll catch you guys in two weeks since I’ll be out of the country. Please be nice to whomever ends up covering the show!