「外伝：黒と仮面」 (Gaiden: Kuro to Kamen)
“Side Story: Black and Mask”
A side story that actually plays into the main story? What?!
As a side story that doesn’t hold much influence over what we’ve seen thus far, I must admit that I was rather impressed just how well done the episode was. Focusing on a character who will most likely serve as an important plot point during Season 2 (confirmed 2020), it’s a shame that we didn’t get to see even more of him. However, I’ll take what we can get and roll with it.
That said, it makes you wonder who made the decision to put two separate OVAs at the end of a 2-cour run. If anything, it’s a little strange to know that there’s still another episode left before this 2-cour run will come to a close. Luckily the showrunners seem to know exactly what we want (sans continuing the plot) and have picked two great points to flesh out a bit more. If I had one small complaint though, it’d have to be Rimuru dropping a lot of, “such and such happened afterwards, but that’s for another time.” A small gripe for sure, but one that never fails to sting a bit when I think about how those things could have been animated and shown to us on screen.
In any case, a short post for an episode that gave us a little more time with the always-solid Shizu. It’s a shame that we didn’t get more opportunities to hear about her escapades during the main show since it looks like there’s a lot that went into her gaining the title as the “Champion”. Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week where it looks like we’ll FINALLY get to see some more Veldora since I don’t think we’ve heard from him since Ifrit got swallowed. See you then!