As you may know, I’m not very into writing anime reviews, so don’t think of this as one. Instead think of it as a plea from me to you to go and watch “That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime” right away if you have not already.
“That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime” (henceforth referred to as “Slime”) has offered me one of the most enjoyable anime viewing experiences of the year. The story follows 37 year old Satoru Mikami, an office worker from Tokyo who lives a mundane, boring life. Satoru is stabbed in the streets by a passing robber, and after dying he finds himself reincarnated in another world– as a slime. Yes, like a blue dragon quest slime, I know it all sounds weird so far but trust me on this one.
The weak,lowly slime soon meets Veldora, the Storm Dragon, which sets in motion a series of events that leads our buddy from being an unnamed monster to becoming Rimuru, powerful ruler of the Great Nation of Tempest.
I’ll admit, hearing the title of the show did not really peak my interest or compel me to check it out. I honestly thought it sounded a little gimmicky and dumb. But I kept seeing ads for it on Crunchyroll, hearing people speak of it, and after some friends recommended it, I decided to give it a shot.
Soon my wife and I were waiting anxiously each week for the new episode, and I believe that she described it best once by saying it was the most “wholesome” anime she had ever seen. It has a wonderfully diverse cast of characters (Slimes, Dwarves, Elves, Lizard Folk, Orcs, Demons, Etc.) and the characters interactions are both touching and oftentimes hilarious.
Slime doesn’t lack in the action department either. It boasts some of the most explosive and visually appealing combat sequences that I have ever seen in an anime. The power scale elevates exponentially, and Rimuru is just a grade-A badass.
The world of Slime offers a unique, video game-esque take on the traditional fantasy setting. Most common monsters are unnamed (as they would be in a role playing game), but by using magicules (an energy source akin to mana that also is used to show a monsters power level), a stronger being may “name” a lesser being. This allows the lesser being to evolve, growing stronger and oftentimes gaining new skills and changing appearance.
Ah skills… One of the coolest features of the show! Skills represent powers and abilities of the worlds inhabitants. For example a thief may have the skill “Steal”. As the show progresses, characters learn new skills, evolve old skills into more powerful ones, and sometimes creatively combine skills to produce awesome new effects.
Please, please go and check out “That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime”. I cannot recommend this show enough, no matter what your preferred style or genre of anime is. Leave any comments below, tell people about Slime, and keep coming back for more interesting articles!