Magical worlds and video game elements combined, it’s one of a plethora of the video game anime genre. However, just because there have now been a lot of them, don’t let that distract you from what separates this one from the others. When our protagonist is killed in episode 1, he is reincarnated on another world as a slime, who gets named Rimuru Tempest. Read on to find out more about Rimuru, as well as how this series does a pretty clever job getting around something we like to call plot armour.
|Genre||Fantasy, Video Game|
||That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime|
When Satoru Mikami was out to meet up with a friend and colleague, tragedy befell them. A man comes rushing for them, with an intent to stab and kill someone – and unfortunately for Satoru, he is the unlucky fella. During his dying thoughts, he thinks about things, which alter his reincarnation. An AI-like character talking back to him, speaking about how he’ll get powers, such as ‘Predator’, where he can consume and learn abilities from fallen foes. Upon finally passing, he reawakens in a new world – But he starts off in a cave, with no ability to see or speak.
He quickly finds out about his powers, when he comes across a powerful creature, the Storm Dragon Veldora, who had been bound to the cave for 300 years. After helping Satoru, the dragon and he become friends, where Satoru gets his new name: Rimuru Tempest. Rimuru devours his new found friend, Veldora, so they can attempt to learn the seal, Unlimited Imprisonment, that’s kept him locked up for so long, as after all – He would just be stored in what is effectively a pocket dimension. Rimuru goes out to find other people who were reincarnated in this world, as well as learning the difficulties of being a slime – and what it means to be blessed with his unique abilities.
The artwork of That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime is simply fantastic; however I’d argue that if visuals are what blows you away, this isn’t necessarily the best anime for its art style. What the show does really well however, is show off characterisation between different characters of the same race. From the humans, even through to the goblins, with Gobta, Rigur and Rigurd being highly customised for their races. The series does a great job at throwing you off, from time to time, by changing up the expectations of what a race should look like. It’s refreshing and so, below is our gallery:
Rimuru’s voice as a slime is simply adorable, let’s get that out of the way with. Furthermore, the soundtrack itself is actually excellent. What’s nice is there’s a very general fantasy vibe about the OST, but there are occasionally during battles, there are some sort of machine-esque sounds, as if it was being mixed with some dubstep vibes. All in all, the music fits the story nicely, although sometimes it’s a bit over the top.
Oh and is true of so many anime; killer opening theme.
I mentioned at the start of the review that the video game genre has seriously picked up. You just have to look on websites like Crunchyroll to see how many anime have taken direct influence from video games, or RPGs. This one relies a bit heavier on video game logic, to the point where our protagonist refers to a lot of things as “oh, this is like this thing from a video game”. This might sound tedious, but actually it’s a great way to draw comparison for the viewers – And they’re pretty much spot on about their interpretations. But, part of the video game logic has been used to have a lot of creative liberty with Rimuru.
The central protagonist of the series slowly gets more and more abilities, by effectively making it a sort of blue mage to us Final Fantasy fans… Or more akin to Kirby. Rimuru eats things, which gives him powers – A lot of powers. Honestly, a slime shouldn’t have this many powers, but he also shouldn’t have had a name, in theory. If he was just a slime who didn’t get to meet his bestest bud right away, in the form of the Storm Dragon Veldora, then it’s fair to say this series might have gone down a different path. It’s a great way to continue the story, whilst being farfetched, but not outside of the realms of belief of the series.
All in all, if you’re looking for something lighthearted, cute and fun – This might be the anime for you. Like many anime, it struggles with the concept of a male character going more than 3 minutes without talking about virginity or what “they’d do with women”, which is something I dislike in anime. Having said that, those moments are done in such a comedic, funny way, that you can’t help but go along with it. After all, the guy is a slime! I’d seriously implore you to check this one out; it’s got all you’d want – Fantasy, character development, real world references and more. But have you seen That Time I Was Reincarnated As A Slime? What were your thoughts? Share your thoughts below, or over on Facebook and Twitter.