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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime series cover art
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Overview

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken / 転生したらスライムだった件), also known as TenSura, is finally complete, so it’s time to discuss my thoughts on the first season as a whole. And, as any of you who have been reading my episode reviews will know, I didn’t like it.

Before I really get into it though, let me just give a brief summary for those of you who have been living under a rock for the past six months. This is another isekai anime, but this time the protagonist has been reincarnated as a slime. Sounds decent, right? Well it’s not.

The first episode mirrored my initial impression of the series. I figured this was going to be a comedy anime, and that it would throw some ecchi in because the protagonist is a slime after all. There’s no fantasy monster more connected to ecchi than slimes.

However, by the time we hit the second episode it’s clear this isn’t actually going to be the case. Not only is this not an ecchi, but it’s also not even a comedy. Alright, so it’s not an ecchi comedy, that’s fine, it doesn’t have to be.

Then the series starts to pretend it’s actually a shounen battle series, which I’m fine with too. If you’ve looked through the archives on this site you’ll know I watch all sorts of different genres, so whatever this series ends up on should be fine with me.

But, just like the ecchi comedy, the whole battle aspect of the series was also just a bait. There’s no real action like in Naruto or My Hero Academia, or any of the typical shounen battle series. So, then you look at the genres it’s tagged as and it’s just shounen and fantasy.

Identity Crisis

So, this is a fantasy series for a young, male audience. But, it’s not an action, comedy, adventure, or romance series. In fact, it’s not even slice of life. So, what exactly is the plot and why do I care?

Well, at least the genres it’s tagged as aren’t lies. It’s definitely a fantasy series due to the setting, and it’s definitely a shounen because the plot is simply, “the power of friendship.” Literally the plot is just that the protagonist makes friends with all sorts of different people. That’s it.

And, if that sounds boring to you, that’s because it is.

This series tried to sell itself as a comedy with the perfect setup for an ecchi series, and then later as a battle series, but turned out to be neither. And, if I’m being honest, it would have been better if it followed either one of those two routes.

The premise of being reincarnated as a slime is just too perfect for an ecchi series to pass up. And there would have been so many gags that could be pulled due to the protagonist being a slime. It would have been a great comedy anime.

On the other hand, actually having an end goal and conflict that mattered would have made this a good action anime, assuming that some fight scenes were actually choreographed (which they weren’t). But, I get it, the people who like this anime like it regardless of the genre it is.

My only question to those of you who think this anime is great is, what does the original premise of the series have to do with what it ended up being, and how does that make it better? Seriously, what does Rimuru being a slime have to do with anything?

The entire gimmick of this series (isekai always have a gimmick of some sort these days) is that Rimuru is a slime, but that has nothing to do with the plot. The fact that he’s a slime is rarely used in any meaningful way, and he doesn’t even have an end goal related to it like, “I want to not be a slime anymore.”

It’s basically like if in the anime In Another World With My Smartphone, the main character had a smartphone, but that was it. It was just a regular smartphone with no service because he’s in another world.

The big gimmick, the fact that Rimuru is a slime, is completely wasted due to this series having no real direction.

Characters

But, having a real plot isn’t actually necessary for an anime to be good. In fact, slice of life anime often don’t have overarching plots and yet they can still be great thanks to strong character writing. Unfortunately this is another think TenSura is lacking.

Starting off with our protagonist, Rimuru, he’s a slime, yes, but that’s really all there is to him that makes him unique in any way. He’s a bland, overpowered protagonist with a big heart. You know, just like every single other shounen protagonist out there.

Rimuru Tempest in his Slime form from the anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Rimuru Tempest

As for the rest of the characters, they’re all pretty bland as well. The best character in the series we’ve met so far is Milim, and that’s mainly because she has a nice character design and is the embodiment of pure chaos. You never know what Milim is going to do next, and so that makes her fun to watch.

I think the worst part of most of the side characters are their designs. They aren’t necessarily bad, but they were all much more unique when they were first introduced. Then, Rimuru names them all, and their appearances shift to become much more human.

This lessening of their individuality, combined with the fact that most of them are pretty bland personality-wise, just makes most of them forgettable. Gabiru is a notable example here, but again, the best scene he was in of the whole series also involved Milim, so it was really her who carried the show.

But, I can’t only say bad things about this series because the truth is it isn’t the worst anime out there. I actually really liked the character background episodes, so there’s still hope for the series. By these I mean the episodes on Shizu’s and Black’s pasts respectively.

Conclusion

In the end, I’ll give this first season of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime a 5/10. It definitely wasn’t one of the worst anime I’ve seen, but neither was it one of the best, or even one I would consider good. It’s about as average as a series can get, so that’s the score it deserves.

I know you guys have strong feelings about this series in particular, so I’m looking forward to seeing what the comments are like on this final TenSura review of the year. But, if you enjoyed this review, make sure you click the like button ❤ down below.

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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 24.5

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 24.5

Veldora’s Journal

Today’s episode of TenSura wasn’t exactly what I expected, a recap episode. But, since I didn’t really have any other topics ready to go, here we are. Luckily, this wasn’t the worst recap episode out there, and as we’ll see, it was actually one of the better episodes of the series.

As the title implies, this recap is told through the eyes of Storm Dragon Veldora as he’s sealed inside of Rimuru’s body. And, since Veldora is one of the best characters in the series, this is the main reason this recap episode was actually so good.

Ever since he was sealed away, in episode two I believe, we haven’t really seen nor heard from Veldora. It’s almost easy to forget he even exists at times, but I have faith that at some point in the series he’ll finally be unsealed. After all, we saw Rimuru riding him in the first OP.

So, if Veldora has been absent for most of the series, why do I like him so much compared to the rest of the characters? Mainly it comes down to the disconnect between his personality and his power and appearance.

Veldora is one of the True Dragons, which he claims is the most powerful race there is. And, it was only due to him being careless that he was sealed away by the hero 300 years ago. Yet, despite all this, he doesn’t act like a member of the most powerful race.

Yes, at one point he probably actually acted as you would expect a True Dragon to, but his 300 years of solitary confinement have broken him down into the hollow shell of a dragon we see today. He just wants friends so he no longer has to be alone, but his pride as a dragon won’t let him admit this.

He also says that he talks in a tsundere fashion because he thinks it’s cute. And if that doesn’t make you like Veldora, nothing will.

Shogi

But, Veldora being the narrator for this recap episode isn’t enough to save it alone. This is where the shogi matches between Veldora and Ifrit come in. And, I have to admit that this was a great way to spice up the recap even if most of the time we didn’t see the pair.

Rather than Veldora simply recounting the entire season to us, he begins by telling Ifrit everything that’s happened between his first encounter with Rimuru and when Ifrit is defeated and devoured. However, after this point the tone shifts slightly.

Since now the pair of them are within Rimuru together, there’s no need for Veldora to continue on with his monologue. At this point, we instead get the pair commenting on the events they see unfolding in Rimuru’s life through his perspective.

I especially liked how Veldora was upset that he wasn’t paying attention when Rimuru gained his human form, and when he and Ifrit were cheering on Rimuru’s students as they summoned their superior spirits. This commentary was so much more entertaining than a simple narration over the recap scenes.

Veldora and Ifrit playing shogi from the anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Veldora and Ifrit playing shogi

So, where does shogi come into play in all this? As I mentioned, Veldora and Ifrit are playing shogi matches while all of this is going on, but does it really matter what they’re doing? We don’t see them for most of the episode anyway.

I’d argue that the shogi matches are actually the most important part of the recap because this is what allows the true natures of the characters Veldora and Ifrit to come out. Yes, we get a sense of their personalities from their commentary on the recap, but it’s mostly through their interactions with each other.

Despite never having played shogi against an actual opponent, Veldora proclaims himself to be the best, while on the other hand Ifrit is just learning of the game’s existence. This made the part when Ifrit wins a match just that much better.

In classic tsundere fashion, Veldora refuses to admit defeat and proceeds to use his secret weapon, which is to illegally promote his Gold General to an Emperor (this isn’t a thing you can do in shogi). He explains his use of this made-up move by saying that he isn’t bound by rules created by someone else.

While I did like how this portion of the episode was played out, I was really expecting Veldora to flip the shogi board and declare the match a draw.

Is That It?

Despite thinking that this recap was pretty good, all things considered, there was one small issue I had with it, which was the ending. Normally at the end of TenSura episodes we get a frame showing the title of the next episode, but not this time.

This series was supposed to be 25 episodes long, and had this not been a recap episode, this would have been the 25th. For those who aren’t aware, recap, or “.5” episodes don’t actually count toward a series episode count.

So, since this wasn’t actually the 25th episode, that implies that there’s still going to be one final episode next week. But, as I mentioned, we weren’t shown a title of that upcoming episode, nor were we shown any other information hinting that another episode even exists.

Is this the final episode? Was the episode count for this series wrong, and there should have only been 24 episodes listed? Is that it? Are we really ending a series with a recap?

Remember how I said episode 23 should have been the final episode of the season? Well, the fact that a recap episode may turn out to be the true final episode just furthers my point.

You don’t end a season with a recap. You either start a season with a recap to remind viewers of what happened previously, or you put a recap in the middle because it’s just common practice. Personally, I think recap episodes should only come at the start of a season.

Conclusion

So, did you decide to watch this week’s episode of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime once you learned it was a recap episode? And, if so, what did you think of it? While I currently have this series rated as a 5, I’d say this episode in particular was about a 7.

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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 24

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 24

Black and the Mask

Today’s episode of TenSura was both good and bad. For the most part, I found the actual content of the episode to be good, but the placement of the episode in the series and the foreshadowing at the end of the episode definitely detracted from the overall experience.

As I mentioned in last week’s review, episode 23 would have been the perfect place to stop for this season of the series. However, there are still two episodes after it, today’s being one of them. Well, this week my feelings on that subject haven’t changed.

While I don’t think this episode, and probably the next, should have been cut from the season, I do think they should have been placed somewhere else. Yes, this episode doesn’t directly deal with the events at hand, but that doesn’t mean it should be awkwardly tagged on to the end of the season like an afterthought.

I think it would have fit in much better either just before the arc in which Rimuru goes to teach Shizu’s students, or somewhere in the middle of that arc as a one-episode break. Side or back stories of characters should be included when they’re most relevant or will have the most impact, not simply at the end.

Shizue Azawa vs. Black from the anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Shizu vs. Black

But, while this side story is viewed from Shizu’s perspective, it’s not actually about her at all. Instead it’s about a new character who is referred to as Noir, Kuro, and Black all at varying times of the episode. Just to be clear, these are all the same name, just in French, Japanese, and English, so they really should have stuck to one.

At the very least, Black, as I’ll be referring to him for simplicity’s sake, seems to be a fairly interesting character. He’s a Demon who was summoned specifically to hunt and kill other Demons it seems, which could be a cool dynamic as long as it’s done right (which I doubt it will be).

The Ocarina Mask of Time

My guess is that the most entertaining part of the episode for most viewers is going to be the fight between Black and Shizu. However, despite how nice it was to finally see some real combat in this series, the big take-away from their fight was what we learned about Shizu’s mask.

If you’ve been around this blog before, especially my reviews of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, then you’ll know that time-based abilities are the most overpowered ones possible. And, in today’s episode of TenSura we learn that Shizu’s, not Rimuru’s, mask actually has a time-based ability.

Previously the mask was just explained as being capable of suppressing the wearer’s power level and restricting their magicules, but apparently that wasn’t enough. So just how does this mask of time work?

Well, it’s not entirely clear just yet. What we do know is that when Black attacks Shizu’s mask by lunging at it with his right arm, the instant after he makes contact with it his arm is removed from the rest of his body and he retreats.

So, what happened? Since we know the mask has some time-based ability, my best bet is that it’s either able to stop time, or alter the recent past. If time stoppage is indeed how it works, then what we saw was simply Shizu stopping time, cutting off Black’s arm, and then resuming time where it left off.

However, while this is certainly an extremely powerful ability, the ability to alter the recent past is arguably even better. If this is what actually happened, then that means upon Black making contact with the mask, the mask rewound time and then inserted an alternate timeline in which Black’s arm was cut off rather than touching the mask.

While the end result is the same in both of these scenarios, the implication of the latter is that this is an automatic function which essentially erases all possibility for the wearer to be killed by external forces. So, if you’re someone who didn’t think Rimuru was overpowered enough, what about now?

Demon Taxonomy

With the introduction of the Demon known as Black, we also learn a bit about the different classifications of Demons. And, the first thing I should remind you all about this topic is that Demon Lords don’t actually have anything to do with Demons.

In fact, not a single Demon Lord we’ve met so far has been described as a demon, and in some cases they’ve even explicitly been described as members of other races. This is basically just like how the Ten Commandments from The Seven Deadly Sins also don’t necessarily have to be Demons.

Starting from the bottom of the list, we have the Lesser Demons. These Demons basically look like Baphomet, which is the goat-headed deity we now associate with Satanism and the occult. Lesser Demons also don’t appear to be all that strong when up against a well-coordinated and prepared group.

Greater Demon Orthos from the anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Greater Demon Orthos

Next up on the list we have the Greater Demons, which as their name implies, are greater than the Lesser Demons. It’s not quite clear what the “true” form of these Greater Demons is, but if Orthos is any indication, then they appear to be a mix of a Lesser Demon and Human.

Greater Demons are notably stronger than Lesser Demons, as is shown by the fact Orthos was able to take over an entire kingdom. But, even Greater Demons like Orthos are no match for the next type of Demon simply known as the Progenitors.

With a title like that, we can assume that all other Demons are descendants of the three Progenitors. Interestingly, despite their immense power, the three progenitors aren’t even named monsters, and instead are referred to by the colors associated with them. These are Rouge, Blanc, and Noir (Red, White, and Black).

So, the Demon Black is actually the Progenitor Black. And, we’re even told that Orthos is the underling of Rouge, so we can infer that Rouge is the Demon which he was attempting to resurrect by sacrificing Shizu.

How to Raise a Boring Isekai

Now, at this point you’re probably wondering when I was going to start actually complaining about the episode. Yes, I complained about the placement of this episode in the season. And, yes, there was implied complaining in my discussion of Shizu’s mask. But, now get ready for the big one.

Just in case you thought that maybe, just maybe Black was going to end up being the antagonist I’ve been wanting in this series from the beginning, TenSura swoops in to let you know that isn’t the case. He could have been such a good character if he was a morally ambiguous antagonist, but no.

No, instead, we’re told that in the second season (which has already been announced) that Rimuru is going to summon Black and give him the name Diablo. Talk about setting up a cliffhanger for the next season in episode 23 and then revealing that the cliff is actually a gentle slope in episode 24.

For a second I actually forgot that this series doesn’t include conflict and thought that meaningful antagonists existed. People have been telling me for months that this is just the intro of the series and that it gets better, and I actually got baited into believing them for a second there.

There’s literally no reason for the cliffhanger of episode 23 to have been redacted like it was in this episode. There’s literally no explanation that could possibly make that choice acceptable. And yet, I’m sure someone will try to tell me otherwise.

Conclusion

So, what did you think of this week’s episode of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime? Good? Bad? Mediocre? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, and while you’re down there, let’s play a little game of trivia:

What’s the name of the main character from the anime I referenced in today’s section titles? The first one to get it right gets a special Discord role.

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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 23

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 23

Saved Souls

It’s been four days since the last proper episode review, and so I’m ready to get back into it, even if the series on the menu for today is TenSura. And, believe me when I say this week’s episode was pretty bad considering there are still two more episodes left in the season.

The first two-thirds of the episode were fine, and that’s what the majority of today’s discussion is going to be focused on. So, I’d like to start off with a brief word on the final third of the episode because this is what made the episode bad in my mind.

There are still two episodes left in the season, so why was this the seasonal wrap-up episode? Typically there are two different ways to end a season, either you have an episode that wraps everything up (which are generally boring) or you have an action-packed episode with a cliffhanger to get viewers excited for the next season.

But, for some reason TenSura seems to be opting for both of these. This week’s episode included a recap of the entire season so far, the introduction of a new, mysterious character, and, along with the conclusion of the current arc, a conclusion to multiple, long-running plot lines.

All things considered, this should have been the final episode of the season. However, with two episodes remaining we know that this isn’t the case. This new character is probably going to be fully introduced, and I can only assume that the real final episode is going to leave off on a cliffhanger.

So, the question I pose to the creators of the TenSura anime is this: Why did you choose to end the season this way? Today’s episode felt like a natural cut-off point, so why add more? Even if episode 25 turns out to be a good cut-off point as well, then they should have just gone with that and not made episode 23 into a “final episode” as well.

Anyway, the majority of the episode had to do with Rimuru’s students summoning their very own Superior Spirits, so that’s what the rest of this review is going to be about.

Gale Gibson

First up we have Gale Gibson, and with him, my predictions from last week were wrong right from the start. With a name like “Gale” and no current affinity for elemental magic, I assumed that he would bond with a Wind Spirit and gain an affinity for Wind magic.

But, no, Gale bonds with an Earth Spirit, throwing all anime character naming conventions out the window (I have a post covering this topic coming soon by the way). But, maybe this was a commentary on anime naming conventions shown by subverting the usual tropes (I doubt it).

Alright, but if we ignore the fact that Gale bonded with an Earth Spirit rather than a Wind Spirit, the rest of his summoning wasn’t all that special. He was only able to summon Inferior Spirits, but Rimuru combined them into a Superior Spirit for him to bond with.

Alice Rondo

Next up we have Alice Rondo, who, like Gale, was unable to summon a Superior Spirit on her own. Instead, she summoned a bunch of Inferior Spirits and, once again, Rimuru combined them into a Superior Spirit to bond with her.

However, that doesn’t mean everything went as expected with Alice’s summoning. We were previously introduced to four different elemental Spirits, Wind, Water, Fire, and Earth. Because of this, and the fact that Alice uses her magic to control golems, I expected her to have an affinity for Earth magic.

But, no, she doesn’t end up with an Earth Spirit like Gale. Instead, she summons and bonds with a never-before-mentioned type of Spirit known as a Space Spirit. As far as I can tell, this is essentially the same thing as if they were called Dark Spirits, so they don’t actually have anything to do with space.

Kenya Misaki

With Kenya, we’re then introduced to yet another type of Spirit, a Light Spirit. At least this time around there was a bit of precedent for this Spirit type because it seems to be the opposite of the Space Spirit. But, I was certain Kenya was going to bond with a Fire Spirit considering he only uses Fire magic.

The Superior Light Spirit summoned by Kenya Misaki from the anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
The Superior Light Spirit summoned by Kenya

And, Kenya was the first of the children to actually summon a true Superior Spirit. In fact, he didn’t even have to do anything to summon this Superior Spirit, it summoned itself when it sensed his latent ability.

So, not only was Kenya recognized by a Superior Spirit instead of the Inferior Spirits we saw previously, but this spirit also seems to think extremely highly of him. The spirit even mentions that with his help, Kenya may even be able to become a hero like Shizu once was.

But, if Gale’s Spirit summoning was supposed to be some sort of subversion of tropes, Kenya’s in anything but. The fact that the loud-mouthed, hot-tempered, young boy with spiky, brightly colored hair has some crazy, latent potential is peak shounen. He’s Naruto.

Ryota Sekiguchi

When I was predicting what kinds of Spirits would inhabit each of the children last week, I wasn’t sure exactly which kind was going to bond with Ryota considering his berserker-like magic. But, I can safely say that I would have never expected what he actually bonded with.

In another twist, Ryota actually bonds with a dual-type Water and Wind Superior Spirit. However, like most of his classmates, he was only able to summon Inferior Spirits which Rimuru had to combine into a single Superior Spirit.

Because Ryota’s Water/Wind Spirit was created via Rimuru’s Degenerate ability, it’s unclear if dual-type Spirits actually exist out in the wild or if this is one-of-a-kind. The Fairy Queen didn’t comment on it, however, so I’ll take that as confirmation that these Spirits actually exist.

Chloe Aubert

The final student to attempt summoning a Superior Spirit is Chloe Aubert. I’ve probably pointed this out in previous episode reviews, but she looks just like a miniature Shizu. In fact, even Rimuru mentioned that she looked familiar when he first met her, likely hinting at this as well.

So, it makes sense that the Spirit Chloe summons doesn’t seem to be a regular spirit. We aren’t told exactly what it is, but whatever inhabits her is extremely powerful, from the future, and seems to be connected to Shizu in some way.

But, this spirit didn’t just seem to be connected to Shizu, it also seemed to be connected to the Storm Dragon Veldora sealed within Rimuru. Perhaps this is the spirit of the Hero and both Shizu, and now Chloe, have inherited the Hero’s power.

Chloe Aubert receiving Shizu's mask from Rimuru Tempest in the anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Chloe receiving Shizu’s mask from Rimuru

At the end of the episode, while saying goodbye to his students before heading back to the Jura Tempest Federation, Rimuru ends up giving Shizu’s mask to Chloe. He later says that he doesn’t fully understand why he did this, but that it felt like it was what he was supposed to do.

It’s possible that he saw a bit of Shizu in Chloe and that’s why he gave her the mask. However, I think it’s more likely that this particular mask is the sign of the hero. My guess is that this mask is drawn to whoever the current Hero is.

Think about it, this mask was passed down from Shizu’s mentor (a hero), to Shizu (who became a hero), and then to Rimuru (who took Shizu into his body), and now to Chloe (who seems to have the Hero’s spirit implanted in her).

Conclusion

So, what did you think of this week’s episode of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime? Did you have the same issue with the ending of the episode as I did? And, what do you think the significance of the “Spirit” Chloe summoned is? Let me know down in the comments.

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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 22

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 22

Conquering the Labyrinth

This week Rimuru and his students made their way to the land of the spirits without any trouble. In fact, we didn’t even see their journey at all, which is a shame. For a series all about world building, you’d think they would want to explore the world a bit more.

And, I already know what you’re going to say because I’ve heard it multiple times so far, “but this is just the prologue to the series, it gets better later on.” Well, guess what, Re:ZERO season one is just a prologue too, and yet that’s a good anime while TenSura isn’t.

Now, that I’ve gotten my weekly trashing of TenSura out of the way (for now), we can continue on with the episode. So, why are Rimuru and his students in the land of the spirits? Because Rimuru believes that implanting superior spirits into the children will extend their lives.

In case you missed it, I explained a plot hole surrounding this in my review of the previous episode. However, I have another problem with Rimuru’s plan that I want to address this week. What makes him think these children will be able to handle being implanted with superior spirits?

In case you’ve forgotten, Shizu was barely able to control Ifrit as an adult even with a mask which suppressed his magic power. And, as a child, she couldn’t control him at all which is why she killed her only friend.

Based on this, it’s extremely likely these kids will be controlled by the spirits implanted into them rather than it being the other way around. Sure, Rimuru can always separate the spirits from the children if he needs to, but this seems like a bad idea from the start.

Magisteel Mecha

Inside the labyrinth which connects to the land of the spirits, Rimuru and co. encounter their first, and only, trial: a golem made of magisteel. Now, before I discuss this golem in any real detail I just want to point out that I’m not a fan of high-tech robots and stuff in fantasy.

I won’t say that TenSura is bad because it has a giant, pink robot, but I’m just not a fan of the pairing between mecha and classical fantasy (usually). At least this time around it wasn’t the usual trope of “these high-tech robots are actually ancient technology that we don’t understand.”

Well, I should actually say that it hasn’t yet been revealed that magisteel golems are actually ancient technology. I wouldn’t be surprised if later on in the series some “ancient evil” is awoken, much like Charybdis, and it has an army of magisteel golems.

The Magisteel Golem from the anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Magisteel Golem

Anyway, I mentioned that this magisteel golem was the first and only trial Rimuru and his students have to complete. And, by “Rimuru and his students” I obviously just mean Rimuru because he solos the fight easily as usual while his students hide behind Ranga.

First he ensnares the golem in his steel threads, then he uses his hellfire attack to destroy it in one hit. And, I get it, Rimuru is supposed to be overpowered (although half the time you guys argue that he isn’t for some reason), but I still stand by my assertion that I’d like some fights with actual choreography.

Once the golem has been defeated, we also learn that it was made by using Earth, Water, Fire, and Wind spirits. The body itself was made by the Dwarves and Elves, but was scrapped when they couldn’t find a way to reliably control it.

Demon Lord Ramiris

We then learn that the golem was being controlled by the weakest Demon Lord we’ve met to date, Ramiris. In fact, Ramiris seems so weak that she’d probably lose to Rimuru’s students even if he didn’t help them. I guess they’re just letting anyone become a Demon Lord these days.

But, not only is Ramiris a Demon Lord, she’s one of the Ten Great Demon Lords (which I’ll get to in the next section), the Queen of Spirits, and the Fairy of the Labyrinth. Seriously, how does someone so weak and annoying get all of these prestigious titles?

Fortunately, even if she’s weak and annoying, she does have some use thanks to those titles she doesn’t deserve. First of all, by being a Demon Lord she gains access to information about the other Demon Lords, which is always a good thing to have.

Demon Lord Ramiris from the anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Demon Lord Ramiris

However, Rimuru already has Milim as his inside source for Demon Lord intel, so what else does Ramiris bring to the table? I don’t think her title of Fairy of the Labyrinth really matters, but thanks to being the Queen of Spirits she’s able to freely control superior spirits, which is exactly what Rimuru needs.

In exchange for Rimuru creating a new golem to replace the one he destroyed, Ramiris agrees to implant superior spirits within his students in an attempt to save their lives. But, she also points out that each child must have an affinity for the spirit implanted into them for it to be successful.

Fortunately, it seems pretty obvious to me which spirits most of the children would have affinities for. Kenya’s would be fire, Chloe’s would be water, Gale’s would be Wind, and Alice’s would be Earth. I’m not entirely sure about Ryota though; maybe Earth as well?

The Ten Great Demon Lords

One interesting piece of information we received in this episode (maybe we were told this earlier, but I didn’t notice) is that there are ten Great Demon Lords. Previously we only knew of five demon lords aside from Geld. These five are Milim, Clayman, Frey, Carrion, and Leon.

With the exception of Leon, the other four have all been seen meeting together, so I assumed that there were only five in total. Instead, it seems that these four who meet together simply have a regional alliance since their domains are all located on the Southeast edge of the continent.

I’m assuming that Leon’s domain lies in the wastelands off to the West of the continent. And, we now know that Ramiris’ domain lies to the South. That leaves four more Demon Lords who are considered part of the Ten Great Demon Lords, so where are their domains?

My best guesses would be the Eastern Empire, the Heretic’s Dynasty, the Continent of Eternal Ice, and maybe the Holy Kingdom Ruberium, though I admit that would be a strange place to find a Demon Lord. Perhaps although they’re called the Ten Great Demon Lords, there are currently less than ten.

I could see that being a possibility if, say, the Holy Kingdom Ruberium is now located on land that was formerly ruled by a Demon Lord. Was Demon Lord Geld actually supposed to fill a vacant spot in the Ten Great Demon Lords? And, if so, will Rimuru now fill that spot?

Interestingly, we also learned that to become a Demon Lord one has to “fall from grace.” Milim previously made it seem like anyone could simply have the title of Demon Lord applied to them, but Ramiris says Leon fell from grace by making a pact with an ancient spirit.

Conclusion

So, what did you think of this week’s episode of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime? But, the question I’m more interested in hearing your answers to is, what do you think of high-tech objects like robots in fantasy series? Do you like them? Do you hate them? Let me know in the comments.

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