Late last year Manga UK brought the first half of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime to the UK. Today I’m here to review Part 2 and find out what happens when Rimuru meets a demon lord.
As we reunite with the cast, Rimuru is setting out on a rescue mission. The lizardmen have foolishly acted on their own and gone off to face the Orc Lord, Geld. The Orc Lord threatens the future of all those living in the forest everyone calls home, so Rimuru vows to bring him down before he loses the new home he’s built.
After the battle with Geld, Rimuru forms the Jura Forest Alliance: allowing the lizardmen, goblins and orcs to live together peacefully. Having suggested the idea Rimuru ends up the chancellor of the alliance. While our hero prays for peaceful days, it’s not long before a new threat is upon them…
Behind the scenes, a collection of demon lords have taken an interest in Rimuru’s village and the slime’s antics. One of these demon lords, Milliam Nava, sets out for the village with hopes of learning more about what makes this slime so powerful. Faced with the power of a demon lord, Rimuru’s loyal servants worry for his life, but perhaps Milliam is friendlier than they think.
Ultimately Milliam fast became one of my favourite characters. While she initially wants to test her strength against Rimuru, she quickly decides she wants to live in his town. Rimuru might not be best pleased by this idea, but Milliam is too sweet (and powerful) to say no to. This leads to her becoming a core member of the cast and every episode she’s in brought a smile to my face.
This set of episodes is more action-packed than the first 12. Be it the battle with the Geld or Milliam’s introduction, there is a lot more going on this time around which makes a nice change from the earlier stories. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime still spends a lot of time on its world-building, but I think it’s better paced now.
As someone who watched the series when it first aired, I found it difficult rewatching the slower episodes. It’s not that they’re bad by any means, it’s simply that once you know what’s coming, it can be difficult to stay interested. Having said that, that’s the only negative I can give the show because otherwise, it’s great.
If you’re a fan of the isekai genre and like anime that focuses on both action and world-building then this is the show for you. Originally I was unsatisfied with the open ending of the series, but thankfully there is a Season 2 airing later this year which alleviates any concern there.
For this half of the series the animation, music and voice actors stay consistent with the first set. The second opening theme for the series is “Megurumono” by Terashima, while the new ending theme is “Little Soldier” by Azusa Tadokoro. While I miss the connected OP/ED videos from the earlier episodes, both the new songs capture That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime well.
As previously mentioned ,this release comes to the UK thanks to Manga Entertainment and is available on both DVD and Blu-ray. This release contains Episodes 13-24 with both Japanese and English audio. Extras include episode commentary, clean OP/ED videos and Episode 24.5 which is a recap episode.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 1 Part 2 brings a satisfying conclusion to the series so far. This half of the series better balances its time and brings with it some characters that viewers are sure to fall in love with.