Note: Review copy supplied by Manga Entertainment
Title: That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season One Part Two
Anime Studio: Eight Bit Inc.
Publisher: Manga Entertainment
Genre: Fantasy / Isekai
Released: March 23rd, 2020
Language: Japanese / English
Length: 300 Minutes
Champion of monsters Rimuru Tempest ends the orc war and earns the esteemed title as Slime Chancellor. As his blobbiness presides over a newfound nation, he’s got more work to do than give names and kick butt. The Moderate Harlequin Alliance is causing trouble, and the balance of power between Demon Lords is slippery at best. Protecting everyone will take a miracle, and some magicules, too.
When the first part of this release landed, I absolutely fell in love with the series. The oddball concept was executed in a way that felt fresh, and the cast did a great job with the material. When it comes to the second release, the technical praise all still stands.
The animation is as smooth as ever, with the battles looking great and the characters being wonderfully emotive facially. The soundtrack continues to be unobtrusive and more than fitting for the setting. The voice cast is still on fine form, with the dub crew continuing their excellent, especially Brittney Karbowski as Rimuru.
Where the series really shines though is in its ability to balance different styles of story so well. We picked up where we left off, with Rimuru and company heading towards the orc war, with the need to now save Gabiru after his misstep in tackling the orcs unprepared. This was brutal. The orcs habit of eating the fallen – and indeed the living – was shown in all its bloody glory. Then, when the final battle played out, we were treated to some scenes to give the orcs a sympathetic edge. That segued into a basic political moment, and ended with the continuation of Rimuru building a life in the world for all monsters.
That covers a lot of bases in only a few episodes, yet nothing feels brushed over. If anything, each time the series tackles a new arc, it gives each section just the right amount of time to build what they need to with no filler. And that remains consistent throughout. From forging new alliances to introducing new characters, it’s all there and executed effectively.
The humour too remains fun. The boob related jokes still aren’t overdone, and the more over the top moments feel like they fit within the setting. Towards the end, this comes thanks to the newly introduced Demon Lord, Milim. Interestingly, she should be the sort of character I dislike. She looks and acts young, and is dressed provocatively. Yet, somehow, she never quite falls into the trap of being a negative mark on the series. The fan service framed shots of her come up far less frequently once we’re through her first episode, and her sheer power level actually acts as a good aid for Rimuru. We also got a hint towards there being a bigger bad guy to come, providing a sense that there will be plenty more fun if we get a second season. Finally, the last episode is a flashback one based around Shizu. This was a nice addition as it helped flesh out a character that has had a big impact on Rimuru.
In all, That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Seasons One Part Two offers more of the same with a few new elements. Really, it will live or die by its main character. In this case, Rimuru is an absolutely fantastic protagonist. From battle tactics to his general nature, he’s an excellent creation. This is another easy 5 out of 5 for me.