The Isekai genre is so saturated with power fantasies that it makes want to puke. Seriously, who the hell brings a smartphone from your own world, can use powerful magic without practice and get a harem without even trying? Who the hell does that? Among the sea of trashy isekais, there are a few that really stands out and one of them is That time I got reincarnated as a slime. As the title suggest, our titular hero is a slime and not a Kirito-copy wanna be. With that said, let’s get this party started.
This is one of the first things that I really noticed in this anime and I have to say, it’s really good. Not gonna lie, the way they adapted Rimuru’s slime form, from the source material, is one of the best things in the anime. His like an MMO characters that uses emotes. His like the embodiment of every MMO characters ever created. And his movements are really smooth.
Aside from Rimuru, the action sequence is great as well. The transition between movements is really well made. Among all of the characters, the one I like is Verudora Tempest. It’s not just that his a dragon, the way they animated him is the coolest in my opinion.
Lastly, the way they animated the goblinas. Well, let’s just say it’s on the level of Dead or Alive. I know I’m not the only one who noticed.
I have to give them credit where credit is due, the way they voiced Rimuru is hilarious. His slime form is expressionless and yet he shows more emotion than Kristine Stewart. You will actually know what his feeling from the voice acting alone. Heck, if they made a Drama CD with just his slime form you’ll still know it. That’s how good the VA for Rimuru is.
Aside from him, the VAs are really stepping up their game for each of the characters. I don’t know about this part, because I’m not sure if they’re the same VAs, but I enjoyed the transition of the voice of the goblins to hobgoblins. It’s like they hit puberty in a span of few minutes and they’re suddenly adults.
The way they use the BG in the anime is typical in the fantasy genre. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it but it captivates the audience with each scene. It really captures the moment. And the best part is the instrumental version of the ED song in that specific scene. You can really feel the emotion along with each word she says. It’s a really nice touch.
Speaking of ED song, it gives off an upbeat feeling that Rimuru’s adventure is just beginning. That there’s a bigger world out there to explore. While the OP song is an amazing match with the theme of the anime. It catches the essence of it’s world and its characters. Though, I feel that the way they introduce the characters is becoming a cliché on to itself, for me at least.
This is the crème de la crème of this anime and why I really enjoy it. His a freaking slime, can you ask for more? And the way the main character died from the real world is unique on its own. It’s not your typical “I got killed by a car/truck/train/tractor” scenario, he got stabbed! Morbid, I know but it’s a very unique way to transport a protagonist to a different world. Though I enjoy the “I got transported into my favorite video game” theme of the Isekai genre, but this anime is like “I got reincarnated as a slime into another world”. And since this theme became very popular, let’s expect in a few years there will be another one.
Back to topic, the way the author structured the story is like your typical MMO game. You as the main character needs to gather this and that to become more powerful but instead of being human, you’re a slime. That’s the main reason why the flow of the story is so fluid, it’s like you’re playing an MMO. And the way the author uses your typical enemies into likable characters is probably the best for me, world building wise. Because you have goblins, one of the most annoying enemies in an MMO, was turned into characters you can never expect.
That time I got reincarnated as a slime is one of the best anime this season. Better than that other Isekai anime where he needs to repopulate the world. I haven’t watch that anime to be honest and I know I’m being bias here, but summary alone is enough to push me away. I’m not saying it’s bad but it’s bad in my opinion. If you want to do that concept into reality, make a hentai out of it and may be I’ll consider. Oh wait, someone already beat you to it.
Oh and for your own sanity’s sake, please don’t ask someone to stab you so that you can transported into another world and live out your fantasy. We already have enough awardees for the Darwin award, so don’t add yourself into the list.
What do you like about the anime? Is it your cup of tea? Do you like monster boy/girl anime in general? Please let us know in the comment section below.