What’s the show? That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime, Episode 1.
And… well I feel almost silly asking but what’s this new show about? Yup, it’s pretty much all there in the title, isn’t it?! A guy dies in real world Japan, ends up reincarnated in a fantasy world in classic isekai fashion, except he’s not a man anymore he’s a ~slime~, i.e. the lowest of low-level enemies in RPG’s the world over!
So a pretty simple concept then, huh? Well kind of, what’s surprising to me is not only how much time they spent establishing the fact our protagonist was more-or-less responsible for his reincarnation as a slime due to his dying thoughts and words after being stabbed by a knife wielding maniac. But also how intrinsic all his new forged abilities as a slime would be important to his new life going forward.
How’s that then? How’s what?
How do the protagonists dying words and thoughts end up reincarnating him as a slime in a fantasy world? Well it’s sort of ~vaguely~ unexplained at this early stage in the anime, basically as he’s bleeding out on the sidewalk from a stab would and he begins commenting on things like being cold and being in pain and a ‘voice’ inside him begins giving him the attributes that will combat these negative ~feelings~ in his new life, like being immune to physical damage, having no blood, pain nullification and elemental resistances.
Okay, I mean that explains why he reincarnates as a slime but I’m still at a loss to how? Karmic justice, yin and yang, etcetera, it’s all deeply engrained in Japanese society. So our protagonist, takes a blade to save the life of his younger kohai therefore ‘earning’ a second life of his choosing, but as to how this happens? Well there’s a hint in the episode that I gleaned which could be absolutely bull or it could be exactly what they were intending. Basically our protagonist is a 37-year old virgin and there’s that old internet “meme” about if you turn 30 and are still a virgin you become a wizard, turn 40 and you’re a great sage, well this anime leans into it in what is some sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. That voice in his head that determines his reincarnated attributes seems in some way ~connected~ to the fact that he has magical abilities due to having remained a virgin for so long.
I don’t even know what to say that… Not to cast presumptions but this series is appealing to its target audience (in Japan) pretty accurately…
Uh-huh… so what happens after our protagonist dies and is reincarnated as a slime then? There’s an adjustment period as he’s finding his feet… or rather lackthereof. I mean kudos where kudos is due I never thought I’d be able to empathise with a slime, even one with the mind of a human being. And then after what seems like a hundred ‘tutorials’ on life as a slime we finally meet a new character in this ~fantasy world~ he’s found himself in. It’s a big f***ing dragon, and the two talk for a bunch and it turns out the dragon’s a bit of a tsun and, um…
What? Okay, so I love the idea of this series, I love the ‘execution’ of this concept, ~visually~ it’s top notch—especially the various animated visual cues with regard to our protagonist and the “skills” he’s learning. But man this episode is ~way~ too heavy on the exposition. It’s almost literally 25 minutes of inner-monologue and dialogue and I just wanted them to hurry up and get to something more interesting! I realise that for some people this might be a hard concept to rationalise or contextualise but I felt like this could have been done in half the time and been as twice as good! But then again maybe I’m being impatient—maybe this is exactly the amount of set-up we need for the eventual widening of this shows scope.
Well if you have complai— No! You know what, I don’t like how nit-picky this review is, this show does well to establish a tone and takes its time with its concept because it’s a faithful adaption of its source material (presumably—it certainly seems so if the 24 episode count on wikipedia is anything to go by!). I’m reminded of ‘Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon’ and if this show can seek to encapsulate any measure of the magic that series had then we should all be so lucky! This show is funny and smart and entertaining and quirky and I ~eagerly~ look forward to next week’s episode!
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Categories: Fall 2018 Anime