What’s the show? That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime, Episode 2.
How’s this episode? Much like our titular protagonist, it’s bouncing along at a slow but steady pace, this is definitely a show that isn’t in a hurry to get anywhere and I kind of appreciate that, especially compared to ~some~ light novel adaptations (*cough*The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar*cough*) which feel like they’re adaptation massive sections of story in short spans of running time. That said, this absolutely feels like a show that benefits from being binge-watched rather than week-to-week.
So what happens in it? After some more chatting with the tsun-dragon where it’s decided they should give each other names, dragon calls slime Rimuru and Rimuru calls dragon Tempest. They decide the best course of action—rather than leave Tempest alone in his ‘prison’—is for Rimuru to absorb the dragon, prison and all, until they can find a way to release the spell that’s trapping him. Inadvertently, the disappearance of the dragon precipitates a chain reaction as lower level monsters have become unsettled. I enjoyed the fact we got a glimpse at a city official speaking with a guild leader—the series is slowly expanding its scope—but again, at it’s own deliberate pace.
Does Rimuru actually leave the cave? Yes, he finally leaves and stumbles across a Goblin village, who rather than attack him, they all bow down to him, in frightened awe of the terrifying ~aura~ he apparently emits. He meets with the village elder and we learn that these goblins used to worship the dragon as a god until it disappeared, and with its disappearance Direwolves came and started slaughtering the goblin fighters trying to protect the villagers. They beg Rimuru to help them out of their dire predicament, and he obliges earning the goblin tribe’s fealty.
And that’s the whole episode? More or less—I was surprised how quickly I was endeared to the goblins, I mean you don’t expect goblins to be characters you can sympathise with their usually mindless objects of scorn expected to be slain, but I like these guys! And I’m glad Rimuru continues to be such a nice guy, uh, slime. Other than that there’s not much else to say, the pacing’s only a problem if your impatient otherwise it’s an entertaining, steadily paced adventure that’s only just beginning!
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