What’s the show? That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime, Episode 3.
So how’s this episode? Surprisingly deep.
Oh? And how’s that? Well to give a quick summation of the episodes events, our Slime protagonist Rimuru decides to help fight the direwolves who are threatening to wipe out the Goblins. He does so, killing a bunch and then their leader before asserting his dominance with a newly acquired ability from the deceased pack leader. Rather than run away though the pack submits—so now he has two tribes under his rule. Then in what I consider to be potentially the episodes most game-changing development Rimuru decides to give them all names to make it easier to tell them apart. But it’s a big deal for these goblins and direwolves because as it turns out a name doesn’t just confer title it confers status and power.
So they all level up basically? That’s the ~surface~ level interpretation but there’s a lot more to it than that and of course I’m going completely on a tangent that may not have been intended by the writer nor something that will have any actual bearing on the story so just go with it.
Go on then. Rimuru is in a position to effect real social change in what is presumably a generic fantasy world with the tropes and hierarchical set up that puts humans (and presumably elves too) at the top—with monsters like goblins being the downtrodden “lesser races”. But suddenly all that can be torn down and shaken up, if Rimuru has the power to basically ‘evolve’ monster classes into more powerful variants, but ones with conscious thoughts and hopes and dreams it stands to reason that some of these otherwise nameless monsters will strive for higher status in society. And how do you think the higher-up races like humans and elves (who let’s face it, are probably racist anyway) are going to react to these so-called “monsters” suddenly wanting ~more~? If that isn’t a set-up for drama, I don’t know what is!
Uh-huh… but all that’s just presumption, none of that might come to fruition? This is true, but it still makes for an interesting thought. Does it not?
I suppose so. So you going to review the ~actual~ content of the episode and not the stuff you “presume”? It’s good, fun, more of the same really. It’s taking its time which as I said last week, I actually enjoy. In some respects it reminds me of The Lord of The Rings and this is just the start of a long journey to come. I also enjoyed the new Goblin designs, especially the female ones (I think they’re called ‘Goblinas’ now), very bouncy, me likey.
You know sometimes you have me fooled into thinking you’re capable of thought-provoking discourse and then you go and follow it up with phrases like “very bouncy, me likey”… Hey, at least I’m honest about what I like!
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Categories: Fall 2018 Anime