What’s the show? That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime, Episode 8.
So how’s this episode? I cried. Yup, that’s right, I did.
Oh no, what happens? Well, spoilers, obviously. But damn it, they killed Shizu! We finally get a cute, strong girl on this show and they damn well kill her off! I ~probably~ should have seen it coming, but it still caught me off guard, guess I’m not used to watching shows that kill off characters for good.
That’s pretty serious. Are you mad that they killed her off? I would be if they didn’t do such a damn fine job of it all. Like the episode took its time with her death scene, it was emotional and raw and honest and even kind of beautiful. But it was the moment after she’s absorbed into Rimuru where she’s running through the fog and then sees her house and her mother, and then she’s a little girl again and, oh god… here come those tears again!
Wait. She was “absorbed into Rimuru”? It was her dying wish, she didn’t want to be buried in the ground of this other world that she was summoned to. She knew she could rest easy within the gelatinous bosom of her lord and saviour Rimuru. I mean I say that half-jokingly but if we’re to take what Shizu saw as being ~real~ that is to say something that she’s actually experiencing and not just her last dying thoughts then Rimuru is basically a god with the power of gifting people heaven after death. But I’m probably not meant to think about that too hard, right?
Uh-huh. So what about the rest of the episode? If anyone were to complain about previous episodes being too slow, you know what fine, that’s a fair call. This show takes its time with just about everything. But I couldn’t imagine a more perfectly paced and respectful (but not morose) episode than this, so many show’s disregard the impact of the death of a character–or hurry it along out of the way and try and brighten it up with the next scene. But this episode took its time and it’s like a proper eulogy for Shizu and I loved that about it.
But she was only in the show for like, 3 episodes, how attached can you get to her? I was attached after one episode, but I’ll address that complaint–she was important to lots of people, not just amongst our cast of characters but to so many people during her life as a teacher–yes we only see those scenes now on her deathbed but they are still important, they show a rich and storied life and it’s hard not to feel the sorrow for that life being suddenly extinguished. But arguably, the biggest impact Shizu will live is due to him using the “predator” ability to absorb her. Because of that he now has a human form that he can switch to, that of a pale, light blue-haired girl. Now Shizu will always be a part of Rimuru and that’s kind of beautiful.
Well you obviously feel strongly about this. Anything else you wanted to add? There’s an interesting bit of narration at the end of the episode that gives the sense that these past 8 episodes have just been something of an extended prologue to the series that is to come. Which I mean, is kind of what i’ve been saying all along but whatever I’m not one to play “I told you so”. With the appearance of a mysterious masked figure in the desert and the ‘creation’ of a powerful new foe, it’ll be interesting to see where the show goes next. As for this episode specifically, I loved it–not much else to say but that!
Previous The Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Reviews:
Slife After Death – Episode 1 Review
Slime Is On Their Side – Episode 2 Review
A Name Brings Great Chance – Episode 3 Review
Elf-Care – Episode 4 Review
The King’s Justice – Episode 5 Review
Building Connections – Episode 6 Review
Burning Away The Past – Episode 7 Review
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