Ogre-Reacting – ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime’ Episode 9 Review

What’s the show? That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime, Episode 9.

So how’s this episode? Too often I feel like my reviews of this show–more than any other show I cover week-to-week–almost feel like a reaction to other reviews/opinions, rather than reviewing the episode itself. So in the interest of not being a person who’s endlessly defending a show against other people’s opinions I’m instead going to review the show like I’ve not seen anyone’s complaints about it!

Whatever fills out the spaces between the screencaps… that’s all that anyone pays attention to anyway. Harsh, but fair.

And then there was ogres!

So what happens in the episode anyway? Rimuru transforms into his human self and tries to figure out if he’s a boy or a girl–turns out he’s genderless–which you know, makes sense considering slimes (probably) are, but still an interesting thing to bring up. After realising that his human form has taste buds (and therefore can actually taste food) he asks that his tribe prepare a great feast to celebrate! After playing around with some new abilities he got from Shizu he receives a call (via telepathy?) from his direwolf Ranga that trouble is brewing!

What’s the trouble? Well the tribe hunting party has been beset upon by a group of ogre’s! And first of all let me just say I love how varied the designs are for the ogre’s–if the goblin’s seemed a little bit samesy–then the ogre’s definitely don’t have the same problem. Also, I ~love~ the sexy tall ogre Shion–I mean I loved her from the first time seeing her in the credits but getting to actually see her in action was everything I could have hoped for!

She can crush my bones to make her bread if you know what I mean…

Uh-huh… please get to the point. So they’re having a scuffle because the ogre’s believe Rimuru (who’s now wearing Shizu’s mask in an effort to utilize its magic dampening abilities to hide his intensely powerful aura) is responsible for sending a horde of pigs into their village and decimating it. They have a fight–Rimuru easily incapacitating the ogre attackers–but he doesn’t want to fight, he just wants everyone to get along! Eventually he manages to convince them of his innocence, with the help of a cute pink ogre girl called Shuna, who realises that he’s not the one they’re looking for. Afterwards Rimuru invites them all to join their feast–and that’s it. The whole episode.

She’s cute! He’s a bit of a loud mouth douche, but I’m sure he’ll come good.

Okay, you sound disappointed. I’m not, rather, I wasn’t while watching it, I was having a good ol’ time! I liked Rimuru’s creative ways of non-lethally incapacitating his opponents, I enjoyed the banter, I especially enjoyed the ogres. But yeah, while I’ve often defended the pacing of this show, I think they could have gotten to the point a heck of a lot quicker. Like I get it, the head ogre was angry and wanted vengeance and wasn’t willing to listen to reason, but it didn’t need to take as long as it did to just get to ~neutral~ again. But really, this is only a complaint if you’re watching this week-to-week, in a binge this probably feels fine! And as I said I enjoyed the episode enough what this amounts to is a nitpick at best. Great episode, more sexy ogre action please!

I mean, hard to disagree with the facts.

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
Ashes To Ashes, Slime To Slime – Episode 8 Review


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7 comments

  1. I kind of feel like the pacing has improved a lot since the beginning and while this episode didn’t have a lot in it, the introduction of the ogres was fun and I do love the designs (nice variety). My biggest issue is I still don’t really get invested in any of the conflict going on in this show because it feels so easy going its almost impossible to believe anything is actually threatening. I kind of get it is the tone they are going for but it keeps me from getting fully behind it.

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    1. I’m also not really positively invested in the show, because OP Slime is never ever threatened. Heck, he’s never even worried the least little bit. And the show doesn’t do anything different from your normal shounen monsters / battles stuff, so having the main character be completely OP and invulnerable really sucks a lot out of any tension or conflict. So the show would need something else to be really engaging.

      But on top of that lack of tension, both the relationships and the characterizations are so facile and superficial that they don’t really feel fulfilling either. So far we’ve got everyone thinking of Rimuru basically as a god and protector. It’s a consequence of the OP-ness, and also the “aw shucks” attitude he always seems to have.

      I find myself comparing it to One Punch Man, which I thought dealt with having a super overpowered main character really well, and made the show itself really interesting through the ways that the characters interacted and played off each other. There really isn’t that interplay here: Goblins get in trouble, Rimuru saves them. Goblins *and* attackers proceed to worship Rimuru. It’s a formula for a long-running series, but not for a particularly engaging one, imo.

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      1. “It’s a formula for a long-running series, but not for a particularly engaging one, imo.”

        This… It introduces conflicts, obviously meant to raise tension and get us to care – and the promptly takes away the tension any reasons to care because Rimuru can fix anything without breaking a sweat. With the exception of ep 8, there’s not much character stuff because they don’t interact with each other. The character moments pretty much all end up revolving around admiring Rimuru.

        Really, the ultimate power-fulfillment fantasy.

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      2. The lack of tension is something that continues to keep me at arms length from really getting into this. I get the tone the show is going for but at the same time it doesn’t really appeal and the novelty of the main character being a slime is really just a novelty and doesn’t add all that much to the viewing (other than providing a justification for his seeming invulnerability).
        That said, I’ve started enjoying this more over the last couple of episodes and hopefully it continues to develop the world and characters. This one isn’t going to be something I must recommend, but it also isn’t that bad at this point. Fairly casual entertainment each week.

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      3. “and the novelty of the main character being a slime is really just a novelty and doesn’t add all that much to the viewing (other than providing a justification for his seeming invulnerability).”

        I think that’s supposed to be more of an inversion of expectations, given that usually in fantasy slimes are the lowest of monsters and super easy to kill. But like you say, it’s a novelty, and it wears off really quickly when he becomes super overpowered.

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