- Mangaka : Kiesetsu Morita (Story), Yuusuke Shiba (Art)
- Publisher : Yen Press
- Genre : Comedy, Fantasy
- Published : June 2017
It’s said work can kill you and for Azusa Aizawa that is exactly what happened. The thirty-something office lady dies suddenly in the middle of her office from overwork. A god, or angle, or some other supernatural being stands before her floating soul and tells her that she will be reincarnated into a new world. The ethereal asks her if there is anything she wants in the next life? Azusa's list is short and simple, to be immortal, have a home and self-sustaining farm. The supernatural being also adds, "Oh! I'm sure you would prefer to be a young girl too! Personally, I think seventeen is the perfect age!” Azusa life of simple pursuits begins in a home in the highland, where she can take naps, read, tend the soil and kill slimes for spending money. A life that goes very, very well for 300 years until its discovered that all that slime killing maxed out her levels. She is now one of the most powerful witches in the land and when that gets out her life gets a bit more complicated as adventures, dragons, and even children complicate her peaceful existence.
The story feels a bit different than other isekai stories set in a fantasy world. You have adventurers, monsters, and magical power but the main pursuit of the overpowered protagonist is to do nothing. Azuza would rather spend time at home with her family than travel to distant lands on a quest. The slice of life fantasy mix gives the reader warm fuzzy feelings as they see the various stories unfold.
The manga, with a fourth coming anime on the horizon, is filled with cute expressive drawings. Azusa facial expressions alone just make you scream “how kawaii.” You get 183 pages of some serious moe artwork. The fantasy world easily lends itself to characters in cute Lolita or peasant-style dresses that will have your heart go doki-doki.
2.Sweet Enough to Give You Sugar Shock
2. A story that is as sweet as any slice of life. Azusa, despite being a formerly overworked salary worker, is extremely kind. She didn’t live in the highlands to be a hermit only to help ensure her slow pace of life. An example of that is one of the first things she does after arriving in the new world is walk to the nearest village and get to know her neighbors. She then devotes a lot of her time to apothecarial work creating potions and medicines for the villagers.
3.A Subtle and Important Message
A subtle message of a sustainable life. Azusa could have asked the supernatural being for riches or to be nobility, but she just asked for a simple life. She wanted a house and land that let her live a sustainable life. She never took from the world more than she needed. She even only killed slimes when she needed cash and only as many as necessary. We think is a subtle message but a good one we all should take to heart.
1.Witches, Dragons, Adventurers, and Tea
You won't like the manga if you want a serious adventure. The whole story fits in with the same genre as Dragon Maid. You have fantasy but no real life and death struggles. The hero is overpowered and so are many of her companions and they could take on anyone in battle on favorable terms but they would prefer to be your friend and have tea than fight.
2.No Romance, No Problem
No romance. You’ve got a hot immortal 300-year-old witch and she, to her own admission, has never had a romantic partner. You couldn’t help but wish that she would. You’d love to see this very cute heroine get flustered in love, in a straight or yuri relationship.
3.Brought to You by the Letter "G".
No Ecchi. You have a lot of chances for things to get a little naughty, they don’t. You get no panty shots and no gratuitous boob pictures. You just get a lot of “G-rated” cute.
I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level is like visual Prozac guaranteed to lift your spirits on a gloomy day. You will be soothed by the kindness that Azusa shows even the people that frustrate and annoy her. The tension that makes your neck painfully stiff after a long day at the office will dissipate as if you had a nice warm slime draped over your shoulders. We all need a pick me up now and then and the story and Azusa's growing family and their daily adventures are sure to remind you people can be good to each other even if only in another world.