He’s Not a Bad Slime
- Episodes : 13
- Genre : Action, Fantasy, Shounen
- Airing Date : October 2018 - Ongoing
- Studios : 8bit
Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken Introduction and Story (Spoilers)
Slimes get kind of a bad lot in fantasy settings. They’re usually weak, stupid and give a low amount of XP so everyone looks down on them. If you were told you were going to reincarnate into one, you’d probably be upset, and rightfully so. Well, you wouldn’t have much of a choice in the matter, and neither did Mikami Satoru who died at the age of 37 when protecting his co-worker and their girlfriend from a knife-wielding mugger. Now reincarnated into a fantasy world as the slime Rimuru Tempest, his life is going to be far more interesting than any salaryman’s.
What We Liked About Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken
Truth be told, we’ve been reading the manga for this one for a while now. There aren’t many isekai anime adaptations we jump at, given some poor works and iffy source material choices down the stretch, but we were thrilled to watch Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken. Rimuru is a great character that shows a few trace aspects of his old life, but more than anything serves as a reference point for explaining the world to the audience.
There’s always the risk of the extraordinary becoming mundane when a reincarnated isekai protagonist becomes OP from the start, but this series handles it well. Despite being strong, Rimuru isn’t boring and the plot never becomes stale. World building is handled very pleasantly, never overwhelming and only as a means to further the plot. This more than anything keeps the anime fresh and interesting with every episode.
If you’re at all a fan of isekai or fantasy settings then this anime will delight you. There’s a good assortment of characters and plot developments to keep any episode from ever getting stale, and it’s also not overwhelming with terms and side plots that tend to get in the way of stories like these. It’s an honestly refreshing entry into the genre, and while we knew it could be good from the manga, the anime does just as good a job at delivering the story.
We would easily recommend this show to anyone who loves anime, but we understand if fantasy overpowered protagonists aren’t your thing. Granted, this is done in a way that it doesn’t become a Mary Sue or Gary Stu-fest like other authors’ self-inserting wish fulfillment series, but it’s definitely going to be evocative of those works at times. If anything, we can only imagine telling you to skip Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken for now just so you can binge watch it after the 2nd cour finishes. It’s going to be one you don’t want to wait for.
We loved the 1st cour of Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken and can’t wait to watch the remaining episodes. What did you think of the show? What do you think will happen next? Let us know in the comments!