Thirty-seven-year-old Satoru Mikami is a typical corporate worker, who is perfectly content with his monotonous lifestyle in Tokyo, other than failing to nail down a girlfriend even once throughout his life. In the midst of a casual encounter with his colleague, he falls victim to a random assailant on the streets and is stabbed. However, while succumbing to his injuries, a peculiar voice echoes in his mind, and recites a bunch of commands which the dying man cannot make sense of.
When Satoru regains consciousness, he discovers that he has reincarnated as a goop of slime in an unfamiliar realm. In doing so, he acquires newfound skills—notably, the power to devour anything and mimic its appearance and abilities. He then stumbles upon the sealed Catastrophe-level monster "Storm Dragon" Veldora who had been sealed away for the past 300 years for devastating a town to ashes. Sympathetic to his predicament, Satoru befriends him, promising to assist in destroying the seal. In return, Veldora bestows upon him the name Rimuru Tempest to grant him divine protection.
Now, liberated from the mundanities of his past life, Rimuru embarks on a fresh journey with a distinct goal in mind. As he grows accustomed to his new physique, his gooey antics ripple throughout the world, gradually altering his fate.
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In the vast scheme of the cosmic universe, what odd quirk of fate would transform a middle-aged corporate worker into a superpowered slime in a fantasy realm? That’s the unique and intriguing premise of the immensely popular anime series, ‘Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken’, or ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.’
The story follows the humble Satoru Mikami, a 37-year-old Tokyo resident abruptly plunged into a fantastical and unfamiliar world of magic and monsters. His biggest surprise is being reincarnated as an all-powerful slime, a simple glob of goo renowned as the lowest of monsters in RPG-type fantasy settings. Yet Satoru, now known as Rimuru Tempest, is anything but basic in his odd, appealing new form.
Speaking as The Anime Critic, I enjoyed how the narrative steers clear of cliched isekai norms. Instead of focusing solely on heroism or villainy as expected in such stories, ‘Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken’ explores themes like nation-building, coexistence, and diplomacy where different species find common ground. It’s an intriguing churning pot of politics, intrigue, battles, and humor that rarely fails to entertain.
Where the show truly shines is in its vast cast. Rimuru’s empathetic, intelligent, and pacifist mentality echoes throughout his interactions and defines his leadership style, making him a refreshing protagonist in the packing of overpowered heroes common to the genre. His relationship with the vast characters strengthens the storyline, contributing to some of the series’ most poignant moments.
ANIMATION & MUSIC
Visuals and music are no slouches either. The animation by Eight Bit studios is vibrant and colorful, adding depth to the world and the characters. The background designs, whether desolate wastelands or burgeoning cities, are always a sight to behold. On the musical front, the series delivers an array of catchy openings and closing themes, with the background score always on point to enhance the tension, magic, and hilarity of scenes.
All in all, ‘Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken’ is a must-watch for any anime fan, injecting new life into the isekai genre with a unique outlook peppered with humor and heart. Whether you choose to rent, buy or stream it, you’ll find yourself thoroughly hooked. Whether through genuine laughs, epic battles or emotional characterization moments, the anime ensures you’re always invested in what this curious little slime gets up to next!
So in short, don’t let the title throw you off. This series has tons to offer and I wholeheartedly recommend it. Dive into this delightful world where ‘Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken’ makes reincarnation seem not so scary, and even a bit of fun!
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