Original Run: July 6, 2021 - September 21, 2021 Number of Episodes: 12 Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Isekai Based on the Series Created By: Mitz Vah and Fuse
***Warning, the following may contain spoilers for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2. Reader discretion is advised.***
Following the attack from the Kingdom of Blumund and the Western Holy Church, Rimuru Tempest (voiced by Miho Okasaki) has overseen the completion of three remarkable accomplishments:
- The resurrection of those killed in defense of the nation of Tempest
- Rimuru’s ascension to Demon Lord
- The revival of the mighty dragon Veldora Tempest (voiced by Tomoaki Maeno)
But Rimuru is nowhere near done. Now, those responsible for all the recent pain and suffering must pay.
Those who have been pulling the strings from the shadows will see what happens when you cross this friendly – but vengeful – little slime.
2021 has been That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime’s year. For the past THREE anime seasons, we have received another installment in this franchise:
- Winter 2021 – That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 1 (Slime S2P1)
- Summer 2021 – The Slime Diaries
- Fall 2021 and the focus of this review – That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2 (Slime S2P2)
Incidentally, when necessary, I will refer to That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 1 as Slime 1.
Up to this point, every new chapter in this saga has been a ton of fun; this is an isekai anime worth remembering. As such, Slime S2P2 could not have asked for a firmer, more well-grounded foundation to start. It would have been the ultimate shame had this season failed to deliver.
But, luckily, deliver it did.
Throughout the Slime S2P1 review, I said it would be tricky to judge whether this franchise’s second season was a success or not until we got both installments. Well, I can confirm that season two was a success. But, having now watched part two, I realize there is a point I didn’t initially consider.
Although season two’s two halves paint a complete picture, and I would recommend sitting through both in a single go, they have unique atmospheres. In the simplest terms, part one was the build-up and part two was the payoff.
(That was some real deep analysis there, Odyssey. Did you come up with that yourself?)
What I am getting at is, Slime S2P1 had more action while Slime S2P2 had more satisfaction. Sure, both installments had elements of each. Rimuru’s rise to Demon Lord status in part one was pretty damn satisfying, and the climactic battle in part two was also quite exciting. However, these two chapters had different goals. Goals they each achieved.
Since, as I said, Slime S2P2 wasn’t the action-oriented half, do know there is a lot of talking, planning, and strategizing in this installment. I know this is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I find statecraft fascinating, and this series has been particularly strong in this area. Thus, while I might call this chapter intriguing, it wouldn’t surprise me if someone else said it was boring.
Be that as it may, Slime S2P2 did something only a quality anime can do. This series caused me to lose track of time.
I’ll admit, even I thought the dialogue in this installment was going on longer than what seemed justified. Especially in the beginning, it was just talk, talk, talk, talk, talk. I grew worried that that would be part two’s fate, and therefore, I was in for a long slog. Then I noticed where I was in the season, and I couldn’t believe seven episodes had gone by.
So, though I may have thought Slime S2P2 was getting a little carried away, I must have also felt this show was one of the most fascinating things I have seen in a long time.
Lastly, I have heard people label this franchise a no-risk-no-consequences isekai. If you have made it this far into the show, ask yourself, “How many times have things not gone Rimuru’s way?” While our hero may have faced some setbacks, you could probably count on one hand how many times Rimuru actually failed to do something.
In fact, Rimuru has been so successful, I couldn’t help feeling anxious throughout Slime S2P2. This is most likely a consequence of watching at least two anime a week since 2015, and yet, I know full well that things rarely go the protagonist’s way. And I lost track of all the flag statements in this show:
- “Everything is going to plan.”
- “We have already won before the battle even starts.”
- “This move is our ultimate trump card; let’s make sure to keep it a secret from the enemy.”
When I hear lines like those, it’s never “things have a chance of going wrong.” Instead, it’s always “things are guaranteed to go wrong.” In any other show, such statements are death sentences. Apparently, the Slime franchise didn’t get the memo.
Some might argue that such good fortune results in low tension. I would argue that this is the reward for skillful and thorough preparation.
Rimuru and the warriors of Tempest have never gone into a fight on a whim. They have always thought things through and taken steps to better their odds as much as possible. Granted, Rimuru is an overpowered isekai protagonist, but our little slime isn’t an all-powerful isekai protagonist. There are a handful of characters in this series that could prove to be a genuine challenge.
That possibility is what has kept this show fun. Slime S2P2 was the culmination of the work and effort that has gone into this series’s personality. This franchise’s world feels tangible; it has weight. There is still so much I want to see from this story.
And guess what? The door for a third installment is wide open.
In my Slime S2P1 review, I said this:
“We can’t consider [Slime S2P1] to be a success or a flop until we get part two.”
Well, part two has come. Accordingly, Anime Hajime considers Slime season two, the whole of season two, to be a resounding win. An outcome that, speaking for myself, is not at all surprising; this installment was moving in that direction following part one.
Still, there are things we can say against Slime S2P2. For instance, its animation.
Okay, putting it like that could not be more misleading. About nine times out of ten, the visuals in the Slime franchise have been stunning. This aspect is most evident during magic battles and fights with only a handful of combatants. Heck, there were several moments in Slime S2P2 that were nothing less than breathtaking.
However – and this is a big “HOWEVER” – when there are mobs of warriors, everything goes to s@#%. It is actually quite jarring whenever this happens because it is so out of place and impossible not to notice.
To be fair to Slime S2P2, it was much tamer in this regard. Its predecessor was the installment that got out of control.
Additionally, the Slime franchise is getting to the point where it is becoming more and more challenging to keep track of who everyone is. Fortunately, the bulk of this series’s primary cast has been around damn near since the beginning, and they are thus forever recognizable. Instead, this issue becomes more prominent with any character introduced late in season one or anywhere in season two.
It is almost like this series has used up its memorability points. So unless a “newer” character does something drastic or iconic in subsequent installments, I doubt they will leave much of a mark.
From Slime S2P2, we could see this issue in action during the Demon Lord council, Walpurgis. As you might have surmised, this is where we got to meet all the Demon Lords of this series. I wonder how many of them I will remember whenever chapter three arrives, but frankly, I am not confident the answer will be many.
For example, Demon Lord Milium Nava (voiced by Rina Hidaka) has been a consistent force throughout this series; she is as recognizable as Rimuru. On the other hand, Demon Lord Ramiris (voiced by Anzu Haruno) was someone I think we met back in season one, but I honestly can’t recall. When she reappeared in Slime S2P2, not only had I forgotten she was a Demon Lord, I had forgotten who she even was.
As things currently stand, there are even more characters to remember, and I do not feel this series has done a good enough job of establishing who everyone is. But only time will tell.
Following the conclusion of its predecessor, my anticipation for this installment of the Slime franchise was high. But unlike last time, as of the day this review goes live, I do not know when a continuation will come. I suspect one will eventually do so, but as it is, there is nothing left to look forward to.
Nevertheless, I envy anyone just stumbling upon this series. They now have a deep well of content to enjoy, for this season had everything that has made this story so incredible.
With part two now over, I can finally, officially, say That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 has earned itself a recommendation.
But these were just my thoughts. What are yours? Have you seen this series? How would you advise That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2? Leave a comment down below because I would love to hear what you have to say.
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