I feel that Winter 2021 has been too good to us in many ways. Such a wide variety of good series, from mega-favorites returning, to new classics possibly being forged, and shows that had lots of tiddy. It was a solid season, one of the best we’ve had in a long time, and it also had this show. After the cut let’s take a dive into the first cour of the second season of That TIme I got Reincarnated as a Slime!
That’s pretty much how I can sum up my thoughts on this series. I was on record on loving the first season, especially that first half which took things slow and had some real touching moments. And while the second half was pretty solid, it never did hit the highs the first half did. I was confident though that with a second season things would once again and Slime would be marching at a full steam ahead.
The result of that was: yes, eventually.
Whether it was a result of the animation studio stumbling, or weird plotting issues, the first cour of Slime’s second season is at times a downright mess. The plotting is weird, and much of what I watched as just dull. It was slice in life in the worst way, with no real forward motion, and antics for the sake of antics. Even worse it felt that the show was repeating stuff that already happened. Rimiru had ended the first season leaving the kids at the academy, but the second season starts with them still there! Was this a deliberate choice, or was the animation studio forced to backtrack because they were rushed. I don’t have the answer, but it is a weight around the series neck that is never able to get off.
Thankfully once the plot kicks up, Slime is able to regain its footing. The attack on the country of Tempest and the devastation left in its wake is brutal, and finally gives Rimiru the wake-up call he needed. He may have the powers of a god, but that doesn’t mean he can leave his people and responsibilities forever. The world, both the humans, demons and everything in between have taken notice of him, and they won’t let this nation of monsters just be. Rimiru taking responsibility and deciding to become a demon lord is a great moment, even if the decision to go waste an army of ten thousand humans feels like it was made too flippantly. Still, those few episodes were absolutely banger, it was clear it was where the money was focused.
I don’t want to sound like I am coming hard on That Time I got Reincarnation as a Slime, because when it works, it is still a good show, but I’ll be honest. I think Jobless Reincarnation has spoiled this for me. That show, with its attention to detail and proper worldbuilding makes something like Slime look like it’s playing catch-up. While Slime never veers in the territory of ‘bad’, Jobless, and the surprisingly good quality of So I’m a Spider? So What? (which I picked up again and am glad I did!), have removed some of the polish and praise that has been previously heaped on this show. The high quality and effort put into those two shows make the cracks Slime has more and more evident, and I cannot ignore them. However the second season is not over yet, and now that the show knows what is about, hopefully it can be strong going forward, but I’m keeping my expectations low. We can only hope for the best!