• Titles: Tensura 2, Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2
  • Genre: Fantasy, action, adventure, comedy
  • Episodes: 24
  • Studio: 8-bit

It’s not easy being a slime. Even a superpowered one. Just as Rimuru thought he could take it easy for a bit and let the Jura Tempest Alliance thrive, a new storm starts stirring. Tensions are mounting in all directions and even a growing force like Tempest may not be able to withstand the onslaught without some help. But that help seems hard to come by. You know what they say, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. And right now, what Rimuru needs done, is help from a Demon Lord to ensure the safety and happiness of all those in his kingdom. Oh, and an ancient dragon would be welcomed as well. So how is our little Rimuru going to deal with this one?

The first season of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime was an unmitigated success. I remember the highly positive reviews as it came out and when I finally got around to watching season 1, I was immediately charmed as well. I was psyched when the second season got announced but also a bit overwhelmed as spinoffs, OVAs and all sorts of other media were coming out so I waited. When I wasn’t hearing much, I got a little worried…

why did I think this would illustrate worry?

Production

Slime was never a very impressive-looking series. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad. I can’t clock it for being inconsistent or lazy as far as production goes. But it’s just sort of standard. The designs are nice enough. I like them a lot. But they’re also simple and not all that original. The backgrounds are similarly fine and the animation does the job.

However, I do have to give kudos to the cast once again. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime owes a lot to its charm and that’s in part thanks to the great chemistry of the voice actors. I particularly enjoyed hearing Rimuru and Veldora play off each other. They really do sound like old buddies. Maybe college mates that still hang out together on weekends!

what they do on these weekends is up to them…

Story & Characters

Like I said, I was worried. There are plenty of charming anime that just don’t manage to recapture the magic after their first season. And there was plenty of reason to think that That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime would be one of them. At the end of the day, it’s not exactly a fresh premise. The isekai genre is a bit oversaturated at the moment. And although having a non-humanoid main character did add some interest at the time, it seems like par for the course now.

And in a way, this second season didn’t capture what I loved about the first. It’s not the same. But that doesn’t make it bad, it’s simply good in a different way.

One of the things I liked the most about the first season of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is that it mixed in a lot of almost Slice of Life elements. Many episodes were concerned with Rimuru learning about this new world, making friends, building up a nice little community to live in and acquiring new skills. It was in between those quiet moments that were peppered in grand battles and tense confrontations. The first season did have adventures, to be sure, but it was wrapped in casual, almost mundane events of everyday life in a fantasy world.

Well, stuff got real in season 2. There’s no pussyfooting around the fantasy adventure this time around, this season is almost an epic. And occasionally, it gets uncomfortable in a very interesting way.

if you know what I mean

For me, the biggest takeaway of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime season 2, is Riumuru’s own character evolution. Oh and Veldora but I always love Veldora. I’m a Veldstan. But to get back to Rimuru. I’m probably going to let some spoilers slip about his characetré I’ll try not to but knowing me, it seems likely that I’ll blab.

Because this season features harsh obstacles with way higher stakes than season 1, Rimuru is forced to make some pretty tough decisions. And surprisingly, he often chooses the ruthless path without hesitation.

I have in my notes about the mid-season or the end of part 1, if you were watching it in two parts, that Rimuru is starting to remind me a bit of Griffith. If you are familiar with Berserk, you know that this is both a very good and very bad thing. Very good because Griffith is a fantastic character, very bad for everyone involved in the story.

I’m not saying that I foresee Rimuru losing himself and becoming an antagonist (although that would certainly be one of the biggest twists ever!) but the magnanimous and unfailingly kind slime I use to know is no more. Mercy is a virtue that comes at a high price and once you have an entire nation counting on you, that price becomes impossible to pay. Or at least, that seems to be how Rimuru sees it.

and he has his reasons for seeing it that way

And I like this. It’s a very good way to illustrate how the pressures and responsibilities of leadership are bound to change someone. So far, there is no real exploration of how that change affects Rimuru’s relationships with others but it was still impressive to watch in isolation.

Moreover, we did get a much better view of the higher powers this season, namely the demon lords and what their role is in the world. It’s light fantasy politics. I feel like this aspect of the story is mainly set up for a future season. I see a lot of potential. However, it was largely unexplored this time around.

In case I haven’t made it clear, the second season of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, is in fact pretty pact with action and suspenseful build-up to the next battle. It makes the previous season look very calm and uneventful by comparison. And to be clear, I like both, just for different reasons.

ok, maybe clam slice of life has certain advantages…

Like last time, the season ends with the reveal of an important antagonist that we don’t get the chance to confront. I really like the idea of this baddie. It’s going to bring up all sorts of clashes.

Finally, I can’t finish a review of the second season of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, without mentioning Veldora…again. Veldora is back and SPOILERS out of confinement. He even has a humanoid form for fitting into smaller rooms and apparently reading tons of manga. I don’t have a profound insight to share about the legendary dragon. I just like him. He made this season awesome. I want a spinoff of his adventures, maybe with the Sebastian-looking demon guy. Fun!

You might like this anime if:

You liked the first season but would have preferred it more epic!

My favourite character:

Let me think about it. There are so many characters. The ogres were all pretty great this… It’s Veldora! Of course, it’s Veldora!

Suggested drink:

a Mutant Slime

  • Every time anyone says “Tempest” – raise your glass
  • Every time anyone drinks – join them!
  • Every time Hakurou is a teacher – pay attention
  • Every time Rimuru has diplomatic talks – take a sip
  • Every time the ladies get mad – duck
  • Every time we hear about Demon Lord Clayman – take a sip
  • Every time Rimuru gets mad – hide
  • Every time humans are inexplicably evil – take a sip
  • Every time Rimuru puts a mask on – take a sip
  • Every time Rimuru goes all bro – wha?
  • Every time anyone takes a bath – switch to water
  • Every time Clayman and Laplace meet – take a sip
  • Every time there a banquet – get some snacks
  • Every time anyone mentione Walpurgis – take a sip
  • Every time Veldora is a huge weeb – cheer!

I save all my screencaps on my Pinterest and you can find more there if you are interested. But I still like to show you a few in the post. If you’re like me, screencaps are something that really helps you decide to watch an anime or not.

16 thoughts

  1. This was the biggest glow up between a season 1 and 2 for me since Mob Psycho. I liked the first season well enough for Slime but didn’t think it was very good or anything and I found it a bit forgettable. I feel like season 2 capitalized on the world building that Season 1 gave us so that it could move quickly and get to the action here. It ended up being the best anime of that season for me in the end

  2. I read on of the spin off series not so long ago and liked it enough. Have not inveted in trcking down the animations though. Great review Irina.

  3. I thought the show treated the descent into darkness a little… lightly. (Overhears a single bigoted conversation and thinks, oh good, now I don’t have feel to bad about this.) Otherwise, I quite enjoyed the season. Nice to get Akira Ishida as the top demon lord. Veldora’s tons of fun. I did like season one better on the whole, but there’s not much of a difference, and I usually enjoy the set-up stages better. Not sure I want that much plot. I still think we’re going to get time travel at some point, since I still think that one kid near the end at season one summoned her future spirit self as her spirit guide, though I’m hardly sure about that; I might just think that because I like time travel. Wouldn’t it be fun if Rimuru will end up creating the entire world just so he has something to re-incarnate into? (Now that’s something I really don’t believe.)

    1. I don’t know if they will ever revisit Rimuru’s fluid morality or we just have to accept it.

  4. I’m a big fan of slime too. There were slow spots but There were more interesting spots. I really liked that slime annihilated an entire invading army to resurrect his community. He has grown a great deal and so have the stakes. What wouldn’t one do to protect everything one loves from a marauding attacker?

    IMHO, “Spider” owes a lot to this show.

    1. I think so as well. Spider does go different way with it but I think it got made because slime was the proof of concept

    1. I guess I think of long meeting as a normal part of fantasy. Maybe too much LotR in my youth.

  5. When the OST hits during episode 11 I got literal chills. I’m this show’s biggest fan and this season was so good. I can’t wait to get into the novels (I still read, I swear, I’m not just pretending so I can justify buying books).

    Solid review and I completely agree on Veldora being the best character!

  6. “You might like this anime if: You liked the first season but would have preferred it more epic!”

    Huh…maybe that was it…

    Ok true story, if you had asked me prior to Season 2 of Slime airing last year my thoughts on the series would’ve been, “it’s a fine, quaint series. Just, ya know, don’t ask for specifics!” Because I remembered only a few things from S1. The OVAs were solid though. But yeah, I had to remember some stuff after recently reading the manga.

    But I walked away from S2 with way more things to remember, for better or worse haha. The raised stakes, even if temporary, showed Rimuru’s limits, and that essentially drove the actions for most of S2. My only downgrades was P2 of S2 (what had aired in Summer 2021) took too long to get going, and I WAS hoping for a particular confrontation to happen between Rimuru and (spoiler character), but that appears it’ll be withheld — alongside more exploration of the Church — until S3 is announced.

    But yeah, it sure was a year for the slime last year. And yes, spoilerish part here, but Veldora referencing stuff like 3×3 Eyes and pulling off Street Fighter moves (among many) was awesome. I just want to know how he found out about the Hadoken though! A Dragonball reference? Understandable. But did he really find a Street Fighter manga amongst his to-read pile?!?!

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