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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Season One Part One UK Anime DVD Review

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A familiar set up but takes a much more amusing approach…but still gives you the feels…

A familiar set up but takes a much more amusing approach…but still gives you the feels…

What They Say:
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” Verudora 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, Verudora 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.

The Review:
Audio:
The sound quality has options of 5.1 English Dolby Surround and the Japanese a 2.0 Stereo option. There were no complications of the audio throughout the release and the 5.1 option definitely comes through well with no need to adjust default settings on the audio system I was using. There were no problems with the video synching in with subtitles as definitely acceptable as a DVD release.

Video:
Similar with the audio, the video is set in 16:9 – 1.78:1 aspect ratio via NTSC transfer to PAL format – with DVD releases nowadays the effect definitely seems more grainier compared to HD and with me doing a ton of Blu-ray reviews recently this is a good way to remind you how the times have changed. That said, the animation was good overall, mainly due to the vivid range of colours used in the world Rimuru finds itself in. It doesn’t heavily rely on CGI either from what I noticed so it is a colourful world which translates well to the DVD format.

Packaging:
There was no packing for this test release.

Menu:
The menu on both discs pretty basic – both have an image of Rimuru in their human form with Shizu in their arms (strange considering how Rimuru becomes human), with Play All, Episodes and Set Up (neither disc has extras) – the set up menu is interesting because it allows you to set up subtitles even if you have the dub option, I mention this as this is harder to come by in a lot of releases (in particular Blu-Rays) to have hard of hearing subtitles as an option and you have to fiddle with the menu screen or pop up screen to get them on – at least here it’s an easily accessible option. Nothing more to say as pretty standard and does the job.

Extras:
There are no extras for this release.

Content:
That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime (Tensei Shitara Suraimu Datta Ken) is a 2018 anime series based on a light novel series of the same name running between 2013 and 2016. It is a show that follows a format which becomes familiar – guy goes from mundane regular world to video game style fantasy world where they are much more successful there than in the real world. However this one takes a little twist as will explain – it definitely has more in common with a show like Overlord with a hint of Re: Zero as despite its cutesy look than say a show like Sword Art Online. And to be honest, it is definitely a charming series and whilst Overlord wins in terms of how the lead is more of an anti-villain and overpowered, this one actually DIES…and is overpowered…as a cute slime and not a skeletal beast.

Yes, you read that – he actually DIES in the first scene. He gets introduced, is a normal guy whose only regret is not having a girlfriend, but just as he’s hoping a colleague and his girlfriend out, a random mugger just stabs him as he protects them. Yep, just like that. But as he is dying he thinks of things he would do in another life which are….a bit un PC a little but the idea of him wanting to get as many girls as possible is turned into a voice in his head that calls it a ‘Predator’ skill. This, alongside with other things this mysterious voice says suddenly wakes him up….now as a cute little slime monster.

O.K, that was…weird.

So yes, this is the concept of human is now into a gaming world a la Sword Art Online, Overlord, Re:Zero, etc. This follows more the human is now completely in this world so despite the cutesy nature has more in common with Overlord than anything – and as a slime, he isn’t exactly…weak compared to typical video game slimes are. He has the ability to absorb anything (and anyone) and gain various abilities in his bottomless stomach, from creating a million healing potions from eating and converting various plants, to using attacks from monsters he manages to absorb. The voice in his head, known as the Great Sage, is basically the interpreter, explains all the smile’s new powers before he meets up with a dragon named Veldora, who whilst only in the series so far for a bit, is incredibly amusing, and the two become friends and Rimuru ‘frees’ him by absorbing him, gaining abilities (and Veldora having a comfy home inside him ^^) and eventually escapes the cave he was formed in.

Here, this is where the Overlord similarities come in as the slime soon becomes a de facto leader of a group. Unlike Overlord however, the slime now known as Rimuru Tempest, is definitely a good guy with a hard time saying no similar to its human self. The village he stumbles upon is a goblin village trying to protect themselves from Direwolves. Using it’s abilities, it kills the Direwolf leader but instead of killing the rest, it gets them to join Rimuru…even the leader’s son Ranga, becomes a valued ally just through how…nice RImuru is. It is also here where we learn about the naming ability, where Rimuru using it’s magic particles, whilst draining, can name the goblins, wolves, anything with potential, and they basically evolve into better, stronger characters (or for Rimuru’s enjoyment in the female’s case, more….ahem…bustier…). So Rimuru now wants to make the goblin village a base for many others so Rimuru and a few of the goblins and Ranga go out to search.

It doesn’t go well at first as Rimuru gets into a fight and is thrown in jail alongside the goblin comic relief (and hidden badass) Gobta, but after some potion bribing, they meet up with a talented dwarven blacksmith named Kaijin. He has an insane order of swords to make which is practically impossible (and seemingly done on purpose as we see) but thanks to one of Rimuru’s abilities, the slime manages to duplicate them very quickly in return for Kaijin bringing some artisians for his village. He agrees but before they can celebrate, the man who made the order, Vesta comes in, and is stunned by the order being done, but then insults Rimuru, which Kaijin resorts to punching the smug aristocrat in the face. This ends up them being put on trial, but the king Dwargo, seems to know what is truly going on as there is a history between all three of them, and instead of sentencing them, exiles them (which was what Kaijin wanted anyway so they could pay their debt to Rimuru) but also Vesta, but not without realizing there is something special about Rimuru so sends out a spy on the slime…nothing notable as of yet but worth mentioning….

However, Veldora’s disappearance has disturbed people as he was quite a powerful dragon and now he is missing certainly stirs up the interest. Three adventurers (ironically the ones who opened the cave so Rimuru could escape) Eren, Kaval and Gido go to investigate the forest nearby, but of real note is a mysterious masked girl who asks to join them. Her name is Shizu and despite her short time in this show, she becomes vitally important. 1) She is seen in a vision by Rimuru as someone destined to him and 2) in the opening scene prior to Rimuru’s human death, there is something we see burning in flames in the past…this becomes very important soon…

Rimuru and Shizu do meet up and we learn that Shizu is another human who died and got summoned to this world…however in her case, it was from the 2nd World War. So Rimuru shares stuff from Modern Day Japan making her happy….unaware of the fire literally within her as she has been sealed with the fire spirit Ifrit via potentially the main antagonist in the demon king Leon Cromwell, as we see flashbacks of what Ifrit has done and indeed, it makes her attack the village and her new friends – Rimuru manages to defeat the minions around and with one of his abilities making him immune to fire, Rimuru manages to swallow Ifrit but it causes Shizu succumbing to injuries. In the big twist, she asks Rimuru to absorb her as she dies which in turn would allow Rimuru to take a human form. So finally Rimuru gets a form that they can be comfortable with…just as the next disaster is about to form as a mysterious name named Gelmud names an Orc ready to cause trouble…

Rimuru basically becomes a non-binary version of Shizu, not classified as male or female (though definitely has a thing for the ladies, elven girls in particular we have discovered ^^) but immediately is attacked by some orcs who think Rimuru was the one who attacked their village. When they realize that wasn’t the case, they soon ally with Rimuru and names them, evolving them into more powerful beasts known as kijins. Also, another group, this time lizardmen, send some to enlist help from the goblins to take down these orcs, with the lead one Gabiru, a rather cocky one, looking to look down on Rimuru’s group…needless to say doesn’t work. (Gobta for the win….) However the Orc Lord does need to be beaten so one of the orcs, the ninja one Souei goes to investigate (whilst the two female ones Shuna and Shion fight over Rimuru ^^) but Gabiru gets manipulated by the Gelmud group and takes over his father’s group to deal with it his way…but it looks like it might not go as he planned…

The theme of person goes into a fantasy/video game world is not new as mentioned but this one is interesting as whilst we know a human has got into this world and transformed into a slime, we are not yet sure how it happened, only that is almost certainly a transportation or summoning if Shizu’s story is anything to go by, so this adds to the mystery of the Sage and who could have summoned Rimuru here. Similar to Ains in Overlord, he is incredibly overpowered with his Predator skill but unlike Ains, seems to be settling into the role of likeable protagonist with definitely 100% good smile stats compared to the anti-hero/villain status Ains is going to. And whilst the idea of Ains turning to the dark side was a breath of fresh air, this show definitely appeals to me a lot more in turns of the characters, especially if you aren’t a fan of too much violence – as Slime does still have it but not in such a scale, hence why both Overlord and Slime are shows which are among my favorites at the moment.

Rimuru is such an interesting character as the initial take is that he is a bit perverted and does refer back to the original life a few times, but despite his fetish for elf girls Rimuru is incredibly likable – doesn’t want to resort to its powers unless it has to, is forming a village and getting many races together for peace and harmony (Ranga in particular you feel would be ready to turn on Rimuru for killing his father but seems to be content), has some good comedy moments (again, the elven bar) but also isn’t above going to use its authority. And it’s also interesting when Rimuru becomes its human form that Rimuru admits can’t definite itself as male or female now, which makes a rather unique statement in today’s world that a character with no gender characteristics is a main character – yes, was previously male but it is clearly stated here so quite a unique and pleasant twist.

All the other characters are unique as well – I particularly like the evolved orcs as seeing the attractive Shuna and Shion basically fight over slime Rimuru is fun, whilst Souei is a stoic handsome gijin who looks like a villain but is clearly on the good side, and the dwarven arc with Kaijin does seem to probably hold more weight in the near future, and hopefully it all comes together.

Of course, the big one is Shizu and whilst she isn’t in much, she is vitally important to the arc as we know how humans could get transported, is responsible for Rimuru’s human form, has told Rimuru of her now former master, so we have a few potential antagonists with the orc arc and this master, whilst Ifrit now inside Rimuru could also play a big part (and not forgetting Veldora being Ifrit’s ‘roommate’ this should be interesting). The plot is thickening with the orc/lizardman arc and see what Rimuru does here – it could go the root of Rimuru being comically overpowered but I suspect it might not…

With a lot of colourful action, comedy and character development, Slime is definitely one of the more enjoyable shows recently. It isn’t perfect mainly due to needing more time to develop the new characters and learning more of how Rimuru has got here, but this is definitely one for the future to look forward to.

Summary:
That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime is a show that has a familiar plot in terms of human goes into fantasy world and is comically overpowered, but as a cute little smile monster definitely means it goes in a different direction from other shows. Add to that Rimuru is very likeable, the rest of the cast getting together with it and the history of how might have got there (with Shizu making a big impact for the small time she is in), there are a lot of questions that you want answering…but you are looking forward to them being answered. Add to that a lot of likeable side characters, some deep problems ready to be exploited and a cliff-hanger, this is one for the watching list.

Content Grade: A-
Audio Grade: B+
Video Grade: B-
Packaging Grade: N/A
Menu Grade: B-
Extras Grade: N/A

Released By: Manga Entertainment UK
Release Date: 21/10/2019
MSRP: £19.99
Running Time: 300 minutes
Video Encoding: NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen

Review Equipment:
Playstation 4, Sony Bravia 32 Inc EX4 Television, Aiwa 2 Way Twin Duct Bass Reflex Speaker System.

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