What They Say:
Champion of monsters Rimuru Tempest ends the orc war and earns the esteemed title as Slime Chancellor. As his blobbiness presides over a newfound nation, he’s got more work to do than give names and kick butt. The Moderate Harlequin Alliance is causing trouble, and the balance of power between Demon Lords is slippery at best. Protecting everyone will take a miracle, and some magicules, too.
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 Blu-Ray release.
Similar with the audio, the video is set in 16:9 – 1.78:1 aspect ratio via NTSC transfer to PAL format – I reviewed the first half as a DVD so switching to Blu-Ray gives you a much better notification of how good the animation was, 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 makes it incredibly bright on a Blu-Ray, especially when you combine it with the battle scenes as well.
There was no packing for this test release however the Blu-Ray Special Edition version of this will get collector’s packaging.
The menu on both discs pretty basic – it is your typical clips from the show background with the menu set up fun style with Rimiru’s slime form stretched out with your selections on it – Play All, Episodes, Set Up and Extras. As usual with most pop-up menus you have the option of changing things mid watch on the show to return to the main menu or changing the set up. Nothing more to say as pretty standard and does the job.
Unlike the DVD release, there are plenty of extras on the Blu-Ray side. First off the bat, we have an episode 16 commentary featuring Kent Williams (VA of Rigurd), Kristen McGuire (Milim), Ricco Fajardo (Benimaru) and Brittany Karbowski (Rimiru)- the commentary is a very fun one, with a lot of references in the show and for some reason a lot of comparisons to Digimon of all things with the idea of another world and all these fantasy elements – as this is pretty much the first episode where Milim is a mainstay, it does focus a lot on her, but mostly there is a lot of laughter as this is a very silly commentary.
The second commentary is on episode 21 featuring Emily Neves (Chloe), Sarah Wiedenheft (Alice), Apphia Yu(Ryota) and Justin Briner (Gale), a.k.a. the kids commentary as we go through the mini arc where Rimiru is teaching these kids who have too much mana in their body and it is pretty much a character chat with all the cast and how they would feel to have someone like Rimiru as a teacher. A bit less silly as there is the focus on the character development in the show but still a few smiles with moments from the booth and on their characters themselves.
We also have a video commentary for episode 14 so you get to see the faces here, we have Clover Chapin (ADR Director), Austin Tindle (Gabil) and Jim Foronda (Geld) – this commentary resonates with me a fair bit because there is a lot of Austin in particular talking about gaming and D ‘n’ D atmosphere, which especially in today’s current climate is something that is on the up (more so during the coronavirus pandemic) with a lot of games references (Subnautica, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Stardrew Valley to name a few and quite a mixture to boot) with also a mixture of the character’s thoughts (Geld’s surprising backstory in particular) which make this quite an indepth commentary for different reasons.
We get the ‘recap’ episode 24.5 called Tales: Veldona’s Journal – it is basically the time that Rimiru’s swallows Ifrit and Ifrit meets Veldona and they chat about what has happened to Rimiru whilst playing shogi together. Yeah, it’s quite surreal.
Lastly we have the usual stuff – some promotional videos, a commercial and all the clean openings and endings.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Slime was a fun series in the first half which had some interesting links to the past and a colourful cast, which made it a little more interesting than your typical Issekei series (and I’ve seen a lot in recent months). However, with some serious elements and the cliff-hanger with the puppet behind the string with the Orc/Lizardman arc, it would be interesting to see how it goes from here…
…though it mostly would be Rimiru being overpowered being the conclusion.
The one problem I have had with most of these series is that the lead protagonist is always way too overpowered (Overlord/Tanya The Evil) or has some sort of superpower that makes sure they win (Re;Zero). Slime also has that problem as well but goes more the comical/nice route, with a little bit of harem for flavour. In that respect it is a more fun series than the others, but still knows when to hit the serious buttons.
Gabiru the lizardman who turned against his family to lead into battle finds himself in trouble when the orcs eat one of the Lizardman soldiers and thus gain their powers, but fortunately Rimiru and the others both save his father and sister, and Rimiru takes out the Orc Lord Geld. We see the puppet master Gelmund, but the Orc Lord turns on him and consumes him and becomes much too powerful for most of the rest, Rimiru takes control and swallows him…though you get a surprising glimpse of Geld’s past to show he certainly wasn’t all bad but was just taken advantage of.
The orcs, now free from the ailment that made them consume everything, get together and with Rimiru forms an alliance with the lizardmen to join the goblins, and whilst Gabiru is exiled from the lizardmen, you can tell that he will be back to be part of Rimiru’s team. With Rimiru’s power being obvious, others take a note of Rimiru and we see the Dwarf King Gazei back his appearance and after seeing Rimiru isn’t evil they form a nation, bringing the interest of a Demon Lord, the very fun Milim, a young woman who is nearly as overpowered as Rimiru is. However she is subdued by Rimiru (using honey of all things ^^) and she also joins them for the moment, albeit with some worry from Rimiru’s council…
Because of Milim’s interest in Rimiru, he gets the ire of the other demon lords, specifically one called Clayman who maybe the big boss of the group – and when one warrior named Phobio is humiliated by Milim, two of Clayman’s masked harlequin-esque henchmen named Tear and Footman manage to turn him into a demon lord by unsealing a beast named Charybdis. With this and many other beasts focused on Milim, Rimiru and others set off to battle…
….which ends up with Milim managing to beat Charybdis easily. Well…was slightly different than expected but still anti-climatic…
Whilst Rimiru knows about Clayman now, the show takes a different turn and remembering about Shizu from the previous arc and one of the few true tearjerkers of the series. One of the things that was not fully addressed was Shizu’s students that were also brought into the world. So Rimiru honours her request to go find them and asks to be their teacher. However, they are potential weapons and their mana could kill them within a few years, so Rimiru intends to try and save them. So some fun as the kids are being kids and being cocky, until Rimiru schools them which leads to some encounters where Rimiru and the children to find the Queen of Spirits, which Rimiru manages to convince to help them summon spirits themselves, allowing Rimiru to get new spirits to help the children so they won’t die so soon. You just know these are asking for trouble though…(one of the children Chloe seems to have been possessed by something dangerous so Rimiru gives her the mask Shizu wore as a magic suppressor…again, you feel this is going to factor in the future…)
With that, it kind of ends – we get a flashback from Shizu’s memory which may lead to further story, and we see Rimiru being spied on by one of the people in her memory Kuro at the end, but it kind of just ends. There is no major cliff-hanger (and currently no new season as of yet) so compared to the first half, it feels a bit more flat surprisingly.
The show is still good – Rimiru is very likable despite being comically overpowered, and the addition of Milim as basically a true female version of Rimiru with child like energy and tantrums but explosive power makes her a ton of fun. The addition of the kids as well suggests there will be more story going into it, but not made clear, whilst the conclusion of the orc arc where Rimiru almost recycles how he got the goblins to get together with the wolves is a bit predictable. Granted, the ogre faction was a lot of fun but they were very underplayed in this arc – they still had moments of awesome (Souei in particular when he rescues the other lizardmen), just not as impactful.
The series doesn’t feel like it has hit it’s true potential, because whilst there is nothing particularly wrong with it, there is nothing mind-blowing or outstanding either. Make that of you will due to being a very familiar formula with Issekei series with an overpowered protagonist but you can predict a lot of things going to happen before they do – the first arc at least made you get introduced to a lot of things, this arc seems to repeat some of the same things, and whilst the mini arc with the children and the additional of Milim are interesting, it didn’t have the same impact.
That said, Rimiru is still a fun character – their upset about having no sex especially with the two ogre beauties fighting over the slimeball puts him in a big quandary, some of the links with others (like Gazel actually being taught sword skills by one of the ogres Hakurou), the redemption moments (Gabiru manages to have his head held high and returns thankful for Rimiru) and the orc lord story actually was a little sad considering what Geld had to do to survive.
So, it definitely has it’s fun moments, and nothing terrible about it all. However in the end, it’s just another similar series that is very predictable of this genre, so don’t hate it, but don’t love it.
Slime continues its slimy way and whilst there are potential bits for story continuation (the demon lords introduced, the faction formation, Shizu’s children), the problem is that it becomes very samey. Nothing offending about it and is still a good series, but it definitely feels weaker as a conclusion compared to the first half. Rimiru, whilst a typical overpowered leader is at least a lot of fun, and the background with Shizu was at least bringing things more into the future, however with no future season as of yet, it just feels like a bit of a stop start I’m afraid. I did enjoy it, but feel could have definitely been better.
Content Grade: B-
Audio Grade: A-
Video Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: N/A
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: B+
Released By: Anime Limited
Release Date: April 27th, 2020
Running Time: 300 minutes
Video Encoding: 480i/p MPEG
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen/Fullscreen
Playstation 4, Sony Bravia 32 Inc EX4 Television, Aiwa 2 Way Twin Duct Bass Reflex Speaker System.