A trap is sprung, blood is spilled, and tragedy unfolds.
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Episode #6: “The Beauty Makes Her Move”
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
In Tempest all hell has broken loose. Shion and the goblins face off against powerful strangers who are hellbent on taking down some monsters for their masters. With the barriers over the city, the protectors are severely weakened. The situation is surprisingly bleak. It only grows bleaker as we watch Rimuru’s greatest friends square off in a dire situation. Comic relief isn’t spared, and Rimuru’s strongest are cut down protecting their own.
While an attack is waged against Tempest, Rimuru is attacked in a similar manner far from home. Cut off from the outside Rimuru is approached by Hinata, an otherworlder and knight of the Holy Empire. Sworn enemy of all monsters, and with a personal vendetta against the slime who devoured her teacher, Shizue.
The anime this season has significantly rearranged the narrative’s flow from the novels. This is actually a good thing because the way the novels were framed doesn’t set up the same dramatic tension. We only find out about the events in the capital when Rimuru does, and only then do we see what happened. That wouldn’t have been nearly as effective in animation due to pacing, although it would have been pretty damn shocking.
The anime does a splendid job visualizing the abilities of Rimuru and Hinata during their duel. Especially Hinata’s Dead End Rainbow sword, which has an appropriate rainbow aura that I didn’t know I needed. Speaking of animation, this is an action-heavy episode and the action doesn’t disappoint. With how quick the action is the combat is still easy to follow. The blow-by-blow strikes are easy to follow and there is just enough contemplation by the combatants to keep the viewer abreast of what is happening, technique-wise.
It doesn’t sound like combat would be a sticking point for a visual medium, but the source material played by D&D rules. A round of combat in D&D might take ten minutes but it represents six seconds in time. The same goes for a light novel. That is to say, real combat is fast and fights don’t take very long, but in text, there is a generous amount of exposition in the middle of fights. At least there is in this series. For some series, even visual ones, the animators will save manpower and drag out exposition as long as possible. Here, the movement doesn’t stop for long, and even when it does the players still react.
This episode ends on the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers as the seemingly unstoppable Rimuru is faced with a do-or-die situation. Once again he calls on his gluttony skill to negate the effect of Hinata’s attack, but we don’t know what the outcome of that maneuver is. Ominously, we get glimpses of a burning Tempest with the screams of attacked citizens. This is the darkest the series has been so far, and after how light events have been up till now, it’s downright grim.
It can’t be all sunshine and rainbows. Warnings against an attack come too late for Rimuru to act. The enemy knows his weakness, and the weakness of all monsters, and acts accordingly. The nation of monsters that we’ve watched grow and develop is crushed by a handful of well-prepared foes. Even Rimuru seems to have met his match in Hinata, who may be just as broken power-wise as he is. War has come to Tempest, and it’s taking no prisoners.
Episode Grade: A –
Streamed by: Crunchyroll & Funimation