Isekai is a sub-genre of anime, manga, and light novels where the main character begins their life on Earth. They live their normal lives until something happens to transport them to another world. This could happen by finding a transport device, (Inuyasha’s magic well), it could be a video game world (Sword Art Online), or the protagonist could actually die and be reincarnated into the new world. This is the case for today’s review on That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.
Slime, as I will refer to it from now on, started out as a light novel series by FUSE, and was adapted to manga by Taiki Kawakami in Monthly Shonen Sirius in 2015. In October 2018, Slime premiered as an Anime series, and quickly developed a fan base.
The story is one of a contractor who goes out to dinner with a coworker and the coworker’s girlfriend, you find out later that the coworker was rubbing his good fortune in the main character’s face. As they leave, a thug comes out of nowhere with a knife to stab the coworker. The main character throws himself in the way to protect the coworker and he dies. As he is dying, things start to get weird. The protagonist tells his coworker to get rid of his PC and he thinks about things that would make his life better. As he does, a computer sounding voice speaks about generating the type of body he wants and the abilities he wants (one of which is called Predator). When he wakes up, after a while, he realizes he is in a cave and that he has become a slime, the weakest of all creatures in RPGs. He befriends a dragon, and using his Predator skill eats him to free him. By eating the dragon, the slime, now named Rimuru, gains his power and some abilities, making him the most feared monster in the region.
Rimuru escapes the cave and begins to go off on adventures, learning the magic of the world he now lives in. He becomes the most feared monster and uses that to become a benevolent overlord of sorts. It starts with a goblin village and then extends to other regions as well. As he meets new races and people he discovers that he is not only feared because of his power, but is considered cute. This cuteness helps to bring in the standard anime fan-service, the slime has attractive elf babes rubbing him down and saying he is cute.
Isekai has become an even more popular genre of manga and anime lately it seems. I personally believe it has a lot to do with the popularity of Sword Art Online. I’ll admit, they could have been there already before SAO came out, but I never saw these mangas or anime until after I saw Sword Art, and more seem to keep coming. Slime was recommended to me by a coworker who said that he thought I might like it. I wanted to read the manga first before I watched the anime so I picked up the first volume randomly. After reading the first issue, I have to say that it is a fantastic read. There is action and adventure and a wonderful storyline. It is not overfilled with sexualized content, and the story moves at a good pace. I look forward to finishing the series.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who is wanting to get into a new manga. It could be a good first manga, but some of the themes may be confusing if you have not read a manga before.
Overall Score: 9/10