Second Season of That Time I Got Reincarnated As a Slime
Genre(s): Isekai, Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy
Age-Appropriateness: 13+ (Violence, Suggestive themes, Profanity)
Platforms: Crunchyroll, Funimation
Episodes: 26 (Including two clip-show/recap episodes)
TheAwersome’s Rating: 8.1 / 10 (Increased emotion, struggling pacing)
Premise (Mild Spoilers): Taking a break from his time as a teacher, the powerful slime Rimuru Tempest tries to return to his Kingdom, Tempest, but is stopped by a mysterious figure who is somehow able to constrain the many magical abilities he has at his disposal.
In Tempest, the situation is even worse. A group of unknown humans has invaded the land and are assaulting its citizens, both influential and innocent. They are not just trying to bring harm either—they have the intent to kill. Can Rimuru overcome his powerful and dangerous foe and return to Tempest before it is too late?
TheAwersome’s Thoughts (Mild Spoilers): It has been a long time since I’ve watched a show that caused me to be genuinely emotionally affected for days on end. Well, at least for the right reasons as opposed to “Why would the writers choose ___?!” that one happens every now and again. There’s some hard stuff that happens in this season but some truly great things as well. Slime succeeds where SAO fails in that it has interesting, believable very GOOD characters, and interesting, believable, very Evil antagonists. I feel a lot of Isekai, though having decently interesting protagonists, fall terribly flat on their villains. Slime did right by us on this part.
Where it maybe didn’t do as good of a job was almost Phantom Menace levels of political meetings. There were seriously like, four episodes straight of politics/recap, and that’s outside of the specifically designated recap episodes. Crazy satisfying and cathartic ending though.
TLDR: Higher levels of conflict, stakes, and emotion, while still maintaining Slime’s signature feel-good vibes (after all is said and done).
There is a somewhat standalone movie following this season, “The Scarlet Bond.”
Another thing I particularly liked about this season is the amount of screentime the side characters get; it really helps to flesh out their characters and give you a stronger connection to the world and general community of Tempest. I’m honestly wondering at this point if it’s smarter to watch The Slime Diaries before or after watching the second season. Because watching it beforehand makes the events of this season like watching somebody mug Fred Rogers, Bob Ross, and Steve Irwin all at the same time; it’ll rile you something fierce.
You’ll Probably Enjoy This if You Enjoyed:
- The First Season of That Time I Got Reincarnated As a Slime
- Actual come-uppance for villains being delivered such as in Overlord
- Interesting world-building and politics of Maquia