Blaming himself for the death of his friends, Rimuru has come up with a plan on how to revive them. The odds are not good and he’ll have to become a Demon Lord to do it, which comes with its own price! Can he do it?
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Episodes 33-36)
Episode 33 – Putting Everything on the Line
Rimuru gathers his team around him and explains that he has a way to possibly revive Shion, Gobzo, and the others. To do it he will need to become a Demon Lord, but first, he needs to apologise for putting everyone in the position they now find themselves in. He explains that he was a human from another world who was reborn into this one as a slime and as such he still feels almost human at heart. Of course, he still dreams of breaking down the barriers between humans and monsters but realises that it is something for the future. For now, he must devour one thousand souls to become a Demon Lord and luckily, the army from Falmuth is more than twenty thousand strong.
Episode 34 – Megiddo
Everything is in place for Rimuru to return the fight to Falmuth. Benimaru marches into one camp and massacres one hundred Holy Knights. Soei and his shadows make quick work of another camp. Even Gabiru and his Dragonnewts obliterate their opposition. That just leaves Hakurou, Geld, Gobta, and Rigur who find themselves up against the three Otherworlders. Of course, there isn’t a magical barrier weakening them this time. Hakurou gets his rematch with Kyouya and it’s over in the blink of an eye. Geld takes the fight to Shougo who runs when he realises he’s going to lose. However, he finds Kirara and kills her to gain the Survivor skill. Unfortunately for him, that just means that Geld can pound on him for longer. Razen appears at the worst possible time and saves Shougo, although Hakurou gives him a warning about Rimuru before he leaves.
Episode 35 – Birth of a Demon Lord
Rimuru unleashed Megiddo upon the army of Falmuth and it doesn’t take long before he’s wiped out most of them. He swoops down to address the King and is not impressed with what he finds. The King attempts to claim that he was coming to see if they were friendly or not and that it was the Otherworlders that caused the problem. Rimuru uses the skill Merciless to kill everyone else in a heartbeat. The transformation to a Demon Lord begins making Rimuru weak. He calls on Ranga to get him home and bring the King and Arch Bishop as prisoners. Then, he summons a demon to find the survivor hiding among the bodies. And who should answer his call, but Black the Progenitor. Rimuru returns home and completes the transformation into a Demon Lord. All that’s left is to attempt to revive his friends!
Episode 36 – The One Unleashed
Rimuru regains consciousness and finds Shion watching over him. He’s amazed to see her once more, but then Benimaru seeks to spoil the reunion by testing whether Rimuru has kept his personality. Before it all began, Benimaru came up with a code to prove that he was still him, however, it wasn’t terribly flattering of Shion’s cooking. Rimuru managed to turn it back on Benimaru thanks to Raphael, the evolved form of Great Sage, who absolutely talks the same as before. Anyhow, Rimuru soon learns that Milim attacked Carrion and was aided by Frey. It looks like they are somehow being controlled by Clayman, which means Rimuru has three Demon Lords to deal with. He’s going to need some help. Luckily, the demon from early has stayed and seeks to serve Rimuru. On top of that, Raphael has been able to break the seal imprisoning Veldora.
What Would You Sacrifice for Family?
It’s been a long time coming, but this is the moment when That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime really took off. It’s what made me rewatch the entire series again before continuing any further. Most of the conflicts in this series have been resolved by removing the leader of the opponents and absorbing the others into his group. It’s worked really well so far, almost removing a lot of the tension, however, it’s been building to this moment.
Rimuru made an early declaration that they shouldn’t attack humans because he used to be one and still felt like a human inside. It worked for a while, but he forgot about how greedy and fearful people can be. All the hard work he put in building up the nation of Tempest came back to bite him when he inadvertently took a lot of trade away from the Kingdom of Falmuth. Aided by the Western Holy Church that sees monsters as an abomination, they sought a reason to attack and subjugate the monsters.
They were calculating in their attempt, separating Rimuru from the others and attacking them when they were weakened by the anti-magic barriers. Even then, they only just won, but it was a declaration of war or more like extermination. Rimuru blamed himself for what happened and no matter what his closest friends and allies said, it was his rule that cost them. He had to make up for it.
Rimuru came into this world alone and since then, he’s befriended several monsters, turning them into a surrogate family. Seeing his family attacked mercilessly by the people he hoped to develop friendships with must have been hard. Shion’s death alone would have been enough to trigger his response. She’s been with him non-stop. Hell, I would have become a Demon Lord to resurrect her!
I’m sure there will be criticism levelled against the moment that Rimuru decided to take the step towards becoming a Demon Lord as it may have seemed like an easy decision. In reality, it was. They broke into his home and killed his loved ones. They targetted anyone that got in the way, warriors, citizens, children. To top that off, they were coming back with an army to clean up any survivors. It was not a difficult decision for Rimuru. They made it easy for him.
If you could save your family, your loved ones by defeating an army intent on killing them, would you do it? Only you can answer for you, but I know what I would do. Admittedly, the writers made it an easy decision for the audience too by showing us the wicked Otherworlders and the disgusting banter between the soldiers. We only saw a few and none of them gave us cause to reconsider. Maybe it would have been more interesting seeing Rimuru come up against some soldiers that weren’t necessarily bad people.
The one thing it did do by presenting them this way was to make the way the monsters thought back to be that much more satisfying. After what the Kingdom of Falmuth did to them, I took immense pleasure in watching Rimuru and the others slaughter every last one of them. This was an incredible part of the story and will no doubt change a lot of the dynamics.
Rimuru is a Demon Lord and I’d argue a very powerful one. His unique skills are quite formidable and the resurrection of his citizens shows what level he’s on. When you add Diablo and Veldora to the mix, Rimuru is going to be a force to be reckoned with. At the end of the day, however, I’m just glad that Shion is back. Had it been anyone else, I may have been fine with their death. Sad, yes, but probably not ready to become a Demon Lord level of sadness.
Other Posts in the Series
- Season One
- Season Two
- Scarlet Bond
- Bonus Posts