That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Episodes 5-8) – Destined to be with!
Things have been going well for Rimuru. The goblin village is coming along nicely, well… almost! If he can convince some master dwarves to come back with him and help teach the goblins, it’ll be much nicer.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Episodes 5-8)
Episode 5 – Hero King, Gazel Dwargo
They were just enjoying their drinks at Butterflies of the Night with the sexy elf girls when the guy that gave Kaijin the impossible order showed up and when he couldn’t lay into Kaijin, he turned his attention to Rimuru, even pouring his beer on top of him. Rimuru tried to remain calm, however, Kaijin had seen enough and knocked Vesta out. They were promptly arrested, forced into a sham trial, and then banished by the dwarven king, Gazel Dwargo. Gazel was disappointed in Vesta for his lies, but he was more concerned about Rimuru!
Episode 6 – Shizu
The group of adventurers that Rimuru saw in the caves were sent back into the Forest of Jura to investigate things there. A lone adventurer, Shizu approached them and asked if she could join them. On their first quest together, they managed to upset some giant ants. Shizu took out a large number of the ants but appeared to run out of power. Luckily, Rimuru arrived just in time to save the day. He invited the adventurers to his village and was shocked to discover that Shizu was also from Japan.
Episode 7 – Conqueror of Flames
The adventurers were about to leave the goblin village when Shizu fell to the ground. She appeared to be in pain. Then, she burst into flames having lost control of the fire spirit that dwelled with him. Her adventurer colleagues tried to get her back, but they were no match for Ifrit. Of course, Rimuru is ideally suited for this sort of combat thanks to his Thermal Fluctuation Resistance skill. Having defeated Ifrit, he consumes the spirit, freeing Shizu, but she’s not out of the woods yet!
Episode 8 – Inherited Will
Shizu is actually much older than she looks. She knew that this would likely be her last quest and her mission was to find her summoner and remind him that she was a person. That would have to wait. Shizu told Rimuru about her summoning and her early years serving Leon Cromwell. She revealed that she was saved by the legendary hero. Now, however, she was alone and tired of this world. Her final wish was that Rimuru would eat her so that she could be at peace inside him.
Destined to be with!
I knew that I would be focusing on Shizu in this look at That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime but it wasn’t any easier to watch than the first time. Maybe, it was even harder as I knew what was coming. One of the things that amazed me about Shizu’s arc was that it pretty much happened within four episodes and during that short time they made us care about her.
It started at Butterflies in the Night where one of the elves offered to read Rimuru’s future. She revealed the face of the person he was destined to be with. She looked Japanese, but since Rimuru is a slime and has other things to worry about he thought little of it. He certainly didn’t expect to meet her so soon after.
Shizu started as a fairly mysterious character. Our first sighting of her was at the beginning of episode one where we saw her consumed by the fire as she was summoned to this world. Of course, it would come to have some significance, but at that moment we were left to wait and see. The next time we saw Shizu was when she approached Ellen, Kabaru, and Gido, asking to join them on a quest to the Forest of Jura.
Her mask made her look quite intimidating. That coupled with her calm and considered way of speaking, it wasn’t hard to assume that there was something different about her. Could she be an assassin sent to get rid of Rimuru? It was certainly a possibility. However, when she met Rimuru and discovered that he had been reincarnated from Japan, she appeared to soften.
As we learnt more and more about Shizu it became apparent that she had suffered under the control of Leon Cromwell. He used her as a merciless weapon, even forcing her to burn up her friend and the monster pet they had just found. All this after being ripped from her home and her mother as they tried to flee the bombings of the second World War.
We’d already learnt a little about Summons from Veldora so Shizu’s stories confirmed everything, but they also showed us the details of just how hard and brutal it was. These are children taken from their world and turned into weapons. Presumably, many are simply discarded when they are unsuitable. Luckily for Shizu, she was abandoned by Leon Cromwell and then rescued by the legendary hero.
It was after that moment, that she dedicated herself to helping others and trying to find a way to send back the children that had been summoned. I’m sure all of this helped to make Shizu such a loved character, but I think it was the bittersweet fortune that Rimuru had received from the elves. He had found the person he was destined to be with forever.
However, it didn’t say how they would be together. Shizu’s dying request ensured that they would fulfil the fortune, but I can’t believe that Rimuru expected it to go this way. Upon her death, he use Predator to place her body in his endless stomach where she could rest for all time. A place where she was free to dream of her family. It’s not hard to see why Rimuru was crying.
Other Posts in the Series
- Season One
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Detail: when the fortune teller shows RImuru his destined one, Shizu is the last person the crystal ball focuses on. Before that, it shows her students. The first one it focuses on is actually Chloe. Naturally, everyone in the audience would focus on Shizu, but Chloe, I’m fairly certain, is the actual “destined one.”
Interesting. There are certainly a number of strange events revolving around Chloe later on such as the spirit that chose her. I feel like there’s going to be some time travel or something crazy later on and she’ll be at the centre of it.
Well, the mask which Rimuru inherits from Shizu, and then gives to Chloe, is imbued with time magic. So Rimuru gives the mask to Chloe, who, as the same Hero which defeats Veldora and saves Shizu, gives the mask to Shizu in the first place. And if that’s not confusing enough, it is the spirit of Chloe’s future self which possesses her.
So, I’m going with, “there’s some crazy time travel going on.”
I do love a bit of Timey-Wimey stuff.