When Geld is attacked by an unknown ogre, Rimuru and Benimaru are quick to investigate. They soon discover that he was one of Benimaru’s close friends from before the village was destroyed and he’s come asking for help…
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Movie) – Scarlet Bond
What did you watch?
It’s been over a year since I finished watching and reviewing season two of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. That was preceded almost immediately by a rewatch of season one and all of the OVAs. You could say I went for total immersion and I actually enjoyed it all so much more the second time around that I would even call it one of my favourite shows. So, when I saw there was a movie I dived in… well, I had to wait for it to become available after its brief run at the cinema and then I got distracted with other things. Whatever, I’ve seen it now and that means it’s time to talk about it. There will be spoilers.
An ogre mercenary in the employment of the Demon Lord Clayman attempted to flee when he heard about the plan to destroy the Forest of Jura with an orc army. However, he was tracked down and killed by one of Clayman’s generals. Unbeknownst to Clayman, the ogre was saved by a nearby kingdom. Raja is not a strong country, but its queen wields powerful magic. It was enough to name the ogre and save his life. He became the kijin known as Hiro. However, the queen’s magic comes with a curse that poisons the host. Only her bloodline can use it and without it, Raja would be buried beneath a poisonous cloud.
Hiro hoped to change the fortunes of the kingdom by approaching the Jura Tempest Federation. He hoped to be able to cultivate some of the Forest of Jura so that the people of Raja could grow their own food. However, on the way there, they encountered Geld and the orcs constructing a road. His fury at the orcs for destroying his home spilt out and he attacked. Benimaru was the first there and managed to defend Geld. That surprised Hiro, however, he was even more surprised to see that Benimaru was alive and that he had a name.
Once the dust had settled, Rimuru invited Hiro to meet with him over dinner. They discussed the queen of Raja and the plight of the land. The kijin in his service begged Rimuru to help. Of course, he had already decided to do so, but would it be as simple as it seemed?
What did you think?
So, I love the series, the characters, and the world, and this was basically more of the same so I’m already a big fan. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that there wasn’t a huge recap at the beginning that borrowed clips from the series. The movie tied in with everything that happened so that was nice too. On top of that, we got to see another of the primordial demons in Violet. I like that there are a lot of layers with things going on all over the place. Diablo continues to be a lot of fun too, especially how he reacts when Rimuru forgets he’s there. Sure, everything ended up being fairly easy, but that’s the way this show roles. The stakes aren’t that high and generally, the good guys win and the bad guys lose. Still, it’s a lot of fun.
What was your favourite moment?
Honestly, it’s just great seeing all the characters again and realising that they are exactly the same as the last time I saw them. I have to laugh every time Shion whips out some home baking she’s made that looks like ghoulish body parts surrounded by a purple haze and how everyone reacts to that. Shuna even abandons Rimuru rather than be forced to try some. And, as with most shows with an overpowered protagonist, it’s always a delight to see someone who thinks they’re super powerful come up against Rimuru and realise that they are less than a bug to him.
That said, I actually enjoyed the conspiracy that was behind the plight of Raja and how there were demons interfering with that too. I knew it wasn’t going to be over when Rimuru purified the water and destroyed the magic circle that was poisoning it. It was also fairly obvious that the doctor was one of the people behind everything. But as I mentioned earlier, the simplicity of this series is one of its strengths. That allows it to focus on world-building and political developments. It’s certainly not your typical epic fantasy.
What was your least favourite moment?
I was a little surprised at how quickly Hiro got over his hatred of the orcs. Some time had passed between the orcs destroying his village and his crossing paths with Geld so I can’t help but think he would have had a much harder time letting go of his anger. Similarly, there was a bunch of sacrificing of lives at the end of the show that became kind of meaningless as everyone ended up surviving. I liked that the queen used her magic to save Hiro at the expense of her own life, but that was undone by Violet who brought her back to life for the suffering she had endured because of her minion interfering with her contract. I get it, we don’t want to see good characters die. I went through that with Shion in season two, but sometimes it makes the story stronger. Just not Shion. Don’t ever think about killing Shion!
Who was your favourite character?
All of the original characters were featured and all were a lot of fun as usual. They have a great dynamic and wonderful chemistry. I feel like I should give this section to Hiro as this was really his movie. I can’t fault his desire to save the queen that saved him, however, I would question whether the queen would want to live on in his body knowing that her efforts had been wasted. More importantly, I was amazed that he was so easily tricked by Lacua. As such, I’m going to give it to Rimuru who was excellent as always and I’m enjoying Raphael’s personality too since the upgrade.
Who was your least favourite character?
For a primordial demon that is supposed to be watching over the royal family of Raja in the hopes of claiming a body of her own, Violet seemed to be rather unaware of what was actually going on there. How did she miss Lacua interfering with her plans? I was quite underwhelmed by Violet especially when she fought Diablo. Had he really powered up that much from Rimuru naming him and then Rimuru becoming a Demon Lord? Either way, she was supposed to be quite powerful but ended up a bit of a disappointment where as Lacua was just annoying.
Would you like some more?
Absolutely. I can’t see a time when I will stop wanting more. This series offers something that many other fantasy shows don’t. It’s certainly got an interesting niche. I like to mix up what I watch, taking in all sorts of genres and styles, so it’s nice to be able to watch different ideas playing out in what is my favourite genre – fantasy. After the second season ended, I said I would take whatever they give me and that sentiment stands. I’ve seen all the episodes, OVAs, and now the movie. I also have the first light novel on my shelf to get to at some point. And then, there’s also the manga. So, yeah, I’d like some more.
What have you learnt?
One thing that stands above all else in this series is the world-building. It’s done so well that they can add a new kingdom or area and it feel completely natural. They’ve thought about how this nation might work within the larger world. It’s not just a map with some castles dotted all over the place. These kingdoms have to work within the context of the world. They need a purpose to exist. In this instance, Raja was build on a gold mine. When the gold ran out, the prosperity dwindled, weakening the kingdom.
As with characters, you need to understand the places. For them to feel real, they need to be more than just a name. What does the kingdom do? Where do they get money, supplies, etc. There are many aspects that would dictate how and where settlements develop. One of the most common is at places where it became possible to cross a river. Many cities in Europe developed around these safe places to cross. Taking a little world knowledge and applying it to your fantasy world will make it feel real. The more believable you can make it, the less likely anyone is to question the addition of flying dragons.
Other Posts in the Series
- Season One
- Season Two
- Scarlet Bond
- Bonus Posts