How Even The Best Laid Plans Can Be Derailed by Idiots

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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 12 Review

With the dryad making her request of Rimuru and the kijin being pretty onboard with the plan of taking out the orc lord, it seems it is fairly inevitable that we’ll get a battle between Rimuru’s group and the orc army. Still, allies are nice and while Rimuru doesn’t want to deal with the idiot Gabiru, he does send someone to talk to the chief of the Lizardmen and they hammer out an alliance of sorts. All looks to be going well in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, until Gabiru decides (or rather is very easily manipulated) into stuffing everything up.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 12 Souei

Characters like Gabiru really annoy me but at the same time they aren’t actually badly written characters. They really do reflect those people you meet in life who think they are all that and can do no wrong. Those people who charge into things believing it will work out because ‘how could it not’ but generally speaking then blame others for their failures or have a whole bag of excuses as to why something wasn’t their fault. 

Just look at Gabiru’s explanation as to why he lost to Gobta.

I might have worked with a few people just like Gabiru. They are more annoying in real life.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 12 Gabiru

And while Gabiru eats a lot of screen time in the second half, this isn’t actually a problem because it is doing exactly what it needs to do. It is escalating the situation. Rimuru already had to deal with the orc army and the orc lord. He thought he had an alliance of Lizardmen waiting for his arrival, and now the lizards are under new leadership, stirring up the orc army and actually providing food for them (gross) and there’s almost no chance of them being able to join up. While I wouldn’t go so far as to call the situation tense, Slime doesn’t take itself seriously enough to actually have tension, it is certainly at least building up this threat as at least something that might vaguely threaten if not Rimuru then perhaps those that follow him.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 12 Rimuru

I am definitely enjoying Slime more at the moment than I was and unlike other shows this season that started reasonably well but have kind of gone nowhere or downhill (looking at you Index and SAO), this one seems to keep building on its world, characters and ideas and gets more interesting with time.

11 thoughts on “How Even The Best Laid Plans Can Be Derailed by Idiots

  1. Agree with what you say here… But looming over everything is Rimiru’s general omnicompetence and what essentially amount to invulnerability. It makes it hard to take any tension seriously.

  2. Gotta love those people who can do no wrong. I used to have an employee like that nothing was ever his fault. The best were his excuses! He was late for work for every shift and every time I would think “what will the story be today??” I actually looked forward to it!! Sure enough he would come huffing in, angry and spouting elaborate stories of old ladies, road closures, etc. I would enjoy the entertainment while thinking “… Dude. Just leave your house earlier!”

    1. Oh yes. I have one of those that I work with. They come in each morning with every excuse under the sun for being late. We live in a town where literally everything is five minutes away or you are outside of town. There’s no excuse for someone who lives in town to be late, ever. People out of town on the other hand get cut off a lot so no one actually expects them to be on time.

  3. Gabiru demonstrates the truth Rimuru was talking about when he quoted Napoleon concerning incompetent allies, as well as the tragic truth of how vain and stupid young folks can be when they stop listening to their elders.

  4. It sounds like this one is finding its stride. I think I first heard of it through an advert for the light novels (or it amy have been a Manga, I can’t remember). It’s such a daft concept, but it sounds like it has the potential to be a lot of fun. And yeah, the ‘can do no wrong’ type. I’ve known a few of them in my life.

    1. This one does seem to have found its stride and while I’m still not going to be joining the Rimuru fan club anytime soon, I’m starting to quite enjoy the anime each week and look forward to the next episode.

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