Halkara continues to be the low point of the series.
At episode 6, the mid-way point for this series, it has very much established itself as perfectly mediocre in almost every regard. It is moderately funny and moderately calming to watch. It has a low-key interesting fantasy world that it doesn’t do a huge amount to explore and it has some decentish characters that don’t get enough development. Basically, it remains very watchable and honestly will be quite the bingeable anime for when you want to relax but as a weekly show each individual episode does not pack enough punch.
That said, I do know which character remains the one I dislike the most, and that is Halkara. Since her arrival she’s been treated as the butt of so many jokes, a lot of which haven’t landed, and then they spent another episode possessing her with a ghost. Now we have the set-up of the characters going to the demon-kingdom for Azusa to accept an award and we have the instant foreshadowing of Beelzebub pointing out the demons won’t hurt them as long as they are basically polite. All the characters cast worried looks at Halkara and her fate is set and so begins the slow process to getting to the point where they actually drop the axe, which in this case is actually the end of the episode setting up a cliff-hanger conclusion for the first time in I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years’ run time.
The problem is, I kind of don’t care if Halkara actually does face a consequence given her blunder is so incredibly avoidable and I just don’t like her as a character. Ultimately, that makes what could have been one of the more dramatic moments of this series fall flat and I found I actually enjoyed the episode more when Azusa was playing dress-up with Rosalie, the ghost-girl who joined the cast.
It isn’t often I prefer the slice-of-life moments of characters just going about the day to day more than actual plot developments but that is where we are. Slime 300 does slice-of-life well. It does relaxing over a meal with incidental conversation well. It does cute slime-spirit girls well. It doesn’t do drama well. Or at least, it certainly hasn’t yet.
However, I would be remiss not to talk about the highlight of the episode. The night scene when the characters were riding the leviathan to the demon-kingdom. That was an incredibly pretty nightscape and it felt almost wasted. This beautiful set-piece and it was used for one incidental conversation that barely set-up a really lame fake-out joke. Admittedly, it doesn’t change the fact that it was beautiful and undeniably the show-stealing moment of the episode.
I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level remains an anime that more or less delivers what you expect and it does it well enough that there’s not really any reason to complain. It never promised to be a brilliant character drama so the fact that it isn’t shouldn’t be a problem. What it is, for the most part, is a relaxing watch with a largely charming female cast and the occasional bit of magical shenanigans. And largely it succeeds at what it attempts to do.
Images used for review from: I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level. Dir. N Kimura. Revoroot. 2021.
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