There are so many characters in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and so many of them have struggled with screen time over the second season. Still, as season 2, part 2, of our isekai adventure comedy about a bouncing blue slime comes to a close I’m going to look at the best and worst of these characters.
Keep in mind, this is entirely my own opinion based only on watching the anime. Feel free to share your favourites or least favourites in the comments below.
Characters who I don’t really know much about (such as Diablo) ended up being left of the list and equally characters who have left so little impact on me that I just forgot about them entirely. I also left Yuuki Kaguarazaka off the list because I’m finding him interesting but he really hasn’t had enough time for me to really decide where he fits in on the list yet. Also, I decided not to rank Rimuru because as the protagonist he has way more screen time than anyone else. That said, he wouldn’t have been my favourite anyway.
Not the worst but most forgettable of the cast of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Sometimes it is worse to be forgettable rather than actually being a bad character. Poorly written characters may be laughable or distracting, but at least they are memorable and have an impact. What is kind of sad about the characters in this part of the list from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, is that they all started out quite interesting with great potential but then through character bloat ended up fading into the background until they were all but forgotten.
So who did I put in this section for forgettable characters?
Sadly Geld, Kaijin, Rigurd, and Gabiru all end up here.
There’s nothing wrong with any of these characters (okay Gabiru started out seriously annoying) but realistically during season two they’ve all just kind of faded out. Gabiru and Geld both got to at least join in with Benimaru’s branch of the fight but even then they didn’t get much screen time. Sadly, they go down as characters who aren’t bad but just don’t stick with me.
Worst Character from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime?
Hands down I have to give Clayman the prize for being the worst character in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. This isn’t because he’s a villain. It’s that he is a terrible villain and just a really dull character who seems to think he’s amazing.
That facing off against Clayman has been Rimuru’s driving force for the entire second part of season 2 is part of the reason I’ve found it so dull. Clayman isn’t worth this many episodes of build-up. He’s a bug. Squish him and move on.
These Characters Have A Lot More Potential
Tragically we then have three female characters who all seem like they could be really interesting and fun if only they were given more time and more opportunities.
Firstly, Ramiris, who is a demon-lord and a fairy and yet is used for increasingly lame jokes and other than showing up and exposition dumping gets very little opportunity to do anything of interest in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.
Here’s a character who could be used amazingly well, has power enough to keep up with the main characters and a whole raft of life experience, and she’s pretty much just comic relief and convenient exposition girl.
Equally Mjurran who played a pivotal role in the events of part 1 of season 2 of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime has some pretty cool power and while she was previously working under Clayman it wasn’t voluntarily.
Let’s be real, a double agent character should be interesting and someone with that much power should feel like a real asset to the story. Instead, Mjurran kind of felt like a damsel in distress trope that was in the wrong plot and since being ‘rescued’ she’s become background character and almost entirely silent. What a waste of a potentially interesting and different character.
I’ll hope she gets more to do in the future.
Likewise, we finally got to see a little bit of what Shuna can do in episode 45 of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2. And she is amazing.
But most of the time she is fixing clothing, cooking, or standing quietly in the background. Considering she was one of the ogres who originally joined with Rimuru, it seems Shuna has really done the least for the plot. If we could get more opportunities for her to show off her actual strength or even just participate more in the conversations she could be an amazing character.
Just not there yet.
Solid Supporting Cast
The three beastketeers came in to the story after Clayman destroyed their kingdom and honestly, they aren’t amazing characters but they are at least doing their job solidly as supporting characters.
Their motives are clear and they’ve made a decent contribution to the war effort even if their power is nowhere on the same level as the majority of Rimuru’s team.
All three have been given enough personality to stand out, visually they each have their own look, and it was satisfying seeing That Time I Reincarnated as a Slime giving the Beastketeers a chance for a little payback even if ultimately they didn’t get to save the day.
Familiar Favourites from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
The characters here are all entertaining in their own way and honestly any one of them could be a really great character if they were given more screen time. But each of these guys makes a solid contribution to the team and has had at least a couple of moments of glory along the way so I’d have to say they are all pretty likeable.
Let’s start with the old ogre who terrifies his subordinates with his training techniques, Hakurou. While he might be sending tremors down the spines of those who train with him, he’s frequently underestimated by his enemies in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, which mostly proves there is no anime in this world. Let’s be real, anime watchers know there is nothing scarier than an old guy with a sword.
Equally noteworthy is Shion with her hot temper and ability to kill with her cooking. She’s also one of a very small number of female characters who actually gets to go full-on in combat and with her distinctive wardrobe she certainly leaves an impression.
Veldora and Shion have kind of instantly developed an odd couple kind of pairing but what they both have in common is there ability to go from 0 to full on explosive rage in about a second which makes them both pretty fun at times.
Speaking of Veldora, he’s also in this section. The terrifying dragon is now a manga addicted guy who likes to laugh a lot but is still amazingly powerful. I’m not quite sure That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime knows exactly what to do with Veldora outside of jokes and the occasional fight so he largely ends up just off to the side.
I’m also placing Ranga in this section because I love Ranga but honestly he’s just become Rimuru’s transportation who gets a very occasional line of dialogue. I’d like Ranga to get to do more but for now I’m just going to be happy that he’s still in the story and hasn’t been squeezed out entirely.
Finally, Gobuta. He gets some solid comedic moments and even finally got an amazingly cool moment in one of the fights during season 2 part 2. He’s not main character material but as a supporting cast member he’s one of the best.
Can These Characters from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Get Their Own Show?
Let’s hear it for these characters that even in an overcrowded cast manages to stand out and leave a strong impression.
Starting with the incredibly overpowered Benimaru. In any other anime, this guy would be the protagonist. He’s a solid leader, he’s confident bordering on cocky, and he can back it up with some really incredible power.
Seriously, give him his own spin-off and Benimaru could really do an amazing job. In That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime he often gets overlooked because he’s letting other characters have their moment or he’s passed over so Rimuru can stand out, but we should never forget that Benimaru is practically a force of nature in his own right.
Then we have Milim, demon lord with a terrible fashion sense (you won’t convince me there’s any practical reason for that outfit) but who is super fun when she’s around. She’s Rimuru’s self-proclaimed bestie and you can tell she loves having a friend like Rimuru.
Still, don’t ever forget she’s one of the older and more powerful demon lords because when she means business she can reconfigure the geography of a kingdom without really trying. This makes her one awesome character to watch as she goes from wide-eyes and adorable anime girl to city destroying monster without much of a pause between.
Another character who left a huge impression though her appearance was limited to season one of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Shizue. Her death has remained a major motivator for so much of the story that followed and was still one of the most solid emotional moments that the series has pulled off.
And lastly, I’d like to give a shout-out to the Great Sage who seriously is an amazing character despite being a disembodied voice illustrated usually only through text on the screen.
My Personal Favourite and Pick for Best Character?
I have to give this to Souei.
I’ll admit, not the strongest or flashest of the ogre characters, Souei is one of those characters I just liked from the beginning. His character design is very cool and I love that he’s dashing about the place gathering intelligence and always where he’s needed. While he never gets to be front and centre, not really the type of character he is, I’ve enjoyed him every time he’s appeared.
I was also kind of happy he got to go with Shuna on her recent expedition because it gave him a few moments to shine as well, even if he was once again overshadowed by another character.
If I could have any wish for the next season of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime it would definitely be more Souei.
Disagree with my list? How do you rank these characters?
Images from: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2. Dir. Y Kikuchi. 8bit. 2021.
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