Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Reminiscence Arc Review: A Special From The Irregular at Magic High School

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Reminiscence Arc Review

The Irregular at Magic High School or Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei was an anime I quite enjoyed however rather than getting a straight sequel we instead had quite a long gap before finally the Visitor Arc appeared finally continuing the story. Then we got the spin-off, Mahouka Koukou no Yuutousei which just didn’t quite hit the spot. Now we have the Reminiscence Arc which is essentially a prequel framed through a reminiscence the current Miyuki is having. And it is only a one hour special so it isn’t exactly going for a deep dive but there is the promise of more Irregular to come so maybe I’ll just have to be patient.

I’m so good at that.

Reminiscence Arc

Reminiscence Arc examines the trip Miyuki and Tatsuya took together to Okinawa and the incident that occurred there.

Basically, Reminiscence Arc wants to explain how Miyuki ended up being completely obsessed with her older brother Tatsuya, give a small amount of insight into the family behind the scenes, and give us a little more back story on how Tatsuya became the fairly emotionless, overpowered main character he becomes and just why he seems to care so much about Miyuki’s safety.

As a gap filler it is perfectly serviceable and if you were going through a check list of wanting answers you could tick most of them off by the end. However you could just as easily put the information out in a wiki so that real question is whether or not they’ve woven an entertaining enough story around which this information is evealed.

On that point mileage may vary.

Reminiscence Arc

While Reminiscence Arc sets the scene well demonstrating tensions between Miyuki and Tatsuya as well as the very strained family dynamic that they exist within there’s a lot of plot convenience going on here. Miyuki’s internal thoughts are very much for the benefit of the audience more than her given so much of what seems to cross her mind for the first time is something she really shouldn’t just be thinking for the first time having lived with this situation for seven years.

More than that, her conveniently walking into the beach thugs, who naturally then go straight to picking a stereotypical fight, and those same thugs ending up being employed at the military base they visit later but there’s seemingly no problem that a soldier picked a fight with a child on the beach… It’s all a bit artificial and exists only to allow the story to happen pushing the characters toward the final conflict where Miyuki and their mother are placed in danger and Tatsuya has to go and destroy the enemy while Miyuki gets a history lesson from mother dearest.

Reminiscence Arc

On that note, can we put their mother down in the list of worst anime parents ever. I mean, it was kind of obvious from the previous narrative arcs that the family were pretty awful but finding out just how cold their family really have been to Tatsuya and how they’ve shaped him into being who he is was pretty horrific. That Tatsuya even saved her life after the attack at the base is kind of amazing given everything (then again, he isn’t holding grudges because that would require him to have emotions toward her).

Reminiscence Arc

The final conflict in Reminiscence Arc is similar to previous ones where Tatsuya has finally gotten serious, although he is clearly younger and less experienced here. Still, if you like watching Tatsuya clean up the rubbish then Reminiscence Arc has you covered.

The framing with Tatsuya and Miyuki in the present day returning to Okinawa works well enough but really isn’t actually necessary as it adds little to the reminiscence itself. It won’t even really help people who haven’t seen the rest of the story catch up as there just isn’t enough information and those who have seen the rest of the story don’t need it.

Still, I enjoyed this. I kind of wish we could just get another series of Irregular but as a stand alone encounter Reminiscence Arc hits the right notes and the character information was appreciated.

Images from: Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Reminiscence Arc. Dir R Yoshida. 8Bit Studio. 2021

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(Tensura 2) That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2 Series Review

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2 Series Review

It seems like part 2 of season 2 of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime has many of the same issues I identified with part one (which means if you enjoyed part one you probably won’t be worried about them at all). I’m still wondering why they split this into two parts and more wondering about the overall pacing of Rimuru’s story at this point, but overall watching Tensura 2 Part 2 has remained enjoyable enough while not quite being what I want from a fantasy isekai.

There will be some spoilers in the review.

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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2

The simple truth – That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2 is watchable (even enjoyable) but is not unmissable.

The story in part 2 picks up almost immediately after the events of part one with all of the characters revived and everyone more or less relaxing as Rimuru makes a side-trip to release Veldora like he promised way back when.

Part of me wanted a lot more from Veldora’s character given this dragon had been so incredibly built up by the way others spoke about him, however That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is a comedy and never misses an opportunity to reverse your expectations. Instead of Veldora being a game-changing introduction, he quickly takes the form of a human and spends the majority of this season lounging around becoming addicted to manga.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2

I would say this was a waste of a potentially fantastic character (as many characters in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime end up feeling underused just due to the sheer number of characters the story has in it) except that all of this lead up (episode after episode of Veldora being background) ends up culminating during the climax with Veldora delivering an anime inspired attack that just made me laugh out loud. It may have been a lot of build up but in this case the pay-off was nearly worth it with that being one of the best moments for the Summer 2021 season.

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Perhaps that is an overall problem with That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime in anime form. This whole second season is essentially build up to concluding the fight that Clayman has started by orchestrating the attack on Rimuru’s city (Jura Tempest Federation). And it’s all well and good to spend a whole half-season on a build up to a battle (let’s be honest plenty of shounen will spend longer setting up a decent smack-down), too much of this season is spent with characters kind of talking about doing things and planning and it isn’t particularly riveting viewing.

Also, Clayman remains a pretty lame antagonist. Sure viewers realise he isn’t the final boss and is just being used but that doesn’t make his screen time any better. He’s the only face of the villains we really get and he’s just so pathetic you can’t take him or his minions seriously leading to a serious lack of tension in all this build-up.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2

That the final battles are more or less Rimuru’s overpowered minions steam-rolling over Clayman’s less than willing followers means that we had nearly three-quarters of this season as build up for a non-event. Rimuru’s battle with Clayman himself was given a little more emphasis but again there was little doubt as to the outcome.

Then again, plot and pacing have never been That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime’s strong points. It kind of gets by on the charm of its cast and the humour. It’s not meant to be taken seriously but rather to be enjoyed. The final episodes of this season more or less remember that and bring us a few solid character moments as well as some good punch-lines, but the first half the season suffers from the absence of charm. The cast are there but given little to work with.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2

As a continuation of the franchise it works. Particularly knowing we will get yet more Slime in the future so this isn’t actually the end of the anime. But as an individual viewing experience, Season 2 Part 2 of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is lacking.

But let’s give a shout out to Milim who managed to steal the spot-light late in the series and was largely responsible for the charm and fun of the final episodes. Combine her presence with Veldora finally getting his moment and Rimuru doing what he does best, utterly destroying his enemies, and I can’t really argue against how this season wrapped up.

Milim - Tensura 2 Episode 43

In fact, the final episodes of this season reminded me well and truly of how fun That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime can be and turned my maybe I won’t watch the next season (or at least wait and binge it) to ‘okay, I’m going to keep watching this franchise’. Which, given my earlier feelings in the season when it felt a little devoid of fun was quite the feat.

But all long running anime do have slumps in their flow and pace. The better shows recover from them and hopefully whatever the next arc of this story is will wash away any final concerns. What I do know is that this arc against Clayman wasn’t Slime at its best. It had moments where the cast got to shine and the humour worked but it can do better and hopefully this is as poor a showing as this story has to offer.

As to everything else, the character designs and animation are what you would expect from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. I continue to enjoy the colours in this anime and the fights remain flashy and pretty fun to watch. It is amazing that with such a large cast they have managed to distinguish each character and you seldom get confused about who is who (though I do regularly forget the names of less frequent appearing characters).

Tensura OP - Rimuru

The real highlight of the season 2 part 2 though is the opening theme, Like Flames. Seriously, its an awesome song and that it plays over the final clashing battle works very well. Also, the visuals in the OP are pretty amazing. This was one opening I never skipped during the Summer 2021 season because it was just great to listen to.

Anyway, if you have watched That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime so far, season 2 part 2 will continue the story for you and give you more time to hang with these characters. While it may not be a standout arc for the series it isn’t bad watching and the ending of the season almost makes up for the slow build-up. Let’s hope the next instalment of this franchise delivers more fun moments with these characters.

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(Tensura 2) That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2 Episode 48 Impressions

Tensura 2 Episode 48 Review

While I haven’t been the greatest fan of this season (or part season) of Tensura, the final episode of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2 at least delivered on defeating the current bad guy, resolving Rimuru’s place with the other demon lords, and provided a bit of set-up for future issues to be dealt with in the inevitable follow up seasons or movies or whatever else they choose to do.

At the very least, I can’t complain they didn’t close the lid of Clayman’s role in this story.

Tensura 2 Episode 48

Tensura 2 provided satisfaction with an obvious resolution.

After the build up, beginning of the fight, and even the final transformation of Clayman in the previous episode of Tensura, you might have been expecting an epic battle. However, Clayman has always been a bit of a pathetic adversary and what we got was a pathetic end to a pathetic character and weirdly that felt kind of cathartic.

From start to finish in this short and one-sided final confrontation, Rimuru dominated the scene and Clayman’s increasingly pathetic attempts at escape and/or begging for rescue were mere background noise as our overpowered slime/newly minted demon-lord took him out.

Tensura 2 Episode 48

However, I did have one moment of panic while watching this episode of Tensura. After the fight, the demon lords all sat down at the table and it seemed like we were about to be stuck watching another meeting.

Fortunately, this one was brief, simply wrapped up some key points such as officially recognising Rimuru, a couple of other demon-lords more or less retiring underneath Milim, and Rimuru granting the group a new name given there were no longer ten of them. Actually, it did provide some closure on this whole arc really with Rimuru starting Tensura Season 2 Part 2 by becoming a demon lord and it ending with his official recognition. I like closure and even though the real mastermind is still out there, this felt like enough.

Tensura Season 2 Episode 48

The after meeting sequence with Lapace trying to sneak in once again and being confronted was a decent enough set-up and continuation of a threat that has yet to be dealt with and the follow up here was actually pretty surprising. It was a decent enough scene for sequel baiting and honestly tied in enough with existing story threads while not feeling like it was just completely left unresolved.

Then of course we had Rimuru return home to his devoted cult (no, followers… friends… citizens?) and we get a final shot of him flying through the blue sky reflecting on how he came to this point. Again, closure. It is kind of nice to get it.

Tensura 2 Episode 48

While this wasn’t the strongest season of Tensura by any means, it left me feeling like it wasn’t a waste of time so despite some misgivings, I’ll probably watch whatever the next instalment of this franchise is.

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(Tensura 2) That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2 Episode 47 Impressions

Tensura 2 Episode 47

You know, I haven’t been the biggest fan of Tensura 2 part 2, but the episode this week definitely gave me my very favourite moment from this franchise and one of the best laughs I’ve had this season.

While I was expecting a climatic smack down this week, I wasn’t expecting some of the best comedy moments from the season to occur during the course of the episode. And yet, Tensura 2 delivered some decent fights and for some reason finally remembered it is supposed to be a comedy.

Best moment from this season.

Veldora has felt a little, okay a lot, underused since his release from his prison. Admittedly, the concept of an all powerful evil dragon becoming addicted to manga is very much in line with Tensura 2’s usual desire to give us opposite features and play it for laughs, but he’s really not done much at all.

Yet, in one hilarious fight sequence with Milim he’s managed to make me laugh and has made him my pick for best character of the season. Here’s a dragon fighting a demon-lord and having a blast doing it while calling out a range of attack names straight out of other manga and anime. It was perfect and if the rest of the season had even been half this entertaining That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2 would have been quite the enjoyable watch.

Tensura 2 - Rimuru gives instructions to Veldora

Was the penultimate episode of Tensura 2 Part 2 enough?

If we look at this episode of Tensura 2 simply as a way to get to the final episode of the season, it serves its purpose well. It is a fun and exciting episode, allows some of our cast to show off some moves and resolves all but a handful of issues. It also leaves us with a villain transforming into a monstrous form right at the end giving us something to look forward to next week even though the outcome seems a foregone conclusion.

Still, this episode probably isn’t going to make you forget the slow grind to get here. Nor will it overcome the fact that the reason this episode was so fun is because we really did narrow the focus down to a handful of cast members from the giant cast. So many characters are nowhere to be seen having been sent off on other missions (some we’ve seen the outcome of).

Tensura 2 Episode 47

More importantly, this episode of Tensura 2 finally addresses the whole Milim getting brainwashed issue and Milim, when she’s Milim, is always a bit of a fun character. She instantly lifts the mood in the final third of this episode and helps to remind us how much fun this anime can be.

If I was to raise one complaint about this episode, and it really isn’t a complaint, it is that Rimuru doesn’t do much. He directs his forces and he did undo one of Clayman’s spells, but it is quite clear they’ve held off on Rimuru really getting involved in the fight and saved that for the final showdown. It’s a pretty predictable move and the end result is you have to wonder whether or not this all could have been over if Rimuru had decided to deal with things more directly.

Instead he is kind of reduced to over the top reactions that aren’t quite as funny as some of the other moments in the episode.

Rimuru - Tensura 2

Naturally, because it seems Clayman’s time is coming to a close, we suddenly get some more backstory. Too little, too late to make me care about the smug jerk and his inevitable defeat. But I guess it is a standard trope of the genre I just hope they don’t fill the next episode with it and rather just get on with ending this particular arc. It would be nice also to see the core cast reunite one final time before the season’s end.

Anyway, what did you enjoy about the episode and what do you want to see in the final?

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(Tensura 2) That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2 Episode 46 Impressions

Tensura 2 Episode 46 Review

It’s probably a good thing Clayman isn’t a lawyer. Or anyone who has to present a logical argument. While Tensura 2 has tried to market Clayman as the great manipulator, he really is kind of a let-down in that he hasn’t got contingency plans and he really hasn’t even checked that his actual plans are coming to fruition before he lays out a paper-thin case against Rimuru before the other demon-lords.

Tensura 2 - Clayman presents his 'evidence'

Not that it seems like they particularly care about evidence. Clayman claims Rimuru killed his subordinate, Rimuru calls him a liar and says she’s alive, but nobody cares about evidence in this episode of Tensura 2. Instead this heads where it inevitably was going to, a fight between the two.

Doesn’t it make you feel kind of sad that these massively powerful beings who have so much influence over the world can’t think of a better way to settle a situation other than gather their forces and get into a smack down?

Then again, It did make this one of the more interesting episodes of the season.

Will Rimuru maintain his plot armour in the final episodes of Tensura 2 Part 2?

Rimuru - Tensura 2

We already know that Tensura 2 is a little too fond of its characters and seems fairy unwilling to let even minor cast members be permanently cut down (unless they oppose Rimuru in which case they can be taken out without hesitation).

That kind of sucks any tension that might exist in this match up between Milim, Clayman and others with Rimuru and his entourage. Which again, kind of sucks because Milim vs Rimuru could be such an epic match-up.

Even without any real fear of danger befalling our ‘hero’ it was a pretty fun fight to watch playout.

Tensura 2 - Milim vs Rimuru

Knowing it hasn’t yet come to an end certainly makes you want to watch next week to see how the fight concludes. I mean, one assumes that Rimuru is going to figure out how to snap Milim out of her brainwashing and then the both of them will throttle Clayman, but how that comes about is yet to be seen.

Then again, maybe Tensura 2 actually has a surprise in store for us and Milim is just gone. (I kind of doubt it.)

What about Clayman?

Clayman has so far proven a disappointing adversary at every turn and while it is clear there is someone else behind him, honestly I just want him to pose a more credible threat.

He talks to much.

He has a superiority complex.

He doesn’t verify the success of his plan before moving on to the next step.

When challenged on key points of his story, he has no back up and reacts really badly under pressure.

I actually don’t think Tensura 2 could have presented a less interesting threat and about the only noteworthy point is that Milim is in fact under his control, which is only noteworthy because of her relationship to Rimuru.

Tensura 2 - Clayman

I’m struggling to find a positive with Clayman. I kind of want him to get quickly and decisively cut down but I somehow suspect he’ll have one final desperate plan which will probably involve him transforming into something really big and stupid and still being more or less instantly erradicated.

That is of course just pure speculation.

Also, I kind of wanted more from the other demon lords. Most of them didn’t even speak let alone contribute anything after their introductions.

Tensura 2 Episode 46

And with two episodes left in this season of Tensura 2 it seems unlikely that these characters will actually get fleshed out in any meaningful way.

Still we have the conclusion of the Milim and Rimuru fight to look forward to and that’s enough to keep me happy for now.

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(Tensura 2) That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2 Episode 45 Impressions

Tensura 2 Episode 45 Review

With only a handful of episodes to go Tensura 2 seems to be moving things along with Shuna, Souei and Hakurou moving on Clayman’s castle while Rimuru goes to the meeting of the demon-lords and sees Milim’s current condition, though even that isn’t enough to really list the episode.

Tensura 2 - Veldora reading still

I will definitely give this episode points because Shuna’s face-off against the skeleton priest thing (one of Clayman’s fingers) was very impressive and Shuna’s a character who spends far too much time in the background making clothing or other things while everyone else gets to be awesome. However, outside of that, this episode left me feeling pretty flat.

Has the charm worn of Tensura 2?

I’m not that worried though given long running shows tend to do this to me in that their energy spikes and falls and if I were watching this whole season in a binge session it wouldn’t feel anywhere near as drawn out as it does watching it weekly. That said, if (when) there’s eventually a third season of Tensura 2 I probably won’t be diving in for episodic viewing and will probably just binge it at the end.

If I’m really honest, even season one had a few dips in it in terms of how interesting I found it. As much as Tensura is very popular I will admit I find it a charming watch but I’m not a manic fan of the franchise and if it were to disappear I probably wouldn’t remember it for very long.

But let’s take the episode in order.

Tensura 2 Episode 45 - Shuna

Shuna’s journey to Clayman’s base isn’t exactly fraught with danger given they overcome the challenge fairly readily and easily, but it was still so nice just seeing her out and about.

And honestly, anyone who claims not to have been impressed by her magical feats against the skeleton guy either didn’t watch the episode or is just too hard to impress. Shuna was awesome. If only she wasn’t sharing an anime with Benimaru and Rimuru she could have been an amazing protagonist all on her own.

Tensura 2 Episode 45

Of course, much like last episode where Benimaru mopped up the battle in the canyon, I kind of felt sorry for the supporting characters this week. instead of the beastketeers, this time it is Souei and Hakurou who are forced very much into supporting roles in this battle and neither really get to do anything truly amazing (though Souei’s ease of slicing and dicing a death dragon could have been impressive if it didn’t get straight back up).


Considering both of those characters are very impressive fighters and Souei is a character I genuinely like in Tensura 2 but don’t think he gets anywhere near enough screen time, they both felt criminally underused in this episode.

The skeleton guy’s radical personality change also kind of felt a little bit on the cheap side this week though did give me a bit of a laugh (and laughs have been a little few and far between recently for Tensura so I won’t turn my nose up at it).

Tensura 2 Episode 45

With that battle wrapped and the characters heading toward the fortress, we cut back to Rimuru heading into the meeting with the demon lords and he faces up to the guy who was responsible for Shizue.

Honestly, this feels like an underwhelming confrontation and while I get now probably isn’t the time or place for Rimuru to really pursue this issue, it all just felt a little anti-climatic. Tensura 2 part 2 hasn’t had any solid emotional notes really to hold it together and it felt like Rimuru should have had a stronger reaction (though I do get time and place).

Tensura 2 Episode 45

Then we have Clayman arrive and they are still trying to make this guy look like walking scum as he slaps Milim in the head. As I’ve said in an earlier review, we already hate Clayman but they really aren’t doing subtle. But if we want to know how people react to the obviously bewitched Milim and the cocky Clayman I guess we’ll have to wait for the next episode.

I kind of wish I was more excited but honestly I’m just kind of waiting this one out and hoping Tensura 2 manages to end on a hight note.

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(Tensura 2) That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2 Episode 44 Impressions

Tensura 2 Episode 44 Review

I get that Tensura 2 has a large cast and is actually more a comedic slice of life than an action epic, but at some point you have to wonder if there really has ceased being any point in following along.

As the three bestketeers face off against their opponents this week, supported by various other characters, we more or less get three forgettable encounters.

Tensura 2 Episode 44

Firstly we have the white tiger girl and Gabiru facing off against Milim’s dragon priests. Only the priests don’t really care about the outcome of the fight given they are fairly certain that Milim doesn’t want to fight Rimuru and all the extras are more or less dropped before we even come into the situation. Then the main bald priest guy is more just wanting to play rather than taking the fight in anyway seriously.

While it is great that not ever opponent is just straight up evil or killed, this felt like such an empty encounter. When the potential big-bad rose toward the end of the episode and the priests all got up and just healed all of Rimuru’s crew that were hurt and they all banded together it just felt like everything in this situation had been mostly meaningless.

Was this encounter in Tensura 2 at least entertainingly meaningless?

I guess that depends.

It was nice to see that Gabiru has continued to grow as a character from where we first met him back in season one. I don’t really have an opinion on the white tiger girl so really didn’t get a lot out of her scenes. The dragon priests of Milim might become interesting depending on where the story goes with them, but right now they are just another extra moving part in a story packed full of characters and factions.

Tensura 2 Episode 44

Tensura 2 also continued the fight with the snake girl and the ice sword guy. Though, after being completely outclassed, ice sword guy more or less tried to surrender before Clayman, true to his nature, turned on his own subordinate. As I said last week, we really don’t need any more reasons to hate Clayman but Tensura 2 feels the need to make him seem despicable at every single turn.

Likewise, the encounter with the masked pair in the forest was kind of a one-sided fight before they more or less decided they were done and disappeared.

Tensura 2 Episode 44

So to summarise, the Beastketeers pretty much lost all three encounters in Tensura 2 as one opponent didn’t fight, the second one turned into a giant monster that another character took care of (and lets discuss that in a moment) and the final fight saw the opponents beat them down and then calmly leave.

About the only actual moment of cool we get this week is that Benimaru, cocky as he was about the outcome of this fight, more or less demonstrates that he needs to be the protagonist in his own anime right now and not playing second fiddle to a slime given he’s pretty much an unstoppable force of nature in his own right.

And I’d be more critical of that except it was very cool.

Tensura 2 Episode 44

However, from a narrative point of view we’re still left with another situation where the guy with the ice-sword was built up as a threat and then disposed of so easily. This is much like the three characters who were all reincarnated that attacked Rimuru’s city. They were introduced as potentially the next real threat and then ended up being summarily disposed of within a handful of episodes. It almost makes you wonder why they bothered to introduce them at all.

Was Benimaru’s moment of cool in Tensura 2 Episode 44 enough to make this episode exciting?

Possibly yes, but overall I’m still very luke-warm about this second season of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime .

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(Tensura 2) That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2 Episode 43 Impressions

Tensura 2 Episode 43 Review

I’m wondering when Benimaru got so incredibly cocky, though given how Tensura 2 has been going I guess having supremely overconfident supporting characters is just par for the course at this point. Though, in any other show, someone acting that confident that they were about to win a war would most definitely be smacked down my instant karma.

Tensura 2 Episode 43 - Benimaru

Tensura 2 – Where the ‘heroes’ have a lot of traits in common with standard villains.

In addition to superb overconfidence we also have underhanded tactics and Benimaru doesn’t actually join the fighting himself this week, though I suspect he’s probably going to have to involve himself eventually.

Anyway, after all of the chatter of the past few weeks, Tensura 2 has at least finally kicked off its war though we do still have Rimuru doing some magic to ensure the dryad can accompany the fairy and we also have a brief glimpse of Milim as Rimuru is told about her subordinates. The pose he visualises her in is probably completely irrelevant to the thought process at hand but there’s really no other reason for Milim to wear that outfit other than to be put in such poses (no this is not a combat friendly outfit) so lets just move on.

Milim - Tensura 2 Episode 43

The beast guys get all excited and pretty much tell Benimaru they are going to take care of a few things on the battle field. Everything goes more or less as planned with a trap taking out most of the footsoldiers and the flying lizard guys cleaning up any of the flying soldiers. Its a good thing the whole army was marching together and nobody was taking a different route. That would have made the whole thing a little less spectacular.


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Then, because like the only plan the villain had was march through this canyon, he’s freaking out because Clayman isn’t going to be happy he failed and apparently failing once is enough of a reason to be killed or turned into a mindless puppet (wow, Clayman’s employment plan sucks). So without any kind of actual plan Ice-Sword guy tries to flee but finds his magic is blocked.

In case my tone isn’t clear, I’m really not caught up in the ‘excitement’ of this. There was no tension, no drama, and the action wasn’t entertaining enough on its own to hold it together. While there’s a definite relief that we’re finally seeing the characters do something, rather than talk about doing something, the army here that was talked up as a potential problem has turned more into a pest eradication mission and I’m really not into watching people swat flies.

Tensura 2 Episode 43

The one battle that potentially could have given us a bit of a thrill as when snake girl from the beastketeers tracks down the ice-sword guy and the two actually start a duel. Even then, it felt a bit one-sided though I am going to throw in here that Gobta gets points for being the single coolest character this episode.

That’s a little tragic for Tensura 2 that Gobta is now actually the coolest character on screen…

Naturally the fight isn’t finished and there’s several other fights and getting set-up for the various characters we are supposed to remember the names of but I doubt much of it will amount to anything. Honestly, Rimuru’s people are so overpowered at this point they can pretty much steamroll entire armies without Rimuru at all. Good thing we’re supposed to like these guys otherwise we’d be calling out ofr a hero to take out this unstoppable monster army.

Tensura 2 - Episode 43

Still, Tensura 2 does remain fun enough for casual viewing. The real issue is that much like many long running series, after a slump of episodes it takes me awhile to get back into it. That’s more or less why I’ve paused My Hero Academia at this stage. I need to really be in the mood to jump back into that or I will genuinely just pick at it.

Images from: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2. Dir. Y Kikuchi. 8bit. 2021.

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(Tensura 2) That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2 Episode 42 Impressions

Tensura 2 Episode 42 Review

Is it time for the villains to talk in Tensura 2?

Or maybe not all villains but at least those not standing with Rimuru. Given Rimuru is pretty okay with overthrowing kingdoms and mass-slaughter there’s little that distinguishes our favourite little ball blue of slime from those who force teleport kids from other worlds and stir up war for gain.


Tensura 2 Episode 42

After many episodes where Rimuru and his gang of worshipers (should I call them allies?) sat around discussing prior events and potential plans moving forward, we now have an episode that starts with Rimuru’s forces dividing and heading off to carry out the plans made previously in Tensura. That should be exciting right?

Except that it seems like instead of following on from there we instead are going to cut to all the other characters because we haven’t heard their exposition about their motives and goals and we haven’t quite managed to make Clayman out to be the cackling evil-doer he is so that viewers can feel suitably satisfied when he inevitably gets his comeuppance.

Tensura, we already hated Clayman, move on.

Episode 42 of course corrects that by showing us how Milim ended up under Clayman’s thumb and his treatment of her upon realising she couldn’t fight back. If you ever wanted an audience to hate a character and want a blue slime to more or less dismantle him, have the cute demon girl get first turned into a puppet and then literally kicked while already down. I will say, Tensura isn’t getting any better at subtlety.

Tensura 2 Episode 42

While I’d love to discuss the insight we gained into any of these additional characters I’m going to be blunt and point out that other than confirming Milim most definitely isn’t in control of her actions there really wasn’t a useful outcome from this episode. The discovery of another dragon was kind of cool but unless they do something with that it won’t really go anywhere.

So, rather than continuing to write about the episode, lets look at the six episodes Tensura 2 Part 2 has delivered so far in the Summer 2021 season and lets all agree that regardless of what this is building up to this has not been good storytelling or particularly entertaining. None of the characters have gotten to be shown in their best light, nothing exciting has happened and the pacing of the narrative has literally slowed to an absolute crawl.

Tensura 2 Episode 42

Sure, set-up is important.

Jumping straight into the conflict with Clayman without setting up some basics for their overall plan would have been foolhardy, but does any story need to plod along like this, holding the audience’s hand and repeating things over and over, and not leaving any details for later discovery? I’d say not and watching Tensura this season is more or less explaining why they really shouldn’t.

I thought last week the exposition dump was at last over and that this week Tensura was finally going to act on all this planning. Instead they pull a bait and switch and leave us with more planning and talking but from different characters. It is almost as if they are trolling viewers now and even if it is deliberate it isn’t fun to watch.


If we were to compare this to a long running shounen, this is equivalent of the three episode flash back mid-battle sequence that derails the current plot and pacing (that audiences want to watch) in order to build some sense of understanding about a character who is probably literally about to die as soon as they stop flashing back.

Tensura 2 Episode 42

Anyway, enough complaining. I won’t say that I think next week things will start happening because I’ve now been proven wrong again and again. I just kind of hope Tensura manages to do something in this season that makes it worth having stuck it out.

Images from: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2. Dir. Y Kikuchi. 8bit. 2021.

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(Tensura 2) That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2 Episode 41 Impressions

Tensura 2 Episode 41 Review

After three episodes in a row of the characters in Tensura sitting around and talking to one another it was kind of a relief that episode 41 at least finally had them moving to prepare for the upcoming events. Sure it isn’t exactly enough action to really redeem this second part of the second season, but it at least indicates we’re finally getting somewhere which is enough to keep me from dropping this in a fit of boredom.

Actually, the real saving grace of episode 41 is that unlike the previous episodes, we’re finally seeing some of the personality of the core cast come back. Instead of stuffy, formal meetings, we see Benimaru responding to Rimuru’s order to destroy an army with a ‘hell yeah’ before he corrects himself to more formal language but it was a small spark of energy that was fairly infectious as all of the characters seemed to find themselves again.

Tensura 2 - Hell yeah from Benimaru

Tensura 2 – finding the fun in war.

Perhaps the characters are a little too upbeat at the prospect of a potential war with the animal kingdom at stake and another conflict to begin in the human city and Clayman still to take out, but Tensura’s characters are happy little warriors and the prospect of taking action isn’t just lightening the audience’s mood but visibly makes Shion, Diablo, and even Veldora seem far more at ease and more like themselves.


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Sure there’s still some plans to be made such as deciding which of the vast characters in Tensura will accompany Rimuru to face Clayman and figuring out how to transport a whole army (easily really and we’ll have an instant magical fix to that), but by the end of episode 41 there’s a definite sense that we’re finally getting somewhere.

Tensura 2 - Shion and Veldora get angry

This week also we get a scene where they work to establish the ice-sword guy leading the enemy army as a complete jerk who deserves to be unceremoniously crushed underneath Benimaru and his army’s heel. It isn’t in any way subtle as we have him bullying two priests and even slicing the arm off of one really just because he could.

His actions served one purpose in Tensura and that was to make us happy he was on the opposing side to Rimuru so that when he inevitably is defeated we feel pretty happy about. Because let’s be honest, Rimuru has so far devoured every enemy that has crossed his path with the possible exception of Hinata. Even if this guy manages to overcome Benimaru’s forces (which seems unlikely) he certainly isn’t going to get to celebrate that victory for long.

Tensura 2 - I'm a jerk, ask me how.

Not to mention, what is with that outfit he’s wearing. There’s so many different attachments, textures and colours there it just kind of looks like he fell into a prop closet of someone who has a lot of cosplay options and just came out wearing whatever attached to him in the process. I’ll give him points because his sword is cool (not just because of the whole ice thing) but really this is not a great look and it doesn’t really seem to fit with the rest of the costumes in Tensura.


But, if I was after magic and wonder and just the general pleasant feeling that the protagonist could succeed, Tensura Season 2 Episode 41 certainly delivered. And Rimuru’s magical transportation act toward the end of the episode was suitably shiny and spectacular for a display of power.

Tensura 2 - magical transportation

Basically this episode got back to more or less what Tensura has always done best. It set up a villain who seems insurmountable and yet they establish that Rimuru is pretty nonchalant about the whole thing and as he gears up to fight its pretty clear that Clayman has definitely ended up in over his head.

For the viewer we once again have a clear enemy for the characters to be pointed at and enough promise of a suitably spectacular smack-down so things are pretty much on track. I just wish it hadn’t taken three episodes of ‘meeting’ to get here.

Images from: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2. Dir. Y Kikuchi. 8bit. 2021.

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