Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Part 2 Episode 15 – Waiting For The Rain and Understanding People Change

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15 Review
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As much as there are ongoing elements of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation that I’m not hugely fond of, one thing I can’t criticise is the anime’s ability to make me care about characters (even characters I don’t much like such as Rudeus). And the reason I get that I genuinely care about these characters is that episode 15 takes a chill from all the perils of trying to cross the ocean and getting involved in a smuggling ring and just has Rudeus, Eris and Ruijerd waiting out the rainy season in the beast-man village and still manages to be a highly enjoyable watch.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15

It is good to see Eris back in focus in this episode of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

One issue I’ve had with the episodes we’ve seen of part two of Jobless Reincarnation so far is that they’ve been very Rudeus focused. Which makes sense given he’s our reincarnated protagonist. However Eris had more or less become background; or worse, a prop. She was someone for Rudeus to protect. She was the muscle when needed. The comic relief in getting motion sick. Or the object of fan-service.

Which, let’s be honest, that last one doesn’t change in episode 15 as the episode opens with Eris and two of the beast girls romping naked in water while Rudeus spies on them through a hole in a box. Though maybe this is just equal opportunity fan-service given Rudeus started episode 14 completely naked and stranded in a cage.

It was kind of a sad down-grade for the fiery red-haired character who from her introduction mid-way through season one of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation managed to be pretty much the most memorable character and a good companion for Rudeus (when she wasn’t being a shrieking brat).

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15

Episode 15 finally puts some of the focus back on Eris as Rudeus largely takes a passive role this week.

Eris befriends two of the children of the beast-man tribe however this closeness leads to her ring getting noticed. Now the ring was a gift from her sword master, the beast-woman who was protecting her back in season one. Turns out there’s some history.

What follows is some emotional wounds being opened on both sides of the story with Eris having to come to terms with the fact that her master might have a past and isn’t universally loved and the members of the beast-man village having to accept that the girl who left their village changed after leaving them.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15

In the grand scheme of things this doesn’t advance Rudeus’ journey and doesn’t seem overly important but it is a nice bit of character work and reminded me of a few key points from season one that had started to fade a bit from memory. The end result also helps me to see that as much as Eris likes to be Eris, she’s grown up a lot since we first met her in Jobless Reincarnation.

It isn’t all just sitting around moping though as Eris takes on the task of teaching one of the girls sword-play and it is kind of nice just to sit back and watch them have at it.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15

By the end of the episode, the rain has come to an end and it is time for the group to get back on the road, plus one. There’s a long way still to go to get home, we have an ominous story about sacred beasts only appearing in times of peril, and now there’s also a story about the seven strongest warriors in the world who all have really comic book sounding names.

For an episode that essentially just let the characters take a time-out between journeys, Jobless Reincarnation really focused in on its strengths and put together a solid episode that is entertaining in its own way, bridges us from one journey to the next, and continued to lay-down some ground work for potential future plot points. Not a lot to complain about there.

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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Part 2 Episode 14 – False Imprisonment and Fire

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 14 Review
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Directly following on from the end of episode 13 of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation where Rudeus is taken prisoner after returning to the smugglers den to save the sacred beast and getting caught by the beast-men who were also there to save it and the children that had already been rescued, episode 14 spends a lot of time with Rudeus in his new accommodation: A hanging prison in a beast-man village.

Jobless Reincarnation has a good mix of humour, tension, and then action in this episode.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 14

Rudeus describing his prison as the opening to this episode was actually pretty entertaining. While I often find his internal thoughts intrusive to the story or at times creepy, here the humour really worked, and watching him over the next four days as he stared out of the prison or flopped onto the floor continued the joke nicely. However, they didn’t let it got stale. Just when the situation could have started getting tedious, Jobless Reincarnation mixed things up by giving Rudeus a cell mate and then things took a turn for the far more serious.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 14

Before we get on to the events later in the episode, I just have to wonder what it is about villages in forests that makes everyone depict them the exact same way. They always have these elaborate walkways connecting trees and all these ropes and pulleys lifting things up and down. And the entire village is always completely susceptible to fire which is the usual fate for any such village in any story and Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is no exception.

Something about all that timber makes writers want to set it alight.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 14

Anyway, Rudeus and his new cell mate are starting to plot a potential escape when the village does catch fire. That’s a small problem for Rudeus as his wooden prison is suspended in a tree which kind of makes it both flammable and is likely to see him die from the smoke. That’s kind of the last straw for him and he uses magic to break out of the prison (which he could have done at literally any time but didn’t because he sensibly knew that running blindly around the forest wasn’t such a great plan).

The fire has been started by yet more slavers who are indiscriminately killing the older beast-men and capturing the children. While Rudeus could just run off using this attack as a diversion, Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation wants to remind us once again that while Rudeus has some thoughts and ideas that at times make some of the audience a bit uncomfortable, he isn’t really scum. He ends up staying to fight.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 14

This is where episode 14 went from being entertaining to being pretty awesome. While Jobless Reincarnation has given us fights before, Rudeus here delivers a truly interesting clash against the leader of the slavers and he’s supported by the cell mate and the sacred beast (which I guess is kind of like having Eris and Ruijerd around). Anyway, the fight is fantastic and this is Rudeus at his very best rounding out what was a nicely paced episode.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 14

There is a scene right toward the end where we cut back to Eris’ grandfather and it left me a little confused. I kind of feel like we don’t know enough about what’s been happening back home to really get why that happened and it just seemed to come out of nowhere. I mean, it adds something more to the journey the kids are on given they have no clue what they are heading back to either. Maybe they’d be better off settling down where they are?

Anyway, great episode and it left me looking forward to seeing what the story does next.

You can read the full review of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation part 2 here.

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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Part 2 Episode 13 – A Rare Conundrum

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 13
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Sometimes I wonder how deliberate Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is in its plotting. It really feels at times like an awful lot of thought has gone in to a particular situation but then, usually in the same episode, it will do something that makes me kind of thing that maybe they just occasionally get lucky.

That said, Jobless Reincarnation is an isekai anime that despite some questionable content has continued to strike a chord with me. In the earlier episodes it was through the actual meaning behind having a reincarnation protagonist as it felt they actually used this aspect of his personality to great effect. As part one progressed it became more about how the story continually challenged Rudeus.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 13

In episode 13 of Jobless Reincarnation it is in how I’m forced to second guess my own assumptions from episode 12.

What is the god character playing at in Jobless Reincarnation?

I’m kind of certain people who read the source will know the answer and I’m hoping you don’t spoil it for anime only viewers. However, with the events of episode 12 of Jobless Reincarnation cast in new light as episode 13 gives us the point of view of Roxy who has arrived to search for Rudeus and others.

See, turns out, from Roxy’s point of view she actually spotted Eris sparring on the beach, but because of her fear of Reijerd she runs away. And right past the alley where Rudeus was walking because he was told to go there.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 13

Seemingly, if Rudeus hadn’t been given the information to go into the alley, he’d have met Roxy. Instead, he did get an eye that can see the future (a feature which was utterly unmentioned or used in this entire episode) but I’m pretty sure he would have rather have been reunited with Roxy and her group. So was the god actually trying to help him? Is it necessary he have the eye later? Or was he just messing with Rudy?

All that aside, that a large chunk of this episode seemingly focused on Roxy and the blonde elf girl she is travelling with (who seems to be determined to entertain as many men as she can on this trip) we really didn’t get much time with Rudeus and Eris this week. That Roxy’s scenes outside of the changed perspective on her crossing paths with Rudeus were mostly used for lame jokes didn’t do her character any favours.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 13

When Jobless Reincarnation gets back to Rudeus and Eris crossing the ocean the episode picks up, though the fan service takes off as Eris is sea sick and apparently that means needs to not be fully clothed. Her conversations with Rudeus are at first sweet but take a slightly uncomfortable tone, however even then these two characters work together and their scenes are largely fun to watch.

Lastly, Rudeus then has to go and retrieve Ruijerd from the smugglers who brought him over the water. Easier said than done and we get a brief rescue sequence before Rudeus needs to go back for something and ends up being taken captive by someone who clearly isn’t big on conversation.

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After the pretty solid episode that was episode 12, Jobless Reincarnation felt a little more aimless this week with events seemingly just taking up space before we got to the next thing. That said, the ending point of this episode is a nice set up for the story to continue and I am curious as to how Rudeus is going to make himself understood (no he wasn’t part of the smugglers) before facing punishment.

All tings considered, Jobless Reincarnation carries on many of the strengths from season one and the only real weaknesses are points that I wasn’t too excited about in the first 11 episodes so are expected at this point.

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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Part 2 Episode 12 – Straight Into Action

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 12 Review
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is a fantasy isekai story with magic and sword play and the usual kind of things I love from the genre. It also has a protagonist who at times entertains fairly lecherous thoughts and once or twice has taken things over the line from playful fan-service to actually quite questionable content (guess that’s why the ecchi label is applied).

I ended season one with very mixed feelings but overall I quite enjoyed the plot and seeing Rudeus’ growth. I particularly liked the tone of the final arc which hadn’t concluded so I was very keen to continue watching because I wanted to see what Jobless Reincarnation would do with it. So here we are with the continuation.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 12

Returning to the world of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

Interestingly, episode 12 doesn’t give the viewer any kind of recap or overview of the journey so far. No narration to remind us of what is going on or who the characters are. Instead we just get straight into seeing Rudeus, Eris and Ruijerd reaching the ocean and learning that passage home for the kids is going to cost them far too many coins due to Ruijerd’s presence.

Perhaps they made the sensible decision that the only people watching Part 2 of a series are people who did in fact watch part one and they would more or less remember what was happening given it hasn’t been all that long since part one aired.

That said, if you have forgotten any key plot points, you aren’t going to be reminded of them.

Instead, Jobless Reincarnation decides to remind us of Rudeus’ more adult nature by an inner monologue as Eris begins to strip off to swim in the ocean. She doesn’t end up showing any skin at all being stopped from her swim by the threat of monsters, however Rudeus’ thoughts of the 13 year old given in his adult internal voice make this opening scene slightly uncomfortable viewing. Which at least means that this anime is going to stand by its tone from season one and if you didn’t like that you probably won’t be continuing on.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 12

There’s one other decidedly fan-service driven moment in this episode after Rudeus saves a demon from starvation and the young girl begins removing her pants but otherwise this first episode has a solid focus on advancing the plot.

After being given instructions by that white god thing in his head, Rudeus encounters the demon girl in an alley and ends up feeding her. This in turn leads to her giving him a demonic eye.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 12

I found this whole sequence with the eye to be quite interesting and seeing Rudeus learning to use it and putting it into practice in a match against Eris was very solidly done. It did kind of remind me of Sven from Black Cat in that Rudy’s eye now lets him see a few seconds into the future but I guess we’ve seen similar powers in a number of characters. I do want to know if there’s any downside to Rudy’s eye though because at the moment other than having to learn to use it there doesn’t seem to be any consequence.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 12

There’s also a fairly serious tone toward the end as Rudeus realises he’s got very few options in getting Eris back home as they can’t afford the fee for the ship. Jobless Reincarnation surprised me a few times in the first part by having these far more serious character moments interspersed throughout the over the top fan service moments and the usual isekai silliness. Weirdly, they work and the tone doesn’t feel jarring. It more feels like the show knows when to take a breath and let the characters actually work through something.

The conversation between Rudeus and Ruijerd is well delivered and reminds you clearly of these characters priorities and their relationship and also demonstrates how they’ve grown since meeting one another. It’s a solid note to end the episode on even before the guy Rudeus saved earlier in the episode shows up.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 12

Basically, those who liked Jobless Reincarnation back in season one will probably find more of what they enjoyed here. For me, they’ve dropped us straight back into an arc I was enjoying and while this anime is still giving me somewhat mixed feelings at times I’m still finding the plot and character growth interesting. I’m very much looking forward to how this season continues.

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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.

Tensura - food challenge
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.

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 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).

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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.

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 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 .

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


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