I’m going to be honest in that Tensura this week was a lot of people sitting around talking and a lot of reminding the audience who the different characters are, their allegiances and so on. While with the ever expanding cast this was kind of needed, it didn’t make for the most exciting of episodes and clearly even the animators realised it as they heavily reused images of Rimuru’s fight with Hinata from the first part of season 2 to give us some action.
Tensura leans heavily into political talks.
It isn’t that the characters aren’t fun. Let’s be real, Rimuru just doing introduction is funny enough. Particularly when you are introducing a dragon known for being a natural disaster as your best friend and then more or less just tell him to take a hike.
However the process of reminding us what everyone’s positions are does in fact remind the audience that pretty much everyone Rimuru knows is either an overpowered monster or a political heavy weight of some kind.
And while the garden setting is pleasant and the characters remain their charming selves it doesn’t change the fact that Tensura Episode 38 has very little actually happen in it. Even decisions from the group talking are few and far between. What’s their next course of action? Don’t know. About all we do know is that these guys, who already weren’t fighting, will continue not to fight and they’ll put the church to the side for now because that’s too hard.
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You’d kind of hope that after that long just talking the characters could have revealed something a little more important or pressing or perhaps something new. Alas, that is not the case.
The opening of the episode does give us a bit more making it clear who is manipulating the current situation and introducing yet another demon lord into the mix. I’m not sure how I feel about this reveal, nor how I feel about Rimuru concluding who this person is before the end of the episode (like it wasn’t even all that hard so not much of a secret) but it was at least something new for the week.
One thing I did enjoy was how Veldora just kind of chilled out reading manga while the whole meeting was happening around him. The only time he really interjected at all was when a fight nearly broke out and then it was just so he could be used for comic relief. Still, there’s something kind of cool about an enormously powerful dragon just reading manga in the garden.
Though it did lead me to wonder how much it costs to produce manga in this fantasy world because looking at that stack of books I was a little envious and my wallet clearly got a little concerned.
Anyway, there isn’t a lot more to say about this Tensura episode. It is a pleasant enough transition from where we were but it doesn’t really tell us where we’re going and would work better as part of a binge watch than as a single episode as it just didn’t do much on its own.
Images from: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2. Dir. Y Kikuchi. 8bit. 2021.
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