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