Questionable content in the form of mass-murder from the first part of season 2 of Tensura aside, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime has mostly been a low-key oddly amusing kind of affair with limited tension or drama and not really caring so long as things keep moving along. We see this in full display in the return to Jura forest where despite the recent deaths, massacre of enemies and and subsequent revival of comrades everybody is pretty relaxed.
Tensura’s motto – just take it easy.
See, despite the potential seriousness of all of that, Tensura instead chooses to have Rimuru revive Velodra as a manga loving, overly affectionate muscle-head and then get into a joke about Shion’s cooking.
Part of me kind of wanted more from Veldora given we’d been waiting so long for him to return. However after a few loud declarations and a couple of poses he more or less vanishes for the rest of the episode.
I mean, sure he’s definitely going to be useful in the upcoming war Rimuru is planning but with so many characters now I guess it is hard for him to really get much screen time in this first episode of part 2 of season 2 of Tensura.
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One thing I did really like was the return of the ‘Shion is a bad cook’ gag only this time they actually flipped it a bit. Firstly, Rimuru actually critiqued the presentation of the food rather than just swallowing his own comments and they determined one of Shion’s many issues was her choice of knife for cooking. So there is potential for improvement.
Secondly, turns out dying and coming back to life in Tensura continues to have perks (I mean it worked out pretty well for Rimuru). Shion apparently now has a master-chef ability where food tastes the way she wants it to regardless of how she cooks it. Makes you wonder why bother cooking but at least she’s no longer killing her friends with ‘kindness’.
Though that doesn’t explain why a moth that flew overhead dropped dead on the spot. As funny as it was it doesn’t fit with the punchline that the food is actually now pretty good.
Then again, I learned way back in season one of Tensura not to ask for too much in the way of logic.
Just as well as Rimuru apparently now has four ultimate skills. I’m kind of certain an ultimate skill on its own is by definition enough so having four seems like a little bit of overkill. Unless ultimate means something else in this context.
Once the food and drinking are done it is time for a council of war. Here we see that the previous events in Tensura will in fact have some follow-up as Rimuru and the others are more or less preparing to announce to the world Rimuru is a demon-lord (a fact almost everyone already seems to know) and go to war with the kingdom that attacked them and another demon-lord.
This is potentially the most ambitious they’ve gotten yet though there’s certainly enough people joining in this alliance. Characters barely finish a sentence before someone else bursts into the scene.
Overall, those of us waiting for the second part of season 2 of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Tensura) will have gotten exactly what we’d expect from this anime with its return this Summer season. Hopefully it keeps up the same standard and will be an enjoyable enough watch for the season.
Images from: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2. Dir. Y Kikuchi. 8bit. 2021.
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