That Time We Defeated a Catastrophe Without Really Trying

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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 19 Review

Once again Slime goes about showing the audience that we really should not be invested in any of the situations. This anime is always about the joke and the punch line and bringing things back to a very relaxed level so even as increasingly dangerous foes appear, the actual impact of these encounters remains pretty negligible. That doesn’t make it bad, just kind of forgettable. If you were chasing an epic fight scene after the setup at the end of the last episode you’d be left disappointed, but Slime has consistently maintained its tone and feel so the outcome here as Rimuru hands the fight over to Milim to wrap up in one hit isn’t exactly a surprise.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 19 Rimuru and Milim

Much like the fight with the Orc Lord, this fight begins with all the support cast getting a brief moment to shine against the lackeys. The ogres, goblins, lizards, orcs, and even the borrowed knights, each get to take down some of the flying shark things and each of these moments is fun enough to watch. Then we get to Charybdis and all the supporting characters are sidelined as Rimuru takes centre stage.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 19 Gobta

I hadn’t really bought Rimuru’s reason for telling Milim to stay out of the fight in the first place so I was kind of waiting for when she’d either jump in and get involved or he would change his mind. What I didn’t expect that mid-battle Rimuru would realise that Charybdis was after Milim and would just turn his back on the enemy and essentially tell Milim it was her problem to deal with. I’m guess this is supposed to be amusing but given how Rimuru isn’t taking this threat seriously it makes it hard to care. Like watching characters swatting flies really given their Rimuru and Milim’s absolute lack of concern.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 19 Rimuru

Anyway, one episode after being introduced the big-bad catastrophe is finished, Rimuru has made yet another alliance, and the masked faced weirdo group are now known to be stirring trouble. All nice and neat and ready to move on.

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10 thoughts on “That Time We Defeated a Catastrophe Without Really Trying

  1. If there is no conflict then there is no need for a climax. As it stands there has been no real conflict for Rimuru. Sure, the orc lord and the Charybdis are problems for Rimuru, but they are thrown at Rimuru such that every conflict ends up being a conflict born from coincidence. There hasn’t been any threat was specifically targeting Rimuru, such that it would become a personal conflict for him. A character actively driving the plot usually has a personal investment in the conflict, however passive characters or rather characters that do not actively push the plot forwards do not have a personal stake in the conflicts. If you look at what Rimuru says when Fuze asks him what he’ll do if he fails, Rimuru says that he’ll just run away. Rimuru entire attitude towards trying to defeat the Charybdis is “Well, we’ll try to stop it, but if we can’t we can just run away and deal with it later”. Rimuru isn’t treating this has a very big issue, and is in fact quite nonchalant about just running away if they fail. Rimuru doesn’t even see the Charybdis as something that can threaten him personally. The conflict itself isn’t treated as anything more than a small inconvenience, so can it really be called a climax when even the protagonist doesn’t even view the enemy as nothing more than an inconvenience that can still be dealt with at a later time. Compared to how Rimuru treated the Orc Lord, this is significantly less threatening from Rimuru’s perspective. In this sense, TenSura has been more of a slice of life than a battle series, since right now we are just following Rimuru as he builds and establishes his place in the world.

    1. And that, Rimuru not treating it like a threat, is why there’s no reason for the audience to be invested. Slice of Life or not, when you throw a giant monster at the cast and they don’t care, it just makes you wonder why they bothered throwing the monster their way. They could have just gone about their day without it.

      1. It’s because the main reason was to show Milim’s level in comparison to Rimuru, since he spent all day attacking him with the black lightning and barely did 30% damage to the monster and then Milim in only one attack knocks down Crarybdis leaves implicit the difference of this and not only limited to say with a voice how strong it is as would other anime that fall in the overexposure of content, Rimuru no matter how strong it is would not let a threat whoever is, would destroy your city like other characters that send their vassals without intervening.

        1. It does show the difference in Milim’s power but that still doesn’t address Rimuru not taking the threat seriously or give any reason why the audience should either.

          1. have a little patience the first volumes are a configuration of the world and characters the plot as such begin after because there is still much in that world to see

          2. Even if the source is better, I’m reviewing the anime. The anime, while fun, really doesn’t give viewers any reason to remain invested in the characters or any of the problems they face because of how they are presented. The argument of patience doesn’t make what has already been viewed any better or change how the viewer feels about it.

  2. At first, Rimuru is established as the possessor of unjustly versatile and advantageous abilities. His venture into the world has never been a physical challenge of any kind, but a strategic and intellectual challenge.
    That’s what’s shown here. We knew since last episode that Rimuru wasn’t even the target of Charybdis and we got the battle because Rimuru was evaluating his own nation as too high and making too speculative inferences about Charybdis’ motives for moving towards Tempest.
    The reason why Clayman and the clowns even got involved with Charybdis in the first place was due to Frey and Charybdis itself. From the result it’s obvious that they couldn’t tame Charybdis and Clayman mentioned that he doesn’t really care much about Tempest one way or another aside from Laplace’s irky feeling, so Clayman’s and the clowns motives about throwing out Charybdis are clearly part of the Demon Lord politics.
    Forbio also did what he did due to Milim. He himself didn’t seem to have any grudge against Rimuru or Tempest at any point.
    In other words, No one involved with Charybdis targeted Tempest or Rimuru and he was essentially just a random bystander in Demon Lord politics and Forbio’s grudge against Milim. This time is different from the Orc Disaster because unlike then where he was simply not known by anyone, this time he got ignored deliberately. It shows how no one even really views him as a “player” in the Demon Lord politics at this point. He is still considered “small fry” that can be ignored.
    So the purpose of this bow which is showing that not only Rimuru has troubles finding out how others view him, but also that Rimuru and Tempest aren’t really on the Demon Lord’s radar, aside from Carrion (only after the ordeal was over) and Milim who had directly interacted with Rimuru. The fight itself showed that Rimuru also has limitations, which in this case is a lack of decisive attack power that can break through strong defenses, while also showing off Milim’s overwhelming might.

    1. None of that makes the episode more interesting to watch. We aren’t following the demon lords so whatever they are doing is pretty negligible to the overall entertainment. We are following Rimuru. While it would be lovely to explore the politics of others and the fall out of some of these events, this story has consistently shrugged complications aside and just kept its nice even keel. While that makes for fine enough popcorn entertainment it doesn’t make for a particularly interesting narrative.

      1. well this mini arc in itself is not very stimulating because it was an extra that they put in the version of the official novel, when in the web novel actually there dont exist charybdis so it is a little filler, but really the story as such I would start with volume 4 which would be in the second season.

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