It is just another ordinary day for Satoru Mikami. The sun is shining brightly on the streets of Tokyo, and he is in the midst of a discussion with his colleagues when suddenly he gets stabbed by a passing robber. The average 37-year-old corporate worker is now at death's door, and he has only one regret—dying a virgin. Fading out, he is startled by a mysterious AI-like voice reciting commands.
Satoru abruptly wakes up in the middle of a strange cave, but something odd has happened: he is now a goop of slime! Thanks to his new body, he has acquired the skill to absorb anything and obtain its appearance and abilities. While testing out his newfound powers and exploring the cave, he stumbles upon a massive dragon named Veldora, who has been sealed away for the past three hundred years. After quickly befriending the beast, Satoru decides to help him escape; in exchange, Satoru is bestowed a new name: "Rimuru Tempest."
Wishing to avoid a life like his boring and mundane past, Rimuru is about to set out on a grand quest that will change his own destiny and the fate of his new world.
So far I've read 26 chapters and my opinion is as follows: This seems to be a rather generic isekai, fantasy story.
The main hook of the story is the fact that the MC is reincarnated as a slime. Which is interesting for the first 10 or so chapters, but not so much after. Once the novelty of this idea is gone you are left with a middle of the road fantasy story. I mean it is entertaining while it lasts, I give it that, but it doesn't last that long. Moreover, sometimes they go a little overboard with how OP the main hero is, they
don't do it often, but when they do, it is frankly ridiculous.The pace could improve a little too. I give props where it's due however, at least they didn't go for a harem, so we managed to avoid that genre trapping.
My biggest problem with the manga is the utter lack of interesting characters. The MC is as interesting as these overpowered, wish-fulfilling heroes go, fine, but I can not understand why the side characters are so bland. When I was trying to remember off the top of my head any notable side character I couldn't come up with anything. The Oni came to mind, but even in their case, I remember them more as a group rather than individuals. It's not that they are cliche, but that they are not even that, their characterization is almost non-existent. I was willing to give this a pass at the beginning because of the "I became a slime" thing was genuinely interesting, but as that started to run out of steam, it became more and more of an apparent problem.
I was strongly considering giving the manga an overall 5, due to its weak characters and lackluster plot, but since this was just the beginning of the story and it was consistently entertaining, I am willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, and a weaker 6. However, if the story doesn't give the characters some personality or pick up the pace significantly in the near future I will drop the manga.
Well, I first read the manga, then I went directly to the webnovels and read everything available, and I must admit, I was quite hyped. For those thinking on starting it, let this be said: MC is OP, and so are his servants, yup, if you are expecting him to struggle, that will be kinda rare.
Think about it like in DBZ, how can he get even stronger? Well, he gets stronger, can he get even stronger? Yup, is he the strongest? The strongest demons, dragons and the Hero are still stronger, well, all important characters get kinda broken skills anyway... Think Predator and Great Sage
are OP, pfff.
As expected of the isekai genre, there are a few RPG typical rules here: Power boosted Master also power boosts servants, at the beginning, it almost feels like Pokemon in regards to species evolution, yet even with such a powerful "possible military force", MC is quite the peaceful guy who helps everyone and wants to build a country to laze around.
Another fact of this world is that summoned people are not really rare, there are many of them around, unlike Rimuru who was killed and ended up reincarnating, these summoned ones are actually intentionally summoned, so they remain human and everyone has their own unique skills and more powerful bodies compared to normal people, if you know Log Horizon, compare "Adventures" with "People of the Land" levels of difference.
As many stories have, there are usually some key characters that change the hero into something more noble, and the one here is quite touching, both in a happy and sad way, something I find very rare for stories of the isekai genre
I also found it to have a very unique way in expressing the sense of loyalty from the servants: Some are grateful for being helped by him and wants to be useful back, some feels like they would be discarding their own honor in submitting themselves, just to soon feeling admired and honored to be under him, even the ones that feels like they could go crazy anytime soon and rebel end up with quite a natural admiration towards him.
And while this is more about the webnovel, there are some really fast battles, thanks to the OP level of the many characters, even fights that would seem to drag on end up getting insta-finished simply because the enemy wasn't aware of the newer upgrades of MC's Servants, which is nice both for not having useless dragging out filler and skipping overall irrelevant battles, the reactions of both enemies and friends are quite nice too, reminded me of Mr Satan on Cell Games when he wasn't trying to explain and was just confused at everything.
He is usually also well prepared for battles, so if he knows the enemy special abilities, he will not take the wrong servants with him, this avoids the typical "You activated my trap card" of the enemy and dragging the battle more, though that can't be said for non-Rimuru battles
Overall, at first I compared it with Overlord, which I read the manga up until the Lizardmen arc as of now, and in comparison, I significantly prefer Rimuru's way of "conquering", which is done with humility, mutual understanding and some paranoic levels of security when compared to Momonga/Ainz, who wouldn't mind a massacre to let one of his "children" to grow...
The manga has the now common premise of the main character reincarnating in another world as a monster after dying. OK, so he becomes a slime monster. That's all fine and dandy, and it's all done quite well. The biggest problem is the OP skill he gains right off the bat with the Great Sage mode. Basically throughout the story he faces many "challenges" but generally speaking has a quite easy time dealing with them since he's pretty much the most powerful one around right off the bat. It's frankly much more fun to watch actual struggles instead of "minor struggle? ---> activate super cheat
skill ---> struggle over". It doesn't necessarily make the series bad, but all the encounters could've been much more compelling and had a "sense of danger" in them if the balance of power between the MC and the rest of the world wasn't so out of whack.
- Reborn to another world.. checked
- OP/cheat starter skill.. checked
- cool looking protagonist.. Hell no
Back then when I first read this manga, I think of this as weird, unusual way to tell another world story. I mean it's fuckin slime, we talk about here. It started funny, but after few chapters, I grew fond of that slime. Sure, the main character has OP skill right from the start, but he don't act all high and mighty, neither trying to look cool or abuse his power. So, instead of getting sick of it, I started to liking the slime.
The story itself started adventure-like when the world
introduced to us. There are a lot of races of monsters he met, as well as human. What make this interesting is, how he is underestimated greatly at first but he keep prove them wrong. I really like that kind of character development. He venture, he learn, make allies, utilize his ability to the fullest. The plot thickens at some point, the real danger coming and then he is forced to make decisions and take responsibility.
Some of us, including me might think that the main character will stay strongest forever. But that's not the case at all. Soon the slime would realize that he can't rely on his skill only and use his own wit to solve the problems at hand. We could say, the operator is more important than the ability itself.
This manga is still ongoing (chapter 35 when I write this review), and I can tell that there are a lot more story to tell. Greatly recommended.
Kodansha is known for releasing some of the best and most well-known manga series, many of which get anime adaptations that become insanely popular (Attack on Titan, anyone?). Let's take a deeper look at some of these manga, starting with a currently airing anime and working backwards through time.