After being killed by a passing robber, a normal 37-year-old guy find himself reincarnated in another world as a blind slime with unique skills. With a new name "Rimuru Tempest" he got after meeting his new friend, the "catastrophe level" Storm Dragon Verudora, he starts his slime life in another world with his increasing number of minions.
This novel is one of the "Deconstructing being reincarnated in a fantasy world" kind, which have been becoming so popular lately that they became their own category.
What differates it from those other novels is the humor. The protagonist is not one of those "I stopped being human so I don't care about humans anymore" characters, but an honestly nice and laid back, but still hard working guy. He does not develop a god-complex over his abilites but decides to change his enviroments for everyone's amusement and benefit. His narration can get pretty hilarious.
The setting might be a bit common, but the side characters are
likeable and easy to imagine. Don't be surprised when a character turns out to be more complex than suspected! The arcs are rather different from each other and don't just recycle previous plot with different characters.
While some people might critizise that the protagonist becomes overpowered, there are several characters that are obviously stronger than him.
The updates of the translations are rather quick and the author even gave his consent so you won't have to fear it suddenly disappearing like several other works.
I personally really enjoyed it and I hope my messed-up review convinces some people to try it out. It's not a masterpiece, but it is worth a read.
This light novel is fairly similar to Re: Monster (It is impossible for me not to compare these two series) but I would say this one is more shonen. Well it isn't kiddy either but there isn't really any mature themes (sex, torture, you get it) However in this case I think it is a good thing, it focuses more on the story and characters quirks. Speaking of characters their is a ton of them, most being interesting as well. I will start with the main character Rimuru, he reincarnated as a slime (obviously) and similar to Rou had some OP abilities. Even more similar
it is the ability to take others abilities, both also being named Gluttony. Not really a problem for me since it is a pretty cool power. Rimuru was formerly a male but after his rebirth he has no gender so yeah (Poor guy... He was a 37 y/o virgin in his past life...) He isn't really hyper intelligent but he has a good heart and wants to help his friends in any way he can. His friends are also unique and without spoiling anything I will say their is dragons, ogres, lizardman, and orcs. Really that was just breaking the surface, there are tons and they are actually fleshed out unlike Re: Monster because this isn't written like a diary. ...Jeez this is getting dragged out, anyway story is pretty good with its basic demon lords vs humanity. Seeing how the MC is a slime I think you can guess which side he is on. It gets more complex and darker later on as well. Lastly is art which like a regular LN/WN doesn't have much but of course it has a manga adaptation with some decent looking art.
Overall it is a pretty solid novel, seeing various monsters evolve and band together under one entity is just too fun for me. Anyone who has read Re: Monster and liked it should read this already. Nearly 100 chapters translated at this point.
Rereading this review I realized that this is like a comparison between Re: Monster and Tensei Shitara Slime but who cares >.
I feel this novel has a lot of good power scaling,character developments and plot and is worth a shot.
Unlike your average isekai where your main mc is absurdly overpowred and beats every opponent with ease,Rimuru learns skills and put effort in training as well.Reasons are also provided for why he got so strong.
For example,how Rimuru got so strong was firstly due to Veldora 'naming' him at the start of the series.A dragon naming a slime would surely give him great strength.He then took the skills from other various creatures before leaving the cave.That was the reason why the goblins were afraid of him initially.
the first few chapters)
Throughout the series there is rapid chracter growth with good explanation to how they got stronger and victory was achieved not through strength alone but also due to the tactics and application of magic employed.Even the characters' state of mind and emotions affected the battle.
E.g: Gabil's cockiness,Shion's Anger,Benimaru's lack of magic application
World building is also just as fantastic in this series as the characters interact with others from various countries.
The slow development of the city of Tempest is also something to look forward to and doesn't get boring as the feeling of reading the characters' hard work and effort to improve their city pay off.
All in all,good writing,good story,good plot.
It's a 10/10 for me.
Due to the fact I read nearly constantly I can be a bit of a harsh reviewer when it comes to books. Much more than shows.
This being said I can only read in english so many things were lost in translation but it was just boring. I only read the first book and I must say I thought it would be an interesting concept. Kind of like Re:Monster. A man reincarnated into a creature with limitless power potential.
That being said the details in comparison just seem uninteresting. The fight scenes in other books are grand and
detailed this one is more like "I attacked and they died" The reason behind this would be the fact that the main protagonist unlike in other books seems to have no threats anywhere near the start of this series. He comes out the gate being able to one shot B rank monsters making it odd.
Most of these kinds of books are written so the main character is always on a power struggle to advance and because of their limitless potential they somehow always narrowly escape. That did not seem to be the case in this book and after dragging through the first volume where he pretty much one shots everything I highly doubt I will continue on.
Not to say that this is a bad style of writing but to me if you are going to spend forever explaining the combat skills I at least want them used instead of "Ya I would rather not see anyone suffer that so I will seal that away" or learn a bunch of things to one shot the boss with a single skill leaving other things never used as minions stop attacking.
For me it seems off to be detailed in this fashion, where I get a bunch of pointless background details but when it comes to talking and especially action everything is over so quickly with no substance. The reason for a 6 is finally towards the end of the first book it seemed to be getting interesting. So there is potential but it certainly did not hook me from the start.