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Light Novel 'Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken' Gets TV Anime Adaptation for Fall 2018 [Update 3/8]

by Stark700
Mar 6, 11:21 PM | 117 Comments
The wraparound band of the light novel Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken's (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime) twelfth volume to ship on Friday revealed that the series will be receiving a TV anime adaptation for Fall 2018. More information will be revealed at a later date.

Synopsis
"Rimuru Tempest" is the new name of a slime in a fantasy world taken by a former 37-year-old human Satou Mikami after he is killed by a passing robber. Broken free from ordinary, stale past life, his fresh adventure in a fantasy world as a slime monster with unique abilities begins.

The series is written by Fuse with illustrations by Mitz Vah. It was published under the "Let's Be Novelists" website from 2013 to 2016. The series has also been published by Micro Magazine since 2014.

A manga adaptation of the same name drawn by Taiki Kawakami began publishing since May 2015 in Kodansha's Monthly Shounen Sirius magazine. It currently has six volumes in publishing with the seventh scheduled to ship this Friday.

Yen Press licensed the novels since December last year under the English title That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. The first volume debuted last month. Kodansha Comics USA began publishing the English manga version since August 2017. The fourth volume was recently released last month.

Official site: http://www.ten-sura.com/
Official Twitter: @ten_sura_anime

Source: Seibundo Bookstore's Minami Urawa Branch's Official Twitter

Update March 8
The official site and twitter account opened today listing the main staff members for the light novel adaptation. A preview teaser visual and video has also been uploaded. The series is scheduled to premiere for Fall 2018.

Staff
Director: Yasuhito Kikuchi (IS: Infinite Stratos)
Assistant Director: Atsushi Nakayama (Comic Lucifer
Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Black Clover
Character Design: Ebata Ryouma (Mahou Sensou)
Monster Design: Takahiro Kishida (Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica)
Music: Elements Garden (Grisaia no Kajitsu)
Studio: 8-bit

PV


Source: Moca News

Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken on MAL

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Jagd84 said:
HueyLion said:
"a former 37-year-old human" rare to see a much older person as a MC of a isekai.
This could be interesting.


That's pretty common in isekai too. Doesn't save writing quality sadly, see Death March.


i have heard the the web novel and light novel of Death March is much better than the anime, due to the studio cutting out a lot of stuff, but i haven't read them, so i can't confirm the claim

Oct 2, 1:56 PM by MABfan11

Unleashed_SM said:
Mormegil said:
Oh, hey. Another isekai? That's a shocker. Will this be trash like Death March or the previous smart phone one, or is this the good isekai like Grimgar and Overlord?

This one's gonna be better than Death March and Smartphone for sure. I'm not that far into it tho, since I'm only on volume 2 of the manga.

Definitely better than those 2. It starts off as one of the better Isekais I've read, but it gets worse as it escalates too much too fast around chapter 100-ish of the LN (time travel stuff). The manga hasn't gotten that far I doubt the anime will get that far (or rather hope it doesn't montage the shit out of everything like K&M did)

Aug 14, 9:22 AM by Tyizor

kyaaaaa~ finally this got an anime!!! I've been reading the translations of the novel for years! I'll finally get to some shion jiggling ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Apr 10, 1:09 AM by Lizod

the staff and studio makes me kinda worried about the adaptation but at least it's getting one! Finally! I'm so pumped for this!

Mar 14, 10:38 PM by SkyFullOfStars

I don't know who is the guy that said this is another harem story.. I think they have a problem with their head for sure.. I mean the MC is genderless and it's a slime.. and for the MC face when it's use shapeshifting ability, it's looks like a girl.. The MC sure is loved by it's companion but it's love between boss and subordinate (loyalty) or child for their parents, not love for couple you know..

Mar 13, 9:41 PM by e-Michael

NOOOO!!! I DON'T WANT THEM TO RUIN THIS NOVEL/MANGA!!!

Mar 9, 7:34 PM by Enoyann

Killaclown said:
well as another user stated baka updates has the harem tag on it so im still a little skeptical there.... guess ill just read the manga real quick and see if its worth watching


They are wrong, plain and simple. I think the people who decided to add that tag, misunderstood the kind of feelings the various characters have for the protagonist, specifically it's a mish-mash of friendship, loyalty, mascot treatment and idol worship.

In the first place, the protagonist is a SLIME and no amount of shapeshifting magic, tranformation items or the like can change that fact. If anyone ever actually had "more" feelings for this slime, they'd soon realize that it's but an empty dream.

Well this knowledge of mine only goes as far 2/3rds into the Web Novel, so there might be something then, but that so faaaar off in the future that there isn't even the slightest chance for the anime to get to that point and I think the manga is still a bit far away from the 1/3rd pont of the WN, so yea at least 2+ years until you get to the part I can no longer guarantee. But by then most characters are completely established, so if something like harem only started then, it would be an entirely different situation.

BTW, the reason why I didn't read further yet is because I am waiting for the TL to finish and then read it in bulk instead of waiting for irregular releases. Just 20 WN chapters or so left to be TLed.

Mar 9, 4:14 PM by Grey-Zone

Gellal23 said:
podetus said:


Harem tags get destroy by the lack of Pegu and Vegial ( They are more in debt to Rimuru than anything but you could consider this the first Slime's Harem anime )
well you see ,iirc im already @ chapter 110 and i dont see any harem here ? and he dont need a romantic relationship because rimuru is genderless
guy spent 37 years as a man, and obviously has a thing for women dont see why he cant have a harem
HueyLion said:
"a former 37-year-old human" rare to see a much older person as a MC of a isekai.
This could be interesting.
not that rare when they dont retain their body

Grey-Zone said:
Killaclown said:
i was thinking more about how his "ability" is so OP
it reminds me a lot of the gamer and Re:monster, they may not be the strongest but it seems like its only a matter of time.... and if there is actually a harem that only makes the self-insert bait all the more obvious and off putting

To put it into perspective:
It takes 2 entire arcs before the first significant female character even appears and one more arc for any female characters to actually... well, "join the party", though that's not quite right, but I don't want to give any spoilers. By the time the first female characters join the group of the protagonist, which are 2, there are already 8 or so male characters around the protagonist - and the characters get screentime rather fairly as well. I think anyone trying to frame this series as a harem is really pushing it.

Under those ridiculous standards of somehow wanting to frame a series as harem even if it's clearly not, just because of some set beliefs of how "isekai series have to be" or such BS, then we might as well call Death Note a "harem" because Light dated several girls off-screen and had somewhat a relationship with two girls.
well as another user stated baka updates has the harem tag on it so im still a little skeptical there.... guess ill just read the manga real quick and see if its worth watching

Mar 9, 3:17 PM by Killaclown

Killaclown said:
Grey-Zone said:


The main character of this series is "very strong" most of the time, but the MC here is rarely, if ever, "OP", at least if "OP" means "winning every battle" and "always being the strongest person around" to you.

I say that after having read about 2/3rd of the Web Novel version. And up until that point there are still quite a few characters who are stronger, one of which, has already appeard in the manga version and met the main character.
i was thinking more about how his "ability" is so OP
it reminds me a lot of the gamer and Re:monster, they may not be the strongest but it seems like its only a matter of time.... and if there is actually a harem that only makes the self-insert bait all the more obvious and off putting

To put it into perspective:
It takes 2 entire arcs before the first significant female character even appears and one more arc for any female characters to actually... well, "join the party", though that's not quite right, but I don't want to give any spoilers. By the time the first female characters join the group of the protagonist, which are 2, there are already 8 or so male characters around the protagonist - and the characters get screentime rather fairly as well. I think anyone trying to frame this series as a harem is really pushing it.

Under those ridiculous standards of somehow wanting to frame a series as harem even if it's clearly not, just because of some set beliefs of how "isekai series have to be" or such BS, then we might as well call Death Note a "harem" because Light dated several girls off-screen and had somewhat a relationship with two girls.

Mar 9, 2:54 PM by Grey-Zone

Grey-Zone said:
Killaclown said:
grimgar of fantasy and ash! and soon goblin slayer :)

but yeah I feel you, and from the little I read of the manga, the slime dude becomes OP pretty early on, makes me very wary


The main character of this series is "very strong" most of the time, but the MC here is rarely, if ever, "OP", at least if "OP" means "winning every battle" and "always being the strongest person around" to you.

I say that after having read about 2/3rd of the Web Novel version. And up until that point there are still quite a few characters who are stronger, one of which, has already appeard in the manga version and met the main character.
i was thinking more about how his "ability" is so OP
it reminds me a lot of the gamer and Re:monster, they may not be the strongest but it seems like its only a matter of time.... and if there is actually a harem that only makes the self-insert bait all the more obvious and off putting

Edit: all of which are also OP outside of battle

Mar 9, 2:32 PM by Killaclown

Killaclown said:
tragedydesu said:
Why should every ln adaptation be a fucking harem ...

Anyway ,it's highly rated enough and popular to give it a try
VanishingKira said:
It's about time.

Still it's an isekai though so it's hard to have high expectations for this but I atleast hope it'll be somewhat decent or atleast above average considering how long this anime adaption has been anticipated.
grimgar of fantasy and ash! and soon goblin slayer :)

but yeah I feel you, and from the little I read of the manga, the slime dude becomes OP pretty early on, makes me very wary


The main character of this series is "very strong" most of the time, but the MC here is rarely, if ever, "OP", at least if "OP" means "winning every battle" and "always being the strongest person around" to you.

I say that after having read about 2/3rd of the Web Novel version. And up until that point there are still quite a few characters who are stronger, one of which, has already appeard in the manga version and met the main character.

Mar 9, 2:12 PM by Grey-Zone

tragedydesu said:
Why should every ln adaptation be a fucking harem ...

Anyway ,it's highly rated enough and popular to give it a try
VanishingKira said:
It's about time.

Still it's an isekai though so it's hard to have high expectations for this but I atleast hope it'll be somewhat decent or atleast above average considering how long this anime adaption has been anticipated.
grimgar of fantasy and ash! and soon goblin slayer :)

but yeah I feel you, and from the little I read of the manga, the slime dude becomes OP pretty early on, makes me very wary

Mar 9, 12:35 PM by Killaclown

Stark700 said:
[...]
Update March 8
The official site and twitter account opened today listing the main staff members for the light novel adaptation. A preview teaser visual and video has also been uploaded. The series is scheduled to premiere for Fall 2018.

Staff
Director: Yasuhito Kikuchi (IS: Infinite Stratos)
Assistant Director: Atsushi Nakayama (Comic Lucifer
Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Black Clover
Character Design: Ebata Ryouma (Mahou Sensou)
Monster Design: Takahiro Kishida (Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica)
Music: Elements Garden (Grisaia no Kajitsu)
Studio: 8-bit

PV


Source: Moca News

Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken on MAL


I am OK with that PV, but two things bother me quite a bit:

1. The narrator's voice... for some reason I don't like it.
2. WTF is with those "opened eyes"? I don't think that existed for either the LN or manga at it bothers me quite a bit. Frankly, it doesn't look too good.

Mar 9, 8:07 AM by Grey-Zone

Satou again?
Can't wait to watch an LN isekai adaptation with Lucifer plot dev and MahouSensou ending, Rewrite style CG and 8bit's beautiful trainwreck pacing, & add Asta screams for bonus points.

Mar 9, 1:48 AM by gophercg

Mormegil said:
Oh, hey. Another isekai? That's a shocker. Will this be trash like Death March or the previous smart phone one, or is this the good isekai like Grimgar and Overlord?

This one's gonna be better than Death March and Smartphone for sure. I'm not that far into it tho, since I'm only on volume 2 of the manga.

Mar 8, 8:31 PM by Unleashed_SM

Lol that visual, cant really say something on the pv right now though

Mar 8, 8:26 PM by Antagonized

News Update
The official site and twitter account opened today listing the main staff members for the light novel adaptation. A preview teaser visual and video has also been uploaded. The series is scheduled to premiere for Fall 2018.

Staff
Director: Yasuhito Kikuchi (IS: Infinite Stratos)
Assistant Director: Atsushi Nakayama (Comic Lucifer
Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Black Clover
Character Design: Ebata Ryouma (Mahou Sensou)
Monster Design: Takahiro Kishida (Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica)
Music: Elements Garden (Grisaia no Kajitsu)
Studio: 8-bit

PV


Source: Moca News

Mar 8, 8:11 PM by Stark700

Oh, hey. Another isekai? That's a shocker. Will this be trash like Death March or the previous smart phone one, or is this the good isekai like Grimgar and Overlord?

Mar 8, 7:27 PM by Mormegil

Brobot said:
thriach said:


I dont know about the rest, but do you think they care about some haters on mal ?
For all we know, 8-bit could be seen as a capabale studio in japan
Producers and sponsors mostly don't care that much for which studio is adapting their source material as long as that they can finish it on time and produce a somewhat decently looking show. It also helps if the studio or staff has done previous popular shows like in 8bit's case Infinite Stratos. In that sense they are considered a capable studio. Bad adaptions don't hurt the reputation of a studio since it's the production comitee who decides how to tackle the source material, what needs to be highlighted, changed or cut out. The studio and staff are just doing what ithey are hired for: animating the show.
Wasshio said:

Actually to correct you, unfortunately Ebata as far as he's concerned only participated in the first ending of Rewrite S1. As far as the rest is concerned he hasn't participated in anything else from the show after that, unless there's something that I MIGHT have missed.

But he's pretty underrated and not only that he also has some of those talents that you don't usually see very damn often at least in terms of style. It's easy to recognize his animation style and knowing how it is for his end. Now, I believe his best is Absolute Duo's OP as well, as he not only storyboarded, he did the entire OP by himself.

I do think there's GOING to be some limitations because it depends on who's going to be behind the committee, because... you know why Rewrite was fucked for starters? Because the production committee not only giving them less time to work with stuff but limitation on their main resource as well. Hence leading to outsource which lead to an absolute mess (which can be at fault for their end but because of these circumstances they tried to manage it).

Although fortunately these type of things didn't suffered for their other works such as Knight's & Magic (which I thought was pretty fun and enjoyable Isekai-ish mech show despite the complaints), and Miira no Kikaita (currently being solid both adaption wise and consistency).

Though taking that away, I think this can be a hit or miss but I do hope they can pull this off considering how their reputation has been to the bottom. Even if I said the hate is overboard... I can't exactly blame anyone even if I disagree. I guess I just wasn't left with a big ass scar unlike others.
Yeah, Ebata is a great animator. Like 8bit he originates from studio Satelight, so naturally he would be helping his old pals. As great as he is, it's kinda hard to tell how involved he is here, as he isn't credited as chied animation director. Well, as long as I get another great OP or ED I am happy.

That would make sense. Also I didn't knew he originated from studio Satelight so that was a pretty nice detail on that, but yeah. He isn't actually credited as chief animation director, only as designer. But nonetheless it's still rather interesting seeing him here to be completely honest.

Mar 8, 3:46 PM by Wasshio

thriach said:
Robiiii said:
Now 8bit has this one chance to not screw up and redeem themselves after the amount of poorly received adaptions. After all, this LN is huge in Japan and if they dont try their best just this once, they’ll most likely never succeed as studio and ppl always look down upon this studio.


I dont know about the rest, but do you think they care about some haters on mal ?
For all we know, 8-bit could be seen as a capabale studio in japan
Producers and sponsors mostly don't care that much for which studio is adapting their source material as long as that they can finish it on time and produce a somewhat decently looking show. It also helps if the studio or staff has done previous popular shows like in 8bit's case Infinite Stratos. In that sense they are considered a capable studio. Bad adaptions don't hurt the reputation of a studio since it's the production comitee who decides how to tackle the source material, what needs to be highlighted, changed or cut out. The studio and staff are just doing what ithey are hired for: animating the show.
Wasshio said:
PolarCyrus97 said:
Having Ryouma Ebata on Char Design is a huge plus on this project. The guy is a underrated animator and one of the best 8-bit has to offer. I hope we can get some quality animation cuts from him. He did the Absolute Dou OP and some great cuts for Yama no Susume, also i think he did the 2nd OP for Rewrite Season 1.

https://www.sakugabooru.com/post?page=1&tags=ryouma_ebata

Actually to correct you, unfortunately Ebata as far as he's concerned only participated in the first ending of Rewrite S1. As far as the rest is concerned he hasn't participated in anything else from the show after that, unless there's something that I MIGHT have missed.

But he's pretty underrated and not only that he also has some of those talents that you don't usually see very damn often at least in terms of style. It's easy to recognize his animation style and knowing how it is for his end. Now, I believe his best is Absolute Duo's OP as well, as he not only storyboarded, he did the entire OP by himself.

I do think there's GOING to be some limitations because it depends on who's going to be behind the committee, because... you know why Rewrite was fucked for starters? Because the production committee not only giving them less time to work with stuff but limitation on their main resource as well. Hence leading to outsource which lead to an absolute mess (which can be at fault for their end but because of these circumstances they tried to manage it).

Although fortunately these type of things didn't suffered for their other works such as Knight's & Magic (which I thought was pretty fun and enjoyable Isekai-ish mech show despite the complaints), and Miira no Kikaita (currently being solid both adaption wise and consistency).

Though taking that away, I think this can be a hit or miss but I do hope they can pull this off considering how their reputation has been to the bottom. Even if I said the hate is overboard... I can't exactly blame anyone even if I disagree. I guess I just wasn't left with a big ass scar unlike others.
Yeah, Ebata is a great animator. Like 8bit he originates from studio Satelight, so naturally he would be helping his old pals. As great as he is, it's kinda hard to tell how involved he is here, as he isn't credited as chied animation director. Well, as long as I get another great OP or ED I am happy.

Mar 8, 2:00 PM by Brobot

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