Blu-Ray Review: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – Part 1

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – Part 1 brings the slime life adventure to Blu-Ray in the UK; so what can one expect? Well let’s take a look and find out.

Synopsis:

Thirty-seven-year-old Satoru Mikami is a typical corporate worker, who is perfectly content with his monotonous lifestyle in Tokyo, other than failing to nail down a girlfriend even once throughout his life. In the midst of a casual encounter with his colleague, he falls victim to a random assailant on the streets and is stabbed. However, while succumbing to his injuries, a peculiar voice echoes in his mind, and recites a bunch of commands which the dying man cannot make sense of.

When Satoru regains consciousness, he discovers that he has reincarnated as a goop of slime in an unfamiliar realm. In doing so, he acquires newfound skills—notably, the power to devour anything and mimic its appearance and abilities. He then stumbles upon the sealed Catastrophe-level monster “Storm Dragon” Veldora who had been sealed away for the past 300 years for devastating a town to ashes. Sympathetic to his predicament, Satoru befriends him, promising to assist in destroying the seal. In return, Veldora bestows upon him the name Rimuru Tempest to grant him divine protection.

Now, liberated from the mundanities of his past life, Rimuru embarks on a fresh journey with a distinct goal in mind. As he grows accustomed to his new physique, his gooey antics ripple throughout the world, gradually altering his fate.

Our View:

Adapted from Fuse’s light novel of the same name; That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime tells the story of Satoru Mikami who, after dying in a seemingly random knife attack in central Tokyo, finds himself reborn as a Slime in a mysterious world filled with magic, demons and monsters. It’s a bizarre, but refreshingly entertaining, tale that explores his new life as a slime.

This first half of this first series acts as an introduction to the world and the numerous creatures found within; but in hindsight it should have been known as “The Narration of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime” due to the consistent narration provided by the main character; but alas this is just one large complaint in an overly satisfyingly and fun series. Slurp.

Upon the verge of death Satoru Mikami is granted mysterious ‘Great Sage’ powers and skills for use in the next life by an unknown entity; a life (or slife if you prefer) that sees him reincarnated as a slime within a fantasy world. Once reborn in this new world Satoru Mikami begins exploring the area, as well as toying around with his Predator skill that allows him to absorb, analyze and reconstruct anything of interest, and soon encounters the mighty storm dragon known as Veldora.

This encounter allows Satoru Mikami to learn more about the world, but more so than that he obtains a new name in the form of Rimuru Tempest. This new friendship with Veldora also sees Rimuru use the predator skill on him in hopes of one day rescuing Veldora, who is now known as the Tempest Dragon, from the curse that has been imposed upon him from heroes within the land.

Regardless this first encounter sparks the beginning of an adventure for Rimuru as he navigates the cave while defeating enemies until he finds an escape route, just like that in a traditional role-playing game. From here the journey of Rimuru takes a more ‘king like role’ as he befriends a goblin village, saves them from a direwolve attack, and becomes their lord. Additionally with Rimuru’s high magicule stash he ends up naming the goblins and direwolves so that they become stronger and larger monsters.

It’s a peaceful slife for the slime but work still needs to be done and as such Rimuru ventures on a quest to obtain workers who can build houses, clothes and weapons. At this stage Rimuru travels to a town. Which is open to all types of monsters , humans and half-breeds, in search of people that can aid his town through cronstruction and after a series of, rather unfortunate but comical, events Rimuru manages to find the best people in town and in turn returns home to the goblin village to begin construction.

Time slowly passes and while Rimuru’s life becomes seemingly normal elsewhere things are about to change. Veldora, the dragon who resided within the cave, still remains within Rimuru – but with his power hidden from the world other monsters – more importantly – demon lords have begun to notice.

This change in power within the Jura Forest sees a guild squad look for answers and instead they find Rimuru. This fateful encounter, as predicted in a previous episode, sees Rimuru meet Shizu; a rather mysterious girl who was always transported from Japan and finds herself possessed by the fire spirit Ifrit. This encounter leads to a deathly battle, with Rimuru accepting the consequences, the wish of Shizu and in turn her human form.

From here That Time I Got Reincarnted as a Slime changes from a “happy slife” perspective to a more narrative driven experience that sees Rimuru attempt to uncover the person responsible for Shizu’s turmoil; but before that can happen a group of Orges attack the goblins.

This fight leads the Orges to become friends with Rimuru and the goblins but in turn it allows the Orges to share their own issues – an onslaught from an Orc Lord and a demon lord. This revelation makes the starting point of a bigger story, one that will involve all different types of races and lords, but sadly just as things start to get interesting it ends – with the rest being saved for the second half of the series.

From a content perspective then the episodes within That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime cover a lot of ground, with character introductions, backstories, histories, enemy threats and so forth; but at the same time none of it seems remotely memorable. The animation quality isn’t that particular strong either, although some later sees are really cool, and the only highlight seems to be Rimuru’s quirky personality of being a slime – but even this is let down by the consistent narration being provided. It’s an interesting series, and fun to watch, that is for sure – but I don’t see myself coming back to it anytime soon.

Extras:

As with recent FUNimaiton related releases (i.e. Steins;Gate 0), Manga Entertainment UK have once again opted to use disc masters authored by their FUNimation partners but modified for UK release; as such we receive all of the same content as those in the US with the exception of US related trailers. That’s not entirely a bad thing but I do enjoy watching Trailers.

In terms of physical content then viewers will find the usual inclusion of textless opening and closing songs as well as more surprising additions in the form of Japanese promotional trailers and English cast commentaries with certain members of the English voice cast and script writers.

As this is a FUNimation related release these bonus features are ‘to be expected’ but surprisingly the audio (and video) commentary is not as bad as one would expect. Most cast commentaries for English dubbed shows tend to be rather vague and uninformative but in this set, for the video commentary at least, it proved to be entertaining – especially if you enjoy the English Dub of the show.

Specs:

Media:  BD 50, BD 25
Region: B
Running Time: 3:34:50 (Disc 1), 1:11:06 (Disc 2),
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (English) & Dolby TrueHD 2.0 (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (Yellow)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – Part 1, or as I like to call it The Narration of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, acts as an introduction to the world, the characters and the lifestyle that Rimuru gets to experience after being reborn in this new world filled with magic and monsters. For the most part this half of the series doesn’t have a clear goal or objective, other than survival, but once Rimuru learns of the dangers that exist within the world he forms a team, and then an alliance, in order to combat that threat.

Those looking for a different type of anime experience that delivers a simplistic, comedic, life-in-a-fantasy world setting then That Time I Got Reincarnted as a Slime does have something to offer; but if you are looking for complex magic fights between monsters and humans then you won’t exactly find it here. Sure enough this story does have monsters (and magic) do battle amongst each other; but that is not the focus – the focus is Rimuru’s life as a slime – which is just as a bizarre and as fun as one might expect.

This Blu-Ray release of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – Part 1 remains consistent with what one would expect to receive from other FUNimaiton releases and as such no real complaints can be had. The presentation and audio quality is consistent, with a questionable but strong English Dub, with subtitles presented in the traditional white FUNimation format. As mentioned previously viewers will find a nice selection of bonus features that will cater towards both English and Japanese fans of the series; although fans of the English dub will get the better experience thanks to the inclusion of video and audio cast commentaries with both cast and script writers of the English dub.

Overall That Time I Got Reincarnted as a Slime – Part 1 provides a real mixture of entertainment. Firstly with its variety of content with life-style and survival as well as magic and game styled RPG mechanics. Those who like a more laid-back fantasy adventure with references to modern day lifestyles will enjoy what this has to offer but at the same time doesn’t seem to feature anything memorable except the lovable slime known as Rimuru. I guess that is fine as it is his slife after all. Regardless it is entertaining to watch.

Score: review-stars-4

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – Part 1 will be available on Blu-ray from the 21st October 2019 within the UK via Manga Entertainment UK.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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