Blu-Ray Review: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – Season 1 Part 2

The adventures of Rimuru Tempest the slime continues with That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – Season 1 Part 2; so let’s take a look at what the Blu-Ray release via Manga Entertainment UK has to offer.

Synopsis:

Champion of monsters Rimuru Tempest ends the orc war and earns the esteemed title as Slime Chancellor. As his blobbiness presides over a newfound nation, he’s got more work to do than give names and kick butt.

The Moderate Harlequin Alliance is causing trouble, and the balance of power between Demon Lords is slippery at best. Protecting everyone will take a miracle, and some magicules, too.

Our View:

The adventure of Rimuru Tempest and his new found responsibilities within the town he has helped create continues within this second half of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime to deliver a rather sentimental approach to characters of past episodes. For once Rimuru discovers a purpose within this world, but first he must defeat those that pose him to his peaceful ways within the village. Get set for some slime bustin fun that never lets up until the end, and a bit of a tease if we do say so ourselves.

The story continues from where the first half of the series left off, with the Lizardmen attempting to fight off an army of orcs and Orc Lord that resides within the swamp area of the forest. The battle is a difficult one for the Lizardmen, solely due to the Orcs ability of adapting to the situation but when Rimuru and his group of high-powered orges arrive the fight quickly ends with Rimuru left standing as the winner.

It’s revealed that puppeteers for the demon lords helped orchestrate this battle in attempt to create a new demon lord as well as use the magic gained for alternative purposes; but alas this element of the story leaves itself open for another time.

With the battle won the group of monsters that reside within the forest appoint Rimuru as the representative of the forest nation and in turn sees an alliance formed between all those involved; including those who were once thought as enemies.

This new alliance sees the small village transform into a more moden town due to the resources gained from his new position as head member; but in doing so finds himself gaining attention in other areas – namely by the nearby kingdoms king. It’s a small, but comical confrontation, that leads to a bigger alliance to be formed; but it remains to be seen how this well play out in the long run.

Once again the story shifts to a new perspective and – finally – we get to see the introduction of the demon lords; with Lady Milim, the youngest and most cheerful of the demon lords, acting on her own to introduce herself to Rimuru after learning of his skills. Initial expectations lead you to believe that a war between Rimuru’s nation and the Demon Lord will commence; but in actuality that is far from the truth as Milim is quickly tamed by Rimuru and they soon become friends.

It is such a bizarre turn of events but it certainly does add some personality to the series; especially with Milim’s child-like approach and unwillingness to hold back. An aspect which soon helps Rimuru when the puppeteers return to try and create a new demon lord, a monster that is thought to be after revenge on Rimuru but turns out to be after Milim instead.

The introduction, and interactive nature, of Milim is for me easily the highlight of this second half of the series as everything until now has seemed rather stale and progressive; while Milim offers a spontaneous nature and doesn’t hold back on anything. Great fun indeed; but sadly it ends just as soon as it starts.

The final arc of this second half of the season is the ‘true purpose’ I mentioned earlier; as Rimuru experiences a visionary dream of assisting with children that were summoned to the world similar to Shizu. In this dream Shizu once again shares knowledge of the children she was teaching in hopes of finding a cure for their curse of dying early; an after effect of being summoned to this world. As such Rimuru features off to this special school in hopes of learning more.

This final act of the season offers something completely new and different to anything that has previously happened in the series and it soon offers nostalgic vibes to The Familiar of Zero, Little Witch Academia and in turn the Harry Potter franchise. The school is setup for humans to control magic, but it also houses children that are cursed with short lives as a result of being summoned from another world.

Using his skills Rimuru befriends the children and in turn attempts to find a way to stop this curse from becoming a reality. As mentioned it is completely different from anything seen previously and offers a refreshing change of pace.

A refreshing change of pace is an interesting way to describe this second half, as while most elements of the series remains the same it offers a more entertaining vibe with a clear storyline being told. Naturally all of the comical quips from the first half, and Rimuru’s “whatevs” personality, remain strong in this second half; but at the same time it offers a solid story that leads somewhere.  That somewhere is the end of the first season; but a second season is on the way and ‘bigger threats’ are teased at the end which make you want to continue watching.

Extras:

As with the first half of the series Manga Entertainment UK are once again using disc masters authored via FUNimation and as such we receive a variety of supplementary content; with the only missing aspects being trailers for other FUNimation produced shows. Regardless it is a strong line-up of bonus features that is spread across the second Blu-Ray disc.

In this case viewers will find the usual inclusion of textless songs and English cast commentaries, with the English cast commentaries providing an interesting combination of insightful and wasteful moments, as well as Japanese promotional materials and the bonus episode. This particular bonus episode, known as 24.5, acts as a recap of the events from the series from the viewpoint Veldora. It’s nothing overly exciting; but it is a worthy addition a to this set that – in all honestly – could have easily been left out.

Specs:

Media:  BD 50, BD 25
Region: B
Running Time: 2:45:54 (Disc 1), 1:58:40 (Disc 2)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: Dolby True HD 5.1 (English) & Dolby True HD 2.0 (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (White)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – Season 1 Part 2 continues to build-up and deliver what was initially started in the first half of the series, as not only do we see Rimuru – and his group of friends – grow but we are introduced to new characters, an objective as well as teased with the prospect of a bigger threat lurking in the background. It’s still difficult to see an overally goal, such as a common enemy to defeat, a treasure to find or a love interest to secure; but it does offer a mixture of comedy, action and its own unique way of discovering true purpose within the world.

This is true for all of the characters that interact with Rimuru, but even Rimuru must find his own place in the world and this is achieved through his management of the village before venturing to the school in order to help the children that Shizu once cared for. From a linear story perspective then it still needs a lot of work; but for now it is still interesting to see these characters interact with one another, the threats that appear and difficulties they most overcome to lead a peaceful life. It’s mysterious slime based fun filled with magic, monsters and demon lords and works quite well throughout.

As with the previous instalment Blu-Ray release of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – Season 1 Part 2 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.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – Season 1 Part 2 brings the series to its conclusion while expanding upon its own foundations to create a more diverse world filled with monsters, humans and demon lords. The end goal for the entire story still seems relatively unclear; but for now we can just enjoy the journey and the stories that are being told from the viewpoint of one not bad slime.

If you are looking for a bit of fun, magic and monsters then That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is worth checking out – especially for Milim as she is hilarious to watch.

Score: review-stars-4

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – Season 1 Part 2 will be available on Blu-Ray from the 24th February 2020 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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