That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime episode 15 dropped January 15, 2019, if you live in Japan or January 14, 2019, if you live anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. This episode can be seen on television in Japan or online at the anime streaming service Crunchyroll. I can see that episode 15 is gearing up for more incredible plot lines in the future, and it includes a number of monsters that are very good shonen anime characters.
Episode 15 of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime was somewhat political, but still entertaining and interesting. The ideals, motivations, and allegiances of characters were very complex, which is one of the reasons why this is such a good shonen anime episode. I noticed that the tone was tense sometimes for the characters making decisions, but the episode found a way to be peaceful most of the time. From what I’ve seen, the cinematography was flawless and there are no noticeable mistakes in animation and sound.
Down in the paragraphs below, I will explain more in detail why episode 15 of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is a good shonen anime episode.
After the battle had ended with the orcs, all the monsters have a council meeting to decide what to do next. The orcs are not completely welcomed among the lizardmen and kijin, but Rimuru finds a way for everyone to get along. Also, whoever orchestrated and instigated the orc attacks is officially revealed in this episode. About the last half of the episode was of Rimuru and his companions resolving an issue with the Armed Nation of Dwargon.
Rimuru has received an important role in the Great Forest of Jura, a role he was not completely expecting or ready for. He does take it upon himself to be responsible for the orcs well-being and to keep them out of trouble.
When the forces of the Armed Nation of Dwargon arrive, Rimuru confronts King Dwargo who threatens the monster community he has built. King Dwargo is worried that Rimuru’s community of monsters may grow into a powerful and dangerous nation.
There is obviously bad blood between the lizardmen and the orcs because of how the orcs attacked the lizardmen territory. In order to keep tensions at a minimum, the orcs agree to hard labor at Rimuru’s monster community. The orcs and ogres have some history as well, but the kijin are far more forgiving than the lizardmen.
Gabiru plays a small part in this episode and it’s very abrupt. The Chieftain Abiru rightfully punishes his son, although, it’s not as extreme as you think.
Tone & Themes
The fight with the orcs is over, so everyone involved with the fight have calm down and just want to talk. This group talk is kind of tense after the orcs have caused so much devastation to many creatures of Jura. Everyone in the room does try their hardest to maintain a peaceful conversation.
I did not get the impression of anything dark or sinister occurring, even with the bad guys. But things got serious when King Dwargo showed up to challenge Rimuru and his community of monsters. The main themes in this episode includes the philosophy of how great power comes with great responsibility, and how anyone has it within them to change when given a second chance.
The art and animation was great to help set the tone of every scene. An example of this is the construction work of houses, roads, aqueducts, and bath areas showed how much Rimuru’s community of monsters is growing and prospering. Another good example was when King Dwargo arrived at the town flying on Pegasus with his soldiers, and it looked as if they were descending from heaven like righteous angels.
I like the new opening theme and I like it slightly more than the first opening theme. The song for this second opening theme sounds much better and the animation perfectly matches the rhythm of the music. Closing theme 2 has the same song from episode 14, which is music I also like a lot, but they changed the animation and it was okay.
The music within episode was good as well. I like that soft electronic jazz music they were playing when the different monsters were in a council meeting and making hard decisions, and I like that war blow horn sound they used when the Dwargon soldiers arrived at the town of monsters.
The voice actors did a good job in their performances like they always do. I like the goofiness the voice actress brings to Rimuru whenever something surprising happens to the character, and I like the intimidating voice of Gazel Dwargo and it’s fitting because the character looks intimidating.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Anime Episode 15 – Final Thoughts
Episode 15 was one of those slower episodes where they flush out the characters and the story, and it was necessary. After the wake of destruction caused by the Orc Disaster, all the monsters needed time to figure out what to do with the surviving orcs and how to build a proper alliance of monsters. There were many characters that got so much characterization and development from this episode, and that’s going to be important moving forward in the series.
There was not much action within the plot of this episode, but this episode needed to give the series sometime to think and grow, so that when we as the audience get to the good stuff it will be worth it. The characters had time to develop and there are some interesting character interactions that will greatly impact the series.
I noticed different types of moments such as peace negotiations, forgiveness, sinister motives, building a safe community, and having good relations with other nations, which all set the tone for the episode. The cinematography also helped with setting the tone, gave us great shots of soldiers descending from the sky, showed how characters were feeling, and displayed some entertaining moments from the little action the audience did receive.
Based on my analysis, I give this episode a score of 7.5 out of 10.
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