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A Memorial Keepsake is More Relevant Than it Appears – That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Anime Episode 9 Review

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime episode 9 dropped November 27, 2018, on Japanese television. This episode can also currently be streamed online on the Crunchyroll website. It is impressive how much a memorial keepsake of Shizu can be so relevant in episode 9 of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.

The plot of this anime episode introduces some characters that may be important to the series, and the mask that is a memorial keepsake of Shizu seems to be the catalyst for these character’s aggression in this episode. I say the first half of the episode was carefree and peaceful, but the second half of the episode is a bit more action-packed. The anime cinematography in this episode is exceptional, especially with all the action that occurred in the second half of the episode.

 

Description

Ep-9 – Rimuru-Asking-What-Is-On-The-Menu

In That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime episode 9, it starts off with progress being made building the goblin village. After the main character has gained new abilities from the last two episodes, he decides to test them out. When he realizes that he can now taste food, he asks the goblins and Tempest wolves to gather enough food to hold a big feast. While gathering the food, the group ends up in a fight with a few ogres, so Rimuru comes to rescue in order to resolve this issue with the ogres.

 

Character Setup

Ep-9 – The OgresRimuru is kind of embarrassed to test out some of his new abilities out in public, so he waits until he can do this privately and learns some things about what he can do. Another thing that he discoveries is his ability to taste, which he is then excited to hold a big feast in the goblin village.

Rimuru repairs Shizu’s mask and holds on to it as a memorial keepsake. The mask seems to somewhat direct the narrative of the episode as it angers a group of ogres for some reason. There is a red ogre that seems to be the leader of the group, and they seem to have come out of a tragic situation that was caused by plundering orcs. They believe that Rimuru is an enemy a part of that group because Rimuru is wearing a similar mask to someone who was a part of the orcs group.

 

Tone & Themes

Ep-9 – Rimuru-Wearing-The-Mask-From-ShizuLike I said before, the first half of the episode was carefree. It really just look like a goblin village of individuals building and organizing without a care in the world. Rimuru protecting Shizu’s mask got me feeling those feels. But then things get a little silly when Rimuru starts goofing around with his new abilities and Gobta not being careful with his words.

The episode does change to a much serious tone by the second half of the episode, although, there is still some comedic relief with character’s such as Gobta even though everyone is in the middle of battle. I actually loved Rimuru showing off his destructive capabilities among the enemy to make them fearful of him in order to stop this senseless fight.

Then the situation calms down, and everyone lives happily ever after. The end. I’m just joking, but seriously though, the ogres and the Rimuru gang do find common ground by the end of the episode.

I believe the themes of this episode are keeping someone in memory when they’re gone and don’t go judging a book by its cover. Yeah. The themes in this episode did not really run that deep. Maybe something deep will get revealed in the next episode.

 

Animation & Sound

Ep-9 – Rimuru-Notices-A-Reflection-Of-Shizu-In-A-PuddleI give the animation in this episode an A+, two thumbs up, and a badge of honor, but not an Oscar. Still, though, it doesn’t beat the animation quality of episode 7.

What I do like about this episode are the character designs of the ogres, and they differentiate from each other by color similar to the Power Rangers. Also, the destructive capabilities of Rimuru’s new ability black flame looked extremely intense with its sparks of black and purple colors, and the whole area within the vicinity, while in the daytime I mind you, was completely devoid of sunlight.

The music of course in this episode of certain situations sounded like music you would hear in an adventure video game because this is an isekai series, which is a great thing. It’s not overly serious sounding music like with the anime SAO or Overlord, but it’s still good music for the comedic and slightly campy aspect of the show.

I think the sound effects were good in the first half of the episode, but fantastic in the last half of the episode. The voice actors did a great job, especially for voicing the ogres.

 

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Anime Episode 9 – Final Thoughts

Ep-9 – Rimuru-In-His-Slime-Form-Holding-The-MaskThis was a good episode because I like how the main character was tinkering with his new human form and powers, and the introduction of the ogres was fun and interesting. I believe the ogres make up the rest of the group we saw in the opening and closing themes of the episodes. The episode may have felt short, but since it makes me want more that means series is doing a good job entertaining its audience.

Finally, the plot gets to these character’s apparently known as the ogres, who have been teased in the opening and closing themes since episode 1. The characterization of the ogres as well as the progress of the rest of the character’s was decent.

I think the shift of tone from the first half of the episode being peaceful to the second half being action heavy was a smooth transition. And though the cinematography in this episode was not as good as episode 7, episode 8 was a very close second to it and we got to see some cool stuff with the main character Rimuru.

Based on my analysis, I give this episode a score of 9 out of 10.

Please let me know if you have anything to say about my review or the episode down in the comment section below.

 

 

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