That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is a Japanese animation (anime) TV series which gained huge popularity after being broadcasted in Japan and streamed internationally in October 2018 (The complete Season 1 is currently available on Crunchyroll).
At first glance, it may look like just another popular fantasy-adventure anime series with good action scenes and well-developed visuals. However, soon you will find the very unique setting of the story. The protagonist of the story is a slime, which is recognized as one of the weakest species among the many standard species for typical Western fantasy stories.
Additionally, the well-structured story itself is also distinctive. It is not a story of a few main characters, but telling diverse stories of a lot of characters, including many fantasy species. Some of them are tales of brave adventures and battle stories, and others are quite emotional.
Animationweek had a precious opportunity to prepare an article to summarize the first season of the popular anime series by working together with BANDAI NAMCO. We hope that this would be a good preparation for those who are currently awaiting the second season, to be aired in 2020.
Corporate worker Mikami Satoru is stabbed by a random killer, and is reborn in another world. But he turns out to be reborn as a slime! Thrown into this new world with the name Rimuru, he begins his quest to create a world that’s welcoming to all races.
Original Story: Manga series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (KODANSHA Ltd.) by Taiki Kawakami, which is based on the novel That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (MICROMAGAZINE Inc.) written by Fuse and illustrated by Mitz Vah
Director: Kikuchi Yasuhito
Assistant Director: Atsushi Nakayama
Series Structure: Kazuyuki Hudeyasu
Character Design: Ryouma Ebata
Monster Design: Takahiro Kishida
Art Director: Ayumi Sato
Art Setting: Tomoyasu Fujise, Masahiro Sato
Music: Elements Garden
Production Studio: eight bit
Two main creators’ favorite characters
Here are the favorite characters of the two main creators of the TV series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. The two main creators are: Fuse, the author of the original novel, and Atsushi Nakayama, the Assistant Director of the TV series.
Fuse’s favorite male characters
The most favorite character: Diablo (Reason: He is strong and competent, but a bit absent-minded. He is the character I can write without any difficulties during my writing.)
Second favorite character: Youm
Third favorite character: Vesta
Fuse’s favorite female characters
The most favorite character: Shuna (Reason: I think her attractiveness doubled since the original by having a voice and coming to life through animation.)
Second favorite character: Hinata
Third favorite character: Shizu
Atsushi Nakayama’s favorite male characters
The most favorite character: Soei (Reason: I would like to have a competent person like Soei under me.)
Second favorite character: Geld
Third favorite character: Gobta
Atsushi Nakayama’s favorite female characters
The most favorite character: Shion (Reason: I like strong characters like Shion.)
Second favorite character: Soka
Third favorite character: Milim
Two core creators’ favorite scene
Fuse’s most favorite scene
Ep 8: Inherited Will
The end of Shizu. I was so impressed with this scene, which could only be achieved with movement, music and acting by the voice actors. Something you cannot get with comics or novels.
Atsushi Nakayama’s favorite scene
Ep 3: Battle at the Goblin Village
The scene of Ranga wagging his tale answering to his “master”. I have so many reasons, but this cute Ranga gave me energy.
Visuals of the universe
Here are some background designs of the fantasy world.