That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime light novel volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of the first light novel, featuring Shizue (right), Ranga (left) and Gobuta (top left)
転生したらスライムだった件
(Tensei Shitara Suraimu Datta Ken)
GenreFantasy,[1] isekai[2]
Novel series
Written byFuse [ja]
Published byShōsetsuka ni Narō
Original runFebruary 20, 2013October 30, 2015
Light novel
Written byFuse
Illustrated byMitz Vah
Published byMicro Magazine
English publisher
ImprintGC Novels
DemographicMale
Original runMay 30, 2014 – present
Volumes19 + 2 extra (List of volumes)
Manga
Written byFuse
Illustrated byTaiki Kawakami
Published byKodansha
English publisher
MagazineMonthly Shōnen Sirius
DemographicShōnen
Original runMarch 26, 2015 – present
Volumes19 (List of volumes)
Manga
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: The Ways of the Monster Nation
Written byFuse
Illustrated byShō Okagiri
Published byMicro Magazine
English publisher
MagazineComic Ride
DemographicSeinen
Original runJuly 28, 2016 – present
Volumes9 (List of volumes)
Manga
The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Written byFuse
Illustrated byShiba
Published byKodansha
English publisher
MagazineMonthly Shōnen Sirius
DemographicShōnen
Original runMarch 2018 – present
Volumes5
Manga
That Time I Got Reincarnated (Again!) as a Workaholic Slime
Written byFuse
Illustrated byShizuku Akechi
Published byKodansha
English publisher
MagazineSuiyōbi no Sirius
DemographicShōnen
Original runSeptember 26, 2018 – present
Volumes2
Anime television series
Directed by
  • Yasuhito Kikuchi (#1–24)
  • Atsushi Nakayama (#25–)
  • Assistant director:
  • Atsushi Nakayama (#1–24)[3]
Produced by
  • Yōhei Itō
  • Shigeto Sugimoto
Written byKazuyuki Fudeyasu
Music byElements Garden
StudioEight Bit
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Funimation
Original networkTokyo MX, BS11, tvk, MBS
Original run October 2, 2018 September 21, 2021
Episodes48 + 5 OVAs (List of episodes)
Anime television series
The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Directed by
  • Yūji Haibara
  • Shin Tosaka[a]
  • Shintarō Inokawa[a]
Written byKotatsumikan
Music byR.O.N
StudioEight Bit
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkTokyo MX, MBS, BS11, TV Aichi, TVh, TVQ, GYT, GTV, TV-U, AT-X, Animax
Original run April 6, 2021 June 22, 2021
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Japanese: 転生したらスライムだった件, Hepburn: Tensei Shitara Suraimu Datta Ken) also known as TenSura (転スラ) or Slime Isekai is a Japanese fantasy light novel series written by Fuse [ja], and illustrated by Mitz Vah. The story is about a salaryman who is murdered and reincarnates in a sword and sorcery world as a slime with unique powers and gathers allies to build his own nation of monsters.

It was serialized online between 2013 and 2016 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was acquired by Micro Magazine, which published the first light novel volume in 2014. Nineteen volumes have been released as of November 2021. The light novel has been licensed in North America by Yen Press, who published the first volume in December 2017. It has received a manga adaptation published by Kodansha along with three manga spin-offs published respectively by Micro Magazine and Kodansha and an anime television series adaptation by Eight Bit, which aired from October 2018 to March 2019. A second season of the anime series aired from January to September 2021, and an anime adaptation of the second spin-off manga aired from April to June 2021. An anime film will be released in Q4 2022.

Plot[edit]

Satoru Mikami is an ordinary 37-year-old corporate worker living in Tokyo. He is almost content with his monotonous life, despite the fact that he doesn't have a girlfriend. During a casual encounter with his colleague, an assailant pops out of nowhere and stabs him. While succumbing to his injuries, a mysterious voice echoes in his mind and recites a series of commands which he could not make sense of.

After regaining consciousness, Satoru discovers that he has been reincarnated as a Slime in an unfamiliar world. At the same time, he also acquires new-found skills, particularly the ability called "Predator," which allows him to devour anything and mimic its appearance and skills. He stumbles upon Veldora, a powerful 'Storm Dragon', who has been sealed for the last 300 years for reducing a town to ashes. Feeling sorry for him, Satoru befriends the dragon, promising to help him in destroying the seal. They decide to exchange names, Veldora bestows upon him name Rimuru, and receives name Tempest in return. Slime then consumes the dragon together with his prison in order to analyze the spell inside itself and eventually free Veldora.

The disappearance of Veldora's aura creates a power vacuum which eventually makes Rimuru the leader of all beings inhabiting the Great Forest of Jura, who accept him as a ruler and together they found the nation of Tempest. With Rimuru's strength, wisdom and idealistic vision the new nation quickly grows in strength and influence. Soon Rimuru and his subjects draw the attention of the nearby foreign powers, from monarchs and legendary heroes to demon lords, some seeking to become their allies, while others intending to take advantage of or destroy them completely.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Fuse originally serialized the series as a web novel on the user-generated content site Shōsetsuka ni Narō between February 20, 2013 and January 1, 2016.[1][5] The series was acquired for print publication by Micro Magazine, who published the first light novel, with illustrations by Mitz Vah, under their GC Novels in May 2014.[1][6] On April 15, 2017, English publisher Yen Press announced during their panel at Sakura-Con that they had licensed the series for release in North America.[7]

Manga[edit]

Taiki Kawakami launched a manga adaptation in Kodansha's shōnen manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Sirius on March 26, 2015.[8] Kodansha USA announced their license to the manga during their panel at New York Comic Con on October 6, 2016.[9] A spin-off manga, titled That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: How Monsters Walk (転生したらスライムだった件~魔物の国の歩き方~, Tensei Shitara Suraimu Datta Ken: Mamono no Arukikata), with art by Shō Okagiri, has been serialized on Micro Magazine's Comic Ride website since July 28, 2016.[1][10] A second spin-off manga, titled The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (転スラ日記 転生したらスライムだった件, Tensura Nikki: Tensei Shitara Suraimu Datta Ken), with art by Shiba, has been serialized in Kodansha's shōnen manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Sirius since March 2018, compiled into five volumes as of March 2021, and licensed in English by Kodansha USA. A third spin-off manga titled That Time I Got Reincarnated (Again!) as a Workaholic Slime (Tensei Shitara Shachiku Datta Ken, 転生しても社畜だった件) and illustrated by Shizuku Akechi began serialization on the Niconico website on September 26, 2018, and has been compiled into one volume as of July 9, 2019.[11][12] On June 3, 2020, Kodansha USA announced that it has licensed That Time I Got Reincarnated (Again!) as a Workaholic Slime.[13]

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation aired from October 2, 2018 to March 19, 2019 on Tokyo MX and other channels.[1][14][b] The series is animated by Eight Bit and directed by Yasuhito Kikuchi, with Atsushi Nakayama as assistant director, Kazuyuki Fudeyasu handling series composition, Ryouma Ebata designing the characters, and Takahiro Kishida providing monster designs. Elements Garden is composing the series' music.[15] The first opening theme is "Nameless story" performed by Takuma Terashima,[16] while the first ending theme is "Another colony" performed by True.[17] The second opening theme is "Megurumono" (メグルモノ) performed by Terashima, while the second ending theme is "Little Soldier" (リトルソルジャー, Ritoru Sorujā) performed by Azusa Tadokoro.[18] The series is simulcast by Crunchyroll[19] with Funimation streaming an English dub as it airs.[20] The first season ran for 24 episodes. An original animation DVD was originally scheduled to be released on March 29, 2019, bundled with the 11th manga volume,[21] but it was delayed to December 4, 2019, bundled with the 13th manga volume.[22][23] A second original animation DVD was released on July 9, 2019, bundled with the 12th manga volume.[24] Three more original animation DVDs have been announced, with the third OAD being released on March 27, 2020, bundled with the 14th manga volume.[25] The fourth OAD is being bundled with the 15th manga volume, which released on July 9, 2020. The fifth OAD was to be bundled with 16th manga volume, which released on November 9, 2020.

A second season was announced to be a split-season anime, but the first half was delayed from October 2020 to January 2021, and the second half was delayed from April 2021 to July 2021 from due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan. The first half aired from January 12 to March 30, 2021, and the second half aired from July 6 to September 21, 2021. Eight Bit animated the series, with the staff and cast members reprising their roles.[26][27] The opening theme is "Storyteller" performed by True, while the ending theme is "STORYSEEKER" performed by STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION.[28] The second opening theme is "Like Flames" performed by MindaRyn, while the second ending theme is "Reincarnate" performed by Takuma Terashima.[29]

A spin-off anime series based on the Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime manga was scheduled to premiere in January 2021 but had been delayed to April 2021 due to COVID-19. The series aired from April 6 to June 22, 2021.[30] Eight Bit also animated the series, with Yuji Haibara directing the series, Kotatsumikan writing the script, Risa Takai and Atsushi Irie as character designers, and R.O.N composing the music.[31] The opening theme is "Brand new diary" performed by Akane Kumada.[32]

After the airing of the second season's final episode, it was announced that the series is receiving an anime film which will be released in Q4 2022.[33]

Video game[edit]

At the AnimeJapan 2021 special stage for the franchise, a free-to-play role-playing game app, titled Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken: Maō to Ryū no Kenkoku-tan (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: The Saga of How the Demon Lord and Dragon Founded a Nation), was announced. It is developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment and will be released in 2021.[34] The game will be released in English under the title That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: ISEKAI Memories.[35]

Reception[edit]

The light novel series has over 4.5 million volumes in print.[1] It was the fifth best-selling title of 2018 with 539,277[36] and its manga adaptation was the ninth best-selling title of 2018 with 3,460,066 copies.[37] It also became the first manga series based on a light novel with at least 20 million total copies in print.[38] By March 2021, it has over 24 million copies in circulation.[39] And in May 2021 it reached the 25 million.[40]

The light novel ranked eighth in 2017 in Takarajimasha's annual light novel guide book Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!, in the tankōbon category.[41] It ranked sixth in 2018[42] and fifth in 2019.[43]

In 2019, Rimuru Tempest won Best Protagonist on the Crunchyroll Anime Awards.[44]

The manga adaptation was nominated for the 45th Kodansha Manga Award in the shōnen category in 2021.[45]

In May 2021, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime was one of five isekai-oriented anime titles (along with KonoSuba, Zombie Land Saga, Princess Lover!, and Nekopara) that were given a limited ban by the Russian government for their depiction of reincarnation.[46]

Awards[edit]

The manga adaptation has won the 2018 BookWalker Award.[47] The light novel and anime have also received recognitions.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Credited as Animation Director (アニメーションディレクター), a credit separate from Animation Director (作画監督), and one that denotes series director responsibilities, as confirmed through Keizou Shimizu and his work Legend of the Galactic Heroes.[4]
  2. ^ Tokyo MX listed the broadcast times as Monday nights at 24:00, meaning the first broadcast technically occurred on Tuesday at midnight JST.

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