September Anime Challenge – That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Our challenge this month is That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Japanese: Tensei Shitara Suraimu Datta Ken). The series is based on the light novel series written by Fuse, and illustrated by Mitz Vah, which was serialized online between 2013 and 2016 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shosetsuka Ni Naro. It consists of sixteen volumes. A manga adaptation was published by Kodansha then three manga spin-offs appeared in different manga magazines such as Micro Magazine. In 2018 the anime, which is our challenge this month premiered, adapted by Eight Bit. A second season was supposed to premiere in October 2020, but due to COVID-19 throwing a spanner in the work it will only premiere is April 2021.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is not your normal fantasy isekai. It tells the story of Satoru Mikami, a thirty seven year old mundane man in a dead end job that dies after a robbery gone badly. He gets a second chance in life by being reincarnated as, we kid you not, a low-level slime in a fantasy world. (Some people really have weird karma!). He has to deal with his new oozing existence by being a monster, and like a rock thrown into a pond, his life will cause ripples that will change that fantasy world forever.

Week 1 September 7 – 13, 2020

Episodes 1 – 4

Konnichwa minna! Our challenge anime, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime was directed by Yasuhito Kikuchi (Macros Frontier) and anime production, done by 8-bit. Atsushi Nakayama (Absolute Duo) was the assistant director; Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Recovery of an MMO Junkie) did series composition while Ryouma Ebata (Magical Warfare) worked on character designs. The monster design was done by Takahiro Kishida (Serial Experiments Lain) and Elements Garden composed the music. Takuma Terashima performed the anime’s opening theme song “Nameless story.” and True performed the ending theme “Another Colony.”

We hope you enjoy the challenge with us and have a super sugoi week.

Week 2 September 14 – 20, 2020

Episodes 5 – 8

Konnichwa minna! We hope you are still enjoying our September challenge, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. Miho Okasaki, the talented voice actor of Rimiru said that when auditioning for the role she studied the character design and instinctively knew what the proper vocalization the character must have. Rimiru was her second major role, her first leading role (her first major role was Miku Nishio in the anime series Ongaku Shōjo).

Okasaki was born in Okayama Prefecture on November 22 and enrolled at the Japan Narration Actor Institute, the best place t go to for aspiring voice actors. When she graduated she became affiliated with with the I’m Enterprise agency. Her voice acting debut was in 2017 when she played background and minor roles in anime such as such as Love Live! Sunshine!!, Kino’s Journey, Aikatsu Stars!, and Classicaloid. She also did a few roles in video games such as Quiz RPG: The World of Mystic Wiz and Hentai Shōjo: Formation Girls. She loves Karaoke and girls’ manga, is skilled at badminton and loves playing the piano, to top everything off she is known for having ninja-level calligraphy skills.

We hope you enjoyed meeting our main character’s voice actor. Enjoy the challenge with us and have a super sugoi week.

Week 3 September 21 – 27, 2020

Episodes 9 – 12

Konnichiwa Miina, week three of our anime challenge just hit. This week we look at other anime from 8-bit anime studio. If you enjoyed That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime you might enjoy these two anime recommendations from 8-bit anime studio as well.

Absolute Duo

Touru Kokonoe decides to become stronger after losing someone precious to him and enrolls in a special school where people manifest their souls as weapons called Blaze. Two things about it are rather interesting: 1. He ends up living with a beautiful silver-haired girl and 2. Instead of a weapon his Blaze manifests as a shield!

Comet Lucifer

Comet Lucifer is set on the planet Gift, a planet filled with a precious crystal named Giftjium. In the prosperous mining town Garden Indigo, lives Sougo Amagi, a boy who loves to collect rare crystals. One day he gets into a dispute between himself and classmates Kaon, Otto and Roman. He wanders off and get lost until he finds an underground lake in the ruins of a mine and meets a mysterious blue-haired red-eyed girl. Then the adventure begins…

We hope you enjoyed our anime recommendations. Enjoy the challenge with us and have a super sugoi week.

Week 4 September 28 – October 04, 2020

Episodes 13 – 16

Konnichiwa Miina, it is the final week of our challenge! Since the anime That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is not your usual Isekai Fantasy, we thought we would share recommend an anime that is a fantasy anime with Isekai anime that is not your usual anime and that is a classic

The Twelve Kingdoms (aka Juuni Kokki)

In The Twelve Kingdoms or Juuni Kokki as it is also known, our heroine Yoko Nakajima is a good girl, her teachers like her and although she is not popular, she is not disliked either. While at school, a tall white-haired man named Keiki appears, pledging his allegiance forever and demands she accepts him as her servant. Because she is polite, she meekly agrees. Suddenly, a bird demon descends upon the school, she flees to the roof where Keiki hands her a sword. Before she realises it, the demon is dead and she and two of her classmates are entering a portal into the world of The Twelve Kingdoms.

At first, Youko spends the first few episodes crying and feeling sorry for herself, but she soon starts out on a hero’s journey. As for her schoolmates, they each get their part to play in the tale, Yuka, a fantasy fan that believes she is destined for greatness, and Asano, who loses his mind to the madness of being whisked away to a world he cannot accept.

The world of Juuni Kokki is amazingly detailed, well-established, with a rich sense of history. A place where magic exists, but to the people who live there, it’s simply the way the world works. The creatures remind one of the Chinese/Japanese myths, such as the unicorns which act like immortal guides, moral compasses for the rulers of the land.

The anime takes the viewer on an expedition that explores Youko’s journey – from her longing to be back in Japan, her powerlessness and denial; her transformation; and eventually the will to bring peace in a broken kingdom. Her adventures forge her into something nobler that she used to be, and she also shapes the world around her slowly into a better place.

We hope you will take a peek at The Twelve Kingdoms, it is unique and well worth watching. Enjoy the last week of the challenge and have a super sugoi week.