That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Ep. 4: Did you know that even slimes can get horny?

The more you know. 

— Apparently, this is a 24-episode adaptation. No wonder the pacing is so slow and plodding. Even after this week’s episode, we have yet to meet another major character besides Veldora. And even then, the dragon has been MIA ever since Rimuru swallowed him.

— Well, we pick up where we last left off, so Rimuru and his goblin party are headed straight for the dwarven city. We’re told that this trip usually takes months on foot. Luckily, Rimuru and his buddies have giant wolf mounts to make this easier on themselves. This is still a long journey, however, so the slime takes a second to have a chat with his new friends.

— From one of the goblins, he learns that this world also has a demon lord. Well, of course it does. What fantasy anime doesn’t have a demon lord?

— Rimuru then checks up on Ranga to make sure that the tempest wolf doesn’t resent him. After all, he did kill the wolf’s father. To nobody’s surprise, good bois are good bois, and as a result, Ranga is fiercely loyal to his new master. No drama here!

— Last but not least, we are told that the dwarven city is not just limited to dwarves. In fact, you can find all of the major races there, and this is how we learn that Rimuru has a fetish for elves. I personally don’t see what the big deal is. They’re basically just humans with pointy ears. Maybe in other fantasy works, elves might have other prominent physical features like being super tall or whatever, but that’s not the case here.

— Amazingly enough, the dwarven army hasn’t been defeated in a thousand years. So much for that demon lord, huh?

— Finally, the party reaches its destination, and Rimuru would like to enter the city with just Gobta as his guide. He doesn’t want to draw any unnecessary attention.

— But he must have jinxed himself, because a pair of losers immediately try to pick on them. We already know that our hero is OP, so why belabor the point? All he has to do is mimic a tempest wolf and scare the jerks away. Done and done.

— Unfortunately, Rimuru ends up doing more than just the bullies. He even made a few people soil themselves. For this stunt, Rimuru and Gobta are thrown in jail. Whoops.

— Rimuru only ate a direwolf, so how come he can mimic a tempest wolf? Does he also have the ability to mimic a monster’s ascended form too?

— But even in jail, nothing terrible happens to our hero. Like I’ve said, there’s really next to no drama in this show. The captain quickly verifies that Rimuru is harmless by cross-referencing his story with a few eyewitness accounts, and as a result, the slime can go free.

— When our hero hears about a bunch of injured miners, he quickly produces a barrel’s worth of healing potions. This quickly endears him to the captain, and just like that, the dwarf owes Rimuru a favor. So… this is like watching a dude grind for faction points in a game, MMO, or what have you. It’s just not very engaging. Yeah, sure, it’s slightly more interesting than SAO or Goblin Slayer, but the bar has been set real low. See quest, accept quest, turn in quest.

— What makes this worse is that our hero doesn’t even have to work for it. Success just comes to him. He’s overpowered right from the get-go, so for now, nothing’s a challenge to him.

— It’s like starting a new MMO with a max level character. Sure, the endgame raids will still be challenging, but we’re not doing endgame raids! We’re doing boring fetch quests where the fetching has already been done! Rimuru just has to look in the direction of a quest and it is immediately completed. Need healing potions? Well, here you go! Making all of this didn’t drain me of energy or MP at all! Why, I already ate all the healing herbs that I needed in the very first episode!

— As an act of gratitude, the captain takes Rimuru to see a skilled blacksmith within the city. But again, we face yet another generic RPG quest. Oh, the blacksmith would love to help Rimuru out, especially since the slime saved all of his buddies. Unfortunately, he has to fulfill a huge order of long swords in a short amount of time. What sucks is that the buyer didn’t even supply him with the magic ores needed for the job! Gee golly, where are we going to find enough magic ores?!

— Well, good thing we watched Rimuru ate a bunch of ores in his starting area! Our hero immediately spits out not just a magic ore, but a refined cluster of magisteel. Easy peasy. No sweat at all, my friends!

— But wait, even with the magisteel, it takes a really long time to craft twenty long swords. Oh no, what are we going to do now!

— Worry not, says our resident 3D printer! Rimuru proceeds to swallow and analyze one of the blacksmith’s completed long swords, then in no time flat, he produces enough copies to fulfill the order. Again, this barely took any effort. Again, this doesn’t even make Rimuru sweat. Hell, he had a harder time naming the goblins! Imagine devoting your whole life to a craft, then a slime just walks up and makes it seem so trivial.

— As a reward, Rimuru’s new dwarven buddies arrange for him to party with a bunch of — you guessed it! — sexy elves.

— Elves, elves, elves! Come on in, elf lovers! Here at Butterflies of the Night, we’re slashing elves in half! Give us an offer on our vast selection of elves! This is an elf blowout! Alright, we got white elves, black elves, Spanish elves, yellow elves, we got hot elves, cold elves, we got wet elves, we got smelly elves–… well, you get the point. If we don’t got it, you don’t want it!

— And yeah, that’s it for this week’s episode. No, really, it’s over. I mean, there’s this menacing-looking figure standing right outside the joint, but for now, our hero is happily resting in the cradle of civilization.

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