But things did get a lil’ kinky at one point for Rimuru.
— The blacksmith isn’t salty at all that Rimuru could so easily duplicate his work. He simply swears that he’ll craft a sword so good that nobody will be able to copy. Everyone’s so nice.
— Man, this slime is gettin’ fresh with the ladies.
— So one of the girls decide to do a little fortune-telling, and of course, Rimuru is destined to end up with this generic-looking anime girl. Not only that, she apparently looks Japanese. If I had to guess, she’s probably that girl that we saw at the very, very beginning of the series. Anyways, I’m sure she’ll eventually join the party. The only question is when.
— In the meantime, we have to deal with the jerk who demanded 20 longswords in the first place. The minister decides to crash the party, thinking that the blacksmith won’t be able to fulfill the tall order. When he quickly learns, however, that he is mistaken, he instead decides to bully Rimuru.
— Well, the blacksmith doesn’t take too kindly to this, so he socks the minister right in the face. Honestly, this is a pretty bad look for the dwarf. Assault is assault, man. It’s also a pretty disproportionate response to the minister pouring beer onto Rimuru.
— The dwarf then tells Rimuru that he’ll gladly come and work for the slime. That sounds like good news, but the minister quickly has everyone arrested. Boy, no one could’ve seen that coming! I thought it was A-OK to punch people! Still, in the foreground, you can see the minister hamming his injuries up. In other words, you already know what’s going to happen next. Rimuru and his buddies will be falsely charged, there’s going to be a sham trial, yadda yadda yadda.
— Locked away in a jail cell — and Gobta is still sleeping — the blacksmith proceeds to tell Rimuru all about the bad blood between him and the minister. Ugh, who cares? Basically, he was from the peasant class, so the minister resented working beneath him. Some accident happen, and the blacksmith (back then, he was a captain in the army or whatever) took responsibility. As a result, he left the king’s service. Nevertheless, the minister still has it out for the dwarf. Shrug.
— So the day of the trial arrives, and we get to meet Gazel Dwargo, the hero king or whatever.
— And as predicted, this is a sham trial. Not only are Rimuru and his buddies not allowed to speak, but they’ve been assigned a defender who has been bought out by the minister. Plus, it’s not like they’re being judged by a jury of their peers. No witnesses are called either. This is a system that is potentially rife with corruption. Sure, as long as Gazel has a keen eye and a sharp mind, he can see through all the lies and deceptions. But justice should not heavily depend on a single individual. Not only that, if his successor isn’t up to snuff, well… you can kiss the kingdom goodbye. We see that all the time throughout history, don’t we? A great ruler will lead an empire to prosperity, but things always unravel when they die.
— Thanks to the sham trial, Rimuru and his buddies are initially sentenced to hard labor in the mines. But that’s when Gazel steps in. He asks if the blacksmith would ever consider serving under him again. When the blacksmith insists that he’s already sworn to serve Rimuru, Gazel does everyone a favor by exiling them. I guess that’s one way to do it. What sucks is that Rimuru and his buddies will lose access to this kingdom, but whatever.
— After the defendants have left the courtroom, Gazel turns his attention to his corrupt minister. Y’see, news of Rimuru’s amazing healing potion had reached the king, so he’s not pleased with the minister’s shenanigans. Also, he has been waiting for the guy to fess up to that accident in the past — the same accident that the blacksmith had taken responsibility for. Yadda yadda yadda, you suck, get outta my face. That sort of thing.
— Then for some reason, we get some sob story from the minister about how he’s been looking up to Gazel ever since he was a little kid. Boo hoo, he just wanted to serve his majesty. It’s a load of bull, because we just saw him spend all episode picking on a blacksmith. If all he really cared about was making his king proud, he wouldn’t have wasted so much time and effort on somebody he had already “defeated,” so to speak. I mean, the dwarf stepped down from his post as captain and became a blacksmith. What more do you want?
— Afterwards, we see Rimuru leave the kingdom with his new dwarf buddies. I don’t see Gobta with them, but I’ll just assume that the goblin is no longer tied up in that jail cell. I mean, I hope not.
— Meanwhile, Gazel reveals that he’s not such a friendly dude. At the very least, he’s not going to automatically assume that Rimuru is a good slime. To be fair, Rimuru is OP as hell. He wouldn’t be wrong to keep tabs on the slime.
— So how do I feel about this week’s episode. Ehhhh… I’m not going to pretend that I’m excited to see what happens every week. The story is moving so slowly. Oh man, we recruited artisans! What’s next? I hope we recruit an accountant to do our taxes and balance the budget!