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Magia Record 2nd Season Episode 8

Magia Record 2nd Season Episode 8

The Strongest Magical Girl

Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story 2nd Season Episode 8 was a fairly good episode, all things considered. It wasn’t as amazing as I hoped it would be. But, I understand that not every episode can be what the kids call a banger.

There is one issue I had with this episode, though — there were no subtitles for about a third to a half of it. And since I didn’t feel like wasting time finding a version of the episode with complete subtitles, my Japanese skills were really put to the test.

I’m pretty sure I got like 75% of the dialogue that wasn’t subtitled, which is honestly better than I expected. But, I just wanted to bring that up in case there’s something missing from this review. I don’t think that will be the case, though.

Tsuruno realizing she killed Meru from the anime series Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story 2nd Season
Tsuruno realizing she killed Meru

Anyway, during the main portion of the episode without subtitles, we learned that Tsuruno blames herself for the death of her friend Meru. And she does so in two different ways, even though neither is really her fault.

First, when Meru died, Tsuruno was the only member of their squad who wasn’t present. This led Tsuruno to feel as though Meru could have been saved if only she were there. In response, her friends kindly remind her that she’s weak and so her help wouldn’t have mattered.

This led Tsuruno to always strive to be “the strongest magical girl” so that none of her friends would ever die on her watch. However, this image of herself was shattered when she learned that she killed the Witch version of Meru.

That’s understandably going to be difficult to deal with mentally. But, there’s really nothing else she could have done in that situation.

Connect

Obviously, Yachiyo’s attempt to connect with Tsuruno from Episode 7 didn’t work out. It was explained that the reason for this is that Yachiyo didn’t truly understand how Tsuruno felt, specifically when it came to Tsuruno’s feelings regarding the death of Meru.

But, I originally thought the reason Yachiyo’s connection to Tsuruno failed was that Tsuruno was already dead. After all, Tsuruno’s body was in pretty rough shape at the end of the previous episode and she was moving around as if she was a puppet on strings.

I was fully expecting it to be revealed that Tsuruno had been dead ever since she turned into “green” Tsuruno. And as you might recall, I mentioned last week that I thought Tsuruno’s death would actually benefit the growth of the other characters.

Tsuruno after being saved by Yachiyo from the anime series Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story 2nd Season
Tsuruno after being saved by Yachiyo

However, now that we got a bit of backstory for Tsuruno, I don’t mind the path Magia Record went down. I think that may be mostly due to the fact that we at least got details on someone dying — Meru.

We’ve known that one of Tsuruno’s and Yachiyo’s friends died since sometime within the first season. But since we never had a face or a name to go with it, that random death didn’t have much of an impact. Now that we know who Meru is and how her death affected Tsuruno, I’m satisfied.

Additionally, I think what we saw happen with Tsuruno in this episode may be the path to saving the magical girls who turned into Doppels, like Kaede. If her friends can figure out what caused her to fall into despair, they may be able to connect with her and save her.

I’d definitely like that a lot more than some Deus ex machina saving everyone in the end.

Walpurgisnacht Heads to Mitakihara

One thing I’m a bit unsure about is why Walpurgisnacht changed course and began heading toward Mitakihara at the end of the episode. All our heroes did was rescue Tsuruno and Mami from the Wings of the Magius.

They didn’t stop the artificial Witch Eve. And as far as we know, there are still a lot of Witches and Wings of the Magius members running around in Kamihama. Wasn’t it stated that the combined magical energy of Eve, the Witches, and the magical girls that was leading Walpurgisnacht there?

As far as I can tell, nothing has changed that would cause Walpurgisnacht to abandon Kamihama in favor of Mitakihara. And, even if you want to argue that something caused Walpurgisnacht to head to Mitakihara in the original series, that something was Madoka — who’s currently in Kamihama.

Kyouko, Sayaka, Mami, Madoka, and Homura from the anime series Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story 2nd Season
Kyouko, Sayaka, Mami, Madoka, and Homura

I see three possible reasons for Walpurgisnacht heading to Mitakihara in this timeline. The first, and one I like the least, is simply that there’s no real explanation and it’s just an excuse to remove the Mitakihara girls from the current storyline. Removing them will let the new girls shine more, but I want a real explanation to go with it.

The second reason is the more meta option, which is that Walpurgisnacht is being drawn to the potential energy of Madoka in all the other timelines. As far as we know, she stayed in Mitakihara in most of those timelines, so her potential magical energy may be strongest there.

And the third reason is that there’s actually something else going on in Mitakihara and we’ve now effectively finished the Kamihama portion of Magia Record’s story. Perhaps we’ll see the Kamihama girls head to Mitakihara where some new development will occur.

I think my second theory is the best of the three, but we’ll have to wait until the third season to find out.

Conclusion

What do you think of the final episode of Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story 2nd Season? Like I said at the start, I think it was a good episode, even if it wasn’t the best episode of the season.

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Boruto Episode 217

Boruto Episode 217

Baryon Mode

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 217 was a great episode. It wasn’t as visually stunning as Episode 189, but I honestly don’t know if another episode will ever match that. Maybe something near the very end of the series.

Anyway, let’s talk Baryon Mode, Naruto’s new ultimate technique that he’s only going to ever use this one time. That description makes it sound pretty cheap. It’s a technique that he can pull out once when he really needs to defeat his opponent and save the day.

But, considering the drawback is literally death (not really), it makes it slightly less cheap. Overall, I still prefer something like Might Guy’s Eighth Gate of Death simply because we always knew that existed. Baryon Mode is pulled out of nowhere.

Kurama from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Kurama

Now, you may recall from last week that I said I don’t believe Naruto is actually going to die from his use of Baryon Mode (which wasn’t named at the time). Kurama says something at the start of this week’s episode which seems to confirm that. He says that Baryon mode uses up their chakra until one or both of them dies.

Considering the death of just one of them is an option here, it seems like Kurama just set up his own death flag. There’s no way Naruto dies at this point. But now that we know only Kurama has to die, that seems like the logical outcome.

And, don’t forget that in my review of Episode 215 I said Naruto needs to be nerfed in some way, such as by removing the tailed beasts from within him. Kurama dying would pretty much solve that.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what a baryon is, it’s a heavy particle like a neutron or proton. I’m not sure what that has to do with this mode. I’m a writer, not a physicist.

First and Last

I didn’t realize how much I missed fights that take place on bodies of water until we got this fight between Naruto and Isshiki. There’s just something about Naruto fights and bodies of water — they go together perfectly. But, they also work together simply because they’re already an iconic duo.

I hope you’re ready because here’s the part of the review where I show how much of a Naruto fanboy (nerd) I am. This fight was actually a reference to another fight that occurred over 16 years ago. That might be before some of you reading this were born.

Back in May of 2005, Naruto Episode 133 aired and gave us one of the most iconic Naruto scenes to this day. Even if you’ve never watched the original Naruto series, you’ve seen the scene of Naruto punching Sasuke up into the air and finishing him with a kick to the chin.

And if you somehow don’t know what I’m talking about, click on that link to my Naruto review. There’s a gif of the scene in that.

A splash of water caused by Naruto and Isshiki fighting from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
A splash of water caused by Naruto and Isshiki fighting

You might be thinking, “Wow, that’s pretty cool that Boruto Episode 217 referenced Naruto Episode 133!” But, what if I told you there’s more to it than just that? Think about the two fights and how they relate to Naruto’s character.

The fight in Naruto Episode 133 wasn’t the first fight between Naruto and Sasuke, but it was the first real fight between them. This was the fight that really started Naruto and Sasuke down their respective paths.

And now, in Boruto Episode 217, we got what’s probably going to be Naruto’s last major fight. So it’s only fitting that Naruto’s last big fight had a direct reference to his first big fight.

Naruto Burns Out

As the fight between Naruto and Isshiki progressed, I started to feel like maybe I wouldn’t mind if Naruto actually defeated Isshiki once and for all here. I know I previously stated that Boruto and Kawaki have to be the ones to defeat Isshiki — and they probably will be — but let’s consider how things could have played out if Naruto won.

If Naruto defeated Isshiki with his Baryon Mode and then lost Kurama as a result, it would effectively serve as a reset for the series. The main antagonist would be gone, but so too would the main protagonist.

With both Isshiki and Naruto (Kurama) out of the picture, Boruto and Kawaki would be free to go up against the next antagonist without their predecessors hanging over them. Also, let’s pretend Sasuke lost his Rinnegan so he’s out of the picture too.

Baryon Mode Naruto bursting through flames from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Baryon Mode Naruto bursting through flames

It might seem odd for Naruto to be the one to defeat Isshiki. That’s what I originally thought. After all, shouldn’t Kawaki play a role in his defeat to show that Kawaki has grown as a character? Yes, but we could also view Isshiki’s defeat at the hands of Naruto as a way to cleanse Kawaki of everything holding him back.

There are still other, strong opponents for Kawaki and Boruto to fight. I doubt we’ve seen the last of Delta, and we haven’t seen anything of Code yet. Kara still exists even without Isshiki, though it’s unclear exactly what their next steps would be.

And, let’s not forget that Momoshiki could still play a role later in the series. If Naruto had defeated Isshiki here, it would set the stage for Boruto and Kawaki to do the same to Momoshiki later on.

But, none of that matters now that Isshiki defeated Naruto. I just thought I’d mention it because Isshiki isn’t necessarily the final antagonist for Boruto and Kawaki to overcome and grow from.

Kawaki’s Choice

Obviously, the “right” choice for Kawaki to make would have been to not reveal himself to Isshiki, thus allowing Naruto to be killed. This would have meant Isshiki also died, and therefore Kawaki would have saved the world from him.

However, that’s not the choice Kawaki makes. Kawaki thinks that giving himself up to save Naruto is the same as Naruto giving himself up to save Kawaki. What Kawaki isn’t realizing is that he and Naruto have very different dynamics in how they’re supposed to interact with each other.

Kawaki thinks that in order to be like Naruto, he has to be willing to sacrifice himself for others. However, he’s missing the important context that he and Naruto aren’t equals. Naruto is the father figure here, while Kawaki is the child. The sacrifice isn’t supposed to go both ways.

Kawaki from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Kawaki

I’m interested to see how this choice plays out. On one hand, now that Kawaki has made his choice, we might see Isshiki take him away and make him into a new vessel. If this is the case, Boruto and Kawaki probably wouldn’t meet face to face again until their battle in the Leaf Village ruins.

However, the current OP has actually been pretty good at foreshadowing — which is uncommon among Boruto OPs. It clearly shows Sasuke, Boruto, and Kawaki standing over Naruto on the ground after the fight against Isshiki. This seems to imply that Isshiki has been defeated.

So, on the other hand, I think it’s also possible that Isshiki implants his Karma on Kawaki here before dying, we get the scene from the OP, and then that explains how Kawaki has Karma again for when he and Boruto fight in the Leaf Village ruins.

Conclusion

What do you think about Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 217? Are Naruto, Kurama, or both going to die from using Baryon Mode? Did you catch the reference to Naruto Episode 133? And do you think Isshiki is going to take Kawaki away or leave him with Boruto? Let me know in the comments.

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My Hero Academia Episode 113

My Hero Academia Episode 113

Shigaraki’s Upgrades

The final episode of My Hero Academia Season 5 is here, and I have to say I’m glad that it’s finally over. This series can definitely be good at times. But overall, I think it’s just alright and I usually don’t really want to watch it.

Episode 113 isn’t one of the good episodes. I knew that going in, though. I’m not sure if the final episode of any My Hero Academia season has been good. From what I remember, they’re all these “wrap-up” episodes that don’t include any worthwhile content.

Honestly, I’d rather have had Episode 112 be the finale of the season. I know some people hate cliffhangers, but they do make me anticipate the next season more. And when a season concludes without anything exciting, it detracts from the season as a whole — like an anime with a bad ending.

Shigaraki Tomura from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 5
Shigaraki Tomura

Anyway, I wanted to talk about Shigaraki’s quirk upgrades in this section of the review, so let’s move on to that. We already saw that his quirk achieved an “awakened” state that turns his Decay quirk into an area of effect-type attack.

We also knew that the doctor was going to perform some sort of treatment on Shigaraki to make him even more powerful. And, I had assumed that this treatment would either give him a second quirk or specifically give him One-for-All.

While this still might happen, it seems that the main benefit of this treatment is that it will allow Shigaraki to combat the negative effect of quirk singularity. Basically, even as his quirk continues to go stronger, Shigaraki won’t lose control of it.

This effectively removes the natural limit for how powerful a quirk can become. It may be a prerequisite for giving him an additional quirk.

Deku’s Next Quirk

Of course, Shigaraki isn’t the only one who received a new quirk upgrade this season and is going to be receiving another in the future. Deku acquired his Blackwhip quirk from one of his predecessors, and there are four or five (I forget exactly how many) additional quirks for him to awaken.

Interestingly, although Deku awakened Blackwhip seemingly at random, All Might believes that Deku will be able to specifically select the next quirk to awaken. And the quirk All Might suggests is Float, the quirk of Nana Shimura.

I feel like this is the first time we’ve actually been told what Nana’s quirk is. And, going along with that, I think this is the first time we’ve seen it being used — even if we only got a still frame.

Nana Shimura (and Gran Torino) from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 5
Nana Shimura (and Gran Torino)

Unfortunately, just from the name and the little bit of it we saw, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how the quirk works. We know it allows the user to fly. But beyond that, we don’t really know anything about it. It does seem likely to have additional uses, though.

Originally, I was thinking that it might work like Ochako’s Zero Gravity quirk, allowing the user to make objects they touch float as well. However, I’ve come to realize that’s probably not going to be the case. I doubt the author is going to make Ochako irrelevant by giving Deku the same quirk.

Sure, Blackwhip works in much the same way as Sero’s Tape quirk. But it’s not as if Sero is a major character or anything. I often forget he exists despite being a member of Class 1-A. Ochako isn’t one of the most important characters either, but she’s more important than Sero.

If Float really only is the ability to fly, the main benefit of it I see is that it would allow Deku to avoid Shigaraki’s area of effect quirk upgrade.

The Next Season

Based on the very end of Episode 113, it seems like the next season is going to include, if not start with, an arc in which the students take on the newly formed Paranormal Liberation Front. I believe all of the Class 1-A students are participating in work-study programs, so they should all be involved.

But, something that’s unclear is whether or not Shigaraki will be participating in the upcoming battle. The doctor mentioned that it’s going to take four months for his treatment to be completed. Does that mean he’ll be on the sidelines for all of the next season?

I’m going to predict that we won’t see Shigaraki appear until fairly late in the next season. And I think he’s not going to show up until after Deku awakens the Float quirk. If Deku is primarily confined to the ground, he won’t be able to escape from Shigaraki’s advanced Decay.

Izuku "Deku" Midoriya from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 5
Izuku “Deku” Midoriya

It also makes sense for the next season to kill off some characters. I know it’s popular to think that All Might is going to die, but I don’t believe that’s going to happen — at least not anytime soon.

But Hawks seems like a great character to kill off. Because he’s embedded himself within the Paranormal Liberation Front, he has access to the villain leadership and they have access to him.

Since Spinner and Mr. Compress didn’t get quirk power-ups during the My Villain Academia arc, I think they’re going to die. And it may be Hawks who kills them. But then it also makes sense for someone like Dabi to end up killing Hawks.

Remember, Hawks and Endeavor work closely together. And I’m almost certain that Dabi is actually Endeavor’s “dead” son. So Dabi killing Hawks would really bring everything together.

Conclusion

What do you think of My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 113? Do you think Shigaraki is going to gain a new quirk? How do you think Nana Shimura’s Float quirk works? And which characters could you see dying in the next season, if any? Let me know in the comments.

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SSSS.Dynazenon

SSSS.Dynazenon

SSSS.Dynazenon anime series cover art
SSSS.Dynazenon

Series Overview

SSSS.Dynazenon (stylized as SSSS.DYNAZENON in Japanese) is another mecha series in the same universe as SSSS.Gridman. In fact, I’d argue that Dynazenon is much more of a mecha series than Gridman was. Gridman doesn’t even combine!

Unfortunately, I don’t think Dynazenon really did anything to bring the mecha genre back. We all know those people who automatically believe all mecha anime is bad, and maybe you’re even one of them. Dynazenon isn’t a mecha anime you’d be able to point to in order to prove them wrong.

Don’t get me wrong, there are certainly mecha anime I like, such as Neon Genesis Evangelion. However, Dynazenon is, as far as I’m concerned, a completely average anime. And, as I’ll explain more later on in this review, if you’ve seen Gridman, you’ve kind of also seen Dynazenon.

Anyway, what’s the basic plot of SSSS.Dynazenon? Some weird guy named Gauma shows up and he has a combining mech known as Dynazenon. There are four pieces of Dynazenon — a car, a plane, a submarine, and a humanoid robot. Later, a pseudo fifth piece also gets added, but that doesn’t matter right now.

Together, the pilots of Dynazenon, who were chosen simply because they happened to be nearby when Gauma showed up, fight against Kaiju and those who control them. These antagonists are known as the Kaiju Eugenicists, and their goal is to make a world of Kaiju devoid of humans.

It’s a pretty straightforward plot and the series is largely episodic in how it tells its story. Additionally, while it’s in the same universe (or multiverse?) as SSSS.Gridman, the two stories aren’t directly connected. There are two characters from Gridman in Dynazenon, but you don’t need to have seen Gridman first to watch this series.

Main Characters

Yomogi Asanaka is the protagonist of the series. As is usually the case, he’s a pretty generic male protagonist. He’s just your average “nice guy” character who follows his (boring) sense of justice and would never do anything to make someone else unhappy, even the villains.

Yume Minami is the female lead of the series and Yomogi’s love interest. She’s way more interesting than Yomogi is simply because she’s a slightly complex character with a sad backstory. Yume’s personal goal is to get to the bottom of her older sister’s mysterious death.

Gauma is the mysterious man who shows up with Dynazenon to fight against the Kaiju. I forget exactly how long ago it was stated to be, but Gauma is from far in the past — thousands of years in the past. That’s also when the Kaiju Eugenicists are from.

Chise, Koyomi, Gauma, Yomogi, and Yume from the anime series SSSS.Dynazenon
Chise, Koyomi, Gauma, Yomogi, and Yume

Koyomi Araragi Yamanaka is a NEET who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and got caught up in all of this Dynazenon and Kaiju nonsense. He could have had an interesting backstory, but it turned out to be nothing, which was extremely disappointing.

Chise Asukagawa is Koyomi’s younger cousin and also my favorite of the main characters. She constantly has to inform people that she hangs out with Koyomi because they’re cousins, and not because of anything weird. Unfortunately, Chise is sidelined for a large portion of the anime.

As far as antagonists go, there are four members of the Kaiju Eugenicists. These are Juuga, Onija, Mujina, and Shizumu. The only character who I’d say rivals Chise in any way is Mujina. She’s not a particularly interesting character but just look at her. You’ve heard of Rikka’s thighs from Gridman? Now get ready for Mujina’s thighs from Dynazenon.

Comparison to SSSS.Gridman

There were some things I liked more about Dynazenon than Gridman. For example, Dynazenon has Chise and Mujina. I also prefer Dynazenon as a mech over Gridman, which is more of a giant, humanoid robot than mech. The combining aspect of Dynazenon goes a long way.

However, after thinking about both series for a bit, I’m going to have to say Gridman is the better of the two. I probably overrated Gridman in my original review of the series, but even if I went back and lowered it, I’d still place it above Dynazenon.

The biggest shortcoming of Dynazenon, when compared to Gridman, is the overall plot. Gridman didn’t have a phenomenal plot by any means. But it was pretty good at keeping me interested in the mystery of the world and its characters. Dynazenon doesn’t do that nearly as well.

Yume poking Yomogi's side from the anime series SSSS.Dynazenon
Yume poking Yomogi’s side

Another issue I have with Dynazenon is simply that Gridman came out first. While these are different series, they’re still similar in a lot of ways. They’re similar enough that Dynazenon doesn’t feel like its own series. It’s almost an extension of Gridman despite the lack of direct connections.

If you haven’t already seen Gridman, then Dynazenon is going to feel like a much more unique anime. But considering it involves the same kinds of Kaiju as Gridman did, the big differences between the two series are the mechs involved and the plots.

I’ve already mentioned how I prefer the Dynazenon mech and the Gridman plot. But why exactly does the plot of Dynazenon fall so flat? It all comes down to the fact that the various character backstories don’t come together and conclude in a satisfying way.

Throughout the whole series, I thought Koyomi’s backstory was going to tie into the death of Yume’s sister. It was set up to do so perfectly, but then it didn’t and it made all that setup go to waste. And Chise’s whole backstory is just implied and never actually explored.

Conclusion

In the end, SSSS.Dynazenon is a 5/10 from me. I gave SSSS.Gridman a 7/10, but in retrospect, it’s probably more like a 6. Either way, Dynazenon is the worse of the two as far as I’m concerned.

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I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level

I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level

I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level anime series cover art
I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level

Series Overview

I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level (Slime Taoshite 300-nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Level Max ni Nattemashita / スライム倒して300年、知らないうちにレベルMAXになってました), also known as Slime 300, is a slice of life, fantasy anime that’s about exactly what the title describes.

At this point, I don’t actually remember how Azusa died in her old world (our world), but she’s given the opportunity to be reincarnated in another world and takes it. When she does so, she also requests that she be able to live a peaceful life forever — so she was made immortal.

For 300 years, Azusa lived out in the country by herself, killing the lowly slimes she came across and sometimes helping out the nearby villagers. Eventually, the villagers began to revere her as a god or protective spirit (on account of her immortality and maxed out level from killing slimes).

And, unfortunately for Azusa, this meant that her name and achievements were spread far and wide, leading to the end of her laid-back lifestyle.

Well, that’s not entirely correct. Azusa’s life is still largely easy-going even now. But the key difference is that she no longer has much peace and quiet on account of all the new friends she’s made and welcomed into her home as family.

The fact that Slime 300 is an isekai doesn’t really affect the series in any way. Even if you’re not a fan of the isekai sub-genre of fantasy, if you enjoy fantasy slice of life series, you’ll probably like this.

But, this isn’t the same as something like TenSura, which also involves slimes and some slice of life aspects. Slime 300 leans into slice of life way more than TenSura does.

Main Characters

There are actually a lot more characters in Slime 300 than I thought there were going to be at first. So in this section, I’m only going to cover the most important ones.

Azusa is the protagonist of the series and is a witch who’s maxed out her level exclusively via killing slimes. Due to the slime genocide she committed, Shalsha and Falfa were born. They’re physical manifestations of all the slime spirits released by Azusa, and she adopts them.

Another pair of main characters are Laika and Flatorte, who are red and blue dragons respectively. Laika is the first one to join Azusa’s family, with Flatorte being introduced later on in the series. These two have an intense rivalry.

Shalsha and Falfa from the anime series I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level
Shalsha and Falfa

Halkara is an elf who specializes in making various medicines. However, while her medicines are certainly effective, Halkara isn’t all that smart when it comes to anything else. And, it seems like she’s the cause of most of the issues Azusa eventually has to clean up.

Rosalie is the character I thought would be my favorite — until she was actually introduced. She’s a ghost girl who talks like a yankii, which, if I’m being honest, isn’t very cute.

And the last of the main characters I want to mention are two demons, Beelzebub and Pecora. Beelzebub’s most notable trait is that she’s a tanned anime girl. And Pecora is a loli demon lord, which is pretty par for the course as far as isekai go.

There is one more character who I want to mention despite her not being a main character. Fightie is my favorite character of the series. She’s a slime who specializes in martial arts and she’s perfect in every way.

Which Spring Season Isekai Featuring Aoi Yuuki is Better?

If you weren’t aware, Aoi Yuuki voiced the protagonist of two isekai anime that aired at the same time. Since I’m mentioning this in my Slime 300 review, you’ve probably already figured out that Azusa is one of them. The other is Kumoko from So I’m a Spider, So What? (which technically started airing in the winter).

Anyone who’s read my review of So I’m a Spider, So What? will probably have already guessed that Slime 300 is the better of the two anime. However, I do think the concept and story of So I’m a Spider, So What? are better.

Of course, since Slime 300 is a slice of life series, there’s not really a plot anyway, so it’s not competing in that regard. But in basically every other aspect, Slime 300 is the superior anime.

Pecora, Azusa, and Beelzebub from the anime series I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level
Pecora, Azusa, and Beelzebub

I’ve seen some other reviews of this series from people who really don’t seem to understand what it is. They complain that since nothing happens in it, there’s no point to it existing and that it’s therefore bad. I don’t see it that way at all.

I’m not going to say this is a great — or even good — anime. But I am going to say that it’s a slice of life comedy series and that it’s exactly what it advertises itself as. If you’re not into moe comedy, you’re obviously not going to like this.

At the same time, if you’re comparing every moe comedy series to something like Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, then sure, everything else is going to seem bad. Slime 300 isn’t setting out to revolutionize any of the genres it falls within.

It does the bare minimum to be a decent anime, and honestly, I think that’s all it needs to do. I’d much rather have that than the adaptation we got for So I’m a Spider, So What?

Conclusion

Overall, I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level is a 6/10. It’s fine for what it is. It’s not particularly good, but it’s better than what I would call completely average. With a bit more animation and maybe some better scenarios for the characters to interact within, it could have been a 7.

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