Updated December 21, 2018: Added key visual for the second cour of the first season.
Updated December 7, 2018: Added That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime OVA episode announcement and summary.
The release date for That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2 will be a great day indeed for anime fans. Affectionately known as Slime Isekai or TenSura, the Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken anime has managed to engulf the hearts of fans in a predator-like embrace.
While it could be argued that the isekai anime section has been flooded with stories about overpowered characters gathering up harems in alternate worlds, TenSura is an original take on the concept even though it follows some of the standard tropes of the genre.
Besides the character development being more interesting than usual, the focus is on Japanese man Satoru Mikami awakening in a fantasy realm as a blind slime monster.
Suit-wearing funnyman turned OP slime Rimuru Tempest is hardly a bland potato-kun. Similar to Momonga/Ainz Ooal Gown or Diablo (see our article on How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Season 2), it’s the personality quirks of the main character and how he uses his powers which drive the story.
While some characters exist only for comedic relief, that does not mean the other Slime Isekai characters are simply a cardboard caricature meant for viewers to fill in with their own desires. The anime even goes so far as to emotionally build up characters with backstory only to kill them, which is rare in the first season of any anime.
Thankfully, anime audiences will have plenty of opportunities to watch the characters from That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime grow. The first season is a two-cour anime with 24 episodes that will release in four Blu-Ray volumes starting January 29, 2019.
There’s no hint that the Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken will be a split-cour anime, so expect Episode 13 to also release in January 2019 after a short hiatus.
This article provides everything that is known about That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2 and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors, and analysis. Meanwhile, let’s delve down into what is known for certain.
Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken manga/light novel compared to the TenSura anime
The story for the anime is based on the Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken light novel series by author Fuse and illustrator Mitz Vah. The author has averaged two new books per years, with Volume 13 having been released on September 28, 2018.
The original web novel series can also be found on the Japanese-language Let’s Become Novelists website. The web novel’s story has already reached a satisfying ending, but the light novels have been expanding on the backstories of characters and introducing new elements. Additional characters like Charybdis were also introduced.
Starting in 2015, Fuse teamed up with manga artist Taiki Kawakami to serialize a monthly manga adaptation of the main story. So far, the TenSura manga is up to Volume 10 and Volume 11 is scheduled to release on March 29, 2019. There’s also a spin-off manga called How Monsters Walk that’s up to four volumes.
Yen Press has licensed the English translation of the That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime novel series. The English version will be up to Volume 4 as of December 11, 2018, while Volume 5 is scheduled to release on April 23, 2019. The English manga is up to Volume 8 already, but Volume 9 isn’t coming out until March 12, 2019. Volume 10 is scheduled for June 11, 2019.
It could be argued that the anime has done a better job of telling the story than the light novels. The episodes involving Shizue were quite dramatic, but in the books, she rarely spoke and she never showed off her flame powers by torching giant ants.
Shizue was pretty much silent until meeting and fighting Rimuru and only then did she impart her dying wish to seek revenge on Leon Cromwell.
The pacing of the anime has allowed for characters to be developed and expanded beyond the source material. Later on, Grandmaster Kagurazaka Yuuki (who was briefly referenced by Shizue in the anime) will be introduced and it will be interesting to watch whether the anime expands upon his motivations for his actions.
This slower pacing means the anime has not devoured the light novels in a single gulp. Thus far, it appears as if the halfway point of the anime, Episode 12, will culminate in the threat posed by the Orc Disaster and his army of 200,000 monsters threatening the creatures of the Great Forest of Jura.
Similar to the Sorcerer Kingdom of the Overlord anime (see our article on Overlord Season 4), this conflict sets the stage for Rimuru to create an alliance centered around his own country called Tempest where the goal is to treat all monsters with equality.
These events took place in Volume 2 of the light novel series and Volume 5 of the main manga series. Therefore, assuming the anime maintains the same pacing, the second cour will find an ending for Episode 24 somewhere around Volume 4 of the books and Volume 10 of the manga.
The good news is that stopping point leaves plenty of room for a two-cour That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2. Assuming the anime is popular enough, maybe some of the books could even be adapted into a TenSura movie?
The bad news is that the manga chapters may be barely caught up with the anime by the time the anime’s finale episode airs in 2019.
Note: This article will be updated once That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Episode 24 releases in Japan.
That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime OVA episode confirmed to release in 2019
The official website for the TenSura series has announced that a That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime OVA episode will be released as part of manga Volume 11. The Original Animation DVD (or OAD) will be bundled only with the limited edition of the manga that releases on March 29, 2019.
The story begins with Rimuru realizing that the city of Tempest has no form of entertainment. When he proposes a sumo wrestling tournament that everyone can enjoy together many start aiming for the prize. Not only does the ogre-turned-kijin/oni Benimaru enter the Sumo Tournament, women like Shion also enter the fray!
Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken Season 2 release date
As of the last update, studio 8bit or any company related to the production of the anime has not officially confirmed the Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken Season 2 release date. Nor has the production of a sequel been announced.
Once the news is officially confirmed this article will be updated with the relevant information. In the meantime, it’s possible to speculate about when, or if, the That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2 premiere date will occur in the future.
If the only goal is for the anime to advertise the books then it worked. The Slime manga series topped the charts of Book Walker while the light novels were number nine in the top 10 list. The TenSura series joined other favorites like Overlord, KonoSuba, DanMachi, Goblin Slayer, Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody, and No Game No Life.
That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2 spoilers
Note: This plot summary will be updated significantly once That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Episode 24 releases in Japan.
“To everyone who went against us, we will bare our fangs and retaliate. To everyone who lends their hands to us, we will grant our blessing to them,” said Rimuru. “To our opponents, we will do to them what they have done to us. In the future, I hope that we can be linked in friendship one day.”
In order to protect the ideals of Tempest, Rimuru gathers heroes to protect the kingdom. This goal gets complicated quickly when heavily armed humans invade Tempest and the Beast Kingdom of Yuurazania declares war on pink-haired Dragonoid Milim Nava (this character will definitely be in the first season since she’s shown in the OP). Worse, all of this takes place when Rimuru is nowhere to be found!
The conflicts cause Rimuru to level up and evolve over time to the point that his human body appears more mature. The slime eventually evolves into a True Demon Lord and he manages to revive the Storm Dragon Veldora, with the monster’s spirit inhabiting a human form as one of Rimuru’s clones.
These earthly wars will eventually escalate into a heavenly war between demons and angels. The series’ villain will be revealed and this person hopes to unify the world as one and lead it to destruction.
Unfortunately, anime fans will have to wait until the That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2 release date to watch what happens next. Stay tuned!