Tensei Shitara Slime or That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime or TenSura is a light-hearted isekai comedy filled with loads of goofiness. It uses the tropes of fantasy and RPG anime to poke fun at them.
The main character Satoru Mikami dies after getting stabbed by a petty thief. The first thing he does after knowing that he’s going to die is making sure that his friend nuked his computer before any of his family sees it. The fantasy land that he travels to has hostess bars run by elves and dragons that act like typical tsunderes.
Season 1 of TenSura was released in 2018 and was followed by a special and an OVA. Season 2, part 1, will release in 2021 along with a side series and the second part of season 2.
You know that it’s a good isekai when a human dies and gets reincarnated as a slime and befriends a dragon locked away in a barrier. The dragon unknowingly showers the slime with immense power, and the slim absorbs his friend in order to find a way to break the barrier.
If you love isekai anime and are bored of the same mean-spirited gags, generic op main characters, and cheesy harems, TenSura is the perfect series for you to enjoy!
1. Release Order
I. TV Series
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (2018)
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2: Part 1 (Jan 2021, upcoming)
- The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (April 2021, upcoming)
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2: Part 2 (July 2021, upcoming)
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime OAD (2019)
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Tales – Veldora’s Journal (2019)
2. Where To Watch Tensei Shitara Slime
Note: You can also watch Tensei Shitara Slimeon YouTube on the channel Muse Asia but, the channel is available only in Southeast Asian countries.
Since the release order of TenSura is the same as its chronological order, there won’t be any confusion while watching it. Follow the list below for the recommended order.
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime OAD (OVA)
You can skip That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Tales – Veldora’s special since it’s just a recap of season 1.
4. How much Time Will It Take To Watch?
It will take you 12 hours and 30 minutes to watch all the installments in TenSura.
This includes all the TV series, OVAs, and specials.
Here’s a quick list of each installment and their run time in order of their release:
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – 9 hours and 12 minutes
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Tales – Veldora’s Journal – 1 hour and 23 minutes
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime OAD – 1 hour and 55 minutes
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2: Part 1 (TBA)
- The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (TBA)
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2: Part 2 (TBA)
5. Quick Review
The show’s premise is pretty unique, and even though TenSura is not too quick-paced, the plot is interesting enough to make it charming.
The comedy is not slap-stick and isn’t derived from insults or teasing. It is the product of the quirkiness and awkwardness between characters, which is refreshing to watch.
The characters of TenSura are very different from those found in other isekai. The protagonist is overpowered, but that’s the only similarity you can draw between him and the aforementioned.
He’s not someone who jumps at every opportunity he gets to help someone. He’s laid back and helps others when it’s not too inconvenient for him. As the series progresses, he slowly becomes more responsible and thoughtful.
Similarly, all the other characters grow at a realistic pace and become relatable even when they’re from another world.
The animation is beautiful. It helps the plot by building an enchanting world that surrounds our characters. It also portrays magic and magical powers quite well and makes the anime very endearing.
The art style plays a vital role in the visual comedy department, and the vibrant color schemes are very refreshing to watch.
The soundtrack resonates with the animation and provides more depth to the story.
The openings and endings are catchy, and you probably will find yourself watching them in their entirety with easing passing episode.
6. About Tensei Shitara Slime
That Time I Got Reincarnated as Slime is a Japanese manga series written by Fuse and illustrated by Mitz Vah. It was serialized online in 2013 but was later shifted to Micro Magazine as a light novel in 2014. It currently has sixteen volumes.
The story of Tensei Shitara Slime follows the journey of Satoru Mikami after he died and reincarnated as a slime in fantasy land. A slime is a creature that reproduces the form and powers of anything that it absorbs or eats.
Satoru starts eating all the magical herbs and crystals in the cave he woke up in and stumbles upon a dragon who had been captured and couldn’t move due to a barrier. Since both of them had nothing else to do, they befriend each other.
The dragon accidentally makes Satoru a named monster, and Satoru promises him that he’d find a way to break the barrier. Hence, an unknown journey begins with this unusual friendship.