Reincarnated as a Slime: How to Get Started With the Anime, Manga & Light Novels

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime stands as one of the most popular and well-known isekai fantasy anime series out there, and it's still building momentum. Although Slime doesn't do a lot to reinvent the isekai formula, it does feature a strong and colorful cast of characters, an exciting combat system and an intriguing plot.

It's easy to dismiss some isekai series as typical male power fantasies, and it first, Reincarnated as a Slime might seem that way. Before long though, the narrative goes in much more compelling and thoughtful directions, and the real themes soon emerge: unity, tolerance and diplomacy. Here's how newcomers can quickly dive into the anime, manga and light novels.

The Story Of That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

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Reincarnated as a Slime begins with a 37-year-old Japanese salaryman who gets stabbed to death, then meets the mysterious "Great Sage" and ends up in a brand new fantasy world, with no way to return home. He has been reborn as a humble blue slime, but with a key advantage -- he can eat other beings with the Predator skill and obtain their attributes and spells. Rimuru then meets a tribe of goblins fighting a pack of dire wolves, but instead of slaughtering them all, he befriends both factions and unites them under his banner. This marks the beginning of Rimuru's noble quest to unite all the feuding monster tribes in the greater Jura Forest region, and he continues powering himself up while establishing his new nation of Tempest.

Rimuru soon meets major characters such as Shizue Izawa, a fellow isekai heroine, and the king of the Armed Nation of Dwargo. By now, Rimuru has attained a human form, hundreds of followers and a load of powers, and he transitions from a mere warrior to a diplomat and politician. He isn't on a power trip, however -- he aims to create a peaceful, tolerant nation for all monsters, and works hard to build diplomatic ties with the neighboring human kingdoms. Along the way, he makes a few enemies who fear him and his monster kingdom, including Clayman the schemer and the entire Western Holy Church. Rimuru must walk a fine line between warrior and monster when facing these rivals, or lose whatever is left of his distant humanity.

Where To Read That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

The story of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is told both through both its manga and light novel series. Fans of light novels can find Volumes 1-11 online, with Volume 12 coming on November 9th, 2021. Slime is also available as a manga series, with Volumes 1-17 currently available in English. There are no hardcover special editions or omnibus editions of the manga or light novels as of this time.

The light novels and manga volumes of Slime can be found at Barnes & Noble's online catalog, and both series are available digitally with Nook e-readers. These volumes are also available as paperback editions on's online catalog, and Amazon also stocks every volume, both in print format and digitally with Kindle.

The Reincarnated as a Slime franchise also includes two spinoff manga series, including The Ways of the Monster Nation, which has four volumes out, and Trinity in Tempest, which has three volumes. They can be found in the same places as the original series.

Where To Watch That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

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Anime fans who want to stream That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime are best off with Crunchyroll, which streams both full seasons of Slime with subtitles in many languages. The audio is available in Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, German and French dub. Crunchyroll also features the short OAD bonus series in those same languages, and offers all 12 episodes of the Slime Diaries spinoff series as well. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is also streaming on Amazon Prime Video, but only in Japanese, and with no subtitles in any language.

Those who would rather grab the Blu-ray release of Slime can visit's online catalog, which stocks the first season in two separate Blu-ray sets, with the second one including Episode 24.5.'s online catalog stocks the same Blu-ray sets for interested shoppers.

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