That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2 release date in 2021: Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken Season 2 Part 2 set for summer 2021 [TenSura isekai anime Spoilers]

That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime poster art
That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2 will take this lowly slime to high places indeed! – Pic credit: 8bit

The That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2 release date has been confirmed for January 12, 2021! The second season numbers 24 episodes in total.

Funimation and Crunchyroll have both announced they will be streaming the second season internationally the same day it premieres on Japanese TV stations.

Initially, both Crunchyroll and Funimation had announced they were streaming the second season early on January 5, 2021. On September 28, 2020, both companies announced they had announced the wrong release date.

“Upon further confirmation, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 will begin on January 12,” Crunchyroll announced. “We apologize for reporting the previously incorrect date.”

The second season of the Slime anime series was originally scheduled to release in fall 2020, but now it will be released in winter 2021.

The announcement came as a surprise. Days after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, Studio 8bit originally released a new key visual that continued to say that the second season would release as expected in October 2020.

But in late May 2020, an official statement from the anime production committee announced the Slime Season 2 postponement. The committee explained that the production schedule had originally allowed for plenty of time to complete the Slime Season 2 anime, but these plans were disrupted when COVID-19 caused Japan to enter a state of emergency.

“We were proceeding with the production … with a sufficient preparation period. Since the announcement [of Japan’s state of emergency] has had a great impact on the originally planned production schedule, we will postpone the broadcasting and distribution start time,” the official statement says.

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A key visual for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 anime that released in October 2020. Pic credit: Studio 8bit

The list of anime productions delayed by COVID-19 is much longer than the list of anime that suffered no delays. The Seven Deadly Sins Season 4Haikyuu!! Season 4Black CloverPokemon Journeys: The SeriesThe Promised Neverland Season 2My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Season 3The Quintessential Quintuplets Season 2Re: ZERO Season 2Sword Art Online: Alicization Final Season, and No Guns Life Part 2 have all been pushed back to later dates.

The Tower Of God animeMy Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2, and Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 2/Part 2 are among the anime productions that were able to complete episodes before the pandemic delayed the work.

The good news is that FUNimation has already announced that they plan on producing a Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken Season 2 English dub for the TenSura series.

What’s more, the second season is a split-cour anime season. What’s a split-cour you might ask?

For those unfamiliar with the lingo, a “cour” is a three-month block of TV broadcasting based on the physical seasons usually composed of 10 to 13 episodes. A “split-cour” is where a single anime season takes a multi-month break before resuming TV broadcasting.

The total number of episodes has been confirmed. Slime Season 2 will have 24 episodes split between two cours.

The That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2 OP (opening) theme song music will be “Storyteller” by TRUE.

The ED (ending) “Storyseeker” will be performed by Stereo Dive Foundation.

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.

The Slime Diaries Anime That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Key Visual
The key visual for the The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime anime. Pic credit: Studio 8bit

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 articles on Overlord Season 4 and 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 was a two-cour anime with 25 episodes that began to release in four Blu-Ray volumes starting January 29, 2019.

Oddly enough, the main story for the Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken anime ended with Episode 23 on March 11, 2019. Episode 24: Black and Mask, was a bonus episode. The episode is an original prequel story by author Fuse about the meeting between Diablo (voiced by Takahiro Sakurai) and Conqueror Of Flames Shizue Izawa and it teases the darker nature of Slime Season 2.

The fact that Takahiro Sakurai was hired to voice Diablo was also a large early hint that TenSura Season 2 was planned early on. After all, the voice actor is known for main roles in popular anime like Code Geass, Ace Of Diamond, and Psycho-Pass (which is finally receiving Pyscho-Pass Season 3). Diablo is hardly a bit role since he’ll play a major part in Season 2.

The final episode, Episode 25: Veldora’s Diary, was a side story from the perspective of the Storm Dragon Veldora Tempest (who is now a huge manga fan). This episode is not completely anime original since it’s adapting the Veldora’s Diary segments that appear at the end of each manga volume.

That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2 Release Time Frame Announcement
The original plans for the time frame for the That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2 release date came from this image. Pic credit: 8bit
  • Updated January 12, 2021: Added That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2 OP and ED videos.
  • Updated December 23, 2020: That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2 Episode 24 confirmed to be the second season’s ending.
  • Updated December 11, 2020: Added new That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2 trailer and ED song name.
  • Updated November 9, 2020: Added new Slime Season 2 trailer and OP/ED info.
  • Updated October 20, 2020: Added new Slime Season 2 key visual.
  • Updated September 29, 2020: Crunchyroll, FUNimation Slime Season 2 release date changed.
  • Updated September 26, 2020: Exact Slime Season 2 release date confirmed.
  • Updated July 9, 2020: Crunchyroll announces release dates for Streaming OVA 4 and OVA 5.
  • Updated May 28, 2020: Slime Season 2 and The Slime Diaries release date delayed!
  • Updated March 22, 2020: Added Crunchyroll’s TenSura Season 2 trailer with English subtitles.
  • Updated March 20, 2020: Added That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2 Part 2 release time frame. Added The Slime Diaries anime. Added Volume 16 release info.
  • Updated March 13, 2020: Added Slime Season 2 key visual.
  • Updated February 17, 2020: Added That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 English dub trailer from Crunchyroll.
  • Updated January 24, 2020: Added time frame for TenSura Season 2 release date.
  • Updated January 14, 2019: Added release dates for new OVA episodes.
  • Updated August 15, 2019: Updated OVA and light novel details.
  • Updated March 21, 2019: Added manga spin-off news.
  • Updated March 18, 2019: Confirmed That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2.
  • Updated March 12, 2019: Added full spoilers and updated news details.
  • Updated February 26, 2019: Added news of the TenSura OVA episode delay.
  • 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.

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 Season 2 Part 2 release date

The second season is a split-cour anime season. The That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2 Part 2 release date is scheduled for July 2021, the summer 2021 anime season.

Once the exact release date is officially confirmed the news story in the link will be updated with the relevant information. Please see the news story in the link for the exact release date.

If one of the goals for the anime was 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.

The Slime Diaries anime TV series coming out in early 2021

The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime is coming up in the first half of 2021. Based on the Tensura Nikki Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken manga series, the new anime season is a gag comedy series that will be different from the main story.

It tells the story of Rimuru and friends in their daily lives rather than focusing on the main plot.

“Dear diary… I got reincarnated as a slime.”

Even in another world, lives aren’t always on the line. There’s plenty of work to be done, from feeding the community and forging the items the community needs; as well as plenty of play …and hijinks throughout! Join Rimuru and friends as they kick back and enjoy their daily lives.

For more details, including the eventual release date announcement, please see our main article for The Slime Diaries anime.

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 year. Volume 13.5 released in 2019, but it’s a recap novel. Volume 16 released on March 27, 2020.

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/monsters 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 14, which was delayed from December 2019 to March 2020. There’s also a spin-off manga called How Monsters Walk that’s up to six volumes as of October 30, 2019.

Starting in March 2019, another manga spin-off called That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Another Story: Trinity of the Magic Kingdom (Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken Ibun: Makuni Kurashi no Trinity) was launched by the website Monthly Shonen Sirius. New chapters will release on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

Written by Fuse and drawn by Tae Tono, the new manga tells the story of a girl from the Beast Kingdom of Eurzania named Phos who goes to Tempest on secret orders from Demon Lord Carrion.

Yen Press has licensed the English translation of the That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime novel series. The English version was up to Volume 8 as of May 19, 2020. The English manga will be up to Volume 13 as of June 16, 2020.

That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Shizue Izawa Anime Character
Shizue Izawa was prophesized as the “fated one” in the story so the plot twist came as quite the surprise to audiences. – Pic credit: 8bit

The first season ended on a relatively soft note instead of an epic battle as a final climax. Instead of focusing the ending on the Orc Disaster or the invasion by Charybdis, the anime offered a resolution to one of the major overarching plot points by fulfilling one of Shizue’s dying wishes.

Ending in such a way was probably unavoidable with only 23 episodes to tell the tale. The next story arc launches into an action-filled section that requires TenSura Season 2 to adapt properly (see the spoilers below for more details).

Overall, 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. The manga-loving Grandmaster Kagurazaka Yuuki was introduced in the second cour and he will play a critical role in future anime seasons. It will be interesting to watch whether TenSura Season 2 expands upon his motivations for his actions.

At the same time, the anime skipped much of the world-building contained in the light novels, especially in the second cour. The growth of Tempest as a nation was skipped and details related to humanity and the church were glossed over.

Still, the relatively slow overall pacing meant the anime has not devoured the light novels in a single gulp. The halfway point of the anime, Episode 12, culminated 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 set the stage for Rimuru to create the Jura Forest 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. The arrival of Demon Lord Milim and the attack by Charybdis heralded the arrival of Volume 3.

The anime maintained the same pacing throughout so the second cour found an ending for Episode 23 in Volume 4 of the books and Chapter 52 of Volume 10 of the manga series.

The biggest negative to the first season is that it completely skipped multiple story arcs in the first half of Volume 4. These skipped chapters introduced characters important to later story arcs. Thus, the second season was forced to reorder story events.

For those wanting to read ahead, the best starting point is the beginning of light novel Volume 4. If you’re reading the English translation of the online web novel, begin reading about halfway through Chapter 66: Chance Meeting.

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 Japanese manga chapters were barely caught up with the anime by the time the anime’s finale episode aired in 2019. Therefore, manga readers wanting to read ahead to find out what happens next needed to wait impatiently as new chapters released over time.

That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime OVA episodes confirmed to release in 2020

The official website for the TenSura series has announced that multiple That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime OVA episodes will be released as part of limited-edition manga volumes. The first Original Animation DVD (or OAD) was bundled only with the limited edition of Volume 13 that released in December 2019.

This TenSura OVA episode was originally supposed to release as part of the special edition of Volume 11 but it was delayed due to production issues. The special edition of the Volume 11 manga was canceled but the regular edition still came out 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!

A second Slime OVA episode was announced and it was released with Volume 12 in July 2019. Thankfully, anime fans don’t have to wait since they can watch Slime OVA episode “The Tragedy Of M?” on Crunchyroll immediately.

A third set of Slime OVA episodes were announced in early 2020. It’s a three-part original story written by Fuse that will premiere in Japanese movie theaters on January 26, 2020.

The three OVA episodes will release with Volume 14 (OVA 3) on March 27, 2020, Volume 15 (OVA 4) on July 9, 2020, and Volume 16 (OVA 5) on November 11, 2020. The entire set of the three-part story will be also be streaming on Crunchyroll.

Crunchyroll describes the story of Slime OVA 5:

Rimuru and the Class S students have made it through the first exercise of the Freedom Academy’s annual outdoor training event. Class S has arrived first at the destination, the mansion of Count Guratol, and now they’re ready to begin the second exercise, a cave exploration… but awaiting them there are thieves who hope to kidnap the students and make a fortune returning them for ransom money. Just when it seems like Rimuru’s students have fought them off thanks to the skills he taught them, they realize a monster is lurking among the thieves!

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Anime Key Visual
The key visual for the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 anime that was released in March 2020. Pic credit: Studio 8bit

On July 4, 2020, it was announced by Crunchyroll that the Slime OVA 4 release date would be scheduled for July 8, 2020. Slime OVA 5 will come out on Crunchyroll on November 27, 2020.

That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2 spoilers

Note: This plot summary of TenSura Season 2 was updated once That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Episode 23 released in Japan. The plot summary/synopsis assumes the second season will adapt through Volume 6, although Volume 7 is another possible stopping point.

“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.”

Season 1 ended right before the slime hit the proverbial fan. The first season foreshadowed the beginning of TenSura Season 2 by mentioning the perks of becoming a True Demon Lord. The fairy Demon Lord Ramiris also explained that a person had to be “fallen” in some manner to become a Demon Lord. But Rimuru certainly wouldn’t have chosen what happens next just for him to gain an increase in power.

The person seen stalking Rimuru at the ending of Episode 23 is Hinata Sakaguchi. An Otherworlder who was summoned at age 15, Hinata is now the leader of the Imperial Guards. She answers directly to the Pope of the Western Saints Church, which preaches the destruction of all monsters.

That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Anime
Art from the That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime light novels. – Pic credit: Mitz Vah

The beginning of TenSura Season 2 will probably open with a brief recap of how Rimuru came to be traveling home, but the action will pick up right away since Hinata attacks Rimuru and nearly kills him. Rimuru barely manages to escape because she thinks he is dead and he rushes home.

Meanwhile, Tempest was facing its own attack. In order to protect the ideals of Tempest, Rimuru had gathered heroes to protect the alliance. This goal gets complicated quickly when heavily armed humans from the nearby Kingdom of Farmus invade Tempest at the behest of the Western Saints Church and the country’s top military brass.

At the same time, pink-haired Demon Lord Milim Navathe declares war on the Beast Kingdom of Yuurazania… and they’re supposed to be allies of Tempest! Worse, all of this takes place when Rimuru is nowhere to be found!

When Rimuru arrives home he finds Tempest besieged by the enemy army. The attack by Farmus results in the deaths of numerous Tempest civilians. Even the ogress Shion is killed by the Blood Shadows, a force working under Hinata that handles the dirty work of the church.

Rimuru is devastated but Great Sage offers a solution that has a three-percent chance of success. In order to resurrect everyone Rimuru must become a True Demon Lord, but the cost for the ritual is high: 10,000 souls. Rimuru takes a cue from Ainz and massacres the invading army, killing 10,000 people in an instant, and evolves into a True Demon Lord.

That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Rimuru Tempest Human Form
The conflicts cause Rimuru Tempest to level up and evolve over time to the point that his human body appears more mature. – Pic credit: Mitz Vah

With the power of a Demon Lord, Rimuru is able to resurrect Shion, grant new abilities to his people, and summon a demon that he names Diablo. The resurrected citizens become the Yomigaeri, an immortal fighting squad. Even the Great Sage eventually evolves in Slime Season 2, allowing Rimuru to revive the Storm Dragon Veldora, with the monster’s spirit inhabiting a human form as one of Rimuru’s clones.

Warning: The following spoilers are for That TIme I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2.

With the attack on Tempest ended, Rimuru establishes alliances between Tempest, the Dwarf Kingdom, and several human countries. But this conference is interrupted by the fairy Ramiris, who warns Rimuru that he faces danger due to the upcoming Walpurgis Banquet of the Demon Lords.

The Walpurgis Banquet is a night that usually heralds in destruction for the land and its citizens. Calamity followed the last time a Walpurgis Banquet was held over a thousand years before. All the Demon Lords must attend and that now includes Rimuru.

A conspiracy to destroy Tempest is lurking between the Demon Lords and Milim is now under the thumb of the conspirator pulling the strings. The main topic of discussion for the Walpurgis Banquet is how to punish Rimuru for becoming a Demon Lord. But Rimuru is able to sniff out that conspirator and confront the powerful person.

Warning: The following spoilers may cover story material for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 3.

This battle is only the beginning of a civil war that erupts in human kingdoms after the failure to subjugate Tempest. Rimuru finds himself taking on the full might of the Western Saints Church and thus Hinata. While she was able to beat Rimuru before, now he’s a Demon Lord. But it turns out there’s a little more to Hinata than might first be guessed.

The second half of Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken Season 2 will get a little crazy as combat abilities start to resemble Dragon Ball Z levels of power creep. Rimuru has Ramiris construct an Underground Labyrinth for entertainment but it’s the Tempest Arena that will hold an exhibition of power called the Tempest Tournament.

All of that is just the lead up to even bigger confrontations. 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!

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