The last time we checked in with That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (also more commonly known as slime isekai), we got the bad news that the highly anticipated second season and comedy spinoff series were being delayed from October 2020 to January 2021 due to the worldwide pandemic. Over this past weekend, however, we finally got some good news coming out of the Jura Tempest Federation!
According to an update posted to the official Funimation blog, we can now report that the promised three straight cours worth of slime isekai will premiere on January 12th! As previously reported, the first half of season two will premiere in January. This will be followed by the one cour spinoff series The Slime Diaries in April before, finally, things will wrap up with the second half of the main story’s second season in July.
Originally a light novel series written by Fuse and illustrated by Mitz Vah, the first volume hit store shelves in Japan in May 2014. As of March 2020, there are sixteen volumes in print. The series has been released in English by Yen Press since September 2017, with eight volumes printed as of May 2020. A manga adaptation was launched in Japan in October 2015. Kodansha USA holds the English rights to the manga and has published thirteen volumes as of May 2020.
The anime adaptation produced by studio 8-Bit hit the airwaves in October 2018 and ran for two cours. It features Yasuhito Kikuchi as director and Kazuyuki Fudeyasu handling the series composition. The anime was licensed and released in English by Funimation, who describes the series as:
Average 37-year-old Minami Satoru dies and is reincarnated as the most unremarkable creature imaginable—a slime. Initially, things are pretty grim. He’s blind, deaf, and weak. But by combining his two special abilities, “Predator” and “Great Sage,” the newly named, Rimuru Tempest, will use his blobby powers to gain both friends and foes alike in a diverse new world.