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Slime Taoshite 300-nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Level Max and Nattemashita - Chapter 10: A troubadour has arrived
In the town of Flata, Azusa and his companions come across a sign announcing the show that Schifanoia, a peculiar troubadour, will be giving. What only Flatorte knows for its preference for troubadours. So they decide to listen to it, but it's not at all what they expected and in the end only Azusa and Flatorte are left to watch. But at the end of the show, Schifanoia faints from hunger.
Azusa helps her recover from hunger and takes her home, where she not only feeds her but also allows her to use the toilet. Now more calm and characterless, the young Almiraj introduces herself as Kuku. Given the great change between her personalities and her character as Schifanoia, Azusa and her companions can better engage in conversation. Finding out the reason why, despite the adversity that came with it, she decided to become a troubadourin. Azusa offers him asylum while continuing to practice a new style of music and avoid changing jobs.
After receiving constant help from Azusa and his companions, especially Flatorte, Kuku manages to impress them. However, Beelzebub's unexpected arrival helped her receive criticism from someone she had never heard before and received a proposal to perform at the Regular Music Festival in the demonic capital. On the day of the festival, Kuku is worried and apprehensive about the crowd, but Flatorte gives him a few words of encouragement to lift her spirits. The conclusion of the festival was a great success, including many other offers to see his show.
As I've seen many previous episodes in various 'arcs' the plot may be related to something that may have been relevant in Azusa's past life. Yes Slime Taoshite 300-nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Level Max and Nattemashita - Chapter 10 is no exception. I once showed an act associated with "work", love of the job, and bad decisions in it. Something that I obviously saw linked to Azusa's death due to the overexertion in her work. Live for him and ignore many other things in a person's "normal" life. Things I naturally saw in the previous 'arcs'.
So I expected much more interference from Azusa than has been shown in this chapter. The end result of the plot wasn't bad at all, however, as Flotarte was the one who stood out the most in that sense of meddling. Even though Azusa couldn't have done it for the same reason.
Back to the subject of the episode's plot. I loved seeing a slightly more "realistic" story that shows the ups and downs that taste and exertion for something special can have, until you find the window of opportunity that you have fought and searched so much for . And all of this while maintaining the comedy during the process, in a smaller amount than normal, of course, but not that scarce either.
In Flatorte's words: "You are unsuccessful because of your talent'. Sentence that I have adopted for my own interpretation of its meaning and that may or may not be correct. Personally, I think that motivation and effort are the two most important points when it comes to being successful at something. Having the innate gift of talent in something you don't aspire to doesn't mean you have to do it as an obligation, just as being lousy in something doesn't mean you should give up despite interest. I've seen this in various anime too, but what first came to mind was Bokutachi wa Bekyou ga Dekinai.
The Troubadour in Slime Taoshite 300-nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Level Max or Nattemashita - Chapter 10
In all fairness, due to the stereotype I know of troubadouring, Kuku's character disappointed me in some ways by not being compared to what I had imagined. After all of that Death metal I see little poetic style. And even in her new facet as Kuku, she looked more like an idol than a troubadour. Ultimately, I never had the feeling that a "troubadour" as such was present in the chapter. Fact that I feel wasted as it had immense potential for this anime, and not just because of the genre of fantasy what gives you material for different compositions, but for them comedy that they can have the same compositions.
In fact, being a troubadour made me believe that the opening or end of Slime Taoshite 300-nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Level Max and Nattemashita it must have been that style. Although the opening to be closest, I don't feel that way. That would of course mean more work or changes to what has already been planned, but to be honest I would at least have wished that one of the two musical themes had been in this style in this episode, regardless of whether it was the opening or the end.
Back to the character of Kuku. I like aesthetically, although I would have been intrigued to see her dressed in her potential "new" work, at least in the imagination of some of the characters. My fanaticism for rabbit costumes clouds my vision most of the time. Despite my own tastes and disappointments, I do not consider "imagination" an obligation to show it. Of course, this would give fanservice to the series, but as with many other scenes from previous episodes, I don't see a need to show fanservice in Slime Taoshite 300-nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Level Max and Nattemashita - Chapter 10.
The seiyuu who gave Kuku a voice was Kotori koiwaiwho also works with characters like: Utsutsu Miya (Gatchaman crowds), hand (Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san), Elaine (Nanatsu no Taizai), Renge Miyauchi (Not not biyori), Shiraishi (Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge), among other.
In all honesty, when I heard Kuku's voice, I immediately associated it with the character of Shiraishi. When I first saw the episode, I couldn't help but imagine a "Tanaka-kunEvery time he spoke. A bit remarkable, as that hasn't happened to me with any other character in which he has contributed his voice Kotori koiwai. The tone of the voices was practically the same, and after seeing the character of Shiraishi as a kukus, I finally paid tribute to the hardworking class delegate. But that is a topic that is not so related Slime Taoshite 300-nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Level Max and Nattemashita but with the seiyuu, so I won't go into it.
While I don't consider any of the songs in this chapter to be akin to the style of a troubadour, it's not that I hated or hated them. In fact, they all have different effects on me. Like the sweet duet by Falfa and Shalsha or the Halcara advertisement for their energy drink. Something that would have really disappointed me if Halcara hadn't done a commercial. But the song that impressed me the most was without a doubt Rosalie's. As soon as I read the title I knew it was going to be dramatic, but when I heard the lyrics I felt pretty identified in a way. To the point where I want to skip the song so as not to get into a depressed state of mind.
But in the end my favorite song of Slime Taoshite 300-nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Level Max and Nattemashita - Chapter 10 was entitled 'Many Thanks'by Kuku. The rhythm and the lyrics alone enchanted her, even more than that opening Yes end of the series. So I'm not going to deny that I want to fill one of these places. With this I don't want to insult or humiliate the work and effort behind the opening or closing themes, nor the artists who interpreted them.
The animation itself had a point that I was very happy about. The close-up animation quality of the characters in this episode. Especially when Schifanoia shakes her head in metal style and also when Flatorte plays the lute. Especially the latter, as it reminded me of the scene from The melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya during the school festival when they play 'God knows'. With shots focused on the movement of the hands. Although I honestly can't compare the quality of the two animes because I'm not taking that into account Slime Taoshite 300-nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Level Max and Nattemashita even managed to get the same quality. I really appreciate this moment, more than any other shown so far.