This interview certainly explains why the plot felt random.
In an interview on Excite News posted on Tuesday, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime author Fuse shared the circumstances in which the novel was initially created. He said that he first began posting the story on the popular Japanese web novel site "Shōsetsuka ni Narō" (Let's Become Novelists) as practice before submitting his work to writing competitions, and that he was making up the plot as he went along. As a result, he admits that he did not figure out the theme of the story until after the web novel got a publishing deal and he edited the part of the novel that would become volume 2.
Fuuse specifically commented on the "country building" theme of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, saying that when he first started writing the story, he hadn't envisioned that Rimuru would build a country. He simply wrote about Rimuru accomplishing all kinds of feats, and before he knew it, he had ended up building a country. Nowadays, Fuse feels that "Do what you can do for today" is one of the themes of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, and that the friends and community he made along the way are an integral part of the series.
Fuse said that he initially wrote That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime purely for the fun of it, which allowed him to fill the story with everything he wanted to do. However, his lack of attention to pacing and structure posed difficulties for him when it came to adapting the novel into an anime. He said that the anime gave him an opportunity to re-examine the structure of the series as a whole and decide which scenes were important to keep.
Fuse launched the story serially on "Shōsetsuka ni Narō" website from 2013 to 2016. Micro Magazine began publishing the series in print in 2014, and it shipped the 13th volume on September 28. Taiki Kawakami launched the manga adaptation, which the television anime adaptation is based on, in Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine in 2015. The anime premiered on October 1 last year.
A very weak, illogical episode. There is a recurring issue, trust and relationship form too fast. In this episode, Rimul asks a swordsman whom they barely knew each other to spread rumors that they defeat the Orc Lord with Rimul's help. I find Rimul's request illogical. The swordsman was prejudiced, a slime ruling a nation. Yet, he quickly had a change of heart. It feels unnatural.
It seems news of Rimul beating the Orc Lord is known by royalty and higher powers but not common people
I may not read Japanese, but I had confusion on why Rimul is referred as Majin when Milim is called Maou, demon lord.
Taka: Depending on my energy, I can watched up to 2 AM. Usually with work, I fall asleep on anime series that don't have a lot of action.
Feb 9, 2020 3:24:18 GMT
Master Menos: Finally got out of the fast food job. It was a graceful exit, but to be honest, I'll miss some of those guys. Got a sprained ankle from it since September, so I'll finally focus on healing that back at the family home.
Feb 10, 2020 3:53:27 GMT
HungryWorld: Well if anyone remembers what happened to Pingu in the City, with it being joke 10/10 scored on MAL just to get it into the top 10 anime... well now is Ishuzoku Reviewers' turn. Seems that in response to Funimation's cancel people boosted the score hard.
Feb 11, 2020 2:11:38 GMT
Taka: What? That sounds so weird.
Feb 11, 2020 5:36:23 GMT
Master Menos: It's damn awesome to be honest. It shot to 1st Place!
Feb 11, 2020 6:31:08 GMT
Dream: On the subject of MAL, it looks like the admin are planning to tweak their scoring system for titles to reduce the likelihood of voters artificially inflating the ranking of certain titles.
Feb 13, 2020 22:47:26 GMT
Master Menos: My V-Day present will be belated this year because I "Had some trouble with ol' Johnny." (That's your hint.)
Feb 15, 2020 4:17:13 GMT
Dream: The joys of adulthood. Joking aside, plan to at least attempt to wrap up Gankutsuou sometime early to mid next week so I can get done with my Funi voted titles. Afterward, not doing any more voting for a while considering how long this had been taking.
Feb 15, 2020 16:50:30 GMT
Dream: Done with Gankutsuou. Will be working to get a review up for it by sometime tonight.
Feb 16, 2020 20:57:26 GMT
Taka: Great job, Dream! I should do some reviews, too.
Feb 17, 2020 5:24:39 GMT
Dream: Looks like MAL's currently down due to the site getting hit by a major denial-of-service attack, just as a heads up.
Feb 18, 2020 17:55:23 GMT
Taka: I added 2 polls tonight. Also, I wonder why MAL was down. Crunchyroll also had it, too.
Feb 20, 2020 4:05:24 GMT
Dream: Not sure about Crunchyroll. For MAL, the DoS attacks may have been retaliation by those who dabbled into manipulating the site's scoring system for certain anime titles. The admin on MAL announced they would be overhauling the system to prevent said...
Feb 20, 2020 13:42:15 GMT
Dream: ...manipulation last week.
Feb 20, 2020 13:42:45 GMT