A long-running conspiracy is swirling over a mysterious power wielded by the Queen in Raja, a small country west of Tempest. When a slime who evolved into a Demon Lord named Rimuru Tempest crosses paths with Hiiro, a survivor of the Ogre race, an incredible adventure packed with new characters begins. The power of bonds will be put to the test!
This movie was a huge let down. When I first watched season 1, I fell in love the series. I went on to read the manga to its latest chapter and I went and read the light novel series to its latest book. I then watched season 2 and realised something felt off. The quality of the season looked a bit janky and cheap throughout. Maybe the budget went down slightly due to Covid. But overall, it was somewhat okay. I at least enjoyed the arc. And then I watched this film and I shocked. The quality has comlpletely declined since season 1. I'm so disappointed in the film. As a film, its expected to be of higher quality then that of the main film. If not that, maybe the same quality as the main series. But this whole movie was subpar. It felt more like an elongated OVA. Even the OVA's seemed like they had more of a budget than this movie. I was hoping this movie would hype me up for season 3, but now i'm not really expecting much. I did not enjoy this movie. But if you did enjoy this movie, I'm glad your experience was better than mine. Maybe i'm far too critical of the movie, but I was expecting a lot after re-watching season 1 recently. Story: 3/10 The whole film is all over the place. I was so bored by the quality of the film at the opening scene. Is was so janky and so long for no reason. By the 20 minute mark, that new character that was introduced basically finished his whole backstory of revenge and what not. Then he turned into such a boring character that was bound to fall victim to a weird ploy by the antagonists of the film. There also was a bit of inconsistency in some scenes. SPOILER ALERT: There is a scene where the Introduced ogre apparently witnessed his village being burned down. However, at the beginining of the film, he finds that his village is already in ruins. So there is quite a few inconsistancies in the plot of the film. To me, it seems that it was going for a more, 'family friendly' vibe. Because the jokes or gag like tropes just don't hit at all. It felt too light hearted, but thats just what I thought. Animation: 2/10 I'm pretty disappointed in the quality of the movie. Its quite choppy here and there. And it's also quite inconsistent throughout the entirety of the film. The particle effects during fight scenes are pretty cool at times but thats about it. And the CGI in this movie looks like a cutscene from a PS3 game. So overall, the budget in this film is a farcry from the amount used in season 1. I noticed as the years went by, the animation was on a decline, but this movie was just not it. Sound: 4/10 The fact that it wasn't even memorable says a lot. I was quite bored and had no interest in the OST whatsoever. And that ending tracks was super bland. The only think I thought was borderline ok was the sound engeneering. But it's most likely a reuse of the season 1 sound effects. Characters: 2/10 I feel that the entirety of the film was rushed and used as a money grab seeing how the fan-base of the series is quite large/active. And since the film was rushed, majority of the characters were kinda just there. We didn't really dive deep in building a concrete story in the film. The worst part of the characters were the antagonists. They followed every generic trope for a villain you possibly could. Overall, I had no reason to get attached to any of the characters which sucks.
That was fun! Like the rest of the series, Scarlet Bond is another chance to go see Rimuru exercise his Saul like wisdom, and his super powers, to solve all the problems he encounters. If you like the series, this will go down smoothly. If you don't, it won't change your mind. I saw this in the theater with just one other person. Come on guys! If you want anime movies to come overseas you have to go watch them in theaters when they do! Rant over, on to the detailed review. Story: 6/10 The pacing feels off, we get backstory of one character for a while before discovering that his arc had already been resolved before the movie started then we move onto another conflict for this character we just got to know. The result is that it feels like there are two parts to the movie and both are at half strength. Not bad, not incredible. It was mostly held back by characters being too on the nose or making bad decisions because we needed them to. Animation: 7/10 I personally enjoy the style of slime for the most part. The color choices set a good mood for much of the show. Sound: 7/10 A fun experience, the music is good, honestly no problems from me, just wasn't stunning. Characters: 8/10 I think this is why we watch the show. While the villains in this movie were lackluster, the interactions between the ones we know and love already were fantastic.
𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐄𝐖 >>> In my honest opinion, it definitely could have been better. The main problem I think the movie has is the pacing and overall the later half of the movie could be executed better (especially the revival of Hiiro and Towa) it just felt comical at the end rather than emotional lol. Plus this is an original movie and non canon so I gave it a pass instead of criticize it too harshly.
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