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Thanks to Yen Press, western readers get a chance to dive deeper into Rimuru’s demon kingdom Tempest through Sho Okagiri’s manga spin-off “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: The Ways of the Monster Nation”.

Framea travels far from her home of the rabbitfolk and finds so many interesting things in Tempest. Her ability “Dilettante” allows her to give items and experiences star ratings. She fills her notebook with her information and while basking in all of the unique innovations of Tempest, she drops it. She gets a shock when Rimuru suddenly summons her and gives back her notebook. The demon lord proposes that she develops a guidebook for the upcoming festival for attendees. Though she is quite fearful of Rimuru, the provisions he offers are very hard to pass up. She has a lot of excitement for the adventure she will encounter but hopefully will be prepared for what it will throw at her.

“That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: The Ways of the Monster Nation” Volume One has a strong feel of someone going through the start of an RPG. When Framea gets her new outfit and weapon, it may remind members of character customization in games. The nostalgia increases when Framea and her party tackle the main festival attraction, though it is not shown in great detail. It is also interesting seeing several characters from the main series interact with Framea, especially Rimuru. The methodical and powerful slime seems to have a more menacing presence in “The Way of the Monster Nation” as he keeps most of his plans a secret to both Framea and the readers. It definitely piques the curiosities of fans and the newly appointed surveyor of Tempest.

Volume Two of “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: The Ways of the Monster Nation” will be available October 20th, 2020. Volume Nine of FUSE’s original light novel will be also out that day. Kodansha Comics is translating and publishing Taiki Kawakami’s manga adaptation of the main series. Crunchyroll has the anime adaptation available for streaming.