How I’ve been slaying slimes subverts the hero OP Isekai trend

I’ve been killing Slimes’ Azusa is a powerful witch, but Episode 1 proves that mindless power in life is basically useless.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Episode 1 of I’ve been slaying slimes for 300 years and above my level, which is now streaming on Crunchyroll.

The world of isekai anime is an intense form of escapism, where the protagonist can break free from the tedious and familiar routine of real life and run free in a fantasy realm far, far away. This can be a lot of fun, but all too often these series end up as power fantasies for the rapidly aging protagonist (typically male).

Not each The isekai series takes this route, not even all the action-oriented ones, but a lot of make. In such series, escapism is pushed too far, with the series quickly coming to a halt when the main character becomes nearly invincible. He or she (usually he) has immense magic, an absolutely loyal circle of friends, and basically everything they could possibly want. Such a character has reached the end goal, which means there is nowhere left to go. Fortunately, the series’ I like I’ve been killing slimes freshen things up simply by changing the top priority. Why become an invincible hero, when you can stop and smell the roses?

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Some comedy series or parodies have commented on the subject of dominated protagonists, such as the ever popular One hit man. In it, Saitama has become almost invincible, but faces the limit of depression and boredom. certain enemies. In other series, the invincible protagonist, such as Reincarnated as a slime Rimuru Tempest, seeks to improve the lives of everyone else. Not only is that noble, but it means that the character’s combat power doesn’t mean that much, as his problems revolve around solving problems and relationships between and for other people.

Other isekai series sidestep the “invincible protagonist” theme by giving them nonviolent goals that cannot be achieved with violence or force, such as seeking a purpose in life or falling in love. That is what I’ve been killing slimes for 300 years and have maxed out my level does, and where Azusa enters, his invincible witch heroine.

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True to the series title, Azusa spent three whole centuries slaying slime monsters to grind XP and gold, and her stats are maxed out. Because of this, no battle is even remotely challenging for her and in a combat-oriented series this would be a real problem. However, Azusa’s goals are not based on fight or glory, she just wants to relax.

Azusa is incredibly strong, but that doesn’t matter, as her goals are simple and peaceful. Her magical strength is incidental, which means the real challenge is to see if she can maintain a calm and happy life amidst constant interference from warriors who want to put their fighting skills to the test against her. This leads to a charmingly silly and heartwarming story in which Azusa rolls up her sleeves and goes to work making sure she (ironically) never has to go back to work. Paradoxically, she will go to great lengths to take it easy and is ready to instill this lesson in her new friends, like Laika the dragon girl.

What good is power, fame and wealth if one cannot enjoy the little wonders of life on the road? Supreme power is boring on its own. Fortunately, Azusa knows that happiness is something that comes from a person’s heart, rather than a pile of defeated enemies. It has been argued that happiness is a choice, and Azusa has chosen with humility and wisdom.

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