Title: I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level Vol. 8
Author: Kisetsu Morita
Release Date: April 26, 2022
Publisher: Yen Press
You know what, credit where credit is due, I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years, and Maxed Out My Level really knows how to not only grow its cast of characters without forgetting about the old characters. Each volume expertly ties into the past shenanigans, even if the haphazard nature of the chapters seems to not be connected at all. The world grows as the family grows, and that’s really the highlight of I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years, and Maxed Out My Level Vol. 8 manga.
I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years, and Maxed Out My Level Vol. 8 begins with the creation of some sweets that Azusa remembers from her past life. However, this has the reverse effect on her as she strives to be a witch and not a chef. So, even though she’s becoming more and more popular around the world, it’s not in the way that she wants. I liked this change of tone for Azusa, which is still presented comically but gives her more depth as a lead.
As the chapters continue, we get to hang out more with Falfa and Shalsha, as well as Beelzebub. I think getting to see Beelzebub’s house was a nice tie into her own side series, which goes into greater detail about her bad habits. Still, I enjoyed how this portion of the story tied into the final chapters and even introduced a new character to the family. Yes, the family grows again, and where this new character goes is yet to be seen, but they are really keeping the loli theme going with this one; let’s just say that.
The illustrations have been adapted from the light novel, and I believe they show the hilarity of the situations expertly. The panels are well-paced and are detailed enough to know where each scene is located.
The pacing of this volume is of note as we visit a few past locations and new ones. There’s also an added bit of tension at the end as Azusa faces off in a race of sorts against other witches. Aside from this new inclusion in the family, though, this volume may be largely forgettable. There are a few memorable scenes, but this mainly serves as a way to catch up with old characters and visit Beelzebub’s house.
I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years, and Maxed Out My Level Vol. 8 is just fun. We get to spend more time with this crazy family and learn more about characters who are often overshadowed after being introduced. It’s a reunion of sorts and entirely on par with what we want from the series, which, after 8 Volumes, is all I could ask for.
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