In I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed out My Level yet another life has been cut tragically short and the protagonist has been reincarnated into another world to start their life anew. Main gal Azusa died in Japan while working the hard corporate life, so now that she’s died she’s gone from working hell to mountain village heaven. It’s refreshing to have a female lead and the fact that Azusa wants nothing more than to just relax and enjoy life for an extended amount of time following her reincarnation as a witch is also a new spin. Fast forward 300 years and this is exactly where her story really begins.
After 300 years Azusa has hit Level 99 and once word of her “achievement” gets out she fears her peaceful days will be ruined, and it appears they are as different challengers arrive at her doorstep one after the other. Count in a battle ready dragon, a well-endowed elf, a pair of vengeful slimes, and even a high ranking demon that all come knocking on Azusa’s front door as challengers. She deals with these troublemakers in unique ways, but battles are seriously not Azusa’s strong point. Her inner monologues are dished out with a great sense of comedic timing as she pokes fun at what she might have expected to happen had any given scenario actually befell her back in Japan. I’ll just say Azusa’s memory of her previous life is uncannily crisp after having lived on a peaceful mountain top for three centuries.
If the title hasn’t already given it away there are some noticeable gaming elements to Killing Slimes – as indicated by the Maxed Out My Level part of the title. In fact, the closest thing I can think of as far as world building goes is “Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon!?” Take those leveling aspects of Danmachi and then combine it with the cute but not-quite-girls living together antics of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid and round it all out with the maximum effort given to do absolutely nothing from Tanaka-kun is Always Listless and you’ve got a good idea of how this fantasy medieval world revolves around Azusa. All these troublemakers who show up at her door? Most of them end up living with her as it’s the best way to resolve their issues, plus Azusa has got to keep up appearances! The good news is she’s not doing as much housework which has freed up her time to study up on skills everyone assumes she’s already acquired. Let’s just say that for someone who’s at Level 99 she isn’t really all that adept at using the skills expected of the Witch of the Highlands!
High adventure isn’t really a thing in Killing Slimes, but the characters are its driving force and their dialogue is golden. As an aside, it’s also really great to see a town thriving under a reincarnates’ care instead of steadily finding itself in mortal danger! Though Killing Slimes isn’t a genre breaker it brings a fresh spin to tried and true antics. If you’re a fan of any of the previously mentioned titles, or of isekai stories in general, I’d highly recommend giving this light novel a try.
After living a painful life as an office worker, Azusa ended her short life by dying from overworking. So when she found herself reincarnated as an undying, unaging witch in a new world, she vows to spend her days stress free and as pleasantly as possible. She ekes out a living by hunting down the easiest targets - the slimes! But after centuries of doing this simple job, she's ended up with insane powers...how will she maintain her low key life now?!Add to CartLearn More