Time for me to share my thoughts on another light novel, and this time it is the third volume of Kisetsu Morita’s I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level. Azusa, the Witch of the Highlands, goes on a couple of different adventures in this volume. Of course, a few familiar faces show up, but she also happens to meet a few new people whilst out and about.
Every day is an adventure in its own way.
When I first came to this world, I said I’d live a carefree, laid-back life. Recently, I’ve been enjoying quality time with my new family, but… Argh! First, Falfa got stuck in her (admittedly adorable) slime form, and now there’s a con-artist witch pretending to be me?! Why do these things keep happening?!
I’ll begin by reiterating something from my posts on the first and second volumes of I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, which is that these light novels are written in first-person, from the perspective of Azusa. The blurb makes that fairly obvious.
This third volume begins with a cookie bake off between Laika, and the newest addition to Azusa’s family, the blue dragon Flatorte. Laika is a red dragon, so naturally there is a rivalry between the two.
The competition is to see who could sell the most cookies in the nearby town of Flatta. The cookies end up being incredibly popular, almost too much – at least until a certain few characters express interest in them.
The plot with Falfa returning to her slime form actually takes place over a couple of chapters, and involves Azusa travelling the land searching for intelligent slimes who may be able to help have Falfa return to normal.
Somehow, that ends up with Azusa and Beezlebub entering a martial arts tournament, which gives them an opportunity to have a rematch after that one time. Of course, Azusa’s mind is elsewhere at the time, but Beelzebub has something for that.
Whilst Laika and Flatorte do enjoy the meals that the family makes for them, they crave something a bit more meaty. Fortunately, there happens to be a swell in the population of long-hammer boars which needs to be sorted out. As it turns out, Flatorte and clothes don’t exactly go well together.
Azusa and the dragons aren’t the only ones hunting the boars, either.
When Azusa happens to hear something about the Witch of the Highlands, she decides to look into the matter as she doesn’t want some stranger just using her name. She and Laika investigate together.
The culprit isn’t exactly what they imagined, and her reasons for pretending to be the Witch of the Highlands are… well, not what you would typically expect.
After that incident, Azusa ends up helping the demons to look for an undead. The undead are practically indistinguishable from the living, but Azusa recalled hearing something during her search for the fake Witch of the Highlands that could be of use.
The undead they find; well, that person wants to take life (or perhaps undeath would be more apt) as easily as possible. Azusa comes up with an idea where the undead person can contribute to society whilst doing the absolute minimum.
That brings us to the three bonus chapters, which involve an outdoor bath, Rosalie getting stuck in a wall and Laika catching a cold. Just some fun little moments that don’t necessarily have a specific time that they need to fit in to.
Benio’s illustrations throughout remain as consistent as they have been for all three volumes. They are cute, and there are some great expressions in there.
Thinking about it, I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level is probably my favourite light novel series. Admittedly I have only read three – I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years…, Magical Girl Raising Project and Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online, but this one pretty much has everything I like.
A fantasy setting, dragon girls, yuri and the type of humour that pretty much gets me every time. I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it: I’d love to see I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years… get an anime adaptation.
It already has a drama CD, so maybe a studio out there would be willing to give it a go – maybe Studio Gokumi, who gave us the likes of Kiniro Mosaic and Yuki Yuna is a Hero, or Doga Kobo, who have given us NEW GAME! and YuruYuri.
For now, though, the only way to enjoy I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years… are the light novels (and the drama CD as well, if you understand Japanese). Whenever I read the light novels, I feel like the tone is somewhat similar to Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid – just with a fantasy setting instead of the real world.
What I am saying is, if you enjoyed Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, then you will probably enjoy I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level as well.