The fifth volume of Kisetsu Morita’s I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level takes us back to the house in the highlands, as well as a few other locations. New and familiar faces alike appear.
This volume also includes a short story that focuses on Beelzebub.
Dungeons? I’d rather explore none-geon.
I’ve been killing slimes for 300 years – and now I’m finally visiting my first dungeon! I didn’t really want to go at first, but after exploring uncharted ruins and collecting hidden treasure, I discovered that the whirlwind life of an adventurer… isn’t really for me. Plus, between our big visit to Beelzebub’s house and sending my daughters to school, things have gotten so busy, I’ve almost forgotten how to take it slow!
(Oh, and don’t forget to check out Beelzebub’s short story about how she got her job at the Ministry of Agriculture!)
I’ll start with a reminder that I’ve Been Killing Slimes… is written in a first person view from Azusa’s perspective. Though I guess the blurb makes that pretty obvious.
There’s a lot of fun stuff happening in this volume, the first of which is a visit to a dungeon. It is quite the party that Azusa puts together, but the dungeon is pretty far from what one might typically expect. That is what happens when you try to make it a tourist attraction, I suppose.
Turns out the exploration doesn’t end with the dungeon, though, as Azusa and family pay a visit to Beelzebub’s house. It is an impressive abode, with much of it going unused. Especially the garden.
Various events happen, and Azusa soon ends up with one more addition to her family: a Mandragora who she names Sandra. In terms of appearance, Sandra looks even younger than Falfa and Shalsa, but much like the slime spirits, looks are deceiving. Not that that stops others from treating Sandra like a kid.
Falfa, Shalsa and Sandra going to school for the first time leads to some amusing situations – again, they are all older than they appear. Falfa and Shalsa end up being perhaps a little bit too advanced for elementary school.
The arrival of the dance festival means that Azusa and family open up the Witch’s House Café for the second time. This time around, though, there are a lot more people involved – and not just Azusa’s ever growing family. Beezlebub and other certain important demons come to join in, making the event quite the spectacle.
I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level is always a fun read, and the fifth volume is no exception to that. Just reading how Azusa, her family and her friends go about their lives is something I find enjoyable – a fantasy slice of life story. It ticks all the right boxes for me.
Then there is the spin-off at the end of this volume, I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister. Nice to see the trend for ridiculously long titles isn’t going anywhere.
Regardless, this spin-off is told from Beezlebub’s point of view, and tells the tale of how she became the Minister of Agriculture. Seems like neither Azusa nor Beezlebub are able to live a quiet life, no matter how long they try to spend doing so otherwise.
I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level currently stands as my favourite light novel series; Azusa’s family life and the humour are all things I just find really enjoyable to read about.