Azusa’s laid back life continues with the seventh volume of Kisetsu Morita’s I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level light novel series. Well, perhaps not quite laid back this time around, particularly due to the whims of a certain high ranking demon…
At level 99, raiding tombs just isn’t the same…
Ugh, Pecora is exhausting! When she said she wanted a “fluffy elder sister”, I didn’t think she’d actually turn me into a fox! Sure, I might have caused some trouble at the castle, but it was her fault! And then we went to explore some ancient ruins with Beelzebub and Fighsly, but of course, we can’t ever have a normal expedition in this world… Still, it’s the little things that make my laid-back life so fun. I even got to meet the goddess who reincarnated me again!
(And naturally, Beelzebub herself has more stories to share about her [mis]adventures in the demon lands!)
Throughout this volume of Killing Slimes, Pecora is quite a prominent character. She is involved in most chapters, and probably the one who causes the most mischief. That’s totally Pecora’s thing, though, so it is only to be expected. Perhaps Azusa choosing to indulge her due to it being her birthday was not the wisest of ideas…
Considering her position, Pecora does seem to have a lot of spare time on her hands – time she spends pestering Azusa, usually.
If Pecora is around, that generally means that Beelzebub is nearby, too. Pecora definitely has a thing for teasing folk, and Azusa and Beelzebub seem to be her most prominent targets.
Besides demons, we also get a little focus on the dragons – Laika in particular. She enters something called the “Dragon Lord Battle”, which is a competition that involves dragons. Azusa and the rest of her family spectate, but soon discover that the competition is absolutely nothing like they expect. It also happens to draw a specific crowd, too.
This volume introduces a new character who talks with a cockney accent, which gets me quite curious about the way said character’s dialogue was written in the original Japanese. Whatever the case may be, the end result (in the translation, at least) is that Azusa is aware of the cockney accent and London. Considering she overworked herself to death in her previous life, I don’t know when she would have had time to absorb that knowledge.
Not that it matters all that much in the end; said character is a fun addition to the cast. The resident ghost of the House in the Highlands, Rosalie, certainly benefits greatly from the cockney character’s introduction.
On the subject of introductions, Kisetsu Morita brings back a character that initially appeared 300 years prior to the events of this volume. The goddess that reincarnated Azusa gets fleshed out a bit, and even has a name. It’s a bit of an odd name, though. The goddess’s preferences actually landed her in a bit of trouble, but hey, that means things ended up working out very nicely for Azusa.
We also get another couple of chapters for I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister, the spin-off focusing on Beezlebub quite some time before she met Azusa.
These particular chapters show how Beelzebub has been settling into her role as the Minister of Agriculture, and include cameos from a few familiar faces.
Benio continues to deliver some excellent illustrations, including a handful of colour ones at the start of the light novel. The black and white ones scattered throughout are excellent, too.
I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level continues to be a fun read, and its ever expanding cast of characters leads to some really amusing situations. If you want a light and breezy read, then this series of light novels is a good shout.