Azusa and company arrive at the demon lands in the fourth volume of Yusuke Shiba’s I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level manga adaptation. Everyone has to be on their best behaviour as they are set to meet the demon king.
This volume contains chapters twenty through to twenty-five.
Trip to the demon lands, check.
Demon king meet and greet – che- Uh-oh. Azusa’s laid-back vacation is smashed to a million pieces when Halkara smashes into the demon king – just as the Great Slime prophesied. Can Azusa clear up the misunderstanding, or will it be off with Halkara’s head?
Picking up directly from where the previous volume of the manga left off, Azusa and her family arrive at Vanzeld, the demon capital. The first order of business is to meet the demon king – a character that we will be seeing quite a bit more of after this volume.
It doesn’t take long for things to take a turn with Halkara causing an incident; though nobody should have really expected anything less.
Azusa tries to handle the situation, but the subtle approach doesn’t really work. That results in us witnessing Azusa actually seriously fight; a rare treat.
The incident takes precedent over everything else until it reaches its end, but there was a specific reason that Azusa travelled to the demon lands. Said event causes Azusa’s family to grow a little bigger. I suppose technically she gains two more family members, though only one moves into the house in the highlands. The other kind of has certain business to tend to.
After judging a friendly competition between certain residents of the house in the highlands, another incident results in Azusa returning to the demon lands. Said incident remains unsolved by the time this volume ends; the fifth volume will conclude that particular plot thread.
One thing I definitely want to mention is that the humour in I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level is right in my strike zone. Reading the light novels often has me laughing out loud, and it translates so well into manga as well. Yusuke Shiba has done an incredible job conveying Kisetsu Morita’s writing.
Should also mention that Azusa’s charm is quite strong. She gains herself a powerful admirer, and later on ends up in bed with two other girls at once.
Azusa may not exactly have the laid-back life she envisioned for herself, but it’s definitely a fun one. All perfectly conveyed in the manga adaptation, too.