One of my favorite new series of the season is the adorable isekai comedy I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level. In this series, a woman in her 20s dedicates her life to her career to the point that she dies from overwork. When she gets to the afterlife, a goddess (who has a weak spot for females) reincarnates the woman in another world with immortality and the body of an eternal 17-year-old witch.
Taking on the name Azusa, the witch decides to lead a simple life of tending to her field, creating medicines for the local village, and killing a few slimes a day to bring in some income. After 300 years of killing slimes, however, Azusa learns that she’s maxed out her level! Once word of that starts spreading, the poor witch kisses her peaceful life behind as she has adventurers and even a dragon appearing on her doorstep wanting to challenge her.
Originally a light novel series written by Kisetsu Morita and illustrated by Benio, the series has been published since 2017. The light novel series is up to 16 volumes as of April 2021. An English language version is being released by Yen Press and is up to 9 volumes as of January 2021. The anime adaptation is animated by studio Revoroot, Nobukage Kimura is serving as the director working off series composition handled by Tatsuya Takahashi and character designs from Keisuke Goto. The series premiered on April 10th, 2021, and will run weekly until its conclusion.
According to official reports, I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level will run for 12 episodes, which means it will conclude around the middle of June 2021.
As stated in the introduction, I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level is one of my favorites of the season, even after only one episode. What makes this series work so well is the wonderful reaction shots peppered throughout the first episode. They’re just so spot-on perfect and adorable that it’s impossible not to like Azusa.
I mean, let’s face it… how many of us who are adults can’t relate to the idea of just wanting to live a quiet, peaceful life only to be interrupted by unwanted guests? I think that’s possibly the most relatable anime premise in the history of ever.