By The Grace of the Gods

Where: Funimation
When: Sundays at 9:00 a.m.
Genre: Fantasy, Slice of Life
Synopsis: When 39-year-old Takebayashi Ryoma dies from blood loss (after sneezing and hitting his head on the ground), he is reincarnated as an 8-year-old boy in a fantasy world. Not the greatest way to bite the dust, but at least he reincarnates! Set on this path by three major gods, Ryoma begins to live a life of solitude in the forest, studying slimes. But if you’re a fan of isekai…you know life for him won’t be that simple.

You will receive a healthy dose of adorable in By the Grace of the Gods. There is a wonderful balance of fantasy and comedy. At the time of this article, we are almost through the season.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS. DO NOT READ PAST THIS POINT IF YOU ARE AVOIDING ANY CONTENT DISCLOSURES.

There really isn’t a lot to say about this show. It delivers your standard slice of life fantasy content. If you are a fan of this type of content, you will most definitely enjoy this show.

Ryoma is adorable. You really couldn’t ask for a more wholesome character. In his past life, he was a hard-working salaryman who missed out on life. Once his mother dies, he becomes really lonely and just allows work to consume him. After a freak accident of sneezing in his sleep and bashing his head so hard he bled to death, he is reincarnated into a new world with the memories of his past life. Using his discipline and knowledge from his previous life, and with the help of the Gods that brought him there, he builds a very idyllic life alone. He tames slimes and uses their talents in a way not seen in this world. He is somewhat of a genius in this new world, but he stays humble and kind.

The show overall is wholesome. In this day in age, we need a good wholesome show to put a smile on our face, and Grace of the Gods is definitely that show. Ryoma is found by a ducal family that find his situation odd and immediately recognizes his magical talents. Instead of trying to take advantage of him, they leave his forest and return at a later date bringing their daughter who is the same age. She wants to tame a slime. They suggest to Ryoma to come travel with them and not be alone. This family truly takes him in out of the kindness in their hearts and have his best interests at heart. They recognize that he is young, clueless about the world he is in, and has talents that can lead him to being used.

His slimes are awesome. I love how they used such a “lowly” creature as a centerpiece. I love the message that it shares. That even the lowliest of creatures can be useful, helpful, and powerful.

Except for Magikarp…he just sucks.

With their help, Ryoma is able to build a successful business and it is adorable.

A budding love story. These kids are eight, but it is totes obvious that Eliarlia, the daughter and heir of the ducal family, is attached to Ryoma. Their interactions are so sweet and innocent.

I highly recommend this show. I enjoy it week to week and will be sad when I don’t have Ryoma’s slime adventures to watch.

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