Rimuru and Milim reinvent the demon lord’s advice
Clayman’s final defeat in Reincarnated as a Slime marks the start of a new era for demon lords, and Rimuru and Milim take responsibility for it.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Episode 48 of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, now airing on Crunchyroll.
Rimuru continues to fight his nemesis, the demon lord Clayman, in the midst of Walpurgis as the other demon lords watch. Rimuru, Milim, and Veldora have a clear advantage, but Clayman continues to fight with his Harlequin allies in mind who depend on him.
Rimuru has recently gained extensive political experience, and he needs it to negotiate with the Demon Lords and appear legitimate to them. Defeating Clayman will only do so much good; Rimuru must follow along and prove that he is a true leader among monsters and demons. This includes his ability to come up with creative names.
Rimuru deals the final blow to Clayman with the Beelzebub spell, and with Clayman’s departure, the Council of Ten has a free seat. Guy Crimson welcomed Rimuru to the board as a new member, and no one objected. Among these demons, shows of strength mean everything, and demons also have a mindset of “minding my own business”. None of them see fit to oppose Rimuru’s shocking rise to power – not even Leon Cromwell, one of Rimuru’s rivals. Then, two more places become available at the last minute.
Demon Lord Frey, the Queen of Harpies, withdraws and requests a subordinate position of the Demon Lord Milim, and Milim reluctantly accepts. The demon lord Carrion follows suit and Milim protests until Carrion asks him to take responsibility for his destructive rampage in the animal kingdom by accepting him as his new subordinate and ally. Milim accepts, feeling nervous about all of his new responsibilities. Milim was previously a carefree loner, but now has her own power block, becoming a miniature Rimuru Tempest in political terms. Soon she must prove her skills as a leader and diplomat.
The council now has eight members, and Veldora the Storm Dragon recommends Rimuru to give the council a new name, which Guy Crimson accepts. Rimuru faces his first challenge as a new council member: he must come up with a name that all the other demon lords like or risk disappointing them. He names the council Octogram, or an eight-star constellation of demons, and the Demon Lords accept the name. Rimuru has another surprise when Demon Lord Roy Valentine is exposed as a fake: the real one is Luminus Valentine, who masqueraded as a maid. She doesn’t like being caught out so suddenly, but takes it in stride.
Rimuru has more political power and influence than ever as a member of Octogram, along with a new set of allies and enemies to consider. Milim is revealed to be a stronger ally than ever, with Frey and Carrion supporting her, and most of the other Demon Lords appear neutral with Rimuru, including Luminus the Vampire.
In contrast, Rimuru and Leon Cromwell may soon be fighting Rimuru’s efforts to block future isekai summons, as well as Cromwell’s role in Shizu’s isekai life and his role as host to Ifrit. Rimuru also has to face off against the Western Holy Church, and possibly Hinata Sakaguchi, not to mention scheming Yuuki Kagurazaka. Rimuru has triumphed over Clayman, but her quest continues in a new era and new challenges await her.
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