Keep seeing this and get reminded of the similarly laid out Shinsekai Yori scene.
would be hella epic if this got delayed next week due to covid
clearly not set up to watch weekly, best to wait and marathon at once, then these 'talking' eps wouldn't stick out as much
I like the talking episodes...
I think the difference for me between talking like they're doing here and talking like in the best talking shows (i.e. LOGH) is that in good talking shows there are stakes to what's being talked about and the outcome of discussion can lead many places. Here it's just set up for a stomp battle and epic scene. Now that's all well and good since it makes the scene a bit more satisfying, but eventually you want to actually get to the scene everything else has been setting up for instead of just dragging you along forever.
Despite the talking slowing down the actual show's pace it still feels like the plot as a whole is being rushed. So many events are conspiring to take place at once; Rimuru became a Demon Lord, freed Veldora, Established relations with Thallion and is building a road there, Yomu is heading off to usurp the crown of Falmuth, Clayman has brainwashed Milly and called a meeting of demon lords, and Clayman's army is poised to fight against the Tempest army. In universe all this has transpired over the course of a couple of days and while it mostly all makes sense to have done so, it's just a lot to take in as a view and a lot of new plot points/arcs that now need to be resolved.
I think having the entire half of the season left is plenty of time for them to resolve these plot points, hopefully. All I can guess at is if Clayman goes down this season then the rest of it should be exciting to watch.
is something happening!? is something happening!?
Anyways, I like the talking episodes. For a seasonal anime it may feel a bit slow, but that's really only because we're watching it as episodes come out. When viewed holistically, the pacing is quite good, because it sets up genuine events to come and further builds the worlds without hand-waving details like a typical fantasy show would. As far as the world building goes, it's frankly just a peg below something like LoGH, which is quite impressive.
If anything is worth complaining about, it would be the later half of Part 1; every episode was essentially just the OVA packed into the space where an actual episode should have been. Sure, that was likely done because they had commitments to fulfill and thanks to COVID, but were it not for that fact, all of this exposition would have likely already have been covered and Part 2 could have been devoted more to the action that has been being built up to for the first 6 episodes.
kinda really wish I watched this all at once
I think as time has gone on, and more events have unfolded, I can better appreciate the buildup that went into them. I agree, it would've been better to watch this all at once, but what's done is done and I only slightly regret it at this point. As of now every storybeat has lead to the encirclement and pending demolishment of Clayman, and each detail has certainly added onto what'll be a great downfall to witness.
Although maybe I should take note to not immediately jump on watching something like this in the future.