>>226078782>I am not in for a twist that he's in coma and halucinating everything.
There is no such thing.>the "unreliable narrator" angle does not work for manga and maybe anime
It works perfectly fine. You can see it by looking at a scene with the presumption of "how would it appear if there had been no monologue?" let's take a look:
In the Goblin village Rimuru actually really seems to want compensation for his help instead of just "putting on airs".
When confronting the Direwolves, Rimuru first demands submission, or death, and then wounds their pride by insinuating that they aren't even worth killing instead of just being a dork and forgetting about the option of fending them off.
With the Jura Forest Alliance Rimuru seems like a powerhungry egomaniac... and this one actually has evidence with it, as Rimuru first takes responsibility for the 150k orcs, and then brings up the idea of the alliance himself, after all that the odd thing out is Rimuru's "dorky" thinking that Treyni would take the role of the chancellor.
His thoughts and monologues do not even match his own actions, or sometimes the thoughts/monologues sound more like rationalizations and self-justifications of his own actions (i.e. the infamous "cope" but literally). And that happens a lot in the series.
This can only lead to two possible conclusions: Either the monologues of Rimuru are fake and meant to be some meta-propaganda tool by the narrator towards the audience, or they are some sort of persona created to hide the true self of Rimuru having gone through experiencing death and spending a long time as a gooey lifeform completely blind and alone, and as a result having gone insane and egotistical, before he met Veldora.
I am more inclined toward the latter possibility.
It also means that Rimuru's true self is leaking out more after he became a True Demon Lord with his "casual remarks" about mass-slaughter or laughing about causing a civil war.