Plenty Of Grit…..Literally
Don’t expect any major blogging of this series or anything, I’m just going to be talking about it a little from time to time. Well this is it, Slayers is back and with it the one and only Lina Inverse….but you know, I’ve always been kind of partial to Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun. Slayers Revolution also brings with the 90’s. Go figure. The opening thing is J-Pop, but it’s the kind of J-Pop that has been missing in recent years, the one that instead of feeling empty, souless and manufactured, is full of heart and passion. You know I was never a really big fan of Megumi Hayashibara back in her heyday, but her being around again really kind of puts things into perspective for me, and I can’t say there’s a lot of Seiyuu that have “plenty of grit” like she does. She really brings the whole Lina Inverse role home.
I LOVE YOU AMELIAAAAAAAAAAAA!
Lina is just the character we remember her as too. As egotistical, quick to anger and bloody overpowered as always. She throws her share of temper tantrums here. The biggest being when some weird Pokemon looking creature uses her trademark Dragon Slave spell to level part of Seyruun. Gourry is as stupid as eve and doesn’t even remember Amelia and Zelgadiss, and he also seems to be searching for a sword. Can’t say I remember when he lost his sword of light. Amelia is as awesome as ever, with her speeches about Justice and just general ditziness, and Zelgadiss continues to be his thirdling self, with all the quiet manliness he has always had.
That said, the series also brought the art of the 90’s with it, wherein the character designs look distinctly like they did back in the day, as well as the comedy of the 90’s, where anything went, it wasn’t all a big reference game, and good wordplay and comedic routine between the characters was just as important as cheesy slapstick. The two really need to go hand in hand for me to laugh, which has not been the case recently. That’s why I bitch about slapstick comedy a lot. Here it worked though on the classic strength of the characters we’ve come to know and love.
Still Manly…..COME ON USE SOME RA TILT!
Wow….Kind Of Phallic
STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNSHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNE! Oh Wait….Wrong Series…..I Forgot We Were Watching Pocket Monsters Slayers.
The plotline for the opening episode was fairly standard Slayers fare, but you know what, I’m cool with that. We have Lina attacking a pirate ship for plunder and them begging for their lives once they are told who she is by a goddamn fishwoman of all horrible things. Then Amelia comes in and tears up the pirate fleet with Zelgadiss and they go back to Seyruun. From there they do a little catching up until the person that Amelia brought along turns out to be there to arrest Lina on…get this, suspiscion of being Lina Inverse. You know that in and of itself is some pretty big baggage to carry. So they run away and hilarity ensues until suddenly the Pokemon thing levels the city, creating a new lake and Lina bitches about having her role stolen. Classic Slayers 4th wall break and a hell of a way to set things off. I’m going to assume this Pokemon thing is a Mazoku and a dangerous one at that, or possibly just Xellos in disguise. Who knows. Either way I’m digging this series now and it’s nice to be able to laugh at anime again. So until next time, watch out for the enemy of all who lives. *Prays for some Amelia Ra Tilt action next episode*. Did I mention I love the opening?
Rating: Six And A Half Out Of Ten