Give A Reason For Life: Slayers Revolution Episode 1

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.


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.

Ughhhhhhh *Shivers*


Wow….Kind Of Phallic


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


9 Responses to “Give A Reason For Life: Slayers Revolution Episode 1”

  1. 1 FlareKnight July 5, 2008 at 6:53 am

    Have to say I also loved the OP. But that might be related to me just loving everything about Slayers being back :).

    To be honest Zelgadis became my favourite pretty quickly. Must’ve been because he was such a cool guy. Has plenty of power of his own and can use a sword just fine. Could have just done the Dug Haut on his own, but since they were out to arrest Lina guess it was fine for her to take care of it. Along with Amelia’s nice kick it got the job done.

    Just to add that they were in the Ruvinagard Kingdom and not Seyruun. Amelia and Zel were just using the fleet to track Lina down. Good thing after what happened to that city.

    I’m pretty sure that thing isn’t Xellos. Doesn’t seem to be his style to disguise himself like that, fire a dragonslave, and then vanish. Now could have seen him popping in while they were being attacked by cannons and commented on how it seems like they are in some trouble. But anyways when he shows up its certain to signal some tough times ahead for the cast.

  2. 2 Myssa Rei July 5, 2008 at 7:52 am

    Kaioshin: Gourry lost his sword in Try, when it was ‘claimed’ by its supposed-creator after they defeated Valgaav one last time. Also, it’s the same time Lina promised Gourry to get him a new sword (the so-called Blast Sword we see in the OP).

    Took them 10 or so years to get back to it though. 🙂

  3. 3 Kaioshin Sama July 5, 2008 at 8:50 am

    I knew it had something to do with Try. I could never finish that series. It just seemed to be missing something the others had and I lost interest in the franchise.

  4. 4 Myssa Rei July 5, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Kaioshin: That’s because Try was around 60% filler, and deviated quite a bit from the novels. I’m not a light novel purist, but even you have to admit that’s a HUGE chunk of non-source material there.

  5. 5 C.I. July 5, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Holy Shit, I swear, that Phallic-Thing made me LOL out of my chair.

  6. 6 Kaioshin Sama July 5, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    @Myssa Rei: Ah, the old definition of filler, how I’ve missed your usage. Normally I kind of like it when series steer away from their source material, but only when I’ve already read it. That way I get a new take on the story and can be surprised by it all over again. Not so much when I haven’t seen the source though and when the filler just isn’t interesting to me.

  7. 7 Myssa Rei July 5, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Kaioshin: Yeah, kind of puts things into perspective doesn’t it? The extreme number of Sidetreks (yeah, I play D&D and have a Dragon/Dungeon mag subscription) in Try was very distracting, but no more annoying than the type we see in Shounen series.

  8. 8 EvilDevil July 6, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Thank God for slayers, this is one of the few series that i love…

  9. 9 CCCP May 11, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Awesome OP song. It really does bring the feel of the 90s with it.

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