Far out on the open seas, a pirate fleet comes under attack by a small boat manned by one Lina Inverse and one Gourry Gabriev. They plow into the lead pirate ship, and though they announce themselves, the pirates initially have no idea who the two are. It’s not until a mermaid being held hostage recognizes Lina and tells the pirates how horrible she is that everyone realizes who they’re dealing with. In light of this, the pirates surrender, but a fleet of bigger ships then arrive and start shelling the pirate ships. The person in charge of this new fleet is none other than Amelia Seyruun, and she’s accompanied by Zelgadis Greywords. While Lina is talking with those two, the pirates try to make their escape and end up pissing Lina off by commenting on her chest size, so she capsizes their rowboats with her magic. Once they return to port, Lina and Gourry meet with Amelia and Zelgadis at a tavern, and the latter two are followed by a special investigator named Weiser Freyon from the country of Ruvina Gard.
To everyone’s surprise – especially Amelia – Weiser attempts to arrest Lina on the charges of being Lina Inverse. In anticipation of her resistance, Weiser is backed up by an entire army, but Lina charges them all the same and defeats most of the men with a single spell. The group then tries to escape, but they are blocked at the city gates by a giant tank. They figure out that the tank has limited mobility because of its turtle shape, however running the other way turns out not to be an option because the rest of the armed forces have now regrouped. What ultimately defeats the tank is Lina and Amelia working together to expose its unprotected belly, but Amelia’s kick is so powerful that it causes the tank to spin out of control, wrecking much of the city in the process. Before Lina and company can proceed any further, they notice a creature chanting an incantation at the top of a nearby clock tower. This creature then casts a massive Dragon Slave spell that levels the entire city, leaving only a giant crater. Lina cares less about that though and more about the fact that her big scene was taken from her.
ED: 「Revolution」 by 林原めぐみ (Hayashibara Megumi)
Watch the ED!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2
Well, I suspect if you liked Slayers and/or Hayashibara Megumi music in the past, you’ll love these opening and ending themes, but I haven’t been particularly big on either, so I thought they were merely okay.
Well, the good news is that I think I won’t need too much past Slayers knowledge if I want to continue blogging this (something I had been worried about coming into this). It was fairly easy to follow since I’m familiar enough with the main characters, and they didn’t make too many references to past series – at least not that I noticed – that made it unwatchable. The animation quality was also fairly good, especially considering that J.C.Staff managed to retain that classic 90s feel. The downside is that pretty much all of the comedy was a miss for me. Now, that’s not enough for me to stop me from watching this series, but none of the good things or the story so far (which up until the final minute is general action mixed with getting reacquainted with the characters) makes me really excited about it either. Divine told me he had lots of feelings of nostalgia watching this, and that’s probably what I was missing from my experience with the first episode. Having said that, I’ll likely watch a few more episodes to see if the story draws me in any further.