「Drifter どっちが追うか追われるか！」 (Drifter Docchi ga Ou ka Owareru ka!)
“Drifter. Who’s Chasing and Being Chased!”
Episode at a Glance:
In her search for Pokota, Lina is frustrated about not being able to find him and disregards all concerns for wild animals. After hinting at the possibility that Pokota might know a way to revert Zelgadis’ body back to normal though, Lina manages to trick him into helping her. However, Zelgadis tries some pretty brash and stupid things to capture Pokoto, which causes the princess of justice, Amelia, to abuse him for his efforts. Surprisingly though, one of his overly simplistic traps actually manages to capture Pokota, who naturally has no idea about returning his body back to normal. After stopping Zelgadis’ attempt to kill Pokota, Amelia convinces herself that the mischievous critter is on the side of justice, so the three of them go in search of mage-tanks. Before long, they run into one, unaware that Lina and Gourry are inside it, trying to lure Pokota out. After the two sides almost kill one another, Lina is furious about Amelia siding with Pokota, who runs off yet again after finding out this was just an imitation mage-tank.
「Eternal 悠久に眠れし森」 (Eternal. Yuukyuu ni Nemureshi Mori)
“Eternal. Forest of Eternal Slumber”
So Omni has decided to drop Slayers out of lack of interest and is considering covering Xam’d Lost Memories instead, provided that he can get his hands on episodes, so I’m filling in for this week’s episode. Whether or not I’ll be able to pick up coverage of this series from here on in is questionable though, seeing as I’m covering eight shows already, but I have been following it. Given the lack of background information on each of the characters so far, I can understand Omni’s reason for dropping this show though, as I often wonder if people would find Lina, Gourry, Zelgadis, and Amelia’s antics even funny if they don’t know much about their personalities. REVOLUTION isn’t hard to understand if you haven’t seen all the previous Slayers series, but I imagine it might be a bit hard to enjoy if you haven’t seen any of them.
With that said, I was first introduced to Slayers back in the mid to late 90s, so it’s very nostalgic to me and quite a riot. I have to admit, I haven’t seen all the TV sequels (i.e. Next, Try) in their entirety though (mostly due to lack of availability at the time, and lack of incentive/time to watch them since then), but I’ve seen enough of the first series plus the movies to have a good grasp on the franchise as a whole. Also, Hayashibara Megumi is still one of the seiyuus I really liked from way back when (long before I even knew the word “seiyuu”), so having her reprise her role as Lina Inverse and singing more anime songs is just a win-win combination for me.
In this particular episode, Lina’s usual uncontrollable nature in her search for Pokota led to some pretty hilarious animal abuse, but the highlight had to be Lina coaxing Zelgadis into helping her by saying Pokota might know a way to return his body back to normal. This subsequently led to a very determined, but idiotic Zelgadis, whose stupid traps actually managed to catch Pokota. In the process though, he got abused nicely by Amelia, which included a bunch of scenes I just couldn’t help but laugh out loud at. The laughs didn’t end there though, as our insensible Lina started destroying a town with their imitation mage-tank (Powered by Gourry). In short though, not a lot of meaningful plot progressed, but it was a classic display of Lina Inverse that was funny enough to make me not even care.
P.S. Don’t make Gourry think or unexpected things might happen. Also, the OP/ED single, “Plenty of grit / Revolution” recently came out. I really liked both songs after listening to them for the very first time, so needless to say, I’ve been looking forward to this single. Such is the power of Megumi’s anime songs.
– Lina Inverse (リナ・インバース) / Hayashibara Megumi (林原 めぐみ)
– Gourry (ガウリイ) / Matsumoto Yasunori (松本 保典)
– Amelia (アメリア) / Suzuki Masami (鈴木 真仁)
– Zelgadis (ゼルガディス) / Midorikawa Hikaru (緑川 光)
– Pokota (ポコタ) / Kobayashi Yumiko (小林 由美子)
– Girl A (少女A) / Nabatame Hitomi (生天目 仁美)
– Girl B (少女B) / Itou Asuka (伊藤 あすか)
– Girl C (少女C) / Hadzuki Rie (羽月 理恵)
– Village chief (村の村長) / Matsuoka Fumio (松岡 文雄)
– Villager A (村人A) / Sugisaki Ryou (杉崎 亮)
– Villager B (村人B) / Maeno Tomoaki (前野 智昭)
– Villager C (村人C) / Suzuki Yuuto (鈴木 裕斗)