「Eternal 悠久に眠れし森」 (Eternal Yuukyuu ni Nemureshi Mori)
“Eternal. Forest of Eternal Slumber”
Episode at a Glance:
Still in pursuit of Pokota, Lina and the others manage to catch up to him thanks to the sudden appearance of Xellos. Subsequently, they stumble upon Pokota’s hidden home, the country of Taforashia, whose town is said to have suddenly disappeared. According to Xellos, the townspeople fell ill to the Duram epidemic, and a mage had made the town disappear along with all of its inhabitants. Traveling into a sealed room though, Pokota reveals all of the villagers asleep in a frozen state, claiming that this was done to keep them alive until a cure was found. While a cure for Duram has already been found, the villagers can only be released from their frozen state by the mage who originally casted the spell, Rezo the Red Priest. Hearing Rezo’s name, Lina and Zelgadis are reminded of how he resurrected Ruby Eye Shabranigdo using his own body and how they eventually defeated him, but Pokota claims he can’t be dead because the spell on the villagers would’ve faded if he was. Upon being questioned if he knows anything, Xellos takes his leave.
After hearing a thunderous explosion, everyone heads off to a burning palace, where they run into Ducuris, who addresses Pokota by his real name and status as a prince. Realizing who it is, Pokota accuses Ducuris of stealing his mage-tanks, just before Gioconda, a Ruvinagald dutchess, and her servant Ozel arrive. After the others conclude that Gioconda plans to sell the mage-tanks, Pokota attacks Ducuris, who comes out unscathed from a direct hit. Realizing that he has Zanaffar armor, Pokota questions what he’s doing and if he’s forsaken his country for power, but Ducuris claims that isn’t quite the case. With Ducuris’ armor slightly cracked from Pokota’s imitation Sword of Light, both sides are about to engage in an all out fight, but Xellos suddenly appears to put a stop to everything. Xellos reveals that he’s working with Ducuris this time, but refuses to kill Lina and the others as part of Gioconda’s orders.
Off in a palace somewhere, Xellos shows Ducuris a Claire Bible manuscript to help complete his Zanaffar armor, but burns it soon after. He then warns Gioconda to be careful around Lina and the others, but she says they’ll kill them if they interfere again and tells Ozel to bring Zuuma the assassin here.
「Fall on 奇祭！珍祭？あの玉押しあげろ！」 (Fall on. Kisai! Chinsai? Ano Tama wo Oshiagero!)
“Fall on. Strange Festival! Rare Festival? Push that Ball Up!”
A town kept asleep waiting for a cure to an epidemic to be found and Rezo the Red Priest was responsible for preserving their lives? An unexpected turn of events I’ll admit, but what was more surprising is that fact that Rezo might still be alive, since the spell on the townspeople would’ve dispersed if he were dead (according to Pokota). Needless to say, Lina and Zelgadis weren’t thrilled about that idea. As for Pokota himself, they did reveal that he’s a prince, but haven’t explained why he’s in that form yet. Given how we now have real antagonists in the form of the duchess Gioconda and her followers, Ozel and Ducuris though, it seems like we’re moving onto the more plot-driven portion of the series. (A trend of the Slayers franchise is to start with a lot of comedy, before getting to the good stuff.) There’s evidently some history between Pokota and Ducuris too, so we’ll undoubtedly learn more about them along the way. Ducuris also wears Zanaffar armor, which is supposedly impervious to magic if it’s complete, so it’ll be interesting to see how Lina and the others deal with him. Maybe this will speed up Gourry’s quest for a new weapon, seeing as Pokota’s imitation Sword of Light was able to damage Ducuris’ incomplete armor. Finally, Xellos’ appearance is shrouded in mystery as usual. While he’s working with Gioconda right now, he hardly seems like he’s devoted to her, so I’m curious to know what he’s up to this time around.
– 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)
– Xellos (ゼロス) / Ishida Akira (石田 彰)
– Ducuris (デュクリス) / Matsuyama Takashi (松山 鷹志)
– Gioconda (ジョコンダ) / Takashima Gara (高島 雅羅)
– Ozel (オゼル) / Oomura Haruka (大村 はるか)