「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!”

Episode at a Glance:
While waiting for Zuuma to arrive, Ducuris allows Fran and Zoran to try and steal Pokota’s Sword of Light for him. Meanwhile, Lina is chasing after Pokota for stealing her dried meat and winds up in Gongoro village. There, the Gon village chief explains a the ball rolling Gongoro Festival to them, which used to involve people pushing a ball to the top of a mountain as an offering, but arrogance from previous champions led to a civil war that divided the village into Gon, Go, and Ro. Since then, the festival is accomplished by golems created by mages and is set up in a race-like format. After offering monetary and food compensation, the Gon village chief easily coaxes Lina into participating, unbeknownst to her that the Go village chief has done the same with Pokota. Likewise, Fran and Zoran decide to join in and help the Ro village, thinking they’ll get a chance to steal the Sword of Light during the festival.

On the day of the festival, each of the teams make it mostly up the mountain despite the traps they’ve set for one another, and battle it out in a coliseum to determine who will actually be allowed to offer their ball. While Pokota seems to get the upper hand for a moment, he ends up getting his ball destroyed by Fran’s, whose ball also ends up breaking. With Lina’s red ball remaining, the villages decide to set their quarreling aside and form a multi-colored ball that they all offer together. However, upon doing so, the pyramid of balls collapses and all hell breaks loose, making the villagers think that this is the curse for not offering a ball properly.

 

Next Episode:
「Gorgeous 狙われた豪華客船!?」 (Gorgeous. Nerawareta Gouka Kyakusen!?)
“Gorgeous. The Targeted Extravagant Cruise Ship!?”

Impressions:
Strange, strange, strange episode. I’m actually not quite sure what to make of this episode as it completely went off on a tangent from what happened last week. To me, it felt pretty out of place, even for a comedic episode, so if you were hoping to see more of Xellos, Gioconda, and Ducuris’ Zanaffar armor, prepare to be disappointed. While there was a small cameo of Amelia’s father, Lina and the others were basically lured into some boulder pushing festival by three village chief rivals from Gon village, Go village, and Ro village, which formally made up Gongoro village. (What a clever naming scheme…) So yeah, it’s just as unamusing as it sounds and Lina’s expression says it all, prior to her being tempted by compensation for participating. There was an underlying plot of about a dog mage and his cat assistant, Fran and Zoran, trying to steal the Sword of Light for Ducuris, but that was overshadowed by three village chiefs’ pursuit of one old hag. *shudder*

Next time it looks like Lina and the others have taken to the seas again, in what is hopefully more inline with the main plot (…or at least doesn’t involve creepy old hags).

 

Cast:
– 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)
– Ducuris (デュクリス) / Matsuyama Takashi (松山 鷹志)
– Fran (フラン) / Takewaka Takuma (竹若 拓磨)
– Zoran (ゾラン) / Taniko Mirei (谷古 美玲)
– Gon village chief (ゴン村長) / Arikawa Hiroshi (有川 博)
– Go village chief (ゴ村長) / Oohira Tooru (大平 透)
– Ro village chief (ロ村長) / Kiyokawa Motomu (清川 元夢)
– Sorceress (巫女) / Kyouda Hisako (京田 尚子)
– Villager A (村民A) / Sugisaki Ryou (杉崎 亮)
– Villager B (村民B) / Suzuki Yuuto (鈴木 裕斗)
– Villager C (村民C) / Itou Asuka (伊藤 あすか)
– Villager D (村民D) / Hashida Izumi (橋田 いずみ)

12 Comments

  1. @divine

    Do you know where i can find websites that have Allison and Lillia, Slayers REVOLUTION, Sekirei, CODE GEASS Hangyaku no Lelouch R2 pictures and more? I have one more question to ask you, when will you blog the Fall 2008 anime? ^_^

    Ninja297
  2. As expected, can’t have Slayers without the occassional wacky and absolutely out there episode. It’s as inevitable as the ‘Dress Goury and Zel in girl dresses’ episode, which WILL happen. Eventually.

    Myssa Rei
  3. Ducuris: “Well, those two should serve as filler until Zuuma shows up.”

    Ha! Couldn’t agree more. Honestly, I didn’t expect the plot to progress that quickly. The vast majority of Slayers is ‘filler’, but at least Slayers filler is a whole lot more interesting than the filler in most shows. The part with Phil had me cracking up, even if I never wanted to see that much of Phil at once. XD

    Nekochi

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