「Hurry up つっこめっ！いや，つっこむな？」 (Hurry up. Tsukkome! Iya, Tsukkomu na?)
“Hurry up. Plunge In! Wait, Don’t Plunge In?”
Episode at a Glance:
After getting off the cruise liner, Lina and the others arrive at an unmarked fortress that Weiser steps out of. With him intending to arrest Lina on behalf of Ruvinagald, she tries to sell out Pokota, before the both of them get provoked into entering the fortress. Unconcerned about the obvious trap that even Gourry noticed, Lina and Pokota storm in with the others following along, where they fall for several obvious traps. Elsewhere inside the fortress, Weiser is collaborating with Xellos, Fran, and Zoran so that he can capture Lina, become famous, and impress the neighborhood woman, whereas the others are doing so to obtain the Sword of Light for Gioconda. As part of Xellos’ plan, the other three then try to exploit Lina’s inexperience with relationships and her fear of slugs amongst other things, but fail miserably because they only end up annoying her each time.
In the supposed last room, Weiser, Fran, and Zoran attempt to throw Lina off by reminding her of her hometown, parents, and siblings, the last of which has Lina running around hysterically due to her fear of her sister. In tears, Lina gives herself up, but Zelgadis and the others remind Weiser that they’re here too, after which Pokota blasts them all away. Seeing as they failed, Xellos then arrives to take things into his own hands and tells Lina that it’ll be troublesome if he doesn’t bring them in. Figuring that the reason behind why is a secret, Lina and the others end up having to go up against the ridiculously powerful Xellos and quickly get defeated. However, prior to giving up, Lina manages to tell Pokota about her plan to let themselves be captured and brought to where Gioconda is, before sending him flying out of the fortress. Relying on Pokota to help them later, Lina explains this plan to the others as they’re all being taken away.
「Insider 真実を知るもの！」 (Insider. Shinjitsu wo Shiru Mono!)
“Insider. Person Who Knows the Truth!”
For those familiar with the Slayers series, remember what happens to Lina at the mere mention of her older sister Luna being angry? If not, here’s a small refresher for you. Nothing strikes fear into our small busted, destructive heroine quite like her oneechan.
Anyway, despite my hopes of Weiser having different intentions this time around, he proved to be quite the one-dimensional character, trying to arrest Lina yet again. However, the humour was fairly good this time, with Xellos having some fun by getting Weiser, Fran, and Zoran to try and exploit some of Lina’s weaknesses. I’m a bit surprised that the super oiled up version of Weiser and the other two as slugs didn’t have any effect on her though, given how Lina’s supposed to be scared of slippery and slimy things. Also, the recurring gag of the buttons with signs saying to either press or not press was predictable, but still funny to watch since Lina and Pokota are stupid and unable to resist.
Comedy aside, we did get a small reminder of how powerful Xellos is this week, as he single-handedly took out Lina, Gourry, Amelia, and Zelgadis with absolute ease. Going up a high level Mazoku is pretty fruitless, but I still find it entertaining watching how Lina and the others will get beaten down. When I saw Xellos like this, it was a big “oh they’re so screwed” moment. In any case, this was a good setup episode for next time, since Lina allowed everyone to be captured and taken straight to Gioconda as part of her plan, which I’m surprised Xellos and the others didn’t overhear given how loud she was talking. With Pokoto free and able to help them later, it looks like he may be a bit of a trump card next time; however, Ozel seems to the one freeing everyone first for some reason.
Tidbit: Ootsuka Akio, Weiser’s seiyuu, is quite a veteran and is the (Japanese) voice actor of Solid Snake and the motion capture actor of Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. He’s quite silly in Slayers, but can portray a much more serious character if needed.
– 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)
– Weiser (ワイザー) / Ootsuka Akio (大塚 明夫)
– Fran (フラン) / Takewaka Takuma (竹若 拓磨)
– Zoran (ゾラン) / Taniko Mirei (谷古 美玲)