「Judgment 蘇る白銀！」 (Judgment. Yomigaeru Shirogane!)
“Judgment. The Resurrected Silver!”
Episode at a Glance:
Despite falling into a spiked pit, Weiser is able to survive somehow, unlike the others before him. Meanwhile, Pokota is clashing with Ducuris in the Zanaffar research room, with Lina and her group about to do the same down in the coliseum. Upon questioning Ducuris why he’s doing this instead of saving Taforashia, Pokota is reminded of how their city fell ill to the epidemic, how Rezo the Red Priest came along and offered to place everyone into an icy slumber until a cure is found, and how Ducuris and his consciousness were transferred into their current temporary bodies so that they can revive everyone one day. Back in the present, Ducuris is still bent on revenge because Taforashia received no help, but Weiser suddenly falls through the ceiling and informs them both about the relief supplies that were gathered but never made it to their city. Down in the coliseum, the respective fights continue, with Gioconda commending Gourry on his sword skills and saying he’s fit to be her fifth husband. Zuuma later releases his black fog and attacks Amelia and Zelgadis while Lina is left in the dark and unable to cast spells. However, she uses her Ragna Blade, a darkness spell not nullified by the fog, and charges at Zuuma, only to end up impaling Ozel when she jumps in front to protect him.
With the fog dispersed, Lina finds herself in a bind, so Gourry throws his stone sword at Zuuma, leaving himself defenseless. Pokota shows up though and gives him the Sword of Light to use. Ducuris arrives shortly after and tells Gioconda that he has things to ask her. With Gourry unable to land a blow on Zuuma, he picks up the remnants of the stone sword and dual wields in a frenzy. Seeing the pace at which they’re fighting, Lina is unable to attack without risking hitting Gourry, so she casts a dark mist to blind Zuuma. Switching hands in mid-air, Gourry is able to fool Zuuma and cut off his claw with the Sword of Light, after which Lina lands another Flare Arrow, forcing him to retreat. With Gioconda surrounded, she admits to being involved with the relief supplies, which she claims wouldn’t have helped anyway. Angered, Ducuris wants to kill her, but Amelia and Weiser try to stop him by saying they should put her through a proper trial. Claiming that would do nothing for Taforashia’s suffering, he slashes her anyway, revealing the Zanaffar armor she’s been wearing underneath. Ducuris tells Gioconda that he’s going to give her a fate worse than death, after which Xellos warns everyone to be careful since that’s a completed Zanaffar armor she’s wearing. With the Sword of Light reacting to it, Gioconda’s armor begins to break down, before finally disappearing in a flash of light along with her, leaving the Evil Beast Zanaffar in their place.
「Keep out しのびよる魔獣！」 (Keep out. Shinobiyoru Majuu)
“Keep out. The Evil Beast Draws Near!”
Well, Weiser survived as expected, but surprisingly proved to be the reason why Ducuris came to his senses. The fights this episode were a treat to watch since Xellos watched idly from sidelines (with popcorn in hand). Aside from Ozel pulling some magical girl Sailor Moon-like Windy Shield, the highlights were definitely Lina’s Ragna Blade and Gourry with a Sword of Light again. There’s just something that sends chills down your spine when you hear Lina scream, “RAGNA BLADE!”, and similarly when Gourry screams, “HIKARI WO!” Given how Xellos is always scheming things, it comes as no surprise that he didn’t bother helping Gioconda when everyone had her surrounded. In fact, it seems like he was quite happy about Ducuris cutting through the completed Zanaffar armor she’s been wearing all this time, and releasing the Evil Beast Zanaffar. The preview shows Ducuris talking to it though, so I’m a bit curious about what’s happening there.
On a separate note, I find this commercial break shot a bit ecchi.
– 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)
– 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)
– Zuuma (ズーマ) / Tobita Nobuo (飛田 展男)
– Rezo the Red Priest (赤法師レゾ) / Koyasu Takehito (子安 武人)
– Taforashia King (タフォーラシア王) / Fujimoto Yuzuru (藤本 譲)
– Maid (侍女) / Sakuma Kumi (佐久間 紅美)
– Family doctor (主治医) / Sugisaki Ryou (杉崎 亮)
– Nurse (看護士) / Wada Michiru (和田 みちる)