Note: This is a review of the second season of Slayers. It is part 2 of a 5-part review of the whole Slayers series.
Creator/Studio: Hajimi Kanzaka and Rui Araizumi/JC Staff
Summary (from anime news network): Lina, Gourry, Zelgadis, and Amelia coincidently meet up again and begin to search for the Clair Bible. During their search they run into a mysterious priest named Xelloss who seems to know a thing or two about the passages they’re looking for, but he tends to get them into more trouble instead of out of it. Furthermore, they discover that the Monster race has plans of their own, and as it turns out, Lina and Company just might be a big part of their evil intentions.
Review: I loved the first season, and I’m pleased to say that this series is even better. The animation quality has noticeably improved. The new characters, Xelloss and Martina are welcome additions. I love how Xelloss constantly drops hints but never tells them everything they need to know. Martina is also a good addition. In any other anime, her constant bumbling would be annoying, but because this is a parody, she fits right in.
This season also has a great new villain. What’s great about him is that he’s one of those types who’s really good at playing heroes like pawns. The ways he manipulates Lina are astonishing. I love villains who can take to the heroes like a chess player and manipulate them as they please. The final battle was just awesome!
Sub/Dub: The dub is still as good as before. Crispin Freeman even gets to sing (and does so very well!) David Moo is hilarious as Xelloss and just the right touch of smart-aleck.
Music/Score: Megumi Hayashibara contributed two great songs again. I’m really beginning to enjoy her music.
Violence: (5/10) If you could handle the vilence in the previous installment, it won’t bother you here either. The violence isn’t gory, but there are some occasionally bloody moments, along with lots of slapstick.
Language: (2/10)Mild swearing at best.
Sexuality: More breast jokes from Gourry in a flashback. Also
spoilerThere is an episode where all the male members had to go in drag because they were entering a village where men are prohibited. (And then they discover that several men in drag live there.)
Nudity: (3/10) There’s a hot springs episode with a little nudity. Also, Martina’s outfit shows a fair amount of cleavage.
Religion: Same as before, with Lina using Final Fantasy-style black magic against her foes.