Anime Review: Slayers Evolution-R

Genre: Fantasy/Comedy

Studio/Creator: J.C. Staff/Hajime Kanzaka and  Rui Araizumi

Distributor: FUNImation

No. of Episodes: 13

Suggested Age: 13+

My Rating: 8/10

Summary: Right on the heels of Slayers Revolution,  our heroes are searching for the Hellmaster’s Jar, which holds the spirit of the Red Priest Rezzo, the villain of the first season.  Poqota, who was introduced in the last season, beleives that if he releases Rezzo from the Jar, he willl be able to cure his people of a plague.

Review: I want to start by saying that I think Slayers in all its seasons is one the best shonen series I have ever watched.  Now that I have finished the final season, I wanted to take some time to talk about the series as a whole.

What I like best about the show is how different it is from other shonen series.  Firstly, it does not take itself seriously.  It is meant to be a parody, so it is mostly light-hearted.  There are some serious moments, but they are balanced quite well with the comedy. I also like the dynamics of the characters. I’ve noticed that many of them change throughout the seasons.

Lina is an excellent deconstruction of an anime heroine. Most anime heroines are virtuous, but she clearly is not. She has two motivations for being a heroine. First is money, as she tells us in the opening to the first season. “Wherever treasure glitters, I’m there to claim it!” As we learn in season 3 (Slayers Try), her second motivation is the fear of her sister. We never even see her sister at all, but there are enough implications.  At first, these are the only motivations.  But as the series progressed, while she was still a mercenary, she appeared to see that being good had other rewards as well.

Gourry is the only one of the quartet who didn’t change. He started out stupid and by the time the show ended, he was still stupid.  But I loved him for it!

Amelia changed quite a bit. At first, she existed only to poke fun at the “Magical girl” heroines like Sailor Moon.  She’d make silly speeches and literally fall flat on her face. As the series progressed, her magic improved. Sure she still had her funny moments, but she was also a vital player.  In later seasons, she is able to improve her magic and this made her a bigger, more important player.

The member who changed the most was Zelgadis. At first, he actually was the enemy, but a few episodes in, he switches sides.  By season 2, he seems to have put his dark days behind him. In fact, in season three, he and pacifist Amelia proved to be a great pair, and not just because of their dynamics in personality.

Poqota also changed p for most of that season, he proved a hilarious antagonist for Lina, managing to push all her buttons. In this season, he’s put all that behind him, and proves that his size matters not.

Xellos was downright predictably sneaky.  Season two had him popping up at just the right time and though he had ulterior motives, he was still reliable.  But beginning in season 4, he became an Achilles’ heel and his true motives changed all that.

The series came full circle by bringing back Rezzo. When I learned his backstory, I almost pitied him–he only wanted to restore his sight.

Sub/Dub: As I said in my review of season 4, Michael Sinterklaus is now the voice of Xellos, a role originally done by David Moo.  Although his voice has a similar pitch to the Japanese VA, I prefer David Moo’s delivery. The rest of the returning cast was excellent as always.

Music/Score: The opening theme wasn’t nearly as good as the others, but the closing was excellent. For the grand finale, I got to hear my favorite Slayers theme, “Give a Reason for Life.”

Violence: 4/10–the same slapstick as before, with mild fights.

Language: 2/10

Sexuality: 0/10

Nudity: 0/10

Religion: 3/10–Magic is used constantly and Poqota is trying to resurrect Rezzo.

 

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