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The Slayers movies.  Keeping in mind that I love the series beyond reason but didn't finish the OVAs:  Would I like the movies?
meganbmoore: (xxxholic-yuko bored)
Uhm...this is one of those posts where I ramble around for a while thinking things through at you, and probably come to no conclusion and make sense to no one but myself.

But basically, there's this whole massive character type of characters who are always up to something and have something up their sleeve and 50 times more things going on in their heads than anyone knows about, and are often crazy levels of smart.  Western stuff tends to cast these characters more as villains, but anime and manga often has them as supporting (or lead) characters, running the gamut from evil villain to the hero's best friend.  They also tend to be massively popular in the anime and manga fandom.  For me, liking them is all over the place...there are some I adore, and others I want to strangle.

(Obviously, I'm thinking mostly in the anime/manga fan mindset here.)

I've been thinking a lot recently about that: why I love some of the type, and want to strangle others, and I've noticed that, for me at least, they seem to boil down to three types:  schemers, tricksters, and plotters/planners.


And again, mostly thinking "out loud" and talking to myself in front of everyone.  No idea if all that'll make sense to anyone but me.
meganbmoore: (Default)
Uhm...this is one of those posts where I ramble around for a while thinking things through at you, and probably come to no conclusion and make sense to no one but myself.

But basically, there's this whole massive character type of characters who are always up to something and have something up their sleeve and 50 times more things going on in their heads than anyone knows about, and are often crazy levels of smart.  Western stuff tends to cast these characters more as villains, but anime and manga often has them as supporting (or lead) characters, running the gamut from evil villain to the hero's best friend.  They also tend to be massively popular in the anime and manga fandom.  For me, liking them is all over the place...there are some I adore, and others I want to strangle.

(Obviously, I'm thinking mostly in the anime/manga fan mindset here.)

I've been thinking a lot recently about that: why I love some of the type, and want to strangle others, and I've noticed that, for me at least, they seem to boil down to three types:  schemers, tricksters, and plotters/planners.


And again, mostly thinking "out loud" and talking to myself in front of everyone.  No idea if all that'll make sense to anyone but me.

Slayers 4?

Apr. 28th, 2008 01:39 pm
meganbmoore: (bleach-rukia's small but will kick your)
Has anyone heard much about Slayers: Revolution? My information has jumped from "there will be a Slayers 4" to "Slayers 4 may be all about Xellos"* to [profile] woodburnerposting this pic.

I know now  that Lina, her other half, and the normal sidekicks will be there, but do we know when it airs?  Anything about Xellos, Filia or Sylphiel?



*Which I'm actually really glad didn't pan out.  I like Xellos a lot, but wouldn't really care for him as a focus.  I like a number of representatives of the character type, but it's not a type I'm huge on.  It's why my attention in SDK and FB tends to wander when the books start focusing on Yukimura and Shigure.  I do better, though, with ones like Xellos and Gin, who are more grey area tricksters than schemers where you know exactly what "side" they'll end up on anyway.


Also, I think I'm coming down with a cold.

Slayers 4?

Apr. 28th, 2008 01:39 pm
meganbmoore: (Default)
Has anyone heard much about Slayers: Revolution? My information has jumped from "there will be a Slayers 4" to "Slayers 4 may be all about Xellos"* to [profile] woodburnerposting this pic.

I know now  that Lina, her other half, and the normal sidekicks will be there, but do we know when it airs?  Anything about Xellos, Filia or Sylphiel?



*Which I'm actually really glad didn't pan out.  I like Xellos a lot, but wouldn't really care for him as a focus.  I like a number of representatives of the character type, but it's not a type I'm huge on.  It's why my attention in SDK and FB tends to wander when the books start focusing on Yukimura and Shigure.  I do better, though, with ones like Xellos and Gin, who are more grey area tricksters than schemers where you know exactly what "side" they'll end up on anyway.


Also, I think I'm coming down with a cold.
meganbmoore: (witchblade-sara ian 1)
A discussion in one of [personal profile] redbrunja's posts at her LJ turned to tattoos and when they worked and when they didn't, and since [personal profile] smillaraaqand I have been discussing Top Cow's male characters lately, Ian Nottingham and his Hand Tattoo of Mystical Import came up.  Scrounging around my harddrive, I found a few scans with it.  Sadly, none are closeups, but you can still get the general idea.

(one pic borders on NSFW)


Meanwhile, I did early voting today.  In addition to signs all over the building saying not to take cell phones into the voting area, we were reminded no cell phones when we were given ballots.  A woman two booths down from me took out her cell phone and started talking loudly on it, and then got upset when she was told she couldn't have it out, and said she didn't see why she couldn't if she wasn't talking about voting or politics.  (I don't know about elsewhere, but it's now illegal in Texas to take a cell phone into the voting area.)  

Also, I was (as always)  amused by all the state and district categories with only one option.

In other news, there is apparently a fourth season of Slayers coming with an anime-only storyline, but no confirmation yet as to the cast, both characters and voice talent.  Urm...why bother if it doesn't have Lina and Gourry? I can see it working without Zelgadis, Amelia and Xellos-though I'd obviously much rather have them-but you can't have Slayers without Lina, and you need Gourry there to balance her out.  (And since the storyline won't be based on the books, I shall hold out hope for Filia.)
meganbmoore: (Default)
A discussion in one of [personal profile] redbrunja's posts at her LJ turned to tattoos and when they worked and when they didn't, and since [personal profile] smillaraaqand I have been discussing Top Cow's male characters lately, Ian Nottingham and his Hand Tattoo of Mystical Import came up.  Scrounging around my harddrive, I found a few scans with it.  Sadly, none are closeups, but you can still get the general idea.

(one pic borders on NSFW)


Meanwhile, I did early voting today.  In addition to signs all over the building saying not to take cell phones into the voting area, we were reminded no cell phones when we were given ballots.  A woman two booths down from me took out her cell phone and started talking loudly on it, and then got upset when she was told she couldn't have it out, and said she didn't see why she couldn't if she wasn't talking about voting or politics.  (I don't know about elsewhere, but it's now illegal in Texas to take a cell phone into the voting area.)  

Also, I was (as always)  amused by all the state and district categories with only one option.

In other news, there is apparently a fourth season of Slayers coming with an anime-only storyline, but no confirmation yet as to the cast, both characters and voice talent.  Urm...why bother if it doesn't have Lina and Gourry? I can see it working without Zelgadis, Amelia and Xellos-though I'd obviously much rather have them-but you can't have Slayers without Lina, and you need Gourry there to balance her out.  (And since the storyline won't be based on the books, I shall hold out hope for Filia.)
meganbmoore: (xxxholic-yuko bored)
I watched two episodes.  It took less than an hour.  It felt like five.  There's was serious danger of my love for Lina  being chipped away at, and I'd rather leave it whole and shiny.  Like my love for Slayers.

 Actually, Lina herself wasn't so bad as far as things go, but that character had no business calling herself Lina Inverse.  All of Lina's brains, strategy, common sense and appetite were gone.  Instead of a heroine who backed up all the talk about her, we had your generic Mary Sue who everyone praised, but did nothing to show she deserved the talk.  Standard material that normally wouldn't bother me as much, were I not used to the far superior version.

Then there's Naga.  Guys, I don't have nearly the problems most do with anime and manga heroines.  I don't hate Miaka in Fushigi Yugi.  I rather like Cleao in Orphen(ok, largely because she's the only force in the universe capable of curtailing Orphen's ego, but she also tries to be useful and learn to help him as a partner.)  I've loved Yuya in Samurai Deeper Kyo almost from the start(just those TSTL bits early on...)  But this woman?  No brains, no comedy or likability, no redeeming value at all unless you like gratuitous fan service in the form of women who run around in bikinis with breasts as big as their heads that are always bouncing all over the place.  Plus, the laugh.  Whoever thought the laugh was a good idea should have a terrible fate befall them.

I shall think happy thoughts about Lina, Amelia, Filia and Sylphiel and try to forget Naga exists.  For that matter, that princess in season 2 is a gem in comparison.

Also, for something calling itself Slayers, that was amazingly unfunny.  I can't even work up snark for it.

We also have nekkid Lina in the credits. WTF???  This is a prequel, so she's...what?  14? 15?  My squick alert, it was activated.

Not even milk and cookies helped.

That said: Movies: Yay? Nay?  Also, I understand there are novels and manga.  Licensed?  Available? Scanslated? Worth reading?

I long for more Slayers in my life, only with the real Lina(and, preferably, the rest of the regular cast) and no Naga.
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I watched two episodes.  It took less than an hour.  It felt like five.  There's was serious danger of my love for Lina  being chipped away at, and I'd rather leave it whole and shiny.  Like my love for Slayers.

 Actually, Lina herself wasn't so bad as far as things go, but that character had no business calling herself Lina Inverse.  All of Lina's brains, strategy, common sense and appetite were gone.  Instead of a heroine who backed up all the talk about her, we had your generic Mary Sue who everyone praised, but did nothing to show she deserved the talk.  Standard material that normally wouldn't bother me as much, were I not used to the far superior version.

Then there's Naga.  Guys, I don't have nearly the problems most do with anime and manga heroines.  I don't hate Miaka in Fushigi Yugi.  I rather like Cleao in Orphen(ok, largely because she's the only force in the universe capable of curtailing Orphen's ego, but she also tries to be useful and learn to help him as a partner.)  I've loved Yuya in Samurai Deeper Kyo almost from the start(just those TSTL bits early on...)  But this woman?  No brains, no comedy or likability, no redeeming value at all unless you like gratuitous fan service in the form of women who run around in bikinis with breasts as big as their heads that are always bouncing all over the place.  Plus, the laugh.  Whoever thought the laugh was a good idea should have a terrible fate befall them.

I shall think happy thoughts about Lina, Amelia, Filia and Sylphiel and try to forget Naga exists.  For that matter, that princess in season 2 is a gem in comparison.

Also, for something calling itself Slayers, that was amazingly unfunny.  I can't even work up snark for it.

We also have nekkid Lina in the credits. WTF???  This is a prequel, so she's...what?  14? 15?  My squick alert, it was activated.

Not even milk and cookies helped.

That said: Movies: Yay? Nay?  Also, I understand there are novels and manga.  Licensed?  Available? Scanslated? Worth reading?

I long for more Slayers in my life, only with the real Lina(and, preferably, the rest of the regular cast) and no Naga.
meganbmoore: (cs-don't piss the short girl off)
 Dear Filia:

I realize you are a nice girl with a heavy and understandable sense of responsibility.  I realize you have a major guilt thing going with the bit about how your race wiped out ValGaav's.  I feel the need to point out, however, that he likes to try to kill you a lot and even tried to forse you to destroy the world with your own hands, just for kicks.  I do know think standing there and sighing "ValGaav" is what you want to be doing.  I mean, if you want a guy who will clearly drive you to an early grave, let's look at Xellos.  I mean, sure, he was a leader in that war a thousand years ago and wiped out a lot of dragons, but he has a habit of rescueing you, and clearly didn't mean it that one time he threatened to kill you.  Sure, he's diabolical and machiavellian and would drive anyone insane, but he's almost as bad at being the bad guy as Zelgadis is and his heart tends to be in the right place, if for the wrong reasons.  Did I mention that he DOESN'T think trying to kill you is fun?

Moving on...

I dunno, that was a great "save the world" final arc, but I fear the tail end of season 2 kinda ruined me...it was too awesome for words.

I have to ask, though:  did the end here remind anyone else of the ending of Orphen?  Except for the part where Filia is pretty cool, instead of being a stupid, nosy twat who was responsible for vitually every freaking bad thing in the series and got treated like a noble, tragic heroine for it like Azalee was?

On a final note:  Zelgadis briefly got a giant glowing weapon.  Actually, almost everyone did.  Zelgadis looked particularly giddy about it though.  I wonder if he over heard Amelia admiring the Sword of Light off screen...

I must now ponder if I want to go ahead and watch the OVAs now, or wait a bit(I have them, so they'll get watched eventually.)  Also have to decide whether or not to watch any of the movies...
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 Dear Filia:

I realize you are a nice girl with a heavy and understandable sense of responsibility.  I realize you have a major guilt thing going with the bit about how your race wiped out ValGaav's.  I feel the need to point out, however, that he likes to try to kill you a lot and even tried to forse you to destroy the world with your own hands, just for kicks.  I do know think standing there and sighing "ValGaav" is what you want to be doing.  I mean, if you want a guy who will clearly drive you to an early grave, let's look at Xellos.  I mean, sure, he was a leader in that war a thousand years ago and wiped out a lot of dragons, but he has a habit of rescueing you, and clearly didn't mean it that one time he threatened to kill you.  Sure, he's diabolical and machiavellian and would drive anyone insane, but he's almost as bad at being the bad guy as Zelgadis is and his heart tends to be in the right place, if for the wrong reasons.  Did I mention that he DOESN'T think trying to kill you is fun?

Moving on...

I dunno, that was a great "save the world" final arc, but I fear the tail end of season 2 kinda ruined me...it was too awesome for words.

I have to ask, though:  did the end here remind anyone else of the ending of Orphen?  Except for the part where Filia is pretty cool, instead of being a stupid, nosy twat who was responsible for vitually every freaking bad thing in the series and got treated like a noble, tragic heroine for it like Azalee was?

On a final note:  Zelgadis briefly got a giant glowing weapon.  Actually, almost everyone did.  Zelgadis looked particularly giddy about it though.  I wonder if he over heard Amelia admiring the Sword of Light off screen...

I must now ponder if I want to go ahead and watch the OVAs now, or wait a bit(I have them, so they'll get watched eventually.)  Also have to decide whether or not to watch any of the movies...
meganbmoore: (bleach-ichigo says die)
And now we're racing all over the Outer World, looking for super weapons that glow in the dark.  Or that can either resurrect or destroy ultimate evil.  Whichever you prefer.

We star off this set with Slayers's sendup to Shane, which would have been rather fun and awesome, except that Shane was played by ValGaav's annoying little Fox Person henchman.  I did have some fun Avatar flashbacks, though.  Then they visited a down with one of those kids who mistakes a villain for a hero and the villain ends up not wanting to crush the dreams.  Then we get serious, find the weapon, and off the majority of a race.  Great fun.

Xellos spends a lot of time hanging around with gods, pretending to be a monster race sycophant.  Personally, I think he's secretly in charge there.  Filia gets to be at the receiving end of the "losing everything" trauma...I think Sylphiel forgot to warn her what happens to nice girls who aren't named Amelia or Lina in this series.  At least Sylphiel said "screw you, I'm not getting my heart stomped on a dozen more times" when they asked if she wanted to be in this season.  Xellos decides to try holding Filia hostage to get the Gold Dragon Elder to do what he wants, then conveniently forgets the "I'll kill her, I really mean it!" part when it doesn't work and fires an easy-to-dodge blast at GDE.  Methinks Xellos has a teeny soft spot for someone.

Later, Xellos gets stepped on/kicked in the head by Lina for "betraying" them(I have my doubts) and Amelia, Zelgadis and Gourry wage some extreme and effective psychological warfare on him.  Lina, meanwhile, is busy getting her hands on a giant glowing weapon that makes Gourry's still-missing Sword of Light look like a butterknife.  She's absolutely giddy.

Next:  They save the world again.  After blowing a few extra craters into it.

I have to say, the more Slayers I watch, the more weirded out I am by a Zelgadis/Xellos fic [personal profile] telophasetold me about, which featured them snuggled up on a couch, eating popcorn and being all schmoopy.  Ignoring the fact that Zelgadis is straight(Xellos I have no idea about, but I'm just never going to understand the changing a character's established sexuality no matter how hard I try, regardless of what the sexuality is-I've seen it done to bi and homosexual characters too) there are few characters less suited to such things.  Maybe Manji and Magatsu doing that would weird me out more.  (Ok, DEFINITELY weird me out more)  But Xellos and Zelgadis?  Xellos might act it to completely screw with someone's head, but that's about it...Zelgadis would flee from the idea of it no matter who it was or for what reason.
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And now we're racing all over the Outer World, looking for super weapons that glow in the dark.  Or that can either resurrect or destroy ultimate evil.  Whichever you prefer.

We star off this set with Slayers's sendup to Shane, which would have been rather fun and awesome, except that Shane was played by ValGaav's annoying little Fox Person henchman.  I did have some fun Avatar flashbacks, though.  Then they visited a down with one of those kids who mistakes a villain for a hero and the villain ends up not wanting to crush the dreams.  Then we get serious, find the weapon, and off the majority of a race.  Great fun.

Xellos spends a lot of time hanging around with gods, pretending to be a monster race sycophant.  Personally, I think he's secretly in charge there.  Filia gets to be at the receiving end of the "losing everything" trauma...I think Sylphiel forgot to warn her what happens to nice girls who aren't named Amelia or Lina in this series.  At least Sylphiel said "screw you, I'm not getting my heart stomped on a dozen more times" when they asked if she wanted to be in this season.  Xellos decides to try holding Filia hostage to get the Gold Dragon Elder to do what he wants, then conveniently forgets the "I'll kill her, I really mean it!" part when it doesn't work and fires an easy-to-dodge blast at GDE.  Methinks Xellos has a teeny soft spot for someone.

Later, Xellos gets stepped on/kicked in the head by Lina for "betraying" them(I have my doubts) and Amelia, Zelgadis and Gourry wage some extreme and effective psychological warfare on him.  Lina, meanwhile, is busy getting her hands on a giant glowing weapon that makes Gourry's still-missing Sword of Light look like a butterknife.  She's absolutely giddy.

Next:  They save the world again.  After blowing a few extra craters into it.

I have to say, the more Slayers I watch, the more weirded out I am by a Zelgadis/Xellos fic [personal profile] telophasetold me about, which featured them snuggled up on a couch, eating popcorn and being all schmoopy.  Ignoring the fact that Zelgadis is straight(Xellos I have no idea about, but I'm just never going to understand the changing a character's established sexuality no matter how hard I try, regardless of what the sexuality is-I've seen it done to bi and homosexual characters too) there are few characters less suited to such things.  Maybe Manji and Magatsu doing that would weird me out more.  (Ok, DEFINITELY weird me out more)  But Xellos and Zelgadis?  Xellos might act it to completely screw with someone's head, but that's about it...Zelgadis would flee from the idea of it no matter who it was or for what reason.
meganbmoore: (princess tutu-knight)
These episodes were...odd.  Basically, at the end of the season's first End of the World arc, everyone ends up separated.

First up, Lina finds herself stuck in a bizarre reenactment of  Alice in Wonderland, where all the characters are food.  She find Zelgadis dressed up like a clown and sleeping, then blows everything up when she realizes they were in an attraction in and amusement park.  At least they found Filia outside.  later, the three ended up on a ghost ship where the antique-pottery loving captain was being menaced by a vengeful, pottery destroying ghost.  Lina breaks a lot of ceramics, Filia decides she wants to open a vase shop, and Zelgadis wisely refuses to participate in the insanity and goes off to practice his emo while playing guitar. Zel doesn't give me nearly enough excuses to call him a high-strung emotastic angstmuffin this season.

Meanwhile, Amelia and Gourry also washed up on another island.  While Gourry wanders around the forest starving to death, Amelia is rescued by a fishgirl and her fishman father.  Later, she learns that fishgirl is in love with a human boy, but fishman disapproves.  Being Amelia, she flamboyantly declares that she will help them to be together, and sets off on a quest to let them be of the same species.  Along the way she finds Gourry, feeds him, and forces him to dress up like a mermaid.  I cringe and hope that very brief stint is the only forced crossdressing he'll have to endure this season.  Later, the two end up joining some geriatric would-be warriors of justice, before finally finding the others.

Yes, I spent most of the time with my brain deliberately turned off so I could just sit back and enjoy the crack.  Sadly, there was no Xellos in these episodes.

In other news, Gourry was also able to justifiably call people stupid and crazy a lot.  I don't know if he's getting smarter, or if others are getting crazier and/or dumber.  Could be both.  He is also notably sword-less during these periods.  Perhaps the sword normally saps brainpower?
meganbmoore: (Default)
These episodes were...odd.  Basically, at the end of the season's first End of the World arc, everyone ends up separated.

First up, Lina finds herself stuck in a bizarre reenactment of  Alice in Wonderland, where all the characters are food.  She find Zelgadis dressed up like a clown and sleeping, then blows everything up when she realizes they were in an attraction in and amusement park.  At least they found Filia outside.  later, the three ended up on a ghost ship where the antique-pottery loving captain was being menaced by a vengeful, pottery destroying ghost.  Lina breaks a lot of ceramics, Filia decides she wants to open a vase shop, and Zelgadis wisely refuses to participate in the insanity and goes off to practice his emo while playing guitar. Zel doesn't give me nearly enough excuses to call him a high-strung emotastic angstmuffin this season.

Meanwhile, Amelia and Gourry also washed up on another island.  While Gourry wanders around the forest starving to death, Amelia is rescued by a fishgirl and her fishman father.  Later, she learns that fishgirl is in love with a human boy, but fishman disapproves.  Being Amelia, she flamboyantly declares that she will help them to be together, and sets off on a quest to let them be of the same species.  Along the way she finds Gourry, feeds him, and forces him to dress up like a mermaid.  I cringe and hope that very brief stint is the only forced crossdressing he'll have to endure this season.  Later, the two end up joining some geriatric would-be warriors of justice, before finally finding the others.

Yes, I spent most of the time with my brain deliberately turned off so I could just sit back and enjoy the crack.  Sadly, there was no Xellos in these episodes.

In other news, Gourry was also able to justifiably call people stupid and crazy a lot.  I don't know if he's getting smarter, or if others are getting crazier and/or dumber.  Could be both.  He is also notably sword-less during these periods.  Perhaps the sword normally saps brainpower?
meganbmoore: (wr-darcia 2)
I have to admit:  I like ValGaav(aka, Gaav Jr.)  oh, sure, I'm giddy the boundaries of reality and fiction separate us, but I like him.  He may be insane, more than a bit misguided, and out to destroy the world, but at least I can follow his thinking.  (And be glad it has no impact whatsoever on my life...)

Meanwhile, I must question what appear to be Filia's romantic inclinations.  First of all, there's that whole "squabbling like five year olds" thing with Xellos which half watches like they've been married for twenty years.  Now she's taken to standing on the sidelines, going "ValGaav" in typical shounen damsel fashion.  (Personally, I'm thinking she and Gourry should stand beside each other in a fight, going "ValGaav"  "Lina"  "ValGaav" Lina"...)  Filia, dear, I surprisingly adore you, but I'm thinking you need to ditch the gleefully machiavellian monster(his species, not a judgement statement) and the psychotic emo angstmuffin destroyer of worlds and go find yourself a nice gold dragon boy to settle down with.

 Xellos doesn't surprise me by revealing he's willing to sell Lina out to ValGaav if ValGaav will join the monster race(and also that he knew he'd be rejected when he made the offer) and he doesn't surprise Lina with it, either.  She takes it as a given.  That and the fact that, in payment, she can use Xellos however she wants.  Xellos is lucky Lina is 95% nice.  Xellos does surprise me, though, by rescueing Filia.  I spent half a second wondering if I should stop joking about them being divorced/and old married couple and quasi takw it seriously.  Then he dropped her and I forgot to ponder it.

Meanwhile, the gang has to go to some "temple" that's couples only, and the couple is determined by what two people get the same colored ball.  Lina ends up with Zelgadis and Amelia with Gourry.  Lina and Gourry remain the two stupidest people in the world when it comes to these things.  Zelgadis accepts his fate with admirable calm.  Amelia senses there is something deeply wrong in the fabric of the universe.  Filia and Xellos get the same colored ball and refuse to go.  It involves  holding arms.

Later, Gourry is separated from the others and the other three earn my disapproval by attempting to compensate for the absence of his stupidity.  As a result, ValGaav's Fox-Person henchman gets it.  That guy is dumber than Gourry. I did some face palming, though I did gain enjoyment from Gourry's new hammer-sword-thing, not to mention what seems to be a newly developed ability to glean detailed, accurate instructions from when Lina says "Gourry" in a commanding tone.

They compensate for it later, though, by the return of the well plotted and executed plans and traps.  Plus, Lina has a very successful go at being badass.
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I have to admit:  I like ValGaav(aka, Gaav Jr.)  oh, sure, I'm giddy the boundaries of reality and fiction separate us, but I like him.  He may be insane, more than a bit misguided, and out to destroy the world, but at least I can follow his thinking.  (And be glad it has no impact whatsoever on my life...)

Meanwhile, I must question what appear to be Filia's romantic inclinations.  First of all, there's that whole "squabbling like five year olds" thing with Xellos which half watches like they've been married for twenty years.  Now she's taken to standing on the sidelines, going "ValGaav" in typical shounen damsel fashion.  (Personally, I'm thinking she and Gourry should stand beside each other in a fight, going "ValGaav"  "Lina"  "ValGaav" Lina"...)  Filia, dear, I surprisingly adore you, but I'm thinking you need to ditch the gleefully machiavellian monster(his species, not a judgement statement) and the psychotic emo angstmuffin destroyer of worlds and go find yourself a nice gold dragon boy to settle down with.

 Xellos doesn't surprise me by revealing he's willing to sell Lina out to ValGaav if ValGaav will join the monster race(and also that he knew he'd be rejected when he made the offer) and he doesn't surprise Lina with it, either.  She takes it as a given.  That and the fact that, in payment, she can use Xellos however she wants.  Xellos is lucky Lina is 95% nice.  Xellos does surprise me, though, by rescueing Filia.  I spent half a second wondering if I should stop joking about them being divorced/and old married couple and quasi takw it seriously.  Then he dropped her and I forgot to ponder it.

Meanwhile, the gang has to go to some "temple" that's couples only, and the couple is determined by what two people get the same colored ball.  Lina ends up with Zelgadis and Amelia with Gourry.  Lina and Gourry remain the two stupidest people in the world when it comes to these things.  Zelgadis accepts his fate with admirable calm.  Amelia senses there is something deeply wrong in the fabric of the universe.  Filia and Xellos get the same colored ball and refuse to go.  It involves  holding arms.

Later, Gourry is separated from the others and the other three earn my disapproval by attempting to compensate for the absence of his stupidity.  As a result, ValGaav's Fox-Person henchman gets it.  That guy is dumber than Gourry. I did some face palming, though I did gain enjoyment from Gourry's new hammer-sword-thing, not to mention what seems to be a newly developed ability to glean detailed, accurate instructions from when Lina says "Gourry" in a commanding tone.

They compensate for it later, though, by the return of the well plotted and executed plans and traps.  Plus, Lina has a very successful go at being badass.
meganbmoore: (fb-ayame)
In list version:

1. Runaway temple-train-ruins.

2. Lina bullies dragons.

3. Gourry is an ace construction worker.

4. Filia and Xellos continue to reduce each other to the mental age of 5.

5. Gaav Jr. is apparently the last surviving member of the Ancient Dragon Race. Each member of the species was apparently as powerful as thousands of gold dragons. The gold dragons hunted them into extinction. *facepalm* I suppose this means there are millions of gold dragons? (Do they never think these powerful race/warrior race/assassin race things through?)

6. Lina successfully bullied dragons.

7. Filia and Zelgadis were surprisingly chipper about being thieves. Zel especially.

8. The 2 greatest rules of anime have been proven true: 1) No one but the heroes can be trusted, everyone else will sell you out. 2) Kids are smarter than all the adults combined. Even a single kid.

9. Filia bullied Lina. This is actually more impressive than Lina bullying dragons.

10. Lina can neither draw nor design architecture to save her life.

Also, this AMV greatly amuses me. (Really, Slayers has some AMVs with amazing timing, even if the picture quality isn't always great...how'd it get to be so lucky?)


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1. Runaway temple-train-ruins.

2. Lina bullies dragons.

3. Gourry is an ace construction worker.

4. Filia and Xellos continue to reduce each other to the mental age of 5.

5. Gaav Jr. is apparently the last surviving member of the Ancient Dragon Race. Each member of the species was apparently as powerful as thousands of gold dragons. The gold dragons hunted them into extinction. *facepalm* I suppose this means there are millions of gold dragons? (Do they never think these powerful race/warrior race/assassin race things through?)

6. Lina successfully bullied dragons.

7. Filia and Zelgadis were surprisingly chipper about being thieves. Zel especially.

8. The 2 greatest rules of anime have been proven true: 1) No one but the heroes can be trusted, everyone else will sell you out. 2) Kids are smarter than all the adults combined. Even a single kid.

9. Filia bullied Lina. This is actually more impressive than Lina bullying dragons.

10. Lina can neither draw nor design architecture to save her life.

Also, this AMV greatly amuses me. (Really, Slayers has some AMVs with amazing timing, even if the picture quality isn't always great...how'd it get to be so lucky?)


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