Slayers: Complete Seasons 4 & 5 (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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As for the two seasons. If you've never seen Slayers before, I would recommend watching the original show prior to watching these two seasons. The show doesn't go very far out of its way to explain who people are or what's going on, but that's understandable. If you are a fan of the old series, prepare to be dazzled by seeing your old favorite characters in modern, shiny, colorful digital animation, but also be prepared for the extreme level of hyperactivity in the first half of the first season on this set. While some might argue that the show was slow and dragged on initially in its original first season, Slayers Evolution-R is downright frantic for the first half. The characters hardly pause between stepping on each other's sentences, they're loud, noisy, and generally more a stereotype of themselves than they used to be.Read more ›
Seasons 4 and 5 actually constitute a regular full season when you put them together. If you were wondering what is new in the life of Lina and Gourry, or Zelgadis and Amelia, they have frozen in time. We don't know if they're dating, friends, or just unaging cartoons like the kids on The Simpsons. Instead, the star of this season is "Pokota", a stuffed animal. Yes, he's the animating spirit of a long-dead prince, but it's still a sock puppet. Why they thought we'd take this seriously in any remote way is beyond me. It would be like they made a fish man a starring member of Lina's adventurers. (Hmmm, that might not be a bad idea, in contrast.)
Having watched Seasons 4 and 5 through, I am re-watching the original 3 seasons now. I suppose I feel like one of those Star Wars fans who just does not get the child-targeted prequels. The Slayers has been dumbed down into a children's cartoon, and I will have to be content remembering the greatness of Lina battling Demon Dragon King Gaav, of Auntie Aqua asking Lina what her feelings are regarding Gourry, of Amelia standing atop a church steeple to the wonderment of the townfolk below, or of Zelgadis lamenting being reduced to a mere sidekick.
You can't catch lightning in a bottle, and the genie escaped on this new effort. Won't be watching it again. Instead, I will remember Lina and the others from the lyrics of Jama wa Sasenai:
Let's go to the future we thought when we were kids
To that same starry sky we used to see
And "Slayers: Complete Seasons 4 & 5" (which is really more like one longer season split in half) is a solid fantasy-comedy anime, although it suffers from some wobbles in execution (a replica of the Sword of Light?). Not only is it fun to revisit Lina, Gourry and their colorful unruly world, but the writers introduce some clever twists and concepts along the way, while dipping into some surprisingly dark subplots.
Lina and Gourry have been busy nabbing pirates on the high seas, but they're unexpectedly interrupted by Amelia, Zelgadis, and the Ruvinagald Inspector Wizer, who promptly arrests Lina for "the crime of being Lina Inverse"... and for blowing up some magic tanks with the Dragonslave. The actual culprit is actually a sort of... flying stuffed bunny thing called Pokota, who can cast almost every spell Lina knows AND has a Sword of Light replica.
The gang ends up on the road again, pursuing Pokota and being dogged by Wizer. And after many wacky adventures, Pokota brings them to the long-lost city of Taforashia, whose people are locked in a magical sleep (courtesy of the Red Priest Rezo). Unfortunately, an evil countess and her three minions are using Taforashia's magical technology for themselves, unleashing a devastating force on the entire world.
But that isn't the end of their adventures, as Lina and Co. go off to find the Hellmaster's Jar, a magical pot that contains the soul of Rezo. Unfortunately, Xellos is also trying to get his hands on the jar, and Pokota is determined to resurrect Rezo for the sake of his people.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The same sort of insanity that made the first 3 seasons so great continues. If you liked the earlier seasons I recommend getting these too.Published 7 months ago by Mark R. Penrod
I am a fan of the Slayers series so I was really excited to watch the new seasons. The episodes range from okay to good but they are far from great. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Van Gogh
I am unable to give it 5 stars yet since i am still working on season 3. I can say seasons 1 and 2 were great. The story does get intense and complex with the characters.Published 14 months ago by William
Slayers Seasons 4 & 5 is a good entry in a great old school anime series. While it does have the great Slayers comedy it is lacking in the awesome battles of the original 90's... Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by Anthony Dunn
Great anime, great box set, great price, Blu-ray/Dvd Combo as well! Just perfect!
Slayers is a classic anime plot of fantasy heroines & heros with strong sterotypes -... Read more
My brother has the previous seasons, I'm happy this was easy to find and arrived very quickly! My brother loves it.Published on September 15, 2013 by Colleen K.
I got this because I already have the other seasons/movies/OVA, and I was only missing this, so I got it. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Link
Got these blu rays at a steal, on top of one of my fave series ever, voice acting not as good as the first 3 series but still very well done and the storyline is pretty interesting... Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Eway