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Slayers Disappoints Again
on August 5, 2006
The problem with Slayers, and Excellent proves the point magnificently, is that the series creators have run out of ideas for the adventures. In the first episode, when Lina and Naga first meet, the episode starts off very funny, but then degenerates into a standard Slayers adventure that we've seen a thousand times before. The second episode, in which Lina agrees to watch over an annoying, arrogant princess but complications ensue when she hires a fake band of troublemakers to teach the princess a lesson. The complications coming in the form of Naga defeating the fake cons and real cons abducting the princess. The problem is this episode is too close to Jeffery's Knighthood from the Book of Spells and isn't nearly as funny. Finally, we have an episode in which Lina and Naga come to a town with waring fashionistas and while the conservative fashionista picks Linna as her model, the liberal fashionista picks Naga. If this sounds like the plot from "Slayers: Great" it is almost an exact carbon copy with a touch of Slayers: Gorgeous thrown in, but it never comes close to the level of hilarity it thinks it has obtained.
Overall, watching Excellent, you get the definite feeling that the series has run its course. The jokes, animation, and voice acting are all pretty much the same as previous installments, but it's gotten to the point where nothing in Slayers is really all that different from what we've seen before.