The Slayers Revolution is the fourth season of The Slayers anime series, which only consists of 13 episodes. In this series, Lina Inverse is being pursued by inspector Wizer Frayon for "the crime of being Lina Inverse." Lina, along with Gourry, Amelia, and Zelgadis, try to clear Lina's name. In the process, they meet a new character named Pokota, and new adventures await our heroes.
According to what I've seen, The Slayers Revolution, as well as the followup season, The Slayers Evolution-R tells one story arc, which is made up of new plots with subplots based on events from the light novels. This would probably help to explain the pacing in The Slayers Revolution
While each individual episode has a good flow, the timeline from episode to episode is rather choppy. In addition, the timeline for some of the events in the series is also questionable, because conflicting information is given within the 13 episodes of The Slayers Revolution. Also, the story just kind of stops at the end of this series, since the rest of the story is in The Slayers Evolution-R. While there is some enjoyable humor in The Slayers Revolution, I feel that this series is weaker than the previous three series of The Slayers.
When FUNimation released The Slayers Revolution in the United States, a two-disc DVD pressing was released in March 2010, while a two-disc Blu-ray pressing was released in September 2010. This review will focus on the Blu-ray pressing, since that is the one I watched.
The Blu-ray pressing includes nine episodes on the first disc and four episodes and the extras on the second disc. When it comes to the Blu-ray menus, the only thing FUNimation did to differentiate between the two discs is that the second disc includes an option for the extras; outside of that, the background images and the music are identical to the menu on the first disc.
When it comes to the packaging, the box has a slipcover, but there is no booklet included inside the box; all you get in the box are FUNimation advertisements. It should also be noted that when you watch the episodes with Japanese audio with English subtitles, the subtitles are done in such a way that they can be a little hard to read, especially when they're over a light background; if the subtitles appeared over a darker background, they were easier to read. I'm not sure if it was simply the font color of white or the font style or a combination of both that made the subtitles harder to read than on other releases I have watched.
As to the extras included on the second Blu-ray disc, there is a textless opening song, a textless closing song, and trailers. The trailers included in this set promote Nabari no Ou, Kaze no Stigma, One Piece, Trigun, Coyote Ragtime, Initial D, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Big Windup!
If you're a fan of The Slayers and want to have every episode in your home video collection, then you definitely need to pick up a pressing of The Slayers Revolution. Since I haven't seen the DVD pressing, I don't know how the quality of that pressing compares with the Blu-ray. Obviously, if you can only watch DVDs, then a DVD pressing is what you need. However, if you have the ability to watch Blu-rays, then this Blu-ray pressing might be worth it if you can find it for a decent price.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of this Blu-ray release that I purchased for my husband as a birthday present.
|Amazing – The Astonishing Dragon Slave!?|
Because – You're Lina Inverse, That's Why!
Chase – The Endless Pursuit!
Drifter – Who's Chasing Whom?!
Eternal – The Forever-Sleeping Forest!
Fall On – Strange Festival! Bizarre Festival? Push That Ball Up!
Gorgeous – The Targeted Luxury Liner?
Hurry Up! Run Through! No, Don't?
Insider! The One Who Knows the Truth!
|Judgement – The Silver One Rises Again!|
Keep Out – The Demon Beast Looms!
Legacy – Decisive Battle in Seyruun!
Misty – The Blades Are Brought Down!