Slayers Evolution-R is a definite improvement over Revolution
. Continuing where the last season left off, Lina
and her group are in search of the Hellmaster's Jar. The first four episodes start off as some comical filler where the group is accompanied by an animated suit of armor called Nama, who ironically behaves almost like Naga the Serpent
whom I've heard of from the Slayers OAVs and movies. The episodes with her contribute to better moments of comedy with Slayers, especially in an episode where she has Amelia stuck inside her creating some fun character chemistry between the two. Only filler episode I got bored with was the fourth one featuring another dull scenario with fish people.
The fifth episode is where the main plot kicks in again where Lina's group learn more about the Hellmaster's Jar and have another encounter with dark ninja Zuuma from the last season. More light is shed on Zuuma's past as Lina's group find themselves manipulated by him and what they eventually learn about the Hellmaster's Jar not only builds up to a suspenseful little finale with a couple old foes from the first TV season
, but it also sheds more depth on Zelgadis
thanks to the two having past connections with Rezo
. You can even expect an appearance from Xellos towards the later half of the series.
The visuals to this season are about on par with Revolution, though I noticed some actual effort put into animation during points of the series such as the collateral damage of a kingdom from a demonstration of power from the final foe in this season and Zel and Amelia
's battles with a pair of Mazoku in a battle later in the series. Still, I did come across moments of the franchise's usual shortcuts with animation.
Slayers Evolution-R was a big improvement from Revolution thanks to better comedy moments thanks to the appearance of Nama and the suspenseful buildup revolving around the plots with Zuuma and the Hellmaster's Jar. At this point, it looks like I still have all the movies and OAVs, plus the spinoff series Lost Universe
to dive into for the Slayers franchise.