I checked out the beginning of the first episode just to make sure it didn’t suck as bad as Slayers TRY (which I just finished watching…TERRIBLE stuff). Still, I’m not interested in watching it until there’s an English dub on the internet. Still waiting for a release date on them DVDs.
So yeah. Slayers TRY. What the hell. This sucked for a number of reasons (the weird filler in the middle being part of it, but the super sentai episode was probably the least annoying one), but let me explain two of them:
- In the very first episode of Slayers, Lina makes a quip to one of the bandits about “stock dialogue”, setting the precedent that Slayers won’t be your average anime, and will likely poke fun at stuff like that. And, well, it did; that’s exactly why I like it.
Slayers TRY seems to throw that all out the window and go “Yeah, we actually love this corny crap!” Most of the time, the reason I don’t watch anime is because it feels like I’m playing a very standard JRPG with no gameplay. So, I try to watch anime that doesn’t give me that feeling, and Slayers succeeded. Slayers NEXT succeeded. Even what I’ve seen of the Slayers movies - though I haven’t enjoyed them that much - have succeeded. Slayers TRY embraced exactly what I don’t like.
- Filia. It’s not so much that she’s “annoying”, per se. In fact, I think it’s funny when people don’t like a character in an anime “because he/she’s annoying.” Lina Inverse is really annoying, but that’s what’s so fun and interesting about her!
What bothers me about Filia is that she’s annoying in a completely different, unintentional way: in the beginning of Slayers TRY, we see Lina and co. try to act the way they always did in the first two seasons, i.e what made the first two seasons so good. Filia, however, got on everyone’s case and virtually stopped everyone from being so nonchalant about their quest. She basically prevented Lina and co. from being fun.
Now, THAT is a kind of annoying I don’t like - she was annoying in a way that was likely unintentional.
Oh well…I still have the last three movies (Great, Gorgeous, Premium) and the second set of OVAs (Slayers Excellent) to watch. I haven’t really enjoyed the movies so far, but I really enjoyed the Book of Spells OVA, so I’m looking forward to Slayers Excellent. My girlfriend has watched Slayers Premium before and says it’s really good, but I’ll withhold making expectations of it.
In spite of Slayers TRY being horrible, though, I’m still looking forward to the next season. Here’s hoping it gets released soon.