Slayers: Super Explosive Demon Story Vol. #06 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, November 08, 2004
Release Date: Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Writer/Artist:Hajime Kanzaka / Shoko Yoshinaka
Translated by:Laura Jackson and Yoko Kobayashi
What They Say
All Lina Inverse wanted to do was take a nice relaxing bath at the local hot springs. The next thing she knows, she's attacked by a talking bear, angry demons are after her hide, and she's been separated from her faithful companions Gourry, Amelia and Zelgadis. Worst of all, it seems that the all-powerful Rezo the Red Priest has returned to exact his final revenge on Lina. But Rezo's dead...isn't he?
This is a very basic book, featuring a shot of Lina with Xellos, Amelia and Amelia's father. The back also features Lina in a fighting pose, along with the summary. It's organized and it gets the job done, but it really doesn't stand out much from the other books on the shelf. There are a few changes, with the "Super Explosive Demon Story" added back to the front cover and a volume number on the spine. With CPM's haphazard way of labeling the titles, it's great to see a number finally show to help keep the collection straight.
Yoshinkaka's art has a little bit of shoujo style to it, with the characters being very expressive, and lots of big eyes, etc. While the characters look good, the action scenes are pretty rushed and tend to suffer. There is a lot of action going on, and it's not conveyed very well. The layout is somewhat confusing as well, since at times, you have no idea who is speaking. However, the problem here isn't as pronounced as it is in the previous volume, because there's not that much intense fighting until the end.
This is a good translation, with the SFX subtitled. At the end of the book is a pretty neat interview that CPM Manga did with series creators Kanzaka and Yoshinaka that gives some more insight into the series.
Content: (May contain spoilers)
One of the things I am liking about Slayers is that each book contains an entire mini-arc that's part of the overall arc that encompasses the story. Once again, we start off with a filler chapter designed to bridge the events from "City of Lost Souls" to this book. While at a hot springs, Lina and the others are tortured by this bear that turns out to be Amelia's father, Prince Phil, in disguise.
Prince Phil is a riot. Father and daughter are so alike that it really scares me. But, they're also really, really funny and I kept laughing at their antics. After Phil joins the party, they run into the former court magicians that appear to be Rezo sympathizers. They attack the party and manage to seperate everyone. Gourry turns up missing, Amelia and Zelgadis manage to stick together and Lina winds up on her own and meets a mysterious sorcerer named Xellos.
From here, we divert from the main action as we follow Lina and her encounters with two teenage girls that remind her of herself and her older sister. Even though this is a diversion from the main plot, it really shows what type of person Lina is and how she got to be the sorceress she is today. It's the type of development that I enjoy reading and getting back to the main plot was somewhat of a jolt for me. She manages to get back together with the group to finish out the book and make another step toward getting the Claire Bible.
Slayers continues to be an enjoyable series, as we diverge from the plot somewhat to give Lina some character development and have a few laughs along the way. The fights in this series aren't so interesting as the way the characters interact with each other throughout. At times, it seems that Lina wants to do nothing more than eat and grab lots of money. But with this book, you really do see that she has some definite goals in mind.
Mania Grade: A-
Art Rating: B
Packaging Rating: B-
Text/Translatin Rating: A
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: CPM Press
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