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Episode 2: BAD! Miro Otoko Wa Shuri Ja Nai!
(BAD! Mummy Men Aren't My Type!)

Copyright: © 1995 TV Tokyo / Softx (Japan), © 1996 Software Sculptors (North America)
Length: 30 minutes
Rating: NR, contains violence and mature situations, Parental Guidance Suggested
Format: Subbed (VHS)

Screenplay: Koyama Takashi Director: Noriza Makoto Producers: Kobayashi Noriko (TV Tokyo) Yazaki Yumiko (Softx) Character Design: Miyata Naomi English Version Executive Producer: John Sirabella Translation by: Neil Nadelman

[ plot summary ]

vhs jacket

After saving the local village from the ferocious dragon, Lina Inverse and Gourry leave the grateful villagers, refusing their hospitality and offers of repayment for services rendered... Unbeknownst to them, our intrepid travellers are being tracked by two very suspicious characters : one, a golem, and the second a slightly put-out sorcerer who currently bears more than a passing resemblance to a walking, talking mummy. As it turns out, his current state of affairs is the direct result of Lina's recent rendevous with the now-defunct and somewhat toothless Dragon Fangs outlaw group. After a brief stint with a shopkeeper and a slightly possessed dagger, the pair check into the local inn. There, they discover that the mummy man isn't very happy, and he's after something -- something that Lina has in her possesion.

[ capsule review ]

Alright. I want someone to tell me that the mummy-man's appearance isn't inspired by Lupin III - Cagliostro's Castle. OK, if not that, someone tell me that the covered wagon early in the show didn't seem somewhat out-of-place? Those aside, we get introduced to two new characters in this episode. Two characters that are after something that Lina's got, and are willing to pay anything for. It's another half hour of fun, with the show poking fun at more stereotypes -- in this case, the harried husband. (There's nothing worse that having a perfectly good demonic possession spoiled by a nagging spouse.) Even better is the way she dispatches her not-so-welcome visitors. But then, what's a fire-ball spell between friends?

Failed attempts at comedic shows abound; what sets this series apart is the marvelous sense of timing and fast-paced script. There's enough camp for even the most jaded viewer (Lina eating her freshly caught fish is a great example), and enough plot to keep your thumb away from the 'fast forward' button. What I find most impressive about this series is not so much the original material, but the superb job of subtitling. Translations are wonderfully loose, and well timed. Where the original Japanese dialog is funny, the subtitling is gut-wrenchingly hilarious. Well done! - AN

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: N/A 3 stars N/A
Direction: N/A 4 stars N/A
Acting: N/A 4 stars N/A
Animation: N/A 2 stars N/A
Music: N/A 3 stars N/A
Translation: N/A 5 stars N/R
Overall Rating: N/A 4 stars N/A

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