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Episode 3: CRASH! Gekito... Akai No... Shiroi No... Ayashi No!
(CRASH! Red and White and Suspicious All Over!)

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: Yokota Osamu 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

A quiet evening at the Inn is quickly turning into a major marketing meeting. Zelgadis (who happens to part human, part golem, and possibly part demon) wants something -- something that Lina has in her possession. In fact, he wants it so much, he offers to buy it for any price that Lina names.... even offers to make her a member of his entourage. Of course, Lina then asks for 30,000,000...

After everyone regains their senses, Zelgadis promises Lina that he'll get what he wants -- by force, if necessary. Problem is, Lina's still not sure just what he's after. The next evening, while staying at another inn, Lina is accosted by a group of trolls led by a human fighter -- no doubt sent by Zelgadis. Lucky for Lina, a mysterious figure claiming to be Rezo, the blind Red Priest appears, and handles the newcomers for her.

[ capsule review ]

Well... This time, we get to find out what "mummy man's" real name is, and why he's a little more than peeved at Lina. For a series that's supposed to be a mindless take on slapstick comedy, there seems to be a fair amount of thought put into the script itself. Perhaps that's why I find this series so refreshing -- it's not just physical humour and one-liners tossed into a half-hour show; there's actually a little substance thrown in. The best example I can think of happens when Lina is bargaining with Zelgadis for the purchase of some items Lina's 'acquired'. Zelgadis' proposed manner to determine asking price not only has the ring of logic to it, but also sets up for another great piece of humour.

Unlike many other shows, I have to keep reminding myself that we're still in the 'introductions' phase of the series -- that is, we're still in the process of finding out who the various characters are. Still, I'm finding this to be a fun show to watch, even with all the tedious introductions -- besides this is only the third episode in this series, I keep reminding myself. The plot elements that are introduced keep my interest levels high, and that's the key issue here. Slayers has a great mix of plot, dialog and visual humour to make for an easy recommendation. - 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 4 stars N/R
Overall Rating: N/A 4 stars N/A

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