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Tuesday, 20 January 2004 00:00
Slayers TRYIt's the final instalment of the Slayers in their TV incarnation.. After taking on a Dark Lord and the queen of all Monsters, you just know they had to pull out all the stops in the bad guy department...

3 Gods, 1 Demon, 1 Ancient Dragon, an entire race of Golden Dragons, and a berserker demon by the name of Dark Star. Oh, and a red fox, who causes way more trouble than someone of his stature should. And with Gourry having to go most of the series without his Sword of Light, the Slayers just aren't what they're used to being...

We start of with the gang heading off to investigate a mysterious pillar of light that appeared after Lina took care of Shabranigdo back in Slayers Next. It's an unplanned trip, but as usual there were some... circumstances... that meant it was a good idea for the gang to leave town for a while...

Cue badguy #1, Valgaav, retainer for former demon Gaav (former as Lina killed him), and out for revenge. He's now working for bad guy #2, Almayce, a God looking for some legenary weapons, of which Gourry's Sword of Light is one. His aim: gather 5 of these weapons so that his people can summon and kill Dark Star, a berserker demon with the power to destroy worlds. Add in Xellos, working to his own agenda as usual, and some colleagues of Almayce's who sadly don't share his policy of minimal damage, and the stage is set for a typical Slayers adventure.

New this series is Filia, a Golden Dragon priestess who usually travels in human for & packs a mean mace. Part comic relief & part very useful magic-user, she's possibly one of the best things about this season, in particular her 'relationghip' with Xellos...

The story itself is split into 3 distinct arcs with filler in between - a good idea as otherwise the story would've sunk under its own weight. The stakes seem to be a lot higher in TRY than in the previous series, with a lot less comic relief than before. It works okay, but it doesn't feel as balanced as Next did.

Another gripe here, is that people should just die when they're killed and not keep coming back ad infinitum. But they'll probably tell you it improves the drama that way.

Overall, this is pretty typical Slayers, and if you enjoyed the previous seasons you'll enjoy this. Sadly, though, they reached their pinnacle with Slayers Next, and this just isn't quite as good...


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