The Slayers Revolution is the fourth season of The Slayers anime series, which only consists of 13 episodes. In this series, Lina Inverse is being pursued by inspector Wizer Frayon for "the crime of being Lina Inverse." Lina, along with Gourry, Amelia, and Zelgadis, try to clear Lina's name. In the process, they meet a new character named Pokota, and new adventures await our heroes.
According to what I've seen, The Slayers Revolution, as well as the followup season, The Slayers Evolution-R tells one story arc, which is made up of new plots with subplots based on events from the light novels. This would probably help to explain the pacing in The Slayers Revolution. While each individual episode has a good flow, the timeline from episode to episode is rather choppy. Also, the story just kind of stops at the end of this series, since the rest of the story is in The Slayers Evolution-R. While there is some enjoyable humor in The Slayers Revolution, I feel that this series is weaker than the previous three series of The Slayers.
The Blu-ray pressing includes nine episodes on the first disc and four episodes and the extras on the second disc. When it comes to the Blu-ray menus, the only thing FUNimation did to differentiate between the two discs is that the second disc includes an option for the extras; outside of that, the background images and the music are identical to the menu on the first disc. It should also be noted that when you watch the episodes with Japanese audio with English subtitles, the subtitles are done in such a way that they can be a little hard to read, especially when they're over a light background; if the subtitles appeared over a darker background, they were easier to read. I'm not sure if it was simply the font color of white or the font style or a combination of both that made the subtitles harder to read than on other releases I have watched.
As to the extras included on the second Blu-ray disc, there is a textless opening song, a textless closing song, and trailers.
When it comes to the packaging, the box has a slipcover, but there is no booklet included inside the box; all you get in the box are FUNimation advertisements.
If you're a fan of The Slayers and want to have every episode in your home video collection, then you definitely need to pick up a copy of The Slayers Revolution.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of this Blu-ray release that I purchased for my husband as a birthday present.
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The original cast of Slayers is reunited for the first time in over a decade in Slayers Revolution – a totally new season full of the magical mayhem that can only happen when Lina Inverse and her crew pull into town.
Lina’s on the run from a government inspector who’s ready to put her away for good. Her crime? Just being herself! The guy’s hot on her tail, but a tiny creature that actually has a tail might be Lina’s biggest problem. Pokota’s a powerful little furball, and his path of destruction is getting pinned on Lina. With so much explosive magic between them, you know things will go boom when they face off. But there’s more to Pokota than anyone knows, and if Lina’s gang can get to the bottom of his habit of blowing stuff up, they could end up with an awesome new ally.