Partijama: Oh, it was so wonderful to see the whole gang together again – Lina, Amelia, Zelgadis, Gourry – all back for more magic and adventure.
Popo: I love adventure.
Partijama: Me too.
Lazlo: I love magic.
Partijama: As do I.
Popo: I love magical adventure.
Partijama: Uh, yes…
Lazlo: Clearly you do harbour great affection for adventurous magic, Popo, though your affection can only approach mine in your wildest dreams.
Popo: Just so happens I had such a dream this very day…in fact having one right now…
Lazlo: That’s no dream, clown, that’s just a hallucination borne of your considerable madness…
Popo: Hahaaa, the madness of genius is my kingdom, little Lord.
Lazlo: My kingdom is nicer.
Popo: You don’t have a kingdom.
Lazlo: Why you-
Partijama: And as well as the main circle of adventurers we had a few new additions, as well as appearances by a few old ones.
Popo: That Martina was a hoot!
Partijama: She was a wonderful addition to the saga, so spritely, and comically contrary, and conniving.
Lazlo: I love the way she laughs (does the high-pitched Martina laugh).
Popo: A fine rendition, Lazlo.
Lazlo: (Lord face) Indeed.
Popo: No doubt because you two share somewhat of a similar spirit.
Lazlo: Hmph, I’m sure I have no idea what you mean. If Martina had sampled even the least morsel of my spirit she would’ve ditched that ridiculous Lord Zoamelgustar, claimed the Claire bible, and (face animated with Lord passion) conquered the WOOORRRLD!!
Partijama: I…I think she just wanted to rebuild her castle in Xoana, Lord Lazlo.
Lazlo: There, see? It is as I said.
Popo: Hehehehe, that Zoamelgustar was a riot as well, it was so humongous I was just thinking – whoooaaa, let’s see how Lina and the gang tackle this one!
Partijama: As it was, they, or rather, Lina, tackled it without too much fuss.
Lazlo: One Dragon Slave and the over-sized machination was no more. Pfft, a failure of unparalleled proportions.
Partijama: And Lina is so destructive, she just has no gauge at all when applying her Dragon Slave.
Popo: You ain’t kidding, buddy, she smashed castle and everything.
Lazlo: “And everything” is right.
Partijama: It’s as if she doesn’t really understand the ramifications of her actions either, she always seems so delighted with the results afterward and even a bit confused as to why anyone else wouldn’t be…hehehe.
Popo: Yeah, I just blew up your whole city, now go fill in the blast crater, rebuild your homes…oh, and don’t forget to pay me a fee for the awesome display of power (cackling, wiggling).
Lazlo: If Zoamelgustar had been constructed with Laquan intelligence, Lina Inverse would’ve stood no chance.
Partijama: Oh my, really, Lord Lazlo?
Lazlo: (Straightens self, chin up, expression haughty) Indeed. My Zoamelgustar would’ve justified the title of Lord, (standing, mad-scientist face, one fist clenched) it would’ve transformed into a…a great and mighty dragon that would’ve gobbled up Lina Inverse and her minions, and consumed all the land…hahahahahahaa!
Popo: So basically the Zoamelgustar Dragon would’ve caused even more damage than Lina’s Dragon Slave attack.
Lazlo: Well …perhaps not all the lands, you know, just the ones near at hand.
Partijama: But with Lina and the others, er, gone, that would’ve been the end of the series…
Popo: Talk about a miserable end…yeesshh; there’d be an almighty riot by all the fans down on Bombastyk. And I’d get my brand new Bombastyk water-gun and join em…yeehaaa!
Lazlo: (Sits, flicks cape) Well, when I said gobbled up, that was just a metaphor for banishment from Xoana, of course; then they’d be free to seek adventure else-where. Read between the lines why don’t you? (Dips into mug of guava ice-cream)
Popo: But then we’d lose the joy of seeing Martina following Lina around since she would’ve triumphed and-
Lazlo: (Spits out ice-cream) BAH!!
Partijama: I’m sure your Zoamelgustar would’ve been quite entertaining, Lord Lazlo. Nevertheless in its absence we were treated to a stirring adventure centred on the hunt for the mysterious and so very elusive Claire bible; the various seekers all harbouring different reasons for acquiring it.
Lazlo: That Claire bible was as great a failure as Lord Zoamelgustar; all this foo-fooing over this great and powerful manuscript and then it makes an appearance, tells us what we already knew, and retreats into obscurity once more.
Popo: Yeah, I have to agree with you there.
Lazlo: There may be some hope for you after all, bard.
Partijama: I too expected a little more from the Claire bible, especially since they all spent so much time seeking it, and it was so central to their many adventures. I didn’t expect it to completely overshadow the others and provide a source of infinite power, but at least I thought it would feature a bit more in the resolution of Lina’s battles with those monsters. And, I must admit, I was hoping Zelgadis would’ve been able to use it for his purpose.
Popo: Me too. Poor guy, stuck in that form, but I suppose if he’d gotten what he wanted he might’ve lost his desire to hang with the gang.
Lazlo: He could just as easily decide to continue on with them. The dynamic would be changed a bit with him no longer being the “freak,” but surely his other qualities would’ve compensated.
Popo: Well said, Lazzie ol’ chap.
Lazlo: That’s Lord Lazzie ol’ chap to…wait…I mean…
Lazlo: Grrrr…you bumbling…
Partijama: What about the monsters? There were so many of them, and so persistent.
Popo: Oh yeah, Lina really attracted a lot of negative attention this round, and from some serious heavy-hitters too.
Lazlo: I knew that little child towards the end was suspicious; there was mischief all over his face.
Popo: He put mischief to shame he did. I wouldn’t have guessed his secret in a gazillion years.
Partijama: It was a stunning revelation, and that wasn’t the only surprise we were treated to throughout this saga.
Popo: Oh no; hey, did you guys think Gourry was that powerful?
Partijama: Not at all. Clearly he is a very skilled swordsman, but when he was being controlled by that monster that pitted him against his friends, it was really shocking the way he swept aside their attacks.
Popo: And the force of his own attacks were…wow.
Lazlo: He was fairly impressive – he wouldn’t have been able to handle my Zoamelgustar Dragon, but he showed a level of power that one wouldn’t have associated with him or the sword of light.
Popo: And his old pal, Sylphiel, came around a few times, even joining the team at the end.
Lazlo: I think she interspersed a few “Gourry dears” with her “dear Gourrys” this time.
Popo: She might’ve slipped a “Gourry darling” in there too.
Partijama: And in reverse order for variety.
Partijama: But what about the relationship between Lina and her nemesis, Martina? Wow, what a drastic change as the saga neared its end, they actually became really close allies.
Popo: Boy, that was even more spectacular than the fall of her Zoamelgustar.
Lazlo: Xellos also provided some great surprise.
Popo: Man, I didn’t see that coming either.
Partijama: Interestingly, Gourry did.
Lazlo: Ha, that bard-like num-num, that was indeed a major surprise.
Partijama: And Martina and Zangulus.
Popo: Boy, that came straight out of the blue.
Lazlo: Although, considering the fickleness of her affections, it shouldn’t have been much of a surprise. And yet, it was. Zangulus reciprocating was an even more stunning development.
Popo: Yeah, you know, I think the only one Martina never took to was Prince Philionel.
Lazlo: And he was perhaps the most noble of them all.
Partijama: True. Oh, and let’s not forget what happened to Sairaag, I felt so sorry for Sylphiel…oh, that was so terrible!
Popo: Boy, that was the definition of “bummer.” If only I had been there to perform a proper Dragon Slave to save her home and her people.
Lazlo: Your Dragon Slave would’ve fallen limp like Lina’s did when she lost her powers. I on the other hand would’ve conjured a Giga slave and defeated those miserable knaves.
Popo: My Giga slave would’ve beaten yours…
Lazlo: In your dreams, jester!
Popo: Just so happens I had just such a dream…
Partijama: Awww, you two remind me so much of Lina and Martina.
Partijama: Lina and Gourry even (giggling).
Popo/Lazlo: ??? NOOOO!!!