Slayers - Premium
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People quarreling over edibles? Check!
Gratuitous use of the Dragon Slave? Check!
Wisecracks about Lina's chest and her reputation as a "Dragon Spooker"? Check and double-check!
Amelia pontificating about justice? Check!
Xellos saying "Sore wa himitsu desu"? Check!
Naga laughing annoyingly? Check!
Zelgadis being anti-social? Check!
Well, I think we've covered everything. What we've got here is a random mishmash of all the Slayers standbys, thrown together as if it were their goal to try to display them all in as short a time as possible. Sometimes it works, but other times, it comes off as forced. Lina magnanimously agreeing to forgive the loss of a dried sardine in exchange for her blowing up a restaurant is comparatively in-character. Amelia getting all teary-eyed because Zelgadis doesn't feel like walking fast just felt silly. As for Xellos, the dialogue was obviously constructed just so he could say his trademark line, because the only thing he does in the whole movie is HAND OUT INFORMATION. If that's not un-Xellos-like, I don't know what is.
Don't get me wrong - this isn't a bad watch, and rather more entertaining than some of the other OAVs. (For example, it's definitely not as annoying as the one where someone makes ten clones of Naga and lets them laugh for minutes on end.) However, if this had been my first introduction to the Slayers universe, I would have left wondering what all the fuss was about. There were some nice flourishes here and there, but on the whole, it fails to rise up to the standards of the original TV show. Watch it if you're a hardcore Slayers fan and dying to see the whole gang one more time. Watch it if you're in the mood for some silliness and swashbuckling. Just don't expect too much out of it.
However, both the interview with Crispin Freeman and the Actors commentary saved the DVD for me. Mr. Freeman is a fantastic interview subject, and his insight on the series and on Zel's character was thoughtful, interesting, and terribly funny. Also, his commentary with Miss Martinez was hilarious, I dare say even funnier than the movie itself, and had me laughing so hard I was tearing up.
These factors elevate it to four stars.
-Gourry and Lina fighting over food.
-Xellose speaking his trade mark line.
-Great use of the Dragon Slave.
It is all there and combiles to be a great thirty minute feature, but that is just the problem, it being so short.
This is a problem, this movie is supposed to tie up and be the ending of a great series, but all it does is just set up for what could be another great season of Slayers.
Don't get me wrong, the movie still has some of those scenes where you cant help but burst out laughing, but there is just so many down sides along with the movie:
-Zelgodis is the only original voice, everyone else is different.
They at least got the actress from the Naga/Lina movies to play Lina, but what the heck is with Xellose, they destroied him.
The main thing that saved this movie was the comentary with Lisa Ortis and Crispen Freeman. Those two had me laughing so histarickly that I couldn't breathe.
All and all this movie is fun to watch if your a Slayers fan and just want to see the gang togher agin, but if you really want to see true Slayer action, get the three seasons, now that is stuff that goes above and beyond a five out of five.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This OVA has all of the great Slayers characters. Lina, Gourry, Zelgadis, and Amelia find themselves in a town where the octopi are cursed. Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by KevinB
It was a very good movie, Could have been a little longer, And it is sad that really non of the characters were dubbed by the original actors, But still a very funny movie. Read morePublished on April 28, 2012 by Kagome
I love and am a big fan of Slayers, don't get me wrong. But I couldn't get myself to finish this one. The voice actors very mismatched to the point that they're annoying. Read morePublished on June 9, 2010 by Cheesecake
The entire purpose of "Slayers - Premium" is to reunite the bickering, food-mad, highly-destructive little fantasy team, and send them on another bizarre quest du jour. Read morePublished on March 15, 2009 by EA Solinas
I was really disappointed with Premium: I loved the three seasons, and bought this DVD because it featured the orginal characters. Read morePublished on June 20, 2005 by Marchinut
I was hoping that this movie would have the great action/adventure/comedy that was present in the original Slayers TV show and Slayers Next. Read morePublished on June 2, 2004 by Amazon Customer
There is a total of about 30 mins of animation in this anime, but it featured Lina, Gourry, Amelia, Xellos with a cameo from Naga. Read morePublished on May 16, 2004 by Agent Excel
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