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The Slayers: Season 1

4.5 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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Fan favorite, cult classic, released for the first time in remastered form!

In a land of fantasy and fairytale, magic rules and one can prosper by the point of a sword. But somehwere between the realms of good and evil, a band of misfits stumble upon an artifact which could prove the undoing of all...

Meet Linda Inverse, a spunky sorceress with a penchant for fire, who enjoys nothing more than liberating the unearned from those less deserving. Teamed up with Gourry, a dashing swordsman of unrivaled skill and unrivaled stupidity, they must take on the forces of the demon lord and his countless servants, seeking to save the world and hoping for fame and fortune along the way.

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  • Actors: Eric Stuart, Lisa Ortiz
  • Directors: Jim Malone
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2007
  • Run Time: 575 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,797 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Slayers" is one of my all-time favorite animated series and the best of the sizeable anime fantasy/comedy genre. It's packed with action, adventure, bizarre characters, magic, monsters, and all the goofy humor one could ever want. Lina Inverse is the ultimate anime anti-heroine: a greedy, bad-tempered yet adorable genius sorceress who has made a career out of stealing from bandits.

The series' opening salvo is an absolute classic and will tell you right away whether or not this show is for you. The first episode has Lina-chan up to her usual business when she meets up with a dumb-as-a-box-of-hammers swordsman named Gourry. The two wind up "saving" a village from a dragon (if blowing half of the town apart can qualify as saving it) who insults our heroine and new companion by stepping over them "like two pieces of..." rather than squashing them. As many Slayers adventures do, the episode ends with Lina being run out of town by angry villagers. Is it really poor Lina-chan's fault that her spells are a bit overpowered and discretion is not in her vocabulary? Okay yes, but you've gotta love her anyways. One of my favorite episodes of any television show ever.

"Slayers" is a show with several arcs in a given season. The pacing is usual spot-on with each story building up to a climax, but not taking too long to do so. A few comedic standalone episodes are thrown in and then the next story begins. After some misunderstandings Lina finds herself tutoring a good-two-shoes princess, Amelia, who wishes to use Lina's ultimate technique, the atom-bombish Dragon Slave, to enforce her kooky idea of justice. Amelia's bizzare behavior proves to be a comedic centerpiece of the series and her magical abilites come in handy as well.
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This series got me into anime in a big way! An awesome voice cast (I saw it dubbed, for the most part, but the subtitle is pretty good...all in all, a pretty direct translation either way), even though a couple voice actors change part-way through the season (for the better). The first episode is what got me: Lina terrorizing a band of bandits, stealing their money (setting off the plot), then being ambushed by them, and being "rescued" by tall, blond, and handsome (and dumb!) mercenary Gourrey--"If I gave you my name, you'd get it dirty!" (awesome opening line). Add in Zelgadis, the tormented chimera-man, and Amelia, the ever optimistic do-gooder clutz white magic user, and you have a fun adventure, filled with monsters, demons, magic, sword-fighting, and a lot of witty banter (a great deal about Lina's ultra-petite chest size).

Story: Lina steals from bandits. Bandits were holding a powerful treasure that Zelgadis and his employer were searching for. First half of season revolves around the item and everyone scrambling for it. Then there is the climax where the head bad guy finds out that his problem is...well, that would ruin the plot. Second half is where bad guys' minions seek revenge and their means to get it.

Yes, this is hand-drawn art, but well done. A good plot, good characters.
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I had never seen a single episode of The Slayers before buying this boxset. However after seeing a couple of trailers about the show on other previous FUNimation dvd's, I became more and more interested so I decided to go out on an impulse and finally purchase the first season.
And I was pretty damn impressed, for a fairly low-budget anime this is very entertaining and a good, well-written medievil spoof comedy that subtlely poke's fun at all the cliche's of older more serious historic shows it's taking off. Our main character Lina, although for the most part loud, kinda selfish, stubborn, has the best intentions in mind to (sometimes) help other's and stamp out evil doers, although she mainly does these good deeds for food or money (or both) instead of the kindness of her own heart.

Along her journey (well, on the very first episode) she encounters the tough but dopey Goury, a swordsman traveller who joins Lina to continue her quest for taking down demons, evil wizards, and trying to obtain treasure and wealth (if she's lucky enough). There's a semi-rival character named Zelgadis, a rock/golem clad warrior with great power, with a back-story about his strange skin condition, but I won't spoil it. They also encounter Amellia, a small fiesty young lady with some of the sloppiest heroic posing you've ever seen, but she plays a big role in the story but I can't go on too much about they're adventure without again spoiling most of the plot.
All in all, this boxset is still worth the money for a good laugh, one of the better anime titles out there for sure.
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Meet sorceress Lina Inverse -- she's short, flat-chested, brash, loud, eats like a barbarian, ridiculously powerful, and has a temper as hot as her fireballs.

She's also the lovable anti-heroine of "Slayers - The Complete First Season," a thoroughly hilarious and warped little classic anime. The first season blends fantasy spoofs and a solid little story about good vs. evil (or justice vs. evil, depending on who you ask), when our heroes aren't dressing in drag or mugging bandit gangs.

Recently Lina robbed the bandit gang known as the Dragon Fangs of several valuable items, and when the gang's few surviving members attack her, she's rescued by a handsome but dumb swordsman, Gourry Gabriev. But the bandits aren't the only ones after her loot -- the mysterious Chimera Zelgadis and his weird minions want one of the items Lina stole, while the revered priest Rezo wants to stop Zelgadis.

But after being abducted and then freed by Zelgadis (and nearly molested by a giant fish), Lina discovers that she may have her allies and enemies switched around. And as Lina, Gourry and Zelgadis are pursued by Rezo's monstrous allies, they learn the real reason that Rezo wants the statuette -- yes, it's to unleash ultimate evil upon the world, and all that.

After all that, Lina and Gourry find themselves traveling with a justice-happy princess named Amelia, just in time for a bounty to be put on their heads. To find out who their new enemy is, they have to travel to the city of Sairagg -- dodging a crazy mercenary, a manipulative wedding-happy sorceress, a seemingly unkillable wizard, a gay sea dragon, and countless mercenaries and heroes.
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voice actors?
I think so, Funimation is notorious for doing things on the cheap. The voices are already recorded, so redoing them (especially when most fans like them) would be really stupid. Of course, Crispin Freeman wasn't the original Zelgadis.
Jun 11, 2007 by AlucardsQuest |  See all 10 posts
Well, I got MINE
The picture seems to only be dark during the English opening, if you hit the angle button on your remote the Japanese intro will look much brighter and sharper! The actual episodes look as good as you remember, if not slighter better with the remaster.
Oct 20, 2007 by AlucardsQuest |  See all 2 posts
The release date
Nice of them to change the date back to August, (from October) especially now that I'm broke. And apparently Best Buy refuses to carry this set in stores... looks like I'm not shopping there anymore.
Aug 1, 2007 by AlucardsQuest |  See all 5 posts
Possible missing insert?
The copy I bought also did not have any inserts. This makes me think that there isn't one.
Jun 1, 2009 by Andrew D. White |  See all 2 posts
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