Slayers - Premium
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After three broadcast seasons, six OVAs, and four earlier features, Slayers Premium (2001) concluded the misadventures of red-haired sorceress Lina Inverse. While at a seaside fishing village, Gourry eats some octopus sushi--and is struck by a demonic plague that causes him to speak in nonsensical "octopese". The disease quickly spreads from human to human, and the voice actors obviously enjoy delivering their fractured dialogue. The affliction introduces a broad, slapstick, spoof of countless sword-and-sorcery anime plots, complete with a long-imprisoned god, demonic creatures feeding on human emotional energy, ancient curses, and battles between white and black magic. But the principal villains are octopi who've gotten tired of being treated as seafood by humans. The take-no-prisoners silliness of Premium makes it an appropriate finale to the long-running Slayers continuity. (Rated 15 and older: minor risqué humor, cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon
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-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.
Out of all the Slayers OVA's this one is the best. It has all the great characters, better animation, and a lot of great comedy. It's nice to see a Slayers OVA that isn't bad. If you like the TV series, you will probably be happy with this title.
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.
This is somewhere between one of the Naga shows and Slayers Try. In other words its silly slapstick comedy with none of the real heroic adventure aspects of Slayers. In my opinion Slayers Try wasn't as good as Next or the original and the Naga episodes are way below it.
And it doesn't have Lisa Ortiz as Lina. The other voice actress just does carry off Lina's psychotic joie de vivre.
It does have a mildly interesting interview with the guy who voice acts Zelgadis.
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