The Slayers: Season 1
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.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 5.75 x 0.75 inches; 8 Ounces
- Director : Jim Malone
- Media Format : Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 9 hours and 35 minutes
- Release date : August 21, 2007
- Actors : Eric Stuart, Lisa Ortiz
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Funimation Prod
- ASIN : B000MTOMAS
- Number of discs : 4
- Best Sellers Rank: #243,125 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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It's a very old anime, released in around 1995 or so, and the artwork and the English dubs reflect the time period. The plot is kinda iffy; there are some loopholes that are never explained and many 'filler' episodes, but as such a longtime fan I look past it for the sake of the story. :) There is some cussing (though I'd consider it minimal compared to today's animes and movies), implied nudity (though never explicitly shown), and some adult humor thrown in (which I find amusing since now, when I'm rewatching the season, I finally understand the jokes in the episodes).
I think this is a good, decent introduction to the anime world, and it's certainly a series you can become addicted to. :)
Top reviews from other countries
In the first of the three (soon to be four) series, Lina Inverse, starts her quest when she meets Gourry Gabriev who comes to ''rescue'' her from a gang of bandits...wait a minute, who ever said she needed to be rescued? Anyway, so the pair gets involved in a race to stop the resurection of the Dark Lord Shabranigdo. They soon meet Zelgadis Graywards, a Chimera-Man who seems to be working with the bad guy until he reveals that he only wants to become a regular human again and join forces with our (in)famous pair. Later on, the Trio will meet Amelia Will Tesla Seyrun, whose only fault is to love justice a wee-bit too much and to have a bigger chest than Lina! The whole bunch will soon get caught in yet another quest to save the world...well, they're not really interested to do that, but they were sorta forced into it.
The first series is probably the least enjoyable one of the three, but that doesn't mean it's no good, on the contrary!! It's packed with humor, magical spells, epic fights and monsters! A couple of things make this series not as good as it could've been: If you listen to it with english dubbing, Daniel Cronin's interpretation of Zelgadis is too dark and shady and you almost feel that he's asthmatic. Fortunatly, that's only the case for the first half of the series and Crispin Freeman who interprets Zelgadis for the rest of the series does a terrific job of making Zel a more lively character. After that, the drawings and animations are really outdated until the last arc of the series and although they're not terrible, they're really ordinary. Fortunatly, the last few episodes show you a hint of the improved animation and graphics of the future series.
Still, these points don't erase all the qualities of the series, especially the humor. Our pack of scoundrels will get involved in more than one wacky situation: play in a theater play where Lina is the main villain? Fight a gay Water Dragon? Gourry dressed up as a girl gets a proposition? Lina faking a marriage with a rich boy? Lina can't use her magic because it's ''That time of the month''? And that's just the beginning! You'll laugh your heart out when you won't be on the edge of your seat because of the amazing fights!
The Slayers is worth buying, along with the two other series...Buy it! Or Lina's gonna throw you a Dragon Slave!