All Slayers released episodes
In the season's opener, we meet the lovely, Lina Inverse. She's just stolen a few treasures from a couple of bandits called the ""Dragon Fangs"" after using the ""fireball"" spells. The next day, Lina is hunted down by some of the bandits whom she stole from. A guy talks to her while the rest are not-so hiding well, willing to attack her. Right when she is about to fight, a tall, blond guy named Gourry comes to her rescue (although she could of handle it herself easy). Gourry is disappointed on the girl he saved (a child looking girl, who is underdeveloped) but he invites himself with Lina to the next town which is Atlas City. Once there, they eat at a restaurant. A village elder approaches Lina, and asks if it's really her, the great sorceress Lina Inverse. Lina smiles and says yes. Gourry is surprised to know that Lina is a sorceress, because of the clothes she is wearing. Lina gets angry at Gourry because he thought with the clothes she is wearing, she would be some kind of wait
A guy wrapped in bandages, and another creepy looking guy looks over the town that Lina destroyed using the ""Dragon Slave"" spell. The bandage guy reminisce on how he became that way, when Lina stole and attacked those Dragon Fangs. The creepy looking guy tells the other bandage guy to hurry up to retrieve the ""item"" that Lina stole. Lina and Gourry managed to run away from the angry villagers, and arrives in another town. Lina stops by a magic shop but doesn't go in. She tells Gourry to wait for him, while she runs off. Lina starts to sort out her treasures which includes gems, old coints, an enchanted knife, and rare Orihalcon statue. With the gems, Lina proceeds to make several magical amulets. She returns to the shop where she proceeds to sell the items. When the shopkeeper looks at the knife, he is put under a spell. He goes violent on them, and throws the counter at the door, preventing them to escape. They take it outside, where Lina and Gourry debate on how to defeat th
In this episode, We find out that the creepy looking man and the bandage man names are Zelgadis and Zolf (or the Mummy Man as Lina likes to call him). Zelgadis wishes to purchase the item that Lina stole from the Dragon Fans, but doesn't tell her which one. Only two things come to mind the statue and the knife. Lina over prices the both items by 100 times the street price. Unfortunately the prices are to high, so Zelgadis leaves (with the Mummy Man) quietly. He tells them they are sworn enemys. Gourry is worried about them being ambushed in the night, but Lina knows better. Someone like Zelgadis keeps his word. The next day, when they leave the inn, they are ambushed by Zelgadis minions. Lina is attacked early one and Gourry had to defeat them all. They head to another inn, where more of Zelgadis minions is attacking them. They get help by Rezo, the Red Priest, who puts a spell on all of Zelgadis minions and make them leave quietly. Lina thanks him, and Rezo explains that Zelga
While heading for Atlas City, Lina tells Gourry to stick close to her durning a battle (if any) because she has lost her power for two or three days. She doesn't say how, but Gourry thinks it has to do with the fact that it's ""the time of the month."" Suddenly Zelgadis and his minions appears out of nowhere, and challeges them. Dilgear, a werewolf, says how they need to take the Orihalcon statue from them, but Zelgadis gives him the glare to shut up. Lina runs away while Gourry fights with Rodimus (the old man who attacked her last episode), and Dilgear. Zelgadis corners Lina, and she manages to stun him with a light spell to his eyes. She runs away to a dead end where she is just surrounded by water. Zelgadis is right behind her, and Lina tries to use her Flare Arrow, but it goes limp before reaching him. Lina runs away, but Zelgadis uses a Shadow Snap, preventing Lina to move. Zelgadis then hits Lina with a Mono Bolt, that made her unconsicious... Will Lina wake up in time?
Lina wakes up as she hangs with Zelgadis and his two minions watching her (Rodimus is watching guard outside). They tell her about how Gourry abandoned her, and asks her about the Orihalcon statue. Lina whispers... ""The Orihalcon statue..."" and Zolf leans in. Lina screams in his ear, which pisses him off. Zolfcalls for Noonsa, a fish creature with arms and legs to kiss her. Noonsa does a deep kiss (which is putting her whole head into his mouth), and she is very disgusted about it. Lina kicks Noonsa away and starts to call Zolf a third rate wizard, which really pisses him off now. He gags her, and starts to call her everything she's not (a fifth rate wizard, a boobless girl, a girl with ugly hair) and she screams for him to stop. Zelgadis figures out that she doesn't have it, and must of gave it to Gourry. Lina then tells him she did a protection spell on the statue so that no magic whatsoever could locate it. Gourry wanders to the next town and sees a girl who looks like Lina.
Zelgadis and Rezo bicker about Zelgadis turning against Rezo. When Rezo is just about to make his move, Zelgadis grabs onto Lina (her boobs!), and Rezo isn't afraid that Zelgadis is using Lina as a shield. Zelgadis then reveals that he isn't using her as a shield. Zelgadis throws Lina towards Rezo, and he dodges her. Zelgadis then runs towards Lina, and throws a couple of fireballs at Rezo to slow him down. He then meets up with her after she struck a tree, as they run for their lives. Dilgear is upset at the fact that Lina escaped, and is yelling at the guards. Dilgear then get a message from Rezo, telling him to get Zelgadis... the traitor. Meanwhile, Gourry is ultra board and hungry and tries to entertain himself in his search for Lina. Lina and Zelgadis starts to rest nearby a lake. Lina asks for answers, and Zelgadis tells Lina that the Orihalcon statue is holding the infamous PHILOSOPHER'S Stone, that is very powerful. Lina then figures out that Rezo used the story of res
Rezo calls for Zorom, of the Monster race for his help to get the stone, as well as to kill the traitor. Lina and Zelgadis wanders into a inhabitated town, where they are not so ambushed by Dilgear and severeal trolls, and other hidious creatures. Lina manages to use her fireball to get some of them. Lina and Zelgadis seperate, as they try to take them on, but the only interested in Zelgadis as they chase him, not Lina. Lina met her match as Zorom challeges her. After using her non sucessful fire ball against Zorom, Gourry comes to her rescure. Lina explains that no sword or magic will do good against Zorom, who is a pure bred monster, whose body is like a ghost. Meanwhile with Zelgadis, he manages to kill all of the creatures and takes on Dilgear himself. Just before they fight, Zolf and Rodimus appears. Dilgear is happy, but he is unaware that Rodimus and Zolf loyality is with Zelgadis. Rodimus and Zolf kills Dilgear. Gourry is pretty confident against Zorom, and calls forward
While in a town, Lina and company gets a message from Rezo. He shows his power when he turns a little boy into stone and demands Lina and company to his tower. Rezo tells them he could easily kill off the whole village. They have no choice but to ""talk"" with Rezo, which ends up ugly. While at the tower, Lina wants to know the truth, but figures that Rezo must of struck a deal with that monster (from the last episode) to cure his blindness (from the stone) inexchange for ressurection the Dark Lord. They ask why meet them in the tower, and he responds this is one of the spots Shabrangido's parts are. Rezo steals the statue and manages to control Zelgadis (remember Rezo sort of created Zelgadis on what he is today). He forces Zelgadis to fight against Lina and co. Rezo runs off into another room, while Lina snaps Zelgadis out of it. Rezo completes the ritual, but things turn when he got information wrong. It turns out that Shabranigdo only had a ceremony there, and not one of this
Rezo finally opens his eyes, but his blindness has turned him into the Dark Lord, Shabranigdo. Shabranigdo offers them to join him, but they refuse it. After a few words, Zolf tries to stop him using ""Dragon Slave"" but it has no affect on Shabranigdo. Shabranigdo then fires back, and Rodimus runs to save Zolf. They are caught in Shabranigdo's attack, and die. Leaving Lina, Zelgadis and Gourry all alone. They decide to run for it, and decide to sleep on it for one night. While at dinner, Zelgadis explains he did a spell against Shabranigdo, that is almost as powerful as Dragon Slave that uses the astral plane. Gourry doesn't get most of it, and Lina tries to explain that using Dragon Slave, or any other black magic is not an option, due to the fact that Shabranigdo is the ""Dark"" lord. They only way for them in hopes to atleast hurt him in some way is by using the sword of light. They all embark in this adventure tale, whether they die or not. They are interrupted by trolls runni
In the battle for their lives (and everyone elses), Gourry tries to use the sword of light but it doesn't work against Shabranigdo. Shabranigdo then attacks Gourry and Zelgadis, leaving Lina all to Shabranigdo by herself. Shabranigdo is about to attack Lina, but Zelgadis stops him by calling Rezo who is still apart of Shabranigdo. Gourry then throws his Sword of Light, and Lina decides to use ""Giga Slave."" This spell (combined with the sword) with help from the ""Lord of Nightmare"" which is more powerful than ""Dragon Slave. She takes a swipe, but Shabranigdo blocks it. Shabranigdo thinks he can't lose, but with Rezo's help, Lina breaks the barrier and kills Shabranigdo. Lina's hair turns to white as a part of the outcome. Zelgadis decides to part ways with Lina and Gourry. Lina reminds Gourry that he was suppose to join her until they reached Atlas City, but he asks where is she headed next? Lina tells him, she'll be with him until he gives her the Sword of Light. What is in store
This was the first anime I ever watched.... Man it brings back memories.. I loved it. Two of the main characters were my first anime crushes ever. Lena who is an amazing witch goes about life in the most relaxed and hilarious ways ever. Zelgaudous who is an intelligent calm man who goes the root of best survival and such in life. Gotta love them all though. Slayers is a great comedy and magical story. Give it a try before judging it. XD
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: September 4, 2014. Review #89: The Slayers I have recently completed Final Fantasy IX (a PlayStation 1 game) and I had a lot of fun playing it and I really enjoyed the game. It has now become one of my favorite entries in the Final Fantasy franchise. I felt like watching a fun anime in response to finishing that game, and this one happens to be under the fantasy genre. That anime is… **The Slayers.** This is the tale of Lina Inverse, a wandering sorceress and bandit-killer. She joins forces with roving swordsman Gourry Gabriev in what's supposed to be a quick union of convenience. Instead, an artifact that Lina "liberated" from a gang of thieves turns out to be the key to the resurrection of a demon lord. Urged on by the mysterious figure Rezo the Red Priest, the pair has no choice but to fight the dark lord and his servants, accumulating new allies and enemies along the way. To be technical, The Slayers is a J.C. Staff production and as far as this anime goes, this anime does have the 90’s old school style. That should not discourage you from watching this one, it may be dated but for 1995, It was animated well for the most part. The Slayers looks good for its time and if you are into old-school anime. This one is a classic for a reason. However, for the time… Recycled animation is to be expected in this show, but there’s little recycling in the animation cels which can be seen as a good thing for this anime. Another nice thing is that even though this show does have those special scenes where there is dialogue in it such as Usagi’s transformation to Sailor Moon from, well...Sailor Moon. The Slayers has moments like those too especially with the spell chanting. Even though these are the moments that come with some animation recycling, those moments are nice to look at and like I said, they aren’t heavily recycled and I ‘ll leave it at that. Now before I mention the music here, I do need to address something to avoid confusion. The composer is not meant to be confused with the influential and well-respected manga artist. The soundtrack to The Slayers is by (composer) Osamu Tezuka, and the music is not exactly memorable but it does fit the show. There are some memorable pieces that I did hear in the show,. However, there are two themes that are very catchy once you start watching The Slayers. The opening theme “Get Along” is really damn catchy, Kujikenai Kara! (I’ll Never Give Up!) also happens to be a damn catchy closing theme as well. These themes are both sung by Masami Ouki and Megumi Hayashibara. Masami Ouki would be also known for the opening theme of Revolutionary Girl Utena. Megumi Hayashibara on the other hand is a seiyu that does some anime openings, especially for all the openings of The Slayers franchise (or so I’ve looked up). The music might be the weakest aspect of The Slayers, but it isn’t a terrible soundtrack. There are just some tracks overused. I’ve seen a few anime where it contained not-so-well-used soundtracks and The Slayers does not have one of those “poorly utilized” soundtracks. So there’s a plus there. When it comes down to voice acting. The Slayers may have some big names with its Japanese cast but the performances aren’t really A+ material. Megumi Hayashibara is fine in this show despite that she would be known for voicing Faye Valentine in Cowboy Bebop and unanimously famous for voicing Rei Ayanami. Those two roles I just said don’t feel like copies of Lina Inverse, and Hayashibara-san plays Lina appropriately. Yasunori Matsumoto is also alright as Gourry but I don’t have much to offer in terms of opinion with this guy’s voice. Hikaru Midorikawa is fine as Zelgadis, like Gourry… I don’t have any further comment about the voice, and I can say the same for Masami Suzuki as Amelia which I can only say…it is her only memorable role. A noteworthy extra is the late Daisuke Gori as Shabranigdo. Now, for the English Dub. I do find this interesting to talk about. Back in the 90’s, there were English Dubs that were just flat-out awful and unlistenable. The show was originally picked up by Central Park Media in the U.S. and their dubs tend to be pretty bad. This was because they were licensing and dubbing the shows under their name. In the case of The Slayers, this was a bit of a surprise. This might be stretching it, but the dub of Slayers may perhaps be the earliest of what I would label as a “Tolerable Dub”. Lisa Ortiz may sound over the top at times but Lina Inverse may perhaps be her most memorable role because she actually put some effort in the performance, and I like her voice in the show. Eric Stuart is a blast as Gourry considering he’s used for comedic relief, and yes… He also was the voice of Brock from the 4Kids version of Pokemon. I miss my childhood. Now with Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun, there are two voices on her. Joan Baker (who really didn’t leave much of an impression), and Veronica Taylor. Veronica Taylor would later end up voicing Amelia for the rest of the series whereas Joan Baker only voiced Amelia. Some of you Pokemon fans should know that Veronica Taylor was the original English voice of Ash Ketchum until 4Kids re-casted the character and a number of other characters as well. As for Amelia, her performance was okay in the show. I will say that this dub does contain a lot of lesser-known and inactive voice actors and voice actresses with the exception of some main lead roles, this includes Charles Rolfe and Peter Davis who both played Rezo the Red Priest and aren’t really involved in the anime industry anymore and… well, that’s pretty much it. This dub does contain two performances that are just flat-out bad in this show. First there’s Stacia Crawford as Sylphiel, and then there’s Daniel Cronin as Zelgadis. Stacia Crawford does stick around for Season 2, but Daniel Cronin did voice Zelgadis for 9 episodes but at some point after that… Central Park Media lost contact with him. They decided to re-cast Zelgadis and this would prove to be an improvement of the dub because Daniel Cronin was just terrible in the show, but he was replaced by none other than Crispin Freeman. The Slayers also happens to be the first anime that Crispin Freeman got to work on, and this led to good times from there on. Crispin Freeman may have not been perfect with Zelgadis, but considering it was his first major role, I’ll give him a pass. He sounds much cooler in the role and it is by far the most memorable role in the dub. The Subtitled Version might be a little more listenable than the dub, but considering the show’s campiness… The dub wouldn’t hurt either. and guess what…The ADR director of this dub happens to be from Jim Malone who was responsible for the old-school Pokemon dub. When characters are concerned. Lina Inverse has attitude and all. Gourry is funny and has a good heart despite his stupidity at times. Amelia can be a little annoying sometimes, and Zelgadis may have been cool. What most of these characters have in common is that they kind of feel the same since Day 1 but that is not to say that I hate these characters. I actually like them. Zelgadis’ backstory was quite intriguing and at the time I’m doing this review, I don’t know what happens beyond this season and if there is anything revealed about his past in later seasons, I will comment on that in a later review but for this one I won’t since I haven’t seen anything past this season. I know there isn’t much development going on with the characters in this show but considering there is more than one season, I guess I’ll just have to wait and see how the characters turn out in the later seasons. As for the story, it is your typical episodic fare. There is a catch however. According to a source or two, The Slayers is a parody of the high fantasy genre which I guess adds up. The story of The Slayers in my opinion is the weakest aspect of the show. The show is watchable in its first ten episodes but after that, the show does slow down and feels like it is going nowhere. I advise you to be patient around the middle third of the show because the pacing is not like the first third. The last third is watchable but the story doesn’t really feel as plausible as the first third of this season. Without giving away spoilers, let’s just say what is seen in the first third could have been done in the last third and the stuff in the last third could have been done in the first third. This might be viewed as a deconstruction of the common “Three Act structure” but who knows… But since The Slayers is a parody of the high fantasy genre, I guess this was fitting to have the pattern like that but it doesn’t excuse some unplausible writing later on after the first third… Does this hurt the show… Hell no! The Slayers is definitely one of those shows that people can get into if they are interested. I really enjoyed this show, flaws and all… but in all honesty, I did feel that the story was a bit weak but I digress. I do commend Takashi Watanabe (the anime’s director) if he remained true to the source material. it is still a fun show and I look forward to reviewing to more Slayers material. The Slayers was originally available by Central Park Media back in the 90’s but for a number of years… The Slayers is still available by Funimation. The Slayers light novel series was available by Tokyopop but they went under and there were only 8 volumes translated into English, so…good luck to anyone hoping for the rest to be brought here. The Slayers Special light novel series was available by Tokyopop and well… I guess that particular light novel series met with the same fate. A manga called Slayers Medieval Mayhem was available by CPM manga and it is out of print as well as another manga that CPM manga licensed called Super Explosive Demon Stories Slayers. Slayers Mangas such as Slayers Special, Slayers Knights of the Aqualord, Slayers Premium, Slayers Revolution, Slayers Legend, Slayers Evolution-R, and Slayers Light Magic were never brought stateside, light novel iterations such as Slayers x Orphen, Slayers Delicious, and Slayers Smash were also never brought stateside. However, even with a shit ton of Slayers material that was never released in America. The Slayers OVA’s such as Slayers Special and Slayers Excellent were released by ADV Films and they are currently out of print since ADV went under and its successor Sentai Filmworks has not rescued it from out of print. The same applies for Slayers: The Motion Picture, Slayers Return, Slayers Great, Slayers Gorgeous, and Slayers Premium since they were originally licensed by ADV Films. As for the main series… Slayers Next, Slayers Try, Slayers Revolution, and Slayers Evolution-R are available by Funimation even though Slayers Next and Try were originally licensed by Central Media Park. Now all this supplemental material mentions have finally been said and done. I shall start wrapping up this review. With everything said, The Slayers is an anime that has its flaws but can still be enjoyable regardless. The animation was mostly good for 90’s anime for the most part, the music is fitting but may not stand out for some with the exception of its catchy opening and closing themes. The characters might not be well written but I wish the story could have re-arranged some of its elements for a more plausible effect in the story. Despite the flaws that I find in The Slayers, My enjoyment outweighed my nitpicks. I give The Slayers a 7.4 out of 10, it is GOOD! Feel free to leave a comment.