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#AniWednesday Rec: The Slayers!

This week's #AniWednesday rec is a classic that everyone should at least check out-- especially since it's so easy to do!

 
 

So, a fourth season of Slayers was announced years after the third season ended, and you didn't understand what all the fuss was about. It was just some old show, wasn't it? Not even close! Slayers is probably the best fantasy comedy anime ever made, and to no Japanese reader's surprise, since it's based on Hajime Kanzaka's uber-popular light novel series (over 30 volumes to date!).


But a lot of younger fans may never have gotten a good shot at watching Slayers. It is an older show, and less focused-on, so by the time the new seasons (Slayers Revolution and its followup, Slayers Evolution-R) started, it'd be too much trouble to catch up on the canon, so I think it got shrugged off.

However! I recently noticed that the first (and second) seasons of Slayers are currently up on Hulu. At the moment it's dub-only, as it looks like FUNimation doesn't have the digital-streaming rights to the sub version just yet, but Slayers has a pretty solid dub-- Lisa Ortiz does a good job of voicing Lina Inverse, even (in my opinion) mimicking Megumi Hayashibara's pitch and style. (Note: she did the TV series dubbing, but Cynthia Martinez did the OVAs and movies.)

So, the plot: Lina Inverse is a pint-sized and young sorceress of immense power. Sometimes she uses that power for good (she's always willing to save the world), and sometimes for...not so good (when she's pissed off, hungry, or greedy...which is most of the time). Throughout the first season she's joined by a rather dumb but skilled swordsman named Gourry , who assigns himself to be her bodyguard. Along the way they make any number of friends, including the emo chimera Zelgadis and the would-be-superhero, Princess Amelia . Each season features wacky adventures, growth to the impressive world-setting created by Kanzaki (think D&D-- black mages, white mages, dragons, etc), and eventually a world-saving quest of some kind.

I know it might be daunting to want to try since there are now five TV seasons and all those OVAs and movies-- I'd say to start, skip out on the OVAs/movies entirely, and just take the show one episode at a time. Starting with the first. And if you like it, you can move on to the second. And if the whole first season is enough for you-- and I'm betting it won't be --then you can stop there. (And if it's not, hey, the second season's available too!)

To get you started, here's that first episode, and here are all the rest in the first season . Enjoy!

 
Eelcireon July 1, 2009 at 1:10 p.m.
Still one of my favorite series, I still pull out my DVDs and rewatch them. Can't wait until the new seasons are released here in the US!
ThePsychoGameron July 1, 2009 at 3:14 p.m.
This was the first series i watched subbed, and one of my favorites to
JohnnySakeon July 1, 2009 at 5:57 p.m.
Yes, it may be dated, but the storylines, the humor, and the characters are so darn great, and hold up well over time. Watch it either way, sub or dub, and you won't be sorry. Funi's season sets are a cheap easy way to see a bunch of Lina Inverse and her gang. (or see it free online) A true classic anime.  ANd I agree with Eelcire, the last release of Slayers, also coming from Funi, can't get here soon enough
JELEINENon July 1, 2009 at 8:45 p.m.
The movies were the best part of the property.  The humor in the TV series gets very worn out very rapidly, whereas the movies (and the Special OVA series) were pure comedy gold all the way through. 
Papasanon July 1, 2009 at 9:38 p.m.
My daughter giggled her little braids off at the mention of the"Emo Chimera"... Thanx for the good times! Quality series, should definitely be checked out.
kratos1010on July 2, 2009 at 9:02 a.m.
Oh, I just watched this show last week (well, the first season anyway)
Void_Wizardon July 2, 2009 at 12:14 p.m.
I love Slayers, especially the first and second seasons. I'm working through the third season now.
Tailyaon July 3, 2009 at 3:47 p.m.
Okay, Vice lurker here, but I just had to comment on a Slayers rec! I mean its The Slayers! One of my first anime too, I still think its one of the best to date!   I have to say that if you watch the series make it to the second season. Personally I think its the best season of the series and as awesome as the rest of the seasons are Slayers NEXT really gets to the heart of the series. Oh and watch the OVAs if only for the hilarity that is Naga.

Anyway, back to the depths of lurkdom for me though know that I totally adore Vice and its  epic awesomeness of amazingness of well everything!

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