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Slayers - Excellent [DVD]

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  • Producers: Takayuki Hattori
  • Format: Animated, Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Adv Films
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Nov 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0001DCR2A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,976 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The second in the Slayers series of Japanese anime, tells how Lina Inverse and Naga the Serpent first met. Lina and Naga join forces and battle vampires, ghosts and demons to help villagers trapped inside a labyrinth, stage a fake kidnapping that goes horribly wrong, and find themselves rivals in an escalating fashion war. Episodes are: 'Labyrinth'; 'A Frightening Future' and 'Lina-chan's Lovely Makeover Operation.'


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to the name 30 Aug 2007
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Much like two of the old VHS titles, Slayers Excellent, the last of the Slayers DVDs (excluding the half hour special 'Slayers Premium') is in the form of three half hour adventures as opposed to one long one. You'll be pleased to know that this surpasses the VHS episode releases by a long way. The episodes are:

1: Labyrinth
Probably the best of the three, Labyrinth begins by showing us how Lina and Naga first met and ends up with them facing off against Steindorf, the pretentious vampire in his underground labyrinth. The colourful glowy dungeon atmosphere from the original VHS episodes returns and looks as good as ever, and the Steindorf battle is both exciting and hilarious.

2: A Frightening Future
Mirroring both "Jeffrey's Knighthood" and "The Scary Chimerra Plan" from the VHS releases, this hoot of an episode has Lina hired as the bodyguard for a spoiled girl with frigtening similarities to Naga, who, herself, ends up getting involved with, through the most unexpected means. I won't spoil any of this one, but let's say that the twists in the story are very unexpected and you'll have a blast.

3: Miss Lina-Chan's Lovely Makeover Operation
While, sadly, the last episode is the weakest, it still entertains, with Lina and Naga once again opposing each other, siding with two different fashion designers who disagree with each other's style. Golems, spells and general over the top violence become involved as, in true Slayers tradition, a battle over a petty issue escalates to epic proportions.

All in all, 'Excellent' a great DVD which I would highly reccomend to people who enjoyed the original VHS episodes, or even to those new to Slayers who might be having trouble working out where to begin since the first movie and VHS episodes haven't had a DVD release (Where do you begin when the first entry of a series has the word "Return" in the title?!).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Slayers OVA yet! 13 April 2004
By trashcanman - Published on Amazon.com
The name says it all on this one. This is probably the best non-TV-series Slayers release to come out so far. It's at least on par with the best of them: "Slayers the Motion Picture", "Book of Spells", and "Slayers Great" and a great introduction to those who haven't yet experienced the insanity and fun of this incredible anime series. This DVD compiles three separate episodes of Lina and Naga adventures, including the first meeting of the two in the first story, "Labyrinth". This is the strongest of the three and is worth the price of the whole DVD by itself. This one pits Lina and Naga first against each other, and then against a vampire. Lina's rant about the pretentious-sounding speech of vampires is an absolute riot. Second, we have "A Frightening Future" in which Lina is hired as a bodyguard for a spoiled (and well-endowed) rich girl whose laugh is just a little bit too much like Naga's for Lina to stand. Naga shows up (of course) to drive Lina even further to the brink of insanity and some brilliant S&M humor ensues. Lastly, there is the weakest and most over-the-top of the three stories, "Lina-Chan's Lovely Makeover Operation" which pits Lina and an extremely over-zealous formal wear fanatic against Naga and a snotty punk girl who designs unorthodox clothing. This one had a lot of potential, but fails to live up to it. Still, this is one Slayers DVD you must have. The only thing missing is a Dragon-Slave. Some may argue that a Slayers episode without a Dragon-Slave is like a day without sunshine, but I think we've all seen our fair share by now, haven't we? Anyhow, we also get a couple of tasty extras in this edition in the form of two interviews: one with the adorable Cynthia Martinez (who gives her best performance ever as Lina Inverse on this DVD), and another with Kelly Manison, Naga's english voice. All in all, a great collection for both the Slayers newcomer and the veteran otaku.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for Slayers fans 22 Jun 2004
By P. Krug - Published on Amazon.com
After three feature-length movies, we get back to short, half-hour O.A.V. episodes.
Finally, at long last, we get to see how Lina Inverse and Nahga The White Serpant first met. (In SLAYERS: THE MOTION PICTURE, where Nahga made her first appearence, Lina and Nahga already knew each other from sometime back, and we were never told how they first came to meet.) We begin in the present, when Nahga destroys the inn Lina's staying at, and destroys the meal she was about to eat as well. This triggers a flashback to when Lina first met Nahga, who was determined to get a reputation as the world most powerful sorceress by defeating Lina. Later the two of them are hired by some village people to kill a vampire. (Yes, this is the only time in all of the Slayers anime where a vampire makes an appearence.)
Next, Lina is hired by a rich man to escort his teenage daughter Serena (spoken for by veteran actor Tiffany Grant) to their vacation villa. The problem is that Serena has a personality and laugh quite simular to Nahga, she splurges like crazy (she even refuses to wear the same set of clothing more than once and buys lots of suveners which she then expects Lina to carry,) and she slows them down greatly. Finally Lina gets sick of it so she actually hires some guys to kidnap Serena. But then Serena gets kidnapped by some different bandits, so Lina must save her with the help of Nahga.
Finally we get to see Lina's last adventure with Nahga ever. Lina comes to town and finds Nahga has a new cult of teenage girl followers (led by preppy valley girl-type Marti) who think her taste in clothing is really cool, and Lina is horrified by the idea of a future world where everyone dresses and acts like Nahga, so she joins up with a seemstress sorceress and her followers who want everyone to stick to formal attire to stop Nahga and Marti and the others.
The shows are funny, the animation is...well, excellent, and the voice actors are superb-particularly Kelly Manison, (who was born to play Nahga,) Cynthia Martinez, who had really grown into the role of Lina Inverse by the time she returned to play her in SLAYERS RETURN, and Tiffany Grant as Serena. Finally, there are the interviews mentioned in the other reviews with Miss Martinez and Miss Manison. They are almost as much fun to watch as the episodes themselves, since it's neat to see what the voice actors look like and see them speak as themselves and hear what they think of the shows and the characters. A great DVD to own.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A poor representation of a good series. 24 Oct 2012
By KevinB - Published on Amazon.com
I this OVA Lina meets her rival Naga. Lina torches a cavern full of thieves. Unfortunately they were keeping a dragon as a pet. The dragon goes nuts and comes to destroy the town. Lina and Naga also have a fashion show.

As far as the Slayers OVA's are concerned this one is one of the better ones. The animation and voice acting are pretty bad though. The voice of Lina is not the same as in the TV series. If you're a Slayers fan this one may disappoint you. It's definitely not high quality at all, but it's better than most of the OVA's out there.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slayers Disappoints Again 5 Aug 2006
By Michael Shafer - Published on Amazon.com
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The problem with Slayers, and Excellent proves the point magnificently, is that the series creators have run out of ideas for the adventures. In the first episode, when Lina and Naga first meet, the episode starts off very funny, but then degenerates into a standard Slayers adventure that we've seen a thousand times before. The second episode, in which Lina agrees to watch over an annoying, arrogant princess but complications ensue when she hires a fake band of troublemakers to teach the princess a lesson. The complications coming in the form of Naga defeating the fake cons and real cons abducting the princess. The problem is this episode is too close to Jeffery's Knighthood from the Book of Spells and isn't nearly as funny. Finally, we have an episode in which Lina and Naga come to a town with waring fashionistas and while the conservative fashionista picks Linna as her model, the liberal fashionista picks Naga. If this sounds like the plot from "Slayers: Great" it is almost an exact carbon copy with a touch of Slayers: Gorgeous thrown in, but it never comes close to the level of hilarity it thinks it has obtained.

Overall, watching Excellent, you get the definite feeling that the series has run its course. The jokes, animation, and voice acting are all pretty much the same as previous installments, but it's gotten to the point where nothing in Slayers is really all that different from what we've seen before.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the series 11 May 2013
By Kat - Published on Amazon.com
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I like getting to see more of Naga and Lina interact together, but overall these OVAs were a little weaker than the series itself. As someone else mentioned in a review of the OVAs before, it gets tiring seeing the same sort of ending over and over. However, the animation itself is gorgeous, and way better than the series. Still kind of amusing, at least.

I would recommend this to any diehard Slayers fan that wanted more Lina and Naga.
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