If you're a 'Slayers' fan like I am then, this movie is for you. "Slayers: Return" has more action than laughs than 'Slayers: Book of Spells' and the motion picture. It deals a little more on the serious side and does have some humorous moments. Nevertheless, this movie does entertain.
The movie stars our favorite heroine and sorceress supreme, Lina Inverse, and her self proclaimed rival, Naga the Serpent. (Sadly, the characters from the original TV series are no where to be seen...hopefully, ADV will quickly release the newest 'Slayers' movie called "Slayers: Premium" which has all the original cast!!) Also to note, all the Lina and Naga story lines are before the first TV season. They are hired by a young lady to save her village from a bunch of warriors. The warriors are looking for a great treasure that is hidden near the village and are forcefully making the villagers search for it. Well, I'm not going to give too much away, but needless to say, things always go awry if Lina and Naga are apart of it!
As I said before, this installment of `Slayers' has more action than any of the movies/OVA I have seen so far. Also, the storyline is actually better than the first movie, although it's rather lacking in the comedy department (which is the reason why I gave this four stars). Like all the movies/OVAs, `Return' does not compare to the original TV series. Hey, but it's `Slayers' and I'm pretty happy with what I can get!!
I watched the dubbed version and it was ok. They used the same voices from the previous movie and OAVs. I feel they should of used the original English voice actress (from the TV series) for Lina. The original English voice actress nearly captured the Japanese voice actress portrayal of Lina. This voice actress doesn't come close. Since it's a different company, they have to use their own actors. Oh well. The animation (like all the OVAs/movies) is better than the TV series. As for the DVD itself, I didn't find any problems (although I haven't watched the Japanese version yet) and the menu was easy to use. The movie was played in the letter box frame. The DVD has (of course) the English and Japanese version with English subtitles. For extras, it has the Slayers Return Trailer and the ADV Previews.
So, if you're really into the `Slayers' I recommend this movie. It may not have a lot of comedy that one would expect from previous Slayers movies, but you'll get a better story line and a lot of action. Also, it does not fail to entertain!