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Slayers - Return [2003] (Region 1) (NTSC) [DVD]

Megumi Hayashibara , Maria Kawamura , Hiroshi Watanabe , Kunihiko Yuyama    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • Actors: Megumi Hayashibara, Maria Kawamura, Akiko Hiramatsu, Akio Ôtsuka, David Born
  • Directors: Hiroshi Watanabe, Kunihiko Yuyama
  • Writers: Benedetta Brugia, Hajime Kanzaka, Rui Araizumi, Sandra Krasa, Sean Teague
  • Producers: John Ledford
  • Format: Animated, Colour, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Adv Films
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000EMY92
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,739 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The indomitable Lina Inverse and the inexplicable Naga the Serpent are in trouble up to their eyebrows again. What starts out as a simple task ridding a village of vicious demons turns into a fiasco when Lina and Naga realise their spells don't work.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Naga Strikes Back! 24 Mar 2004
By A
Format:DVD
Slayers Return is a film that will not disappoint the fans of the series. It has everything that you would expect from a Slayers movie, breathtaking battles, witty humour, a fantastic soundtrack, a good plot and lets not forget the fan service. The two protagonists Lina and Naga are about to face yet another challenge in order to save a village from evil demons controlled by a rather funny villain who lives in a shack... and that's just the beginning! There's more new spells, silly golems and lots of spicy twists in the plot, which guarantee a good laugh throughout the duration of the film. A great plus in this DVD is that you can actually hear the original japanese dub, featuring Megumi Hayashibara as Lina and Maria Kawamura as the Great Naga! The extras, even though they are not very impressive they cannot be ignored as we get 4 brand new Slayers trailers. In short this DVD is fabulous, if you liked the previous Slayers releases and Naga's special laughter, you'll love this one and in general I think this film would be appreciated by anime fans. Therefore, I give it 5 stars cause the rating can't get any higher!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well, it's definatley Slayers! 26 July 2004
By Valgaav
Format:DVD
Although I am a hardcore fan of the TV series, I still find myself enjoying the movies, just not as much ^_^
What can I say? It has the usual cheesy humour we've come to expect from Lina and her busty yet O-so-annoying companion Naga, as well as some great battle sequences. The plot itself seems slightly confusing but I guess it adds to the fun of it!
The animation and character design is spot-on, with Lina's hair colour back to the colour it was intended to be, and not the bright orange from the series.
Anyone who found the series a drag should try the movies, they are on a different level entirley (though what level I'm not sure), however fans of the series may be disappointed, you won't find Gourry, Zel or Amelia here, just Lina and Naga. But then again, the series never was released in this country was it?
Falls short of the five star mark because 1. It's not the TV series. Bias, yes, but I prefer it and 2. It's only an hour long dammit!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slayers takes a dive. 2 May 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love all three seasons of the Slayers TV series (Having not seen Revolution or Evolution-R yet as I live in the UK and its difficult to import at the moment) and the first Slayers film was enjoyable if a little redundant but I just didn't enjoy this one. The story trudges along, the action is dull and the worst crime of all it just isn't funny. I've owned the series and the motion picture for a while now and recently purchased this as well as all the other OVAs and films, and am now worried about watching the rest. How could one of my fav animes have fallen so far, please let the others be better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Slayers Return! 12 Mar 2004
By lotrrr
Format:DVD
In this volume, Lina and Naga are in trouble! They have to take on vicious demons and debt-collecting road warriors. Their journey starts out as a simple task of ridding a village of some villians but Lina and Naga soon realise that, for some reason, their magic spells don't work!
An ancient elf-made weapon, a would-be world conqueror and a plot with unbelieveable twists and gags make up the rest of this DVD. Slayers is a great comedy/fantasy anime series, and if you loved the original film, you'll love this even more!
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's pretty good. 26 Nov 2003
By WyldCherry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ADV IT'S ABOUT DARN TIME BUT WELL WORTH IT! 11 Dec 2003
By D. Churchill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I would like to first say thank you to ADV for finally pulling the Slayers Motion Pictures out of the musty closet so Slayers fans can have closure on the Movie series. "sort of"
The movie takes place after the defeat of Joyrock in Slayers Motion Picture and lives up to being a sequal. "just not a direct sequal" To me there is an equal blend to the comedy and action. I own all the Slayers Movies on VHS "Japanese of course" and when I first saw this movie I literaly died laughing as did my friends...there is nothing more exciting than seeing a bunch of college guys rolling on the floor laughing at a cartoon :) Anyway the gist is Lina Inverse and Naga the Serpent meet this girl "Selina" after they blow up a restaurant. Selina's town has been imprisoned by a sect run by just 2 followers who are trying to unearth a secret weapon made by the elves. It just happens that the elves left the thing buried next to Selina's town and gave them a vague warning not to unearth the thing. Well the weapon gets unearthed and chaos ensues...if I say anymore the story will be ruined, rest assured it's funny! "and yes Lina blows up lots of stuff"
I have been a Slayers fan for over 5 years now and everytime I show the series or movies to friends new and old I get the same reaction. "OMG that's too funny" I strongly recomend this to anyone who has a sense of humor and if you like it watch some more because ADV is blessing us with Slayers Great in January which "IMO" is the funniest Slayers yet!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but too short. 23 Dec 2003
By trashcanman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Finally, more Slayers to add to my wonderful collection. God bless ADV films. That said, I enjoyed this movie for the several laugh out loud moments that you can always count on with any Slayers release. The story is full of really cool characters (including a female warrior monk, a colossus, a samurai warrior, and what appears to be a Mexican wrestler, to name a few) who each get too little time to shine. The bulk of this otherwise fast-paced film is a too-long chase scene in which too little happens for a short film with such a cool cast. The tertiary heroine (Lina and Naga being the primary and secondary) is a novice swordswoman who just wants to protect her village from an evil group bent on world domination. Sure this "group" consists of only two people, but you should always aim high, right? I was bothered (like everyone else) by the cutsey/squeaky quality of Lina's english voice. It's not bad, but it just isn't comparable to Lisa Ortiz' legendary performances in the TV series. I'm not a subtitle snob, but this time I enjoyed the Japanese version more than the english. I guess the only other real complaint about this adventure is that I left wanting more. Really, that's a pretty big compliment. If you liked "Book of Spells" and "Slayers the Motion Picture", you'll like this one as much.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the better Slayers OVA's 24 Oct 2012
By KevinB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Lina and Naga are roped into saving a village from an Elfin curse. They meet some pretty interesting characters, and have an intense battle.

Generally I am very unimpressed by all of the Slayers OVA's. My biggest beef is that Lisa Ortiz doesn't do Lina's voice in the OVA's. The animation quality is also pretty slack. Even so, I'm a fan of the series and this OVA. I think that the reason I like this OVA is the interesting characters. It's not as ridiculous as some of the other OVA's either. If you like Slayers, then you'll probably enjoy this little tale.
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Better Slayers Movies 26 Feb 2004
By Agent Excel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I have every Slayer DVD published for the US market. The best one is still the first one, namely the Slayer Movie. The rest of the DVDs went down hill from there. This is not to say that they are not amusing, but they just don't live up to the expectation raise by the first DVD.
These are what I like about this disk:
1. Great voice acting. Both the English and Japanese voice performances are great.
2. Great background design. The world of the Slayers movies is beautiful.
3. Fascinating characters. Lina Inverse, Naga the Serpent and Selena are all cute.
These are what I dislike about this disk:
1. Not much of a story. There were a handful of laugh out loud moments and not much more.
2. Not much animation. If you look at the movie carefully, you will notice that in most part of the picture nothing is moving. Only the character speaking is animated in most frames while the rest of the characters are infuriatingly still.
I recommend this DVD only to people who are fans of Lina Inverse and Naga the Serpent. I will also recommend this DVD to people who appreciate good voice acting. If you don't belong to either of these groups, you will probably regret your purchase.
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