The Slayers: Collection [DVD]
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All 26 episodes of the popular anime series following the adventures of the young sorceress Lina Inverse and her companions as they journey through their world. Using powerful magic and swordsmanship they battle overreaching wizards, demons seeking to destroy the world, dark lords, and the occasional hapless gang of bandits.
Tremendously popular, The Slayers is the first anime series to feature Lina Inverse, the powerful and ill-tempered sorceress who steals from the wicked only to keep the booty for herself. Along with Gourry, a dashing but dull-witted swordsman, Lina takes on deadly dragons and nefarious wizards, all in the name of truth, justice and the almighty dollar. --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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Rather than providing us with a cumbersome five full sized DVD cases inside of an artbox, or attached to some flimsy folding card, ADV have tailored a nice, compact clear plastic DVD case with a spine about 1.5 times the width of a single DVD box, able to hold all five discs in a folder-like 2 discs per 'page' fashion. The discs can be a bit awkward to remove from the case because of the way they're held in, but otherwise it's a great, compact and convenient box which isn't going to take up much space on your shelf at all.
The movies and OVAs are great fun, as any Slayers fan will expect, and the "Slayers Excellent" OVA disc lives up to it's name.
However, it's a miserable shame that the first two Slayers titles ADV released here - the first movie and the original 3 OVA episodes - are missing from the set (and are, as of yet, still unavailable on Region 2 DVD). Since the original movie is probably the strongest Slayers there is, it's very unfortunate that we don't get to enjoy it on DVD without importing. I can't see any reason why we haven't been given this DVD, so there isn't really an excuse other than the fact that Slayers was first started on DVD at the second movie and when creating this set they only gave us what was already there and put it in a box. When was the last time you saw a boxset of sequels without the original movie they spawned from which claimed to be "The Complete Collection"?
Aside from the unforgivable absence of "Slayers: The Motion Picture" and the "Explosion Array"/"Dragon Slave" OVA episodes, it's a worthwhile set, though, and should save you a lot of money in comparison to buying the individual DVDs.
She's also the lovable anti-heroine of "Slayers - The Complete First Season," a thoroughly hilarious and warped little classic anime. The first season blends fantasy spoofs and a solid little story about good vs. evil (or justice vs. evil, depending on who you ask), when our heroes aren't dressing in drag or mugging bandit gangs.
Recently Lina robbed the bandit gang known as the Dragon Fangs of several valuable items, and when the gang's few surviving members attack her, she's rescued by a handsome but dumb swordsman, Gourry Gabriev. But the bandits aren't the only ones after her loot -- the mysterious Chimera Zelgadis and his weird minions want one of the items Lina stole, while the revered priest Rezo wants to stop Zelgadis.
But after being abducted and then freed by Zelgadis (and nearly molested by a giant fish), Lina discovers that she may have her allies and enemies switched around. And as Lina, Gourry and Zelgadis are pursued by Rezo's monstrous allies, they learn the real reason that Rezo wants the statuette -- yes, it's to unleash ultimate evil upon the world, and all that.
After all that, Lina and Gourry find themselves traveling with a justice-happy princess named Amelia, just in time for a bounty to be put on their heads. To find out who their new enemy is, they have to travel to the city of Sairagg -- dodging a crazy mercenary, a manipulative wedding-happy sorceress, a seemingly unkillable wizard, a gay sea dragon, and countless mercenaries and heroes.Read more ›
This is the first season where we're introduced to Lina Inverse, an ace socceress who comes to meet the courageous swordsman Gourry who "saves" her from a gang that Lina stole some treasure from. They get up to all sorts of mischief and adventures, but the plot goes along at a good rate and the universe of Slayers is so interesting and just so awesome!
Of course the English dub is faithful to the original but of course Lisa Oritz voice acting gets on my nerves at times, I first came into Slayers though the OVAs and one of the movies and I prefer Cynthia Martinez as Lina, but some may like Lisa Ortiz's dub. Also Zelgadis's voice at first isn't great. But once Crispin Freeman comes in, it's so awesome!
The dvd comes with four discs and the dvd menu is fairly good to navigate. The dvd box is alright and you can see the box art here.
So in conclusion, a really good anime series that I would recommened to those who appreatiate comedy, fantasy and action.
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this anime is mad i read a couple of reviews which made me buy it it will be enjoyed by certain age groupsPublished on 22 May 2014 by MERC