The Slayers.

Slayers TV

Lina Inverse.

Rating: 3½ Rampages

Synopsis:
It's a time and place far and long ago, where swords and sorcery are commonplace. Where kings and princes rule the land, and trolls and bandits lurk in every wood to terrorize the hapless traveller. Where magic is as pervasive as the air itself. Such a place needs heroes, willing to stand up for justice and face the deadly foe, no matter how strong or how ugly he may be. Who might be willing to take up this dangerous quest?
Well, there's the treasure hunting, bandit-killing, cute-as-a-button and oh-so-powerful sorceress Lina Inverse, whose bravery is only surpassed by her appetite for good food. And there's the gallant, sword-wielding, strong-as-an-ox-and-just-about-as-smart Gourry whose name would surely be included among the lists of great swordsmen in the world...if only he could remember how to spell it. Together, there's no obstacle they Gourry. can't tackle (or simply demolish). Look out dragon, golem, berserker, fishman, or what have you -- Lina and Gourry are on their way!

Review:
The Slayers is another series that requires that you check your sense of dignity at the door. No tradition of medieval fantasy is safe as Lina and her friends poke fun at anything and everything in hilarious, madcap fashion. If you were one of those people that the DM would periodically make roll for a "humor check," you'd probably better put this one aside and dig out Lodoss Wars instead. For everybody else, however, make sure you donít drink anything while watching this as it will be spurting out your nose from laughing too hard.
Part of this review was taken from the T.H.E.M. Science Fiction & Fantasy Club web site.


Slayers Next

Rating: 3½ Rampages

Synopsis:
Slayers Next takes place the year after the first series. Gourry and Lina are still sticking together, adventuring around their part of the world, but now Lina's off in search of various tomes known as "Clair Bibles". These Clair Bibles are supposedly the ultimate source of knowledge for a particular field of study, whether it be the black magics or operating and maintaining your mechanical golem. Anyways, these rare books are just that - rare, and Lina wants even more magical power, so she's off to find them. Zelgadiss is after the Clair-Bibles as well, but he's more interested in a cure for his chimaeric curse than for power. And there seem to be two new additions to the group -- a spoiled princess and a trickster priest who no one seems to know much about. Making things difficult for Lina and the gang are the bad guys of the series, the race of Mazoku.

Review:
Same as before, only better! New characters, and new stories make this another Slayers instant must see. Xelloss is just too cool =)

Herself the Elf sez:. This is Carnage's and my favourite of the three Slayers series. It's got the wackiest humour and the most entertaining characters, and is just a perfect example of fun action-fantasy-comedy. The music, as ever, is high-energy genkiness, and the animation is the best of the three series. There's also a lot of new insights into the Slayers world and the power structure of all the gods and demons, which is really interesting, and a well-written plot...but when it all comes down to it, it's all about the funny. Which it is. ^_^

Availability:
TV series available subbed or dubbed through Software Sculptors.


The cast of Try in anachronistic outfits

Slayers Try

Rating: 3½ Rampages Chibi Filia!

Synopsis:
With Phibrizo defeated, the barrier he placed 1000 years ago on the continent that Lina and co. live on, vanishes. Finally able to explore the outside world, a massive expedition is planned by the ruling bodies of the land, and of course, Lina, Gourry, Zel and Amelia aren't about to pass up an opportunity such as this. but before you can say "Draguslave" a young priestess named Filia shows up asking Lina and her troupe if she can test them to see if they can help her. little did they know that this test would involve an impromptu sea battle with a blindingly fast gold dragon! a draguslave-induced tsunami later, and the group finds themselves in a new land, and Filia waiting for them. turns out, she was the dragon, and she needs their help to stop a group of otherworlders from gathering the five weapons of light so they can bring the demon lord Dark Star into the world.

Review:
A bit too many serious moments for my taste, but still tons of fun...I'll never get tired of Xelloss and Filia. Those two are such the perfect pair, it's astounding. Plenty of plot twists all over the place, more interesting history of the Slayers world, and a few new faces to boot (thankfully, no Shilphiel or Martina). Still one of my favourite series, this one doesn't disappoint.

Herself the Elf sez While the Xelloss/Filia interaction is absolutely priceless, and the continuing exploration of the way the Slayers Universe is put together is fascinating, I consider Try the weakest of the three series. It gets way too serious near the end, and the animation suffers at the same time, at some points getting downright awful. On the whole, Try has less comedy than the previous series, but what comedy it does have is so unbelievably wacky that you'll be gasping on the floor laughing. It's still great and totally worth seeing, but it isn't *quite* up to par with the awesomness of Next.

Availability:
Available subbed or dubbed through Software Sculptors.