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|Slayers The Motion Picture|
Genres: Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Anime & Manga, Animation
Plagued by a recurring dream, master thief and sorceress Lina Inverse discovers ancient evil and lovers cruelly parted. Dragged into a vortex of time, she must fight to restore history to its proper course. However, when... more »
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Slayers, Yet Not Slayers
Antonio D. Paolucci | Beaver Falls, PA | 01/18/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I came to Slayers not through ADV but through Software Sculptors, a sister company to Central Park Media, so this movie was a little jarring. I'll explain why.
Firstly, the voices aren't the same. The voices from the superior series wasn't brought along to make the movie, and that was a bit of a let down for me, especially after seeing 52 episodes and getting used to the voices there. Secondly, only one character is from the original series, that being Lina Inverse. Instead, they add a new sidekick/rival in the form of Nahga. Finally, the story seems to be based during the same time as the series, making it a bit confusing.
It's difficult to get past some of what I mentioned. But I tried, and after watching it I realized I wasn't disappointed with what ADV produced, it just wasn't what I knew. The story itself follows Lina and Nahga along as they try to make a holiday on the Isle of Mipross when a mysterious demon appears to battle Lina and Nahga, ruining their vacation. What follows is a series of magical battles, animated pretty well, with a bit of comedy mixed in.
This is not a bad movie; in fact, it's very entertaining. It just doesn't match well with the series, which contained some very lovable characters and some tense battles. I could only recommend this movie to anyone who hasn't had the chance to see the original Slayers series and liked Sorcerer Hunters, or for those of you are are willing to accept change."
The Early Life of Slayers
Darcy Pryciak | Detroit, MI | 03/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Many people are, at first, turned off by the fact that the original crew is not a part of the series. However, this movie (and the other OVAs) actually take place just BEFORE the Slayers, Slayers Next, and Slayers Try series. Sure, there is no Ghourry stumbling about, but Naga and Lina make a good set of "rivals" as they steal/win tickets for an exotic resort that appears rarely. There is magic, mayhem, mockery, and, of course, the infamous Fireball (best one ever in the entire series can be found in Motion Picture). This movie can stand on its own merits. As Naga and Lina attempt to enjoy their stay at the resort, Lina is plagued by dreams of an old man who carries a familiar-esque staff, who needs her help resolving the past, where he failed to save his true love (those who have watched the other series will go "Oh" regarding the Gabriev family). There are also the usual stock villains and constant teasings about Lina's small chest. The voices are different, but understandable, as Lina is younger in this movie. Overall, a lot of fun, and the best of the OVAs."
Seen better, seen worse
Ana Mardoll | United States | 09/14/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Slayers / B0002LJTR2
I haven't had a chance to see the series this movie is based on as it isn't available in my area, but we're on an anime kick right now and this movie looked interesting. I enjoy movies about strong competent women fighting evil and "Slayers" seemed right up that alley.
Right off the bat, however, it's pretty clear that "Slayers" is intended for an audience with a rather different sense of humor than my own. "Slayers" is an adventure movie with a strong comedic bent, but the main "joke" that gets repeated once every 15 minutes is that the heroine Lina has a "small" chest (where "small" is here defined as 'slightly on the larger side of normal looking') and literally EVERY PERSON she meets points this out to her so that she can angrily bludgeon them. The other main source of humor is Lina's sidekick and rival Nagha - a sorceress with giant melons strapped to her chest who constantly sports the smallest bikini I've ever seen in lieu of actual clothes. Nagha's addition to the comedic element is that her melons randomly bounce, jiggle, and wobble for no reason - even when she's at a complete stand-still and the spastic wobbling looks like an Alien is trying to burst out but is having trouble wading through all the cellulite.
If you can get past the rather juvenile humor, there is actually a plot underneath all this. The magical island on which Lina and Nagha are vacationing has a tragic past and Lina is sucked into an ancient conflict in order to correct a tragic massacre. When Lina and Nagha are actually fighting and exploring, the movie is actually pretty enjoyable - Nagha uses varied and interesting magic spells and both girls spoof the 'usual' plot twists by, say, descending to a dungeon's lowest level by melting all the floors in between rather than trying to navigate through the inevitable mazes, traps, and so forth.
It's difficult to say whether or not I recommend "Slayers". Obviously if the word "boobies" makes you chortle with hilarity, you'll enjoy this movie whatever its faults. But if you find the mere existence of a woman's chest to not, ipso facto, be hilarious in of itself and/or if repeated or running jokes grate on your nerves, "Slayers" may not be worth your time. There are a few genuinely amusing moments, usually via the dialogue or when one of Nagha's spells goes horribly wrong, but the bulk of it is a little too fluffy for my tastes.
This movie provides English subtitles but - once again - the English subtitles don't match the English dubs, which is deeply annoying for the hearing impaired. In addition to all the anatomy jokes, there are a few moments of frightening violence, so I wouldn't recommend viewing this movie with small children."