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Slayers Gorgeous

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Genre: Action/Comedy
Company: Kadokawa Shoten
Format: 1 movie
Dates: 8/1/1998

Lina Inverse and her off-and-on comrade Naga the Serpent arrive in what appears to be a festive, peaceful town. With a drop of a hat, however, the streets are suddenly cleared and all the entrance ways are boarded up. Apparently at this time every day, an army of dragons led by a young woman invades the town and threatens to take over the castle. Not being one to shy away from conflict, Lina finds herself right in the middle of this continuing quarrel… but the motives behind each side aren’t what she had expected.

summary by Kain

 

Reviewed: 04/18/2004 by
Grade: 70% av-Kain

Highs: One of the few Slayers sequels to go back to its roots: comedy

Lows: Run of the mill

As a stand-alone product, Slayers Gorgeous is a fairly entertaining movie straight from the mold of the Slayers productions that preceded it. As the fourth movie in the franchise, however, so much more could have been done.

If you have seen the prior three movies (Slayers Perfect, Slayers Return and Slayers Great), then you can probably close your eyes and feel your way through the events with relative ease. Not much has changed; Lina Inverse is still tired of her public image being blown out of proportion, and Naga’s physical proportions are still blown out of proportion. The bad part of this is that their antics have grown tiresome over the years. There are only so many times a person can laugh at Naga’s incessant cackling or Lina overreacting to characters acting serious about trivial matters like not getting enough allowance.

Despite this, there is still plenty to like. I found myself laughing out loud on more than a few occasions, and didn’t feel burdened with excessive drama or random fight sequences. No matter what the circumstance, the story manages to make light of the situation. Just what I have come to expect.

Unless you are a hardcore Slayers fan, then there isn’t a big rush to see this movie. One good part is that because the characters are fairly two-dimensional, this anime can be seen and understood without knowing every detail about Lina or Naga. Then again, it didn’t even attempt to do anything new; Slayers continues not with a bang, but a whimper.


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