Lina and Naga travel the countryside once again in search of easy money and an even easier meal. Their adventures take them to a quaint town flanked by two opposing fortresses and two even more opposing rulers: Lords Guranion and Haisen. Each ruler wants complete control of the town to himself, and both attempt to hire the services of master golem creator Galia to create an army of golems to defeat the other ruler. When Lina and Naga save Galia’s daughter Laia from certain death, they find themselves unwillingly sucked into the local bid for power.
summary by Kain
Highs: A-cut-above voice acting; a couple of good laughs…
Lows: … until they drag on forever
Forgive me, but I had to muster all my strength to give this movie the attention required to write an adequate review… so if my verbiage shows signs of sluggishness, you know why. To be honest, I was pretty much done with this franchise after Slayers NEXT but continued watching in hopes of catching some glimpse of its former glory. Not even rubber bands are meant to be stretched this far, I think.
Out of all the Slayers anime, this is Hayashibara Megumi’s best voice work as Lina Inverse. Usually she manages to throw in a few irritating octaves above what is necessary for the role, but this time she hits every word of dialogue dead on. She surrounded herself with fellow seiyuu giants Inoue Kikuko as Laia and Koyasu Takehito as Huey; they do equally excellent work in their roles, albeit with much fewer lines… so few lines, in fact, that one may not recognize them at all.
That’s about it for the good parts, however. Like the other movies before and after it, Slayers Great has a lot of jokes that just either fall flat on their faces right off the bat or are initially hilarious but lose it from being stretched so thin. One long-running joke in the second half, in particular, involves a battle between a Lina golem versus a Naga golem; a premise that, I assure you, worked for all of three or four minutes… not the half an hour the scene was afforded.
The good thing about these Slayers sequels is that prior knowledge of the characters and events is not necessary for understanding the story; the bad thing about these Slayers sequels is that they are just longer versions of random episodes from the television series.