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Slayers Special

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Genre: Action/Comedy
Company: Kadokawa Shoten
Format: 3 OVA
Dates: 7/25/1996 to 5/25/1997

Lina Inverse and Naga continue their trek toward untold riches. It’s finding those riches in a world of dragons and sorcery that proves to be worth its weight in gold. They aren’t the only ones with greedy intentions, however. An old alchemist wants to use Lina to form a mutated chimera, a Duchess wants her bumbling son to earn his way to knighthood and an ambitious tyrant wants to unearth a magical mirror called the Shadow Reflector. Looks like Lina and Naga have their hands full if they want food money.

summary by Kain

 

Reviewed: 04/18/2004 by
Grade: 75% av-Kain

Highs: Funny more often than not; Naga emerges a bit from sidekick role

Lows: The three stories are much too short and are anticlimactic

I can always count on Slayers to neither tax my patience nor my intelligence. After watching introspective, brain-twisting anime like Neon Genesis Evangelion and Serial Experiments: Lain, it’s nice to know I can rely on this series to offer a “cooling down” period. Too bad it’s akin to drinking Diet Coke® after a meal at a five-star restaurant.

Out of the three OVA that comprise Slayers Special, the first one is by far the best. Now, I will be the first to tell you that Naga’s hyena-esque guffaw pleases my eardrums like nails on a chalkboard… but, oh Lord, did I laugh when ten Naga clones stormed a castle all the while cackling in unison like some deranged synchronized swim team! That moment alone was worth the next two OVAs, which weren’t bad but definitely not as funny as the first.

Each OVA providing three entirely separate stories proved to be a problem when it came to fleshing out the plot. Each OVA is only about twenty-six minutes in length and end with the bad guy goofing up his plans for world domination (or whatever was the trendy agenda at the time). Slayers Special won’t be up for the Innovative Anime of the Year award anytime soon, you can be sure.

Nevertheless, I can think of worse ways of killing an hour and a half. The Slayers-brand comedy is in full force here, but the problem is that recycled comedy loses its luster after a while.

 

Slayers Special can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.


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