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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Early Life of Slayers March 5 2006
By Darcy Pryciak - Published on
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lina Inverse and the Temple of Doom April 20 2010
By J. Alford - Published on
Where as most anime movies based on a TV series act as either a midquel or sequel, the first(of five)Slayers movies was done as a prequel. This movie(known as Slayers Perfect in Japan)takes place during the time of Slayers Special which was all about a slightly younger and brown-haired Lina Inverse who tours around with the egotistical sorceress, Naga the Serpent(aka: Princess Amelia's missing older sister!). Although this film seems to take place sometime after the Slayers Excellent OVA series which showed how Lina and Naga first met up.

Lina runs into Naga again, and the two of them luck out by lifting some tickets from bandits to the resort island of Mipross, which sports some special hot springs(no, not like in Ranma 1/2!). Once there, they have to deal with one "strongest man on the island" after the other. They make their way to the hot springs which Naga exposes as a fake. It's proprietor takes retribution by using his water-bending magic to get back at them, but Lina & Naga's combined skills stop him. After taking him to the local king for a reward, they learn that the King and Queen have been plagued with dreams featuring an old mage. Lina herself has been pestered in her sleep by the same wizard, Rowdy Gabriev, who is really the ancestor of Lina's future-drinking buddy, Gourry. She and Naga investigate some old ruins where the King informs them that a powerful demon has been wreaking havoc, and the head of all the evil dicks that they've run into on the island. The demon is Joyrock, a reptilian monster that has gathered alot of mana over the centuries since he killed off a bunch of elves who lived on Mipross, and Rowdy became a mage since then trying to find a way altering time so that Joyrock never succeeded in the first place. After sacrificing himself, he manages to send Lina back in time, and she Dragonslaves Joyrock out of existance. Lina and Naga come back to find that the island is now very prosperous as if its dark past never happened, although the two of them remember everything that happened. Lina also gets short-changed with no reward to speak of, and Rowdy gyps her too with the promise of a "growth-enhancing" magical spring, which she hoped to use on her notoriously small cleavage.

This movie featured some improved animation than that of the TV series. Then again, alot of anime shows from the mid-90s were seriously lacking in good animation. It was directed by Hiroshi Watanabe who went on to do the rest of the Slayers Special anime titles. ADV Films released in the States, and it featured a different dub from the TV show. Cynthia Martinez made her anime debut as the American actress of Lina, and Kelly Manison pulls of a convincing Naga, laugh and all! On its own, this makes for a pretty decent movie, even if you've never seen any other Slayers material prior to it. The only thing that never comes up from this is Lina ever mentioning to Gourry in some of the later episodes of the TV series that she met his great-great-great-etc.-grandfather. Anyway, like most Slayers stories, it is a perfect stab at the entire RPG fan genre. Anyone who thinks D&D players take their "craft" way to seriously should strap them down and force them to watch this movie Clockwork Orange-style!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Slayers, Yet Not Slayers Jan. 18 2006
By Antonio D. Paolucci - Published on
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.
One of my favorite anime movies! June 8 2013
By Brandon Cooper - Published on
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My all-time favorite manga/anime series, Slayers! I bought this movie from the movie box-set where it has the other movies which are Return, Great, Gorgeous, and Premium! Out of the 5 movies, this one was the best! This movie and the other movies (except Premium) is where Lina has her adventures with Naga the Serpent and it takes place before she meets Gourry.

Story: The story of this movie is Lina and Naga take a trip to Mipross Island to go to the hot springs which is what Mipross Island is known for. When they got to the island, things were going weird around town. During their time on the island, Lina has been having dreams and in one of her dreams she was surprised that a young boy had the Sword of Light. An old man name Rowdy told Lina that the young boy was him and asked her save Mipross Island from a demon name Joyrock who basically was the one who was pulling the strings on Mipross Island. So it's up to Lina and Naga to stop Joyrock!

Animation: The animation for this movie is wonderful! It's really well drawn and colorful!

Sound: Music and sound effects are great and sound so clean! The music for this movie and the others movies are different from the TV series' music, but to me I like the music from the movies much more than the music from the TV series! This movie's sound effects doesn't use Dragon Ball Z's sound effects too much like the TV series did, but it does a few times.

Voice Acting: The English dub for this movie is amazing like Cynthia Martinez was great as Lina Inverse and Kelly Manison fits Naga really well! I think the dub for this movie is way more superior than the TV series' dub because the dub for the TV series was terrible. The Japanese voice acting was good too with good old Megumi Hayashibara voicing Lina Inverse.

Overall, I love this film! It's fun to watch with it's great story, likeable characters, wonderful animation, and good music! I recommend it to anyone who are fans of Slayers. It's my favorite anime film of all-time! If you haven't seen Slayers but yet wanted to, I think this movie is good for you to start with.
GREAT TITILE! June 9 2007
By Hot Poison - Published on
This certain anime is very special to me, for it was the first anime that me and my friend Nicki really watched together. This is also what introduced me to this great anime series. For one thing, this anime is freaken HILARIOUS! I should know, for Nicki says that silly rhyme all the time. Other than that, this is just a very fun to watch movie, with characters you can cheer for.