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Slayers: the Motion Picture

4.0 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • Release Date: Sept. 28 2004
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0002LJTR2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,218 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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This very silly feature centers on sorceress Lina Inverse and her greatest and closest rival, Nahga the Serpent, who use their magical powers to zap anyone who annoys them. Two discount tickets take the heroines to the mist-shrouded Island of Mipross, where they take on a mysterious jellyfish cult, a sinister hypnotist, and a pickpocket.

Lina's dreams lead her into the conflict between the ancient sage, Rowdy, and the demon Joyrock, who has one of the most grating laughs in recent anime. The battle escalates into a weird war that unsuccessfully blends slapstick comedy with grisly images that recall Night of the Living Dead. The plot grows even more convoluted when Lina travels back in time to battle Joyrock before he destroyed an elfin village and absorbed their power. The outcome of their struggle changes the future and the present.

Her hot temper and inordinate love of food mark Lina as a typical anime outrageous girl, although she serves as the butt of a lot of jokes about her height and "amazingly small breasts." The rather dim, overly endowed Nahga runs around in minuscule leather outfits borrowed from Boris Vallejo paintings. It's all extremely silly--and certainly not PC. (Ages 13 and older for violence, occasional profanity, and sexual humor) --Charles Solomon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Every reviewer is subject to certain embarrassing moments when they are solemnly reading or watching and suddenly a voice goes of in their heads that says "Yo!! This is funny!" I have spent so much time lately with the heavier anime films that it took me more than a few minutes to realize that 'Slayers' is a pure and joyous romp, full of sly and not so sly innuendoes, exaggerated action, and villains that are ridiculous rather than sublime. After puzzling over the dour messages of Akira or Evangelion this confection put together by Kazuo Yamazaki, based on the original work of Hazime Kanzaka and Rui Araizumi, is the perfect heart's ease.
Lina Inverse is a mage endowed with considerable power, who is less fortunate elsewhere (I would not mention this if it were not for the fact that it is the film's longest running joke). Playing Cordelia to Lina's Willow is Nahga, another mage, but one whose blandishments are distracting. Nahga also has a bad habit of casting spells that create magical seafood salad. These two young ladies are off to Mipross Island to frolic in the hot springs and enjoy the scenery.
Of course, all is not as wonderful as it seems. Lina is bothered by an old man who keeps interfering in her dreams, Nahga discovers the natural hot springs are fakes, and the two must conquer a string of 'toughest guys on the island.' Lina proves easily that she is really the island's toughest guy. Or, she almost does, at least until they run into Michigan J. Joyrock, a frog who also happens to be the toughest demon on the island. Now the two women and Rowdy the Sage are locked in a deadly fight with an impervious demon who has an irritating habit of going 'bwahaha.' Their only hope is to reroute the river of time itself.
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I'm am a huge fan of the Slayers TV series. It's possibly one of the greatest comedy series of all time. So when I heard the movie was finally hitting American shores I did the first thing that hit me, buy the damn thing! "It's SLAYERS! " I said. "I MUST own it! " I screamed. Then I got it and....well...wasn't that impressed. I will admit, the animation is superb. But it really has nothing to do with the T.V. serise. I mean, when did Lina go off by herself? It had to be between Slayers and Slayers Next, but it isn't well explaned. True, there is an allusion to the TV series due to Randy and the Sword of Light, but nothing else. I would recommend this to those who aren't too familiar with the serise, because it's a great introduction to the Slayers tone. But to hardcore fans of the TV, be wary. You make like it, but then again...... P.S. Don't watch the dubbed, not only is Lina's voice kinda whiny, the actress who does Naga, copies the annoying laugh that the original actress uses, and doesn't do it too well.
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* I tend to like really silly anime, but it turns
out that such stuff is about as hard to find as really
high-class anime, since there is a dangerously fine
line between inspired silliness and just being dumb.
I had heard the SLAYERS TV series had said inspired
silliness. As AMAZON.COM was only selling full season
collections of the SLAYERS TV series in DVD, I decided
to get SLAYERS: THE MOTION PICTURE (STMP) as a sample.
In this movie, petite sorceress Lina Inverse and her
colleague, oversexed and underclad Amazon warrior /
sorceress Nagha the Serpent take an economy boat trip
to the magic disappearing island of Mipross, so they
can enjoy the hot springs there. Of course, as would
be the case with any self-respecting magic
disappearing island, the two find that things on
Mipross are Not Quite What They Seem ...
OK, STMP is a mildly amusing bit of work, but it's
pretty much done by the numbers, "machine anime" as
I like to call it. The artwork is unremarkable, which
would not be such a problem if there were much of a
script, but the storyline is ho-hum and the humor
nothing to write home about. In particular,
I got very tired of the lame jokes about Lina being
flat-chested like the second time I got hit by one.
"Can we give this a rest, please?" But they didn't.
However, I haven't given up on SLAYERS. The concept
seems to have potential, and sometimes an idea that
works at a short length weakens considerably
when stretched out to movie length -- for example, SPACE
JAM versus any of the really good seven minute Warner
Brothers cartoons (no comparison!).
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As with most TV to movie features, Slayers the Motion Picture deviates significantly from the original TV series. The movie is a side story, of a younger Lina traveling with her friend and rival, Naga the Serpent. Through serendipitous events, the two end up vacationing on Mipross Island, a mysterious tourist spot famous for its hot springs. Here the two are beseeched to undertake a quest, to set right a wrong committed in the islands past, leading to the cliché high stakes conflict. Would it really be a movie without it? Despite the movie conventions, the comedy is outstanding and makes this a really enjoyable film. The stream of increasingly more powerful opponents succeed as memorable comic villains. The addition of Naga creates a quality, two-man comedy act. Though fans may be disappointed with the exclusion of the characters from the TV show, I think the humor works well, and fans will enjoy copious jabs at Lina's inadequacy complex. The DVD is not without it's merits. The menu is appealing and clear. The extras include a small cell gallery; music-video trailers for the movie and OAVs; and character-bios for the movie cast. The audio seems to be Dolby Digital 2 channel both English and Japanese. The dub, while not bad, just can't hold a candle to the Japanese dialog, especially Megumi Hayashibara's wonderful performance. The video seems too dark and may prompt you to adjust your monitor settings. My big gripe about the subtitle is the translation of magical spells from things like the phonetic "Dil-Brando" to the descriptive "Explosion Array". While understandable for the dub, the subtitle should have used a more literal interpretation. I really enjoyed this film but it may not be for everyone. As far as the DVD goes, I have to give it a three for the number of small gripes above, but I highly recommend watching this entertaining film.
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