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Anime Review: "The Slayers" Season 1 (1995)

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"The Slayers" Season 1 Funimation DVD cover.

"The Slayers" Season 1 Funimation DVD cover.

Quick Info

Director: Takashi Watanabe
Distributor: Funimation Entertainment, formerly Central Park Media
Released: June 11, 2002
Runtime: 588 minutes
Availability: On DVD, streaming on FunimationNow and Hulu

Story Summary

Lina Inverse is a powerful sorceress. She tracks down bandits, kills them, and takes their treasure for herself. She’s not really a “hero”, she’s just doing what she wants. She meets a dimwitted swordsman, Goury Gabriev and together they set out on adventures that bring them into conflict with a famous and powerful mage named Rezo the Red Priest.

This Anime Is Fun and I Love It!

I love The Slayers, it’s a fun and entertaining fantasy that is thankfully not an Isekai anime where someone from our world is going into some fantasy world and it’s a good old-fashioned fantasy story with its own world and setting.

The characters are a lot of fun and the storytelling is entertaining. I like the characters and the setting and how exposition is handled for the world-building.

I also enjoy the comedy in the anime because it’s character-based comedy and since the characters have quirky personalities it makes the character-based comedy hilarious to watch if you like the characters.

Lina meets Gourry.

Lina meets Gourry.

Slayers - Digitally-Remastered Season One Trailer

The Animation Is Very Dated, but Good When It Counts

The animation for The Slayers is very old since the anime came out in 1995. They do use a lot of recycled footage for various spells although they will make them vary a little bit during later episodes, they do recycle certain frames a lot throughout the anime.

The character designs are also good but you can tell the anime is old because of how the colors look. I like the character designs a lot and they’ve always stood out to me compared to other designs in fantasy anime.

The anime does look old but it doesn’t bother me that much because I enjoyed the story and the character.

The English Dub Has a Rocky Start

The Slayers has an interesting English dub. Some of the dub cast members had been recast because of a break during the dubbing process. Zelgadis was voiced by Daniel Cronin and his voice work was stiff and wooden but he was replaced by Crispin Freeman in his first role as Zelgadis Graywords.

Amelia Wil Telsa Seyruun was voiced by both Joani Baker and Veronica Taylor who replaced her for half the season. Joami Baker’s voice was a little annoying so Veronica Taylor is a good replacement and she continued to voice the role in the main series.

Matt Black voiced Prince Philionel el de Seyruun for his first few appearances before he was replaced by Jimmy Zoppi. Jimmy Zoppi did a better job and you got used to his voice work in this role.

Lisa Ortiz did a great job as Lina Inverse, it did take her a few episodes for her to figure out how she was going to voice the character but she did a great job overall, and in the 1990s dubs weren’t exactly outstanding and this one was off to a rocky start but there’s a reason that people say this is a great English dub, not necessarily for this season as a whole, but for The Slayers as a whole. This dub is a little rocky but once they found their footing the next two seasons sound great.

Eric Stuart also did a great job as Gourry Gabriev. I enjoyed his voice acting and he brought a lot of personality to the character and he did a great job voice acting the character.

Charles Rolfe voiced Rezo the Red Priest and he was a little hokey and somewhat wooden and he does sound all right but he’s not amazing as Rezo.

Peter Davis voices Copy Rezo and he sounded better, but he still sounds really corny and hokey but he still did a good job, he wasn’t amazing, but he was decent.

The Japanese dub doesn’t have any voice cast changes for the original voice cast so you don’t have to deal with any of the weird voice cast changes that the English dub had.

The English dub is pretty good but not the most amazing English dub ever, but the dub is good and only gets better as the seasons go on.

The Soundtrack Is Great!

Osamu Tezuka’s soundtrack is great and nice to listen to. It does use the same tracks a lot but the music is very nice.

I love the soundtrack for this anime and it has a very fantasy vibe to it that makes the anime a lot of fun, it’s also great in the comedic moments as well.

The opening theme is "Get Along" by Masami Okui and Megumi Hayashibara, I like the theme and it’s a lot of fun, the visuals of the opening are also entertaining and fun and will spoil the anime without you knowing it.

"Kujikenai Kara!" by Masami Okui and Megumi Hayashibara and I like the ending theme song, the ending theme video doesn’t have animation so it’s not about the animation. It’s a nice ending son that I enjoyed.

The English Dub Is Wonky

Even though this section is separate from my English dub section it is important to mention that this dub had weird production issues so it’s not a consistent English dub. The Japanese are more consistent even though the English dub is really good for Slayers Next.

If you want a consistent dub you should watch the anime with the Japanese audio, but if you like English dubs you’ll be disappointed with the inconsistent English dub.

Lina and Gourry running away.

Lina and Gourry running away.

Reader Poll

Comedy Is Subjective

Comedy is always subjective and while this anime made me laugh and I enjoyed it a lot, you might not find it funny but I enjoyed the comedy a lot. The comedy is funny and enjoyable.

The humor is character-based and I enjoyed it because I liked the characters and the humor based around the characters.

It’s a Classic for a Reason

The Slayers season 1 is a fun and entertaining anime that I enjoyed a lot. It’s well-written and funny. I enjoyed the story and the characters and it’s just a fun fantasy anime with a dash of comedy that is an entertaining fantasy anime that any fan of the genre will enjoy.

I enjoyed rewatching The Slayers and I enjoyed experiencing the anime again after a long time. It was just as fun and entertaining as I remember it being when I first watched it a long time ago.

Quick Summary

What Works:What Doesn't Work:

Great story, characters, and world-building

English dub is inconsistent because of voice cast changes

Dated but good animation

Comedy is subjective

Good English dub

Great soundtrack

My Grade: A-

The Slayers season 1 is a lot of fun and I highly recommend it to any anime fan looking for a fun anime to watch. The story is well-written and the characters are funny and entertaining.

The animation is dated but it still looks good but there is a lot of recycled animation for certain attacks and I like the art style of the anime. It still looks good but not as nice as digital anime made nowadays.

I highly recommend The Slayers season 1, it’s fun and entertaining and you have a lot of places you can watch it. It is also worth buying on DVD and it doesn’t cost a lot to buy all three seasons on DVD in one package.

The Slayers is also streaming both dub and sub on FunimationNow as well. It is a fun anime that is worth your time and money and if you love fantasy anime you’ll enjoy watching it.

I’m very happy to own the anime in my DVD collection and it is a fun anime that is worth your time and money and you will enjoy it if you love fantasy anime and comedy.

My Rating

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