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Slayers: The Motion Picture
I'll start of this review by admitting I'm not really a Slayers fan. Having seen part of the TV series, I can say it didn't strike me as overly exciting or humorous. Still, I decided to take a stab at the movie and see if it would provide the Slayers charm I keep hearing so much about.
The first thing I noticed when watching this were the striking visuals. The colors are quite rich, and the animation is very smooth. The soundtrack is also very good, with a rich musical score I haven't heard in too many anime.
If you haven't watched the Slayers before then you'll probably notice that Lina Inverse is just plain cute. Mind you, she doesn't stay cute when she gets mad and starts chucking fireballs around (well, maybe a little cute). Her, uh, "sidekick" Nahga provides just as many chuckles as Lina, whether getting stone drunk or showing off her sexy bod. Her leather outfit makes Xena's clothes look like a parka.
The jokes are a mix of slapstick, zany characters, and the occasional one-liner. The sheer ridiculousness of some of the situations and characters had me laughing a fair bit. Some of the humor relies on the, *ahem*, size of (or lack of) Lina's chest. This kind of humor isn't for everyone, so if you prefer something more sophisticated, then this isn't the movie for you.
The only real problem with this Slayers movie is the story. Until about halfway through, I was wondering, "Exactly where is this going?". The story has Lina and Nahga traveling to a mysterious island made famous for its hot springs. However, strange dreams and unusual events soon start to occur, and the two must uncover a dark secret surrounding the island and its inhabitants. Smidgens of the plot are presented as the movie progresses, but a lot of events seemed unrelated and pointless. Once the plot details are presented, I thought things started moving a little too quickly towards the conclusion, with rapid changes in both scenes and pacing. A better developed flow would've helped this movie a lot.
If you're a Slayers fan then you've probably already seen this (so why are you reading this?). If you haven't seen the Slayers before, then this movie is a good introduction. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes their fantasy mixed with comedy.
The Verdict: * * * 1/2 (above average)
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