Archive for the ‘Slayers’ Category

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Slayers Revolution

July 8, 2008

I really like what I see here. I’m pretty sure that Slayers Revolution is rather confusing and at parts unsettling for those who haven’t at least watched the first two, maybe three seasons of Slayers (don’t let me start on the various OVAs and movies here). However, for the ones like me who have done so in the distant past everything fits and makes perfect sense. They caught the style and atmosphere of the older seasons quite well while presenting an animation that fells fresh and vivid. The whole setting and pacing of the story might be a bit antiquate today, but that doesn’t bother me at all. I rather welcome it somehow.
I guess that’s one of the advantages of anime vs. normal series. You couldn’t have Richard Dean Anderson having play MacGyver or David Rasche staring as Sledge Hammer today again resulting in the same beloved series that ended years ago. Those could be new and quite funny series (most likely not I’m afraid), but they could never be like the original ones again. Same goes for movies, old Indiana Jones fighting Soviets wasn’t that bad to watch, but Indi without Nazis is, well, just Indy without Nazis.
Megumi Hayashibara on the other hand sounds like she always did and so Slayers Revolution feels like there wasn’t a years long gap to its predecessor. And that is really great.

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News Flash – Slayers

April 28, 2008

(from ANN):

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Megumi Hayashibara to Sing Slayers Revolution’s Themes

SlayersSinger/voice actress Megumi Hayashibara‘s official page on the Starchild website has announced on Monday that she will sing both the opening and ending theme songs for the Slayers Revolution fantasy comedy television anime. She is already confirmed to return as the main lead Lina, along with most of the main original cast. Hayashibara had sung songs for all the previous Slayers anime incarnations, including the first Slayers series and the last two television sequels (Slayers Next and Slayers Try).

(original article)

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After those rumours that Xellos might be the lead character in the new series I’m really glad that they’ll stick to Lina Inverse after all. Xellos is an interesting character, no doubts, but I don’t think he is someone for a lead role. The figure lives from his unsteadiness and the secrets he builds around him and both are rather unfit for the lead of a series. Besides, Slayers and Lina Inverse is the same from my point of view and you just can’t have the one without the other.

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sola gets USA release and School Rumble & Slayers a new season

February 27, 2008

Okay, lets keep it in order (all news snapped from ANN):

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Bandai Visual USA Confirms sola Release, DVD Details

sola newsOne day after the news was revealed online, Bandai Visual USA has officially confirmed its release of the 15-episode supernatural romance series sola. The anime will be released on five DVDs, each carrying three episodes (including the two that never aired during sola‘s Japanese television broadcast), and there will not be an English dub. The price per volume is set at US$49.99, and the first volume is scheduled for June 10. The first volume’s DVD extras will include a full-color, eight-page booklet and four character postcards. A special premium gift item will be offered to those who purchase sola from Bandai Visual‘s dot-anime.us site.

(Article from ANN)

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Good news that sola gets its release in the USA, but 250 bucks for just subtitles and some small extras, I don’t know about that. Many people dislike dubs, so I guess its not that big of a deal to drop them, but I think that this reduction of conversion costs should directly result in a reduced price tag.

On to the next news:

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Third School Rumble Anime Series Greenlit

School Rumble newsThe official website for the School Rumble slice-of-life anime franchise has announced that a third series has been greenlit for production in Japan. Kodansha will bundle School Rumble: Third Term DVDs with the limited first editions of the 21st and 22nd Japanese volumes of Jin Kobayashi‘s original school comedy manga. The 21st volume goes on sale on July 17. (The 20th volume, without a DVD, goes on sale on March 17.) The new project will reunite director Shinji Takamatsu, series script editor Hiroko Tokita, character designer and animation director Hajime Watanabe, and the animators at Studio Comet; all of them worked on the first two anime series.

Funimation has been releasing the first two anime series on DVD in North America, and Del Rey has been releasing the the manga series in North America.

Source: Moon Phase

(Article from ANN)

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Well, the second season of School Rumble trainwrecked pretty good. Hopefully the third season focus again on the few main characters, I just don’t want to see any more boring stuff about those boring side and even more on the side characters which really nobody likes.

And now to the real surprise:

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New Slayers Fantasy TV Anime Series in the Works

Slayers newsPage 24 of Fujimi Shobo‘s Dragon Magazine‘s April issue — which is officially on sale on February 29 but was previewed early — has announced that a new television anime project is in the works for Hajime Kanzaka‘s Slayers fantasy light novels. The official title and the cast has yet to be revealed. The official Hajime Kanzaka Fan Club has confirmed the news and added that the project will feature an anime-exclusive story, split across two cours (two seasons of three months). Director Takashi Watanabe will oversee J.C. Staff, the same studio that worked with him on all three previous Slayers television series. Kanzaka also created the Lost Universe novels, manga, and anime series.

The fan club could not confirm who will be in the project’s cast or even if Lina, the popular character voiced by Megumi Hayashibara, will be featured in this project. The club’s news report did say that more details will be revealed in Dragon Magazine and anime magazines. Central Park Media and FUNimation Entertainment both released the three previous Slayers television series in English in North America.

Thank you to dormcat for the news tip.

(Article from ANN)

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Wow, it’s a long time ago that I watched the whole Slayers collection of episodes, OVAs & movies and read the few Slayer mangas that got translated here. Found it all quite enjoyable, don’t know how I would think about it from my today’s point of view…

Aw, what the heck, bring it on!

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My Wallpapers 19

March 22, 2007

Amelia from Slayers

Hm…, Slayers. A series I watched in my early anime days and found quite entertaining, especially because I also like to play RPGs (had much more time and opportunity to do so in the past than I sadly have today). I always liked to play righteously characters and never really felt the urge to do more, uh, unrighteously things like most of my teammates did from time to time. Hence there was always much fun. I guess it’s barely a miracle that sympathized with Amelia (Wil Tesla Sayruun) nearly from the start.