"Enveloped in mists, the island of Mipross has been shrouded in mystery since the dawn of time! Now, two mighty sorceresses will attempt to pierce the veil of secrecy and silence that has hidden the horrible truth about Mipross from the eyes of men for hundreds of years! Join the short-statured and even shorter tempered master mage Lina Inverse and her over-endowed associate Nahga the Serpent as they untangle a Dreamweaver's spell and find themselves ensnared in a deadly web of intrigue and danger! From phantom dragons and zombie armies to amphibious demons and killer jellyfish, join the mayhem in the wildest, most incredible SLAYERS adventure of them all: SLAYERS-THE MOTION PICTURE!".
Copyright: Kanzaka Hajime, Araizumi Rui / Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co. Ltd., Bandai Visual Co. Ltd., Marubeni Corporation, King Record Co. Ltd Language Format: English Language Running time: 70 mins Certificate: PG Catalogue no: VHSSL/001D Label: ADV Films Price: £12.99 Release Date: 1st February 1999
"Seeking to perfect his mysterious arts, the mad alchemist, Diole has selected none other than Lina Inverse to be the final ingredient in the creation of the ultimate monster. Then, as the Slayers leave the frying pan into the fire, they take on a baby-sitting job which causes nothing but trouble and strife for Lina and Nahga."
Original story: Hajime Kanzaka Director: Hiroshi Watanabe Music: Takayuki Hattori Copyright: Kanzaka Hajime, Araizumi Rui / Slayers Production Committee Language Format: English Language Translators: Masako Arakawa, Chris Hutts Writer/Director: Matt Greenfield Running time: 65 mins Certificate: PG Catalogue no: VHSSL/002D Label: ADV Films Price: £12.99 Release Date: 7th June 1999
The first episode here ("The Scary Chimera Plan") involves a mad scientist who wants to create the most scary, horrifying hybrid creature ever, and requires a demon, a dragon, a sea monster and Lina to make it, and as you can guess, Lina isn't to happy about this. The story then picks up several weeks later, when Lina and Nagha are attacked by bandits working for the scientist. It then transpires that the scientist has cloned Nagha ten times, meaning that there are eleven Naghas, all laughing in her very (un)amusing way. This first episode is probably the weaker of the pair on the tape, and suffers mainly because the dub is so grating of the hearing, especially in Nagha's case - one of her laughing is bearable, but eleven is too much.
However, the second episode ("Jeffrey's Knighthood") is better. Lina and Nagha are hired to help a pampered rich-boy's mother get into the Royal. The plan revolves around Jeffrey defeating a bunch of bandits, who are, in fact actors hired by Jeffrey's over-protective mother, who has a tendency to assault people who insult her son. Events take a turn for the worse when the real bandit's return and beat up the actors before Nagha, Lina and Jeffrey get there. The plot then degenerates into a mess involving a Black Knight who has a connection to Jeffrey. Slightly more enjoyable than the first one, but by no means great anime or great comedy.
This by no means bad, but if you're looking for a good piece of comedy I'd advise you to check out Pioneer's Tenchi Muyo or AD Vision's Burn Up W, both of which are far funnier than this.
GRADE: C+ - Nothing special, and only mildly amusing. [Daniel Fawcett]
"A great sorcerer invented a mirror called "The Shadow Reflector". The mirror could create an identical copy of the person whose reflection was in it. The sorcerer hid the mirror and people began to question whether it even existed, till documents discovered recently by someone proved that the mirror indeed existed. They reported their findings to the Professional Magic Users Society, but before they could take any action the documents were stolen. Lina and Nahga have both been hired by the society to catch the thief."
Original story: Hajime Kanzaka Director: Hiroshi Watanabe Music: Takayuki Hattori Copyright: Kanzaka Hajime, Araizumi Rui / Slayers Production Committee Language Format: English Language Translators: Masako Arakawa, Chris Hutts Writer/Director: Matt Greenfield Running time: 50 mins Certificate: PG Catalogue no: VHSSL/003D Label: ADV Films Price: £12.99 Release Date: 4th October 1999