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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: B-
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: B
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: ADV Films
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 94
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Slayers
Slayers: The Book of Spells
By Edmund Lee
February 18, 2002
Release Date: November 21, 2000
Ahhhh... my favourite part about Slayers, the OAVs. I myself didn't quite enjoy the TV series of Slayers, but I enjoy watching these 3 sets of episodes. Not only that, I prefer the crazy antics and adventures Naga and Lina go thru.
In The Scary Chimera Plan, Lina is offered by a crazy scientist/sorcerer to take part in his experiment to create the perfect Chimera. Looking at the designs, and being repulsed by the offer, Lina naturally refused. Course, the sorcerer has other ways of getting Lina to be part of his experiment. And that is cloning 10 copies of Naga!
In Jeffery's knighthood, we see the duo being offered a task by an overly protective mother to make her son into an honoured knight. When I mean overly protective, I mean psycho-crazed, appear from anywhere to give you a beating, if you said anything bad about her son.
And lastly Mirror, Mirror has those 2 chasing after a renegade sorcerer who is in possession of a very terrible mirror, that legend has it that it will create exact opposites of whomever sees the mirror. Suffice to it is exactly what it does as it creates mirror opposites of Lina and Naga's personalities.
Great fun, great fun indeed. I much enjoyed these episodes because it seems funnier in my opinion to the TV series. Plus the stories themselves seems more fitting for this kind of fantasy comedy adventure that doesn't take itself too seriously. And there isn't any of the destruction of the world sort of things that I found rather too common with the TV and got real bored of it. I mean what else can beat 11 Nagas laughing for 2 minutes 13 seconds straight? The biggest cracker of a scene.
The video seems pretty fine, with a few aliasing with the panning shots, but apart from that I hardly notice anything wrong with this disc in terms of video content.
The audio came out pretty decent. On Pro-Logic mode, the Japanese track came out sounding brilliant while the English track seems a bit more muffled, but that is probably due to ADR mixing.
Extras a few. There were some nice line drawings and some conceptual designs for the show, 3 trailers of Slayers that ADV acquired, and 6 trailers for their other catalogue titles.
The dub was pretty good in my opinion. Don't hate me, but I pretty enjoyed Cynthia's version of Lina. Most likely I watched the movie first, then this disc then the TV series. But nothing compares to Megumi Hayashibara. And Kelly Manison's Naga almost rivals her Japanese counterpart, with the self-boasting, extreme confidence sort of feel you get out of Naga's character. The only thing wrong is the laughing part, not such a bad effort but it came out rather grating. All the supporting cast did a pretty good job too. Not much qualms with IS&M dub.
Impress I was with this set of shows, I would recommend it, to anyone who would some crazy fun comedy in their life.
Panasonic SA-HT80, Sharp 25" X-51F4