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The Slayers Group Watch Thread

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
They kept the original VAs even with Revolution, and that was produced 10 years later. Except Xellos, they recast him.

I... did not pour one out for what we lost.
 

Peklo

Oh! Create!
(they/them, she/her)
Naga is the horniest Slayers character, but also the best, stuck in the worst media about it. It's complicated.

The English dub had a lot of pull and significance for the nascent fandom in its time as I understand it, but this entire franchise as it exists in animated form may as well be a vehicle for Megumi Hayashibara's performance as I've experienced it, even more so than the absolutely everything else she was featured in during her '90s reign. I would not rob it of that context.
 

Super Megaman X

dead eyes
(He/Him)
Every time I've watched it has always been the dub, and it will always be the dub. I'm just way too partial to it for it to ever be otherwise. As for why Revolution recast Xellos, they actually wanted to get David Moo, but had since retired from voice acting and would not return, so they had no choice but to replace him.
 

Purple

(She/Her)
The English dub had a lot of pull and significance for the nascent fandom in its time as I understand it, but this entire franchise as it exists in animated form may as well be a vehicle for Megumi Hayashibara's performance as I've experienced it, even more so than the absolutely everything else she was featured in during her '90s reign. I would not rob it of that context.
If I'm honest, yeah, this is the biggest part of it. Other factors include Gourry sounding a bit sarcastic in the dub, rather than just astoundingly oblivious, and vocal direction generally not clicking with how OK sometimes this is a wacky comedy series, and sometimes it's a straight-up melodrama. But again, I apologize for rekindling the fires of that most ancient war.
 
this entire franchise as it exists in animated form may as well be a vehicle for Megumi Hayashibara's performance as I've experienced it
Oh shit, she's Lina Inverse, isn't she? Hayashibara is actually a Legend, capital L. Those who don't know, she's done:

Pai from 3x3 Eyes
Momiji from Blue Seed
Faye from Cowboy Bebop
Ai Haibara from Detective Conan
Rei/Pen-Pen from Evangelion
Hello Kitty
Christina from Gundam 0080
Jessie from Pokemon
Female Ranma

Among a metric eff-ton of other roles. She's actually a crazy good actress.
 

Egarwaen

(He/Him)
If I'm honest, yeah, this is the biggest part of it. Other factors include Gourry sounding a bit sarcastic in the dub, rather than just astoundingly oblivious, and vocal direction generally not clicking with how OK sometimes this is a wacky comedy series, and sometimes it's a straight-up melodrama. But again, I apologize for rekindling the fires of that most ancient war.

I'd say Slayers was the first anime I watched where the dub didn't feel like it was making fun of the source material or totally rewriting it. Is it perfect? No, but given that it was probably recorded for the cost of a couple of office lunches, that's not really surprising.
 

Paul le Fou

Pickle Bus Owns Tulip Town
(He)
It was naming the specific species (nation?) of demons that make up 90% of the shows villains “The Monster Race” instead of “Mazoku”, incidentally. It was a made-up term! They could have translated it as anything or left it untouched, but they went with the most awkward and confusing choice!
But... that's what Mazoku literally means! There's even a wiki page about it!

I mean, that's way too literal a translation to be good, but it makes perfect sense.
 

Purple

(She/Her)
So uh... how is everyone going to be watching this? I could have sworn whoever it was that had the rights had a super nice set of dedicated youtube channels with full runs of this, Utena, and a few other things up both subbed and dubbed, but either that's gone or it's eluding my searches.

I mean, personally I can just dust off the DVD sets I'm pretty sure I own or the VHS sets I know I do but, if I'm dragging other people in, what's what?
 
So uh... how is everyone going to be watching this?
Season 1-3 DVD boxset on US Amazon seems reasonably priced right now. Also if I'm reading this right, you can watch Slayers on Funimation.com for free (but with ads) both dubbed and subbed. If you live outside the US and can't into VPNs, I can't help ya, but this should work for a good chunk of us.

However I'm gonna be downloading some BD-rips. BDs of Slayers hit Japan in a couple years ago, so rips are out there in the wild if you don't have qualms with sailing the high seas. I'll report back later if the BDs are any good, or if they're just upreses or something.

Edit: Here's a link to the show on Funimation

Edit2: Looks like the BDs of Slayers, Next, and Try are all upscales. Booo. The OVAs, Movie, and the 2000s shows all are native HD on their BDs however.
 
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Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
Season 1-3 DVD boxset on US Amazon seems reasonably priced right now. Also if I'm reading this right, you can watch Slayers on Funimation.com for free (but with ads) both dubbed and subbed. If you live outside the US and can't into VPNs, I can't help ya, but this should work for a good chunk of us.

Edit: Here's a link to the show on Funimation
I don't suppose there's any way to hook into the Funi ad-supported streams from a console or smart-TV in a less clunky way that through some terrible web browser? Like, do they have an app? (I suppose I could just search the PS4 store, but I'm curious if someone knows it does/doesn't exist.)
 

John

(he/him)
I don't suppose there's any way to hook into the Funi ad-supported streams from a console or smart-TV in a less clunky way that through some terrible web browser? Like, do they have an app? (I suppose I could just search the PS4 store, but I'm curious if someone knows it does/doesn't exist.)


Their site says with a paid subscription, there is a PS4 app available, and on a few of the major smart tv platforms.

For free viewing, if you have a tablet or phone, and your Smart TV or STB supports it, you may be able to use Chromecast or Airplay to mirror the screen. Roku recently added Airplay 2 support in many of their devices/TVs, but I don't think officially supports Chromecast. There's probably other ways to do that on Android, but I'm not knowledgeable with those at all.
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
Hmm, was hoping to be able to use the app in ad-supported mode, but it's an option.

Good point on the phone-casting option though, it at least probably has a more stable web browser.
 

John

(he/him)
I just downloaded the Funimation app on my PS4, and there's no ad-supported mode, just free trial or login to a paid account.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
I was kind of surprised that Sylphiel shows up so much in the intro, considering both how late in the season she shows up and also how small an impact she makes on the series as a whole.

Otherwise, the first episode is mainly there to give a quick intro to the two main leads; Lina is fully aware that she’s one of the strongest mages on the planet, is eager to show that fact off, is heedless of collateral damage she can cause, is completely self-serving and has crippling body image problems, and Gourry is a himbo with a sword.

Lina gradually gets more development as the series wears on... Gourry does not. He sometimes he gets a new sword, but remains charmingly oblivious so as to act as an audience surrogate.
 
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Daikaiju

Rated Ages 6+
(He, Him)
I was kind of surprised that Sylphiel shows up so much in the intro, considering both how late in the season she shows up and also how small an impact she makes on the series as a whole.

Otherwise, the first episode is mainly there to give a quick intro to the two main leads; Lina is fully aware that she’s one of the strongest mages on the planet, is eager to show that fact off, is heedless of collateral damage she can cause, is completely self-serving and has crippling body image problems, and Gourry is a himbo with a sword.

Lina gradually gets more development as the series wears on... Gourry does not. He sometimes he gets a new sword, but remains charmingly oblivious so as to act as an audience surrogate.
A minor trend that dated from the 80's had anime intros, those based off manga and such, show off as many characters as possible, regardless of how much actual screen time they got. See also the Oh My Goddess original OVA intro, which featured Mara prominently, but she never appears in that series outside of that.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
I was also kind of surprised that the intro spoiled the fact that Rezo is a badguy. But the title of the episode that introduces him also tells you that.

And while "Episode titles that spoil the ending of the episode" is also very much an anime thing, IIRC, they also make a joke about how obvious it is.

In conclusion; Anime Openings are a land of contrasts
 
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