Slayers started out as a series of stories in Dragon
magazine, which were later collected into novels
From there, manga
series were created, forming the lexicon
with the single largest number of
title variations in anime history. A delicious combination of humor
fuels the nonstop madness
that is the Slayers.
#2: The Sorcerer of Atlas
#3: The Ghost of Sairaag
#4: Battle of Saillune
#5: The Platinum Beast
#6: The Darkness of Vuezendei
#7: Gaav's Challenge
#8: Lord of the Ghost City
#9: The Cursed Sword of Bezeld
#10: Solaria's Strategy
#11: Crimson Delusion
#12: The Strategem of the Army of Dynast
#13: Road to the Demon's Reincarnation
#15: The Demon Slayers
16 volumes of Slayers Special
novels have been released, summing up the prequel portion of the timeline. Naga
Serpent and Lina
's adventures are explored here, most of which have become the movie and OAV series.
is another prequel novel series, but is only 5 volumes long.
The Slayers manga is also broken down into 3 sections:
Manga series by Rui Araizumi
Between 1992 and 1995, Rui Araizumi
drew 6 comics for Dragon magazine, to supplement the novel series. When collected into a
single book, copies flew off the shelf. There are 2 versions of the collected manga available, one in the normal size, and
one in the oversize shape of a typical anime comic. Domestically, CPM
has released the stories in 6 individual comics and 1
Manga series by Shoko Yoshinaka
Around the release of the first anime series, Chou-Baku-Mahou-den SUREIYAAZU
(Mega-Explosive Magical Legend SLAYERS
released in Monthly Comic Dragon Jr.
magazine. Following the novel storyline, the 7 volume series told the full story of
the first anime series, as well as the RETURN movie in volume 4. Yoshinaka then moved on to Lost Universe
, the Slayers
Manga series by Tommy Ohtsuka
The Slayers Special timeline is illustrated in this series, of Lina
's adventures in the pre-Gourry
era. These comics were
released simply as comics, under the Kadokawa Comics Dragon Jr.
label. They were never released in a monthly magazine.
The most interesting aspect to note is that all the manga's illustrations
look remarkably similar
. Each artist retains the
true spirit of the characters, but puts their own spin
on the series.
Araizumi-Gessha: SLAYERS DRA-MATA
's artwork is showcased here, while most is used in other projects, some production and original artwork is included.
Secrets of Slayers
Just incase you can't keep hundreds
of inter related characters straight, these books spell it all out for you. An invaluable
resource for the obsessed.
Slayers Great, Gorgeous, and RETURN have all been adapted to anime comics
, or manga made up of film cells
, in full color
directly from the movies.
Slayers! Episodes 1-26
episodes are the "meat
" of the series, taking place in the time closest to the present
. The main characters, Lina
fight against the dark forces of the Mazoku
. The world is saved
, usually twice
per series, but still manages to be goofy at times.
All TV episodes have been released domestically by Software Sculptors, and are available in VHS
format. However, the
Slayers! DVD box set has an audio
flaw that reverses the surround audio channels. A recall
is now in effect for these flawed discs, and the fixed
version is now available in retail stores. (thanks microlith
(The Motion Picture)
All Slayers movies
take place in the past, when Lina
roamed the planet in search of food, money and food
with the exception of Premium, which bridges the gap
between the TV series cast and Naga
series, like the movies, are a look back at Lina
's adventures. Unlike the movies, the world is NOT saved.
The Special episodes are just silly
adventures, ground breaking realizations are essentially banned
in favor of goofy action.
The Excellent series is an exploration of the meeting of Lina
, and the growth of the largest rivalry
in the Slayers
universe. These episodes are between 30 and 40 minutes and were released directly to video in Japan
The Slayers Special OAV's have been released domestically by ADVision
, and packaged as "Dragon Slave
" and "Explosion Array
Lots of info and help from http://www.inverse.org