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Slayers (Novel)  
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"Slayers follows the adventures of teenage sorceress Lina Inverse and her companions as they journey through their world. Using powerful magic and swordsmanship they battle overreaching wizards, demons seeking to destroy the world, dark lords, and the occasional hapless gang of bandits."



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Associated Names
スレイヤーズ (Novel)

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Latest Release(s)
v.15 (end) by Chaos Words (932d ago)
v.14 c.4 by Chaos Words (948d ago)
v.14 c.1-3 by Chaos Words (952d ago)
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15 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (7 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.19 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 6th 2016, 6:19am PST



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Original Publisher
Fujimi Shobo (Fujimi Fantasia Bunko)

Serialized In (magazine)
Dragon Magazine (Fujimi Shobo)

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English Publisher
TokyoPop (8 Volumes - Defunct)

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Good sword and sorcery fantasy.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by covaloid
January 17th, 2016, 1:52pm
I finally got around to reading the novels probably ten years after watching and enjoying the anime (just enough time to forget most of the story), and although towards the end the content was getting a bit repetitive and boring overall I did enjoy the novels.

The novels can essentially be broken into two main chunks or arcs, being volumes 1-8 which pretty much followed the same story as portrayed through the anime Slayers Next (or Try), and volumes 9-15 in which the author seems to have gotten bored with Zelgadis and Amelia and replaced them with other characters who had little if any character development.

Aside from empty supporting characters in the second arc the story seemed to be recycled from segments of the first eight novels and while reading them I kept feeling like I had read this story or one very similar in a previous volume. The author never really built up any of the new characters either like he did with Zelgadis and Amelia; to make matters worse Lina and Gourry never even met with either of them again after the first arc. Even Xellos one of the more dynamic characters from the first eight volumes was hardly mentioned at all in the second arc. Another disappointment was with some of the plot devices the author eluded to but never followed up on. Most particular of these would be the continuous references to Lina's sister who we never met and references to a former sorceress Lina used to know who was most likely Naga The Serpent (from the anime OVAs and movies). That probably bothered me more than anything about the second half. If you are going to scrape the three supporting characters you built up in the first eight volumes why not introduce Naga? Even a short one chapter cameo of her would have appeased me and her countless other fans. My final criticism of the second arc would be that most of the comedic elements that made the anime (and first eight volumes) memorable were noticeably absent from from that later volumes.

Criticism aside, I did enjoy the first eight volumes and parts for the later ones as well. I really enjoyed how the author portrayed Lina's inner dialogue and thinking throughout the novels. You really came to understand and appreciate her personality and like her almost "anti-hero" character. Gourry remained pretty much a retard throughout the novels which is to be expected, but you could sort of see a sense of devotion and perhaps a spark of love towards Lina develop throughout the course of the story. Xellos is probably one of the most dynamic, and almost likeable, villains I have encountered in the many light novels I have read. Unfortunately most of the other villains were pretty one dimensional, and frankly I don't remember any of them. Zelgadis and Amelia were both stubborn yet likeable supporting characters who I only wish the author would have stuck with to the end. The elf Memphis (introduced in the later volumes) gave off a bit of a Naga vibe originally, I guess the author threw her in there to appease the disappointed Naga fans. She was sort of developed and you started to see glimpses of her insecure personality that she masks with the rough exterior, almost a tsundere type of character. Milgazia (the leader of the golden dragons) was sort of an empty character and I don't really remember much about him and his travels with Lina and Gourry.

If you like these types of swords and sorcery fantasies you owe it to your self to give these novels a read. If you were a fan of the anime you should especially enjoy the novels as they will give you a better sense of Lina's inner workings. All in all I would give this series a 9 out of 10, in all actuality it probably only deserves an 8 but the nostalgia factor of this series made me give it that extra point. If Naga or Lina's sister would have been introduced in the second half I probably would have given it a perfect 10.

... Last updated on January 17th, 2016, 3:53pm
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