Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Slayers Movie 3: Slayers Great

Genre: Comedy / Fantasy
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1997. Hajime Kanzaka and Rei Araizumi (creators). SoftX. TV Tokyo.

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Skysenshi's Description:
Another fun day in the lives of Lina Inverse and Naga the White Serpent. The dynamic duo rescues pink-haired Laia from a golem gone berserk and they expect to get something back. Laia, not really knowing how else to repay the two, introduces them to her father instead. Garia, Laia's father, is a well-known golem craftsman, but he has an attitude problem that drives him to frequently clash with his equally talented (and equally stubborn) son.

When two rival lords decide to pit against each other in a battle of golems, they each hire the best golem-makers within their reach. One craftsman finds Lina's simplicity as a source of inspiration, while the other chooses Naga's beauty. Now it's lord versus lord, craftsman versus craftsman, and sorceress versus sorceress. What will be the outcome of these strange affairs?

It gets better. >>> by skysenshi
This third Slayers movie seems to be the closest at capturing the feel of the much-loved TV series, despite the absence of the larger team (Gourry, Xellos, Zelgadis, and Filia). It has comedy (d-uh), magic, warring sides, and of course tempers flying from one end to another. But the most important factor of all is that it no longer tries to kill us with excessive dosages of humor that usually falls flat. It doesn't go round and round in meaningless circles either.

Naga is starting to grow on me as her character develops from someone who is pea-brained to someone who can actually pull up a trick or two off her sleeve. It's actually interesting to see her finally have a showdown with Lina Inverse-with uproarious results, of course. Imagine seeing a gigantic Naga golem and a cute little Lina-chan golem duel in front of expectant onlookers. I'd really love for everyone to see how kawaii that Lina golem looks, but I don't wanna spoil the surprise!

In the end, everybody gets his happy ending. Dad and son acknowledge each other's abilities and proceed to create crazier golems. Both lords put a stop to their silliness and begin working harmoniously together under one empire. Lina and Naga are immortalized -- Naga's humongous bouncing boobies are never forgotten by the male (and outraged female) population, and Lina gets to have her own "action figures". All's well that ends well.

Like the other movies that came before this, Slayers Great has superb art and animation. The battle scenes are fun, although there are moments during the golem duel that can remind one of Dragon Ball's painfully slow pacing. Other than that, I must say I enjoyed this piece of entertainment. Now if only they'd go and put the rest of the Slayers gang back on track.

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 8; Story 7; Characters 7; Sounds 8

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