Slayers Premium

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Slayers Premium
Slayers Premium.png
Japanese film poster
Directed by Junichi Satō
Produced by Kōji Asano
Seiichi Hachiya
Tomoko Kawasaki
Written by Junichi Satō
Music by Takayuki Hattori
Production
company
Distributed by Toei Company
Release dates
  • December 22, 2001 (2001-12-22)
Running time
30 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Slayers Premium (スレイヤーズぷれみあむ Sureiyāzu Puremiamu?) is a 2001 Japanese anime short film written and directed by Junichi Satō. Premium, the fifth and latest Slayers film, was first released in Japan on December 22, 2001, along with Sakura Wars: The Movie, Di Gi Charat - A Trip to the Planet and Azumanga Daioh: The Animation.

This is the only Slayers movie so far to feature the characters of Gourry Gabriev, Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun, Zelgadis Greywords and Xellos. Naga the Serpent also has a small role, as "the octopus sorceress".

Plot[edit]

Lina and Gourry travel to the town of Acassi, known for its tasty octopus. However, the octopus meat is cursed, causing the person who eats it to only be able to speak takogo (タコ語, octopus language). Sorcerers and sorceresses cursed by this also cannot cast spells, since the spells have to be spoken in a common language in order for them to work.

Gourry just happens to eat one of the cursed octopi (after fighting for it with Lina), which causes him to speak in takogo. This often creates awkward situations during the film (the phrase "how horrible" being spoken as "flat chested", which offends Lina greatly). But soon, everyone in town starts to speak takogo (including Amelia and Zelgadis, who had just arrived in town), despite the fact that they have not eaten any octopus. Xellos is also there, seeming to know some details about what is going on but is not divulging anything.

It soon becomes evident that the octopi plan to use the accumulated anger from the villagers of Acassi to release a demon that was sealed many years before. Lina and her friends have to stop these plans before they come to fruition. However, it becomes complicated when Lina is infected with the takogo affliction, which negates much of her magic, including the Dragon Slave, her signature move.

Cast[edit]

Character Japanese voice actor English voice actor
Lina Inverse Megumi Hayashibara Cynthia Martinez
Gourry Gabriev Yasunori Matsumoto Christopher Patton
Xellos Akira Ishida Kurt Stoll
Zelgadis Greywords Hikaru Midorikawa Crispin Freeman
Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun Masami Suzuki Luci Christian
Naga the Serpent Maria Kawamura Kelly Manison
Ruma Yuri Shiratori Kira Vincent-Davis
Intelligent octopus Takahiro Sakurai TJP
Master Isamu Tanonaka Jason Douglas
Tavern owner Ichie Seta John Swasey
Guardian deity Goro Naya James Faulkner

Release[edit]

It will be included in the collection of digitally remastered Slayers films and OAV series,[2] to be released on Blu-ray in Japan on February 27, 2015.[3]

Reception[edit]

Aleksandra Janusz of the Polish magazine Kawaii expressed her severe disappointment in Slayers Premium for several reasons, including its short running time, character design and animation changes, the plot that in her opinion was weak with unfunny gags, and deeming returning characters other than Lina and Gourry unnecessary due to their unsatisfactory very small roles in the film.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "スレイヤーズぷれみあむ | HAL FILM MAKER 作品紹介 | TYOアニメーションズ". Tyo-animation.com. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
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  4. ^ Aleksandra Janusz (Ina, Błękitna Czarodziejka), "Slayers nie tylko w TV: Filmy kinowe oraz serie OAV." Kawaii 40 (October–November 2002), p. 12-15.

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