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The Slayers (スレイヤーズ, Sureiyāzu) is a Japanese anime series based on the manga series written by Hajime Kanzaka and illustrated by Rui Araizumi. The original series spans 3 Seasons, Slayers, Slayers Next and Slayers Try, each with 26 episodes creating a total 78 episodes, airing from 1995-1997.

From 2008-2009, a fourth and fifth series were created; The Slayers Revolution and The Slayers Evolution-R, bringing a total of 104 episodes. The original TV series dub cast were brought back for these.

Synopsis

In a medieval sword and sorcery world, there is one mage who is notorious for her power and grace (at least that's how she likes to put it), Lina Inverse. In reality, she is a teenage mage with a penchant for collateral damage, obnoxiousness and gluttony. Along the way she joins the roving swordsman Gourry Gabriev in what's supposed to be a quick union of convenience. Instead, an artifact Lina "liberated" from a gang of thieves turns out to be the key to the resurrection of the demon lord Shabranigdo. Urged on by the mysterious Red Priest Rezo, the pair has no choice but to fight the dark lord and his servants, accumulating new allies and enemies along the way.


Dubbing HistoryEdit

The series was first licensed by Central Park Media under their Software Sculptors label in 1996, initially dubbing and releasing only the first 13 episodes in order to evaluate the series. When the tapes of the series sold well, CPM continued to dub the series in 1998. However, while most voice actors would return, certain others were recast. Voice actors Daniel Cronin and Joan Baker both moved on with their career in the interim, and CPM lost contact with them.

The commercial success of the first series led to Central Park Media dubbing the sequel series Slayers Next in 1999 and Slayers Try in 2000.

SlayersEdit

CastEdit

Image Character Seiyū Voice Actor
Main Characters
Rina Slayers Lina Inverse Megumi Hayashibara Lisa Ortiz
Gourry Slayers Gourry Gabriev Yasunori Matsumoto Eric Stuart
Amelia2 Slayers Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun Masami Suzuki Joan Baker
(eps 11-13)
Veronica Taylor
(eps 14-26)
Zel Slayers Zelgadis Graywords Hikaru Midorikawa Daniel Cronin
(eps 2-10)
Crispin Freeman
(eps 18-26)
Sylphiel Slayers Sylphiel Nels Lahda Yumi Tōma Stacia Crawford
Antagonists
Rezo Rezo Takehito Koyasu Peter Davis
Eris2 Slayers Eris Etsuko Ishikawa Rachel Nanstad
Shabranidgu Shabranigdo Daisuke Gōri Micheal J. Haigney
Zangulus Zangulus Bin Shimada Liam O'Malley
(ep 13)
Ted Lewis
Vrumugun Vrumugun Hiroshi Yanaka James Carter Cathcart
Dilgear Slayers Dilgear Hirohiko Kakegawa
Other Characters
Prince Phil Slayers Prince Philionel Masahiro Anzai Matthew Black
(eps. 11-13)
James Carter Cathcart
(eps. 25-26)
Zolf Slayers Zolf Masato Hirano Stan Hart
Zolf mummy Slayers
Rodimus Rodimus Katsuhisa Hōki Junior Ringenbach

Episodic CharactersEdit

Character Seiyū Dub Actor Episode
Bandit Boss Katsuhisa Hōki J. Willet 1
Bandit Kōzō Shioya
Waiter Takumi Yamazaki Gene Jonson
Saman Eiji Maruyama James Carter Cathcart
Noonsa Kōzō Shioya Junior Ringenbach 5
Zorom Masaharu Satō James Carter Cathcart 7
Randionell de Saillune "Randy" Minoru Inaba Jerry Lobozzo 11
Wizard Kōji Ishii James Carter Cathcart
Thief Takehiro Murozono
Zaboga Keisuke Yamashita 14
Hallas Tetsuya Iwanaga Crispin Freeman 15
Cally Ai Sato Rachael Lillis
Paula Yumi Fumikazu
Mr. Rossberg Tomomichi Nishimura Ted Lewis 16
Actor Katsuya Shiga Crispin Freeman
Volun Kōji Yusa Cliff Lazenby 17
Eruk Yukimasa Natori Adam Sholder 18
Rahanimu Daiki Nakamura Michael J. Haigney 20
Tiiba Kazumi Tanaka Adam Sholder 22

Additional VoicesEdit

Slayers NextEdit


Synopsis

Lina, Gourry, Zelgadis, and Amelia coincidently meet up again and begin to search for the Clair Bible. During their search they run into a mysterious priest named Xellos who seems to know a thing or two about the passages they're looking for, but he tends to get them into more trouble instead of out of it. Furthermore, they discover that the Monster race has plans of their own, and as it turns out, Lina and Company just might be a big part of their evil intentions.


CastEdit

Image Character Seiyū Voice Actor
Lina Slayers Next Lina Inverse Megumi Hayashibara Lisa Ortiz
Gourry Slayers Next Gourry Gabriev Yasunori Matsumoto Eric Stuart
Amelia Slayers Next Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun Masami Suzuki Veronica Taylor
Zel Slayers Next Zelgadis Graywords Hikaru Midorikawa Crispin Freeman
Prince Phil Prince Philionel Masahiro Anzai James Carter Cathcart
Xellos Slayers Next Xellos Akira Ishida David Moo
Sylphiel Slayers Next Sylphiel Nels Lahda Yumi Tōma Stacia Crawford
Martina Slayers Next Martina Zoana
Mel Navratilova
Tomoko Ishimura Rachael Lillis
Zangalus Slayers Next Zangulus Bin Shimada Ted Lewis
Gaav Gaav Jōji Nakata Dan Green
Fibrizo Hellmaster Phibrizzo Kazue Ikura Wayne Grayson
Seigram Seigram Yōsuke Akimoto Robert O'Gorman
Christopher Slayers Next Christopher Kazuo Oka Stan Hart
Halcyform Halcyform Kazuhiro Nakata Nathan Price
Kira Kira Ikue Ōtani Rachael Lillis
Kanzel Kanzel Issei Futamata Nathan Price
Mezenda Mazenda Mako Hyōdō Sharon Becker
Prince Alfred Prince Alfred Hiro Yūki Stan Hart

Episodic CharactersEdit

Character Seiyū Dub Actor Episode
King Moros Navratilova Kōji Ishii Nathan Price 1
Anthony Salerno 26
Tarimu Chafurin Josh Mosby 3-4
Demia Masato Hirano James Carter Cathcart 3-4
Karuas Yūichi Nagashima Nathan Price 3
Rajara Hirotaka Suzuoki David Moo
Ashford Kōzō Shioya Nathan Price 7
Dragon Cuisine Master Masaharu Satō James Carter Cathcart
Chef Takashi Nagasako
Waiter Takehiro Murozono Anthony Salerno
Restaurant Owner Tomohisa Asō Stan Hart
Messenger Girl ¿? Lisa Ortiz 9
Nene Kaoru Fujino Mandy Bonhomme 14
Mimi Yumi Fukamizu
Borden Chafurin Zeke Zeigler
Joe Nobuyuki Hiyama Greg Abbey 15
Keith Toshiyuki Morikawa 16
Rudo Balzac Kōzō Shioya Ted Lewis
Princess Miwan Junko Noda Sharon Becker 17
Evia Masaharu Satō David Moo
Auntie Aqua Chikako Akimoto Veronica Taylor 18-19
Milgasia Masaaki Ōkura Zeke Zeigler 20-21
Eruk Yukimasa Natori Chris Tsakis 24-26
Lord of Nightmare Megumi Hayashibara Lisa Ortiz 25-26

Additional VoicesEdit

Slayers TryEdit


Synopsis

When Lina Inverse and her friends are sent on a journey to another island to save the world, they find a dragon priestess and their old ally/foe Xellos. They also come across a strange new set of threats including a bandit with high explosives, a half demon/half dragon and an alien named Almayce who wants to save his world. His world is plagued by a powerful force called the Darkstar that destroys everything in it's path. But Almayce may not be able to save his world without sacrificing Lina's. And how does Gourry's sword of light fit in to all of this?


CastEdit

Image Character Seiyū Voice Actor
Lina Slayers Try Lina Inverse Megumi Hayashibara Lisa Ortiz
Gourry Slayers Try Gourry Gabriev Yasunori Matsumoto Eric Stuart
Amelia Slayers Try Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun Masami Suzuki Veronica Taylor
Zel Slayers Try Zelgadis Graywords Hikaru Midorikawa Crispin Freeman
Xellos Slayers Try Xellos Akira Ishida David Moo
Fillia Slayers Try Filia Ul Copt Houko Kuwashima Tara Sands
Fillia Dragon
Prince Phil Slayers Try Prince Philionel Minoru Inaba James Carter Cathcart
Valgaav Valgaav Wataru Takagi Scottie Ray
Valgaav young
Jillas Slayers Try Jillas Takumi Yamazaki Maddie Blaustein
Almeis Slayers Try Almayce Chafurin J. David Brimmer
Erulogos Slayers Try Erulogos Yukitoshi Hori Scottie Ray
Gravos Slayers Try Gravos Hisao Egawa Nathan Price
Sirius Slayers Try Sirius Hiroshi Yanaka Greg Abbey
Elder Slayers Try Supreme Elder Ikuya Sawaki Robert O'Gorman
Gaav Slayers Try Gaav Jōji Nakata Dan Green

Episodic CharactersEdit

Character Seiyū Dub Actor Episode
Princess Sera Akemi Okamura Rachael Lillis 9-10
Prince Marco Makoto Tsumura Frank Green
King of Alto ¿? Josh Mosby
Queen of Baritone Yurika Hino Rachael Lillis
Pig Daisuke Gōri Anthony Salerno 15
Captain Jarlov Keisuke Yamashita Scottie Ray 16
Ralmus Toshiyuki Morikawa Dan Green
Lila Megumi Hayashibara Rachael Lillis 17
Honar Kazuhiko Kishino Scottie Ray
Kerel Akira Ishida Greg Abbey
Alarm ¿? Maddie Blaustein 18
Ryo the Lion Hironori Miyata Anthony Salerno
Mei the Swan Misa Nakanishi Lisa Ortiz
Gen the Wolf Yukimasa Kishino ¿?
Reika the Fighting Leopardess Shoko Kanoki Tara Sands
Bald Eagle Dai Chafurin Scottie Ray
Sailor ¿? J. David Brimmer 19
Palou Reiko Takagi Wayne Grayson
Elena Yuri Amano Rachael Lillis
Anna Kae Araki Jill Seifers 20
Dragon ¿? Anthony Salerno 22

Additional VoicesEdit

NotesEdit

  • The rights to air the series on Television in the United States were originally acquired by FoxKids. Though they soon realized that the adult-oriented series would require too much editing for them to air it, so they decided against it and let their rights lapse.
  • Despite the original soundtrack having stereophonic sound, the soundtrack for the English dub was in monaural sound.

Video ReleasesEdit

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
Central Park Media 1996-1998 VHS The Slayers NTSC United States Flag United States
8 Volumes
1999 Slayers Next
8 Volumes
2000 Slayers Try
8 Volumes
DVD Slayers Next 1
NTSC
4 Discs
2001 Slayers Try
4 Discs
2002 The Slayers
4 Discs
FUNimation Entertainment 2007-2008 The Slayers
4 Discs
Slayers Next
4 Discs
Slayers Try
4 Discs
2009 The Complete Series
12 Discs

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