The Slayers is an anime based on a light novel series written by Hajime Kanzaka and illustrated by Rui Araizumi.
The Slayers follows the adventures of a 16-year-old sorceress named Lina Inverse and her companions. Lina loves money, treasure and food, and uses her magic in a reckless, yet comedic manner. She has a reputation for being evil, powerful, destructive, and diminutive; Lina has also acquired the nicknames "Bandit Killer" and "Dragon Spooker" (although she doesn't like either of these nicknames).
At the beginning of the series, Lina destroys a gang of bandits called the Dragon Fangs and takes some of their treasure. As she heads for the nearest town, Lina is ambushed by the remaining members of the gang. Lina ends up being rescued by the valiant Gourry Gabriev.
Gourry is a wandering swordsman, and he carries the Sword of Light. While Gourry may be skillful with a sword, he isn't exactly the sharpest tool in the shed. After meeting Lina, he decides to serve as the "little girl's" unpaid bodyguard. Gourry is kind, loyal, and considerate of others. However, he makes it pretty clear that he feels Lina's physical attributes are a little underdeveloped for her age.
There are three types of magic in the Slayers universe: Black Magic, White Magic, and Shamanistic Magic. Black Magic spells can cause enormous damage. White Magic spells are used for healing and protection. Shamanistic Magic spells are used for manipulation and altering the natural world.
While The Slayers is set in a Dungeons & Dragons type world, the series doesn't take itself too seriously; in fact, there's actually quite a bit of humor in it. While there's nothing visually that would be inappropriate for younger viewers, some of the dialogue (especially Gourry's comments about Lina's physical attributes) really aren't appropriate for young children. Personally, I would recommend Slayers to anime viewers who are 14 years of age and older.
|The Slayers||26||1995||Takashi Watanabe||E.G. Films||FUNimation Entertainment|
|Slayers: The Motion Picture||N/A||1995||Kazuo Yamazaki/Hiroshi Watanabe||J.C. Staff||ADV Films|
|Slayers Next||26||1996||Takashi Watanabe||E.G. Films||FUNimation Entertainment|
|Slayers Return||N/A||1996||Kunihiko Yuyama/Hiroshi Watanabe||J.C. Staff||ADV Films|
|Slayers: The Book of Spells||3||1996-1997||Hiroshi Watanabe||J.C. Staff||ADV Films|
|Slayers Try||26||1997||Takashi Watanabe||E.G. Films||FUNimation Entertainment|
|Slayers Great||N/A||1997||Kunihiko Yuyama/Hiroshi Watanabe||J.C. Staff||ADV Films|
|Slayers Excellent||3||1998-1999||Hiroshi Watanabe||J.C. Staff||N/A|
|Slayers Gorgeous||N/A||1998||Hiroshi Watanabe||J.C. Staff||ADV Films|
|Slayers Premium||N/A||2001||Junichi Sato||J.C. Staff||N/A|
|Slayers Revolution||13||2008||Takashi Watanabe||J.C. Staff||FUNimation Entertainment|
|Slayers Evolution-R||13||2009||Takashi Watanabe||J.C. Staff||FUNimation Entertainment|