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The Slayers The First Three Seasons

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

The Slayers: The First Three Seasons is a 12-disc DVD set that contains the first three seasons of The Slayers (The Slayers, Slayers Next, and Slayers Try). Each season is broken up over four discs, and each season consists of 26 episodes.

On all the discs, you can choose your language and subtitle options. You can choose whether to have the audio in English or Japanese, and you can choose whether or not to have subtitles. In the main menu, you can also choose which episode you want to see; however, there is no menu which allows you to choose where to start in an episode. By choosing which episode you want, you are automatically taken to the opening credits for that episode.

Special features appear on discs four, eight, and 12 on the set. Disc four contains a feature labeled "Episode 1 Edit." This feature runs for about nine minutes, and it is made up of two scenes from the first episode (which are when Lina meets Gourry and when Lina defeats the dragon). This feature is available in the following languages: English, Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, and Italian.

Disc four also contains textless songs, which are the opening and closing credits for the first season. While there may not be any credit text included on this feature, the subtitles for the song's lyrics are still on the screen. There are also trailers for animeOnline, Black Cat, Tsubasa, Case Closed, The Slayers (a trailer for Slayers Next), Yu Yu Hakusho, Dragon Ball Z, and the Z Store.

The first special feature on disc eight is labeled as "Animated Music Videos." This feature runs for 12 minutes, and it contains five different versions of the same music video for "Maiden's Prayer" (a song which appeared in episode 40). The five versions of the video are the original version, an instrumental version, only Lina's vocal and the music, only Amelia's vocal and the music, and a version with Japanese subtitles instead of English subtitles. This particular feature became annoying rather quickly. I became rather tired of seeing the same visuals, and only having small tweaks made to each version of the video.

There is only a textless version of the opening song on disc eight. Just like the textless songs on disc four, there is no longer any credit text, but there are still subtitles on the screen. A feature labeled as "Japanese TV Spots" runs for roughly two-and-a-half minutes; there are no subtitles for this feature. There are a total of seven television spots included, and they seemed to be for various Slayers recordings and games that were released. There are also trailers for Ragnarok, Yu Yu Hakusho, The Slayers (a trailer for Slayers Try), Robotech: Shadow Chronicles, Glass Fleet, Tsubasa, Dragon Ball Z, and the Z Store.

Disc 12 didn't contain much in the way of special features. There are textless versions of the opening and closing songs; unfortunately, this feature did not include a textless version of the song that appeared for the ending credits of the final episode of Slayers Try. For the songs that appear on here, the credit text is gone, but the subtitles still remain. There are also trailers for Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Fullmetal Alchemist, CLAMP Double Feature, Dragon Ball, Glass Fleet, and Blue Gender.

Even though the special features a little disappointing in some respects, this is really a rather economical set to purchase to acquire the first three seasons of The Slayers on DVD. Many stores and online outlets that sell this 12-disc set tend to charge around $60 for it. I would definitely recommend this box set to fans of The Slayers that want to own the series on DVD.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD set that my husband purchased for me as a gift.


Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Angry? Lina's Furious Dragon Slave!
Bad! Mummy Men Aren't My Type!
Crash! Red and White and Suspicious All Over!
Dash! Run for It! My Magic Doesn't Work!
Escape! Noonsa, The Flaming Fish Man!
Focus! Rezo's the Real Enemy!
Give Up! But, Just Before We Do, the Sure Kill Sword Appears!
Help! Shabranigdo Is Reborn!
Impact! The Eve of the Great Life or Death Gamble!
Jackpot! The Great Life or Death Gamble!
Knockout! The Seyruun Family Feud!
Lovely! Amelia's Magic Training!
Money! Knock Out Those Bounty Hunters!
Navigation! An Invitation to Sairaag!
Oh No! Lina's Wedding Rhapsody?
Passion! Shall We Give Our Lives for the Stage?
Question? He's Proposing to THAT Girl?
Return! The Red Priest Is Back!
Shock! Sairaag Falls!
Trouble! Rahnimu, the Furious Fish Man!


Disc 4
Disc 5
Disc 6
Upset! Gourry vs. Zangulus
Vice! The One Who Was Left Behind!
Warning! Eris' Wrath!
X-Day! The Demon Beast Is Reborn!
Yes! A Final Hope: The Blessed Blade!
Zap! Victory Is Always Mine!

Bonus Features
The Sudden Pinch! The Terror of the Monstrous Zoamelgustar!
The Roguish Priest! His Name Is Xellos!
A Wonderful Business! Being a Bodyguard Isn't Easy!
An Ancient Pledge! One Who Seeks Immortality!
Staying Behind for the Sake of Love!
You Can't Escape! The Return of the Obsessive Martina!


Sudden Cooking! Follow the Phantom Dragon!
Be Eternal! The Day Prince Phil Died!
Hidden Ambitions! The Shocking Confession?
On a Journey With a Pack of Scoundrels?! Take Back That Magic Power!
Voices of Darkness! Slash 'Em to Bits, Ragna Blade!
The Unexpected End? The Shocking Truth!
Impending Fall! The Moment of Ambition's Defeat!





Disc 7
Disc 8
Disc 9
The Forbidden Dance? Where Is the Strongest Spell?
A Big Crash? The Battle at Artemay Tower!
Bitter Curve Balls! Gutsy Fast Balls!
They're Talking About a Girl Named Zelgadis?!
The Temple of Sand! The Secret of the Giga Slave!
Disclosure at Last! Xellos' True Form!
No Other Choice! Set Course for Dragon Valley!
The Thousand Year Old Truth! The Traitorous Demon Dragon King!
The Stolen Sword of Light! The End of the Demon Dragon King!
The Menacing Swordsman! A Journey of Reunion!
Sinister Trap! The Mysterious City of Ghosts!
The Soulds of the Dead! Lina's Final Decision!
Go to NEXT! And Then Again...



Bonus Features
Majestic? Hoist Sails for the Journey!
Doubtful? A Letter From Home!
Where'd That Arrogant Guy Go?
On the Move! He's Out for Revenge?
A Wild Rumor? You Can't Have Smoke Without Fire?
Wandering Around? The Runaway Shrine Takes a Trip!






Disc 10
Disc 11
Disc 12
A Peace Conference? This Is the Dragon Shrine?
Be Careful! The Plan Has Begun!
Continuous Fire! The Wind-Swept Shore of Battle!
Ready for Exile! Isn't Two People's Love Eternal?
The Hurdle's Cleared? Jillas' True Power!
Selfless and Senseless! Pursuit Through the Labyrinth!
An Explosive Situation! The One Who Holds the Key!
Striding and Swaggering! Lamentation Without End!
Disaster and Danger? This Place Is a Wonder Island!
Pandemonium! Terror of the Cursed Jar!
Immediate Results? Love Is in the Tiny Differences
The Right Person in the Right Place! Amelia in the Village of Justice!
Three People, Three Ways! Where the Light Leads!
A Hero's Advent? For Whom Does the Young Girl Pray?



Savage and Unexplored! History Sealed Away!
Eternal Death, Final Farewells! A Cry to the Fallen!
No Time for Arguing! Head for the Showdown!
No Way to Guess! The Forbidden Gateway Is Open!
He Who Emerges From Dark Star!
TRY Again! When All Returns to White!

Bonus Features
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