Slayers Special

Slayers: The Book of Spells

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English: Slayers: The Book of Spells
Synonyms: Slayers Special OVA
Japanese: スレイヤーズすぺしゃる


Type: OVA
Episodes: 3
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 25, 1996 to May 25, 1997
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Light novel
Genres: AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, SupernaturalSupernatural, MagicMagic, FantasyFantasy, ShounenShounen
Duration: 29 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.361 (scored by 88868,886 users)
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Ranked: #20942
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Popularity: #4131
Members: 17,529
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In these three self-contained half-hour stories, Lina Inverse and her partner, Naga The Serpent, take on a variety of jobs for quick cash, food, and/or their own skins. The first episode, "The Scary Chimera Plan," pits them against a lunatic magician who intends to use Lina to create a fearsome, spell-slinging monster. Then, in "Jeffry's Knighthood," they're hired by an overprotective mother to see that her son - a young man barely capable of holding a sword - becomes a respected knight, by "helping" him fight off the marauding soldiers terrorizing the area. Finally, "Mirror, Mirror" puts the two in a race to hunt down and capture (for bounty, of course) a rogue sorceror who's found an ancient artifact that can create loyal duplicates of anything or anyone, including his enemies.

(Source: ANN)


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Yamazaki, Kazuo
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Hayashibara, Megumi
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Ending Theme

"Kagirinai Yokubou no Naka ni" by Megumi Hayashibara

Jan 9, 2015
Cryptic-senpai (All reviews)
The Slayers Special OVAs were released between July of 1996 and May of 1997. Three episodes were made in total. Overall, they are unrelated, short snippets into the lives and adventures of Lina Inverse and Naga the Serpent. Being a prequel to the previously released movie, Slayers Perfect, it is assumed the events disclosed occur, well, prior to the movie. An exact timeline is anyone's guess.

The first episode starts off with Lina discussing a rather pressing matter with a sorcerer named Diol – specifically, turning Lina into a chimera. For unknown reasons, it seems that Lina breached the subject in the first place, but read more
Apr 19, 2014
angelsreview (All reviews)
This isn’t like the ones before. In fact, I’m not sure that this is even in the same dimention as the others. Lina is with a strange woman named Naga the Serpent who dresses rather… well… just look at her! (Kurai: “Um… is she a striper?” Angel: “Uggg… could very well be.”) I’m guessing that this is before she ever meets Gourry in fact because she doesn’t talk about him or even mention him. You don’t have to see the first two seasons’s to watch this one, though Naga seems to get a tiny bit of time on screen in them. In fact, the three read more
May 22, 2015
ratchet573 (All reviews)
The Book of Spells is a three episode OVA series taking place either before the television series or in a separate universe (I’m still unclear about this and I’ve found no definitive answer as to the chronology). That means that we’re focusing on Lina and Naga, who pretty much ruined the first movie. I have no understanding why they kept going with Naga and Lina as companions considering how dull and lifeless the series becomes without some of the more developed characters we’ve come to love. Nonetheless, this OVA series has the animation of the first film, which means it looks brilliant, but retains all read more
Apr 2, 2020
ktulu007 (All reviews)
The Slayers is a franchise I've discussed on multiple occasions, While I'll eventually get to the series proper, I've been looking at the films, OVAs and just generally the stuff that takes place before the series first. Case in point, the Slayers Special OVA follows Lina and Naga on various adventures. Let's take a look.


The OVA is episodic in nature with three different stories. The first is about a magician who wants to create a powerful chimera with Lina as a component. Naturally, she is not happy with the idea and this results in shenanigans. In the second episode, a helicopter parent of a mother read more

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