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Name: Slayers (スレイヤーズ Sureiyāzu)
Creator: Kanzaka Hajime
Date(s): 1989 - present
Medium: light novel, anime
Country of Origin: Japan
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Slayers is a long-running series of over 52 light novels written by Kanzaka Hajime and illustrated by Araizumi Rui. It has been adapted into anime, manga, and RPG videogames.


The popularity of certain characters or pairs in fandom depends on the country/region. Firstly, this is due to the kind of media that appeared there first: light novels, manga, games or anime series. Secondly, a cultural perception in particular region.


Fandom is mainly focused on het and gen with some of yaoi and yuri exceptions. Most popular ships got their short pairing names. "Character x character" and "character/character" are also common.

  • Gourry Gabriev/Lina Inverse – Gаurina (jp.ガウリナ)
  • Zelgadis Greywords/Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun – ZelAme, zeruame (jp.ゼルアメ)
  • Lina Inverse/Xellos – XelLina, zerorina (jp.ゼロリナ)
  • Zelgadis Greywords/Xellos - XelZel, zerozeru (jp.ゼロゼル)
  • Filia Ul Copt/Xellos – XelFi, zerofiri (jp.ゼロフィリ)
  • Lina Inverse/Zelgadis Greywords – ZelLina, zerurina (jp.ゼルリナ)
  • Naga the Serpent/Lina Inverse
  • Filia Ul Copt/Valgarv
  • Garv/Valgarv



There are various websites that feature Slayers fanart, but Pixiv has a large collection of them all (over 9000).

There're also, of course, on Deviantart, Tumblr and Twitter.



There are two main publications by official japanese fan-club of Kanzaka Hajime "Mega Brand Project":

  • Lina tsuushin (Lina's news) – first fanzine published from April of 1992 till December 2005. There were made 24 issues and online publication is still active.
  • Blaster! – most famous club's fanzine. It contained interviews with Kanzaka, polls, news, fan fiction, fanart, etc. Publications stoped after its 13 issue in August 2009. Translated interviews with author from this magazine still can be found online.

Slayers Meta

Character essays at reflections_2:

Shipping essays at ship_manifesto:

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