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|Date(s):||1989 - present|
|Medium:||light novel, anime|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
|External Links:||at Wikipedia|
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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 is known as "Reena y Gaudy" in Spain and "Los Justicieros" in Latin America. It has been adapted into anime, manga, and RPG videogames.
The popularity of certain characters and 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 – Gourrina (jp.ガウリナ)
- Zelgadis Greywords/Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun – ZelAme, zeruame (jp.ゼルアメ)
- Xellos/Lina Inverse – XelLina, zerorina (jp.ゼロリナ)
- Xellos/Zelgadis Greywords - XelZel, zerozeru (jp.ゼロゼル)
- Xellos/Filia Ul Copt – XelFi, zerofiri (jp.ゼロフィリ)
- Zelgadis Greywords/Lina Inverse – ZelLina, zerurina (jp.ゼルリナ)
- Naga the Serpent/Lina Inverse
- Filia Ul Copt/Valgarv
- Gourry Gabriev/Sylphiel Nels Lahda
- Lina Inverse/Sylphiel Nels Lahda
- Lina Inverse/Filia Ul Copt
The Slayers has no canon parings or established romantic lines between the main characters. However the anime creators managed to fill TV-show with so much ship-tease, that it led to ship war at the early days of fandom. There was everything: from long manifestos to whole anti-shipper home pages. Nowadays everything is much peaceful.
There are various websites that feature Slayers fanart, but Pixiv has a large collection of them all (over 13000).
- Pixiv by tаg Slayers (jp. スレイヤーズ)
There're also, of course, on Deviantart, Tumblr and Twitter.
- Slayers (Anime & Manga) at Archive of Our Own
- Slayers at FanFiction.Net
- Darknessrising – old archive of early Slayers fanfiction.
- Get along by Los Justicieros (Simone Anisoner vocal) – rock version of full Opening theme to the first Slayers anime season (December 13, 2016)
- Get along by MetaLWarrioR (cover of Los Justicieros's cover) – metal version of Opening theme with male vocal (May 13, 2021)
- Kujikenaikara by Los Justicieros – latino cover of full ending theme to the first Slayers anime season (May 23, 2020)
- Give a reason by Simone Anisoner – full Opening of Slayers Next (14 Sept. 2021)
- Saiyuki OP with Slayers (half of it) – hand-drawn parody of Saiyuki Opening song "For Real" (2008)
- Slayers Ranma OP – hand-drawn parody of Ranma 1/2 Opening #5 (2009)
- Haruhi EN with Slayers TRY character – hand-drawn parody of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya' Ending (2011)
- Slayers Lina caramelldansen meme (2008)
- Pixiv – a lot of short random doujinshi in Japanese by different authors.
- Rui Rui Teinyu (jp.るいるい亭にゅ) – 5 issues with a hodge-podge of materials from Araizumi Rui's files, along with short, silly comics from Slayers and his new projects
- Slayers The Blacklist – 3 issues with another a hodge-podge of materials from Araizumi's files, this time only about Slayers. Drawings, which for many reasons could not be included in the official artbooks. Lots of erotic images of Lina.
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.
Character essays at reflections_2:
- In Defence of the Jellyfish Swordsman (Gourry Gabriev) by peeperoonie (Nov 2004)
- A Maiden's Prayer (Sylphiel Nels Lahda) by tarahime (Jul 2005)
- Princess of Justice - Amelia wil Tesla Saillune by dqbunny (Aug 2005)
Shipping essays at ship_manifesto:
- Arrogance, Snarkyness, Sadism, What Else Can There Be?! (Xelloss Metallium/Sailor Moon's Sailor Galaxia) by pentacle_fate (Nov 2005)
Links & Resources
- Slayers Blog at Tumblr
- r/SlayerS – subreddit at Reddit
- KanzakaDex – fan-wiki of Hajime Kanzaka's works (mostly about Slayers).
- The Sea of Chaos – archive of old Korean site with a lots of fanart (since 1999 to 2004)
- Work For Idle Hands - superstarvocal's fanart archive
- ^ Such pages was literally called anti-shrines(archive, 2001) – this one harmless example without character bashing