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Well, it took me several months, but I finally banged this out. This novel gave me fits for a bit because of how I typically format these with the characters appearing in the order of their appearance in the series. That just wasn’t working for this novel, so it finally occurred to me this week to shake up the order and voila! I got this done. So instead of starting with Lina and ending with Memphis, I’m starting with Memphis and saving Lina for last, because Lina’s the best. Enjoy!

Much thanks to all of the translators who worked on the latter half of the series who made this possible. Especially the one who translated the 15th one, found here.


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Finally, the penultimate novel! The translation of which can be found here. How these storylines never made it into the anime is a grave injustice…

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Plot

The Blast Sword appears, and the gang teams up with Milgasea and Memphis, Memphis being a monster of Naga's creation. 13 down, 2 more to go! Click here for the translation, courtesy of amildcaseofraughnutrushavna.

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For part 2
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For Gourry, Luke, Milina, Milgasea and Memphis, see below the cut.
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There was a lot of interest to analyze in this novel! So grab your favorite drink and a bowl of popcorn, because this is long! Read on to find out how long! So long that I've had to divide it into two parts! And it is thanks to amildcaseofraughnatrushavna that we have this translation!

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Part 2
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Plot

This novel is an anomaly, especially in the latter half of the series, in that it does not move the plot of the arc much and could be easily skipped. Lina and Gourry are also the only recurring characters who feature in it. But does that means that there’s nothing to be gained from this novel, no deeper parallels, no flights of long range reaching? Read on to find out! Special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pip25 and [livejournal.com profile] hlrespect for the translation!

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Plot

Wizer makes an appearance! Though in a drastically altered form from what made it into the anime! Most of the first three chapters were translated here, and the rest can be found here, translated by [livejournal.com profile] hlrespect and [livejournal.com profile] pip25.

10 down, 5 to go! )
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Plot

From here on out we are in the territory of plotlines that did not make it into the anime. What a shame this is cannot be overstated. In this volume, we meet Luke and Milina. Massive thanks to Spore for the fan translation found at
Baka-Tsuki, without which I would still be gnashing my teeth and wishing I knew Japanese.

Milina is kinda kick ass. )
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Plot

Episodes 22-26 of NEXT are adapted from this novel. I went into more detail than usual in the summary because the novel explains a lot of things that the anime doesn’t and, because, it’s pivotal. And yay! Made it through the first story arc! On a sadder note, it’s the last we see of Zel, Amelia and Sylphiel. They go off to live their own lives after this. Posted in two parts because this become too long.

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Previous Novels )

Plot

Episodes 18 thru let’s say most of 22 are based off this novel. Once they get to Dragon’s Peak it should start sounding very familiar. A lot happens! Xellos’ true nature is revealed to the group. Zel and Amelia make some great leaps in character development. And Lina and Gourry’s commitment to each other grows stronger.

Sorry this took awhile. Lots of characters and a lot of stuff happened. )
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Plot
Episodes 6-9 of Evolution-R were adapted from this novel. While Seigram does make another appearance, there’s little that’s recognizable from NEXT in this novel.

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Plot

Episodes 6-9 of Evolution-R were adapted from this novel. While Seigram does make another appearance, there’s little that’s recognizable from NEXT in this novel.

Yeah, this took awhile to bang out. Been one of those months. )
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Plot

Oh boy. Plot elements from this novel appeared in episodes 23-26 of Prime, 9-13 of NEXT, and 9-13 of REVO, and depending on how technical you want to be, several other plotlines. In other words, they got a lot of mileage out of this story!
5 down, 10 more to go! )
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Plot: Loosely follows episodes 8-13 of Slayers NEXT, and introduces the character of Zuuma, though this is so greatly altered in the anime it’s barely recognizable. For the sake of argument we’ll say episode 7 & 10 of Revolution. One major difference is that Zel does not join our band of heroes for this adventure. The good news is Amelia finally makes her debut! Plot and character analysis below!
For Xellos, though, we have to wait for the next book. )
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For information about the purpose of this and how I organize things, as well as the analysis of the first novel, click here.

For the second novel, the Sorcerer of Atlas, click here.

Plot: Episodes 13-26 of the anime loosely follow this novel. Perhaps the biggest difference is that Amelia has had yet to make her debut (we’ll have to wait for that in the next novel) while Lantz joins in on the fun. Anyway, brief summary below.

And, oh yes, spoilers! )
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Purpose: An in-depth examination of the Slayers characters as portrayed in the light novels. One of the things I’ve really enjoyed about the series is the rich and complex characters, so I’m going to analyze the heck out of them.

For more information about how I organized this, and for the review of the first novel, click here.


Plot: Episodes 3-6 of Slayers NEXT follow this storyline very loosely. And while I love some of the humor in the anime, the way it unfolded in the book was a lot better. Since the plotline is barely recognizable in anime form, I’m going to do a quick summary for this one.

Spoilers for the second novel! )
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Purpose: An in-depth examination of the Slayers characters as portrayed in the light novels. One of the things I’ve really enjoyed about the series is the rich and complex characters, so I’m going to analyze the heck out of them.

Source Material: A lot of this is comparing and contrasting the characters as portrayed in the anime versus the light novels, with the primary focus being the novels. While I have seen most of the OVAs, I haven’t watched them repeatedly like I have the main anime so I won’t be drawing anything from them. Also, the only special I will be drawing from is The Thing He Sees Beyond the Point of His Sword (from here on out TTHS) because it’s the only one I have read and it does provide some good insight into both Lina and Gourry’s character.

I also include information from interviews with Hajime Kanzaka.

However, this naturally means there are bits and pieces I am missing, so if anyone has anything to add feel free. Further, I am not Japanese nor do I speak the language, and am having to rely on translations. So there are nuances that get lost in translation and cultural barriers.

And the manga does not factor into this at all. Too many competing storylines to track.

Characters: The characters I will be focusing are those who A. Appear in both the anime and the novels and B. appear in more than one novel. Though, I can’t say for sure how close I will stick with this for the simple fact that some characters interest me more than others and if I really don’t have anything constructive to say about one I’d probably leave him out.

This will include the main four, Xellos, Sylphiel and some relatively minor characters such as Rubia and Lance.

And further showing I am prone to breaking my own rules, when/if I get to the last 7 novels, I will most likely include sections for Luke and Milina.

The other thing to note is that, as the stories are told first person from Lina’s point of view, what we get is her impressions of the other characters. Lina is the only character whose head we actually get into. For this reason, Lina features heavily in other character’s sections.

The Ruby Eye (brief overview): Of the adaptations, the anime remained the most faithful to this storyline. This comprises the first 10 episodes of the anime and focuses on when Lina defeats Shabranigdo for the first time. Aside from some character changes and added/deleted scenes, there’s not a lot of surface differences between the way that events unfolded in the novel and in the anime.

A Note About Spellings: By and large I’m using the spellings I picked up 10 or so years ago when the fansubs were still being passed around and whether or not Zelgadis is spelled with one or two ‘s’ could cause a lot of debate. The official subs standardized some things, but the novels use different spellings for some things. For instance, Shabranigdo vs Shabranigdu. I’m just going by what is quickest more the most effortless for me to type.

Onto the more interesting character stuff! )

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