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! )