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Slayers: The Book of Spells (OAV)

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Alternative title:
Slayers - Storie di Specchi, Chimere e Mammoni (Italian)
Slayers Special
スレイヤーズすぺしゃる (Japanese)
Themes: monsters, sorcery
Objectionable content: Significant
Plot Summary: 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.
User Ratings: 489 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 19 votes (sub:9, dub:8, ?:1, others:1
1 Russian subtitled
 Excellent: 66 votes (sub:32, dub:31, raw:1, others:2
2 French subtitled
 Very good: 119 votes (sub:74, dub:39, ?:2, edit.dub:1, others:3
1 Russian subtitled
1 Italian dubbed
1 German subtitled
 Good: 164 votes (sub:112, dub:44, raw:2, edit.dub:1, others:5
1 Korean subtitled
1 Spanish subtitled
1 Russian dubbed
1 French subtitled
1 Russian subtitled
 Decent: 75 votes (sub:45, dub:25, others:5
2 German dubbed
1 French subtitled
1 Spanish subtitled
1 Portuguese subtitled
 So-so: 20 votes (sub:15, dub:5)
 Not really good: 13 votes (sub:11, others:2
1 Russian dubbed
1 French subtitled
 Weak: 9 votes (sub:6, dub:2, others:1
1 Spanish subtitled
 Bad: 1 vote (sub:1)
 Awful: 2 votes (sub:1, dub:1)
 Worst ever: 1 vote (dub:1)
Seen in part or in whole by 1083 users, rank: #1134 (of 9675)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 7.192 (Good+), std. dev.: 1.4984, rank: #2968 (of 9804)
Weighted mean: 7.171 (Good+), rank: #2885 (of 9804) (seen all: 7.17 / seen some: 7.18)
Bayesian estimate: 7.179 (Good+), rank: #2640 (of 7427)
Running time: 30 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 3
Episode titles: We have 3
Vintage: 1996-07-25 to 1997-05-25
Ending Theme:
"Kagirinai Yokubou no Naka ni" by Megumi Hayashibara
DVD Easter Eggs: We have 1
Takes place 2 years before the original Slayers TV series.
Originally released on VHS by ADV under the titles Slayers Dragon Slave and Slayers Explosion Array. Then released as Slayers Book of Spells on DVD.
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DVD (Region 1)
    Slayers - OVA Collection (DVD) 2007-10-23 (from $100.00)
    Slayers - Complete Collection [OVAs + Movies] [Thinpak] (DVD) 2008-10-28
    Slayers: The Book of Spells (DVD) 2001-01-09 (from $29.98)
    Slayers: The Book of Spells [Essential Anime Collection] (DVD) 2005-01-25 (from $19.94)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Hiroshi Watanabe
Screenplay: Kazuo Yamazaki
Original story: Hajime Kanzaka
Character Design: Takahiro Yoshimatsu
Art Director: Hiroshi Katō
Animation Director: Takahiro Yoshimatsu
Character Conceptual Design: Rui Araizumi
Sound Director: Katsuyoshi Kobayashi
Director of Photography: Katsuyuki Ohtaki
Executive producer: Tsuguhiko Kadokawa
Producer: Kiminori Sato

Background Art:
Chieko Nesaki (Studio Bihou)
Jun Okabe (Studio Bihou)
Kenichi Muto (Studio Bihou)
Kentaro Mishima (Studio Bihou)
Kiyoshi Tsuchiya (Studio Bihou)
Koji Iwamoto (Studio Bihou)
Masaru Ohta (Studio Bihou)
Masaru Satō (Studio Bihou)
Shunichiro Yoshihara (Studio Bihou)
Takuji Anai (Studio Bihou)
Yasutaka Kondo (Studio Bihou)
Yoshio Kajiwara (Studio Bihou)
Yoshiyuki Koido (Studio Bihou)
Yūsuke Takeda (Studio Bihou; ep 1)
Chief Producer: Takeshi Tamiya
Color design: Mieko Maruyama
Editing: Naoyuki Masaki
Hiroshi Watanabe (ep 1)
Michio Fukuda (ep 1)
Ryō Tanaka (ep 1)
Takahiro Yoshimatsu (eps 1-3)
Production producer: Tomoko Kawasaki
Sound Effects: Masakazu Yokoyama
Special Effects: Gō Abe
Theme Song Arrangement: Sho Goshima
Theme Song Composition: Hidetoshi Sato
Theme Song Lyrics: Satomi Arimori
Theme Song Performance: Megumi Hayashibara
Maria Kawamura as Naga the Serpent
Megumi Hayashibara as Lina Inverse

Akira Ishida as Jeffrey-kun
Rihoko Yoshida as Josephine
Ryūzaburō Ōtomo as Dark Knight

Banjō Ginga as Lagan
Hidekatsu Shibata as Goldias
Isshin Chiba as
Skinny Bandit (ep 2)
Werewolf (ep 3)
Kaneto Shiozawa as Vista
Kaoru Morota as Child (ep 3)
Kaoru Shimamura as Mother (ep 1)
Kazuhiko Kishino as
Bartender (ep 1)
Fat Bandit (ep 2)
Keiji Fujiwara as Man in Town (ep 1)
Shigezō Sasaoka as Bandit Boss (ep 2)
Shinpachi Tsuji as Werewolf (ep 3)
Takehiro Murozono as Werewolf (ep 3)
Takeshi Aono as Diol
Takumi Yamazaki as Man in Town (ep 1)
Urara Takano as
Grandmother (ep 3)
Wataru Takagi as Werewolf (ep 3)
Yutaka Shimaka as Bandit (ep 3)
Japanese companies
Animation: J.C. Staff
Backgrounds: Bihou, Inc.
Film Developing: Toei Chemical Industry
Photography: J.C. Staff
Recording Studio: APU Studio
Sound Production: Audio Planning U
Titles: Maki Production
English staff
English cast
ADR Director: Matt Greenfield
Art Director: Laura Gadbois
Project Translator:
Chris Hutts
Masako Arakawa
ADR Script: Matt Greenfield
Executive producer:
Joey Goubeaud (2008 Complete Collection)
John Ledford
Mark Williams (Essential Anime Collection)
Producer: Matt Greenfield

5.1 Mix: Paul Killam (Essential Anime Collection)
Creative Director:
David Del Rio (Essential Anime Collection)
J. Michael Stovall (Essential Anime Collection)
DVD Graphics: Larry Koteff (2008 Complete Collection)
DVD Menu Design:
Larry Koteff
Roberto Garcia (Essential Anime Collection)
Shannon Rasberry (Essential Anime Collection)
DVD Post Production: Jay Charean
DVD Producer:
David Williams
Thomas Meerbott (Essential Anime Collection)
Editing: Neil O'Sullivan
International Coordination: Toru Iwakami
Mixing: Paul Killam
Packaging Design:
Andrew Burwell (2007 OVA Collection)
Larry Koteff
Laura Gadbois (VHS)
Post-Production Manager: Shelly Thomas (Essential Anime Collection)
Production Assistant:
Carole Pavlik (Essential Anime Collection)
Maki Nagano (Essential Anime Collection)
Miyuki Kamiya (Essential Anime Collection)
Production Coordination: Janice Williams
Sound Design: Paul Killam
Subtitle Script: Brad Atwell
Subtitle Script & Timing: Dwayne Jones (Essential Anime Collection)
Subtitle Timing: Neal Barnes
Trailer: Dan Rockwell
Cynthia Martinez as Lina Inverse
Kelly Manison as Nahga the Serpent

Brett Weaver as Jeffrey
Marcy Rae as Josephine

Brett Weaver as
Old Man
Bryan Bounds as
Beast Man C
Chris Corey as
Bandit 2
Doug Smith as
Beast Man D
Wimpy Soldier
Guil Lunde as Galda
Lew Temple as Bandit
Matt Greenfield as Beast Man E
Melinda DeKay as
Old Lady
Old Woman
Randy Fox as Bandit Boss
Rob Bundy as Lagan
Rob Mungle as Beast Man A
Stuart Krohn as
Bandit 1
Beast Man B
Tiffany Grant as

English companies
Distributor: Madman Entertainment (Australia & New Zealand)
DVD Authoring & Encoding: ADV Studios (Essential Anime Collection)
Licensed by:
ADV Films (Expired)
Post Production: Monkey Boy Studios
Recording Studio: Industrial Smoke & Mirrors
French staff
French companies
Distributor: Déclic Images
French cast
Italian cast
Italian staff
Dubbing Director: Federico Danti

Dialogues: Benedetta Brugia

Caterina Rochira as Josephina
Federico Danti as Dark Night

Emanuela Pacotto as Ombra di Rina
Giorgio Bonino as Uomo Lupo
Marcella Silvestri as
Copie di Naga
Ombra di Naga
Marco Balbi as Goldias
Marco Balzarotti as Lord Vista
Mario Zucca as Dior
Riccardo Peroni as
Bandit 1 (ep 2)
Uomo Mascherato 1
Sergio Romano' as Boss dei banditi
Stefano Albertini as
Bandit (ep 3)
Bandit 2 (ep 2)
Soldier (ep 2)
Italian companies
Broadcaster: Man-Ga
Distributor: Yamato Video (1999)
German staff
German cast
Shandra Schadt as Lina Inverse
Veronika A. Neugebauer as Naga, the Serpent

Florian Bauer as Jeffrey
Gisela Matt as Josephine

Alex Wangler as Vista
Claus Brockmeyer as
Maskierter Räuber
Werwolf 1
Thomas Rauscher as
Torsten Münchow as
Großer Räuber
Ulf Söhmisch as Werwolf 2
Willi Röbke as Diol

German companies
Distributor: OVA Films

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