See also:In the Slayers universe, the ultimate being is the Lord of Nightmares, the creator of at least four parallel worlds. An artifact known as the Claire Bible contains information about the Lord of Nightmares' task to regain its 'true form', which is only attainable by destroying these worlds and returning them to the chaos (sea of darkness) that it itself is. For unexplained reasons, though, the Lord of Nightmares has not acted upon this desire by itself so far. On each of these worlds are gods ( shinzoku, lit. 'godly race') and monsters (, lit.
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'demon race'), fighting without end. Should the gods win the war in a world, that world will be at peace. Should the monsters win, the world will be destroyed and returned to the Sea of Chaos.In the world where the Slayers takes place, Flare Dragon Ceiphied and the Ruby-Eye Shabranigdo are, respectively, the supreme god and monster.
Long ago, their war ended more or less in a stalemate, when Ceiphied was able to split Shabranigdo's existence into seven pieces in order to prevent him from coming back to life, then seal them within human souls. As the souls are reincarnated, the individual fragments would wear down until Shabranigdo himself would be destroyed.
However, Ceiphied was so exhausted by this that he himself sank into the Sea of Chaos, leaving behind four parts of himself in the world. A millennium before the events in Slayers, one of Ruby-Eye's fragments (which was sealed in the body of Lei Magnus, a very powerful sorcerer) revived and began the Resurrection War ( 降魔戦争, Kōma-sensō, alternately 'War of Demon Conquering') against one of the parts of Ceiphied, the Water Dragon King, also known as Aqualord Ragradia. Ultimately, the piece of Shabranigdo won, but Aqualord, using the last remnants of her power, sealed him into a block of magical ice within the Kataart Mountains. Nevertheless, Shabranigdo's lieutenants remained at liberty, sealing a part of the world within a magical barrier, through which only mazoku could pass.There are four types of magic within the Slayers universe: Black, White, Shamanistic, and Holy. Black magic spells, such as the famous Dragon Slave, call directly on the powers of the mazoku and are capable of causing enormous damage. White magic spells are of an obscure origin and are used for healing or protection.
Shamanistic magic is focused on manipulation and alteration of the basic elements of the natural world (earth, wind, fire, water and spirit) and contains spells for both offense and convenience, such as Raywing, Fireball, or Elmekia Lance. Holy magic uses the power of the shinzoku, but the aforementioned barrier made its usage impossible for anyone inside before the death of the mazoku Hellmaster Phibrizzo. As a rule, mazoku can only be harmed by spiritual (astral) shamanistic magic, holy magic, or black magic which draws power from another mazoku with greater might than the target.Above all other magic, however, are the immensely destructive spells drawing power from the Lord of Nightmares. The two spells of this class are the Ragna Blade, capable of cutting through any obstacle or being, and the Giga Slave, which can kill any opponent, but which could also destroy the world itself if the spell is miscast. Some have claimed that these terrible spells, drawing their power directly from the Lord of Nightmares, constitute a fifth form of magic: Chaos magic.Media Light novels Slayers was originally serialized in in 1989 as a short story series written by, and with artwork by Rui Araizumi. The serialized chapters were then published as Slayers light novels across 15 volumes from January 25, 1990 to May 15, 2000.
On September 7, 2004, Tokyopop began publishing the light novels in English, ending with the release of Volume 8 on January 2, 2008. On October 20, 2018, volume 16 was published by under their imprint. On October 19, 2019, volume 17 was published. Slayers Special ( スレイヤーズ すぺしゃる) is a spin-off prequel series of 30 novels published from 1991 to 2008. Each consisting of one-shot stories (sometimes, two-chapter stories) chronicling the exploits of and before the events in Slayers.
Five additional volumes were released under a new series title, Slayers Smash. ( スレイヤーズ すまっしゅ。) between July 2008 and November 2011.
Slayers Delicious ( スレイヤーズ でりしゃす), a four volume prequel featuring Lina and Naga, was released between 1997 and 1999. These four stories were originally published separately by Fujimi Fantasia in mini- format, and later they were included in different Special novels. A one volume crossover between Slayers and the series was published in 2005 under the title Slayers VS Orphen and was later reprinted in 2013. Slayers Select ( スレイヤーズ せれくと) is a best-of compilation of Slayers Special. Its five volumes were published in August 2008, September 2008, June 2009, February 2010, and March 2010.
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Slayers Anthology was released to mark the 25th anniversary of Slayers novels in January 2015. It is a compilation of six stories, one of which was written by Kanzaka and five by fan writers. Main article:A series of five Slayers were released exclusively in Japan between 1994 and 1998 for different platforms. There are two different 16-bit games released in 1994 and titled simply Slayers (including ), followed by three 32-bit console games: 1997's, and 1998's. In addition, some Slayers characters are featured in 2012's and in the.Reception The first volume of the Slayers series was published in January 1990. So far it has 50 volumes in total (original series: 15 volumes, Special series: 30 volumes, the Smash series: five volumes), and its total print reached over 18 million copies, as of July 2015. As of 2018, it has sold 20 million copies.Of the various media which make up the Slayers franchise, the anime has by far reached the largest audience and is considered to be one of the most popular series of the 1990s.
As it is a of the genre, the series's driving force lies in comic scenarios alluding to other specific anime, or more general genre. Due to the series' comedic nature, less development is given to plot and characters, which some consider predictable. Nevertheless, the series' focus on humor and entertainment and 'old school' anime feel make it a nostalgic classic to many.In Anime Essentials: Every Thing a Fan Needs to Know, wrote: 'More humorous and less serious looking than the characters in the series, the stars of Slayers provide action and laughs.' In, similarly called it 'the antidote to the deadly serious Record of Lodoss War, with a cynical cast modeled on argumentative role-players. (.) Ridiculing its own shortcomings, Slayers has successfully kept a strong following that watches for what some might call biting satire, and others bad workmen blaming their tools.' Joseph Luster of called it 'the very definition of an all-encompassing media franchise. (.) Slayers certainly has that in its memorable lineup, and they'll likely cast some sort of spell on you, regardless of age.'
Paul Thomas Chapman from the same magazine opined it is a 'franchise whose remarkable longevity and popularity is matched only by its remarkable averageness,' especially regarding the various aspects of the TV series, but still appealing to him and making him return to it when he looks for a light entertainment. See also.References. Archived from on August 12, 2018. Retrieved August 12, 2018. Legulalp, Serdar (May 28, 2014). Archived from on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
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Gameplay VideoGraphicsGameplay is presented side-on, in two dimensions. The upper portion of the screen shows the action in each battle, using cartoon-like sprites with basic animations, while the bottom section shows your hand of cards and various statistics, gauges, and other useful information.The battle graphics are great and fit the sense of humour and general feel of the game to a tee. Card graphics are big and easy to recognise, and the always-available tooltips fill in any information that you might not remember just from looking at the card name and graphic — very useful for a beginner.When you’re not in battle, the dungeon and ‘world’ maps are simply presented and work well. In fact, the interface in general is very easy to use and I didn’t ever find myself not knowing how to do something.Graphics options are non-existent, but the game should run fine on any modern hardware.SoundSound and music also fit the game very well. The music seemed to me to be sort-of comically jaunty, but full of doom as well, much like the game itself, and although it gets repetitive, playing on and on for hours, I didn’t find it annoying.Sound effects are fine and consist of all of the sorts of things you’d expect from a fantasy-battle-based CCG. They’re well normalised and I didn’t need to adjust relative sound and music volumes from their defaults.There are some voices in the game, too, and personally I loved these, though one of the female character’s “Hello” when encountering friendly NPCs in the dungeons very quickly got on my wife’s nerves. If you find one annoying, though, there are many more to choose from when creating your character, both male and female.
GameplayMonster Slayers plays similarly to a single-player computer version of Magic: the Gathering, or any of a host of other fantasy collectible card games, but with a wicked sense of humour.You start the game by creating a character of one of the six provided classes: rogue, ranger, knight, barbarian, cleric, and wizard. When you select your class, the humour in the game becomes evident, as there’s a special note below the character name: “Don’t spend too much time here. This hero will be dead soon.”The first time you play, the game provides you with a short tutorial dungeon, before putting you on the world map screen, from where you can select one of the Northern Valley’s treacherous dungeons to explore. Entering the dungeon, you’re shown a grid of connected rooms, each one of which holds a random encounter. When you first enter, you can only see the four rooms around you, but as you defeat monsters or encounter NPCs, more of the dungeon opens up, until by the end you will most likely have explored every room.Most often the rooms hold creatures to battle — the type and level of which is displayed to you before you enter the room — but when you first start the first and second dungeons each game, you’ll also be given a choice of companion, each of whom has a special ability with a cooldown. Other than battles, you’ll also encounter merchants, trainers, healers, and a number of other non-deadly, or even friendly, NPCs and objects, many of which award you new cards.When you do enter a room with a creature, though, the battle card game begins, and this plays like many other CCGs, with the goal being to wear down your opponent’s health to 0 while not losing all of yours.
There’s a bit of a twist, though. Although your hand is often only four cards, many cards perform an action (e.g. Attack or healing) and then draw another card, so, particularly for the rogue class, you may end up using double or even triple the number of cards in your hand on a good turn.Some cards use action points, which are limited and refresh each turn; some cards use mana, which is limited and carries over each turn; and some cards use neither, and are essentially ‘free’ to use. The main difference between the characters is the cards they have in their card decks, with each one being geared towards a certain style of play. Rogues churn through cards fast, with lots of redraws; knights easily build up lots of defence (‘block’) and are good tanks; and barbarians are happy to burn their own health and then rely on regeneration to recover, in order to do increased damage to their enemies.Defeating an opponent earns you gold and experience points (XP), but any health you’ve lost carries over with you to the next battle, unless you visit a healer, or, importantly, go up a level.
Each level of monster is worth five XP, so kill a level two monster and you’ll earn 10 XP. This is important, because one of the basic tactics of the game is to carefully plan your battles in order to level up when you most need to regain your health. Levelling up also normally gives you a choice of character improvement: an extra Action Point, a new card, or a card upgrade, for example.Dungeons are procedurally generated and the game has perma-death, so when your character dies, off you go to start all over again. All is not lost, however, as you keep a small percentage of your gold, all of your items from the ‘party inventory’, and, importantly, you earn fame points.
When these reach enough for the next rank, you gain a point to spend on a permanent improvement. These include deck changes for future games, stat increases, and a range of other benefits.Each dungeon has a boss creature. Defeat three of these and you’ve fulfilled your Monster Slayer quest and, I assume, completed the game. Simple, right?There are a few things I didn’t like about the game, but only a few.Firstly, I’ve clicked the ‘Sell Junk Items’ button from the inventory screen far too often and it’s sold off equipment that I wouldn’t have called ‘junk’ at all, with no way to recover it.
Make sure to use this button only sparingly!Secondly, the companions, while a nice addition, are not really used to their full potential. This is certainly a deliberate design decision, to focus on the main character, but it seemed like a bit of a wasted opportunity, with such a good range of companions and only a couple of improvements available for each.And lastly, Monster Slayers is too addictive by far!
I think it must be a digital narcotic.Note: according to an update on the Store page yesterday, there are now also six more classes to unlock by completing the game with each of the six starting classes. That’s even more reason to keep playing.
Pros and ConsPros:+ A great sense of humour+ Very good use of rogue-like elements+ Most excellent fun+ Steam AchievementsCons:– Could do with more– The ‘Sell Junk Items’ button sells good things, too ConclusionMonster Slayers is very, very good. If you enjoy CCGs, and you like rogue-likes, you should buy it.