|Genre||Adventure, comedy, fantasy|
|Original video animation|
|Directed by||Hiroshi Watanabe|
|Written by||Hajime Kanzaka |
|Music by||Takayuki Hattori|
|Released||October 25, 1998 – March 25, 1999|
Slayers Excellent (スレイヤーズえくせれんと Sureiyāzu ekuserento) is the second set of three Slayers OVA episodes featuring Lina Inverse and Naga the Serpent, following the earlier OVA series Slayers Special. The series was written by Keiko Watanabe basing on the original stories in the light novels by Hajime Kanzaka, directed by Hiroshi Watanabe and originally released in Japan in 1998–1999.
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In the first episode, "Labyrinth" (らびりんす Rabirinsu?), Lina and Naga first meet and are forced to travel together battling zombies, ghosts, a vampire, and Naga's own tomfoolery. In the second episode, "A Frightening Future" (恐るべき未来 Osorubeki mirai?), Lina is hired to escort a bratty and spoiled merchant's daughter to a summer villa. In the third episode, "Lina-chan's Lovely Makeover Operation" (リナちゃん・おしゃれ大作戦 Rina-chan oshare dai-sakusen?), Lina and Naga become involved in a dispute with each of them taking opposite sides in an argument between conservative and risque fashion designers.
|Character||Japanese voice actor||English voice actor|
|Lina Inverse||Megumi Hayashibara||Cynthia Martinez|
|Naga the Serpent||Maria Kawamura||Kelly Manison|
|Steindorf||Sho Hayami||Mike MacRae|
|Tatiana Diward||Aya Hisakawa||Deanna Julian|
|Sirene||Kumiko Watanabe||Tiffany Grant|
|Marty Lenford||Mayumi Iizuka||Ayanna Grundy|
|Alphonse||Shinichiro Miki||Illich Guardiola|
|Fitzmeier||Hiroshi Naka||Jason Douglas|
Slayers Excellent was originally released in Japan in three parts between October 25, 1998 and March 25, 1999 on VHS and LaserDisc. ADV Films licensed the OVAs and released them on DVD on March 30, 2004. It was included in the collection of digitally remastered Slayers films and OAV series, released on Blu-ray in Japan on October 30, 2015.
The series' ending song "Never Die" with vocals by Masami Okui was released as a four-track single CD (KIDA-174) by Starchild Records on November 27, 1998. It was also later included Okui's 1999 album Best-Est and in the CD collection The Best of Slayers vol. 2 (From OVA, Movie & Game).
Polish fantasy writer Aleksandra Janusz, writing for the magazine Kawaii, called Slayers Excellent "not much less brilliant" than Slayers Special, noting the second part to in her opinion be the most funny and the third one to be the weakest. Dave Halverson gave Excellent a review score of three-and-half stars out of five in play, opining that while the first episode is indeed excellent, the other two "don't hold a handle to" Slayers Great and Slayers Gorgeous.
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