History YMMV / Slayers

24th May '17 8:04:14 PM PurpleWarrior13
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** Even the dub has some of this. The first 13 episodes of Season 1 were recorded in 1996, and aside from Creator/LisaOrtiz as Lina and Creator/EricStuart as Gourry, it really doesn't hold up very well, featuring many stilled performances and awkward script choices. It starts improving quite a bit in the second half of Season 1, with Creator/VeronicaTaylor as Amelia and Creator/CrispinFreeman as Zelgadis, and the dubs for NEXT and TRY are considered among the best of the 90s, featuring many well-done performances that strike a balance between the series' comedic and melodramatic elements, with Xellos and Sylphiel's voices being the only sore spots. A change in voice director (from Jim Malone to Anthony Salerno) also helped. ADV's dubs for the the movies and [=OVAs=] aren't as fondly remembered (aside from maybe Creator/KellyManison as Naga), most likely because they couldn't capture the magic of NEXT and TRY's dubs. FUNimation even tried to go back and fix some of the first 13 episodes' mediocre dubbing, but were unable to. When Revolution and Evolution-R were dubbed in 2009-2010, FUNimation did go out of their way to bring back the main four voice actors, due to fan demand.
10th May '17 5:43:46 PM CanzetTheCoyote
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**Dilgear is absolutely this albeit in a villainous sense.
10th May '17 5:42:39 PM CanzetTheCoyote
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**Dilgear. True, he's a villain in the series but he virtually gets no respect at all. Add to this, his CryCute tendencies and fics like [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3515629/1/An-Ode-to-Beastmen this]] and you'll just way to hug the poor guy.
9th May '17 2:32:02 PM CanzetTheCoyote
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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Dilgear seems to be rather PopularWithFurries with some giving him a DracoInLeatherrPants treatment.

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Dilgear seems to be rather PopularWithFurries with some giving him a DracoInLeatherrPants DracoInLeatherPants treatment.
9th May '17 2:31:40 PM CanzetTheCoyote
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*EnsembleDarkhorse: Dilgear seems to be rather PopularWithFurries with some giving him a DracoInLeatherrPants treatment.
27th Mar '17 7:32:38 PM YasminPerry
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** Gourry can easily be mistaken for a girl.
11th Feb '17 11:42:25 PM Kilyle
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*** The manga has her considerably less busty. Whatever the justification was for her early anime design (given the number of flat-chested jokes about her ''constantly''), by the fourth season she's actually pretty flat, which is good, because some early plot points hang around her inability to calmly put up with a small animal repeatedly teasing her about her lack of breasts.
11th Feb '17 11:38:17 PM Kilyle
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*** Alternatively, the explanation that Zel/Xel works not so much as a loving relationship but a pragmatic dubious-consensual one: Xellos feeds on negative emotions (Zelgadis is a buffet), while Zelgadis can't risk being sexual with another human (Xellos either enjoys the pain or isn't harmed by it). A ton of fanfics take the NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization route, often as precursor to Zelgadis either realizing he's got no reason to avoid a relationship with Xellos, or eventually admitting that he always secretly wanted him.
11th Feb '17 8:39:51 PM Kilyle
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*** The recasting of Xellos from comedy-style David Moo to cultured-style Michael Sinterniklaas does make the fourth and fifth seasons much more palatable if you want to take Xellos seriously during the dramatic parts.
4th Feb '17 11:22:10 PM Plasma57
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: While her certainly seems like a classic IdiotHero outside of his swordsmanship, just how dumb is Gourry Gabriev exactly? Is he really as dumb as he appears to be or is he ObfuscatingStupidity to make his enemies underestimate him?

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: While her he certainly seems like a classic IdiotHero outside of his swordsmanship, just how dumb is Gourry Gabriev exactly? Is he really as dumb as he appears to be or is he ObfuscatingStupidity to make his enemies underestimate him?
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