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Slayers is really a writeup of someone's RPG.Like Dungeons & Dragons or something similar. That's why Lina is so powerful- she's the character of someone with no life who spends all his time leveling her up. And because her 'adventures' are so entertaining, the DM (or equivalent) refuses to let her die.
Slayers is a tale about level 20 mages in a level 1 gameIt's the impression i've had since day one "Slayers is what happens when a max level party does a nubie run." Lina can curb stomp anything short of a Raid Boss, Sabrinigo was a lvl 5 raidboss intended for a group of 20 1-5s but instead faced a 3 man team of lvl 20s.
Zomelgustar, the entity that Martina is worshiping, is becoming realThough Martina freely admits that Zomelgustar is something she made up herself, the wild magic floating around the Slayers verse can easily center around her rabid faith. She's even Named it already, too; in a few generations, some sorcerer (or sorceress) will be running around casting spells drawn from ol' ZG.
Having others (Lina) "kill" the pieces of Shabranigdu sealed inside humans is Shabranigdu's Evil Plan to free itself for good.It's possible that "killing" the fragments of Shabranigdu,, thus freeing them from the reincarnation cycle, may very well be the only way for Shabranigdu to truly be free. Following this logic, if all the pieces are "killed", they'll merge back into one and become Shabranigdu reborn. Here's an analogy to make things clear: Shabranigdu : fragments :: Nyx Avatar : Shadows. If any of them actuallly succeed and destroy the world, well that's why he wants to be free in the first place.
Slayers: NEXT Was A Gambit Roulette By Greater BeastSlayers: NEXT seems to be Hellmaster's Evil Plan to kill Gaav and destroy the world, but Xelloss's bemusement at Hellmaster's destruction suggests something more. Hellmaster was actually manipulated by Greater Beast, into destroying Gaav and then himself. Hellmaster came up with his little plan to manipulate Lina into destroying the world with the Giga Slave. For it to work, he needed Xelloss to protect Lina from Gaav's minions. Since Hellmaster was the strongest of the Five, Greater Beast had no choice but to comply, but she was tired of Hellmaster bullying her around all the time and decided to put an end to it. She gave Xelloss secret instructions to get Hellmaster's plan to backfire. When Mazenda sealed Lina's magic, Xelloss "just happened" to come across Lina. He really did it to give Lina the Demon Brand talismans and the Claire Bible manuscript about the Ragna Blade. Since Xelloss's main mission under Greater Beast was tracking down manuscripts, its not unreasonable to assume he knew where it was hidden. In the fight against Gaav, Lina was supposed to use the Giga Slave, as nothing else could harm a high-ranking Mazoku; Hellmaster would then attack her from behind and disrupt it. But, thanks to Xelloss, Lina knew the Ragna Blade and used that instead. Hellmaster switched over to Plan B: finish off Gaav himself, then lure Lina into casting the Giga Slave against him. Xelloss feigned injury to ensure that Hellmaster would have to use himself as the bait for Lina, and thus be on the receiving end of the Giga Slave. (Note that Hellmaster claims Xelloss isn't around because he was too severly injured, but Xelloss pops up looking just fine the second Hellmaster dies). The Giga Slave itself was the biggest variable in the situation, which is why this is a Gambit Roulette. While Xelloss couldn't do much about that, he was standing on the sidelines to manage the situation any way he could, such as retrieving the Sword of Light. And, in the end, it worked: two of Greater Beast's biggest rivals were eliminated at no cost to her. This theory also works for the light novels, with a few changes. Xelloss forced Lina to fight Zanaffar rather than just doing it himself so that she'd develop the Ragna Blade. Xelloss did not give Lina the Demon Brand talismans so that she would feel more comfortable attempting the Giga Slave, as Hellmaster claims in novel 8; he did it so that Hellmaster would think that Lina could control the Giga Slave and that he'd have to attack her for it to go out of control. Since the Giga Slave went out of control on its own, Hellmaster inadvertantly attacked the Lord of Nightmares, royally pissing her off and sealing his fate.
Zuuma was affected by the first casting of the Giga SlaveZuuma's powers appear to be chaos based, just like the Ragna blade, but there's little explained about how they works. Likewise, Lina discussed the origins of the Giga Slave once during the series, mentioning laying to waste to a large area, but there was no details about this. Zuuma appears to be in constant pain due to his dark powers, so it stands to reason that perhaps the reason he wishes to destroy Lina is because of what she unknowingly did to him. I haven't read the novels mind you.
Naga is the one who set Lina up to meet Prince PhillionelIt's known that Naga is Prince Phillionel's eldest daughter, and at the start of the first season (before getting sidetracked by the whole Rezo/Shabranigdo thing) Lina was heading for Atlas City- the reason for which we found out at the start of episode 11; to meet a prince. Naga was never able to truly beat Lina, despite her claims otherwise, and was happy to claim even the smallest "victory" over the girl she considered her rival. Would setting Lina up to meet her dad, whom Naga knew would not match up to Lina's expectations of a prince, really be beneath her? It was probably the greatest "victory" against Lina that Naga ever achieved. This would also explain why she stopped following Lina; she didn't want to meet her father again... in fact, it's possible that she's continued to avoid Lina in all subsequent seasons either because she believes the risk of meeting her little sister Amelia is too great (having heard from the stories about how Amelia joining up with Lina), or because she's afraid of what Lina will do to her in revenge.
Lina was completely obliterated at the end of Next.So Lina is willingly drawn into the source of Chaos and the cold dark void, then when Gourry goes swimming she appears in front of him fine and dandy? It would be child's play for the mother of all things to create an exact copy of something, especially after having just absorbed it. The original Lina was unmade body and soul, the Lina running around is an exact duplicate created by the Lord of Nightmares.
Sometime between TRY and Evolution, Zelgadis was knightedSpecifically, a knight of Seyruun. When Amelia and Zelgadis meet up with Lina and Gourry again in episode two of Revolution, Amelia explains why they were looking for Lina and Zelgadis chimes in. We then see a flashback of Zelgadis down on one knee, and Philionnel tapping him on one shoulder with a sword. There were people in the background, it looked like some sort of official ceremony. After all that Zelgadis has done for Seyruun in general and Amelia in particular, it only makes sense for Phil to make him a Knight of Seyruun.
Naga is Amelia's long-lost sister.Although this has never been openly stated in the show's canon, they've hinted at it repeatedly. Both Naga and Amelia claim to have sisters whom they haven't seen in years, and there are rare scenes in the various TV series where Amelia is seen doing an obvious Double Take at a random female passerby who resembles Naga... not to mention that Naga's hair is almost exactly the same shade of purplish-black as Amelia's. Of course, this will probably never be proven — Amelia never appears outside the TV series and Naga has only been in the OAVs and theatrical features, so their paths never actually cross. One of series creator Hajime Kanzaka's fanzines does confirm this theory, giving Naga's real name as "Gracia Ul Naga Saillune". (This site and Wikipedia have more on this theory.)
The tangerine Ozzel ate was Naga.When Naga's soul was released from the living armor, she transmigrated into a box of tangerines. Latter, we are treated to a scene of Ozzel tasting a new batch of tangerines that the merchant "just picked up that day". Ozzel ate Naga.
Xellos is actually Lina's older sister Luna.While absolutely absurd on the face of it, it becomes more plausible as one looks at the mounting evidence. Both have short, shoulder length hair that is dark purple almost to the tint of black. Both, apparently, have incredible magical power (Luna's is supposedly the power of Cephied as his destined knight, while Xellos's is the combined roles of priest and general of Beastmaster Zellas Metallum). Both are also well known for rarely (never, in Luna's case) having their eyes seen. Xellos has, in Next, shown the ability to pass as a woman and even act as one extremely convincingly. And in both NEXT and TRY, Lina is instrumental to accomplishing Xellos' goals. Given Lina's unusually high magical power and her tendency to save the world, she could actually be the Cephied Knight and Xellos has been assigned as her handler from day one, with "Luna" only existing to allow him to prepare her for what was to come personally without revealing himself. And the only time that Xellos and Luna would cross paths? In TRY, where Luna, supposedly a powerful force of good, turns Filia down on the quest and recommends Lina instead. Shortly thereafter, Xellos (who's capable of instantaneous teleportation) shows up on the scene to help Lina along. Filia, an inexperienced priestess to say the least, is unlikely to have seen through the deception.
Gourry is a Prince.The Sword of Light, a unique magic weapon, is passed down through his family. He's extremely skilled with it, and shows more tactical awareness than someone Too Dumb to Live ought to. But when putting on an act, dumb is the easiest to keep consistent, and he often seems the stupidest when it would get him out of a beating. At the start of the episode Amelia first appears in, Lina tells Gourry she's going to ditch him and marry a rich prince rumors say will travel this very road we're traveling. He is not amused.
Lina's soul contains a fragment of the Mazoko Lord Shabranigdo.This is why she can Beam Spam Dragon Slaves, sometimes without even using the Invocation words. This also helped strengthened her soul to be able to channel the Lord of Nightmares for a brief period.
Xellos is actually a meta character who either is or is working for the author.In the final episode of Try, when Valgaav reveals his true intentions, Xellos' immediate reaction is one of shock: "No one is supposed to have that kind of thought!" This from someone whom on multiple occasions we've seen calmly converse with people who want to destroy the world; someone who smiles as he wipes out an entire race of beings with a single gesture; someone for whom unconventional thought is practically a watch-word. And what makes him freak out in the end? The idea that someone might upset the balance that defines the nature of the universe - in other words, the premise that directs the plot. This completely explains his bizarre sense of humour and why it's so in-tune with our own (as opposed to some of the other mazoku we've seen), not to mention his propensity towards issuing spoiler warnings every time he's asked a direct question. Consider that all his most annoying (to Lina) habits are those that ultimately drive the story forward; how many times throughout the series does his supposed 'secretiveness' ultimately lead the group to discover important information they might otherwise have missed? Also, can his destruction of the Ancient Dragons still be considered genocide if all he really did was write them out of an early draft? Oh, and that document he stole and then destroyed in his first appearance? The one that he said would "only disturb" Zelgadis if he read it? Rezo/Zel fanfic.
Luna is just as scared of Lina as Lina is of herMaybe even more. Subscribing to the theory that Lina is carrying a fragment of the Lord of Nightmares around with her (or that L-sama is actively favouring her in someway or another) it basically means that despite being the Knight of the Ceipheid if push came to shove Luna would be totally outclassed. Ceipheid is powerful but is in no way a match for his mother which means in theory that Lina can call upon even greater power and Chaos magic is demonstrably more potent than normal magic already. As such Luna is just hoping that previous experiences will continue to leave Lina reluctant to confront her.
Lina is the Lord of Nightmares' walking Spanner in the WorksOr to put it another way, Lina's as close as you can get to True Neutral as you can get in a world created by the living embodiment of Chaos. Basically the L-sama created the Mazoku to try and destroy the world and the Shinozoku to try and preserve it, but she doesn't want either side to succeed completely. It's the dynamic created by the interaction between two equal and opposing forces that she's interested in. To that end she created Lina whose very reason for existence is to make sure that neither side gets a permanent upper hand. What appears to be coincidence or bad luck for Lina in fact L-sama setting things in motion to keep things interesting.
Rowdy Gabriev's messing around with chronomancy is why Gourry has memory problems
The Lord of Nightmares is afraid of needles.Basically, I imagine it like this: the reason why LON created gods and demons is that it is struggling between two evils. The worlds are actually wounds in LoN's flesh, and they hurt. The demons' job is to clean the wound. But the destruction of a world hurts like... like you'd imagine. So it created gods to hold off that pain. It acted really cool when it killed Phibrizzo, but deep inside, it was terrified that this damned enfant terrible might finally drive the needle in.
The Slayers characters represent the various aspects of Tabletop RPG playersSpecifically, these archtypes. Gourry is played by The Real Man, Zelgadis is played by the Real Roleplayer, Amelia is The Loonie, and Lina is (of course) the Munchkin. Xellos is by default the GMPC.
The Lord of Nightmares isn't actually in full control of her powers.We all have those moments where we think, "Hey, wouldn't it be neat if..." For most of us, it never goes beyond a brief fantasy. But the Lord of Nightmares is an omnipotent embodiment of chaos itself—an entity that blurs the lines between possibility and reality. When she does this, the things, people, ideas, and universes she imagines immediately pop into being—whether she wants them to or not. Long ago, this is how the four worlds of the Slayers universe came into being. This soon gave rise to a new dilemma, however—namely, that the newly created worlds were deeply flawed in many ways. Makes sense, really; the worlds were a spur-of-the-moment, half-formed idea that came into being before L-sama could even fully articulate the concept, much less put them through beta-testing. It was, of course, well within L-sama's power to destroy her the worlds and remake them properly this time, but there was already so much life—so much potential for new, unpredictable, interesting paths for it to take... Again, in most entities, this internal conflict would have been resolved one way or the other, and that would have been that. L-sama's capacity to create entirely by accident struck again, however. From her desire to destroy her defective creation were born the Mazoku, and from her desire to preserve it and see where things went from there were born the Shinzoku. And from there the history of the Slayers universe as we know it began... In other words, whenever something strange, inexplicable, or illogical happens in Slayers canon, L-Sama Did It. This is, in fact, the ultimate source of all conflicts in the series.
Rezo is in love with LinaIn Evolution-R he says how wonderful it is to be able to see... while looking right at Lina. Hmmm.
The only reason that Lina feels that her chest is "too small" is......Because people in her hometown were constantly comparing her to her sister. ("It's too bad you're not as pretty as your sister", "It's too bad you're not as cool as your sister" etc.), and they even compared their bust sizes. If the screen shot of Luna from the opening of TRY is anything to go by◊, then it is possible that Lina feels her chest is "too small" because she was always compared to her sister. Traveling with Naga afer she left home could not have helped. Granted, Luna's chest is not *that* much larger than Lina's appears to be, however Lina's chest was probably a lot smaller when she was younger, while Luna's chest was larger as she was older.
Amelia represents America.Amelia's name in Japanese is pronounced "Ameria," just one letter away from the country she supposedly parodies. Her outfit is a pastel version of its flag colors: red, white, and blue. She's headstrong about taking care of bad guys and bringing justice wherever she goes. She's also a hero fanatic and sees herself as one.
Lina, Amelia, Zel, and Goury Represent the four temperments
Orphen takes place on another continent on the same world.Orphen and Slayers are of the same genre, have similar technology(ie, same time), are from the same magazine(Dragon Magazine) and have a crossover that doesn't seem to contradict this theory.
Mazoku Are Driven Mad If They Feel Positive EmotionsMazoku are beings of pure evil and darkness. They are they very embodiment of negative energy, and thus can feel nothing else. The reason they want to destroy the world is that, to them, all existence is nothing but suffering and pain. There are, however, ways that a Mazoku can become capable of feeling positive emotions: if they merge with a Shinzoku (pure positive energy) or a human (contain positive and negative). Because Evil Cannot Comprehend Good, when a Mazoku experiences positive emotion for the first time, it will Go Mad from the Revelation. There are at least four examples that support this theory:
White magic is Holy magic that calls upon power from Volfeed and/or the gods of the blue and white worlds.Lina's talismans worked while the barrier was still up. Therefore, it didn't isolate the people inside from the other three world's like it isolated them from the outside world. Since its possible to call upon the Dark Lord's of the other worlds from inside the barrier it is also possible to call upon there gods.
If Slayers and Lost Universe are connected, then the other two worlds that exist ALSO represent two other genres of Speculative Fiction.And the clue on the genres is the names of the four Mazoku Lords: Ruby Eye, Dark Star, Death Fog, and Chaotic Blue.
Ideon, Mobile Suit Gundam, Lost Universe, and Neon Genesis Evangelion are all set in the same universe.Namely, that of Night Dragon Volfeed. When Volfeed and Dugradigdu first merged, the result was Ide. Volfeed tried to guide Ide as much as she could, but in the end she lost out to Dugradigdu's destructive tendencies. The world was almost completely destroyed, but Volfeed was able to salvage the last remaining bits of it and allow life to begin anew. The lives lost in Ide's rampage would reincarnate in different forms and find Ide again, setting into motion the cycle of destruction and creation. Kane, Cosmo, Judau, and Asuka were all reincarnations of the same soul. Therefore, during Instrumentality, Asuka was released from the LCL even though she had been consumed by the mass produced Evas before Instrumentality occured. Volfeed just had a soft spot for Kane's soul. Because Ide stopped at Instrumentality during its latest rampage, the surviving gods were finally able to mount a resistance, heading into a different world to destroy Dugradigdu's weapons.
Slayers is set in the Warhammer 40,000 universesThe Lord of Nightmares is a rogue Chaos God, and is experimenting with a Feral world. The Monsters and "gods" are her Daemons.