Slayers Special (OVA)

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Slayers Special, also known as Slayers: Dragon Slave, Slayers: Explosion Array and Slayers: The Book of Spells in North America, is a series of three comic fantasy themed OVA self-conclusive episodes adapted from the Slayers Special series of light-novels by Hajime Kanzaka, serving as a part of the prequel to the main Slayers saga.wikipedia
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Slayers Excellent

Both Special and the second OVA series, 1998's Slayers Excellent, were directed by Watanabe and share the same soundtrack (Slayers The Motion Picture "S"), although each series had their own production committees and has its own opening and ending themes.
Slayers Excellent is the second set of three Slayers OVA episodes featuring Lina Inverse and Naga the Serpent, following the earlier OVA series Slayers Special.

Lina Inverse

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In the first episode, "The Scary Chimera Plan", Lina Inverse refuses to take place in a chimera experiment so the wizard scientist makes clones to force Lina; however, he clones Naga the Serpent instead, which leads to his downfall.
In one story from the prequels, Lina and Naga are exposed to a mirror that creates an exact opposite of whoever looks in it. The wizard using it expects this to produce dark and violent version of the two that would side with him and destroy the originals, but the mirror copies turn out sweet, kind, generous, and extremely concerned about the feelings of each other and everyone around them. In their attempts to break the spell, Lina and Naga actually wind up creating dozens of such doppelgängers of themselves, which go on to found an entire village full of philanthropic Linas and Nagas. A slightly adapted version of this story, which resulted in the mirror being destroyed without creating more than the initial copies, served as the bassis of the Slayers Special OAV episode "Mirror Mirror".

Naga the Serpent

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In the first episode, "The Scary Chimera Plan", Lina Inverse refuses to take place in a chimera experiment so the wizard scientist makes clones to force Lina; however, he clones Naga the Serpent instead, which leads to his downfall.
Naga is co-protagonist of the first four Slayers films from the late 1990s: Slayers: The Motion Picture (Slayers Perfect), Slayers Return (and its manga adaptation), Slayers Great, and Slayers Gorgeous (the scripts for Return, Great and Gorgeous were also published in the book Slayers Original). She has the same role in all episodes of both of the Slayers OVA series, Slayers Special, and Naga-centered Slayers Excellent (the latter of which takes place before the events of the first Slayers film, 1995's Slayers Perfect, and in fact details Naga's initial meeting with Lina).

Hiroshi Watanabe (animator)

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The three episodes were all directed by Hiroshi Watanabe and originally released separately in Japan in 1996-1997.
Slayers Special (OVA): Director

Megumi Hayashibara

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The vocal songs including the ending theme "Kagirinai Yokubou no Naka ni" were performed by Megumi Hayashibara.

Slayers The Motion Picture

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Dave Halverson awarded its Dragon Slave version four-and-half stars out five in 1999, hailing its "excellent" animation as "the best you'll find this side of a major theatrical release" and "simply the highest standards" soundtrack as well as "surprisingly high quality" dubbing, ranking it and Slayers: The Motion Picture among North America's best anime releases in 1999.
The film's first sequel Slayers Return was released in 1996, along with the OVA series Slayers Special.

Chimera (genetics)

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She then finds out that Diol plans to use her in creating a super chimera which would combine her with a lesser demon and a sea serpent.

Werewolf

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The girls have a difficult time tracking him down and are forced to fight off Lagan's werewolf army.

VHS

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Each Special OVA was released on VHS and LaserDisc between July 25, 1996, and May 25, 1997, before being released together on DVD in 2000.

LaserDisc

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Each Special OVA was released on VHS and LaserDisc between July 25, 1996, and May 25, 1997, before being released together on DVD in 2000.

DVD

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Each Special OVA was released on VHS and LaserDisc between July 25, 1996, and May 25, 1997, before being released together on DVD in 2000.

Blu-ray

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It will be included in the collection of digitally remastered Slayers films and OAV series, toreleased on Blu-ray in Japan on October 30, 2015.

A.D. Vision

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On January 12, 1999, ADV Films released Slayers: Explosion Array! on VHS in a choice of subtitled and dubbed options.

Matt Greenfield

The English dubbing version from Industrial Smoke & Mirrors was written, directed and produced by Matt Greenfield.