Sadly, it’s a man’s nature to forget that women can be dangerous.
Light novels are a topic that haven’t really been discussed so far in my time writing Pages Cels Stories, and honestly, it’s because they don’t exactly fit in with the purpose of this series. While they are written in a prose form, and I have never been one to get particular about what does and does not count as literature, they’re such a different beast entirely when it comes to their relationship with anime, to equate them with more traditional novels in this context would be putting both mediums on uneven ground. That being said, light novels are so tied in to the anime scene, and have so drastically helped to give shape to the anime aesthetic and sensibility, that to ignore them entirely would be an oversight. And when it comes to light novels that have been given form in animation, few titles hold as much weight, or have led to such a huge following, as Hajime Kanzaka’s long-running fantasy comedy serialization, simply titled Slayers. While fantastical tales of other worlds have always been a staple in the world of light novels, when it comes to Western European style fantasy, Slayers in particular stands out as being one of the pillars of the genre, and has recognition both in Japan and elsewhere, lasting long enough to have started in the 90’s and continue on well into the late 2000s with new installments and continuations. It’s standing was such that, for a period of time in the Western anime fandom, Slayers was the title that was brought up whenever fantasy anime was mentioned. What makes this interesting is that Slayers, when looked at directly, is by no means a conventional fantasy title. At least, at the time it was released, it wasn’t. As a disclaimer, while the Slayers franchise has produced many anime seasons, OVAs, movies, and manga adaptations, I will only be covering the first season of the anime by J.C Staff, which roughly adapts books one and three of the light novel series. Also, as always, spoilers will be discussed.