Slayers, The GOAT Anime Better Than Anything You’re Watching Right Now, Joins Tales of the Rays
Slayers joins Tales of the Rays, with Lina, Gourry, Amelia and Zelgadiss becoming playable. Tales of characters also cosplay iconic Slayers characters.
On November 16, Bandai Namco announced the next collab event in Tales of the Rays – a crossover with legendary fantasy series Slayers for its 30th anniversary. Four Slayers characters will become playable in Tales of the Rays, Lina Inverse (voiced by Megumi Hayashibara), Gourry Gabriev (Yasunori Matsumoto), Amelia Wil Tesla Saillune (Masami Suzuki), and Zelgadiss Graywords (Hikaru Midorikawa).
All the seiyuu have recorded new lines for the occasion. A really cool trailer with some battle gameplay was published, and can be found below. Moreover, some Tales of characters will also be cosplaying Slayers characters, most notably those who share the same seiyuu.
Reid Hershel, protagonist of Tales of Eternia, becomes Xelloss from Slayers, because they’re both voiced by Akira Ishida. Farah Oersted (voiced by Yuuko Minaguchi), also from Tales of Eternia, becomes Amelia. Guy from Tales of the Abyss becomes Gourry because they’re both voiced by Yasunori Matsumoto. And Natalia (Michiko Neya), also from Abyss, will become Naga the Serpent (Maria Kawamura).
The Slayers crossover collab event in Tales of the Rays will last from November 20, 1400 JST, to December 10, 1059 JST.
The trailer uses the opening theme song of Slayers Next (season 2), Give a Reason by Megumi Hayashibara. Slayers Next is the most beloved season so they knew what they were doing.
Slayers will also have a 30th anniversary event on December 20. A similar event, in a much bigger scale and at Tokyo Dome City Hall was supposed to happen on March 29 but got canceled with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Slayers was trending on Japanese Twitter after the announcement, showing the series is still beloved. Slayers has been getting more and more collab events recently with its 30th anniversary.
ゲーム関連でのトレンドでしたが、本日『テイルズ オブ ザ レイズ』とのコラボが発表されました📢
今年は #スレイヤーズ30周年 イヤー。まだまだ暴れちゃうぞ！🐲🔥
— スレイヤーズ 30周年プロジェクト【公式】 (@Slayers_30th) November 16, 2020
Slayers is originally a light novel series written by Hajime Kanzaka and illustrated by Rui Araizumi. The novel got multiple anime, manga and game adaptations over the decades. You should definitely watch the anime adaptations if you haven’t yet. In release order. There’s a good chance it’s hundred times better than anything else you’re watching right now. Not that all anime nowadays sucks needless to say, but in my Unneeded Opinion tm, Slayers is still rarely equaled 30 years later, with an incredible mix of comedy and tragedy, an intricate amount of world-building, great story developments and iconic characters. You won’t regret getting in the series.
Slayers is also one of the many novels included in Fanasia Re:build, a crossover RPG coming out soon.