So while doing some quick research for the Fantasy workshop tomorrow (I feel so bad, I'm making Justine do all the work! ><) I suddenly got the urge to listen to some Slayers music. So I went and dug out my poor, dusty, neglected CD's and put them on.
Argh, if only the Slayers novels could be translated quicker, I'd like to add them to my favorite fantasy book list! For a few years, I literally avoided the fantasy genre, and I only recently got back into it thanks to three things: Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Slayers.
Because even if I like it, even if I WRITE it, fantasy isn't my favorite book genre, and I'm not exactly an expert on it. My 'influences' come from elsewhere. Like my recent Nelly story is influenced by Full Metal Alchemist, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, and The Hound of the Baskervilles- which is kind of an odd mix. And my hardcore fantasy book is mostly based on my hardcore love for ancient history- I first came up with the idea when watching a video about ancient temples in 8th grade history class. So while I've gotten used to it, I don't really like being called a fantasy writer, even if I am one. It just feels kind of stifling.
Anyway, about Slayers. Such an odd, fun series. It's like a fantasy parody, but at the same time it's a fairly original, well built fantasy in itself. I especially like the mythology and how the magic is set up, with three categories: White magic, Black magic, and Shamanism. Also the fact that magic power is taken from the Gods and Monsters themselves, thus the problem in fighting Shabranigdo ("It'd be like asking 'please grant me the power to defeat you'!").
And that while there is a battle between Good and Evil, the main force that exists beyond that is Chaos- or in other words, the supreme god/goddess, the Lord of Nightmares. And that casting the Giga Slave, Lina's spell that takes power from the Lord of Nightmares him/herself, could bring about the end of the world at any time. And how the world is flat- stood up on a pole thing in the middle of the Sea of Chaos. Such a cool idea...I wish I'd come up with it. ^^;
But also the characters...omigosh the characters. They are what makes Slayers so special. Perhaps this is why "Slayers 4 the Future" is my favorite song of the series. The lyrics say so much about each individual main character- sometimes more so than their image songs! I especially love Lina; to me, she brought a new definition to the phrase 'glass half full.'
"I hate it when guys say they're going to die for honor- if you go into battle thinking you're going to lose, then even if there was a 1% chance that you'd win, it would completely disappear. When I fight, I fight to win!"
This one line goes against a lot of the cliche's in the fantasy genre, and so does Lina, for the most part. Before this series, I'd never heard of a fantasy in which the lead is a young, clever, greedy, underdeveloped girl with a literally explosive temper, irritatingly large ego, enormous apetite, and questionable morals. As Gourry says, she's like a monster- and yet she's so likeable!
I could go on and on about this. The point is, even if the series is almost 10 years old, even if most of the songs are composed of synthesizer music, even if the anime got really old by the 3rd season, even if the fandom is overwhelmed by wank, even if my obsession with it only lasted half a year, Slayers has got to be one of the best fantasy series I've seen in a long time.
And now that I've finished procrastinating yet again, I really must get back to work.