Oooh! Good topics! (I'll get to some screenshot posting later when I'm not as lazy)
What Slayers pairing do you not understand?
Hmm... I think most pairings I don't like are a case of "Okay, I get it, but no." Aside from certain... seemingly random pairings from fanart (like the aforementioned Hellmaster/Amelia thing) which make me go "What?"
I guess Gourry/Amelia doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I'm guessing this is more of a 'leftovers' pairing for people that support Zelgadis/Lina. I suppose people think they have a lot in common? I don't really think so. I resent it when people call Amelia stupid. She's not always as cunning as Zel or Lina, and she has her JUSTICE-based hang-ups, but she's not stupid. She also probably has the highest emotional intelligence of anyone in the series.
Also, I think we kind of explored how well that worked in TRY. Both in the shrine of marriage episode where she only had eyes for Zelgadis, and the village of Justice episode where Gourry was just kinda lagging behind or plain forgotten.
Another one is Xellos/Gourry which... well, I came across a fanfiction for that pairing. I didn't read it, but I did glance at the summary, shuddered involuntarily, and put the thought out of my mind. I mean, I can't think of any reason to pair them up besides the fact that any pairing with Xellos is inherently hot and Gourry aint so bad himself (You know, for someone tall, blonde, handsome, and muscular) ...On second thought, maybe I do understand this pairing.
Speaking of yaoi, I get Xellos/Zelgadis. I honestly don't care for it, but I get it. I think it operates on a lot of the principles of attraction/repulsion (I think most of Xellos's pairs do), and yeah, there is some point to "Xellos really makes Zelgadis mad! You know what THAT means!" but I think it's blown way out of proportion. Sure, Zelgadis was all "Why you!!" and grabbing Xellos by the collar in NEXT but 1. That was before he knew that Xellos was a monster and could tear his effing head off and 2. That was NEXT. Xellos was burning Claire Bibles AKA Zel's best lead to get back to his human form. Xellos never really seemed at all effected by this negative attitude toward him in NEXT (unlike his reaction to a certain dragon), and once we get to TRY Zel seems much more content to ignore Xellos wherever possible.
Oi. That turned into a rant. Sorry!
Any songs that remind you of Slayers pairings?
Awww! But Xellia's my main one!Lemme see... I know I had a few that I submitted to the old shipping song thread we used to have. I know I had "Young" my Nickel Creek for Lina/Gourry, but I thought I had a few Zelgadis/Amelia ones too. "If I Loved You" from Carousel could possibly go for either L/G or Z/A but I tend to lean toward Z/A.
Umm... then there's "Beauty and the Beast" I suppose for Zel and Amelia again. Perhaps Phantom of the Opera songs if you wanted to put Zel in a bone-white half-mask (which is not a completely inappropriate desire to have...)
"She Wolf" is Zelas's song!!!
How did you get into the series?
I'd *heard* of the series. I really didn't know anything about it, I'd just read some of the names of the characters and heard them brought up in conversations. I'd heard a couple quotes from the show too (Gourry's from the first episode on Lina's disappointing lack of development). So I wanted to check it out. Unfortunately, it seemed like I couldn't find the show sold in any other way besides boxsets. So I took a chance and
asked my Dad to buybought the first season. I fell in love and everything became chaotic from there.
Do you own any Slayers merchandise?
I haven't attended a Anime Con in years, and that used to be the only place I could get anime merch. Now I think I might get a Paypal account for the sole purpose and getting Slayers merch from eBay.
Favorite/least favorite movie/OVA/season?
I'm not a huge fan of the OVAs, but Slayers Premium has to be my favorite. It's just kind of ridiculous in the good way. Plus it had the main cast in it and therefore shipping I cared about.
For least favorite... I don't know... probably GREAT, if only because I don't remember it as well as the others and it seemed more... episode-like than anything.
I haven't seen Slayers Special: Book of Spells yet. I'll have to see if I can get it off of Amazon.
My favorite season is TRY, but I love NEXT and the first season so it doesn't seem worth going into least favorite since I haven't seen Revo/Evo-R.
Ever seen Lost Universe?
Yep. I've seen everything but the last couple episodes... a nasty habit of mine. I'll have to go back and watch it from the beginning.
Kain is Lina and Gourry's secret love child from the FUTURE!