Slayers is a Japanese light novel series written by Hajime Kanzaka and illustrated by Rui Araizumi. The novels had been serialized in Dragon Magazine, were adapted into several manga titles, anime television series, anime films, OVA series, role-playing video games, other media. Slayers follows the adventures of teenage sorceress Lina Inverse and her companions as they journey through their world. Using powerful magic and swordsmanship they battle overreaching wizards, demons seeking to destroy the world, an occasional hapless gang of bandits; the anime series is considered to be one of the most popular of the 1990s. In the Slayers universe, the ultimate being is the Lord of Nightmares, the creator of at least four parallel worlds. An artifact known as the Claire Bible contains information about the Lord of Nightmares' task to regain its "true form", only attainable by destroying these worlds and returning them to the chaos that it itself is. For unexplained reasons, the Lord of Nightmares has not acted upon this desire by itself so far.
On each of these worlds are gods and monsters, fighting without end. Should the gods win the war in a world, that world will be at peace. Should the monsters win, the world will be returned to the Sea of Chaos. In the world where the Slayers takes place, Flare Dragon Ceiphied and the Ruby-Eye Shabranigdo are the supreme god and monster. Long ago, their war ended more or less in a stalemate, when Ceiphied was able to split Shabranigdo's existence into seven pieces in order to prevent him from coming back to life seal them within human souls; as the souls are reincarnated, the individual fragments would wear down until Shabranigdo himself would be destroyed. However, Ceiphied was so exhausted by this that he himself sank into the Sea of Chaos, leaving behind four parts of himself in the world. A millennium before the events in Slayers, one of Ruby-Eye's fragments revived and began the Resurrection War against one of the parts of Ceiphied, the Water Dragon King known as Aqualord Ragradia; the piece of Shabranigdo won, but Aqualord, using the last remnants of her power, sealed him into a block of magical ice within the Kataart Mountains.
Shabranigdo's lieutenants remained at liberty, sealing a part of the world within a magical barrier, through which only mazoku could pass. There are four types of magic within the Slayers universe: Black, White and Holy. Black magic spells, such as the famous Dragon Slave, call directly on the powers of the mazoku and are capable of causing enormous damage. White magic spells are used for healing or protection. Shamanistic magic is focused on manipulation and alteration of the basic elements of the natural world and contains spells for both offense and convenience, such as Raywing, Fireball, or Elmekia Lance. Holy magic uses the power of the shinzoku, but the aforementioned barrier made its usage impossible before the death of the mazoku Hellmaster Phibrizzo; as a rule, mazoku can only be harmed by spiritual shamanistic magic, holy magic, or black magic which draws power from another mazoku with greater might than the target. Above all other magic, are the immensely destructive spells drawing power from the Lord of Nightmares.
The two spells of this class are the Ragna Blade, capable of cutting through any obstacle or being, the Giga Slave, which can kill any opponent, but which could destroy the world itself if the spell is miscast. Some have claimed that these terrible spells, drawing their power directly from the Lord of Nightmares, constitute a fifth form of magic: Chaos magic. Slayers was serialized in Dragon Magazine in 1989 as a short story series written by Hajime Kanzaka, with artwork by Rui Araizumi; the serialized chapters were published as Slayers light novels across 15 volumes from January 25, 1990 to May 15, 2000. On September 7, 2004, Tokyopop began publishing the light novels in English, ending with the released of Volume 8 on January 2, 2008. On October 20, 2018, volume 16 was published by Fujimi Shobo under their Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint. Slayers Special is a spin-off prequel series of 30 novels published from 1991 to 2008; each consisting of one-shot stories chronicling the exploits of Lina Inverse and Naga the Serpent before the events in Slayers.
Five additional volumes were released under Slayers Smash. Between July 2008 and November 2011. Slayers Delicious, a four volume prequel featuring Lina and Naga, was released between 1997 and 1999; these four stories were published separately by Fujimi Fantasia in mini-bunko format, they were included in different Special novels. A one volume crossover between Slayers and the series Sorcerous Stabber Orphen was published in 2005 under the title Slayers VS Orphen. Slayers Select is a best-of compilation of Slayers Special, its five volumes were published in August 2008, September 2008, June 2009, February 2010, March 2010. Slayers Anthology was released to mark the 25th anniversary of Slayers novels in January 2015, it is a compilation of six stories, one of, written by Kanzaka and five by fan writers. It is illustrated with unpublished pictures by Araizumi and contributing artists. Slayers Chōbaku Madōden Slayers (超爆魔道伝スレイ
Slayer (video game)
Slayer is a horizontally scrolling shooter game developed by Imperial Software in 1988 for the Amiga, Atari ST and Commodore 64. Hewson Consultants published the game; as the name implies, the point is to slay enemies. The game consists of three levels, each with a boss. Power-ups such as bonus weapons and shields lay scattered around the levels. Slayer is similar to Blood Money. Slayer at MobyGames
Gamer (2009 film)
Gamer is a 2009 American science fiction action film written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. The film stars Gerard Butler as a participant in an online game in which participants can control human beings as players, Logan Lerman as the player who controls him. Alongside Butler and Lerman, it stars Michael C. Hall, Amber Valletta, Terry Crews, Alison Lohman, John Leguizamo, Zoë Bell. Gamer was released in North America on September 4, 2009, receiving negative reviews from critics, who found the plot and script disappointing, though its performances and action sequences were praised, it received a mixed reception from audiences, was a box office bomb, grossing $43 million worldwide against a production budget of $50 million. In 2034, computer programmer Ken Castle invents self-replicating nanites that replace brain tissue and allow humans to control other humans' actions and see through their eyes; the first application of Castle's "Nanex" technology is a virtual community life simulation game, which allows gamers to manipulate live actors as their avatars.
Society becomes a worldwide sensation. He creates Slayers, a first-person shooter where the "characters" are death-row prisoners using real weapons in specially created arenas. Unlike Society actors, Slayers participants are not paid. John "Kable" Tillman is the crowd's favorite, he is controlled by Simon, a seventeen-year-old superstar gamer from a wealthy family. An activist organization called the "Humanz" hacks a talk-show interview with Castle and claims that his technology will one day be used to control people against their will; the Humanz disrupt Society play, but Castle sees both these actions as trivial. However, Castle feels threatened by Kable's winning streak, introduces a new inmate into Slayers, Hackman to kill Kable. Unknown to anyone else, Hackman will not be controlled by a player, thus not be handicapped by the "ping" that causes a small but dangerous delay between the player's command and the Slayer's action. Kable/Tillman's wife, works as a Society character, but in spite of her earnings, she is refused custody of their daughter Delia, placed with a wealthy family.
The Humanz contact Kable and Simon separately, warning them that Castle has no intention of letting Kable survive, offer to create a mod that will let him escape, but only if Simon relinquishes control during the game. The escape is successful, news outlets report that Kable has been fragged, which puts Simon in a difficult position: he is labelled a "cheater", locked out of his bank account, investigated by the FBI for helping Kable escape. Tillman is brought to the Humanz' hideout, he rescues her, escaping from both Castle's security forces. They are met by the talk show host, secretly assisting the Humanz; the Humanz deactivate the nanites in Angie and Tillman's brains, Tillman remembers that the original nanites were tested on him while he was still in the military. Under Castle's control, Tillman shot and killed his best friend, was imprisoned. Upon learning that Castle is the wealthy father who adopted Delia, Tillman infiltrates his mansion to get her back, he locates Castle, who reveals that his henchmen have tracked down the Humanz' lair and killed all of them.
He reveals that 98% of his own brain has been replaced with nanites, but this allows him to control others, rather than be controlled. He plans to release air-borne nanites which will infect the entire United States within six months, giving him ultimate control. Hackman attacks Tillman, who kills him. Tillman attacks Castle, but is frozen in place, as Castle explains that his men have reactivated his and Angie's nanites. Unknown to Castle and Trace escaped the murder of the Humanz, patch into the Nanex, revealing the confrontation to the world and exposing Castle's plans, it unblocks Simon's account and restores his control of Tillman. Castle tries to manipulate Tillman into killing his own daughter, but he resists, Simon's control allows him to attack Castle, he and Simon wrestle for control over Tillman, but Tillman tells Castle to imagine Tillman's knife stabbing him. Castle unconsciously does so, removing his control over everyone. With Castle dead, Tillman convinces his technicians to deactivate the Nanex, freeing all the "characters" in Society and Slayers.
The film closes with the Tillman family taking a trip down a country road, ending with the words "Game Over". In May 2007, Lakeshore Entertainment re-teamed with Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the creators of Crank, to produce a "high-concept futuristic thriller" called Game. Neveldine and Taylor wrote the script for Game and were slated to direct the film, while actor Gerard Butler was cast into the lead role. Principal photography took place in New Mexico for a 53-day shoot. Filming was on location around Albuquerque. Multistory sets were built on parking lots in downtown Albuquerque to depict buildings that were blown up in the film, other sets were built on the back lots near the studios; the crew used special hand-held Red One digital cameras, which allowed the special effects team to begin work done in post-production after each day's shooting. In March 2009, the film's working title wa
The Slayer (film)
The Slayer is a 1982 American horror film directed by J. S. Cardone. Set on a small island near the Atlantic coast, the plot concerns two couples who upon visiting the island get trapped there due to an oncoming hurricane; as one of the women knows from her plaguing nightmares that the island is dangerous, over the next three days they begin to be killed by something unseen. The film is notable for gaining notoriety and being classified in the United Kingdom as a "video nasty" in the 1980s; the film is unique among slashers for its arthouse style ambiguity. Kay is an abstract visual artist, plagued since childhood by a series of disturbing dreams; the intensity and frequency of the dreams have fluctuated over the course of her life, as has their content. Her dreams have become more frequent and disturbing than resulting in a shift in the quality of her work. Afraid that the dreams are aggravated by stress and depression, fearful that her newfound success may be slipping away, Kay's family and friends plan a vacation for her to a small island off the coast of Georgia.
Accompanying Kay are her husband David. As the couples' plane prepares to land, their pilot, informs them that he's just received notification that an Atlantic hurricane has shifted course towards the island. Marsh hurriedly drops the couple off, telling them that he has to leave the island before he's stranded there; the couples discover that, against expectations, the island is deserted, populated by derelict buildings and the ruins of a once-thriving resort town. Kay informs the rest of the quartet that the island is the place she has been dreaming about since childhood, that they are all in danger if they stay. Unable to leave due to the hurricane, the others try to assuage her fears; the following evening, David is murdered by an unseen assailant, Kay dreams of waking up next to his severed head. That day, she finds David's decapitated body hanging in an abandoned playhouse on the island. Eric believes that Marsh never left the island and brought the couples there to kill them, a supposition, granted some support when Marsh is seen on the island.
Kay believes that the island has allowed her dreams to cross over into reality, that the creature from her nightmares is responsible—a theory supported by the fact that the deaths only occur when Kay is asleep. Additionally, it becomes apparent that Kay herself may be the killer, murdering in the throes of a somnambulistic trance out of repressed resentment towards her loved ones; as night falls, Eric goes to retrieve flares from a boathouse, is murdered on the beach before being dragged into the ocean. Brooke is attacked in the boathouse and impaled with a pitchfork. After finding their bodies on the beach, Kay barricades herself in the beach house and struggles to stay awake, incessantly drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes to remain stimulated. In the middle of the night, Marsh attempts to gain entry into the house. Kay shoots him with a flare gun which sets the house on fire. In the chaos, Kay discovers a flaming, skeletal creature waiting for her at the front door; as the grotesque creature approaches her, Kay—as a child—is woken up on Christmas morning by her parents.
Kay tells them that she describes the events of the film. After telling her parents about the dream, Kay's father presents her with a black cat, Eric enters the room. Kay becomes visibly frightened. Sarah Kendall as Kay Frederick Flynn as Eric Carol Kottenbrook as Brooke Alan McRae as David Michael Holmes as Marsh Paul Gandolfo as Fisherman Newell Alexander as Kay's Father Ivy Jones as Kay's Mother Richard Van Brakel as Eric Jennifer Gaffin as Kay Carl Kraines as The Slayer The Slayer has received critical attention from film scholars and horror film enthusiasts due to its ambiguous sensibility, with part of its narrative being told in a non-chronological order, allowing for multiple mutually-exclusive interpretations supported by various elements of the script; the core events of the film which occur on the island have been noted by critics for their dubious nature, as they can alternately be interpreted in three ways: The events which take place are part of a dream or premonition. However, the script does not resolve this fundamental issue.
Additionally, each of the characters in the film foreshadow their own deaths in dialogue which occurs in the film's first act. In 1981, writer-director J. S. Cardone was working at a liquor store in Los Angeles while attempting to break into the film business, pitched the idea for The Slayer to producer William R. Ewing; the International Picture Company, an independent film studio based in Atlanta, agreed to help produce the project on a budget of $750,000. As a result of the studio's basis in Georgia, the crew scouted areas in the state to shoot the film, settling in Tybee Island, east of Savannah, Georgia. Up
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Slayer
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Slayer is a fantasy first-person, dungeon crawl action role-playing game based on the second edition of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. Slayer features a customizable dungeon generator so each time the player starts the game, they are faced with a new dungeon; the dungeon always ends with a boss floor, randomly selected from several possible bosses. When starting a new game, the player may either create a custom character with randomly generated stats, pick from a selection of preset characters, or reuse a created character; the game is limited to a single save slot. It was released in North America in 1994 and in Japan on January 20, 1995. A sequel, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Deathkeep, appeared in 1996. GamePro gave the game a positive review, saying it combines fast-paced action in a Wolfenstein 3D vein with traditional RPG gameplay, they criticized the music and lack of sound effects, but praised the abundance of options and the varied dungeon layouts, commented that the adjustable difficulty make the game appropriate for players of all ages.
Next Generation stated that "All in all, a great first attempt, but far short of market demands. Allen Rausch for GameSpy called Slayer "a fantastic game" for how rare it is, that it "was one of the better games" for the 3DO system. Dungeons and Dragons
Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California. The band was formed in 1981 by vocalist and bassist Tom Araya and guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman. Slayer's fast and aggressive musical style made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Metallica and Anthrax. Slayer's current lineup comprises King, drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt. Hanneman and drummers Dave Lombardo and Jon Dette are former members of the band. In the original line-up, King and Araya contributed to the band's lyrics, all of the band's music was written by King and Hanneman; the band's lyrics and album art, which cover topics such as murder, serial killers, torture, human experimentation, hate crimes, religion, antireligion and war, have generated album bans, delays and criticism from religious groups and factions of the general public. However, its music has been influential being cited by many bands as an influence musically and lyrically. Slayer has released twelve studio albums, two live albums, a box set, six music videos, two extended plays and a cover album.
Four of the band's studio albums have received gold certification in the United States. The band has received five Grammy Award nominations, winning one in 2007 for the song "Eyes of the Insane" and one in 2008 for the song "Final Six", both of which were from the album Christ Illusion. Between 1991 and 2013, the band sold five million albums in the United States. After 37 years of recording and performing, Slayer announced in January 2018 that they would embark on their final world tour, which began that May and is estimated to wrap up in 2019 or 2020. Slayer was formed in 1981 by Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman, Dave Lombardo, Tom Araya; the group started out playing covers of songs by bands such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest at parties and clubs in Southern California. The band's early image relied on Satanic themes that featured pentagrams, make-up, inverted crosses. Rumors that the band was known as Dragonslayer, after the 1981 movie of the same name, were denied by King, as he stated: "We never were.
The band was spotted by Brian Slagel, a former music journalist who had founded Metal Blade Records. Impressed with Slayer, he met with the band backstage and asked them to record an original song for his upcoming Metal Massacre III compilation album; the band agreed and their song "Aggressive Perfector" created an underground buzz upon its release in mid 1983, which led to Slagel offering the band a recording contract with Metal Blade. Without any recording budget, the band had to self-finance its debut album. Combining the savings of Araya, employed as a respiratory therapist, money borrowed from King's father, the band entered the studio in November 1983; the album was rushed into stocking shelves three weeks after tracks were completed. Show No Mercy, released in December 1983 by Metal Blade Records, generated by underground popularity for the band; the group began a club tour of California to promote the album. The tour gave the band additional popularity and sales of Show No Mercy reached more than 20,000 in the US and another 20,000 worldwide.
In February 1984, King joined Dave Mustaine's new band Megadeth. Hanneman was worried about King's decision, stating in an interview, "I guess we're gonna get a new guitar player." While Mustaine wanted King to stay on a permanent basis, King left after five shows, stating Mustaine's band was "taking too much of my time." The split caused a rift between King and Mustaine, which evolved into a long running feud between the two bands. In June 1984, Slayer released; the EP featured a darker, more thrash-oriented style than Show No Mercy, laid the groundwork for the future direction of the band. The opening track, "Chemical Warfare", has become a live staple, played at nearly every show since 1984. Slayer began their first national club tour that year traveling in Tom Araya's Camaro towing a U-Haul trailer; the band recorded the live album Live Undead in November 1984 while in New York City. In March 1985, Slayer began a national tour with Venom and Exodus, resulting in their first live home video dubbed Combat Tour: The Ultimate Revenge.
The video featured live footage filmed at the Studio 54 club. The band made its live European debut at the Heavy Sound Festival in Belgium opening for UFO,By 1985, Show No Mercy had sold over 40,000 copies, which led to the band returning to the studio to record their second full-length album. Metal Blade financed a recording budget. Released in September 1985, Slayer's second full-length album, Hell Awaits, expanded on the darkness of Haunting the Chapel, with hell and Satan as common song subjects; the album was the band's most progressive offering, featuring longer and more complex song structures. The intro of the title track is a backwards recording of a demonic-sounding voice repeating "Join us", ending with "Welcome back" before the track begins; the album was a hit, with fans choosing Slayer for best band, best live band, Hell Awaits, as 1985's best album, Dave Lombardo as best drummer in the British magazine Metal Forces' 1985 Readers Poll. Following the success of Hell Awaits, Slayer was offered a recording contract with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin's newly founded Def Jam Records, a larg
Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and fast tempo. The songs use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work; the lyrics deal with social issues and criticism of The Establishment, using direct and denunciatory language, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk. The genre evolved in the early 1980s from combining the fast drum beats and attitude of hardcore with the double bass drumming and heavy, complex guitar style of the new wave of British heavy metal, it emerged as a reaction to the more conventional and acceptable glam metal, a less aggressive, pop music–infused heavy metal subgenre which appeared simultaneously. Thrash metal was an inspiration for subsequent extreme genres such as black metal. Thrash metal features fast tempos, low-register, complex guitar riffs, high-register guitar solos and double bass drumming; the genre evolved in the early 1980s from combining the drum beats of hardcore punk with the guitar style of the new wave of British heavy metal.
It emerged as a reaction to the more conventional and acceptable glam metal, a less aggressive, pop-infused heavy metal subgenre which appeared simultaneously. The rhythm guitar parts are played with heavy distortion and palm muted to create a tighter and more precise sound. Vocally, thrash metal can employ anything from melodic singing to shouted vocals. Most guitar solos are played at high speed and technically demanding, as they are characterized by shredding, use advanced techniques such as sweep picking, legato phrasing, alternate picking, tremolo picking, string skipping, two-hand tapping; the guitar riffs use chromatic scales and emphasize the tritone and diminished intervals, instead of using conventional single scale based riffing. For example, the intro riff of Metallica's "Master of Puppets" is a chromatic descent, followed by a chromatic ascent based on the tritone. Speed and time-changes define thrash metal. Thrash tends to have an accelerating feel which may be due in large part to its aggressive drumming style.
For example, drummers use two bass drums, or a double-bass pedal, in order to create a relentless, driving beat. Cymbal stops/chokes are used to transition from one riff to another or to precede an acceleration in tempo; some common characteristics of the genre are fast guitar riffs with aggressive picking styles and fast guitar solos, extensive use of two bass drums as opposed to the conventional use of only one, typical of most rock music. To keep up with the other instruments, many bassists use a plectrum. However, some prominent thrash metal bassists have used their fingers, such as Frank Bello, Greg Christian, Steve DiGiorgio, Robert Trujillo and Cliff Burton. Several bassists use a distorted bass tone, an approach popularized by Motörhead's Lemmy. Lyrical themes in thrash metal include warfare, injustice, suicide, alienation and other maladies that afflict the individual and society. In addition, politics pessimism and dissatisfaction towards politics, are common themes among thrash metal bands.
Humor and irony can be found, but they are limited, are exception rather than a rule. Among the earliest songs to be labeled thrash metal was Queen's "Stone Cold Crazy", recorded and released in 1974; the song was described as being thrash metal "before the term had been invented". Black Sabbath's "Symptom of the Universe", released in 1975, was the inspiration for Diamond Head's "Am I Evil?". Since NWOBHM bands directly influenced the development of early thrash; the early work of artists such as Diamond Head, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motörhead, Tygers of Pan Tang and Angel Witch, among others, introduced the fast-paced instrumentation that became an essential aspect of thrash. Void is hailed as one of the earliest examples of hardcore/heavy metal crossover, whose chaotic musical approach is cited as influential, their 1982 split LP with fellow Washington band The Faith showed both bands exhibiting quick, high-speed punk rock. It has been argued that those recordings laid the foundation for early thrash metal, at least in terms of selected tempos.
In Europe, the earliest band of the emerging thrash movement was Venom from Newcastle upon Tyne, formed in 1979. Their 1982 album Black Metal has been cited as a major influence on many subsequent genres and bands in the extreme metal world, such as Bathory, Hellhammer and Mayhem; the European scene was exclusively influenced by the most aggressive music Germany and England were producing at the time. British bands such as Tank and Raven, along with German band Accept, motivated musicians from central Europe to start bands of their own producing groups such as Sodom and Destruction from Germany, as well as Switzerland's Coroner; the Swedish punk band Warheads have been described as a proto-thrash band. In 1981, a Southern California band Leather Charm wrote a song entitled "Hit the Lights". Leather Charm soon disbanded and the band's primary songwriter, vocalist/rhythm guitarist James Hetfield met drummer Lars Ulrich through a classified advertisement. Together and Ulrich formed Metallica, the first of the "Big Four" thrash bands, with lead guitarist Dave Mustaine, who would form Megadeth, another of the "Big Four" originators of thrash, bassist Ron McGovney.
Metallica relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. McGovney was replaced with Cliff Burton, Mustaine was replaced with Kirk Hammett. "Hit the Lights" was featured on th