Slayers NEXT

I finished watching another animé series on my smartphone: Slayers NEXT. It’s the second season of the Slayers series first released back in April 1996.

This installment has improved from the first season in that there is a more solid character identity and better story development. In this series, Lina Inverse exposes her vulnerable side, courtesy of discovering how she feels for her traveling companion, Gourry Gabriev. We also see a developing romantic angle between Zelgadis Greywords and Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun, although theirs is not explored in-depth.

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The Vision of Escaflowne

I finished watching another animé series—my most favorite at that—on my smartphone. Granted, I could have achieved the same by watching on a TV or computer, but I would have dragged myself to so. Sometimes, watching a big screen can be lousy, probably because you feel you have limits in movement and on how you position your body while watching. But on a miniature screen, you can go anywhere, ride on anything, and be in any position—all while enjoying your show.


Where was I? Ah yes—my most favorite animé: The Vision of Escaflowne. I come from the generation that grew during the influx of animé in the Philippines. I’m sure each member of the “animé generation” has had/still has a favorite series.

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The Slayers

I just love my new phone/smartphone, Erin; she can take great-looking photos, record HD videos, be an mp3 player, and be a video player processing common video codecs (like mp4, DivX/Xvid, and MKV) on a magnificently vivid screen. This last feature is of high significance to me because I am able to enjoy my favorite films and series.


Now the first series that I recently completed watching on my smartphone was The Slayers. It’s a 26-episode animé categorized into the sword-and-sorcery genre. One of the most popular animé series of the 1990s, it tells the story of Lina Inverse—a powerful sorceress—traveling through lands with her companions. In their travels, Lina and her friends battle gangs of bandits, evil sorcerers, individuals plotting to rule or destroy the world, demons, and dark lords.

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Voltron: The Fleet of Doom

Remember Voltron? He’s the “Defender of the Universe,” a giant robot who fights evil forces to maintain peace all throughout the galaxy.

Voltron: Defender of the Universe was a joint-project of Toei Animation and World Events Productions. It is an adaptation of two early Japanese mecha animé series: Beast King Go-Lion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. It was originally run from September 1984 to November 1985.

Voltron was one cartoon series that I really enjoyed as a kid. I still remember the local TV time slot: 8:30AM every Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately, I forgot what TV network it aired on.

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The Candlemaker: An Old Christmas Cartoon

I miss old Christmas cartoons. I remember my younger years when I would watch different cartoons portraying the holiday season on GMA-7 and ABS-CBN. I just love the 2D simplicity, the fading color, the simple sketches, and the drawing style that was very distinctive back then. Today, cartoons are bright in color, are focused more on comedy (rather than on worthwhile messages or lessons), and are mostly rendered in 3D. Not to discourage these animated series, but in my honest opinion, cartoons back then were more worthwhile. That’s why I’m thankful to YouTube for making some of my most missed cartoons from the olden days available for viewing and sharing now.

Like the following cartoon entitled, The Candlemaker, produced and directed by John Halas and Joy Batchelor. I was probably seven or eight years old when I first saw this, and it definitely reinforces my outlook on what Christmas should be–family, simplicity, authenticity, and a season full of meaning.