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In the opening of Slayers NEXT at around 1:20, there's a blonde girl.

A side-face of a blonde woman

However, there is no female character that has blonde hair. I am sure it is not Filia since she appears only in TRY. It isn't Lina's sister since she appears in the opening as well (similar to how she appears at the beginning of NEXT).

Who is she?

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She is Lina Inverse, or to be exact (spoiler from the last episode of Slayers NEXT)

The Lord of Nightmares, possessing Lina Inverse.


From a Japanese Q&A site OKWAVE answered by l_gaim_mk1 on August 2008,

NEXT放送当時(1996年)にも言われました。そのネタ。

最初は、当時まだ姿が登場していなかった獣王ゼラス=メタリオムとも、ルナ・インバースとも言われました。

結局、原作者やアニメスタッフから出た回答が、リナ・インバースです。

但し、ロード・オブ・ナイトメアに乗っ取られたヴァージョンである。と。

そういう風に議論が飛び交うのが狙いだったとか。

当時のアニメ雑誌の記述より。

Rough translation

This was also told at the time NEXT was being broadcasted (1996). That topic.

At first, it was speculated to be Luna Inverse or Greater Beast Zelas Metallium, who has never appeared yet at that time.

In the end, the answer that came from the author and the anime staff was, Lina Inverse.

However, the version that was possessed by The Lord of Nightmares.

Maybe it was aimed for the discussion to fly about like that?

Taken from an anime magazine at that time.

  • I admit the lack of credibility in this answer because there's no primary source (the name of the anime magazine), but it's not that easy to find. On the other hand, 3 other answers, another Japanese fansite, and the Japanese Wikipedia also agreed with the character's appearance (not really a conclusion, but if it serves to add more credibility...) – Aki Tanaka Jan 7 at 17:42

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