Get ready to have some fun with some of our favorite friends from one of the most prominent guilds in all of Earth Land. From the same series that has been running for over two years, Fairy Tail's author Hiro Mashima here brings fourth not 1, not two, not even 3, not 4, but 5 OVAs.
Fairy Tail: Youkoso Fairy Hills! is a series of special episodes 26th, 27th and 31st volumes of the manga. If you're a faithful fan of FT, then you're in the right place. The four episodes incorporated does not much have story by themselves but they do have one thing: entertainment. Hell, most people who've seen the original series would know that Fairy Tail is one of few series in the anime industry that has watchable fillers. And of course, these OVA episodes are watchable as well.
That's right, Fairy Tail isn't always about battles but sometimes is about fun, fun..and fun.
These five OVAs are standalone episodes that are nonlinear. In other words, there is no direct story or expansion from one episode to the next from this bundle. Don't face palm yourself yet though because they all are all amusing to watch in a variety of reasons. In fact, comedy is one of Fairy Tail's greatest aspects and it shines through in these episodes. (only in terms of comedy though...not else worth more adding)
The OVA themselves contains characters from the original series consisting of Team Natsu -
The outgoing Lucy
The over hyperactive Natsu
The naked Gray
The tough and boss Erza "Titania" Scarlet
All of them get their moments in these episodes ranging from being a bunny girl, wearing a cat/neko costume, the school uniforms, being a kid all over again, and beach fan-service. Speaking of which, the fan-service does shoot off the charts occasionally in these episodes. Unlike ecchi series though, they are for comedic purposes. Like I said before, Fairy Tail brings out laughter, fun, and entertainment rather than the typical "accidental shower walk-ins".
The Fairy Tail atmosphere is still there though with some action scenes and the OST. Hiro Mashima likes to play with some of his typical battle shounen scenes often from the original series. In these short episodes, he brings out his skills of creating humor and that he did quite so-so from my perspective. It's a welcoming aspect from the original series that has high levels of energy to induce entertainment rather than the more serious fighting scenes anime fans watches in so many long running shounen today. It's not something serious to take into light.
The artwork of the series remains generally the same. Beyond the fan-service, the characters are drawn like from the original series with similar edges, proportions (including those boobs), and backgrounds. It's sort of like the typical shounen artwork you see in many of today's anime series. Fairy Tail doesn't have the best art but it gets the point across.
The soundtrack of the OVAs remains generally the same although two different OP and ED songs are used. Aya Hirano and Tetsuya Kakihara does their roles and gives their songs a magical rhythm . It's not too exciting but it gets to the point that reflects on the FT atmosphere.
All in all, these Fairy Tail OVAs are a fun watch. Don't take it serious. Just don't. If you do, you won't enjoy this as much as some other fans. The original main characters return in this so it makes it worthwhile to watch them all have their fun, awkward, and entertaining moments.
If you're having a bad day, watch this to brighten it up.
If you're bored with your life, watch this to make your life more fun.
If you're tired of waiting for the latest FT episode from the original series, watch this to pass some time.
If you're frustrated about today's other onsen/"beach" OVAs in other anime series, watch this to laugh at them
If you want to just enjoy some typical Fairy Tail entertainment, watch this to appreciate.
Ultimately though, these OVA episodes connected together are just of something amusing to watch but don't expect much out of it, even if the above are how you felt before watching.
This is a rewrite and updated version of my review of the Fairy Tail OVAs 2/25/12
Update 3/19/13 - Now includes OVA 5
Since the difference is mainly in the story of the 5 this is how I rank them
OVA 2- 9, OVA 1 -7, OVA 4 - 7, OVA 3 - 6, OVA 5 - 6
Fairy Tail OVA 1- Youkoso Fairy Hills
====Story==== (OVA 1)
Youkoso Fairy Hills is the first ova of the series and is based off the manga side story Welcome to Fairy Hills. The story revolves around Lucy after she finds a job request that saying that a person is looking for some sort of object. This object was supposed to be in the Fairy Tail Girl's Dorm Rooms. Lucy seemed really puzzled by this so she decides to go and investigate. She finds out that the job request was written by a woman named Hilda, and that she is looking for the "Sparkling Treasure". Lucy questions why can't she just ask the girls in the dormitory to look, and Hilda tells her that she doesn't want their help nor wants them finding out. After that Lucy has to change into a VERY revealing cat outfit, and off she went to search for the treasure.
The overall story in the Youkoso Fairy Hills was told very well. It had many awkward moments, and many more funny scenes. This storyline is a bit more serious than the other two that came after it, and you can really tell the difference in how Youkoso Fairy Hills has a great balance between being serious, and being hilarious. I like how at the end of Youkoso Fairy Hills we all learn a very valuable lesson, which in the other it is more for laughter than anything else.
Fairy Tail OVA 2- Yousei Gakuen: Yankee-kun to Yankee
====Story==== (OVA 2)
Yousei Gakuen: Yankee-kun to Yankee is the second ova of the series, and is also based of a manga side story of the same name. It takes place in an academy based Fairy Tail. This time the storyline primarily follows around Erza. She is in a love quarrel between her and Jellal. She is very shy around him and wants to go on a date, but first needs something new to wear. However, unannounced to Jellal , Erza has a dark side that can’t be shown to him. Also there’s a rivalry going on between Fairy Academy and Courage Academy, which brings another great and laughable element within the main storyline.
What is really interesting about Yankee-Kun to Yankee is that no one has magical powers at all, so when they all start fighting with the rival academy things turn out really interesting. I find that this storyline is much funnier and more relaxed than the 1st or 3rd OVAs. This one also reuses some gags previous used in the Fairy Tail series itself which is a plus. The balance in this is turned way more toward being hilarious, and doesn’t have any serious aspects
Fairy Tail OVA 3- Memory Days
====Story==== (OVA 3)
Fairy Tail Memory days isn’t based off a manga side story like the previous two were. This time the storyline is based around Erza, Natsu, Grey, Lucy, and Happy. It seems that Erza, Natsu, and Grey destroyed some buildings in town and their punishment to put the library back in order. Lucy just happens to get blamed as well since they are all part of the same team. Natsu has a bit of a secret because he can’t remember on how he got something. The crew then gets transported back in time to when everyone was young in the guild. Natsu, Grey, and Happy end up disappearing and going off on their own, which cause Erza to freak out because they can change the past with any interaction they have.
I find this storyline to be the most interesting of the OVAs, because, since it is an original written piece of work, they give us many more aspects that where otherwise left for the viewer to figure out. However, since this is about time travel now, many more questions arise from Memory days. Also some things just didn’t make any sense especially if most viewers think that the OVAs go along with the main storyline. Honestly I found it a tad bit boring. I like the fact that it is unique and new to Fairy Tail itself, but what they did was open up many plot holes from an otherwise solid anime.
Fairy Tail OVA 4 - Fairies' Training Camp
====Story==== (OVA 4)
In short this OVA takes place between the 3 months that the Fairy Tail members are training for the Grand Magic Games. It revolves around the main cast (Natsu, Grey, Erza, Lucy, Wendy, Happy, Carla) and with a few others Juvia, Levy, Jet and Droy. They all decide to train at the beach, and end up causing some mischief. After that they all retire to a hotel, and begin to cause more mischief finally ending with a story that reminisces a time with Lucy and Natsu.
This one was good, but didn't really follow a set path like the others. It was more for comedy than anything else, so it was a good bit funnier than the last OVA. Nothing else to say really. It was simple and funny.
Fairy Tail OVA 5- Dokidoki Ryuuzetsu Land
====Story==== (OVA 5)
Fairy Tail Dokidoki Ryuuzetsu Land is the latest installment of the OVAs. This OVA doesn't follow a particular storyline, and just shows the cast of fairy tail spending the day at an water park. This OVA has the most fan service at of all of them, so be prepared for all of the awkward moments that will happen.
For me this one is pretty boring until about the last 10 minutes when all of the comical things started happening. So in the end it was a decent watch.
The art and animation in the OVAs are more or less the same as in the main series. In some aspects they are drawn a bit better as well. The animation however, remains the same. Characters are given different outfits to wear, in some OVAs and that is pretty much what difference between the main series and the OVAs is. There’s not much more to say. If you like Fairy Tail’s anime episode animation I'm sure you will love all of the OVAs.
As great as ever. We are greeted with some new opening and ending music never before heard in the Fairy Tail franchise. This is because they are song by none other than Natsu (Kakihara, Tetsuya) and Lucy (Hirano, Aya) respectively. Both opening and ending songs are performed really great. In OVA 2 Erza has a great insert song at the end of the episode. In comparison the one that Erza sung is the best out of the 3 songs so far. In OVA 4 they added a new opening and ending song where Natsu/Grey sing the op and Erza/Lucy/Wendy sing the ending. It was ok, but nothing to write home about. Just like the art if a viewer likes the OSTs from Fairy Tail they are sure to like the sounds from this OVA as well.
All the main characters are here, and you hear bits and pieces from each one of them. From Lucy to Natsu, Juvia to Grey, Erza to Wendy, and even Gajeel is there as well. Also many other minor characters are also heard from. They all act as funny and ridiculous as ever. All Character still retain their style that is seen in the anime, and is mentioned before there are a tons of characters in the OVAs especially OVA 2.
I suggest not watching this while eating because things might come out of your nose! One thing Fairy Tail is good at is being very funny and this really does show its strength. There's also a lot of fan service (not over the top) in OVA 1 and 2 as well, however in OVA 4 the fan service is a lot more pronounced since it takes place at the beach. In Yousei Gakuen: Yankee-kun to Yankee out beats both of the other three OVAs so far, since it has a wider spectrum of jokes, even more awkward moments, and an EXPLOSIVE AMOUNT OF VERY HUMOROUS MOMENTS that will make your stomach ache and shred some tears of joy. The fact still remains that all of them are a great way to spend time.
Overall Youkoso Fairy Hills, Yousei Gakuen: Yankee-kun to Yankee, Memory days and OVA 4 all have a good storylines with tons of exciting and enjoyable scenes that will keep you laughing until the show is over. Be sure to again not be drinking or eating anything while watching. As a whole the whole series is great. If you're a Fairy Tail Fan of the anime or the manga I suggest watching the OVAs because it adds a lot more stomach aching enjoyment to a series that already does it very well.
Well,(this is about OVA number1) an OVA filled with fan service, and Fairy Tail comedy
a story/quest slapped around it,
but to be honest not very exciting just fun to watch.
I noticed the OP theme song was sung by Natsu's voice actor (not sure)
and the ED theme song by Lucy's voice actress (also not sure)
but am I the only one missing something,
I personally think an OVA is the perfect chance to take a series
to another setting or
use experimental visuals or
explore an unknown character
but at least it was better than High school of the Dead OVA
Update: Just saw the second OVA and in my humble opinion it is even worse then the first one;
This second OVA deals with fairy tail in a new (ahum ahum) setting a.k.a High School.
Now this did not work for me, if I want to C slice of life or Seitokai situations I will watch other series I love Fairy Tail the series because it is a action packed/funny series witch moves slowly and has a bit of depth,+ great voice acting
I found none of these qualities in the Ova's,
this second one has no story/no witty dialogue a few seconds of Erza fan service and a lot of BS,
it was the first time for me to get annoyed while watching Fairy Tail...
OP/ED is again song by the voice actors of Natsu (OP) and Lucy (ED)
So initially I gave these a 7 but now,well
the series itself on the other hand is still going strong
Seeing Happy pissed was fantastic:)
Some of the funniest lols you'll see in a long time. Kind of like taking all the small gags over 40 episodes, and lumping them together into two OVA's. WIN!
I love the in-OVA jokes (Aries, and Happy + Charles in second OVA) and that FT isn't afraid to poke fun at itself. A certain moment in OVA 2 involving three guys + Erza did a lot to lighten my feelings towards recent storylines in the FT anime.
The first OVA is a bit up and down in the funny stakes in comparison to the second, but still had me crying with laughter. Both OVA's are a bit coarser than usual (nudity, nosebleeds) but always relevant. Suprisingly moving towards the end, which shouldn't really be suprising considering that FT has done that before.
The second OVA is my favourite for the sheer amount of FT gags in an alternate universe. No real magic in this world? No problem! Special props to whoever came up Gray and Natsu's "magic power" substitutes.read more