Magic is what makes the fictional world of Earth-land go 'round, and its many mage guilds work together—or sometimes against one another—to bring balance to that world. Each guild flaunts unique features in hopes of being the best guild on the planet.
Lucy Heartfilia, a 17-year-old girl, is desperately searching for the perfect guild. After running from her father, she wanders the city in search of Gold Keys, for they unlock the Celestial Spirits that are so vital for her magic. With so many wizards around, it's a journey that's very challenging and dangerous to go alone. Yet a fateful encounter with Natsu Dragneel (a wizard who largely resembles a dragon) leads her to a guild known as Fairy Tail, which soon becomes her new home.
Her happiness amongst new-found friends is overshadowed by the evil powers of malicious guilds and the mysterious dark wizard Zeref. Their lives are about to take an unexpected turn as they battle evil, fight for their guild, and uncover fragments of their past. It will shake the foundations of who they are as people, and help explain why Earth-land has fallen into this state to begin with.
#1: "MASAYUME CHASING" by BoA (eps 1-13) #2: "STRIKE BACK" by BACK-ON (eps 14-28) #3: "Mysterious Magic" by Do As Infinity (eps 29-39) #4: "BREAK OUT" by V6 (eps 40-51) #5: "Yume-iro Graffiti (ユメイログラフィティ)" by Tackey & Tsubasa (eps 52-64) #6: "NEVER-END TALE" by Tatsuyuki Kobayashi and Konomi Suzuki (eps 65-77) #7: "Believe In Myself" by Edge of Life (eps 78-90) #8: "Ashita wo Narase (明日を鳴らせ)" by Kavka Shishido (eps 91-102)
#1: "Kimi to Kare to Boku to Kanojo to (君と彼と僕と彼女と)" by BREATHE (eps 1-13) #2: "Kokoro no Kagi (心の鍵)" by May J. (eps 14-28) #3: "Kimi no Mirai (キミノミライ)" by ROOT FIVE (eps 29-39) #4: "Don't let me down" by Mariya Nishiuchi (eps 40-51) #5: "Never ever" by TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE (東京女子流) (eps 52-64) #6: "FOREVER HERE" by Yoko Ishida (eps 65-77) #7: "Azayaka na Tabiji (鮮やかな旅路)" by Megumi Mori (eps 78-90) #8: "Landscape" by SOLIDEMO (eps 91-101) #9: "MASAYUME CHASING" by BoA (ep 102)
EDITED: THIS REVIEW ENCOMPASSES THE WHOLE 102 EPISODES OF FAIRY TAIL (2014)
*NOTE: Due to the nature of this series some comparisons between the new series and the original run will arise but generally this review is spoiler free.
Fairy Tail (2014) was a highly anticipated sequel to the original run of Fairy Tail which lasted from 2009 to 2013. Now the original anime wasn't anything special or groundbreaking by any means however it was an anime that managed to avoid the majority of the pitfalls associated with long running anime like Naruto, Bleach etc. Sure it had the 'plot convenient' power ups and
the 'power of friendship' cliches but it still managed ti garner a pretty huge and devout fan following. The main reasons were the fact that it had extremely consistent animation, brilliant soundtracks and very likable characters along with interesting arcs that didn't drag on and fights that were short and sweet. I confess that i was among that devout fan following and loved FT like it was the greatest anime ever (this was about 3 years ago mind you) so how is it that a fan like me is giving this sequel such a low score? Lets begin...
Story: . The pacing of the story is horribly inconsistent and extremely slow paced. There are some episode that will try to fit in a lot of content in the space of just one episode and others where there will be nothing of consequence done over the course of many episodes, a problem that arises from dragging out episodes is the extremely corny dialogue that is quite often cringe worthy. Now a typical aspect of shounens is 'hyping up' every battle and every showdown for eg Shokugeki no Souma does this excellently. Fairy tail tries but fails miserably at this not because of its inability to hype up sequences but because of the inability to follow up on it which leads to extremely boring battles and plot conclusions. Also many of the most interesting characters including Erza, Zeref, Jellal etc suffer deeply from a lack of screen time. Plot holes run rampant in this anime and character motivations are seldom explored. An example i would like to mention here form the series is the FT zero arc which animated 13 chapters in the space of almost 10 episodes, this is by no means helpful to the pacing of the series and means that episodes drag on aimlessly because of the little content that they get to adapt.
Animation: As i mentioned before Fairy tail mainly drew me in because of its consistent animation however that is not the case any more. FT tries to experiment with a new animation style that resembles the manga but in colour it doesn't look quite as good. The biggest letdown in terms of animation is, unlike the first series, inconsistency. BG are well drawn but during battles many characters look nothing more than doodles (naruto anyone?). Another problem is the extremely bland colour template, for some reason the colours are towards the dark side and this does not fit the previous series' cheery looking vibrant colours.
Sound: This is hands down the best aspect of the anime. All of the OPs and EDs are very well done and continue the legacy of the original's brilliant soundtracks. Some tracks that have stuck with me are 'Masayume Chasing', 'Believe in myself' and 'Ashita wa Orase' all of which are eargasmic. The osts on the other hand are overused but still are acceptable.
Character: Due to the inconsistent and slow nature of the story the characters don't really have a chance to shine like they did in the original. Many interesting character's like laxus, erza, gajeel, jellal etc are thrown into the background and only appear rarely. Their development has remained stagnant over the course of these 102 episodes. Many important moments from the manga that are important in fleshing out the characters were animated without any of the emotional drama and this means that character emotions look forced and overdramatic. Natsu is much the same and Lucy is still quite useless as a MC. Zeref is sorely missed and only appears in about 4 episodes despite the fact that he is the main antagonist. The rest of the antagonists are not nearly as interesting and their motivations are petty to say the least.
Enjoyment: Probably the only reason that i have stuck with this anime for so long is the feeling of nostalgia i got every week i sat down and watched another episode, but nostalgia can only take you so long and at some point watching it became nothing more than a chore, devoid of enjoyment and the love that i once had for this anime.
I am honestly shocked at how such an amazing anime has been ruined, it is now nothing more than a shadow if its past glory and is a prime example of how greedy studios can turn an interesting show into a shitty cash grab.
Thank you for taking the time out to read this long review and any feedback is greatly appreciated since this is my first review.
This will be a short one, since nobody reads long ones anyway.
Prepare yourself, because this is a possitive review.
I love Fairy Tail, and I'm going to tell you what's so great about it.
First of all the characters are splendid, they are colourful and funny, they are loveable, and emotional, and they feel trustworthy, and they are really charming too, I love basicly all of the characters in Fairy Tail, and my favourites in any order are Erza, Wendy, Natsu, Lucy, Gray, Juvia, Laxus, Gajeel, Sting, Rogue, Happy, Jellal, Zeref, Elfman, MiraJane, Kagura and Milliana etc.
Secondly while yes, it's not flawless, it's still amazing, the battles
are awesome, the story is splendid, there's power and action, and there's emotion and never a dull moment, I have never ever felt bored while watching Fairy Tail, the soundtrack is awesome and creates emotion, the opening themes are brilliant, and so are the ending themes, you feel great when an awesome battle is about to start and the track starts to play to enhance your feeling, and you'll feel the magic of the power battle that's about to take place.
So grab yer hat and be prepared for a fantastic battle shounen anime with great charcters, amazing story arcs and powerful emotions, and hours of fun and laughter, and occasionally some more powerful emotions like tears of both joy and sadness, which is the powerhouse anime known as Fairy Tail.
A lot of people hate Fairy Tail. Despite the popularity, it's probably more hated than Sword Art Online and Boku no Pico, and that's saying something.
I'm writing this review as fairly as possible.
The new series carried on from the previous (Grand Magic Games arc). Since the end of the arc, there were about five arcs (Eclipse Celestial Spirit Arc + omake, Sun Village Arc, Tartaros Arc, Tenrou Jade Arc and the first two episodes of Avatar Arc).
During the one-year time skip within the series, we also saw Mavis' back-story in the Tenrou Jade Arc or Fairy Tail Zero as it's known to some
The story follows the manga and the omake manga. There was only one true filler arc throughout.
The main disappointment is ending the series two episodes into a new arc.
The art was noticeably different, and was still bright and vivid - until the Sun Village Arc. During this arc and the following arcs, the animation colours seemed to gain a purple filter - that's the only way I can describe it, but it was around that time that the story no longer immersed me, because I was agitated with the new colours.
The soundtracks, oh my.
Acnologia could have been voiced by someone who knows how to truly sound badass.
The characters were more fleshed out during the omake.
I have to give this a lower rating than its predecessor. This is mostly down to the artwork involved. It's the main area that let down the series for me, to the point where it is no longer in my top 5 series.
Fairy Tail is one of those long-running series many ridicule, and I understand that. I see the flaws just as much as any outsider does. I get pissed off the characters' being overpowered without any reason or proof of having acquired them most of the time. The whole "Friendship is magic" is literally everything in Fairy Tail and it gets too fucking old. But, it is also because of that, that I fell in love with it. I love the concept of family and unity and shit like that. I'm a sucker for those things and Fairy Tail is all about that. Also, all the
over-the-top revelations for this series have been really fucking awesome. I love the character interactions and the way they genuinely bond.
You can't make me memorize the names of hundreds of characters but you don't need to force me to do that for FT. I know the Fairy Tail members by heart, because they are able to make you feel like you are part of their journey. Yes, FT has so many short-comings when it comes to the action and story-telling, but there is charm in this one that many people fall in love with which is why it is still popular to so many.
I believe that these sort of long-running shounen series are not for everybody, and it's certainly not something you watch if you want to get deep shit from it. When watching such shows, you have to take it in raw and as light-hearted as possible. You don't need to think. You just have to watch the shit. No analyzing shit or so on, because you're only going to be wasting your time.
To end, I have enjoyed this immensely as I have already been a fan since before. This direct sequel has more or less the same elements and aspects as the previous one. Just more "boom" and more questions answered for some of the characters' unknown pasts. Try it if you will, and don't if you're not up for it. It's as simple as that.
Natsu and Lucy, the main protagonists of Fairy Tail, have yet to bring good news to shippers of the pair. Given Natsu's man-child personality and Lucy's no-boyfriend-since-birth status, will the two ever end up with each other?