Dragon Cry is a magical artifact of deadly power, formed into a staff by the fury and despair of dragons long gone. Now, this power has been stolen from the hands of the Fiore kingdom by the nefarious traitor Zash Caine, who flees with it to the small island nation of Stella. Frightened that the power has fallen into the wrong hands, the King of Fiore hastily sends Fairy Tail to retrieve the staff. But this task proves frightening as a shadowy secret lies in the heart of the kingdom of Stella. Dragon Cry follows their story as they muster up all their strength to recover the stolen staff and save both kingdoms.
ok so finally after 2 years wait the movie all fairy tail fan boys and fan girls were waiting for is out .... 2 years ago Hiro Mashima made a picture showing Natsu as half dragon and he said that a movie based on this picture will come , we all know mashima is a man of his word and finally the movie which is said to give the biggest fairy tail shockers ( said my mashima sensei himself ) is here .
Now as we know that Ft 2014 ended with the disbanded Fairy Tail guild so how come the guys are back again together
, well the story of the movie is based in the time after Avatar arc which was in the manga and not shown in the anime , during that arc natsu lucy gray erza and wendy gather together to bring the guild back , that is why the guys are back together again , its better if you read the manga till there , its a short arc but if you dont wanna its not a problem , all you need to know is gray and erza were working undercover to bust out an organization of worshippers of zeref , natsu due to a reason ( a spoiler which i dont wanna give ) ended up to bust that organization too that is how all they come together , during this wendy and juvia were also accompanied by them .
the story of this movie is based on dragons and secrets regarding dragons that we didnt knew before it would be better if you watch it rather than me telling you so , and its based in another city with a new king which aids our heroes and help them fight dragons due to a certain reason ( a spoiler which i dont wanna give ) . like the previous movie this movie also features another main character , a female warrior of the empire who journey with natsu's team . Naturally the main part of the story would be spoilers that is why i wont discuuss them here .
The character design this time is changed , i would say i prefered the previous one but its not bad this time either , the art and graphics is as awesome as it always was and the voice actors are the same as they were.
Gladly we will get to see the transformation of natsu into a half dragon as he awakens a new power . To all the Nalu fans there is good news as Hiro Mashima has done quite alot of work on Nalu power in the movie so rejoice
( i am a lisana fan though ) .
Overall its a great movie based on 142 pages from the original story board created by Mashima sensei and another great piece of work which you all can expect on alot . Personally Fairy Tail is the best anime i have ever seen and i am one of the biggest fan ( trust me when i say this , my profile and my room is a proof of it ) but to all those who are not die hard fans i assure you , you will also like this ....
Warning: I am still fresh of seeing this movie. I watched it two weeks ago. Before I give my overall review let me tell you that I will be comparing this movie to other recent shonen movies to get my point.
This will also spoil some major plot points
This is one of the worst movies I ever had the displeasure of watching. As someone who still watches Fairy Tail from the start until now that it only has 8 chapters left I was pissed. And this is coming from a fan that has stood with Fairy Tail even if it has had one of
the worst downgrades I have ever seen since I read the last two arcs of bleach.
The only reason I am giving this a 1.5 instead of a 1 is that that of the first 10 minutes. That is the only part that is enjoyable in my opinion and it becomes a giant mess. The sheer number of things that fail from its villain to its own heroes is outstanding. It has absolutely nothing that makes me excited to talk about with someone. Oh yeah and remember how it was supposed to connect to the series? Well then I hope you are ready to sit for the whole movie and the credits to let use see a final scene that is supposed to connect on the last arc of fairy tail and make you excited for what there is to come but miserably fails instead making you enraged if you have read the final arc due to it connecting absolutely nothing. Oh yeah and remember the Natsu dragon form that is in every promotional material. Well be ready to see it almost not used and it only appears for 1:30 minutes. In comparison One Piece Movie Gold is an actual better movie at exciting you for the future of One Piece. It connects in a way of showing you what previous characters are doing and expands on the promise of them returning without the manga or anime having it doing it better than this sorry excuse for a movie.
Art and Animation 
This is easily one of the worst animated garbage that A1 pictures have thrown into the big screen. It shows that almost no time and effort was put into the fight scenes and the fight choreography makes it seem that no one at the studio has watched a decent fight scene. I would compare this movie with the masterful Koe no Katachi but that this thing could ever compare to this masterpiece of a movie would be an insult to both Kyoto animation and the people that actually work hard in the anime industry.And it is so bad that halfway through the movie I was nodding my head in disappointment in how can something be so bad that EROMANGA SENSEI a slice of life show. Has better animation than a goddam movie with a MOVIE BUDGET. The only thing that is pretty nice to look at are the character designs but it even screws up with that. At the end of the Movie they cannot even make A MOTHERFUCKING DRAGON look nice. It looks horribly designed.
You have heard this already. It is the same as the anime. Nothing new.
Oh boy does this make me angry. Lets start with the original cast.
Natsu- Kills the dragon, that is it. Seriously he doesn't grow in any way, shape, or form. I already hated natsu enough before seeing this movie but now they ruin the litte character that he was supposed to be and just turn him into a blank sheet.
Lucy- I hate her so goddam much in this movie. She was already so bad in the original material but this is just sad. If you ver wanted to see how a character can fall so low that it matters less than dirt at this point look no further than Lucy Heartfillia.
Grey, Erza, Wendy- Gonna add them all here since they do the same thing. Nothing. Defeat disposable henchmen 1, 2, and 3 and then do nothing for the rest of the movie.
Juvia, Gajeel, Levy- They matter as much as the dirt that is Lucy in this movie.
The cats- Appear for two scences. Try to be funny and fail miserably as always.
Now we get into the original characters.
Dissposable Lucy clone- I think her name was Sonya or something. I don't know. She made such little impression on everyone that she gets kicked out of the final third of the movie.
Villans- Does someone even remeber what they were callled again? I sure don't. They are boring and patetic. Their powers are not even intersesting. How can you make A MOTHERFUCKING DRAGON the most boring thing in the movie I don't know.
Watching paint dry gets out more emotion than this movie
Wanna wate ten bucks? Burn them instead of watching this movie. It wastes less time of your life than watching the epidemy of the worst things anime has to offer.
Edit: Screw it it is a 1. Not even deserving of a 2.
I went to see this in the cinema and was so stoked as i needed my next FariyTail fix as the previous arc seems like it had ended far to long ago. So as for seeing some of my favorite anime characters in motion again it was great but unfortunately thats where the praise seems to slow down.
The first part of the movie is pure ecchi fan service that i do personally like but i know many are not a fan of it so to see it so prominent in most of the first part and
scattered through out the moive could leave a bad taste in some mouths (no pun intended). The story was very very rushed and had the team hopping from scene to scene with out reason. for example (possible mild spoiler here so be careful) when Natsu had to find the FT team as the where split up he simply said he was going to find them and then it cuts to the next scene and they are all there with no explanation of how they met up again or anything. It felt very strange and not smooth at all. As for the bad guys they where not very exciting (Spoiler Ahead) the fights with them where bland and they tried to do the whole being defeated until a smart twist with Erza but it was so lame and rushed it really annoyed me.
The NaLu relations did how ever get a little deeper so for you NaLu fans like me that is a plus. Oh and the biggest secret/development in the series so far that was teased was not all that great to im sure most FT fans already know about it for ages now. I just really hope this rushed style is not the direction for the rest of FT because i did feel it was a series with some of the most developed characters ever and i could ruin it.
I think there are two perspectives that should be addressed when reviewing Fairy Tail; the objective/intelectual/elitist view, and the subjective/fanbase view. I'll start with the Elitist review because that's more fun; but please read both for more context. (The only spoilers included are vague, disjointed and should not be enough to actually /spoil/ any scene.)
Highly Elite Intellectual Score of Objectiveness: 1.5
This movie as garbage. Its full of plotholes, doesn't follow up on most of the what it introduces, is
incredibly inconsistant with its characters, and backtracks over so many details its ridiculous. Every part of the setting, every new character introduced, every power and plot angle used seems thrown into the script in order to support a specific semi-cool image or moment that the director wanted in the film.
Here are a few random problems with the anime:
The enemies were poorly handled. The Lucky Stars, the stock enemy trio, were there only to delay the main party so Natsu could face the head honcho alone. They had so little significance and power, they were never even refered to by name after they introduced themselves. Their boss the arch nemesis of the movie, set up as a powerful dark arts user, doesn't even get a final battle.
The main enemy's coverstory for wanting the staff - to stop the island exploding - is never treated as a genuine concern by any of the main cast; and once the villain's true motives are revealed, the film never even bothers to clarify whether the explosive crystals are actually a problem or not. Who knows; the entire island could go BANG five seconds after the movie ends.
Inconsistant difficulties. Halfway through; a fire mage, and melee dancer and a weak guy on a fast ball (???) wipe out the party of five Fairy Tail mages. One of this party of Fairy Tail mages powers up by eating fire, one creates slippery surfaces and cages, and a third can summon armour to go very fast /and/ has a junior mage who can speed her up further. Really, these guys posed no threat. In other news, that 12 story tower now reachs the sky, the dragon transformed even without the staff, and hey look! That guy got mad; so now that gaping hole in his stomach doesn't affect his ability to move at all!
And there are many, MANY more issues.
On the whole; this is like watching an entire arc of Fairytail in 100 minutes: and yes, that means that ALL those weird side characters and new powers and cameos are included but NOT the explanation for how they actually contribute. Instead they just... don't contribute. They're just there.
This would be an ideal film to watch with a bunch of intellectual friends who are somewhat familiar with FairyTail - maybe tried watching a few dozen episodes on their own - just to rag on it. Plus (one thing they did well) there are several moments of pretty dang fine fanservice. So that's always fun to laugh about. Its also one of the few reasons this gets a 1.5 rating.
Happy-go-lucky rating from a fan with subjective tastes: 7
This film was pretty fun to watch. Many of my favourite characters had a least a few minutes of screentime and a funny quip or two; and it was nice to see them working both individually and together when they happen to bump into eachother. Some of the new powers were interesting, and the new element Stellanium could make for a pretty cool upgrade for Erza's armoury. The twist at the end, revealing the true reason for the plot of the film, was pretty interesting and didn't aim for any unneeded shock factor.
Here are a few random things I liked about the film:
The new female characters were all quite interesting, each in their own way. Sonya was an ally in a tough situation that I sympathized with; plus she had an intriguing backstory and abilities that I wish had been explored more. Riana looked like a total badass; I'd have loved to see her in an actual combat scenario. Swan - the leader of the Three Stars - was incredibly attractive, and her dancing combat style was quite unique and fun to watch.
More Politics! More Dragons! More /History/!!!! Seeing the new country and learning a bit about its economy and royalty made me very curious about many things. How are these kingdoms communicating? Do the royal families of Fiore and Stella meet together with the magic council? Do they have their own wizard saints or guild systems? And the flashback to Acnologia and the other dragons was an insight into the end of the Dragon Age that we haven't had nearly enough of! Altogether, the movie made me very interested in the realms, heroes and notable treasures that must be strewn throughout the rich history of the 400 years of human occupation on the continent!
Lastly; the teaser at the end, showing new abilities for Acnologia and teasing at future conflicts made me quite excited for the final season airing next year. I'm now motivated to power through the last 30 episodes that I have yet to see so I can be ready to catch the finale as it airs.
On the whole; the movie was a fun little look into a bit of what Fairy Tail is up to while rebuilding our interest and general hype for the final season. It was good to see some of favourite goofballs back in action; a highly enjoyable spectacle.
I recommand that any current FairyTail fans watch this movie. It's a pity that it didn't have more time to elaborate much on the many interesting concepts and characters it included, but it is truly in tune with the FairyTail franchise spirit of fun.
To close out this review; I'd like to explain why I give it a five. Yes, to a technicion this film can be nothing but trash, and yes, to many diehard fans it may be worth a much higher score. But! I write this assuming that you are a reasonable person on neither extreme who can still have fun despite noticing many flaws, so I weigh the enjoyment rating more than the technical. I think a mediocre 5 is a fairly accurate assessment of how much I enjoyed my movie-going experience - I've seen many better films, but it was far from being a disappointing waste of an evening.
I recommend seeing this with friends who feel the same way about Fairy Tail that you do. The less you enjoy the movie, the more you'll be able to enjoy your friends company; and the more you enjoy the movie - well, there ya go; happiness points acquired by default.
I hope this review helped you, or at least entertained you for a few minutes.
PS there's a scene where a bunch of female captives flee a prison, and given that the only captives we knew were a secret service swordswoman and a powerful celestial magic user, we can assume the rest had similarly strong backgrounds. That could have been one of the most hilariously badass escapes in the history of cliche anime prison breaks. Its a real pity it was squandered :/
PPS This was my first review here on MAL; lemme know if there's anything you particularly liked/disliked. k thx bai