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.
Hiro Mashima is quite possibly the worst storyteller I have ever seen in my life, and I've seen quite a bunch of media.
Let's get a few things out of the way first: I enjoyed Fairy Tail up until the end of the Tenrou Island arc. It was at that point that Mashima knew what he was doing because he didn't have to follow through on any of the hype he was building up. I believe that is Mashima's only good quality as a writer. He is able to create ideas that sound good at first, but they end up panning out extremely badly. Every
arc after Tenrou was average or poor. Alvarez was insulting and a complete waste of time. Part of the reason why I hate Fairy Tail so much now is because of how much the progression of this manga has disappointed me. Yes, this review has my hatred of Mashima in mind, but it won't be the reason of why I gave this movie a 1.
Plot: Spoiler alert. There isn't one. No progression. No change in character mindset or any kind of evolution. It's a complete waste of time. Natsu turns half of his body into a dragon for about 20 seconds and then turns back (somehow). No effect on him whatsoever.
Characters: All 5 of team Natsu are the same as they always were and nothing of note happens with their character. I won't say they're one dimensional. Well, that's not entirely true. Natsu is the only one dimensional character among them. I can't mention how much I despise the way Natsu is written. Even after 535 chapters of this, Natsu is still a bumbling baboon who one shots everything and can't think his way out of a paper bag.
The villains are extremely one dimensional and useless. I don't even remember the individual names of the lackeys. Sonya is apparently a non canon addition to the dragon slayers (or more accurately, a vessel for a dragon) sent to the future, but that part is never really explained. Was she sent to the future or was she simply kept alive with a dragon inside her for 400 years? NOBODY KNOWS. MASHIMA CAN'T WRITE. There's also one more thing that really pissed me off. The dragon rips himself out of Sonya's body AND SHE JUST GETS UP LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED. Does anyone know anything about consequences anymore? Does Mashima know how to write? NO.
The main antagonist was...okay I guess? He's a dragon who wanted free reign, but he got one shot by Natsu...so idk anymore the entire movie just seemed pointless.
Bottom line is that you don't waste your time with this garbage. Mashima clearly wrote it with the same mindset that he wrote Alvarez. The antagonists aren't threatening, and Fairy Tail spouts friendship constantly the entire time.
Absolute garbage. I'll repeat myself here: Hiro Mashima is the worst mangaka to come out of Japan in a long time.
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.
This is the most amazing disappointment in all of movies. *Spoilers*
Story: What story? A new kingdom with a king whose also a chick because the king is actually a dragon wants to take an artifact to free himself from the girl or something along those lines. But some random dude who works for the king wants the staff to destroy things because generic villain. So how did the dragon get inside the girl, why does the generic dude want to destroy stuff. What are the abilities of the dragon and his henchmen what can the "Dragon Cry" do nothing is explained in this movie.
Fairy Tail art style it's ok nothing as amazing as should be expected from a movie.
Sound: Not an audiophile but nothing new from the original series.
Character: No character added in the movie get's any development. We get jump cuts and random BS that makes you think theres something there but they never go into it. What's the deal with the dragon and Sonia. What's the deal with the generic henchmen. What's the deal with any of these characters and why should i care about them at all.
Enjoyment: I am easy to entertain but this movie was so bad i was distracted by how much i was hating it to enjoy anything. It feels like a movie that was supposed to have a prequel but didn't.
Overall: Do not recommend was absolutely awful. It's probably the perfect example of how not to do a movie. Explain nothing, use uninteresting characters, and pretend you have a plot instead of a giant mess.
I just watched it with my friend today at the cinema, as a fan of the series I can say I loved it! It's not something that you can watch if you don't like the series (Unlike Fairy Tail Zero), so if you don't like Fairy Tail then I don't recommend this.
The story kind of takes place after the Tartaros arc but before the Alvarez Empire arc, so it may be confusing if you're only up to somewhere like the Grand Magic Games arc. The story of the movie itself is interesting and it fits well with the anime, but it's pretty
fast-paced. Don't get me wrong, I know it's a movie. It's just that they could've put more effort into the action part of it. Basically, Natsu one-hits the main antagonist after giving his nakama speech. It was a really quick fight when it could've had more action in it. The fights where everyone split up and fought the villains underlings (As always) was pretty boring too, but it's a movie not an arc so I can't blame them for that.
Apart from the fighting, I really liked the plot. The idea that there's another kingdom was really cool.
I really loved the new animation style. When I first saw it I wasn't too excited, but I kept admiring the characters and background while in the cinema. It's very bright and crisp, unlike Fairy Tail 2014. I was really excited to see Lucy's star dress ability animated, it was stunning. And guess what?! THERE'S BLOOD NOW!! Although, it was just at the start. Boob physics are even weirder than before, but what can you do.
If this is going to be the style for the rest of the series, I'm all for it. Beautiful.
I'm pretty biased when it comes to the music in this anime, but it was incredible. The OST was a little different from the series, but it sounded a lot like it belonged in it. The song during the credits were really nice as well. I started out watching it dubbed and it felt weird to change to subbed so I haven't heard the voices much, but the seiyuu did a wonderful job with it.
There isn't much to say about the main characters, so I'll talk about the introduced ones.
I didn't really like Sonya. Her personality wasn't really shown, apart from being a kind and considerate girl. I've seen that personality a lot in anime so it wasn't anything that unique. Animus seemed like an interesting dragon that reminded me of Acnologia a little. Some of the new powers reminded me of other characters (Like Sherry with her Marionette magic, Bickslow with his Seith magic and Kain with his curse magic). Even so, some of the powers like the leg magic (Idk) that girl used was really cool.
It's not the best movie out there, but I definitely enjoyed it. I'm a huge NaLu fan and that scene near the end melted my heart.
I did give some really high ratings for some aspects of this movie, but it gets an 8/10 from me. Since I've only watched it once, it's probably not the best review but I hope it was helpful and you can agree with me with some things. I'm really excited for the Avatar & Alvarez Empire arcs to be animated, and I'm probably going to write a review for that as well.
There was a time where I use to love Fairy Tail as a whole I thought it has great characters especially Erza, Laxus, and Gajeel which were some of my favorite anime characters back then. I thought all the arcs were amazing and well written and I thought the fights were epic. This was 12-year-old me saying all that stuff because I didn’t watch many shounen animes back then and I thought Fairy Tail was the best shounen series ever made beating FMA 2003 and Shaman King. I wish I can Bright Slap my 12-year-old self for saying it. However my love for Fairy Tail
didn’t last that along because after Fairy Tail 2009 had finished its run in 2013 I decided to watch other shounen animes such as Hitman Reborn, Yu Yu Hakusho, Bleach, Both versions of Hunter x Hunter, FMAB and Soul Eater and they were all better than Fairy Tail in every way possible in terms of story, characters, worldbuilding and visuals. Yes, I know the Bleach anime became a train-wreck after certain arc but least it’s a fun train-wreck that I enjoyed. When I tried re-watching Fairy Tail 2009 again as well watching the 2014 anime at the same time I started to literally despise the series. Main characters always one-shot villains with the power-ups, cringe-worthy fan-service, preachy themes, terrible fights that have poor direction, 1D characters that hardly change or developed at all and the story is just a poorly written repetitive mess that is filled with plotholes. Out of all the shows that I have watched Fairy Tail is the only series that I use to love but now despise with a burning passion. There are shows that don’t hold up on a second viewing but they some good moments and they are shows like Fairy Tail whereby just watching the first of episodes on your second viewing will make hate everything that series has stood for.
Seriously all of all the shounen that I have seen Fairy Tail is easily the worst of the bunch by a long shot and this fucking movie did not change my opinion of this series at all. In fact, this movie has made hate the series even more.
Because this movie doesn’t give a shit about almost anything am just going to end my intro. Hiro Mashima and Tatsuma Minamikawa clearly didn’t give a shit while making this movie so why should I bother.
GOD HELP ME!!!!
Now normally I would go over the plot a series but because it’s Fairy Tail and Hiro Mashima does not give two shits about the story am not going to bother because like with most Fairy Tail arcs it’s repetitive and it follows the same story structure. This movie is no different and because of that, the story Dragon Cry is AWFUL!!!
This movie features all the things that we hate about Fairy Tail. A contrived plot that is recycled beyond belief, shitty info dumping, awful pacing, poor writing, villains that get one shotted because of the power of friendship from the heroes. Seriously it’s like Hiro and the director Tatsuma did not give two fucks when creating this movie and because of that, this movie feels like awful fanfic that was done by a 12 year who doesn’t know about good storytelling.
What makes this movie worse is the movie is a straight copy of the last Fairy Tail movie The Phoenix Priestess which was also a terrible film.
The only reason why this movie exists is so Hiro can foreshadow all the garbage that we will get to see in the Alvarez Empire arc which is one of the worst arcs that has ever come out in the manga/anime medium.
Other than this movie is a fucking joke.
Don’t make me laugh Hiro Mashima. Your characters are still hot garbage as they barely developed as characters as well.
Lucy is still being good at being useless as ever always being a coward while being a slut to the viewers as she exposes her tits and ass everywhere every time she on screen.
Natsu aka The Asspull Man is the still the same shitty character that we all hate, always being preachy with his friendship speeches as well being an asspuller on screen. What more needs to be about this pathetic excuse of a shounen protagonist.
Gary and Erza are the same shitty characters that we all know. They barely change as characters and for some reason, they are even blander in this movie.
As for the other Fairy Tail characters, they are just interesting as rocks. They are not mentioning at all.
As for the villains of Fairy Tail, what do you expect?
They are the same copy and paste, one-dimensional generic villains that we all seen before from this series.
Overall the characters in Dragon Cry are HOT GARBAGE!!!
Now if you thought the story and characters were trash the visual in this movie is on a whole another level of trash.
This has got to be one of the worst looking films that I have ever seen in my life.
The production values itself is garbage that is filled with a lot of animation and art errors. If it was a TV series that I could understand but this is a GOD DAMM MOVIE and films usually have a higher budget than the TV series counterparts.
This movie production values are so bad they couldn’t even FUCKING ANIMATE A DRAGON CORRECTLY!!!
SO LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT HIRO AND THE STAFF OF THIS FILM. ANIMATING A DRAGON CORRECTLY WAS TOO HARD FOR YOU BUT YOU CAN PERFECT ANIMATED ALL THE FAN-SERVICE SHIT THAT GOES ON IN YOUR FILM.
Hiro, you're better off doing a long-running Hentai series at this point because your only embarrassing yourself.
Do I need to say anything? It’s the same from the TV series.
This movie is a waste of time. Not only the movie still has all the issues of Fairy Tail that we but the movie doesn’t know how to respect its audience.
The best of parts in Dragon Cry is where the movie itself keeps buffering itself when I was watching it on my tablet on Netflix. Yes, I did watch this movie on Netflix because I am not going to go all the way to Leicester Square Odeon Cinema as well paying £10 + pounds to watch this. I honestly feel bad for anyone who watched it on the big screen because this film has no purpose apart from foreshadowing the worst of Fairy Tail with its final arc that will come out in 2018.
Overall it’s best to stay away from this god awful movie that has no point of existing other to foreshadow the awfulness that is called Alvarez Empire arc.
I want my 1 hour 24 minutes back Hiro Mashima!!!
Final Score 1.5/10
This movie is crap. I say this as someone that actually enjoyed Fairy Tail for the fun little shonen it was, and who finished the manga. Half of the time I spent watching this film consisted of me wanting desperately to skip past the same tropes I have seen a billion times over and the other half was spent crying about how little sense this film made in the actual story of Fairy Tail.
The story consists of...
a) *Insert legendary item here* which is stolen by *insert generic villain(s).*
b) *Shenanigans ensue.* Build some emotional tension. (And by some I
c) *PLOT TWIST*
d) *Shonen-esque finale* paired with *Shitty emotional climax*
I started off this film thinking "Wow, that's a crappy looking bird." I finished it thinking, "Wow, that's a crappy looking dragon." The art in this film rivaled DBS at times.
Same as the show. Except the soundtrack sounds a little worse for some reason.
The character's in the show aren't great. The characters in this film could be replaced with literally any other shonen character from their respective archetypes and it wouldn't change a single thing. There is no emotion and I was literally laughing sadly by the finally at how few shits I gave.
I would say a Fairy Tail fan could have fun, but I'm a Fairy Tail fan, and I didn't have fun sooo...
I'm sure that Fairy Tail fans will watch this film for the simple benefit of more content. That's why I watched it, however, believe me when I say that I wished I hadn't. It wasn't worth the hour and a half and it didn't even feel like Fairy Tail. It adds nothing to the plot of the series and it is completely cancerous. That's all.
Hiro Mashima promised us a surprise, and boy did he give us a surprise. Your surprise at my score given that I am a fairy tail fan is only half the surprise you'll get when watching the actual movie. It is unimaginably terrible. (how did it get over 7 is beyond me, tbh I actually had this listed as a 5 on my list)
So lets just go over the good bits, the sound was good, but that is to be expected from a fairy tail title, unfortunately you shouldn't expect too much from the new stuff and the old tracks that make fairy tail fairy
tail are few and far between. (8)
As for the art, I'm not too sure whether its just me or if the arts actually taken one step forward and three steps back. It doesn't exactly feel as good as the 2014 series but still holds its own when put up against other anime. (7)
The characters are a huge part in fairy tail, and unfortunately the way the movie was written and what have you just weren't put to use correctly and to be honest felt quite shallow, just like this review (6)
The story, boy oh boy the story, my question is what story? This whole plot revolves around what Joker did to his colleagues in the first 5 minutes of the Batman movie. Not many other twist and turns really. Some people would argue that there are surprises towards the end of the movie, but rather than surprises it feels more like throwing random facts at you as quickly as they could in the last 15 minutes of the movie. (2)
All in all, not a movie to watch unless it plays an important part in the coming season (oh yes I need to mention here that there is a time skip involved so some of you might be able to better understand it after the new season starts). (4)
This is my first review..I hope it can be helpful for all.
Hiro is one of the best manga artists I had ever seen.Fairy Tail has been one of the best and favorite anime that I had ever watched. Finally after all this time Dragon Cry has English subbed. Am excited to talk and review this movie.
The story is also about dragons but set in another new city. Just like the first movie, the movie also features a young female character ( I think her name was Sonya). She also joins team Natsu to fight the dragon ( Don't want to talk more to not
spoil the enjoyment). Although the story was quite good, I found it abit boring in half of the movie.
What got me disappointed is the new art of Fairy Tail. Fairy tail has wonderful and realistic colors through out the show and through the 2014 episodes. But what I did not like is the weird colors of most of the characters. The characters seem somehow dull to me through out the movie. I would prefer if these types of colors would not be used again in the upcoming season of Fairy Tail. Let us hope so!
Fairy Tail's theme music is my ringtone right now! The music and soundtrack used in fight scenes and throughout the whole movie are just the same. One of my favorites!!!!!!
What mostly made me love fairy Tail and start watching it are the characters. They are always interesting with many stories about them, but still in this movie there was no change of characters. Team Natsu are quite funny and supportive as usual. Juvi, Gajeel and Levy have also no changes at all, just like the old Fairy Tail. Still I love that.
I did enjoy every moment of this movie... and am sure fans who read the manga will really enjoy watching it as it contains some there and there spoilers from the manga.
Overall it is one of the best movies that I had watched. I expected nothing less from Hiro Sensei, as he is one of the best storytellers I had read from. I really love Fairy Tail and it is my favorite movie ever, but still am sure anime fans who are no that close to Fairy Tail will even like it.
So I actually really enjoy Fairy Tail and have both read the manga and watched the anime. But this movie was just horrible. I mean how was this even able to get made, the movie is just a glorified tit fest/fan service trash. Fairy Tail has always been more on the fan service side but this was way beyond that.
The movie also gives new meaning to plot holes, I mean how can you have a movie that are just individual scenes cut together without any kind of bridge to connect them. They do not explain anything that happens in the movie. Like did Sonya
travel to the future or has she just lived for more than 400 years, will she die now that the dragon has left her, then why was she still alive when the movie ended. Or how did Natsu change into that new form and how did he survive being stabbed. The only thing that the movie set up decently was Happy is afraid of dogs and so when he faces the red dog he has to overcome his fears. When the only character development in your movie is with the cat sidekick and not any of the main hero you may have a problem.
They start of decent with Natsu being trapped and going back in time to show us how, setting up the plot about Dragon Cry, showing us the main villains but then it just goes downhill from there.
It's like that was the only part they had written while working on the movie
All we know about our hero we can just forget that, they are now way weaker then we know them to be. Especially Ezra, she is supposed to be a strong warrior but in this movie her strength is nowhere to be found. She has always been there to show us what real strength is but now she and Lucy are just there to show us their big boobs and their panties. I just hope that they will not do this to the anime or manga otherwise this series is finished.
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
IF YOU ONLY WATCH THE ANIME AND DO NOT READ THE MANGA, THEN STAY WAY! THERE ARE A LOT OF SPOILERS THAT ARE NOT ADDRESSED IN THE ANIME YET!
Now that's out of the way. After 2 years or so without any proper Fairy Tail animation release the fans finally get what they want... an mediocre anime movie that oddly fits the canon, but somehow still it's in it's own little world. Unless you really want to just see some of what Fairy Tail usually offers after 2 years of withdraw then I would stay away from this movie.
The story is the same
cookie cutter style of anime movie when you want to stay away from canon as much as possible. The gang (Natsu, Lucy, Happy, Gray, Erza, ect.) take a mission from the Fiore kingdom to travel to a small island nation of Stella so you don't have to worry about running into it in the grand story besides a light mention. A bunch of baddies that are pretty forgettable appear, take all powerful artifact that oddly been missing thought the series, and then regret their mistake afterwards because it's power can not be controlled.
Pretty simple and straight forward. I think there was only one thing that "surprised" me, but honestly wasn't a huge deal. A double edge sword of the movie is that it goes straight into the conflict of the movie than instead of dancing around it. We don't get much info about what is going on though and what is happening. One moment the gang is in a field being transported somewhere and the next they are back in the base of the enemy in the next scene.
The art is good when the fight scenes are light and really have that A-1 Pictures look when having the character express their feelings or simple movements. Kind of the only reason I like the sound is because I missed that Fairy Tail theme and the general music direction that the series as, but it doesn't challenge itself or try anything different.
The characters don't change much or grow, which honestly isn't a bad thing. Natsu is still hot-headed, Happy gets himself in crazy and funny situations, Lucy is the damsel in distress at times, and every one still as their same interactions with each other that makes them like able. It's the movie characters that I grew bored of and just forgot about. And sure, let's have all of them show off their ultimate abilities so we can remember how bad ass they are for a minute or 2.
Overall, the movie made me laugh when it wanted to and watching some of my favorite characters come back in animation made me smile. But that's about it. I was getting bored a little more than halfway of the film and was zoning out. Events happen with out explanation, the fights are ok at best, the characters are enjoyable to see, music and sound effects are what you expect from the anime along with updated look. If you want to get your Fairy Tail fix and can't wait until 2018 when the anime series comes out then watch this, but you are only getting a short high from a massive hangover that is story and overall elements of a movie.
Genre : Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Runtime : 85 min.
Production : GAGA
This year's 25th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shounen Magazine announced that a second anime film of Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail manga has been green-lit. The magazine is unveiling imageboard art that Mashima himself drew for the film. The upcoming issue is also publishing two chapters of the manga (it is the fourth issue in a row with two chapters), and it teases "the series' biggest shocker ever!
A development you absolutely can't miss!!"
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Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry employs the usual formula that made this anime popular. It has its cool, emotional, funny, sweet and thrilling moments. And of course, who can ever forget the "power of friendship"? These are, after all, what made me a Fairy Tail fan. But somewhere, somehow, something went wrong.
So, what went wrong? They added more into the formula that damaged the overall quality of the story. One thing I particularly hate is that they added a transformation sequence. It's just so weird and awkward, it honestly made me think, "I'm watching Fairy Tail and not Sailor Moon, right?". Those scenes seriously made
me cringe. Like, when the heck did this anime added magical girl into its list of genres? Unless it's supposed to be a gag or a parody, then my argument will be pointless. But if it's not, my opinion of shounen and transformation sequence shouldn't be put together still stands.
Another thing I dislike is the boob jiggling. Yeah, yeah, I know. Fairy Tail has ecchi in one of its genres so this is to be expected. But come on! I think there should be a limit. And, is it just me or did the boobs of some of the female characters got bigger? Oh and not to mention that there are too many scenes with full frontal view on the private parts of female characters. I believe that a line should be drawn.
In regards to the story, it was somewhat nice but at the same time, too ordinary for my taste. It didn't get me hooked and despite using the same formula, it's just not working. Most of the scenes are boring and the story only picked up at the last twenty or thirty minutes or so. It didn't have the impact that I was expecting it to have.
Now, I know what you're thinking. The score is 7 so it's supposed to be good in my opinion, right? Then why is it the start of this review is full of rants? Well, my dear reader, the thing is, despite all of the negativity above, I still like this movie. And yes, I'm a bit biased. I just can't hate an anime I've loved since I was fifteen no matter how trashy it was.
But even with the glaring shortcomings of this movie, there are still positive ones.
The art is spectacular. The views and sceneries are just simply amazing. It definitely helped that the quality of the movie that I watched is 1080p. I was able to enjoy the beauty of the art at its finest.
The soundtrack is awesome too. I especially love the Fairy Tail Main Theme.
As for the characters, Juvia is just so adorable as always! I swear to God, every time she appears, she instantly makes the scene better. And I'm not saying this because my profile picture is a chibi version of Gray and Juvia. Definitely not. *cough*
The rest of the Fairy Tail cast is the same as always and I didn't realize how much I miss them till I watched this movie.
Oh and also, if you're an avid shipper like me and if we have the same ships then be sure to watch this. My shipping heart was happy the whole time. There are a lot of moments that are intended for shippers. I truly enjoyed it and I know that you will too. And yes, even Jerza shippers will see a moment that'll make their hearts rejoice. There's a small and minor detail in the movie that I hope you'd notice. Even though it's not a big deal, hey, at least there's still a moment, right? *winks*
Over all, I still somewhat enjoyed the movie despite the awkward transformation sequence, too many fanservice and mundane story. This is still Fairy Tail that I still adore and love. The memorable characters, mesmerizing art, wonderful soundtrack and of course, the power of friendship. These are the things that make Fairy Tail, well, Fairy Tail.
Oh and be sure to watch the post-credits scene! It got me really hyped for the next season of Fairy Tail. I seriously can't wait~
Where should I start to review this mess of a movie , I rarely get this disappointed in sth since I carefully choose what I should watch. Let's just say that the Fairytail as we knew it seems to be dying. The worst part of the movie is the storytelling. First it throws you in while you have no idea what has happened in between of the movie and 2014 anime then it throws a creepy crappy story at you without any kind of logic in it , no development no real fight scenes absolutely nothing. It ONLY has the Fairytail name anything else is
dead . When i first watched Fairytail I hadn't seen One Piece so this is the first Fairytail that I watch after seeing One Piece and oh boy was I disappointed in Fairytail. It doesn't even feel like a good copy of One Piece.
Even if you compare the movies OP movies are on a completely different level. The only things decent in the dragon cry were the animation and overall sounding of it and tbh they weren't anything special if you consider it as a 2017 movie. You will probably watch this if you're a diehard fan of the series but it really is not worth the time you spend watching it.
I'd like to start by mentioning how I've grown to be bored with Fairy Tail. I feel like the stories haven't been as good since its original season. I was reluctant at first but then I eventually succumbed to the 'What if its good' temptation, and it turned out it was.
This review is spoiler free.
Like I stated earlier after the first season of fairy tail, I've felt the stories weren't as good and the same applies here. Their were several plot holes in the story that were not explained or did not make sense. I won't mention them but be aware of blatant
ignorance to any timeline before the film.
I won't get much into it but it was good. Since this is a movie it got a higher budget so you can expect slightly better animation and quality. Also it seems as if the boobs for Lucy, Juvia and Erza got bigger ( or maybe thats just me) lol.
One of my big problems with fairy tail is the antagonists. I believe any show is only as good as the antagonists, sometimes we develop a love hate relationship with them or we blatantly wish their death, which is good because they draw out our emotions and get us more involved. None of that is delivered with the main antagonists here .
The main casts are their usual self, nothing particularly special happens. I would have hoped their would be some character developments or hopefully a further development of romantic relationships established.
This is what is more important for me at the end of any media. How much I enjoyed it, I could even forget all sorts of horrible mistakes if the level of enjoyment was great.
It did not disappoint, the action was great I liked how it felt more real than it usually did in fairy tail. I read the fairy tail manga and I hated how blood was edited out in the anime, it took away a sense of realism and danger. The power ups were great too. The friendship between the group was and will always be refreshing.
After waiting 2 years for this film I'm glad to say that this was worth my time and dedication since this was the anime to get me back into anime from the age of 11. I loved how they still are committed to save each other and be there in their darkest times as well. In the film we see Natsu unveil his magic to a higher extend and seeing everyone else fighting like the good ol' days. Also some spoilers ahead I loved how Natsu transformed half of his body like a dragon when fighting one in front of him. Even going as far
as to hurt himself to restore Dragon Cry only to be destroyed by Sonya close to the end of the film. Overall I give this film an 8 since there could be some spots to improve on and maybe put in, it was definitely worth my time to watch it.
Before I start I just wanna say, for the sake of argument, is that at most I'll be comparing it to what we know of the fairy tail anime.
Personally this movie came as a massive underwhelming addition to the fairy tail franchise , ascalthough it remained it's comedic properties, the story became more and more distorted...but introduced new moves of which we have no knowledge about, adding to that (after understanding the time restraints) the character build up was slightly poorer in contrast to movie 1; the phoenix priestess.
At first, going in, I immediately assumed that it is set after season 2 and
before season 3; however, for now it should be assumed as canon because I have a feeling that the moves that saw will be explored in the third season.
Other than that, aspects of it did keep me surprised...
E.g. Natsu's true form... For me it felt as a bit of a 'tell tail' (tell tale, a pun?..) because it didn't seem as though Lucy had seen Natsu's e.n.d form (I think, i just watch the anime😅), moreover when he did change, the image was something that kept flickering between his normal self and that form... Which is also suggestive of hallucinations on his enemy's part as they may be aware of something similar (still up for debate in my opinion. But hey, we'll truly learn it's meaning in the 3 season.
What I can safely say is, that with the knowledge of the movie by information in the third season, it will begin to fit in a lot more and rate higher as well.
The biggest bummer for me was the idea of not screaming out the moves before you do the move, and they explicitly teased this area of the anime by Gray shouting 'ice make..' but finishing with 'wagon wheel' in a monotonous voice ('cause he was trying to fix a wagon wheel 😂😅😅)
Apart from that, there was some great fan service of Lucy dancing but poor progress was made in terms of relationships (I shouldn't have expected too much anyway)
-the animation for the movies were the same as it's anime counterpart
So lastly, if you're not a diehard Ft fan, I'd say watch this movie after some episodes of season 3 so you're no questioning as much, but it's your opinion entirely....
Anyways, do let me know what you think
I am admittedly a huge fan of the Fairy Tail anime. Since the last anime run had concluded I have had serious Fairy Tail withdrawal. Imagine my excitement when my girlfriend and I received a notification from Funimation that Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry was playing in select theaters; and after looking up screen times, we were fortunate to have it showing at our local theater. Without hesitation, we purchased tickets and saw the film last night. Who could complain about more Fairy Tail content? It turns out that you can.
Story (4) - As a movie, you go into it with the understanding that this is
a standalone story and really does not fit in canon-wise with the overall timeline of the series. That said, the story was by far the weakest facet of this movie. In short, the central plot revolves around an ultra-powerful magic item that has been stolen and it is up to Fairy Tail to retrieve it or else the entire world is in jeopardy. The film opens up with a rather muddled time-skip sequence that seems rather unnecessary considering the short amount of time needed to resolve said time-skip. They could have played it straight and made more sense. Conversely, within this time-skip sequence is a rather brutal scene that sets a tone for how serious the matter is, as well as how ruthless the antagonists can and should be. It begins with a dark theme. From there, it fails to sustain that feeling and the ruthlessness takes a huge dive. The climax and resolution of the story ultimately feel very compact and rushed. I think ultimately I was disappointed with the execution of the story and also feel with a longer run-time they could have probably presented it better. The biggest let-down was how generic the story played out. It all felt like I've seen it before. On the flip-side, where the story actually excels is in three notable areas: a rather nifty clandestine team operation by the guild that felt fresh and different, an unexpected plot-twist that felt out of nowhere, and an extra scene that sets the table for the next anime run.
Art (7) - I enjoyed the art quite a bit all things considered. New areas looked visually pleasing but right at home in the Fairy Tail universe. New characters had that classic Fairy Tail feel to them. There were even some new looks for our familiar friends -- including a side-ponytail design for Wendy that was so adorable. The movie was not without it's "quality" issues that you see in week to week programming, but was more noticeable given this was a movie production. The film was also pretty stocked with CGI scenes. I am personally indifferent to the use of CGI in anime so long as it blends with the rest of the art. I thought it did ok in that regard -- not great. Another area where this film suffered, and it is unfortunate, is the battle scenes. For a show with magic battles as a foundation, the battles were very boring. Multiple battles go on at once and the focus is essentially a short struggle followed by the heroes pulling out their trump cards. Battles were over before they ever really began. OK PERSONAL GRIPE TIME: can we please leave Lucy's boobs alone? I get it, they are large, but throughout the movie it felt as thought they kept getting bigger and bigger scene to scene. It is absolutely comical and you can't help but laugh at how awful the artists treat her sometimes. She's actually an awesome character that just seems burdened by these balloon tits and it is sometimes really hard to take her seriously.
Sound (10) - Fairy Tail has had some of the best, if not the best, soundtracks. Whether it is in insert music, openings, or endings; the music is always fantastic. This feature film is no exception. The regular cast returns reprising their roles which is already solid. New characters' voices were also well cast. Sound is not an issue in this film in the least.
Character (6) - There's the classic adage in regards to standalone anime films that movie villains will never be seen nor heard from again, but for the next hour and a half they are the most important and dangerous enemy there is. That statement aptly applies to this film. New characters are presented but feel rather hollow. They have no substance, or are rendered moot. You have your main villain and cliche henchmen 1 through 3. Trying my best to avoid spoilers, the supposed antagonist of this movie is present in the brutal scene I reference in the "Story" section; but does not maintain that ruthlessness throughout. He is presented as this powerful badass, only to be neutered by comic relief. It is rather disappointing considering how they present him from the beginning of the film. By the end of the film he feels like a cowardly heel and had zero credibility. The henchmen are forgettable and are there merely to give the supporting cast something to do. On the contrary, one character is given tremendous development and actually can be linked to the main storyline of the series in some way. She comes off as feeling important and not just a milquetoast movie character. That said, a large chunk of this film's characters are the main cast where we already know them from watching weekly. I believe this film suffers from over-saturation of main cast because for the most part they stood around doing nothing while the story was being resolved. While you can say it was nice to see them, they were there merely for token screen-time and offer nothing to the story.
Enjoyment (8) - Despite my harsh criticisms, I found the film enjoyable. It was more Fairy Tail content! I can't be mad with that. It's a lot more enjoyable when you watch it knowing it isn't directly tied to the story and can take it for what it is. Not once did I feel like I was wasting my time watching it and it was honestly a lot of fun. I did leave the theater thinking the film was rather rushed and probably suffered a lot from that. Had they had two hours as opposed to the hour and twenty five minutes it had, they probably could have executed the story better or presented the characters more favorably. The part that was perhaps "too much" was the over-abundance of fanservice. Fairy Tail has always had its "puff puff" moments, but personal gripe regarding Lucy's bust aside, the fanservice was rather extensive. Also, as someone who is not up to date on the manga, there were some parts that were spoilers for the main story. However, that is my fault for not reading the manga. The material is out there to familiarize yourself with beforehand.
Overall (7) - Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry was a perfectly fine way to spend a Monday night. It is by no means a masterpiece, but is perfectly acceptable. The first film was much better by and large. Really what this film does is give you some animated Fairy Tail content to hold you over until the final weekly run airs and does that well. What it accomplished for me personally was to get me excited for the final run and conclusion of the series, no matter how sad that really makes me.