The actual review is 2 paragraphs down, the first 2 are basically me imposing on anime with my British customs.
As someone who has never visited, read about or looked to much into the culture and social norm of Japan, I can assure you that this took me by surprise. Not because its good or because there were any developments. But because they dressed a 12-15 year old in bondage clothes. As someone who lives in Britain, you can be sure how that surprised me, because over here, we can't show a child being killed/dying (pretty much at all) or imply that something remotely adult happened
to one without a big old 18+ sticker getting slapped on it (basically rated R). So when I saw that Wendy had been dressed like this (even for a split second), I knew that the rest of the episodes were going to be incredibly sexualized.
Holy sh*t.... I was right..... nooooo waaaaaaaaaaaaaay. /s
This is this closest thing to an official porn parody that you will find, even for fairy tail, HELL, even for anime, this OVA took it quite a way. While I may sound pretty naive to some people, do keep in mind that i tend to research the anime that I watch (just for a premise) and tend to go towards either the more westernized ones or the more critically acclaimed ones which tend to have fewer OVA's, don't last as long or simply don't leave room for any sex appeal.
Any way, naive western shock rant over... OVA review time:
Story: There is nothing of relevance in the OVA, they are bolt on's. But you probably didn't need me to tell you that. If you finished the main content and you want a bit more then go ahead and watch this but BE AWARE, there is next to no fighting in this, even in the playful sense honestly.... The most beaten up thing in all the three episodes ended up being the trees.
This is not a bad thing, keep in mind, the content of the episodes are humorous in many ways and OF COURSE, that is what you expect from an OVA in the first place .....an off topic comedy night is the best way to describe it.
Art: Everyone involved in Fairy Tail wanted the chance to practice drawing abs and boobs. Other things would be easy to 'miss'.
Sound: You got your Fairy Tail music, its not in abundance but its there. The application is sort of off point for what I'd expect, so the score takes a necessary hit as it just left me feeling cringed out.
Characters: The core prospect of Fairy Tail: characters. While you shouldn't expect them to be cast in the same light, they are there, their relationships are expressed very well but the fact they are all naked half the time does kind of take away from the whole badass persona that is built up throughout both of the Fairy Tail iterations. Again, as to be expected, but I feel as if they kind of lingered in the middle of trying to maintain that persona, and letting it go in favor of boobs n' sh*t, which kind of damaged the direction that they were trying to send the characters in these episodes.
Enjoyment: It was alright I guess. I'm pretty lenient on Fairy Tail but even I have to admit that it wasn't the best use of my time.
Overall: You can afford to miss it, if you just finished Fairy Tail and need more then try the manga because this may contradict your closing thoughts on all the characters. If you are THAT big on Fairy Tail though, go for it, its only 3 episodes so what have you got to lose.
I'm only reviewing this after the first episode, so this is a pretty limited review, but I do feel confident in saying this is another classic addition to the FT franchise.
There isn't much of a story in the first ep, its basically all ecchi and fan service, but there is a nice little plot for Wendy and Cana, and it does give you a better impression of Cana. She is probably one of the less redeemable characters in the guild, albeit still very attractive and nice at her core, so this was a welcome addition to her character's background. There's also some Gajevy here
for all you fangirl shippers out there.
The animation quality was pretty good, considering how sketchy Bridge has been with FT 2014's animation. No fight scenes here though so there's not much they could screw up, considering Mashima's masterful art style is a god tier blueprint for any studio. They also used a brighter color pallette, more akin to the original anime than the 2014 restart. I'm indifferent to the color choice normally, but considering how light hearted this OVA was, it was a nice touch.
Fairy Tail has a great cast and they delivered as usual. Not much in terms of a soundtrack because it was relatively fast paced, as to give as many characters as possible some adequate screentime. The OP and ED were pretty bad in my opinion, but its a 3 ep OVA so its understandable they wouldn't invest too much in those.
Most of character points were touched on in the story part of this review. To briefly restate those; there was some nice insight into Cana's character, a cute and happy Wendy plot, and some Gajevy. Gray was pretty funny early in the ep, Juvia was funny in the latter half. Everyone else was just there for hijinks and ecchi, which was done well.
I laughed and had fun throughout, not sure what more you could ask for in an OVA. Great watch.
I'll openly admit, Fairy Tail has been hit or miss for me the pass couple of years. Well more or less the anime. When I first saw it I loved the hell out of it and watched the episodes on repeat. When the 2014 season came out I can't fully explain why but I just couldn't get into and paid more attention to the manga for the most part really. Fairy Tail has got a little on my nerves a little though. It just certain stuff that kept me off it for a couple of months. But this... I think this has a good chance
of being pretty good
Hello all you people. For those who don't know I'm Josh and today I am reviewing (will be revised when all episodes air) the first episode of the Fairy Tail 2016 OVA. Let's do this people.
Story- It was mostly fan service and was based off a bet from the grand magic games between team A and Team B of Fairy Tail. I won't say who won cause I don't want to spoil it fully, but the losing team had to basically do what the others said. That being said going back to what I first said, the first episode was mostly ecchi and fan service. Don't worry though it is not Eiken level though. God forbid any anime go that low. There was a nice thing with Cana and Wendy which I did smile at and I did laugh at a couple of things. Overall the story gets a 7/10 from me
Art- Arts never been a issue with me in Fairy Tail especially with A-1 at the helm of it. It is pretty good and I loved it. Overall the art gets a 8/10 from me.
Sound- Being a OVA I wasn't expecting some great song. The opening and ending were alright though. Pretty average to me compared to the other fairy tail openings and endings. That might just be me though. Voice acting was good as always so I can't really complain about that though. Overall sound gets a 7/10 the voice acting being the main thing keeping that from being lower from me
Characters- Other than the main ones, I have always struggled with remembering the members in fairy tail and the other guilds. Some are eh to me, others are alright and the rest I have to see their faces or atleast called by their name for me to remember. But the first episode had pretty much the character I know about the most and care about the most in the first episode. Plus I'm not a big Cana fan and never have beenbut I will openly admit I liked her in this first episode and the moment she had with Wendy. I sincerely liked it. But overall I'm giving it a 6/10
Enjoyment- I enjoyed it. I have moved away a little from Fairy Tail but I sincerely enjoyed seeing this. Granted some weird ecchi and fan service scenes I did enjoy it. 7/10
Overall- It was a pretty good 1st episode in the OVA. I enjoyed it fully. I recommend you guys check this out. Overall the first episode gets a 8/10 from me. Granted some people might not want to see it because of the fan services, it is pretty good overall