Although Fairy Tail has been disbanded and its members are now spread far across Fiore, Natsu Dragneel hasn't given up on reuniting the guild he and others once called home. Along with his companions Happy and Lucy Heartfilia, he will stop at nothing to keep Fairy Tail and its fiery spirit alive even as they face their most difficult trial yet—the invasion of Fiore by the Alvarez Empire's immense army and their all-too-familiar ruler.
Ahhhhh, Friendship and Magic has finally returned with its 3rd season. No, it's not My Little Pony I am talking about, but Fairy Tail. This time around our main characters, Rarity and Appleja... oh sorry, I mean Natsu and Gray are hanging out with their little club and every goddamn villain they fight against, joins their ranks because that's the way Fairy Tail's heart beats. It's friendship time!
Annoyed by very superficial, core level flaws that are practically self-explanatory? Too bad. How Fairy Tail works is completely different from the norms as it abandons every fuck it could ever give about avoiding such things. Instead,
the story entirely focuses on doing whatever it wants with the best sides it has [No matter how "bad" its best is]. Let's face it, the more there is content, the more room there is for all sorts of different issues, common tropes, general cliches, character flaws, logical errors that in generally, are hidden in the details in purpose of fooling the viewer into thinking that "this shit is actually good". Fairy Tail does not lie, it does't try to hide its flaws anywhere. What we have at hand is perhaps the single most 'Be Yourself' anime I have had the pleasure of watching, and for that reason, I really like it.
On a technical level, under every single general quality trait, upon analyzing, Fairy Tails achievements are miniscule, but what it does is go beyond the norms and for that reason, it is among the most intelligent anime series I have seen, but no, not in its content -- I would never claim such a thing -- but in its making. It doesn't care. And I don't want care either, and for that reason, it is the ideal show for me. Simple? Well, it really is not! For example: Let's imagine for a second that this thing actually has a plot. In that case, the series would very likely be much, much worse than it currently is because the author is really horrible at writing anything (except zero arc which was pretty damn good actually). The best decision he has ever made, was create this series without it having a plot. Intelligence.
The other amazing factor here is the fact that Fairy Tail cannot do anything that makes the story worse than it already is. Watching this series for that reason is a real blessing. No! I am not joking the least, and do not think for a second that is an insult because it is actually the biggest praise I can give. For example, when I watched some highly appreciated series -- which I will not mention by names, you can find them on any top 20 anime list on the interweb basically -- many of them contained this one cliche which I absolutely hate. Whenever a character is about to die, another character/nakama quite literally teleports there and saves the other character from certain death in the very last second. It's so f****** annoying that it kills all the believability for myself in works that were otherwise good. When Fairy Tail does this exact same thing, it is not even a flaw but a pure feature/attribute that the viewer already expects of it. For that reason, Fairy Tail does what so many other shows can only dream of: It never disappoints. It simply can't. And that's precisely why the story is such a major success. This is one of the very few series which I can watch without asking any questions because I wholeheartedly acknowledge that there are no answers. It may be childish and problematic, but damn if the series doesn't know what it is. What I would in other cases call "an absolute horseshit of a writing", In Fairy Tail's case, I casually laugh and say "oh, that's just Fairy Tail being Fairy Tail." In one way, this entire series is Moon Moon the meme except it's an anime: this anime. I can't hate it, it's too special and precious.
Like scarce amount of shonen series -- which I will not namedrop here -- Fairy Tail does what so many others are so afraid to do: Give us canon pairings already when the series is still ongoing. 2/3 of the big 3 were nothing but a tease, the last one purely uses girls in comedic fanservice. The biggest meme, by Bones, made romantic situations a damn running gag. Fairy Tail's characters are never disrespected in this manner nor any manner. In fact, they are loved so much and so deeply that even every single mildly interesting villain join Fairy Tail's side because letting go off them is not an option. And that's okay. I think that's great. It's one thing for the viewers to hate characters, but when authors choose any of the routes mentioned above, it doesn't become pretty to watch. I unironically respect the guy because I find the romances and the feeling side of Fairy Tail to be genuine and honest unlike in so many other shonen series where "romances" become nothing but disgusting and dishonest comedic banter just so viewers would keep their interest and follow the characters like their unconfirmed shipping relations are some sort of ongoing cliffhanger that keeps them watching the damn thing. It's so fake and purely exist to fool the viewers to a point where the fans try to convince themselves that given pairings would be some sort of "fanservice" while it's the opposite. Let's face it, Gajeel x Levy is the most "canon" canon-pairing ever written by man, and that's my biggest reason for thinking these characters are great.
The last season certainly had a worse start considering it had about as much animation as the manga. This season still has lots of still pictures going on and money is saved pretty much whenever it is possible. Fairy Tail's viewers are familiar with this so continuity exists at least. Personally I don't mind anymore as long as it never gets as bad as in the beginning of 2014. The seiyuu work is naturally identical as well, and the glorious OST is still there. The OP and ED are bit weird choices.
Fairy Tail is a flawed work, but none of its flaws are something the viewer is supposed to forgive like is the case with so many supposedly "smart" and "good" anime series. Fairy Tail doesn't give a damn, and that's exactly why it is so enjoyable and entertaining series to watch. I do NOT think "Fairy Tail is so bad that it is good", I think Fairy Tail is completely off the scale because Fairy Tail is not a good series in the most common definition of the word. It's its own thing and stays loyal to it, which may not me enough for everyone. However, I am willing to take this series with its problems and weaknesses and by doing so, I have seen how entertainment, in its purest form, is born.
ps, I saw season 2 actually twice and upon my study, I discovered that Mira Strauss is the best girl
I guess the best way to review this anime would be to take you guys through my personal experience. I started watching the fairy tail anime back in 2013 when I was still 13 years old. I binge watched the first part, then I watched the second part as it came out and then now I started watching the finale. However, since I watched this anime the first time, I have become an active member of the anime community and I have watched lots and lots of different animes, and now, this anime just keeps becoming worse and worse in my opinion.
Story - 6/10
is the only slightly attractive feature of this anime. The story is fluent and there are very few plotholes. The backstories of characters actually make sense and the connection between individual arcs is good. The stories have enough emotions tied to them.
However, even though the story is the most attractive part of the anime, it doesn't compare to other famous animes. The story is filled with plot armor and nonsensical power-ups. For example, this series takes place a year after the last arc and in this one year, all the characters got incredibly strong and smart. We don't get to see how they trained or how they gained their powers. We just know that they became very strong in one year.
The most appalling part, however, is the random power-ups in an on-going fight/match. The main character fights the underlings of the main boss and gets bet up very easily. Then, all of a sudden they get a flashback or a shout-out from a random friend and then they one-punch-knockout their opponents. Not only this but somehow, they restore their health completely and then fight the main boss only to be taken down instantly. There is some random show-off the main boss's power and then again, the main characters get some random power and one-punch-knockout the main boss regardless of how powerful the main boss is.
Art - 5/10
This is not an anime. This is just a colored manga with hints of hentai in it. One of the main female characters gets nude every time she transforms and another one apparently likes to seduce men. Like, literally, even her wiki fandom page says she likes to seduce men (lucy heartfilia). The only purpose of those two characters is to attract attention from hormone filled men who want to vent their stress. Their bewbs are the only attractive part of the 'art' of this anime.
The fighting scenes, as I mentioned earlier. are like a colored manga. It is a set of still shots (with obviously* unnecessary random bewb involvement) and the same tricks been used again and again. An anime like mob psycho 100 which is based on a webcomic drawn by an unprofessional, has far better-animated fights than this anime.
Sound - 3/10
The music is catchy, but they don't use it wisely in this anime. It is repeatitive and gets annoying if you watch the anime long enough. They have to literally play the music all the time.
Character - 3/10
Random power-ups, no character development, character whose only compelling feature is their bust, random flashbacks. unnecessary crying and most importantly over-display of 'friendship'. The whole anime revolves around 'friendship'. Each time you see a power-up, you will see the term 'friendship' being used in the vicinity.
Before someone bashes out on me for saying 'no character development, let me tell you what character development means. It means that there are some changes in your character due to some incidents. These changes are mostly positive changes and are supposed to make them more mature. I guess the only display of character development is when Natsu learns to give up after fighting glidarts. (That's actually what made me give this factor a score of 3, instead 2)
Enjoyment - 3/10
As a teen, my pubescent hormone kept me attracted to this anime, but now that i don't feel the same attraction as before, I don't really find the point of watching this anime. I can watch other animes which are wayy better than this anime. You can just read the manga and enjoy the story rather than wasting time on this anime.
From all the reviews I've seen, it seems that many people regard Fairy Tail as a great show, but I can't comprehend why. There are so many problems with this show, and I cannot understand how people do not see them. I'm not really reviewing this specific season, but the anime as a whole. Fairy Tail actually had some potential, but Hiro Mashima and A-1 threw all of it into the trash.
The writing is the first thing I want to address about this show. It is fucking stale. Out of the 300 episodes I have seen I swear that each arc except two contains
the exact same formula. For those who do not understand, each arc literally just consists of a new conflict and foe arising and the main characters defeating them. It goes through the same cycle over and over. The protagonists struggle a bit against the opponent and then thanks to the power of friendship, they are able to defeat them. I am not joking when I say most of the arcs just consists of this; this is an accurate description of them. There are only two arcs of this series which I actually liked thanks to the outcomes being different. I also want to mention that pacing is not very good, and arcs drag out way too long.
I am not really a musical person, but in my opinion, sound is decent in this show. The music is good, but the problem is that it gets really overplayed. There isn't much variety, and I feel like I hear the same songs over and over. Voice acting is not that bad in Fairy Tail either.
For people who do not realize, art and animation are two different things. The art in this show honestly isn't that bad. I don't remember there being many moments where facial expressions or bodies looked in an awkward way. Despite that, animation in this show is fucking awful. For being an action-based show, you would expect fights to be well animated, but it is the complete opposite. All of the fights consists of still frames and little animation. It is basically a colorized manga. I realize that this is not a seasonal show, but I wish that they would put even some effort into the important fights.
Characters in this show are extremely average. The problem to me is just that there are way too many. I came into season three not remembering half of the characters' names. I also just hate how fucking stupid the people in this show are. Any moment where there is suppose to be emotional and sympathetic value is ruined by fan-service put in every frame or an unfunny and forced joke. The majority of females looks exactly the same in this show; exact same facial expression and giant breasts. It really pisses me off as well that pretty much no characters have died either. Oh what's that, it looks like a character is about to die. No fuck that I'm gonna be saved by some bullshit reason. It causes the show to have no sense of risk or danger because you know that the main characters are never going to die. Character development is somewhat nonexistent in this show as well. Most characters have remained the same throughout the entirety of the three seasons.
Overall, Fairy Tail is a very mediocre anime. Black Clover may honestly be better than this shit. It is a show that would best be watched as background noise. I really wish that I could make myself drop this show, but I'd prefer to stick to my policy of not dropping shows. For anyone who is considering to watch, I suggest you don't. Don't make the same mistake as me.
A WORD OF WARNING!!!! I hereby bestow upon this anime the name of "GIF's, The Animation!"
I'm so annoyed with this that this is literally the first review I've ever done. Maybe the first of many, I don't know.
The animation for this season is AWFUL! I'm writing this review to rant as well as point this out because I don't see anyone else talking about how lazy, ugly, & absolutely pathetic the quality of the animation for this show has become.
This is literally like watching a colored picture book with shaking backgrounds. Hell I'm nicknaming this "GIF's The Animation." Every fight scene consists of still cutouts
of the character in question, then they animate the hair for 3 frames in repetition, add some screen shaking, movement lines, and wallah! That's your fight scene! What the heck is this!?
On second thought, calling this show "GIF's The animation" is an insult to GIF's because I've seen GIF's with better animation than this.
What the hell am I even watching this for when I read the manga? I thought this was supposed to be an anime! You know, with ANIMATION! Not a glorified coloring book!
I actually went back to season 1 to check out the fight scenes there because I don't remember it being this bad and guess what. They're not! Season 1's fight scenes are actually animated! Granted there are a lot of the same lazy still frames, but they animate when it counts! Their punches and kicks have "Movement!" But this show, just when you think there's going to be a big fight, when they introduce a new character into a major fight to change the outcome.... nothing but still frames.
This is a new low, a new level of how to not even try, a new level of lazy, a new tier of cutting corners. All the fights are GIF's! They're not even bothering to animate punching. The most basic of all fight moves!!!
They've actually masked this laziness with CG Special effects for their magic! So at least it "looks cool" right?
This is just a review on the animation aspect of this show. Waste your time at your own will. This is my warning. If you've read this, you may as well just stick with the manga, because this anime, is not really an animation.
Episode 41 update:
I'm impressed. With the Gildarts vs August fight in this episode, they really put some effort into it and it looked fantastic!
Edit: I've decided to summarize everything else.
It deviates from the manga a bit as expected, but major plot points still in line. Watchers can still easily follow the story. They did add extra layers of plot armor.
Characters: Meh 6/10
Not much to say. They haven't changed much. Just new abilities that have deus ex machina'd their way into the show. Everyone still has plot armor so there's really no suspense at any point whatsoever.
We talked about this.
Well thank god there's at least audio. I'm no sound expert so, wish I could be more critical.
I'm being very generous with this because I've seen worst shows. At least there's plot.