Get ready to have some fun with some of our favorite friends from one of the most prominent guilds in all of Earth Land. From the same series that has been running for over two years, Fairy Tail's author Hiro Mashima here brings fourth not 1, not two, not even 3, not 4, but 5 OVAs.
Fairy Tail: Youkoso Fairy Hills! is a series of special episodes 26th, 27th and 31st volumes of the manga. If you're a faithful fan of FT, then you're in the right place. The four episodes incorporated does not much have story by themselves but they do have one thing: entertainment.
Hell, most people who've seen the original series would know that Fairy Tail is one of few series in the anime industry that has watchable fillers. And of course, these OVA episodes are watchable as well.
That's right, Fairy Tail isn't always about battles but sometimes is about fun, fun..and fun.
These five OVAs are standalone episodes that are nonlinear. In other words, there is no direct story or expansion from one episode to the next from this bundle. Don't face palm yourself yet though because they all are all amusing to watch in a variety of reasons. In fact, comedy is one of Fairy Tail's greatest aspects and it shines through in these episodes. (only in terms of comedy though...not else worth more adding)
The OVA themselves contains characters from the original series consisting of Team Natsu -
The outgoing Lucy
The over hyperactive Natsu
The naked Gray
The tough and boss Erza "Titania" Scarlet
All of them get their moments in these episodes ranging from being a bunny girl, wearing a cat/neko costume, the school uniforms, being a kid all over again, and beach fan-service. Speaking of which, the fan-service does shoot off the charts occasionally in these episodes. Unlike ecchi series though, they are for comedic purposes. Like I said before, Fairy Tail brings out laughter, fun, and entertainment rather than the typical "accidental shower walk-ins".
The Fairy Tail atmosphere is still there though with some action scenes and the OST. Hiro Mashima likes to play with some of his typical battle shounen scenes often from the original series. In these short episodes, he brings out his skills of creating humor and that he did quite so-so from my perspective. It's a welcoming aspect from the original series that has high levels of energy to induce entertainment rather than the more serious fighting scenes anime fans watches in so many long running shounen today. It's not something serious to take into light.
The artwork of the series remains generally the same. Beyond the fan-service, the characters are drawn like from the original series with similar edges, proportions (including those boobs), and backgrounds. It's sort of like the typical shounen artwork you see in many of today's anime series. Fairy Tail doesn't have the best art but it gets the point across.
The soundtrack of the OVAs remains generally the same although two different OP and ED songs are used. Aya Hirano and Tetsuya Kakihara does their roles and gives their songs a magical rhythm . It's not too exciting but it gets to the point that reflects on the FT atmosphere.
All in all, these Fairy Tail OVAs are a fun watch. Don't take it serious. Just don't. If you do, you won't enjoy this as much as some other fans. The original main characters return in this so it makes it worthwhile to watch them all have their fun, awkward, and entertaining moments.
If you're having a bad day, watch this to brighten it up.
If you're bored with your life, watch this to make your life more fun.
If you're tired of waiting for the latest FT episode from the original series, watch this to pass some time.
If you're frustrated about today's other onsen/"beach" OVAs in other anime series, watch this to laugh at them
If you want to just enjoy some typical Fairy Tail entertainment, watch this to appreciate.
Ultimately though, these OVA episodes connected together are just of something amusing to watch but don't expect much out of it, even if the above are how you felt before watching.
These OVAs are-for what they're trying to do-great. There certainly isn't anything groundbreaking, or anything that will keep you thinking about it days or weeks later, but it is solidly Fairy Tail. If you like the fan service in Fairy Tail, you will love these (especially the first, fourth, and last). If you like the humor in Fairy Tail, you will love these.
Basically, these are slightly longer filler episodes, with the second one an AU setting (they're all in high school, without any magic) and the third one a nifty little time-traveling adventure, which also managed to squeeze in a little character development.
and sound weren't anything memorable, but didn't distract by being terrible either. Very middle ground in my opinion. The story, being filler episodes, was a way to throw in jokes they probably couldn't fit into the main show.
TL;DR-If you like Fairy Tail, watch these. If you didn't, don't.
Well,(this is about OVA number1) an OVA filled with fan service, and Fairy Tail comedy
a story/quest slapped around it,
but to be honest not very exciting just fun to watch.
I noticed the OP theme song was sung by Natsu's voice actor (not sure)
and the ED theme song by Lucy's voice actress (also not sure)
but am I the only one missing something,
I personally think an OVA is the perfect chance to take a series
to another setting or
use experimental visuals or
explore an unknown character
but at least it was better than High school of the Dead OVA
Update: Just saw the second OVA and in my humble opinion
it is even worse then the first one;
This second OVA deals with fairy tail in a new (ahum ahum) setting a.k.a High School.
Now this did not work for me, if I want to C slice of life or Seitokai situations I will watch other series I love Fairy Tail the series because it is a action packed/funny series witch moves slowly and has a bit of depth,+ great voice acting
I found none of these qualities in the Ova's,
this second one has no story/no witty dialogue a few seconds of Erza fan service and a lot of BS,
it was the first time for me to get annoyed while watching Fairy Tail...
OP/ED is again song by the voice actors of Natsu (OP) and Lucy (ED)
So initially I gave these a 7 but now,well
the series itself on the other hand is still going strong
Seeing Happy pissed was fantastic:)
Some of the funniest lols you'll see in a long time. Kind of like taking all the small gags over 40 episodes, and lumping them together into two OVA's. WIN!
I love the in-OVA jokes (Aries, and Happy + Charles in second OVA) and that FT isn't afraid to poke fun at itself. A certain moment in OVA 2 involving three guys + Erza did a lot to lighten my feelings towards recent storylines in the FT anime.
The first OVA is a bit up and down in the funny stakes in comparison to the second, but still had me crying with laughter. Both OVA's are a
bit coarser than usual (nudity, nosebleeds) but always relevant. Suprisingly moving towards the end, which shouldn't really be suprising considering that FT has done that before.
The second OVA is my favourite for the sheer amount of FT gags in an alternate universe. No real magic in this world? No problem! Special props to whoever came up Gray and Natsu's "magic power" substitutes.