Fairy Tail is a flawed manga is many ways, and it's a bitter disappointment as it could have been so much better. It's a really generic series, with the typical FRIENDSHIP speeches and character resolve stuff, but that's really only looking at the surface as to why this manga is flawed
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Story: The story for Fairy Tail is an odd one, the concept seems fairly original compared to most other shonen titles and I can actually respect that. The problem with Fairy Tail's story is the way it advances. Most of the arcs have little to nothing to do with the main plot
for the most part(stuff about dragons and Zeref, and now even something about the "one magic", though all 3 are related) but give out little hints and clues in the middle or end of the actual arcs as to these things. It's like One Piece in a way, where the different islands that Luffy and co. visit have little to do with the actual storyline, but Oda will drop a few hints as to why the arc relates to the actual story. Its a bad way of telling a story and sometimes a lot of arcs just feel like filler at times(even though they're not).
Art: The art in Fairy Tail starts off kind of bad, but the art starting from around chapter 70-90 gets decent and gets progressively better. Currently, the art for Fairy Tail is nothing short of great(for a weekly series), and the character designs are probably the best that I've ever seen in a manga and the fanservice is nice as well.
The background art is also pretty good as well.
Character: The characters are really inconsistent in Fairy Tail. Some of them like Erza and Juvia are really great characters, but most of the cast just feels generic and characters like them can be found in just about any shonen manga. Not to mention the fact that many characters are one dimensional and receive very little development.
Pacing: While the overall stories pacing is slow, the fact is, Fairy Tail goes through its arcs incredibly fast compared to other mangas. Most major arcs take about a year to actually get through. But in all honesty, I would say this is more of a bad thing at times rather than a good thing, seeing as how villains lack characterization, arcs feel rushed, etc. It just feels as though villains in this manga end up not being a big deal in this manga.
Suspense: Now this is Fairy Tail's weakest point. There is absolutely no suspense in this manga because we all know at the end of the day, Fairy Tail is going to win because anyone who isn't in the actual guild is a scrub and for the rare few who can fight against them get a surprise friendship punch to the face.
Arcs almost ALWAYS follow this routine once you get to a certain point.
1. Fairy Tail members are stupid and/or get caught off-guard and get stomped by the enemy
2. Fairy Tail members start to compose themselves
3. Fairy Tail members build up a win or 2 while losing another battle or two in order to make it seem as there is suspense.
4. Fairy Tail members start to go on a roll and start winning pretty much every fight.
5. An unexpected incident occurs and it makes it seem as though Fairy Tail is in danger again(it's just superficial though, as the problem is quickly resolved in 1 or 2 chapters).
6. Lead up to boss fight, which almost always ends up with Natsu punching the main villain in the face with the power of friendship.
Of course, this isn't the only reason why there is no suspense. Another reason is because almost nobody dies(I think 2 people did but they weren't really important). No seriously, how many times has Makarov nearly died only for him to completely fine a few chapters later?
He had a heart attack in that Laxus arc and he came out just fine. The Tenrou Island arc had Charle predict his death and yet Makarov was in no danger despite having a hole blown in his chest. Hell, there was even a chapter where the guy decided to "sacrifice" himself in order to save his guild, but he ended up living anyways. Not many things of real consequence seem to happen in this manga.
Now I'm saying saying that the manga isn't enjoyable to read, but there are a lot of evident flaws in this manga. It could stand to change it's formula up every once in a while and actually make Fairy Tail really fail against an opponent.
As Fairy Tail ends, I would like to give thanks to Fairy Tail, my first anime and manga that led made me start to watch anime and read manga. I would like to thank Mashima for this work. Now onto the review.
When Fairy Tail started, it wielded the sense of wonder and mystery in a land of magic and mages. The world was quickly established, the first page of the first chapter immediately introduces the Magic Council then weaves into Natsu in Hargeon Town into meeting Lucy while it establishes the world in the background. Mages, guilds, magic council, finding draconic fathers and it quickly
establishes the protagonists Natsu and Lucy, which are interesting characters. When Lucy joins the guild, we are introduced to a plethora of characters. We are also introduced to Gray and Erza which are gonna be part of the main crew. In the early arcs of Fairy Tail, Mashima showcases his talent in worldbuilding and character development.
Although, it follows the monster of the week formula for the first few arcs things change as we get to the Phantom Lord arc, one of the best arcs in the series. In my opinion, the series had its best arc in the Tower of Heaven. In this arc which focuses on Erza and her tragic past, I can already see the overarching story of Fairy Tail. We get some references to Zeref back in the early arcs like Lullaby and Galuna but the Tower of Heaven seemingly establishes itself as the arc that will start the main story. The Tower of Heaven is my favorite arc of the whole series because of the great characterization and development of Erza and the seemingly Aizen tier plan of Jellal. One thing I really appreciate in this arc is the symbolism of Erza's armor as the symbol of her hiding her insecurities and protecting herself from other people but when she fought Jellal she does not don her armor that symbolizes that she is not afraid and hide anymore of her past and her insecurities.
After the Tower of Heaven, things began to change. The Laxus and gang arc was pretty decent, it lets other characters to shine. My first major complaint of the whole series was the revelation of Mystogan's identity because it just doesn't make sense since it kind of lessens the impact of the last arc. Move on to Oracion Seis arc, where the cracks began to show. We are introduced to a few new characters, some more interesting than the others. Oracion Seis was kind of a decent arc but nothing really stands out. Jellal's "revival" is really redundant. Edolas arc's premise is ridiculous, the plot seems out of place in the context of the story, but it was a decent arc. At this point of the story, Fairy Tail stagnated, it did not live to the heights of the early arcs and it's turning into a formulaic shonen. Enter Tenrou arc, the S-Class trials, the entrance of Zeref into the story, Tenrou invigorated my interest in the series. The actual arc is still formulaic but it's a significant improvement of Oracion Seis and Edolas.
Fairy Tail had a timeskip, in accordance to the Shonen Scriptures. When 7 years have passed a lot changed, and Fairy Tail once again captures the sense of wonder and mystery that prevailed the early arcs. We got a tournament arc for a change and behind the curtain, a conspiracy unveiling. Things are getting interesting. But in the end, it was a huge letdown. The arc had a great hook but it didn't have a climax that deserve its buildup. The power levels doesn't even make sense anymore at that point. Tartarus arc is decent enough but it's not really enough. This is fault of bad characterization. Especially Natsu's character despite being the lead has stagnated throughout the series. Natsu is just not interesting enough to be a protagonist. He doesn't have depth and virtually no development. Natsu spouting words of friendship and flaming punches gets really old and it does not change even in the final arc.
Speaking of the final arc, it's where everything goes wrong. Alvarez Empire came out of nowhere and we got 12 characters that can easily defeat Saint-level characters. The whole arc is just a mess. The arc is supposed to be a war arc but it does not feel like one because there are no long term consequences. Deaths are reduced to cheap plot device and not used in a meaningful way and what's worse is that they are faked. Deaths in the arc doesn't hold any semblance of emotion. The power levels have been more wacked in this arc. The introduction of plot points that are unnecessary and boring, including "Why has His Majesty' son not loved?", Irene and Erza, Lacarde's existence, Anna and Neo Eclipse. The Spriggans are unmemorable considering they are the strongest mages in the series, some where just easily defeated. Chapter 536 was just a big slap in the face as Natsu defeats a guy who possess infinite magic and can instantly kill you in one simple fire punch and the hype completely collapse around Acnologia as he was conveniently defeated by something that is doesn't even exist in the series 10 chapters before.
Fairy Tail had a great start and great potential for worldbuilding. It just began to lose its sense of direction and stagnated. As the series continues, Mashima is just lost on what to do with the story and the characters. Battles are not suspenseful because there are no consequences. Some characters are over utilized, underutilized, or mishandled completely. Mashima should take time in exploring the world he created and develop his characters. In the end, Fairy Tail failed to build upon its solid foundation and was the cause of its downfall of quality.
i must apologizing for every hardcore fans of fairy tail because what i will write, but i must say this. fairy tail is boring , unintersting and weird manga.
i will tell my reason why i write a fairy tail as a boring , unintersting and weird manga:
1. fairy tail is very repetitive manga. between one arc to another arc there is no diferences always same. first, the arc will open with some story or you may say an opening story then came story when MC and his friends must battle with a bad guy when the first battle occur MC and his friends will
be defeated by the bad guy. after the first defeated, mc and his friend will chalenge against the bad guy but this time mc and his friend success beating the bad guy. although not every arc contain this story line but this story line almost happen on every arc in fairy tail. example: lullaby arc, Galuna Island arc, phantom arc, and etc.
2. fairy tail is very weird manga. there ar many weirdness in fairy tail,
first weirdness: in every arc when mc and his friends overwhelmed by great power of bad guy and then they are defeated. then like i write above, mc and his friends challenge again the bad guy and this time they win. what make me annoyed is how came without preperation, training and battle strategy. only rely on what many reader describe as "nakama power-up" suddenly mc and his friends become so powerful that they can beat the bad guy who in first story the bad guy is describe and potrayed by mangaka have very - very powerful power. example: erza and azuma battle, zancrow vs natsu, shadow roque vs natsu, etc.
3. second weirdnesss: in prologue of Oración Seis arc mangaka potrayed ballam alliance as very-very powerfull dark guild. made of 3 most strongest dark guild in fairy tail world. and even though it wrote as alliance, the alliance it self is nothing more than a non-aggression pact. logically it means all member of ballam alliance must have equal power, then natsu who have already defeated cobra and guild master Oración Seis zero should have been able to face of one on one zancrow, ultear, or other member of ballam alliance. but the reality in manga spoke difeferent, each of mc face of new enemies from balam alliance, mc always lose at first. that is very-very weird.
3. third weirdness: why tartarus must made of alliance with some organization that weaker than them. like i said logically all member of ballam alliance must have equal power if they must made a non-aggression pact. but from story in manga we can coclude that tartarus is strong because fairy tail must use power of all members of fairy tail plus member of other guild to take it down, then grimoire heart is weaker than tartaros cause fairy tail only need 16 member of fairy tail to beat grimoire heart, and Oración Seis is weaker than grimoire heart cause only need 16 member alliance guild (7 member of fairy tail, 7 member other guild, 1 prisioner & 1 Oración Seis defected member) to beat it. then what is point of ballam alliance made with power like in manga, tartarus can easily deastroy or forced the other 2 member of ballam alliance to work for them.
4. fairy tail main character is unintersting, annoying and undeveloped, for me i'm very - very annoyed by MC. the mc always doing something reckles, and it looks like he never think if he is doing something. mc always think that he is the strongest man in the world, and he always think that he can always doing something alone. when he is fighting with someone who stronger than him and lose, the mc realize that he can't win the battle alone. like when mc and hades fighting, but after battle end mc came back to his previous personality. i see mc as a man who do not learn from his mistakes, and he always make same mistake.
i still have high hope for this manga, i hope hiro mashima as mangaka wants to listen criticism from all manga fans in internet and use the criticism as refference to fix and make fairy tail became better manga.
Although what Crimmy said may be true about a similarity between Fairy Tail and One Piece, you have to judge a story based on quality rather than originality. If you only read one chapter then how can you be sure that it will continue to stay like One Piece. One Piece became too long for my tastes and it always went off on too many story arcs irrelevant to the plot.
I personally enjoy Rave Master and I am looking forward to reading this manga. The only criticism I have so far after reading 4 chapters is that the characters are
drawn very similar to those in Rave Master (Elie and Lucy, Sieg and Sieg Hart and Siegrain) This isn't necessarily that bad because it's like the Rave Master characters are haveing another adventure even though Rave is already done
Before I actually start talking about the plot I would like to say that I don't get why people are comparing this to One Piece. 1. The art is different, this manga doesn't have weird looking people like One Piece does. 2. Yes both mangas have friends fighting and caring for eachother but every great manga is like that. And 3. None of the abilities are similar between the two series.
On with the plot now, This series is very original and very unpredictable. It has interesting plots and even the subplots are interesting. It seems like there is always two things going on at
the same time, which you will eventually see but one is always pushed aside into a later moment.
I love the art in this manga, Rave Master (same artist) was good but this is great. I like how the artist includes similar looking characters from Rave Master (Eile-Lucy). Everyone has interesting features that makes them different from others (not having similar eyes or hairstyles). The fanservice was good (big chest, lots of skin and perverted outfits), and the male characters looked good too (abs). I especially liked Erza's character and her armors.
Like every series each protagonist has a sad past. The stories behind each character is interesting and some continue on to the present time (Natsu and Erza). The abilities in this manga is like nothing I have ever seen before, everything is original and have very little similarity to another series' ability. Two of the protagonist have the ablity over fire and ice but its altered a bit making it more interesting (I tried my best not to spoil it).
If you haven't watched the anime for this yet, DON'T. The manga is so much better. It has better art and doesn't have waste your time like the anime does from Erza's sailor moon like transformation and Lucy's weird spirit summon. Also I think the color of Erza's first armor should have been gold.
This is pretty much a mainstream shounen, its not as popular as One Piece, Naruto, or Bleach yet but in my opinion it ranks top.
For the past 20 years, fighting shounen manga/anime have been the most popular and prominent series in the medium. They are what is most closely associated with manga and anime, and most are presumed to be Dragon Ball rip-offs . Fairy Tail is arguably the most infamous example of a generic, long-running shounen series, heavily due to it's fan service, the reactive nature of its protagonists and the lack of tension due to the limited amount of of meaningful conflict. However, while many of these accusations may be true, there are many bright spots about this series.
The story is set in a medieval-ish fantasy where
some people can do completely random magic and everyone else is a backdrop. Like One Piece, this setting has the potential to work favourably on some levels, as antagonists can have some very creative powers resulting in unpredictable battle sequences. However, as our hero Natsu's abilities are more variable than Ash's Pikachu's, allowing him to scorch an entire city to the ground one moment and lose to a little girl the next, these battles rarely present the possibility of him losing. The supporting cast, however, have much more interesting battles, with the earlier ones in the series being highly inventive through sheer innovation, regardless of the lack of tension. With many earlier arcs containing imaginative fights and ending on interesting twists, Fairy Tail gets off to a relatively healthy start. However, this inventiveness is worn down over time, as both Mashima and the audience inevitably grow tired of trying to enjoy the story. It's a shame the series is as long as it is, because the beginning has a lot in its favour.
Natsu is a poor main character, having negligible development and encouraging brash, impulsive and occasionally sadistic behaviour. Some of the supporting characters are interesting, such as Gray and Erza, whose character motivations and attitudes are explained early, yet it becomes apparent quite early that Hiro Mashima didn't do much planning for the others, hence most of the tertiary characters have their backstories pulled out of a hat with no foreshadowing or subtlety. Nearly every character is used for fan service, with some moments that could have been intense suffering due to poor angles and ridiculous character designs. They never descend to the level of some of One Piece's characters, as there are far fewer, but they can come close. Lucy, one of the main characters, has become one of the biggest jokes in recent anime, though the hate isn't entirely warranted. She's a simple character, yet full of compassion and support (fan service aside), and at least Mashima can make her relatively likeable most of the time. She knows when to make sacrifices and, given the audience of the manga can be as young as 10, displays some admirable character traits. She grows in strength and, unlike Natsu, becomes a stronger character.
The art of Fairy Tail is clean and consistent, which is a meritorious accomplishment for a weekly shounen. Unfortunately, most of the panels are filled with blank space, displaying a rather disappointing lack of effort in the character designs, and this problem only worsens as the series continues. The main characters' proportions took time to become consistent, as the writer didn't seem to be immediately sure of how they should look (Happy being the most obvious example), but Natsu, Lucy, Gray and Erza are mostly drawn to a satisfying quality. The action, with this being a fighting shounen, is the high point. They're crisp and detailed, with the character movements being easy to follow and punches seeming impactful, even if the don't actually do have any impact on their opponent. The over-utilisation of the two-page format does become bothersome, with nearly every chapter using this at least once, but this isn't too big of a deal.
Overall, in spite of some significant flaws, Fairy Tail knows what it is, embracing it's silly, happy-go-lucky nature rather than trying to be dark and grim just for the sake of it (*cough* DeadmanWonderland *cough*), resulting in a manga that will keep you entertained if you go into it knowing that it doesn't raise the bar. It has some interesting characters, above-average art and is entertaining for a young audience.
This is a review till chapter 415 (somewhat very near the end of the Tartaros arc.
Honestly, I would give the manga a 8 or 9 until chapter 253. Cos after that, the arcs reallly succcck.....
Up until chapter 253, at least the story was more reasonable, and touching, unlike a lot of senseless actions, power-ups, plotholes and missing characters here and there later.
Honestly, Fairy Tail is severely lacking in story. It's not that there's no story. Like Bleach, there is a main villain that keeps popping up, indirectly or directly. But in Fairy Tail's case, there are 2, and incredibly, the way they show up
and disappear is absurd. The 2 strongest villains in the manga, causing overall less damage than the "regular" cliched "I want to gain power/destroy the world/resurrect the strongest evil power" villains? Yeah, this is the first time I've seen a manga featuring such villains lacking in willpower. Honestly, it is just vexing... at least in One Piece during those circumstances, there would be an explanation behind why some villains just left after completely defeating the protagonists. In Fairy Tail? Nope no way. It's like it is logical for the strongest villains to leave the protagonists after just "defeating" them. Which is rather vague, since the protagonists seem to be stronger after begin injured, more than when they were at the start (in EVERY difficult battle).
Another thing is the MIA and illogical appearances of some characters. Like for example, after chapter 253, some character appears out of no reason, and later disappear as well without reason.
I think one of the most absurd things about the story is how the guilds and dark guilds are associated with each other. For example, 3 guilds in an alliance fight the light guild(s) one by one, out of which, 1 of them fought against a TEMPORARY alliance of light guilds. Interesting right? What the hell is an alliance for if you guys just fight one by one?
The art is really good, and the saving grace of this manga. Consistent, clear and the character designs are mostly unique.
The quality of the characters is largely debatable. On one hand, most of the characters' personalities are relatively consistent. On the other hand, there are a lot of weird inconsistencies in the appearances and disappearances of minor characters.
And especially with the power-ups of the main characters, and some villains, it is actually quite painful to read all chapters up to 415 in one go. It's like the author forgot what did some minor characters behave like, or even it seems like he forgot they existed.
Another flaw is that some characters which become main characters changed a bit too much. Pretty much like the spell which turns villains goody-goody, but without the spell.
Till 253 it is a 10, then till 415 it is a 6. I think this pretty much sums up the enjoyment level for the manga. It has much to do with the direction of the comedy and fanservice before and after 253.
If shounen, adventure, action and friendship is what you dig for, look no further. Oh yeah, it's rather of a fantasy genre as well, so make sure you enjoy over-the-top power-ups when reading this manga!
P.S. This would be a fantastic example of power creep in games.
The reason i like Fairy Tail is probably the same reason im a big One piece fan, The strong sense of friendship that you feel between the characters and how they will do anything to save them. The story is amazing in my opinion with intense battles. I also think the characters are hilarious, take gray for example, he's an exhibitionist who takes his clothes off at inopportune times. The only thing i don't like about Fairy tail is how the story doesn't seem to be going any where, at the start it says Natsu is looking for the dragon who raised him, but it
hasn't really gotten any further than that.
Unlike most of the fans that are crazy over Fairy Tail , I prefer to maintain neutral about it because I don't take the series seriously if the author does not. Do not read on if you will get pissed by criticism of this series because I will be harsh.
Disclaimer : All of this are my personal opinion and is not intended to offend anyone by any means.
Story : 5/10
If I have to compare the story to another series, I would probably have to compare it to something like Bleach - an endless repetition of storyline which starts off fresh then it starts to go
downhill. Why ? You may ask , the story simply revolves around an arc each with each fairy tail member and there's little to none plot progression of the main plot which is for the main protagonist , Natsu, to find his 'father' Igneel.
True that developing of the guild members are important which I would not argue that some of the stories were tear-wrecking. The main problem faced with the story was , the freaking plot armour. I would touch on that in the enjoyment section which would be arguably long because it sums up what I think of this series.
Art : 6/10
The art is pleasing to the eyes but one could not help but notice the similarities between Fairy Tail and One Piece. Lucy X Nami , Gildarts X Shanks ? One would have to think whether Fairy Tail is a rip off of One Piece which it isn't fortunately. According to the author , he says that he's inspired by the creator of Dragonball which was the same case as Eiichiro Oda , the creator of One Piece which may explain the similar art style.
Other than the artstyles , the fights are drawn pretty neatly and one could easily discern what's happening. But the main highlight of it's art is probably the fanservice that everyone seems to love. Don't get me wrong , I like it too but there's a limit to everything and Fairy Tail is stepping over it's boundaries with the fanservice.
I will just take Lucy as an example. She started off as a mage trainee that can use keys to summon up creatures from the horoscope. Great! That's pretty darn original I would say , then three hundred chapters later. Her only use ? Fanservice , dang girl! Yeah. She's literally useless aside from showing ass and tits. Sorry Lucy fanboys and girls. It's the truth. She had been reduced to this state over a span of hundreds of chapters. Don't even get me started on what happened to Erza in the recent arc.
Character : 6/10
This is the thing that I like about Fairy Tail. The cast is huge and each character are given personalities and a backstory. What else could you ask for , right ? Oh , it would be a shame if none of these characters don't/barely get any screentime :(
Perhaps it's because that the cast is too huge that Hiiro Mashima cannot cover all of them , but most of the characters are literally transparent as glass , only to offer one liners here and there to prove of their existence. Meanwhile , focusing on the already over-developed characters like Gray and such. Don't get me wrong but I do know that they are the main cast of Fairy Tail but I honestly think that there should be times for other character to shine instead of the five (Natsu,Erza,Lucy(tits),Gajeel and Gray). I do appreciate the tiny bits of Elfman and Laxus , and of course the bad ass Mirajane.
Maybe Hiiro does know of this problem and he comes up with cover arts to 'introduce' and explain each character which is a good point and I applaud him for doing so. Well done.
Enjoyment : 4/10
This is going to be a very lengthy rant but do bear with me. I enjoyed the first half of the manga like really. I do remember my experience of reading almost 200 chapters in about 3 days or so. But afterwards , it just goes downhill. It looked as though as the author had stopped putting in effort in the story any more but rather , he's just doing it for the sake of doing it. The plot armour of the cast gets thicker and thicker as each arc pass and Natsu would get a ridiculous DBZ power-up each time he's faced with an opponent that's stronger than him.
Here's a scenario to explain :
Natsu encounters A.
A flats him easily.
Fairy Tail confronts A.
Fairy Tail loses.
Because of nakama power , Natsu wins.
This gets repetitive after awhile and Erza's convenient new armour that fit with the antagonist's power each arc doesn't help much as well. I would have gave it a higher rating if it was just that. At most it would had became a 6/10 but in the recent arcs , I seriously wanted to fly to Japan to check whether Hiiro is on drugs while drawing.
The first dragon excluding acnologia that we come across (future rogue) revealed its power and guess what. After all the hype , his power is to rid humans of clothes. Convenient way to put in more fanservice right ? And.. Lucy(tits) happens to be there and yay! More tits! *rub off nosebleed*
This is one of the main problems with the current Fairy Tail. It's action used to weigh more than its fanservice but now , it seems as though the role is reversed. Another example would be the most recent arc where Erza and Mirajane are confined. I think I do not need to elaborate about them but I would definitely hate to see Erza , one of the strongest female mage , to become like Lucy. I'm done ranting about the fanservice part.
Another problem with the current series like I said before, is that Hiiro appears to no longer take the series seriously any longer. In the most recent arc (again. Notice how none of the old arcs have such flaws) , Afro-Happy. That was supposed to be an explosion that could probably erase off the entire town right ? Oh cool , what better way to downplay the new strong antagonist power by having a flying cat get rid of the explosion by 'sacrificing himself' ? Oh yeah , to make it even better. Let's not kill the cat too , because the explosion is meant to destroy buildings , not fucking cats. Let's just give him a new hairdo.
/end sarcasm exe.
You know what I mean ? *sigh*
Overall : 5/10
This used to be a great series and the series of event that led it's downfall to a train wreck was definitely unfortunate. I can only hope that Hiiro would start to take his manga seriously again and write some good stuff and not the current Service Tail.
I do apologise if I have offended any of you in this post because I'm really disappointed of witnessing a great series falling into ruins.
This is one of those mangas that hits a bump and then blows everyone away the next moment by far one of the best manga out there
Its unique to say the least the way the author handles it is mind blowing from the very start to the very end right in your faces and no one figured it out.It just gets better the more you get further into it.And dont even get me started on the romance aspects in my knowledge this show has the most ships online.The fights themselves could use a little less nakama speeches i would get this series a 7 for
that but the mangaka makes it all better from the tartaros arc and the Alvarez empire arc is mind blowing and just 4 chapter in yet.
Clean beautiful scrumptious with unique style.
Character development has been a great issue in this manga and the mangaka finally addressed it in tartaros arc i will not spoil anything but if you think this manga aint that good cause of character development just read tartaros arc and bask in the glorious writing of Hiro Mashima.
This is one of those series where comedy is done right.This manga could a slice of life rom com and would still sell like pancakes.
FAIRY TAIL IS ONE OF THOSE MANGAS WHICH GETS BETTER BY AGE AND RIGHT NOW ITS MIND BLOWING ONLY COMPLAIN I HAVE IS WHY NALU HASNT HAPPENED YET JUST GO AND READ A COUPLE OF CHAPTERS WATCH AN ANIME EPISODE AND I GUARANTEE YOU WILL FALL HEAD OVER HEELS FOR THIS SERIES.
I must admid, I was REALLY sceptical about Fairy Tail at first (Fans may forgive me!). I was like "Oh Great...Another boring-ugly-drawn-"action"-Anime/Manga -.-" But Hell boy... i was completely wrong!
Fairy Tail ended up being one of my favourite Anime/Manga of all time! Between laughters about crazy situations, idiotic- but nethertheless adorable- characters and enjoyable fights in the best Guild on earth, take heartwrenching tradegys place, that made me end up crying one then more time. Its true, everyone has a sad secret in his or her life and never I had a better chance to experience that than in Fairy Tail. Even the bad-guys cant
be labled as bad (most of them... Exceptions prove the rule!), since their background makes you wipe. That doesnt mean, that Fairy Tail is depressing- Hell NO!- but its a good mixture between action-drama-comedy and maybe romance.
Yeah. That MAYBE before romance makes me sick -.- Maybe Im to romantical, but I just cant stand it, that there are nearly no "clear" couples. Nearly every couple-construction is possible and well... I just need some canon couples, I can cheer for ^____^
great Storyline, that surprises you everytime you think you finally figured everything out, adorable (and also handsome :DDD) characters, the importance of "nakama" and a great Artwork make Fairy Tail one of the best Manga, Ive read up to now. So get reading the goddamn thing already! :D
Oh! A Minor Warning! If you read it, you might get problems to spell "fairytale" right xD But hey! For the best Guild in the country, you can cope with that, right?
When you first get into Fairy Tail, you obviously expect that Hiro Mashima will expand that intriguing world he has created, make interesting characters, mix up some nice comedy and battles and you will have a pretty well-done One Piece copy. Not quite there.
One manga that had immense potential is nowadays one of the worst manga to follow, and I don't know why I am still doing it.
Well, let's start. Mashima shows us what appears to be the story of Natsu, a mage that controls fire that wants to be reunited with his father Dragneel, a dragon. The big problem is that this objective is
never moving the plot. The protagonist's dream is ABSOLUTELY IRRELEVANT! Different from OP or Naruto, where the main character's objectives actually matter and make the plot move forward, this does not happen here. Not only that, but Mashima also makes tons of useless chapters just to make us feel touched, and that end up not affecting anything at all. Anything about the plot of Fairy Tail is bellow pathetic.
His art is quite decent, but not anything that stands out, and is quite generic
Mashima's characters are incredibly shallow, with the only one with some kind of development being Erza. All the rest has nothing. Natsu has become my most hated main character of all time. He's annoying, ridiculous and just bad. Lucy exists for the sole purpose of being the fanservice girl, and Gray the fanservice boy. Wendy is the loli that Mashima threw in the story for no reason. Bad antagonists with lack of reason make this even worse.
Last but not least. Despite all these obvious flaws, FT used to be enjoyable. However, as the time passed, jokes stopped being funny, the main cast's fights became "hey, I win because I'm the character, despite the fact that you're 10000000000x times stronger than I am" all the time, and it stopped being enjoyable at all.
Fairy Tail is not a manga worth reading at all. If you are thinking about reading it, stop at this moment and go read One Piece or whatever, because you should avoid this manga
At first glance, Fairy Tail (FT) seems like your average shounen manga with the classic hot-headed protagonist. I'm not against Shounen manga/anime and I've even enjoyed some like Bleach, Naruto, Hunter x Hunter etc. But thinking that Fairy Tail would be as good as any of those was a major mistake on my part.
To start off with it, I'd say there's nothing wrong with the idea of having a guild of mages but it's the way that the idea is carried forward that ruins everything. Initially, I found FT intriguing but shortly after I lost the interest. Guess why? It's because of the repeated storyline
and arcs. It's always about how some random villain shows up and messes with Fairy Tail in one way or another and how the characters fight against the said villain and win not because of their own strength, but because of the power of friendship. When the same thing happens over and over the show is no longer interesting since it becomes somewhat predictable.
Hiro Mashima also fails to give the characters a proper character development. It feels as though deep down inside, everyone in the guild is the same person since they all act the same way. Different people think differently but he's generalised the characters' thought processes way too much. Of course, there are some characters with a unique personality like Gajeel and Laxus but he never used this to his advantage and let them blend in with the crowd. I think Gray was the only one who had a serious character development but the ending pretty much ruined that since he went back to being the same guy as before.
Another problem with FT is the fanservice. Where do I start with this one? Lucy, in particular, exists for the fanservice. You don't have many chapters that DON'T include Gray unintentionally losing his clothes, Lucy wearing something skimpy or random guildmates walking around barely dressed.
Then, there's the Bad-guy-turns-good trope that you have to look out for. Jellal, Gajeel, Laxus, Ultear, Lyon, Juvia, Meredy etc were all once villains but turned out as heroes instead. Look, there's nothing wrong with this trope but that is only when it's used sparingly. Mashima used it so much that I started expecting every villain, including Zeref, to rectify themselves and become best buddies with the heroes. Zeref is one of the most interesting characters in the story mostly because this trope doesn't apply to him. Personally speaking, he was one of the few characters I was actually rooting for.
The characters were not that great, as I already mentioned and the ships were worse. I was particularly against Gruvia and you can guess why. The romance between Gray and Juvia was poorly done since it remained one-sided for a really long time and even after that, it felt a little forced. It might have been acceptable if Juvia did something other than obsessing over Gray from time to time. Yes, she's a decent fighter and she had the potential for an interesting personality but her infatuation with Gray made her talk about nothing else and that was starting to get irritating. As for Gajeel and Levy, I wasn't a fan of it either. Levy's attitude changed too drastically after she met Gajeel and she ignored her two best friends Jet and Droy and went after Gajeel instead. This is definitely not Juvia level obsession so I wasn't too against it.
In other words, FT was predictable because the story arcs were all too similar and the characters were boring. It had the potential to actually turn out as a manga worth reading, but that didn't happen because of the way Mashima went on with the story.
It's not all bad, though. The art was decent and it got better as the series progressed. Despite all the faults in FT, the fight scenes were good even though the outcomes were usually predictable.
You should definitely consider reading FT if you like fanservice, the bad-guy-turns-good trope, one-dimensional characters, fights in which the heroes win because of the power of friendship and a story in which not a single protagonist dies regardless of the situation. If you don't like any of these, don't bother reading FT.
(Note:This manga is still running in weekly shonen magazine)
Fairy tail is one of those shonen manga's that have ideas which sound good on paper, but has terrible execution. One of the problems with this manga, it doesn't have a clear sense of direction with it's story(eg. fairy tail talks about the villains motives and then flashback to why the villain does this, which always tries to make character's have sad backstories..Which aren't sad. If they don't have that, their generic doomsday villains waiting for fairy tail to give them a whooping.) lack of character development in this story, and switch's between having interesting topics and
generic one's. My least favorite thing about this manga is...BIG Damn Heroes Moments for those who don't know, it's when character X is about to get killed but doesn't because character Y jumps in to save the character. When this manga does it, Hiro Mashima writes it in the most generic way ever (eg. After Lucy uses up her magic and having one of her celestial spirits key destroyed, she get's approached by more tartarus beings and looks like she's going to get finished off...BUT WAIT Natsu jumps in to save the day.) I don't know why, it's just these moments where I hate fairy tail and want to stop reading but I just can't. After telling you all the bad things of fairy tail it has a few good things, like Good art (after volume 16 for me though), decent fights and having a good shonen arc which is, The Tower Of Heaven arc, Go read it to find out why. This arc has the best development for one of the main character's Erza Scarlet(sure i sound like a hypocrite but...), this is one of the only times where fairy tail doesn't have generic character development. Besides that... fairy tail is very generic, when I first saw this it looked like it could be promising but it quickly fell on to the generic shonen tropes.
Fairy Tail is an exciting manga to read, and overall it's great. I joined the FT club late on and so read lots of chapters in quick succession towards the beginning; now i read a chapter every time it comes out. At first I was completely hooked, and couldn't stop reading (basically how I caught up) but now, although it is still pretty awesome, I feel that the story drags slightly and is harder to follow. However overall, Fairy Tail is a definite recommendation if you would like to witness some EPIC BATTLES.
How can I describe Fairy Tail ?
To me, this manga is like a moutain : with ups and downs.
I began to read FT just after I finished Rave, so it was a long time ago. At the beginning, the story seemed good : Natsu was stupid like a lot of shonen heroes, but not too annoying ; Lucy was cute but not totally helpless (and she was a beginner). The plot promised a quest and mysteries but, a few years after, I can't help but think that I wasted my time reading this story.
First of all : there is NO PLOT ! The author
himself says in his manga that he improvises since volume 8/10. How can there be a plot, let alone a good one ?
I know that in a lot of shonens, plots are really random but look at Naruto : Kishimoto improvises a lot of things, but we know where the story is going. In FT, there is no such thing.
Secondly : the characters. Natsu IS more and more annoying with each passing chapter (and believe me, it cost me a lot to write that, since I really like him). He wins almost ALL his battles without any kind of logic (except the first ones).
And Lucy... Lucy, after a few chapter, became an "helpless princess who wait for her prince in shining armor (aka Natsu)" and "miss fanservice". Why did she have to be a weak girl? She was a good character at the beginning.
And I do not speak of Erza, Gray, Luxus.... They were interesting at the beginning too but now...
Anyway, this manga disappoint me and I object strongly to those who said that FT is "like One Piece". You can't compare One Piece, which had a plot and good characters, to this disappointment.
It pisses me off how how the minimum rating I can give is a 1. This series doesn't even deserve a 1 because it isn't good at anything. This is the only series I've seen that truly fails at every single thing it tries to do. The story started off with Natsu trying to achieve his goal of finding Igneel, not too bad right? But throughout the series, he literally does nothing to achieve his goal. I mean even the first 100 chapters of this manga, Natsu didn't do a damn thing to try and achieve his goal. That's just fucking ridiculous. That's bad writing...
It's as if the mangaka just completely forgot about the point of the story. That's not even the worst part about it though. The entire plot is just complete and utter shit. Some of the arcs are just random dark guilds attacking the Fairy Tail guild, that's how simple it is. The phantom lord arc and the tenrou island arc is literally just a random group of dark guilds attacking fairy tail for whatever reason, and then the fairy tail guild uses their nakama powerups to beat them. That's just a horrible way to get the main characters into conflict, and also a horrible way to introduce a villain. And almost every arc I've seen in this manga is just bad... The only decent one is the tower of heaven arc. The worst arc in this series is definetely the grand magic games arc. I've never seen more asspulls and deus ex machina, and retcons. Erza getting friendship powerup to defeat minerva, laxus beating Jura so easily and quickkly, even though it was stated that he's one of the strongest mages. Plus it doesn't make sense for Laxus to be beating Jura when he hasn't even trained 1 bit, and he got beaten by Natsu. This also proves this shitty series also has terrible powerscaling. Someone that gets beaten by Natsu early in the series can become a lot stronger without even fucking training. One of the worst asspulls in this series is when Erza was fighting Akuma. That was one of the worst fights in the series. It literally made no sense whatsoever. The characters are really fucking bad. By the time I finished this series I realized for a second that there isn't even ONE interesting character. Some of the characters used to be good, but they completely got fucking ruined. -Natsu: Extremely generic protagonist. A complete fucking luffy copy. If you haven't seen Fairy Tail yet, just think of all the cliches a shounen protagonist can have, and there you go, that's what Natsu is. He gets absolutely no character development throughout this series. He was close to getting character development when he fought Gildarts, but his development literally just reset since he hasn't learned his lesson. Even after he fought Gildarts, he still wasn't capable of reflecting on his actions. He has no introspection. If an author of a manga isn't capable of making a character display ethical or psychological development, that is an absolute problem for your story. He has no internal characterization, none whatsoever. He has no fucking internal dialogue (which is actually pretty fucking ridiculous), none. He fits none of the criteria that make him a good character. His whole character is based on Nakama bullshit, which is extremely cliche... Natsu is an extremely flawed character, and I'll give more reasons to that. Another problem with Natsus character is that he only gets involved in conflicts because the "bad guys" hurt his Nakama. I know One Piece also has this problem, and it really pisses me off. Natsu only gets involved in conflicts concerning his nakama. This isn't a good way to get the protagonist involved in conflict. The reason it isn't good is because it's the cause of all the friendship bullshit. I don't think it happened in evey arc, but I know for sure it was most of them. Gray: Used to be a cool character until his character also was based around nakama bullshit. Now he's no different from the rest of the horrible characters that constantly talk about nakama. Lucy: This character is pointless, only in there for the fanservice. Most of her fights end up in asspulls just to progress the plot. I actually think she's the best (least worst) of the main cast. Doesn't make her a good character though. Erza: By far the worst character in the entire manga. All of her fights end up in asspulls, every single one of them. She used to be a badass early on, but become a damsel in distress. It's just fucking disappointing. Even the character designs are fucking lame. All the girls look the exact same, just massive boobs, and the same damn face. Most of the characters that do get developed, it really doesn't matter since they became the same sissys in the end. Their development didn't even matter at that point. Another thing that Fairy Tail does bad is the characterization. Most of the characters have poor characterization, and have little to none development. I'm going to give one example here. Elfman and Mirajane act the way they do because their younger sister Lisanna died (before the series started). But their characterization was completely fucking pointless after they find out that Lisanna is still alive in another dimension. There was literally no point to their characterization if Hiro Fagshima just brought them back. And the funny thing is, Lisanna literally had no purpose after she came back. She literally didn't do shit, she was useless, she had no purpose in the story. Basically, Hiro Mashima ruined two characters for no reason at all. And another thing that pisses me off is how characters just get brought back to life constantly, and once they do get brought back they don't get any character development whatsoever. The author of this manga fails to realize that killing characters might actually make series a bit better. Killing off characters can lead to character development, but the author fails to realize this. So pretty much none of the characters in Fairy Tail are well written, or at least decent, including the villains. There isn't a single villain in this series that's considered well written. Most of them are villains for the sake of being evil. Most of them are extremely generic. The thing that angers me about this manga is how fucking generic it is. The main character has fire powers, that's the most generic it can fucking get! It's an extremely basic battle shounen, and it has every cliche you can even think of. The lack of creativity in this manga just proves the author didn't put much work into it. I've seen other battle shounen that are quite generic, such as Yu Yu Hakusho or Boku No Hero Academia. The difference between them and Fairy Tail, is that they actually are good at what they do. Fairy Tail isn't good at anything it does. The worst part about Fairy Tail is the asspulls that happen every damn fight. Here is how it goes. Main character gets beaten up badly by the bad guy, Main character makes a speech about friendship, Main character beats villain with a random power never before seen (which is considered an asspull) That's the recipe used in every fairy tail fight. Not even a single fight is won because they train, it's all friendship powerup bullshit. Even worse, the main characters never fucking lose! fights against villains! There is no sense of danger in this manga, since none of the main characters will EVER die. At no point while reading this do I feel like the main characters will die. That's just BAD writing.. The main characters can defeat every single person they fucking want to, even if it's a god. All they have to do is yell out a friendship speech and yup, they fucking won. There isn't any suspense in this manga, when the fights are the exact same every fucking time. That's how fucking bad the power scaling is. We know damn well that some of the people Natsu has beaten are far stronger than him, but since his Nakama are involved he can completely destroy them. Another thing that this manga does bad is it's combat system. Every person has a random power (magic). The reason why this sucks is because it's so generic. Who would want to read a series where the characters have the most generic powers? It just shows how little effort the author has put into making this horrendous manga. I'm almost done with this review, but I just have to add this in. Fairy Tail doesn't have an interesting/unique world. We barely know about the setting at all. The world building is complete and utter shit. Now I'm just going to summarize some of my points. Fairy Tail has no well written characters, none whatsoever. Fairy Tail is extremely unoriginal, literally nothing about it is creative. Fairy Tail has horrible fights that aren't suspenseful whatsoever. This manga has more asspulls than anything you'll ever read/watch
Overall rating: 0/10
Absolute filth that should've never been created.
Most of these long shounen Manga (Anime) have it rough.
I think that a lot of stories (Manga in particular) always have to go through 3 very important stages throughout its respective running periods.
these stages are:
1- Opening (Buildup)
2- Middle (Execution)
3- End (Ending)
Lets first briefly start breaking down each one of these and define them then lets see how mighty Fairy Tail did in each stage.
this stage includes the plot, story, charatcers, their relationship and the setting of the whole Manga including mysteries, backstories, a goal for every important character,
basically everything you need to have in your head as a mangaka
before you start writing!
which means you dont have to really add or change anything else once you have passed this stage because this might lead to potential plot holes and unnecessary contradictions in the story.
when everything is set and ready to go you start advancing to the second stage!
Middle:- This is when things start clearing up. mysteries are revealed, plots executed, everything becomes prepared for that long awaited climax!
End: this is the most critical stage, one bad move and everything will fall apart so expectedly this is also where most writers fail miserably.
as machiavelli said:"A battle that you win cancels any other bad action of yours. In the same way, by losing one, all the good things worked by you before become vain." what does that have to do with anything? well it is quite relevant. also it's always cool to quote cool people like machiavelli.
Now that i'm done defining and breaking down each stage, lets openly talk about how fairy tail did in each one of these.
building up a story or a manga or whatever is not really that hard, you just need a bit of imagination and a bit knowledge because you will have to see where others started and kinda do the same, Fairy Tail did just that. a by the book setting, main character & story.
which is absolutely fine since you dont really have to be so different to be successful specially in the first stage! Building up everything was pretty successful in my opinion, we were provided with exiting arcs & great battles and amazing development in the first hundred chapters or so.
and Since Fairy Tail provided a lot of good build up and we were expecting to witness at least a decent execution of all of that tension and mystery, For me i wasn't disappointed.
Fairy tail didn't fail to impress me with the execution as it was able to add new mysteries right after revealing previous ones and was able to keep me hooked until the very end! until, but as it progressed, disappointment started to mainfest as each arc became weaker and weaker in terms of execution while providing enormous potential at the beginning which leads to a huge letdown as nothing met its expectation.
but the reason why Fairy tail got shut down by a lot of reviewers and fans wasn't because of that, remember that cool quote at the "End" Stage? yeah that.
Fairy tail failed miserably at that stage which resulted in everyone bashing it and giving it a low score, they can't be blamed even if it might be unfair to judge it all by how it ends, but that has been an ironclad rule in judging a tv show or a manga, you can't give something a good score if the ending was awful.
I only wrote this review to remind people of how good fairy tail used to be and that we shouldn't judge it by that ending and give some credit to the first two stages which fairy tail did amazing in. Thats all.
Now finally i'm going to rate all the aspects soundly and give my fair and final judgement on why fairy tail isn't as bad as people make it out to be and also why it is kinda still acceptably bad.
classic story, nothing much to be said here.
One negative thing i might say about the story is how most things are absolutely forgotten along the way, you might find this in other shounen cause its pretty common but that doesn't make it welcomed in my dictionary, natsuu has no idea where the fuck he is going as he doesn't really have any dream to achieve or any status he would want to be like that felxible hat guy or the other ninja retard as everything happening in the story leads to absolutely nothing, he just finds stuff to do along the way which is kinda ridiculous and weakens the essence of the story.
Art was suitable for the atmosphere of the manga, also an amazing talent at drawing erotic female characters so maybe this guy isn't so bad.
most characters are kinda pointless except for the main ones, I think this guy thinks as long as he dedicated an entire arc for a supporting character, they have no right to complain about not having any relevance to the story anymore but whatever.
also fairy tail is keen on following the rule of "if you are a bad guy don't switch sides as you will turn into an utterly useless sidekick for the hero and you wont have any value anymore" for some reason.
to be honest despite all the bullshit i really enjoyed it and i think anyone can as long as they disregard the few negative irregularities which includes poor conception of time travel, pointless characters, thought projections that have emotions and shit, enormous build up that makes your thing throbs with excitement but ends up disappointing you everytime, a warrior who is able to fight even after getting every nerve of their body destroyed because they love their friends (emotional) i wont say more To avoid anymore spoilers.
so if you are fine with these things i think you will quite enjoy the fairy tail ride as it's not all about logic! You will soon learn how friendship is way more important.
all the jokes aside, Fairy Tail is quite decent for those who want to see exciting battles, Heartwarming moments, funny characters and most importantly: Fanservice.
Fairy Tail is a cliche shounen series with friendship speeches, characters lacking development and a predictable story line, yet is one hell of an entertaining ride. Keep in mind, this series isn't for everyone. If you enjoy watching series with wasted potential, then Fairy Tail isn't for you. I could never find myself hating this series no matter how badly written the final arc was because the past arcs always remind me of how good this series can truly be. Most of the characters are really likeable (although some are ruined later in the Alvarez arc) and most of
the fights are engaging. This series has the greatest art I've ever seen and I feel like this is something Hiro Mashima should be given more credit for. The point I'm trying to get across is that everyone should give Fairy Tail a chance because it's truly a solid(yet cliche) series (up until the Alvarez arc) and all the hate this series receives is kind of overwhelming.
Fairy Tail! A manga that get's so much hate but so much love at the same time, does it really deserve both? It certainly does!
Fairy Tail is one of my first anime/mangas and I think that it makes me qualified to judge this series without me being a complete hater or a complete fanboy. Let's get on with this review!
Something that started out really well but ended dreadfully. Fairy Tail had a magic to it's world and story, nothing to spectacular but it was something that fantasy and shounen lovers loved. The first few arc's were very well done and introduced some great characters.
Each of their arcs were well thought out and executed well.
It was never to dark for it's own good, it had a positive and good feel vibe all around, but what went wrong? The story direction and writing.
Here is the thing, the author (Hiro Mashima) had some great Idea's about each arc, the problem was how he executed them. It was all a mess, each character is pitched against an opponent. The opponent is to much for the character to handle, so what does he do? Yes, what he does is that he gives us the same old speach about how important friends are
(The infamous Nakama) and how they give him/her strenght. And that ladies and gentlemen is how every damn villian from a point on in the manga falls. No jok.
It was clear Hiro Mashima didn't know where to go, it was sad as the story began so wonderfully!
No questions asked, the art is beautiful. Some panels left me staring at the because the picture seemed alive. The world was blooming with wonders and the characters expressions were clear as day light. Mashima's art is simply beautiful.
Nothing more to say, if you're anime watcher who don't read manga often, It will be very easy for you to switch to this manga as the art is something welcoming and alot like the actual anime.
So here is the thing, the all of the characters of Fairy Tail are unique and memorable. Which is something hard to pull off because of how large the cast is. Alot of backstories are tearjerking and well written. So once again what is the problem here?
The direction is once again the problem. Let's take Natsu Dragneel for example. He's the strong fire dragon slayer with a fiery attitude, your typical shounen male MC. At one point he faces of against the stronges mage in the guild who is called Gildarts. Gildarts uses his raw power to frighten Natsu, the point of this is to teach Natsu about the importance to know your own limit and back off at times, which is a very valid point. Natsu starts crying for the first time and seems to understand what Gildarts just taught him. BUT NO!!! The leasson he was tought NEVER once crosses his mind again in the series as he jumps into fight's as he has always done.
Erza is another character who I loved so much, but became trash and predictable. Repeating the same lesson about "Nakama" every damn fight. And that never changes, the only character that truly changed and get's alot of hate for some reason is the main MC of Fairy Tail. She is at the beginning someone weak and fragile that tries to run away from her problems. At the end she isn't afraid anymore and tries to help her friends instead, facing her own fears head on, standing on her own 2 feet. Heck she even saved the whole guild (and technically the whole world) during the Tartarous arc by sacrificing her first zodiac key.
They're all have solid designs and everything and are very good at the beginning, but their progression is boring and bad. Lucy was good though, and she get's unnecessary hate.
Enjoyment: 7/10 Overall: 6/10
So despite so all of the problems the manga was good at some points, and when it was it was very enjoyable. The first season of the anime is something I can rewatch alot of times because I find it so enjoyable. It turns shite later on and not just shit, the last arc is pure garbage.
But it's still a manga that brought me alot of joy and brought joy to millions of people around the world. Fairy Tail has something that unifies it's fans in a stange way which is something awesome to be a part of. Unless you're a shipper cause the shipping wars can get ugly!
Overall a manga that I used to say is one of my favorites and had alot of potential, but like many other "BIG" managas these past years turned bad at the end.
Sad end to a manga that I will always remember! Sayonara, Fairy Tail!