Lucy is a seventeen-year-old mage with the power to summon stellar spirits, but what she really wants to do is join a guild - and not just any guild. She has her eyes set on Fairy Tail, a notoriously reckless and outrageous group of magic users who are likely to be drunk or destroying buildings and towns in the process of completing a job! While in town one day Lucy meets a perpetually-seasick boy named Natsu who, through a series of events, reveals to her that he's none other than the fire-eating mage Salamander of Fairy Tail! Lucy is finally able to join Fairy Tail and quickly begins to take on odd jobs with Natsu and his gang for fame and profit. Along with her fiery friend, Happy the flying cat, Natsu's archrival Gray and their overseer the invincible and beautiful Erza, Lucy sets forth for epic adventures that leave an epic amount of destruction in their wake. After all, destroying a city or five doesn't matter as long as they get the job done... right?!
Fire Dragon, Monkey, and Bull
Infiltrate the Everlue Mansion!
The Armored Wizard
Fairies in the Wind
Flame and Wind
The Strongest Team!
Natsu Eats a Village
Natsu vs. Erza
The Cursed Island
PROPER MINDSET Ah, gotta love the masses and their love for mediocrity. Fairy Tail (FT) is from the pilot chapter/episode an average shonen series and yet it is loved by many for being just that. I guess rehashing notions from Naruto or One Piece can make a success out of anything. Because just like those shonens, FT has superpowers, adventure and a big cast of colourful and eccentric characters that occasionally get focused upon and fleshed out. Nothing we haven’t seen before but, hey, if it worked before why wouldn’t it work again? Because it’s WORSE!It is hard to talk about anything in this show without feeling like I am just stating the obvious or just describing a different shonen. For to be honest, there is approximately zero innovation in this work and it just walks upon the path others paved before it. It can work alright but it will never stand out on its own; it will forever be just a rehash of already established formulas that have been attributed to others at least a decade earlier. Not only that, but the show rehashes them in a watered down way to the point it becomes a Saturday morning cartoon. THE STAFF - Animated by a collaboration of studios A-1 Pictures and Satelight. The first usually have very good production values and the later have low. What they have in common is how most of what they have made over the years is mediocre and forgettable. - Directed by some nobody who never made something significant in his whole career. - Based on the manga by Mashima Hiro, whose only previous major work was Rave Master. In case you didn’t watch that show, I advise you not to do so; for it’s a completely generic, aimless, boring, and incomplete series. Plus you can easily see that Fairy Tail is basically its improved remake, reusing the same character archetypes and feeling. In all, the mangaka is not much of talent for anything past creating mediocrities. PRODUCTION VALUES - Art and animation are rather crude for the time the show was made. The most obvious fault is how they use repeated footage during summons and attacks, an element that is in fact absent from fighting shonen and better affiliated with mahou shojo or mecha. It is a very striking weakness that alone makes it seem lazy compared to others shonens. - The initial episodes had really jerky motions and many complained how the characters didn’t look or behave at all like in the manga. For an adaptation that is NOT trying to be a spin off but a direct adaptation, the first impressions they offered was the middle finger. They improved it later on a bit but the damage was already done.- The setting lacks characterization. It doesn’t seem to stand out from the lot like others do, which again makes it hard to be remembered in the long run. Unlike other famous shonens like Naruto or One Piece, there is no theme in the FT world and it passes by as a generic fantasy realm. - The character figures are again nothing memorable; most are basically counterparts of people from other shonens, so again it has a problem being remembered for anything. As for the more eccentric-looking ones, they are somewhat original for their looks but they are all minor characters that are defined by a quirk and are defeated and removed from the show in just a few episodes. And of course we have most of the girls running around half naked and acting like they are in permanent heat. So this is a cast you will be staring at for the bizarre or sexy way they look and not because they have any special charisma in their personality. - A minor thing that irritated me a lot. They placed Plue as cameo, a creature from Rave Master. Now what did that manage to accomplish other than annoying the average fan? Is that their way of telling us even clearer that they are rehashing other works INCLUDING their own? That is really tasteless. I hear he was placed there to please the fans of Rave Master but I don’t believe that. Who still likes that boredrome?- The music part leaves me with very little to write about. The OST is fitting for such a series but I don’t find any memorable songs in it. Voice acting is ok too with what is going on in the story. No amazing performance though. SCRIPT The story is completely generic stuff and easily the weakest part of the show. It plays out like some MMO game, where you join a guild and take seemingly irrelevant to one another missions, while at the same time leaving a few openings for character colorization and world-building. It all plays out quite childishly and there isn’t even an objective for anyone in this show; they just take missions and hope to find something that interests them in the process. For example, we know Natsu is looking for a dragon but did he actually look for him? No, he is just fooling around in his guild and takes part in whatever mission comes along. The scenario ends up driving the characters and not the other way around; and even that happens in a bad way since the heroes are not actively doing anything. They just fool around until a villain or a mission appear out of nowhere (no foreshadowing at all) and just decide to take part in the whole thing for money or to save some girl. That makes the protagonist and his gang completely boring since they have no goals in life to go for without some world threat standing in the way. Heck, they would probably be sleeping all day long if they had no obstacles. Now it is true that many events lead to character immersion and reveal more aspects of the world, but all that don’t add anything significant to the show. It’s like drawing more hearts around a short love letter; the contenct is the same but just looks cuter. The plot is always predictable, since it repeats in the exact same way all the time with no interesting plot twists or memorable events. Some character’s past is revealed, some old enemies of him appear, some sinister plan of mass destruction takes place, and then the heroes storm in and win with the power of friendship. Thank you very much; I have seen it all before and in a more mature form. They also add nothing to the show besides more cardboard characters with no significance or moe sancy areas you will never see again. As if that wasn’t enough, just like with all perpetual on-going shonen the anime reached the manga at som point and the creators had to turn to slower pacing, fillers, and eventually to cancel the show prematurely in the middle of an arc. Not that it would be any different if they did what the Big Three do to bust our balls with 10 fillers followed by 2 canon episodes of snail fast plot but the show is left incomplete. Not that there was much of a plot to care for... If there is something good to say here is how all the arcs are relatively short and with a fast pace to the most part. Unlike most shonen, FT does not try to stretch each arc too much. Of course technically most battles are dead time, since they offer nothing to the plot, plus are predictable and repetitive. So to the most part you are still watching a show which repeats itself faster than the average of its kind and is mostly canon filler. CAST The cast is eventually the meat of the show, since the plot is mostly about somebody’s past creating problems in the present. This way you feel like everything is revolving around them and that they are not irrelevant to the main problem of each arc. Some of them count as cool and fleshed out to bother paying attention to but don’t try to find unoriginal characters because you will be disappointed. They are all following a rather typical demeanour but at least they do it right to the most part. There is variety in personalities and powers and most have a rather basic but sufficient backdrop to work with. Of course they are still shallow as heck; their personality can fit in two lines including their signature move. So the mangaka had to resolve to keeping all the girls half-naked and in constant heat in order to keep the viewers/readers from realizing that. For a show that aims at children, I must say there is too much fan service in it that is there specifically to distract you from thinking how stupid it is. Needless to say, don’t expect any drastic character development to take place since most of whatever the characters learn in one arc, is immediately forgotten in the next. They keep trying to make you believe they are gradually getting stronger but you can never see that on-screen. In fact you never have a clear picture of who is stronger and by how much, much less where he excels enough to be able to defeat opponents who are in overall more experienced. So how do all the battles resolve if there is no balance then? Oh come on; you can probably figure it out immediately; it always comes down to the power of friendship. To hell with strategy, planning ahead, learning from your past mistakes, or even paying attention to your injuries. Just storm in and win against all odds with the almighty POWER OF FRIENDSHIP! I MUST PROTECT MY FRIENDS! FRIENDSHIP MAGICALLY HEALS MY GRAVE WOUNDS! FRIENDSHIP BRINGS EVEN THE DEAD BACK TO LIFE! Yes, get ready to eat up a lot of this baby food, for the whole plot runs purely on this sort of fuel. Needless to say, it is stupid, overdone, and eventually tasteless. LEGACY The series is aimed at younger teens; even younger than the target audience for Naruto or Bleach. There is a lot of silliness (more than the usual) and violence is really basic and mostly bloodless. And of course nobody ever gets killed, or in the rare case he does, he doesn’t stay dead for long. It is by no means a serious show and nothing in it feels important after awhile. Just to give you an example, it has a mascot in the form of a cheery blue flying cat named… Happy. Imagine a scene where some demon prepares to blow up a village full of people and the camera suddenly zooms to Happy’s permanently happy face. Yeah, the excitement vaporates right there. It is very hard to be interested in whatever the heck is going on when everything looks so easy going and silly. In fact the boldest thing in this show ends up being the fan service around the girls and even that is completely basic compared to your average modern ecchi comedy. So is it a good show? No, but it’s a good time killer if your expectations are low and you are not older than 15 with prior experience to other famous shonen. I doubt it will leave any mark in anime history or be remembered as anything more than a rehash of other works. It does it right but at the same time it lacks the unique feeling every show that aims to be loved needs. It is indeed nothing but a fairy tale; shallow and for little kids who still tolerate the power of friendship is the most awesome thing ever. But it can be enjoyable just for that.Oh, and I might as well add how FT became one of the Big Three shonen, after the Bleach anime was discontinued. That may seem like it’s supposed to be awesome enough to deserve such an honor but in reality it is only because modern shonen are crap. It gets some value for that but it’s otherwise only the best looking trash of the garbage bin. And the funniest part? Now that it is discontinued as well, there is nothing to replace it. Yeah, hard times... And now for some excused scorings: ART SECTION: 5/10 General Artwork 1/2 (generic) Character Figures 1/2 (generic) Backgrounds 1/2 (typical fantasy world) Animation 1/2 (average) Visual Effects 1/2 (typical) SOUND SECTION: 6/10 Voice Acting 2/3 (good albeit too melo at points without excusing it nicely) Music Themes 2/4 (average) Sound Effects 2/3 (um, good I guess) STORY SECTION: 3/10 Premise 1/2 (as typical as it gets) Pacing 1/2 (fast but repetitive) Complexity 1/2 (nothing besides lots of two line characters) Plausibility 0/2 (THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP is not plausible) Conclusion 0/2 (left incomplete) CHARACTER SECTION: 4/10 Presence 1/2 (generic) Personality 2/2 (generic but well defined) Backdrop 1/2 (generic but it’s there) Development 0/2 (none) Catharsis 0/2 (none; the show is left incomplete) VALUE SECTION: 2/10 Historical Value 2/3 (part of the Big Three for awhile; yay!) Rewatchability 0/3 (none; too childish to deserve any) Memorability 0/4 (meh, it is just a watered down rehash of other shonen) ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10 Art 0/1 (looks generic) Sound 0/2 (sounds meh) Story 0/3 (feels generic as hell) Characters 1/4 (they are also generic as hell) VERDICT: 3.5/10 Could they make it any worse?
Let’s start this review by saying that I’m a fan of this show. However, I’m not a fanboy who will look for excuses for every (huge or little) bad point. If you want a huge rant about why FT is bad, go look at roriconfan’s review. If you only want to hear “omg this is tha best show eva omg omg must watch blabla” then you should go somewhere else as well. I’ll go for the way in between those two: I really like the show, but I also see the good and bad points in it. Well, whatever, let’s get started. Common complaints about Fairy Tail Yes, this is going first, and it's a long topic. Why? Because people love hating popular things, I guess. Nonetheless, there is some truth in all of these complaints (otherwise they wouldn’t be so common, would they?) So, the first thing lot’s of people complain about is that Fairy Tail is basically a copy of One Piece. When you look at character designs, that certainly is true: http://i.imgur.com/uedxH9Q.jpg When you look at their personalities, however, it’s kinda unfair to say that it’s only a copy of OP. These personalities are just typical shounen, and calling FT a copy of OP would be the same on this part as calling OP a copy of Dragon Ball. For all three of them you have this: strong hero-kid that eats a lot, is funny and carefree; girl that is always by his side; get a lot of other friends around them, add some super-powers and you can start your adventure! Oh wait, I just summed up Naruto too… and about 80% of shounen series. Also, apparently the two authors, Oda and Mashima, are quite close (source is Google). Some shout-outs are, thus, to be expected. Another reason why I wouldn’t complain about this is because the storylines are different (while they still are typical shounen adventures though). The second thing people tend to bitch about is that Fairy Tail is also “just an improved version of Rave Master”. Rave Master, for those who don’t know, is made by the same author. (for more info: http://www.anime-planet.com/anime/groove-adventure-rave ) It’s true that here too, there are lots of similarities between characters, and there are even cameos of elements from Rave Master in Fairy Tail. However, I don’t see the point in complaining about this either. Why? Look at this: http://i.imgur.com/k2Y2UHU.png . The improvements are showing, aren’t they? Would you complain about an author if his first book wasn’t really succesfull, but his 15th was, but the 15th is very similar to the first? I wouldn’t, and I don’t know why anyone would. Third complaint: “the power of friendship”. No matter how injured/tired/dying someone is, they will win to protect their friends / get revenge for hurt friends / because their friends support them / …. (you get the point). I’m not even gonna try to defend this, because it is utter bull****. If anything can be said about it, it’s that this kind of crap happens in most shounen series of this type (Naruto: “I will bring Sasuke back!!!!”, OP (although a lot less): “you hurt my nakama!!!”, etc.) Complaint number four (told ya it would be a long section): fanservice. Yeah, well, personally I don’t really mind this + the fanservice sometimes gives some hilarious scenes too. Storyline So, FT is about Natsu Dragneel, Lucy Heartfilia and a bunch of other characters and their adventures in their guild called Fairy Tail. That’s about all I can say about it, because each arc has different qualities and bad points.Meanwhile, there’s also a bit of a plot on the background going on to be used for later stories (foreshadowing to master Ivan and Laxus as enemies later on, preparations for Zeref and Igneel, etc.) All in all, it’s hard to give this a score because of the different arcs and because we are still far so far from getting the conclusion. +1 for nicely reusing characters introduced earlier, -2 because nobody ever dies. Characters Some really loveable characters, some guys you really get to hate, some really manly guys (see: Elfman), some really bad-ass guys, etc. What I really like about FT is how almost every character has an interesting backstory. However, most of them are still quite shallow. Animation At first it felt like it was just ok, later on it gets always better, making the fighting scenes amazing. Sound Another part that I just love about the show: the soundtrack. I never get tired of the theme song during fights. The emotional songs were done very well too. The voice acting was also good. Other some really good humour imo You get things your inner 9-year old will love, like: kitty-cats: http://t7.rbxcdn.com/5b1cd5c32110e520be27ef7f20225bed colours (like really, blue, pink, red or green hair?) good guys punching bad guys people punching monsters in the face (or slicing them through, if you watch episode 167 “100 vs 1” - spoiler: http://goo.gl/kPsuxz ) Conclusion All in all you could say that this is probably not a good series. However, there are so many things I like about it, that I still like. Number 1 guilty pleasure then, maybe? To say the least, I found this really entertaining. <div></div>
Hello, welcome to my reveiw of the crazy popular anime fairy tail(this review addresses both the original and 2014 anime. Story: So let's start with the strory. Fairy Tail is about five wizards and two cats in a famous wizard's guild called well, Fairy Tail (spelled tail, get it tail, lol). These wizards take on quests from around their contry to earn money and grow their FRIENDSIP!!!! Now this is all fun and good, having a plot like this makes it easy to make the story go on FOREVER. The author could have possibly made some interresting unique stories with this, but nope, he didn't. Everyone of these ideas we've seen before. Not to mention the amount of bullcrap, shounen, nakama powerups there are. This makes the story very predictable where none of the MCs will die because they have plot armour made out of freaking titanium. None of the characters lose any fights so there is no tension whatsoever. Though this is not all bad, this does make you feel at least happy and the characters really do feel like they have a strong, believable conection that isn't too forced. The arcs a never very long, normaly lasting from abot 10 to 30 episodes, unlike a show like One Piece with arcs as long as 180 episodes, this can ba a good and a bad thing sense a shorter arc can make the story faster paced and keeps you interested, but it also seems like the story goes by to quikly leaving you uninvested in whats going on. Something i really liked about the story was that there weren't too many filler episodes, only like two in the first season, whith only one complete filler arc (the one with the clock) that wasn't even that boring, you probably wouldn't be able to tell its filler. The fillers are not as long, complex, and confusing as Bleach fillers and not as boring as Naruto fillers. Something that may bother or annoy some people is the destracting and overused fanservice+femservice. I can legitametly only think of three women in the seires that did not have huge hulking breasts, two of which being children. It really is quite distracting and some of the outfits they put Mirajane and Erza into are absolutely ridiculous. And yes there is actually quite abit of femservice in this show not as much but still quite apparent, probably to keep shallow perverts like me watching. Overall, a pretty generic shounen plot with lots of nakama powerups, fanserivice, predictable storyline, but with quite afew sweet moments and a reletively low number of fillers. Average 5/10 Animation: Now for the animation. Understandably, in early episodes the animation was average, but as the seiries continues the animation gets a bit of a boost, with background characters actually moving. Despite the art being consistant i feel like it dosn't really stand out, it just looks like what i immediately think when i hear "anime", it looks good just not very original. The caracter designs are attractive and do their job well, sure some look like other characters from diferent anime and are not exactly that creative, but they still have something original and recognizable about them, and none of the MCs are hard to look at. I do have one gripe however, every girl looks the same. No not every single girl but they all have nearly identical body shapes and facial structures. Overall, good, 6.5/10 Sound: I love the music holy crap. So far all the OPs have been great, fitting the story perfectly. The OST is just great, mixing traditional Celtic music with metal, one of the better sound tracks I've heard. The voice acting is good. so far i have watched both the Japenese and English versions, and i think they're both pretty great. The Japanese version is admitably better, you can really feel the emotions that the actors were trying to communicate. The english dub was also great, the voice actors really fit their roles perfectly, i will never understand why people don't like it. Definitely a big strong point for this anime. Overall, great 8/10 Charcters: So the charcters. They are all more than a little likable but there is very limited development among any of them and they are extreamly unoriginal. Our assumed protagonist is a big busted blonde named Lucy Heartfillia, she actually does get some development in the first season, and despite popular belief, she is not just a useless bitch there for tits. She is actually a usefull character(i mean she put up a good fight against the underworld king, so she's not that pathetic). However, she is, like the other characters, basic and cliche. The main guy is the famous pink-haired pyro, Natsu Dragneel. He is your average shounen male lead with the spikey hair, love for food, airheaded, totally over powered, absurdly nice but still a jackass, stuborn, complete with a badass misterious father, he is like every trope combined, he is completely unorigianal and has practicaly no development. Personaly I can't stand the guy, I think he is a mixture of everything i hate about anime, but he's not unlikeable, I understand why people would like him, just personally i thought he was pathetic. Then there's the king of femservice himself, Gray Fullbuster. He's the kindhearted tough guy, rival character we all know, but with a weird ass habit of his clothes magically disapearing. And for some strange reason, when ever he does this, he powers up? It's weird. But unfortunatly this is the most interesting thing about his character, though i will say that ther were about three times throughout the seiries that he actually got a good amount of developement unlike most the other characters. And then we have the knight, Erza Scarlet. Strong, kind and beautiful, she is the oldersister type character that i personally adore. She also gets more development than the two true main characters. she is just boss... or was. She gets some anti development since she's just way too overpowered, and is physically incapable of loosing. you haven't seen nakama power ups till you've seen Ezra. Then we have Happy, the... cat, because every popular shounen anime has to have a cute little animal mascot. He can't really do any thing except fly the MCs from point A to point B. Cute but not much to him. Next is the adorable Wendy. She is a dragon slayer like natsu and is surprisingly strong but not OPed, she is quite developed but is not to different from other kids/healers in anime. Finaly we have Charle the other cat/exceed. She seems to be the most hated of the main characters sense about half her dialogue is "Wendy". Also she ls quite the ice queen to happy who has quite the crush on her, but in all honesty, there are much worse characters than her.(she still sucks tbh)The supporting cast is nothing really special except for Gajeel, Laxsus and maybe Mirajane. The villains can be anything between great and terrible. The main villain is Zeref, if i say anything about him it will be a spoiler, but I'll say he's not god awful. Overall average, 5/10 In conclusion Fairy Tail has an average plot, good animation, really good sound and okay characters. i would recomend it if you're a casual shounen fan, or just want something to sit down and enjoy, but it's nothing great. Final Score: an okay anime, 5.5/10
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