Fairy Tail Movie 1: Phoenix Priestess

Alt title: Fairy Tail Movie 1: Houou no Miko

Movie (1 ep x 86 min)
3.929 out of 5 from 10,724 votes
Rank #1,287

When four young Fairy Tail members unite, their bond is forged by a power found in neither muscle nor magic and grows stronger with every mission. Whatever you do, don’t mess with these friends or you’ll get a taste of Natsu’s flaming fist or Gray’s ice hammer, suffer a painful blow from one of Lucy’s celestial spirits or catch the edge of Erza’s mighty blade! Whether they’re stopping demons from devastating the world or wrestling in the mess hall, this mystical team manages to inflict as much damage to their rivals as they do to the surrounding area!

Source: Funimation

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As someone who watched and loved all 328 episodes of Fairy Tail, I had high hopes for this movie. I was disappointed, to say the least. The basic plot of this movie isn't bad, but it is very poorly developed and executed. The story is so poorly developed it's boring. The major features of the plot aren't explained until the middle and end of the movie. Even then, it's disorganized and disconnected. When I watch Fairy Tail I know two things will happen - I'll laugh, but more importantly I'll feel something. There were times I laughed watching this movie, but all I felt was irritation at how it was done. It had great potential, but fell far short. The "new" character central to the plot, Eclair, starts out as a bit of an antisocial jerk with amnesia who you know nothing about, but then comes the revelation that her father died. This alone is supposed to make you attach to the character, I guess, but it wasn't enough for me. She was poorly developed, and I felt no attachment to her at any point, which meant the whole emotional punch of the story fell flat. I felt nothing for her. I felt nothing against the "bad guys" either, because their motives and background were poorly developed as well.  What else... oh yes, the animation quality isn't the best. It's lame compared to the series. The fighting scenes involving Natsu, Lucy, Erza, and all our other favorites might have been able to redeem the plot somewhat, but the battles were choppy, rushed, and poorly executed. I only finished the movie because I love Natsu, Lucy, and the others, and I was hoping for... something. But I didn't get it. Somehow this movie just lacks that special Fairy Tail charm. For me personally, it was just a disappointing waste of time.

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