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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
At first it felt like it was just ok, later on it gets always better, making the fighting scenes amazing.
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.
some really good humour imo
You get things your inner 9-year old will love, like:
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 )
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.
This is by far my favorite anime. I loved the characters, the plot and the constant supply of entertainment and action. I really enjoyed the way the whole anime panned out and it never dragged on an arc for too long however it was a litte boring for a while after the S-Class exams.
When I heard that the mangaka who did Rave Master had created another manga, I immediately checked it out...which, of course, led me to the anime version, as well.
Fairy Tail is unique, yet repetitive. I'm going to try to be as unbiased as I can in this review, but I'm afraid some of my love for the series will leak through.
It starts out with a girl named Lucy Heartfilia who wishes to join the infamous Fairy Tail guild...and gets even more incredible from there.
Really, I can't go into details on the story without spoiling the entire thing, as even though each arc seems independent of one another, they're all actually connected by a similar undercurrent (which is revealed later on in the story, and even more so in Series Two).
This first Series has a multitude of arcs:
The "Lullaby Arc" is the first one to occur, and happens after all of the main protagonists are introduced (Lucy, Natsu, Gray, and Erza). This arc spans episode 5-10, and all in all, I'd rate it a 7/10. It does a great job in introducing the characters and showing them off a little, but we mostly just get to see Natsu with the exception of the fight against Lullaby.
The next arc is the "Galuna Island" arc, and is one of the couple "character study" arcs. This arc mostly revolves around Gray and his past; him being my favorite character, this is my favorite arc out of all of them. I'd give this arc a 10/10, as it also starts to foreshadow some future arcs.
The next arc occurs immediately after Galuna Island, and is the "Phantom Lord" arc. This was another arc done extremely well, and touches upon some of the backgrounds of other Fairy Tail members (such as Elfman and Mirajane) while it divides up the battles evenly between all of the characters (no "main protagonist fights the boss" in this arc, either). It also highlights Lucy's past, so again, another character arc which is a major plot point as well, so 9/10.
There's a mini-arc afterwards which involves more character development, this time with Loke. This is short (only 2-3 episodes long), but is also one of my favorite arcs due to the emotional impact is has for such a short arc. It's a solid 9/10, and only due to how short it is. However, it also sets up the next arc.
The "Tower of Heaven" arc is Erza's backstory, though she takes a backseat in the final battle in the tower. Although the arc makes up for that a little by including some mini-bosses the characters have to go through (and includes a former Phantom Guild member now trying to be in Fairy Tail), and though I can understand why Erza couldn't go all out in the final "boss" fight, it becoming the "Natsu show" during Erza's character arc was something I could not forgive; 7/10.
The next arc is the "Battle of Fairy Tail" arc; another character arc on a guild member named Laxus. While this arc drops hints to something which isn't revealed/explains until the Tartaros Arc in Series Two and I have to give it props for that, the arc on its own becomes the "Natsu show"; aka, main protagonist gets the boss fight. The ending makes me cry every time with how emotional it is, and between that and the set-up for how far back the plot of Fairy Tail really goes...that bumps this arc up to an 8/10.
Oracion Seis is the next arc, and is probably one of the most well-developed arc. There's a new character who appears in this arc and has some character background, and other guilds get involved in the struggle which shows the return of a couple characters and introduces some new ones, the majority of the "main players" (aka, the Fairy Tail members) have been established by now. Though Natsu does get the boss fight again, this is probably one of my favorite arcs next to the Galuna Arc, including emotions. 10/10
There's an anime-only filler arc here called the "Daphne Arc". To be honest, the only point in watching this is if you can't get enough of Fairy Tail or plan on reading some fanfiction (as some fics are based off of the events). 2/10; not even worth time to write about.
The "Edolas Arc" is the next huge arc, and if Natsu is your favorite character, you're going to love this one because it pretty much follows his journey through Edolas for 3/4 of the arc. Probably the best thing about this arc is that it explains the origins of Happy and Charle, and Happy shows some great character growth (which, unfortunately, isn't often seen ever again). It also explains something very important with a particular character, and explores Mystogan. Putting my annoyance aside that it mostly centers on Natsu with a side dish of Happy, I'd say it's a 7/10 arc.
The true final arc is next with the "Tenrou Island" arc. This is the arc which brings together a lot of the events which has occurred up until this point (but still leaves an air of mystery about them, and introduces two even bigger mysteries). An S-Class exam for Fairy Tail turns into more than meets the eye as origins are uncovered, and a dark guild sets their sights on something wicked. This is one of the most complicated arcs, and though it leaves more questions than answers them, I'd give it a solid 9.5/10.
After that is a seven year time skip into a huge filler arc which is quite honestly worse than the Daphne arc. It's called the "Key of the Starry Sky" arc, and spans a ridiculous amount of episodes and isn't even really worth watching. 1/10; just skip to episode 151 after watching 124...you'll thank me later.
While I don't know why they decided to divide the "Grand Magic Games" arc by putting half of it in this series and the other half in Series Two (Fairy Tail 2014), episodes 151-175 are the first half of the games. This is quite possibly the longest arc to be created thus far, even in the manga. If I can be honest, it gets a little confusing since there are often about four battles happening at the same time, so until it starts more on the 1v1 and the like in Series Two, it can be a little disorienting. Not the best, the decision to divide it between two seasons was rather poor, and I didn't even like how multi-tasking it was in the manga let along the anime (though, this series wasn't sloppy with it, at last; Series Two, on the other hand...).
In any case, because the anime was divided up in the middle of the arc and had an overwhelming amount of characters, battles, and plots all occurring at the same time, I have to bump the rating of this to a 6.5/10. It was still good, but some things just cannot be overlooked.
Whew...finally got past the "story" section! Fairy Tail has an overwhelming amount of characters, between the mages of the Fairy Tail guild to the mages of other guilds...and many of them with their own circumstances and backstories!
The main characters we see the most often are:
-Lucy Heartfilia; whom the anime/manga starts out with and uses Celestial/Summoning magic.
-Natsu Dragoneel; your typical shounen protagonist with fire Dragon Slayer magic. He is accompanied by Happy, who is a flying blue cat (whose origins are explained in the Edolas arc).
-Gray Fullbuster; an ice mage who has a bad habit of taking off his clothes (often too quickly for anyone to see him do it).
-Erza Scarlet; a no-nonsense yet quirky woman whose bite is worse than her bark...or perhaps they're about equal, and equally harsh when directed at an enemy.
What to say, here?
Fairy Tail is an emotional rollercoaster. You'll be laughing at the funny moments, and sobbing like a baby during others. Some episodes, no matter how many times I watch them, always makes me cry.
This series managed to pull emotional scenes from the manga and intensify them (something which, unfortunately, Series Two seemed to lose somewhere along the way) to the point where a scene which makes you tear up in the manga will have you literally sobbing in the anime.
The constant "friends/nakama" theme might get annoying to some people, but it's where the guild gets its strength from (literally, as explained after the seven year gap). People who have ever been part of a "family away from family" might understand a little better, as Fairy Tail is more of a family than just a guild.
The music is what really ties it together; it builds dramatic tension, and adds to both happy, touching, and sad scenes.
The visuals are wonderful...but there is a huge complaint in terms of the visuals, and that can be summed up in one word: Blood.
As in, there is none.
Now, Fairy Tail has some rather lewd moments; it has big-chested women and clothing getting ripped and torn. It has swimsuit specials, and it even got a label of "ecchi" and though it isn't as bad in this season, Series Two might even surpass anime like Ranma and Negima with how raunchy it gets.
With a rating like that, one would think that battle scenes where characters are getting sliced, cut, bruised, and even impaled would show some blood.
Not even a drop.
One character does, indeed, get impaled at one point. There was blood in the manga, but none in the anime...just some lines to mark where he had been hit. It honestly took away from the "realism" of the battle scenes.
I get that this is a work of fiction, but fiction still needs to retain some realism. I'm not saying that it should be gushing blood and gore like Attack on Titan or Saiyuki Gaiden, but at least a little bit of blood to make the battle scenes really stand out would have been better than the lines we were given to indicate there's supposed to be a wound there.
My other complaint is the filler arcs which caused me to dock points from the story, characters, and overall scores; those filler arcs were not in the manga, and I would certainly give the manga a higher score than the anime.
If they hadn't made the filler arcs, I'd give the Story either a 9 or 10/10, the Characters a 10/10, and the Overall a 9/10.
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