The fourth volume of twelve episodes from the 'Fairy Tail' anime continues the entertaining series with some very nice moments and a couple of great arcs.
The first four and a half episodes of this collection see the conclusion of the Tower of Heaven arc with Erza and her friends are in a race against time to defeat the assassins of Trinity Raven as well as Erza's former friend Jellal before the Magic Council unleash the power of the Etherion to destroy the Tower and everything around it. While the episodes that finish this arc do have some very nice action in them, for some reason I feel some of them aren't quite as good as the original manga versions (although the battle between Erza and Ikuruga of Trinity Raven is still good and is probably my favourite from the arc). As well as this, there are some nicely funny moments in this arc, some come off as rather silly and unnecessary. The plot of the arc does have some twists to it and while many of these are somewhat obvious, they are still nicely done and the arc remains entertaining to watch. The episodes here also have some genuinely touching moments to them as well as Erza deals with her past and her former friends.
The final seven and a half episodes of this collection detail the entirety of the Fighting Festival arc. When Lucy, Natsu and the others return to Magnolia they discover that the rebuilding of the guildhall has been completed and there are some new members for the guild as well. With Magnolia preparing for the annual Harvest Festival, everybody in the guild is excited but things soon turn nasty when Makarov's grandson Laxus crashes the party and sets into motion a battle that could tear the guild apart. This is a very entertaining arc and does include some very nice battles throughout. As well as this, the arc also allows us to see some of the powers of the other Fairy Tail wizards as well as seeing a little of Laxus' past and discovering the identity of Mystogan. The arc also includes what is probably my favourite battle of the series so far as Fried bites off more than he can chew during the episode Advent of Satan. The arc also has some nicely emotional moments towards the end as well.
This was another very entertaining volume of the 'Fairy Tail' anime that includes some nice entertaining episodes. The animation of the series remains generally good and while I do still have a few minor issues with the English dub I am getting used to it and I can easily overlook them (the Japanese version is included as well of course). The anime remains generally close to the original manga, there are a few minor changes here and there.
This is the last of the volumes from the series' first season and FUNimation recently announced that they have licenced the second season but who knows how long it will take for further volumes to be released in this country.
Overall I feel that this is the first volume of the series that I can give a full five stars to.