This fifth volume of the 'Fairy Tail' anime contains a further twelve episodes of the entertaining series and begins one of its better storylines, the Oración Seis arc.
Before we can get to the main focus of the volume, the first couple of episodes are semi-filler stories. The first of these two episodes (episode 49) deals with the immediate aftermath of the Fighting Festival and has to deal with the imminent arrival of a reporter from Sorcerer Weekly magazine. This was an entertaining episode but it does lose a little importance due to the visit by the reporter being moved from before to after the Fighting Festival arc as in the manga it was the article that the reporter wrote that was the last straw for Lexus and caused him to set the arc in motion. The move just made the event comedic filler. The second of the semi-filler episodes (episode 50) sees Lucy worrying about her love life and Juvia trying out a potion she got from a shady merchant. This episode what some entertaining moments and is at least partially based on a bonus story from the manga but is mostly just fluffy comedy.
Episode 51 sees Lucy's father come turn up again but she still wants nothing to do with him. Despite this however she is still ready to fight for him when she hears he could be in danger. This was a good episode and allows Lucy to show what she is truly capable of when she puts her mind to it and gives here the chance to shine when her friends aren't around.
The rest of the episodes in this volume (52 to 60) cover the beginning of the Oración Seis arc that sees Fairy Tail team up with three other guilds (Blue Pegasus, Lamia Scale and Cait Shelter) to take down the powerful Dark Guild. Although the Oración Seis number just six members, they are all extremely powerful and they are looking for a powerful magical weapon that could spread darkness across the world. This is definitely one of the better arcs of the series and introduces a number of interesting characters for both the enemies and the other allied guilds. The arc also introduces Wendy and Carla who will become important to the series as a whole and sees the return of an old enemy. The anime also adds somewhat to the background of the Oración Seis members and adds a few more scenes to some of the minor fights of the arc. The action in general in the episodes of this volume is very entertaining. Gray and Lyon fighting Racer was very good with some nice powers and tactics on display. Lucy also gets a good fight as she goes up against Angel, who has a history with Lucy's Celestial Spirits.
The animation of the series remains as good as it always has been for the series, as does the voice acting for the English dub (the Japanese is included as well of course). The voices for the new characters introduced in this arc are all relatively good. Chris Guerrero is good as Blue Pegasus' Ichiya as are Kent Williams as Lamia Scale's Jura and Brittney Karbowski as Cait Shelter's Wendy. The only voices I am not much of a fan of are Micah Solusod as Oración Seis member Midnight and Jad Saxton as Cait Shelter's Carla but I am sure I will get used to them as the show progresses.
The extras of for the volume are somewhat basic consisting of the usual cast commentaries, trailers and textless songs.
Overall this fifth volume of 'Fairy Tail' is a very entertaining one and is well worth a full five stars.
on 9 November 2014
Fairy Tail is a series worth watching. With episode 124 out of the way I thought that I'd better review the others. So, I'm reviewing the entirety of season 3 (Parts 5 & 6); the first story arc that is quite lengthy for Fairy Tail standards, as well as the first filler story arc.
If you've already watched Fairy Tail so far then you'd know what the story is, and I'm not about to spoil this set of stories, so if you haven't watched Fairy Tail yet I recommend that you do or at least read my previous review on it.
Season 3 kicks off to a decent with a few episodes of building characters, etc. but when the actual story arc kicks off it seems to go in a decent direction. The Oración Seis arc does take up almost the entirety of season 3; it introduces new characters well, as well as bringing back characters from other arcs. The introduction and reintroduction is handled extremely well. I found the new characters interesting right from the word go, and enjoyed all the screen time that they had. The reintroduction to characters I also found interesting for various reasons. At first glance some of the reintroductions, or one at least, seemed a bit cliché but over as the arc progressed I found myself just going with it and enjoying what was brought. The story arc does drag towards the end though, and seemed like that they could have ended it quicker. Though I do think that it just shows how hard the fight is.
The Daphne arc is okay; there really isn't a lot you can say about this story arc considering that it is a filler arc. So far the filler episodes haven't been that bad, and have built on the characters in some or form, but this story arc doesn't really do that. It has its moments but it’s not that great. It's very short and doesn't really do much apart from being a little stupid. That and everything seems rushed in a way, which isn't surprising since it's only four episodes long. Bottom line it's filler and can be skipped, but if you buy the DVD's then you might as well watch them.
In terms of character development there is quite a lot being spent on the new and reintroduced characters, but for the current cast of characters there isn't much development. But there is enough on the new characters to make you either like them or not. I honestly like the new character Wendy; she seems to have a lot of potential to be a strong wizard, but since she's a young girl we'll probably have to wait quite a while before she starts developing her magic a bit more.
ANIMATION & SOUND
A lot of the episodes have fairly standard animation, and if you've watched Fairy Tail so far then you'll know enough about the quality of the animation. There is one episode though that does explode on to the screen with a big budget look and feel that reminded me of Sword Art Online, though that isn't really surprising since it's made by the same company. The animation for that episode seemed like a bit of waste considering what it was about, but it was nice to see Fairy Tail have animation that looked so good.
The music is about the same, with a few new tracks here and there. A lot of the tracks are the same from previous episodes, but there are some decent new ones.
The cast is top notch as always, and really sound very much into their roles at this point. There were some actors/actresses that I was surprised to hear though; such as Brittney Karbowski (Misaka in A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun, Cecilia Alcott in Infinite Stratos, Ikaros in Heaven's Lost Property, Black Star in Soul Eater, and Selim Bradley in Fulmetal Alchemist Brotherhood) as the new character Wendy, and Aaron Dismuke (Alphonse Elric in the original Fullmetal Alchemist series) as Hibiki. Both actors provide their characters with life and do a decent job of portraying them, but Brittney Karbowski nails Wendy from the start and just sounds suited to the role.
This season is interesting and introduces characters well, though the Oración Seis arc does drag on for a bit it's still enjoyable. If you haven't watched Fairy Tail yet I can easily recommend it, and if you've watched it so far and enjoyed it then you must know that this is good series. I can easily say that if you've bought the Fairy Tail series so far then you might as well pick this up.
on 19 November 2013
It's been a long wait for us here in the UK but more Fairy Tail is nearly upon us and for the first time in the UK it'll be coming to Blu-ray as well as DVD! (Manga Entertainment have confirmed that they'll be releasing the prior episodes on Blu-ray in 2014, so I'm looking forward to adding those to my collection as well.)
The episodes contained in this volume (49-60) will kick things off with episodes getting us back into the flow of things, especially with some character development for Lucy, after the long wait for more episodes. But then the scene for new enemies will be set along with the fact that other guilds come into play. Joining forces with Fairy Tail to take on one of the most evil guilds in the world. Very much looking forward to add this to my collection!
on 8 December 2013
After waiting almost the entire year for this, Fairy Tail part 5 is finally hear. I am very pleased to say that it dosnt disappoint. Everything about it form the first 4 parts, great visuals, memorable characters, awesome fights are still present along with the beginning of a new story arc that makes me impatient to see how it ends. If you enjoined the First season of Fair tail (parts 1-4) then i Highly recommend this to continue the story