10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2013
Fairy Tail to me is one of the most enjoyable new Shounen anime shows to come out in years. The characters are likable, each have their own unique personalities, and fighting/magical style. And more importantly, this series never gets boring. Be it when you watch for the first time, or the second time, and so forth the show never fails to entertain.
Contains Episodes 1-24
Fairy Tail is based in a world of magic, swords, and even dragons. Where ordinary people can join together and form magical guilds which are scattered across the land of Fiore and generally earn a good living by undertaking jobs and requests from individuals and organizations.
Our lead character in this series is Natsu Dragneel. A hyper energetic boy who was raised by a dragon called Igneel. With this he learns of the Dragon Slaying magic and generally becomes an all round fire magic using powerhouse. Joining him Is Lucy Heartfilia, a young and somewhat busty girl who is also a Celestial Wizard.
Starting in a typical fast paced manner the show introduces Lucy and explains that she wants to join the Fairy Tail guild. After some crazy happenings in Episode 1 and a chance meeting between Natsu and Lucy, she accomplishes her wish.(Wanted to keep this short).
The Fairy Tail guild is one of the biggest around and is comprised of unique and talented individuals, ranging from the Ice Magic user Gray Fullbuster, to the scary(To them) but powerful Erza Scarlet. To the old but powerful Guildmaster Makarov. There are literally dozens of characters in this series and many of them you will grow to love.
After the usual introductory episodes are covered(Macao and Daybreak Arc), this volume covers the Lullaby arc, which of course is about a group of individuals who want to use the Lullaby flute created by Zeref to kill the Guild Masters at their conference. In this arc, characters such as Natsu, Lucy, and Gray, and of course Erza shine.
Following from this arc is the Galuna Island arc, dealing with the after effects of what has happened, Natsu wants to prove himself worthy to his guild and selects a dangerous quest that involves solving the mystery of Galuna Island. Dragging Lucy, Happy and then Gray and Erza along with him. They have to solve the mystery as to why the Islands population are turning into demons. This arc focuses more on Gray and gives a backstory between him, Lyon and Ur.
The following arc being the Phantom Lord arc focuses more on Lucy. When another Guild attacks the Fairy Tail guild, things get interesting. Although only a few episodes of this arc are on this volume.
The animation in this series is great, the english dub is good too. The Japanese is fine. And I think anyone and everyone should watch this show.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2013
Item received as described, and in very good time.
Lucy Heartfilia is a 17-year-old celestial wizard who runs away from home to join Fairy Tail, a rambunctious wizards' guild whose members are famous for their overly destructive antics. Along the way, she meets Natsu Dragneel, a boy who is traveling the land of Fiore together with his partner Happy, a blue flying cat, in search of his foster parent, a dragon named Igneel who had disappeared seven years earlier. Lucy is soon abducted by a renegade wizard posing as the famous Salamander of Fairy Tail. Natsu rescues Lucy, revealing himself to be the real Salamander and a Dragon Slayer, a wizard with the abilities of a dragon. After defeating the imposter, Natsu invites Lucy to join Fairy Tail.
Fairy Tail is an excellent series, and a valued addition to anyone's library.
on 12 November 2013
I really enjoyed this show a lot more than I thought I would from reading the description of the plot.
Broadly, in a world where magic is common, lies the Kingdom of Fiore. Although magic is commonplace, some people dedicate their lives to its practice. These people are the wizards, who band together into magical guilds. One guild, which stands above the rest, about whom many legends are written and who will doubtless create many more into the future, is the guild of Fairy Tail.
Lucy is a wizard looking to join the guild and the series starts with her introduction to Natsu, the dragon slayer, who inducts her into the guild, where she meets many more wizards, forms a group with the ice mage Grey and the sword mage Erza, to take on jobs for the magical guild.
Fairy Tail's tagline is that their magic spells destruction. This is certainly true. The wizards in Fairy Tail all tend to be individualistic and ever so slightly insane, creating some great characters and some great character interactions. For example, Natsu believes every problem can be solved by smacking someone down or destroying something and only his dragon slayer fire magic tends to let him survive the first few minutes of rushing in and getting his arse kicked, Grey is angsty and moody and consistently looses his clothes in company (there is a decent explanation for this, but you have to wait until some episodes in to find out if it's pervy or not), Erza has no people skills but terrifies everyone in the guild (including Natsu and Grey) and will occasionally steamroller over everyone in her desire to get things done while Lucy tends to whine a lot about everything and can be quite self-centered. They are supported by a decent cast of characters ranging from the other Fairy Tail guild members (who are each dysfunctional in their own way), to the guild masters and the magical council, to the enemies they fight.
The plot in Fairy Tail is primarily centered around being fun and being funny. This makes Fairy Tail easy watching and, although I loved this show, that's one of the reasons this show only got 4 stars. It's not pretending to be great anime and that's part of its strength and charm, something it succeeds at really well. This is perfect chill-out anime to watch after a difficult day dealing with lots of difficult people. The plot is easy and simple to follow most of the time and the series has a lovely narrator who tells you important things at key points, keeping the anime nice and tight, and there are enough recaps without being silly. The series works very well in either individual plot episode or multi-episode plot arc form, which is what happens soon after the first few episodes.
Despite this, at key points in the plot, the thought behind Fairy Tail can get surprising deep, which doesn't make it jarringly bad, despite it's brain-dead appeal. For example, what does happen when Natsu goes up against a fire mage who can control his fire and send it right back at him? How does he defeat him? Or Grey when he goes up against an ice mage? What about defeating wind magic with fire? This makes some of the fights really tactical and if you can't figure out what's going on and how one character beats another (or cannot be bothered), the narrator or one of the characters will explain it to you too, keeping the plot moving (the illustrating diagram of how Natsu beats a wind barrier spell by a wind mage is a joy to behold, especially if you have a physics background). The way the characters work together can be quite interesting too, although, as you expect, for a bunch of rabid individualists, this can be the hardest part for them. This is what makes fairy Tail great anime.
Added to that, although most of the time the anime focuses on monster-bashing and silliness, there can be moments where it will suddenly get very emotional and serious, for example as with Grey's back-story in the Galuna Island arc.
The magic systems used in the show are pretty fun to explore and is one of the show's more interesting bits. Each wizard usually uses and expresses one form of magic which they have mastered, which falls into one of two groups. One set are ability wizards, whose magic grants them special abilities, while others are item wizards, who get their power from the use of items. For example, Natsu is a fire mage who uses fire, but he's also been taught to change his body by a dragon, so he is impervious to fire and can breathe it in and spew it back out and it's what gives him his toughness. Erza, on the other hand, keeps a pocket dimension from which she can draw different swords and weapons for any battle, or even change them mid battle (or mid-stroke sometimes). She's also learned to master this for armour too, which makes her more formidable than the average sword mage.
The animation in this anime uses lots of still scenes, which is something that I usually find irritating and usually something that spoils an anime for me. But thanks to the narration, clever cutting between scenes and the fact that all the fight-scenes and action scenes are generally fluid, this is not an issue and did not detract at all from the anime. The general quality of the drawing is high. There are some issues with there being lots of big magic-attack sequences which sometimes get in the way. So Natsu will unleash Fire Dragon Fire Fist from three metres away but take a whole cut scene and twenty metres to unleash it, which can get annoying. Also there's maybe a little too much scantily dressed women at times for the whole thing to make sense. But then, as part of its humour, Fairy Tail also makes fun of these things, so they work. So Erza's magical armour transformation sequence loses some of it's luster when she uses it to change into pyjamas for a sleep-over, while there's a lovely section on Mirajane and her appearance in Wizarding Weekly magazine's photo shoots. These lovely little touches keep the show fresh and funny throughout.
The background music can be quite fun sometimes too. Music is not the show's strongest point, but it's definitely not the show's weakest and ironically, it's what made me buy this anime in the first place, as the theme Dragon Force is one of the most epic fight bits of music I've heard. You don't really get to hear it much in this collection, though, but there are lots of decent themes throughout for the characters and various scenes.
Overall, this is some really good anime and highly recommended, especially if you're looking for some humour and adventure to relax to. It's funny, charming and has great characters you can care about.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2013
I've preordered this so don't have any comments on the quality of the packaging, special features or anything like that. But i've seen the whole series and it's right up there as one of my top 3 animes.
You won't find another series that deals with comradery, friendship, loss and loyalty like this. It's funny as well, the interactions between the 4 main characters make you want to laugh out loud and othertimes give you chills when they work together to protect their guild and achieve their goals.
This is a review for the series as a whole more than just the episodes in this box set but you've got to start at the beginning :).