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This seventh volume of the 'Fairy Tail' anime contains a further twelve episodes of the entertaining series across two discs. The episodes in this volume begin with three standalone filler episodes before returning to canon with the Edolas arc.
Episode seventy-three is the first of the filler episodes and sees the guild prepare for the annual Flower Viewing Party (and bingo) while Natsu, Wendy and the others go on a job. This is quite a funny episode that is partially based on one of the bonus chapters of the manga and has an ending that is actually quite sweet. The next episode (seventy-four) sees Wendy attempt her first big job as a Fairy Tail wizard. This episode was actually far funnier than I thought it was going to be with some very amusing moments from Erza and Freed. The third and final filler episode (seventy-five) sees the guild hold their annual 24 hour endurance race. This was probably my favourite of the filler episodes as it was very funny and allowed some screen time for some of the less plot important guild characters.
The rest of the episodes in the volume (episodes seventy-six to eighty-four) begin the Edolas arc. This arc, unfortunately, is rather slow to start and it isn't until the last couple of episodes that things begin to start to get good. Things aren't helped all that much by the addition and expansion of a few scenes here and there throughout the arc (the parts with Gajeel before episode eighty-two for instance). The arc begins with episode seventy-six which sees the return of Gildarts, Fairy Tail's strongest wizard and a man Natsu looks up to, return from a mission that took him away from the guild for three years. This episode also includes some nice flashbacks to Natsu's childhood with the guild and develops his relationship with Gildarts. Episode seventy-seven sees Wendy finally meet with the one who helped her when she was a child before the arc begins in earnest with the action moving to the alternate reality of Edolas itself for the rest of the episodes in this volume. The next few episodes (seventy-eight to eighty-one) are mostly used to introduce the magic depleted world of Edolas and the characters that live there, strange opposites of their Earth Land counterparts. The alternate reality version of the Fairy Tail characters is probably one of the most interesting parts of this arc and Edolas itself is a nice place to explore. It is episode eighty-two where the arc really gets going and it is in these final three episodes where we finally learn the truth about who and what Happy and Carla really are.
The animation of the series is as good as it usually is for the series, as is the English dub (the Japanese is included as well of course). Most of the Edolas characters introduced in this arc share the voice actor with their Earth Land counterparts but they all do a very good job of making the Edolas versions subtly different. Of the new voices introduced in the volume (mostly the Edolas high command) all are good with Felicia Angelle as Coco and Josh Grelle as Hughes being particularly good.
Special features in the volume include a couple of cast commentaries and the usual clean opening and closing sequences (that include quite a few spoilers, as is usual for the series).
Overall this was an entertaining instalment of the 'Fairy Tail' manga and is worth a solid five stars but the arc only gets better from here.
on 29 November 2014
Normally when a TV show starts the whole alternate reality story I feel like the show has hit rock bottom, and I just can't enjoy it that much because they tend to be quite bad. Fairy Tail, however, is different.
There are few filler episodes at the begging of season 4 (Parts 7 & 8), so I won’t both mention those as they aren't the best the series has produced so far.
Now, like with the previous story arc, the Oración Seis arc, this one is quite lengthy as it takes up most of Parts 7 & 8. But, the main difference here is that the story doesn't feel dragged like the previous one. There's plenty of humour in this story arc that is quite a bit funnier than the previous arc with a couple of characters meeting they're Edolas selves. There were a few moments when I just burst out laughing, because of how some scenes played out. It was also interesting at how different the Edolas versions of character's act in comparison to the originals. This story is just interesting and makes you want to keep watching to find out what happens next.
There aren't a lot of new characters for this story arc, and I don't really feel like I really need to mention them because they're not the most interesting characters to come about. Though I can say they do get a little bit more interesting as the story plays out I just don't think that they're that memorable, but the story itself is very much the opposite to the characters. It's very memorable, which is a shame when the new characters aren't that memorable, but are decent enough for the story.
ANIMATION & SOUND
Animation is pretty standard but some of the fights just look so good and awesome, the music is just as good as ever, and the cast brings out the best of themselves for this story arc. A lot of the actors are playing the same characters but are also playing the Edolas versions, which leads to the characters having the same voices but sound a little bit different that make them standout and different from the original characters that you are used to.
This is a great part to the Fairy Tail series, and is one of the best parts. I can definitely say that this is worth the buy for a Fairy Tail fan, and if you still haven't watched Fairy Tail go watch it now.