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Phantom Lord, Loke & the Tower of Heaven,
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This review is from: Fairy Tail Part 3 (Episode 25-36) [DVD] (DVD)
This third collection of twelve episodes from the 'Fairy Tail' anime is another fun instalment of the series. The episodes of this collection cover three arcs of the series concluding the Phantom Lord arc before moving on to the Loke arc and then finely, beginning the Tower of Heaven arc.
The first five episodes of the collection see the battle between Phantom Lord and Fairy Tail come to a close as Natsu and his friends' battle against the remaining Element Four and the guild master Jose. The Phantom Lord arc is a nice one that includes some nice battles as well as some nicely emotional moments. The arc also gives us some nice information on Lucy's background. The adaption from the manga is handled reasonably well with only a few changes, and the addition of a few minor characters. Having said this though I do think the battle between Grey and Juvia was handled better manga but the anime does make up for this with the battle between Natsu and Gajeel.
The following episode is something of a breather and is an expansion on one of the chapters of the manga with the main characters hired to help out at a failing theatre. This is a light episode that was handled far better in manga but is still relatively entertaining, the addition of characters from previous arcs turning up to watch the performance was amusing.
The next two episodes focus on Loke, the playboy wizard who has trouble with Celestial Wizards. This is quite a nice short story that has some nicely emotional moments when we learn the truth about Loke's past. It is gives us a chance to see all of Lucy's Celestial Spirits, even if it is only briefly.
The final four episodes of the collection begin the Tower of Heaven arc. This storyline sees Erza kidnaped by some of her old friends so she can be sacrificed in a ritual to revive a dark wizard. This arc is one of the better ones of the series and one that delves into Erza's past as it comes back to haunt her. The arc has some nice action and comedy while Erza's past itself is quite tragic. The arc introduces a number of new characters and while some of them are slightly silly, there are some who are quite interesting.
The English dub of the series remains very good with most of the voices suiting the characters quite well (the original Japanese is also included obviously). The animation is relatively good for most of the episodes in this collection, although there are some minor moments where the quality dips slightly. Overall this was another very entertaining instalment of the 'Fairy Tail' anime and, while it isn't as good as the original manga, it definitely deserves a solid four stars.