Beginner's Guide to Fairy Tail

Topic started by danielm on July 15, 2010. Last post by Kuma_From_Argentina 1 year, 5 months ago.
Post by danielm (85 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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In 2006, one of the biggest new shonen franchises, Fairy Tail, was released onto the world. Over the years there have been many fans, many haters, and people who have yet to even begin this particularly awesome fantasy adventure. As one of the big Fairy Tail fans, I'm here to help introduce this series to the misfortunate latter.    


What You Need to Know 

Fairy Tail is written and illustrated by Hiro Mashima of Rave Master fame. Initially he wanted to just make ten or so volumes before moving on, but he admitted in one of the volumes that he's having so much fun with it that he's still writing for it to this day. The series has been serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine since 2006 and is currently up to 21 volumes with Del Rey currently up to volume 11 in U.S. localization. In late 2009, an anime series has been produced that is still ongoing with over 35 episodes currently in broadcast. 
 

The Story  

 Team Fairy Tail, F*** YEA!!!
 Team Fairy Tail, F*** YEA!!!
The world of Fairy Tail is one centered around magic. Magic is essentially the environment-friendly fuel source that powers everything from automobiles to film projectors, but more importantly, it's the source of powers that make up wizards. Fairy Tail itself is the name of one of the guilds where magic-compatible folks go on missions for money and defend against the "evil" guilds of the world. Along the course of the manga/anime the main characters in the Fairy Tail guild go on various adventures where the powers of their magic skills and their friendships are properly tested. 
 

What to Expect 

 Even with an unoriginal premise, Fairy Tail is a series with great adventures and a generous amount of heart
 Even with an unoriginal premise, Fairy Tail is a series with great adventures and a generous amount of heart
To the by-the-numbers critical mind, a series like Fairy Tail should've been immediately ignored. Terms like "guilds," "wizards," and especially "magic" are the stuff that make up the generic fantasy stories that were old-hat even decades ago. But the magic (pun intended) of Fairy Tail isn't in the foundations of the society, but rather everything that happens in  the fantasy-based society. It's easy to see why Mashima had so much fun with this series that he decided to continue with it: the storylines and characters here are both overflowing with imaginative creativity and is just a ton of fun to watch. Each character has their own unique perk that sets them different from the rest, but over the course of the series the actual depth of their persona shines resulting in a cast that is lovable and very memorable. For the people out there who don't want to start a new shonen series with long story arcs, I wholly recommend that you check out Fairy Tail. Even the bigger storylines like the "Tower of Heaven" arc only last about three volumes, but each still have plenty of action and emotional weight behind them to stand out. There's plenty of humorous shenanigans that go on in Fairy Tail, but there's also some genuinely touching moments as well that never get too melodramatic. In other words, Fairy Tail has all the makings for a great shonen series, but also has the kind of fine pacing that usually turns people off from stuff like Bleach or Naruto
 

The Main Characters of Fairy Tail

 
Natsu Dragneel: AKA Salamander, Natsu is one of the rare wizards who has the mythical "dragon slayer" type magic with him, particularly the fire version. He wants nothing more than to have adventurous fun with his friends in Fairy Tail, but is also looking for the dragon who raised him, Igneel
 
 
  
 
 
Lucy Heartfilia: The newcomer to the Fairy Tail guild who quickly makes friends with Natsu and the others. She is a celestial mage who is able to summon celestial beings with the power of her Zodiac keys. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gray Fullbuster: Even though he's good friends and teammates with Natsu, the two have a great rivalry, possibly because his magic is ice while Natsu's is fire. Gray is also known to be more comfortable not wearing clothes, so he'll often be not wearing a shirt without even realizing it. 
 
 
 
 
 
Erza Scarlet: Essentially the tough member of the group with a short temper, but has plenty of power to standout. Her magic is the ability to change her armor from a suit with great weaponry, to a sexy swimsuit depending on the situation.  
 
  
 
Happy: A talking cat with wings who was hatched from a mysterious egg by Natsu during his childhood. Since then, the two have been two-peas-in-a-pod. Think Scooby-Doo and Shaggy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Should You Read or Watch?  

           Whether you choose the awesome manga distribution from Del Rey, or the great quality anime, you'll get a fantastic Fairy Tail experience with all the creativity of Mashima
           Whether you choose the awesome manga distribution from Del Rey, or the great quality anime, you'll get a fantastic Fairy Tail experience with all the creativity of Mashima
There's been some real bad talk going around the internet about the anime version of Fairy Tail, and I have no idea why that is. This is easily one of the finest manga-to-anime conversions I've seen in years with just as good of pacing as the manga and with only a scant few moments of filler (that's still pretty entertaining nonetheless). Of course the future of the quality in the anime is still hard to tell since it's isn't even at 40 episodes yet. For now it's a great anime to check out. The only problem for the newcomers is that the only legal way you can currently watch the anime is in a members-only form from Crunchyroll that takes down episodes that have been around for a month. The manga on the other hand has been given a loving localization from the fine folks at Del Rey that is honestly the best work I've seen from them. Everything from the Japanese honorifics, to the correct English-translated names from Mashima himself, to the fantastic translator's notes, makes the manga version an undeniable must-buy for Fairy Tail fans. But whether you choose to either watch or read Fairy Tail, you'll still get a fantastic experience all the same. 
 
Overall if you've been looking for a new series to get into that has the never-ending fun and great storytelling like One Piece, but in easier-to-swallow story-arc chunks, I can't recommend you try out Fairy Tail enough. I compare Fairy Tail to how Dragon Quest VIII was for Japanese PS2 RPGs: an entry that doesn't have the most original premise, but does everything within it so well that it stands out above most others.    
Post by ZachTheAnimeGeek (76 posts) See mini bio Level 6

I love this series. Its one of the first ones i started reading :)
Post by Addfwyn (408 posts) See mini bio Level 16
I really liked Fairy Tail, I was doing a lot of updates for the wiki on the site for the anime series for a while. 
 
It's pretty standard shonen series that is trying really hard to be the next One Piece/Bleach/etc. but I feel it does that pretty well, and I could certainly see it succeeding to that extent.  I absolutely adore Grey, and how he manages to be one of the most serious and most ridiculous characters ever at the same time.
Post by Gasero (167 posts) See mini bio Level 9
Beginner's guide to Fairy Tail: Combine One Piece with Naruto. The end.
Post by Wales (133 posts) See mini bio Level 21

Hehe, I know my friend will go nuts when he sees there is now a beginners guide for Fairy Tail.
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,638 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Fairy Tail has a good publisher in Del Rey. I haven't really watched the anime.
 
Nice to see your Beginners Guide was posted. I thought these were more for Staff to write. I'm interested in writing one for Negima!. I'm working on filling out some of the anime's profiles. so I have plenty of images to work with.
Post by barashin (16 posts) See mini bio Level 5
Fairy Tale's manga is far superior to its anime show!! The humor in the show shoves it right in your face numerous times!! Its ridiculous!!  When it trys to be serious it kills it ever time they try to crack a stupid joke!! it's for the kids yes, guarantee but for a casual fan like me? Too ridiculously childish for my taste!! Quite a disappointment if I should say myself! Considering that they borrowed some of Oda san's one piece art style!!
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@FoxxFireArt:
I'd be interested in one for Negima!. I like the anime ("2nd season" over the first) and I hear good things about the manga but have yet to look into it. 
 
I watched the first ep of Fairy Tail and found it different in it's use of magic and the look of the characters. It's humorous and my friends like it so I'll get to watching it eventually. 
 
This if off topic and I know this is the internet and it's the home of shorthand and the like, but is it that hard for people to type in correct sentences? There are many times I don't understand what people are saying as they have an entire paragraph as a single sentence.
Post by Obsidian609 (260 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Hmm nice to see someone used the pictures I uploaded for this guide.
Post by Rokujo (100 posts) See mini bio Level 10
Aye!
Post by Kuma_From_Argentina (6,622 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Gazille is the bes!!!!
Post by Mezmero (69 posts) See mini bio Level 10
I hate Fairy Tale!  I started watching it thinking that the unique style would portray medieval wizards in a cool way, but it was just dumb.  If Japan wants to know how to write old school wizards then they need to pick up a player's handbook once in a while.  
 
Fights were finished abruptly and you really had no sense of characters progressing or even becoming stronger.  The way magic was done started out interesting but soon it made the fights devolve into what were essentially Final Fantasy boss battles using nothing but limit breaks.  Comedy in the show was kind of funny but it made the paper thin plots feel that much more disconnected from the art  style.  The show simply did not have to momentum to keep me interested so I stopped watching it.  It seems like it really targets kids and maybe chicks.  If you like it, all power to you but I hunger for blood!  Give me blood!
Post by ngkachun1982 (10 posts) See mini bio Level 6
@Mezmero:

"Fights were finished abruptly and you really had no sense of characters progressing or even becoming stronger.  The way magic was done started out interesting but soon it made the fights devolve into what were essentially Final Fantasy boss battles using nothing but limit breaks.  " 
 
This is the critical weakness of Fairy Tail, I wish the author will correct it later. 
However, I still think the fights and adventures are worth to see.
Post by PenguinDust (1,008 posts) See mini bio Level 13
This is currently my second favorite ongoing anime series.  I am only seeing the anime, because I have no time (or space) to start with the manga.  Anyway, it's a great fun show that reminds me strongly of two other series I prize, One Piece and The Slayers.  I think it's much better than Rave Master, although not quite as off the wall as that one. 
Post by JasonBog (29 posts) See mini bio Level 12
 The comedy in Fairy Tail is mostly cute, but oftentimes laugh-out-loud funny
 The comedy in Fairy Tail is mostly cute, but oftentimes laugh-out-loud funny
Thanks to the editing powers that may be, my other manga panel for this editorial was sadly cut out, until now!: 
Post by chickdigger802 (39 posts) See mini bio Level 8
The magic circles are shit looking and completely pointless.  
 
Don't really like the colors they used for the characters.
Post by UsachanMaN (4,514 posts) See mini bio Level 15

Fairy tale is awesome! 
 
AYE SIR! :D
Post by ninjadude853 (464 posts) See mini bio Level 12
i read this guide on saturday, and since then i've been reading the manga like crazy! stopping only for firefly
 
i just got to the part where gray and erza show up in the parallel universe place
Post by rein (5,465 posts) See mini bio Level 15
It's not a Bad series, i Just didn't feel it brought anything new to the table.
Post by secretzfan (238 posts) See mini bio Level 18
@rein: what not new about it. The series is totally a new hit from any anime and as for wizards they don't even look like wizards
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