Welcome to the Fairy Tail review! I'm Takashichea (Taka for short) who is a big Fairy Tail fan and wiki editor. There are so much content in Fairy Tail, so I decide to review the last parts of Fairy Tail because it's fresh in my head. Since this review is for the Anime Vice's Write A Review & You Could Win A Copy of FAIRY TAIL! contest, I have to set it up like a burrito.
Some of these ingredients are fantastic, and these make Fairy Tail enjoyable. The unique part about Fairy Tail's Time Skip was that it did a 7 years skip, but the main characters along with a few supporting characters didn't age. Compared to Bleach, Naruto, and One Piece, everyone had aged. The Grand Magic Games/ Tournament arc in Fairy Tail may seem a cliche arc you see in most Battle Shonen series. For Fairy Tail, it had build up the characters to this point where you want to root for your favorites and new characters. For the filler arc, it's has some good parts and bad. Overall, it wasn't exciting as the tournament arc. When you hit the filler arc, you may skip it or not. If you eat a breakfast burrito each day, you might get bored of it. That's how I personally felt with the filler arc.
Story and Characters
The Key of the Starry Sky filler arc is an extension of Lucy Heartfilia who suffers from the ravages of time. Even though she still has her guild as a secondary family, she lost her father. She regrets not spending the time with her father who was worried about her those seven years. Because of the Phantom arc, Lucy had distance herself from her father. It was tear jerking to see her story with her father reach closure. The rest of the gang didn't have a lot of issues with the time skip like how Lucy did. Later in the Grand Magic Game, Erza encounters her past when Jellal and Millianna come into play. That makes the story in Fairy Tail come full circle. These past arcs still have their roots embedded.
For the characters, their fight and struggles are what gets the audience revved up. Lucy's fight with Flare just makes you want Fairy Tail to win. Natsu's and the guild's drive to back up Lucy makes you feel you're part the experience. Even though the friendship theme is a bit overwhelming, Natsu's speech manages to stir me up. With the action and drama, Fairy Tail's comedic scenes are often warm and enjoyable. Happy's scene of Lucy's sex appeal finally working or Mirajane vs Jenny's cosplay fight were great and memorable. Some of the humor comes from shipping characters make some scenes irresistible like Erza and Jellal's scenes by the beach. The fans loves this part of Fairy Tail, the silly romance we make it up in our heads.
The flavor of this series' burrito is memorable. You can't forget these characters and their stories.
Just Needs More Seasoning or Flavor
Personally, the music in Fairy Tail wasn't memorable. I sometimes hum different anime songs along with other music at random points in the day. I don't really hum the Fairy Tail theme songs. It's not that I hate Fairy Tail songs. It's a bit average.
I don't know if it's my eyes or Crunchyroll. That's the legal streaming site I use predominantly for Fairy Tail until Crunchyroll remove the episodes later on. I feel the animation was sharper and crisp in the Tenrou Island arc. For the animation in the Starry Sky arc and Grand Magic Games, the animation looks blurry. Close up of characters look fine, but shots of characters in the middle ground are pretty blurred. The animation in the fight scenes are lower than ones you see in Kill la Kill and other anime series that are produced by companies like Production I.G, Inc.
Everyone might run into a bad burrito or ate a stale burrito. There are some stale parts in Fairy Tail's last arc or some times there is an odd combination of flavors.
- Big Butt Gang - This group is from Hiro Mashima's old work, Rave Master. There is a hit or miss with this group. Personally, I find them annoying. While it's funny to see Erza, Wendy, and Carla wearing these outfits, the Big Butt Gang can be gross. The Big Butt Gang can be an odd flavor that's out of place like anchovies. You don't see anchovies in burritos.
- Overuse of Friendship - This is part of eating the same burrito gets boring. Fairy Tail solves its serious fights with friendship often. For children, it's a good theme to reinforce. For the adults, you get tired of it.
- Being a filler arc, the Key of the Starry Sky arc does a lot of padding and set ups for the next fight. You find yourself wanting to get this done. Some of the plot seems predictable like Michelle's identity coming out. When Lucy has a late epiphany that to resolve means defeating Oracion Seis. That's pretty predictable. Fairy Tail solves everything by punching in the face.
- Tournament arc had a slow start and short matches. Some folks love short battles compared to some Shonen series that are known for ridiculous long battles. For Fairy Tail, these matches that pit your favorite character against another. You want it to be satisfying. Some fights like Wendy vs Chelia are stalled. I remember most of the fight began in the next episode.
Tortilla - End
The Tortilla part in the burrito is what holds the ingredients together. Fairy Tail did a decent job for its last arc back in 2013. It's coming back from a year break starting this spring 2014 season. The story does get stale and look like its running out of ideas, but it keeps you going with its characters and their zany adventures. Fans will look forward to Fairy Tail. Newcomers will enjoy Fairy Tail if they like the simplistic characters, a bit of fan service, and light hearted fun.