Let's face it, guilds are awesome. Whether you are in a guild while playing World of Warcraft or have some sort of guild with your friends that is the equivalent of a secret club, you know you are going to be hanging out with people who hold the same values and interests as yourself. As well as you are always going to have a good time no matter what the circumstances. now lets add some wicked magic to the mix from fire dragon magic to the ability to choose hundreds of weapons and armors each with their own statistic. That is what the world of Fairy Tail is like.
Fairy Tail tells the story of Lucy Heartphilia, a summoning mage in a world where magic is abundant and magic guilds are plenty. She eventually gets to become a member of her idolized guild, Fairy Tail. After that, her life is full of tragic memories and the strength of allies and a home she never had. The story of Fairy Tail is the same as any other Shonen manga that is out there in that the story is broken up into arcs and you have to read them all to truly experience this unique world. From attacks on the guild Fairy Tail to a tower that can harness the power of God himself, even Bizarro world, all of it and more is in Fairy Tail.
The thing I like most about Fairy Tail and most people do are the interesting characters from Natsu, the fire mage who was raised by a dragon, to the peaceful Mirajane whose power lets her turn from a sweet bartender to any monster she so chooses. The different magic abilities are stunning and make the story more and more fun to read. I personally also like the sense of comradery in this story how every member of the guild would defend one another from Death itself. I pointed out in an Anime Successes blog that those kind of teams hold a special place in my heart. As well as if you are a person who loves costumes, you will enjoy the large collection of outfits both Lucy and the knight Erza Scarlett own and wear.
There are two things about the overall series that make it a bit hard to grasp. The first is a bit minor but I can not keep up with all the characters in this series that are lamp shaded for other ones. Of course we see the occasional mage that we have seen in the background or something but they only pop around once and then head out. Of course everyone can't be the main character and if you are going to have a truly epic guild like Fairy Tail, you're going to have to have some equally awesome members. But it can become a bit convaluted when you have to remember which mage is the iron mage and which one can manipulate plants and who is it that draws pictures that come to life.
The second problem is a massive one and that is Hiro Mashima doesn't really understand how to plot ahead in that most of the story arcs are solved with the age old tradition of Deus Ex Machina. For example, in one of the latest story arcs, the characters are sent to a world where they can't use magic. After some time, Lucy finds she is the only one who can use magic. Then other mages come about and say "Oh yeah, that one guy gave us magical pills so we can use magic." Haberdash! Another pull is how some of the massive battles against major villains can be solved with simple power of friendship and love arguments. Literally, in one arc, one of the bad guys who actually proves to be a threat does a complete 180 and turns into a good guy. Now the explanation behind it made sense at the time but I think that Mashima found himself in a corner and just pulled something out of thin air.
If you can get past the moronic plot maneuvers of Deus Ex Machina and the overabundance of some minor characters, then you will honestly enjoy Fairy Tail. I don't think it will be hard for some if not all people to get into Fairy Tail if they are willing to sit down and read the first couple of chapters since things don't pick up really until the "Lullaby" arc which is a couple of episodes in. All I have left to say is: Enjoy!