Spring is upon us again! Watch this space as we view new pilots from this season, and determine where they fit on the highly-scientific Rock-or-Suck Scale…
This episode’s packed with wizards, fairies, dragons and (a surprising number of) talking cats, but… it’s the episode number that strikes me most. Long, ongoing serials are always pulled between two interests when it comes to this stuff. How do you make the diehard mainstays feel validated while still keepings things accessible to newbies. ‘ONE PIECE Episode #636’ simply sounds a lot less inviting than ‘FAIRY TAIL Series 2 Episode #1” - - especially if you’re somebody like me, who’s only caught intermittent episodes, so far. I’d like to pick this series up without needing to do the homework.
I don’t know if this is really much of a jumping-on point, though. A little added research reveals that it’s actually Episode #176, and was labeled as such in Japan, so I’ll presume the ‘Series 2’ business was a local branding choice. If that’s the case, the localization really should’ve been taken a step further. A little editing, and this could’ve worked like the ‘first’ episode of DRAGON BALL Z. A ‘modular’ pilot.
As is, the cast has ballooned so far outward that it’s just impossible to tell which witch is which (or wizard, or whatever the term in this universe is). And the lore’s reached that stage where the character might as well be speaking a different language for all its invocations. To be clear, though, I’m not wagging my finger at the show itself. It’d be boring series if the canvas kept getting erased over five seasons and there was nothing actually built up by episode #164. I just question what the use was in the ‘rebrand.’
Would any of you more seasoned FAIRY TAIL fanatics care to clear this up for me?
Watch "King of the Dragons" and decide for yourself.
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