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Beginner's Guide to Fairy Tail

This ain't your run of the mill magic show.

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.    
64cartridgeon Dec. 19, 2010 at 12:58 p.m.
Love this series, in my top three of all time. The characters are unique and well designed for there archetypes, and the art-style is cute enough to fit the humorous undertones, and serious looking/realistic enough for the serious parts of the plot. The plot is pretty classic, but not so much generic as it seems.
takashichea moderator is online on April 15, 2011 at 8:45 p.m.
It's almost a year. Going to need an advanced guide to get more people to read or watch Fairy Tail.
d3ej4evron July 29, 2011 at 6:12 a.m.
We just started watching Fairy Tale. Only a few shows in but we're liking it already. 
takashichea moderator is online on July 29, 2011 at 5:57 p.m.

@d3ej4evr:

Cool! Be sure to check out Newten's weekly Fairy Tail once you reach the Edolas Arc (we started around ep. 87 and as of 7-29, we are on ep. 89). Newten's news blogs are awesome and funny.

akemiieon Aug. 10, 2011 at 10:06 p.m.
now up to episode 91! i can say everyone who stopped watching this are missing out because this is the most awesome show ever . more people need to try this anime . but you know i really don't care because i am watching it and thats all that matters. good begginers guide 
Sreenivason March 18, 2012 at 8:48 a.m.

Fairy tail might have nothing if there is no comedy element in it.

sameer_nasri_90on Jan. 30, 2013 at 1:34 a.m.

@Kuma_From_Argentina: not gazeel, gajeel

Kuma_From_Argentinaon Jan. 30, 2013 at 2:36 p.m.

@sameer_nasri_90: Sorry I usually read the spanish version and most of the time is translated like that

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Fairy Tail is a shōnen manga series which follows the members of the wizards' guild "Fairy Tail" on various adventures. Fairy Tail began as a manga series and has been adapted into an ongoing anime series, several OVAs and an anime film.

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