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My Burrito Review of Fairy Tail
My Burrito Review of Fairy Tail

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.

See Link to the Fairy Tail Facebook page!

Spicy!

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

Ravages of Time and Old Wounds
Ravages of Time and Old Wounds

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.

Random Funny Moments + Shipping
Random Funny Moments + Shipping

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

Music

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.

Animation

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.

Bitter!

Big Butt Gang - Hit or Miss. Wendy look good
Big Butt Gang - Hit or Miss. Wendy look good

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.

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I know it's almost March 2013, but given the activity of the Fan Fiction forum, I believe a monthly fan fic contest would be too much. Fan fiction is normally written at different paces because folks operate differently. I don't to force folks to compete at the expense of promoting the fan fiction forum.

Even though I had a low turnout in the Vote For the Best Anime Vice Reviewer for 2013, I decided to go with another poll. Get you guys and gals to read some of our community fan fiction that was written in 2013. Make them feel acknowledged. That's the overall purpose of this blog.

Guidelines

  • Any user can vote.
  • The Fan Fiction piece must be written in 2013. Length doesn't matter.
  • If it's part of project, judge it as a project. Same goes for individual stories, judge it as a story.

Let me know if the rules need adjusting.

Inspiration for this project goes to DBZ Universe (Caesar) and . They wanted to promote the project and asked me to help them promote the fan fic forum.

Thank you everyone.

Related Community Contents

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Hello everyone, I'm Takashichea, a wiki mod. After having a conversation with folks, they ask me to start a project to promote fan art in our community, a contest. A lot of folks including myself are pretty shy in showcasing art because you know why.

Don't be shy! I'm probably worse than you guys and gals! Submit your fan art! We'll vote. It would be fun.

Revised: Instead of a contest, we go with a theme.

Guidelines

  • No Hentai or Nudity! We have teenagers prowling the web. We can't ruin their innocence.
  • No graphic violence! You can show Happy smacking Kon. Just don't submit something really bloody or graphic.
  • No racial or homophobic fan art.
  • Mods and any users can enter. Only one fan art can be submitted. I do check for dupe profiles just to make things fair.

Let me know if I miss anything.

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Good morning Anime Vice! I'm one of the Toriko wiki editors, and I stumbled upon this news article in Crunchyroll. Instead of announcing Toriko anime is ending, I put the question, is Toriko ending or is it taking a break. When Fairy anime was announced to end back in March 2013, I wrote a sappy blog (News: Fairy Tail Anime is Coming to End, March 30) on Fairy Tail anime ending. I cause so many users to think it's truly ending. Then, the following year, Hiro Mashima announces the anime is coming back (Fairy Tail Anime is Back for Spring 2014). I don't want to cause another misunderstanding.

News

Toriko will end on March 30, 2014 after three long years, its first debut was April 2011. V Jump Magazine and Mantanweb stated that Dragon Ball Z Kai will take Toriko's time slot at 9 AM, April 6, on Fuji TV. Dragon Ball Z Kai will start the retelling of the Majin Buu saga.

For those who are new to Toriko, here is a summary:

In a world where the taste and texture of food is extremely important there exist individuals known as Bishoku-ya (luxury food providers) who specialize in the acquisition of rare ingredients and animals. Toriko is one of these hunters and it is his dream to find the most precious foods in the world and create the ultimate dinner course. As one of the most skilled hunters in the world he is regularly hired by restaurants and the rich to seek out new ingredients and rare animals. A man with inhuman ability, he utilizes his incredible strength and knowledge of the animal kingdom to capture ferocious, evasive and rare beasts to further his final goal, the ultimate dinner course composed of the most delicious food in the world. He is currently accompanied by a weak and timid chef who, inspired by Toriko's ambition, travels with him to improve his culinary skills and find rare ingredients.

Sources

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Welcome everyone!

We have a huge list of manga releases this week. I'm looking forward to these titles:

  • Btooom! - If you like Hunger Games or Battle Royale, this manga is for you. It's set in Japan where Ryota gets kidnapped and forced to reenact his favorite video game. He has to kill enough people to get off the island.
  • World War Blue - It's a parody of the console wars: Sega vs Nintendo where the characters are based on famous video game characters. It's an ecchi manga.
  • Blood Lad - It's about a vampire otaku who tries to resurrect a girl he likes. She died in the demon world and became a ghost. The manga has lots of fan service.
  • Is this a Zombie? - Personally, I enjoy the anime more because the manga's art style is too young for me. The girls look way too young. Makes feel like a pedobear. Plus, the manga does things differently than the anime. There is more emphasis on Haruna than Seraphim fan service. In the anime, it's all about big boobs.

Stuff I haven't tried:

Please enjoy the releases we have this week. All comments are welcome.

Sources: All plot summaries and data are from ANN's Manga Releases page. Plus, I stole some English covers from PikaHyper, a great mod from Comic Vine. He probably knows I do.

Past Quick Pick Manga Threads

Blood Blockade Battlefront Vol. 5
  • Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

An escaped Blood Breed brings Libra operative Zap Renfro's former master to New Jerusalem, and Zap must once again prove his skills to avoid being dragged back to the harsh training grounds of his school. Though Zap is a formidable fighter, he'll need the assistance of the other Libra agents and his own young apprentice to imprison the Blood Breed before it wreaks untold havoc upon our world!

Blood Lad Vol. 4
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99

Unwilling to let anyone just waltz away with her little girl, Neyn sends Team Fearless, a crew of vampire slayers, after Staz and Fuyumi as they make their way to Demon World South. Team Fearless has never actually taken down a vampire, but they're looking to make good on their name and "save" Fuyumi. But for a hostage, the girl seems awfully eager to stay at the vampire's side... Has she fallen for the vampire's charms - or just for his blood?!

Bokurano: Ours Vol. 10
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

One summer, fifteen kids innocently wander into a nearby seaside cave. There they meet a strange man who invites them to play an exciting new video game. This game, he explains, pits one lone giant robot against a horde of alien invaders. To play the game, all they have to do is sign a simple contract. The game stops being fun when the kids find out the true purpose of their pact.

Btooom! Vol. 5
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $11.99

Unwilling to play by the rules of the twisted minds behind the live-action version of "BTOOOM!" in which he finds himself enmeshed, Ryouta Sakamoto vows with his comrades Himiko and Kiyoshi Taira to find a way off of the deserted island that doesn't involve murder. But when giant carnivorous lizards and stab-happy ex-soldiers count among the residents of this island hell, Sakamoto finds that getting a little blood on his hands is inevitable...

Cage of Eden Vol. 13
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

Yarai's finally made it inside the mysterious lighthouse by the sea, but like everything on the island, it's more than it seems, full of locked doors. At the top of the tower, a desiccated corpse, crouched in a barrel with a key under its tongue, will give Yarai answers he never bargained for... Meanwhile, Akira and Mariya are still trying to discover the secret to the spire, when two well-dressed ruffians threaten to tear their group apart!

Gangsta Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

In the city of Ergastulum, a shady ville filled with made men, petty thieves, whores on the make, and cops on the take, there are some deeds too dirty for even its jaded inhabitants to touch. Enter the "Handymen," Nic and Worick, who take care of the jobs no one else will handle. One day, a cop they know on the force requests their help in taking down a new gang muscling in on the territory of a top Mafia family. It seems like business (and mayhem) as usual, but the Handymen are about to find that this job is a lot more than they bargained for.

Is this a Zombie? Vol. 7
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

A very zombie Christmas is right around the corner! But what's this? Haruna, Eu, and even Sera seem to be getting jealous over me...or is it just my dead-sharp imagination...? And let me tell you, I've been eagerly anticipating my chance to settle the score with that Chris! Say, who in the world is this tiny little girl? Huh? She's interested in me?

Judge Vol. 3
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

In the abandoned courthouse, to trust is folly. Is that the only rule, the only strategy to staying alive in the twisted game underway within? When the time for the Second Judgment arrives, a ruthless decision is made, to shocking effect. The sinners must accept reality . . . for idealistic notions have no place among these halls of cruel and swift justice . . .

No. 6 Vol. 5
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

The rumors were true! Armored vehicles from No. 6 roar through the gate into West Block, massacring the helpless and arresting everyone else. Amid the chaos, Shion and Rat realize this could be their only chance to get into the Correctional Facility and save Safu. But when they do make it inside, what they find is worse than anyone could have imagined...

Pandora Hearts Vol. 20
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

The pathetic farce that has unfolded in earnest is no more than an absurd yarn spun by the man who caused the Tragedy of Sablier by following his heart's desires. The players in his tale begin dancing with abandon, their emotions bottled up inside, as though they are marionettes manipulated by a master puppeteer . . .

Puella Magi Kazumi Magica - The Innocent Malice Volume 4
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $11.99

From the very start, it was Kazumi who drew the girls of the Pleiades Saints together. But no magical girl, however beloved by her friends, is exempt from the fate that awaits them all. Fearing that the evil nut may be accelerating Kazumi's transformation, the girls are divided-can the process be delayed, or should they take out Kazumi while they still can?

Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky Volume 1
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

In 1939, an enigmatic alien force called the Neuroi launched a widescale invasion of Earth, destroying nation after nation. Humanity’s last hope at survival is to form an international elite fighting force of flying aces known as “Strike Witches!”

Strike Witches are young women with innate magical powers who are equipped with the latest in military technology: Striker Units, which provide the user with a unique array of weaponry that can only be controlled by magic.

Enter a young healer named Yoshika Miyafuji, the newest inductee into the 501st Joint Fighter Wing. Yoshika may be opposed to the military, but if she wants to survive, she better learn quick from veteran ace and strict displinarian, Mio Sakamoto, what it means to be a Strike Witch.

Thermae Romae Volume 3
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $39.99

Though he has been trapped in the twenty-first century for several weeks, Lucius is still amazed at the wondrous innovations of the flat-faces people, and meeting Satsuki has given him an even greater understanding of the things he has seen - not to mention an undeniable flutter in his heart.

Despite his curiosity for this land, Lucius worries at the amount of time that has passed since he left Rome. The political atmosphere was already tense after the death of the emperor's heir, and Lucius fears what may befall Rome and the ailing Hadrian in his absence. Yet matters are no less precarious in the hot-springs town of Ito. With aggressive developers bullying the established inns, Lucius may be called upon to save the sacred appreciation for the bath both in the past and in the present!

World War Blue Volume 4
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

In the continent of Consume, an endless war rages between bitter rivals: the Segua Kingdom vs. the Ninteldo Empire. Upon his dinosaur steed, the stern Emperor Marcus has led the Ninteldo Empire to near-victory. Now, with the majority of Consume under its control, Ninteldo has Segua up against the ropes.

Enter a fleet-footed lad named Gear, who seeks vengeance against Ninteldo for his brother’s death. After joining Segua’s Army, Gear is enlisted in the Special Forces, due to his amazing speed. Yet the inexperienced, hasty youth may not be ready for the realities of war—or he might just become the Segua Empire’s last and greatest hope.

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