Tanner Reviews Fairy Tail


FairyTail-Volume_1_CoverHave you ever watch one of those shows where you are not quite sure why you like it or how it even pulled you in in the first place, but for whatever reason you just can’t help but enjoy the hell out of it? Well that is how I am with the anime television show Fairy Tail. I was turned on to this gem by my roommate who was far into the show by the time that I came around. Nothing she said about the show was particularly interesting when she started talking about it and left my mind just as quickly. But one day, sitting on the couch and sifting through the Netflix, I found the show sitting there in the recently watched category and I gave it a watch… Yeah I’m still not sure what it is that makes me like it so much, so I figured I would write a review on it for all of you as well for my own mental well-being.

Fairy Tail is set in the distant world of Fiore where magic is just an everyday common occurrence. People use it in their day-to-day lives and the job of ‘wizard’ is nothing more than just a regular profession that one can choose to partake in. In this world there are several ‘guilds’ where wizards can congregate, meet other wizards, and take on jobs that require their certain set of skills in order to make a living. Fairy Tail is the most prominent of all of these guilds and is where the story centers around. The anime itself is the continuing stories of the guild and the guild members. In particular the team of Lucy Heartfilia, Happy, Gray Fullbuster, Erza Scarlett, and Natsu Dragneel, the strongest team in all of Fairy Tail. The tale (ha! get it?!) follows these five in various exploits as they try to save the world and get paid.

Pros

The Characters Are Well Balanced and Relatable

The team of Lucy, Natsu, Gray, Happy, and Erza is a really cool group of characters to follow. One of the cool things about Fairy Tail is that they do not take the standard anime approach to a team like this. I see in so many of these style animes that one character always comes across as the biggest and the strongest. Sure the others fight, but it is always the main character, your Gokus of the world that do all the heavy lifting. I can see a few people making the argument that Natsu fills this role and in a way that is kind of right. But really the show seems to switch between Lucy, Natsu, Gray, and Erza depending on the storyline and which of the characters it is effecting. Natsu may be the one that gets more spotlight, but it is clearly stated that Erza is in many ways stronger than Natsu and it is shown on several occasions. Even the weakest member Lucy is able to pull some incredible feats of magic and strength that the other four wouldn’t even know what to do.

While the Stories Can Be Grandiose, The Real Draw is The Day to Day Life

Like many anime, the challenges that the main characters face are almost always grandiose and usually to save the entire earth as they know it. It is one of the best parts of anime is that they do amp up the stakes for just about every occurrence you can think of. But one of the best things about Fairy Tail, in my opinion is the little things, the everyday life of the characters in the world. It is always cool to see them stop a world destroying super weapon, yes or Erza kicking copious amounts of ass in her various attractive outfits. But what is really a good add-on to the story is the fact that this is just day-to-day life for them. Watching these characters in this guild interact with one another and treat each other like a family. The fact that a lot of them are just working to pay rent is a cool concept and makes it one of the animes with continuous plots that I find really enjoyable.

Cons

The Age of Most of the Characters

You can chalk this one up to an anime being an anime and a lot of the characters in them are rather young to begin with… But whenever I watch the show I wonder if there was a horrific war or something that I missed. Almost all the characters range from the ages of 9-18 with a handful of characters older than that being in their early 20s… Then you skip the mid 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s to get into the old seasoned veteran wizards who are pushing 60 and 70. Where are all the adults in this world and just regular people? It seems that once you hit the age of 23 you then jump to 76 with no rhyme or reason to it except you are now old.

Protagonists/Antagonist Relationships Tend to be Blurred a Little Too Much

I do admit, that I do like it when an antagonist in the earlier parts of a certain story begin to take on protagonist roles. It is a pretty cool role reversal and is a way of showing to the audience at large that the roles of ‘protagonist’ and ‘antagonist’ are not always as cut and dry as many shows would make them appear to be. The problem with Fairy Tail is that they tend to blur these lines a little too much and with too many characters. Like I just said, I do enjoy it when an antagonist becomes a protagonist but for a show like Fairy Tail which is a continuing epic, this should not become a common occurrence.

Out of the first 48 episodes that I watched, the vast majority of the antagonists became protagonists and series regulars. It is interesting to see that all the characters personalities go much deeper than good and evil but whenever you pull the stunt too much than the audience is left with in a constant state of confusion since any villain is expected to have a very tragic back story and is expected to become a good guy by the end of the chronicle.

Conclusion

Fairy Tail is just an all around fun show to watch. It isn’t necessarily special or a timeless anime that will be remembered and cherished for generations to come. But it is one of those shows you can sit down, watch, and enjoy over and over again without growing bored with it. The main characters are a lot of fun to watch, the animation is brilliant, and the world itself is fun to become engrossed and lost in.

Final Score 3/5

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