Fairy Tail Set 3 Review
began airing in Japan in October of 2009. Over 100 episodes have been
to date. The series is based upon the successful manga series created
by Hiro Mashima.
It stands out as one of the most notable recent anime series through a
combination of quirky science-fiction, fantasy, and an abundance of
keep things consistently interesting. The series is also action-packed
focuses on a guild made up of extremely powerful wizards. The series
the Fairy Tail guild (not a big surprise there!) and
that make up the band of quirky magicians seem goofy, well-spirited,
willing to work together as necessary to complete any mission.
characters on the show are a central reason as to why the series works
It's the character element that grabs the audience attention the most.
central characters in the series are Natsu, a fire-breathing man with
skills and possible background, Lucy, an energetic girl who collects
which unleash spirit being's with enough energy to win against any
threats of the Fairy Tail guild, and
Gray... a guy who has tons of skills and who always happens to take his
off somehow. There's also a comedic blue cat with the guild who is
friends with Natsu. The cat's name is Happy. Happy has wings and is
flying. Another strong supporting character is found with the tough
character contributes something to these adventures being so humorous,
exciting, and thrilling. Early episodes don't feature quite as much
development as one might be hoping for but there is a strong
for each of the main characters featured on the show and it helps to
consistent in entertainment.
of comedy and action will want to give this series a chance. Fairy Tail is an immensely enjoyable
show. The best thing about this series is that it is a ton of
isn't the most complicated of shows (at least this far into the run)
cast of fun characters and offbeat situations makes it an easy show to
without having to over-think it at all.
premise is enjoyable and the execution of the creative elements works
so it isn't surprising that the series has been able to find mass
and appeal in Japan. Fairy Tail is a winning combination of
anime's finest fantasy/ sci-fi genre aspects.
the good news: Fairy Tail has proven
itself. It remains an entertaining show that easily stands out as one
more interesting new anime series to be produced over the last several
Now the downside (or flip-side, if you will): This is only the third
release from Funimation and things are already starting to show some
slowing down a bit. (Cough.)
collection begins with a multi-episode arc conclusion to the long
which began to unravel during the previous set. This particular story
upon a rivaling guild that began to be a menacing-foe to our Fairy Tail
heroes when it decided that it was going to attack the establishment
and all of
the magical people who help inhabit Fairy Tail. Things were shaping up
massive battle between both sides and the future of our main guild
all up to the lead characters ability to resolve the issue and set
right. Sounds interesting on paper but somehow the writers forgot that
thing about this series has been the characters and the focus on them
momentarily lost in the shuffle.
episodes dragged a bit. It just wasn't as much fun or exciting or well
or fun or... oh yeah, I already mentioned the fun part. You get the idea.
writing became stiff, the characters less-dimensional (is this 1D I'm
my 2D display?!) and the payoff simply didn't seem to be worth the
one waits for the conclusion anyway (who in anime-fandom ever skips the
episodes?), and it was a bore to sit through so many mundane action
and to try and keep up with the establishment of these new "villainy"
who are barely properly introduced to viewers for us to understand
fundamentally the reason behind the storyline's existence. Sounds
Fairy Tail seemed to be spinning out
of its own story in a matter of a few episodes. That wasn't what I
going into this set and it wasn't something I was pleased to see.
the original manga did better. The biggest issue with this long-run
that it feels cobbled together and without enough glue to actually
keep all of these large puzzle pieces in place. Each episode just feels
unfocused and as if the writers and crew were simply buying time until
could think up something better to tell.
storyline does resolve a few episodes in and it ends the longest run of
episodes to date on Fairy Tail. Things
started to pick up pretty quickly afterwards and by the time I'd
final group of episodes on the set there wasn't significant doubt over
future of Fairy Tail. I was enjoying this
lighthearted and breezily enjoyable series again. It was the surprise
such a poorly-constructed storyline early in the show's run that was
I want to see Fairy Tail succeed as a
consistent series that warrants the time and energy spent in its
Perhaps that's too much to ask, but for now it's nice to see that even
some bumps the show already understands how to bounce back to the good
is a series that is at its most enjoyable when it sits back, breathes a
and allows for viewers to enjoy the goofball characterizations, deeper
and sheer hilarity of what ensues in the frequently great standalone
It is also a wonder to just notice how detailed and beautiful the
be. It often is.
of the standout episodes on this set were the ones that only spent 30
to tell a story. There are episodes on Set 3 with more background
our lead characters, and another episode even has them performing a
performance to help out a new acquaintance meet the success of his
These are the kinds of stories on the show that interest me the most
show promise for Fairy Tail to remain
what should be a long-term success. There is one multi-episode arc
later on the set that focuses on a Celestial Spirit character. It is a
surprisingly brisk and effective arc that worked wonders -- it all
depends on a number of factors. If
you haven't jumped on board this anime series just yet don't let my
initial disappointment in this set dissuade you from giving it a
chance. The show has lots of
potential left that I hope to see fulfilled over the course of many
sure-to-be enjoyable adventures. Begin at the beginning and be prepared
a pretty good time (at least in most measures).
is presented in a combo pack release which contains both DVD and
The Blu-ray presentation is an upscaled 1080p transfer that presents
with strong, bold colors and good line detail. The transfer is somewhat
because of the nature of an upscale presentation. These episodes were
originally animated to be presented in Standard Definition. Funimation
an excellent job with this upscaled release. It delivers the series in
a solid upscaled
SD presentation in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.78:1
The video quality is every bit as impressive for this third set of Fairy Tail.
are treated to two lossless audio options (which are both encoded as
TrueHD tracks). English 5.1 surround sound provides a slightly more
aural experience with better use of sound effects and music
the 2.0 original Japanese language dub is relegated to having a
expansive soundstage. When viewing Fairy
Tail's first set I opted more for the original language track but
around (as with the second collection) the English track won over
It's a pretty good dub, and the third set seems to demonstrate a solid
investment made into adapting the series.
images in this review are taken
from the DVD discs included in this Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.
selection of bonus materials is limited on each of the Funimation Fairy
DVD set releases. Funimation included select staff commentaries,
opening/ending songs, and trailers promoting other anime
released by the studio.
included on the
following episodes of Fairy Tail: Set 3:
26: Wings of
comes a time in any long-running show where it
might face a weak storyline. Fairy Tail
has already found one of those moments with this third set release. The
episodes are generally better when they remain simplistic in approach
emphasis the journey these characters are on above anything else. These
amongst the best episodes of Fairy Tail.
Some of the stories were enjoyable and others were disappointing. Just
clear: stick around and see where the show goes to next even if this
a delicious slice, oozing with chocolate-syrup on fluffy cake. The
episodes promise that it has a great deal of energy left to tell many
excellent stories. I'm curious to see where the show leads itself to
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.