Fairy Tail - Part 5 Blu-ray Review
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began airing in Japan in October of 2009. Over 170 episodes have been
to date. The series is based upon the successful manga series created
Mashima. It stands out as one of the most notable recent anime series
balanced combination of quirky science-fiction, fantasy, and an
humor that keep things consistently interesting. The series is also
action-packed and focuses on a guild made up of extremely powerful
series follows the Fairy Tail guild (not a big surprise there!)
and the heroes that make up the band of quirky magicians seem goofy,
well-spirited, and willing to work together as necessary to complete
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
skills and who always happens to take his shirt off somehow. There's
comedic blue cat with the guild who is close friends with Natsu. The
is Happy. Happy has wings and is capable of flying. Another strong
character is found with the tough fighter Elza, who is probably one of
compelling and surprising characters on the show.
character contributes something to these adventures being so humorous,
exciting, and thrilling. Early episodes don't feature quite as much
as one might be hoping for but there is a strong likeability factor for
the main characters featured on the show and it helps to keep in
of comedy and action will want to give this series a chance. Fairy
is an immensely enjoyable show. The best thing about this series is
that it is
a ton of fun. It isn't the most complicated of shows (at least
into the run) but the cast of fun characters and offbeat situations
makes it an
easy show to enjoy without having to over-think it at all.
premise is enjoyable and the execution of the creative elements works
effectively so it isn't surprising that the series has been able to
popularity and appeal in Japan. Fairy Tail is a winning
some of anime's finest fantasy/ sci-fi genre aspects.
#5 - Episodes 49-60:
has finally started to arrive from
Funimation Entertainment: now North American fans can enjoy the series
English dub and see where things progress with the 2nd season outing.
series is in many regards largely similar to before, with its
comedic episodes, character-based shows, and continuous story-arcs that
the series a number of episodes to get through before another segment
show begins to unfold.
begins with a number of character-based
episodes that get the show off to a slow start but that are some of the
enjoyable episodes on the set: these episodes allow Fairy
Tail's animators and storytellers to simply remind audiences
of why we enjoy the characters in the first place, with all of their
interesting quirks and great personalities. Humorous moments and
elements are one of the main aspects of these early episodes of season
it's a nice break from the lengthy arc that concluded the season that
the show. We get to enjoy more time with these goofballs and it
show on the whole.
episodes also have a lot more to do with the
story of Lucy, and it allows extra time to expanding on her character
show, which leads to some of the best moments that the series has had
Some of these story concepts surround a romantic encounter with someone Lucy is told
lead her to a "fateful encounter", the possibility of romance with Natsu becomes a question in her mind too,
and she once again sees her dad and in a way which offers significant
development to her character's story in another episode.
season starts to pick up on an on-going arc,
however, the character moments which in many ways represent the show at
finest are a bit less prominent for a while and another arc that feels
and ongoing begins to be told. This set largely focuses itself on
us to a new set of foes for the Fairy Tail guild to have to face: and
doesn't happen for their guild alone.
perilous and overwhelmingly powerful guild
consisting of only six members has become a threat to the other magical
and the members are known for darkness and a kind of evil which
threatens the balance
of the good guilds as it appears this super-powerful guild intends on
of destruction which will lead to stopping all of the other magic
the world. Determined to not let that happen anytime soon, Fairy Tail
with two other guilds in order to be better prepared for a battle over
magic communities. The teamed-up guilds become known as "Allied
Forces" and the journey becomes one of danger and bravery for those in
Fairy Tail and their companions.
character is introduced who is known as the
"Maiden of the Sky" and she plays a big part in these episodes. She is also capable of dragon skills as a
"Dragon Slayer", just like Natsu, but she is also capable of healing
abilities and has other strengths and qualities in magic which makes
asset to everyone surviving (such as her ability to remove the effects
motion sickness, something incredibly helpful for Natsu as he
frequently is sick
because of various forms of motion). Her name is Wendy Marvell and
only 12 years old, she is one of the most powerful beings out there
comes down to magic abilities. Wendy is also accompanied by a cat-like
similar to Happy, who is there to help her with her when needed. This
"cat" of sorts is named Carla, and she soon becomes at the forefront
of Happy's thoughts as the two start to get along.
characters must face off against members of the
enemy guild and the intensity along the way becomes major for everyone.
opposing magic-users have great skills in the ways of magic and all
ruthless qualities which make them incredibly dangerous. Natsu, Lucy,
Gray, and Wendy team up to try and stop the evil side from winning.
becomes much more complicated when a powerful magic force is unleashed
known as "Nirvana" and which causes good-hearted people to turn
towards evil if they can't control their emotions and which similarly
people with darkness turn towards light. Things then become extra
as friends have to actually battle their friends and former enemies
turn to different
concluding episodes on the set are reached,
Nirvana caused for one of the lead characters from season one who was
to the Fairy Tail guild (and who was a former friend of Elza) named
all of his memories of his darkest past, and he becomes overwhelmed
for the darkness he caused onto his friends. He then attempts to
himself to save everyone from the power of Nirvana before it can
destroy all of
the guilds and the fate of the world becomes a question facing everyone.
Fairy Tail stop the members of the six-member
super guild and can the world be saved from the power of "Nirvana" as
it attempts to wipe out everything on the map? The intense episodes in
won't completely resolve everything - but the quest along the way is an
absorbing one that will please fans of the series.
episodes are every bit as well animated as
everything that has come before on the show. One of the strengths of
is simply how beautiful the art on it is, as all of these unique
designs, background designs, and overall artistic aesthetics are
impressive and notable on an episode by episode basis. Fairy
Tail is always consistent in the animation and for that
reasons fans can always look forward to this production as a visually
and creative series of beautiful artistry.
series continues to be a bit more mixed when it
comes down to actual storytelling. Viewers will no doubt want to watch
entire show to follow it properly as the story unfolds, but as per the
for Fairy Tail the show becomes
inconsistent in quality storytelling as some episodes are well done and
while other episodes are forgettable and seem to act more as
"filler" episodes. During this set, everything is just as jumbled in
first few episodes of the second season are
excellent episodes. Then the series takes a bit of a nose-dive and
unfunny, and altogether messy as the other guilds helping Fairy Tail
introduced and the concept of the opposing guild is unveiled. Things
seem sort of convoluted as far as the storytelling was concerned. But
the final batch of episodes changed that direction on the show as
becoming well-paced again. The story refreshed itself and became
intense again and
storytelling seemed to improve in terms of the ongoing story and in
some flashback moments which expanded upon the newly introduced
Wendy. It improved the overall quality of the show. This aspect of the
continues to be a disappointing aspect of Fairy
Tail, but the series is far more creative and well-made compared to
times when it feels uninspired.
Tail is off to a good start and it will be intriguing to see what
the show takes next as the funny, charming, and delightful characters
an easy series to recommend. Newcomers should begin with season one but
fans will want to give this second season a chance to continue to
impress with fun
characters and adventures that make it a compelling anime creation.
is presented in a combo pack release which contains both DVD and
The Blu-ray presentation is an upscaled 1080p transfer that presents
with okay improvements: strong, bold colors and mostly good line
transfer is somewhat soft because of the nature of an upscale
set has some banding and gradation which was not as common on previous
sets. These are occasionally common defects found with some of
releases and it's too bad to find the problem carried over for Fairy Tail. It doesn't change the fact that
the show looks mostly solid. However, some viewers will find these
deficiencies rather annoying and it does unfortunately impact the
quality of the presentation.
episodes were animated to be presented in Standard Definition and were
meant to be viewed in High Definition because of the limitations of SD.
Funimation has generally done an good job with this upscaled release,
as it delivers the series in a solid upscaled SD presentation in the
broadcast aspect ratio of 1.78:1 widescreen.
are treated to two lossless audio options (which are both encoded as
TrueHD tracks). English 5.1 surround sound provides a more enveloping
experience with better use of sound effects and music reproduction,
2.0 original Japanese language dub is relegated to having a slightly
I began viewing Fairy Tail I opted more for the original
but the English track continued to win me over frequently. It's a
dub and the fifth set seems to suggest the voice actors are becoming a
part of the experience. I thought the dub done for Part 5
proved to be
rewarding. The VA's did a great job and have kept things consistent
striving to capture the essence of the material. The only time I felt
probably could have been improved was in the middle chunk of these
it seemed as though some of the character reactions were a bit too
sounding considering the storytelling events and the tones utilized by
Japanese VA's in comparison.
English dubbing ultimately doesn't disappoint, though, and the early
episodes on the set (coinciding with the best episodes in this
featured excellent, first-rate dubbing that will absolutely be a
fans of the show.
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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 Fairy
Tail: Part 5:
49: The Day of the Fateful
58: Celestial Skirmish
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Tail is one
of the best anime series around. It's not a
perfect show, to be sure, but it's one of the most entertaining and
ones around. Fans of One Piece and other fun action-adventure-comedy
will enjoy it immensely. Season 2 gets off to a good start and it will
interesting to see where the show goes to next as the characters remain
best thing about it the storylines go off into different directions. Recommended.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.