Fairy Tail - Part 11 - Blu-ray Review
Fairy Tail is an action-adventure-comedy
follows a group of wizards who are all a part of the popular and
Tail guild, where magic beings with
special gifts all work together on various jobs and missions for the
folk of the world - and these talented people work as one to face enemy
type who use their magic without a positive approach), and as they
prepare for learning
new skills and gain acknowledgement amongst their peers as they train
S class wizards. From saving the day to being hilarious, these wizards
familial bunch that represent the world's best in magic guilds.
One of the most popular ongoing anime series of
the moment, Fairy
Tail is a series which has already had a second extension on life
four season run and is currently in its fifth year.
Based upon the similarly popular manga series
from artist Hiro Mashima, which began to be published in 2006 in Japan,
manga was adapted into this similarly successful anime with a premiere
in October 2009. The anime series production became such a huge success
Japan and was licensed and released by Funimation - to great response
America, where the series now arrives on Part 11 of the ongoing saga. Part 11 contains episodes 121-131 and is the
middle section of episodes in the series third season.
Season 3 has had a lot of interesting developments
off to an intense start with the Fairy Tail guild participating in a
tournament to determine who could become an S class guild member. The
competition was fierce but things went amuck when a new foe came into
situation: a dark foretold wizard had returned and what place does this
have in their story? As Part 11 picks up, the final resolve of the
unfolds but the show takes a quick detour back into comedic land and
storylines in a way that the series occasionally does. Fairy Tail faces
threat during this batch of episodes: the passage of time.
A powerful dragon attacks the Fairy Tail guild
the spell of an opposing wizard, and the bulk of the guild finds
an unusual pinch where everyone disappears, only to awaken from a sort
ageless slumber seven years later. Now the main members of the Fairy
Tail clan must
deal with this newly unexpected development. Who has grown up in the
away? Who managed the guild in the interim and what happens to the
guild as it
now continues on with the past members once vanquished? These questions
important, underlying the passage of time lost by our heroes as they
figure out a way to rebuild everything to the former glory of their
Sometimes Fairy Tail can be so intense
storyline seems intent on focusing on one undeniably epic showdown
storyline eventually concludes. With the main story actually concluded
previous two parts of this third season, the series seems to be
another detour of sorts as it develops some comedic plot-points with
the time discrepancy
storyline underway. This can be a nice way to spend some time with the
the show also excels at exceptionally well.
The goofier side of the show can be fun sometimes
considering all of the intensity on the previous releases it's good to
show take a break and focus on the character's and their personalities
more. At the heart of the series is the
lovable characters: from the cool dragon descendant Natsu who can wield
power of fire (while maintaining a heart full of good-natured
talking cat with wings Happy (who putters around the blue sky in the
the independent and strong warrior Elza (who keeps things in line most
time), the always determined to excel Gray (who somehow keeps
of his shirts), and the fun-spirited Lucy, who is always able to save
when needed and who can call upon spirits of many kinds to help out
her own unique skills.
The quality of the animation remains one of the
strengths. The detail employed by the animators makes each sequence
effective and memorable. Many a production seems lacking in this regard
art never fails to be noteworthy on this production. From the amazingly
detailed background art, to the memorable character designs, to the
ambitious animation created for the action packaged sequences Fairy
still delivers its animated goods with incredible skill and precision.
Fairy Tail remains one of the most
produced anime series around and this Part 11 is certainly no different
regard. This set actually even gains a bit by being the first set to
animated for High Definition presentation (prior sets have all been
definition remasters). Everything from
the voice-work (including the stellar English dubbing) to the quality
and directing proves to be excellent and effective. This
series is one that thoroughly entertains and
that manages to remain good fun for fans.
Much to my
surprise, Funimation's release of Fairy
Tail - Part 11 is actually noted as being in native HD (whereas
releases were in SD and upscaled to High Definition). The release
are not a lot different from previous sets and the image quality seems
much similar to the rest of Fairy Tail
on Blu-ray. The animation production quality seems to be inherently
the richness of color and the smooth, beautiful animation still shines.
There are some
minor issues with banding, and some minor aliasing was noticed within a
of scenes but for the most part lines are smooth, well-defined, and the
are much improved. This is certainly as good as can be expected for
Blu-ray release of Fairy Tail, which presents
the series in native High Definition (in full) for the first time.
episodes were animated for Standard Definition).
Please Note: This release is a
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.
The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 English audio dub is my
preference. I enjoy the high quality dubbing. The voice-work is
excellent and the ADR Director has made this series a consistently fun
its English adaptation. The original Japanese audio version is also a
option, if preferred, and is presented with a quality lossless mix too
lacks the same level of depth and dimension that is added to the
English mix with its standard 2.0 stereo presentation.
This set contains select commentaries with the
cast, a look at Todd Haberkorn at Otakon, textless songs
and trailers promoting other Funimation releases.
The release also contains the standard inclusion of reversible cover
art and a
beautiful slip (o-card).
There are only a few anime series out there that
currently as entertaining and involving as the action packed and
Tail creation. The saga of these characters remains a great thrill
comedy adventure. This is one series that is sure to entertain
with a continually inventive approach. In terms of animation,
the overall production into English (the dubbing for this series is
excellent!), the series continues to impress at each turn. With new episodes now available in native High
Definition, and the series remaining enjoyable fun, the Blu-ray release
11 is easily recommended to anyone who is a fan. Newcomers should start
beginning and marathon-view this great (and highly enjoyable) anime
series as soon as possible as this series is a must see.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.