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Fairy Tail: Part 12

FUNimation // Unrated // September 16, 2014
List Price: $54.98 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Neil Lumbard | posted November 5, 2014 | E-mail the Author


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Fairy Tail Part 12 Blu-ray Review


Fairy Tail
is an action-adventure-comedy series which follows a group of wizards
who are
all a part of the popular and renowned Fairy Tail guild, where magic
beings with special gifts all work together on various jobs and
missions
for the non-magic folk of the world - and these talented people work as
one to
face enemy guilds (the 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 all train to become S class wizards while working
on one mission or another. From saving the day to
being hilarious, these wizards are a familial bunch that represent the
world's
best in magic guilds.


One of the most
popular ongoing anime series of the moment,
Fairy Tailstyle=""> is a series which has already had a second
extension on life after a 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, the manga was
adapted
into this similarly successful anime with a premiere arriving in
October 2009.
The anime series production became such a huge success in Japan and was
licensed and released by Funimation - to great response in North
America, where
the series now arrives on Part 12 of the ongoing saga.  Part 12
contains
episodes 132-142 and the last main story arc of Season 3 has finally
been
reached.


Season 3 has been a
pretty intense season with the S Class tournament and new dark wizard
foes
being such a huge element of past sets with episodes from the season.
This
twelfth Fairy Tail set offers
viewers a new storyline to partake in with the
emphasis on the growing conflict between the Fairy Tail guild's main
members
and those left on the sidelines, as well as a Legion Platoon group of
characters who want to stop the guild from achieving the goal of their
quest to
find the mystical Infinity Clock, which was foretold about in legends
as being
an all powerful device that could be capable of leading the world to
destruction.


Fairy Tail wants it
to try and prevent such a thing from ever happening 
but new foes and the resurgence of Oracion
Seis causes their path to protecting the world from the doomsday device
amps up
the action this set as the characters of the Fairy Tail guild must work
together to try
and stop the destruction of the entire world. This marks a expansive
plot-line
for the set which has a lot more action, adventure, and questing than
the
previous set (which had a lot more fully goofy moments and less
action).


At the heart of the
series is the quirky, lovable characters: from the cool dragon
descendant Natsu
who can wield the power of fire (while maintaining a heart full of
good-natured
goofiness), the talking cat with wings Happy (who putters around the
blue sky
in the color blue?!), the independent and strong warrior
Erzastyle=""> (who keeps things in line most of the time),
the always determined to excel Gray (who somehow keeps misplacing allstyle=""> of his shirts), and the fun-spirited Lucy,
who is always able to save the day when needed and who can call upon
spirits of
many kinds to help out because of her own unique skills.


The quality of the
animation remains one of the greatest strengths. The detail employed by
the
animators makes each sequence more effective and memorable. Many a
production
seems lacking in this regard but the art never fails to be noteworthy
on this
production. From the amazingly detailed background art, to the
memorable
character designs, to the creatively ambitious animation created for
the action
packaged sequences
Fairy Tail still
delivers its animated goods with incredible skill and
precision. 


Fairy Tail
remains one of the most consistently well produced anime series around.
Part 12
continues the series streak of excellence in all areas of production
with great
action scenes, exciting storylines, fun characters, and enough drama to
keep
viewers tuning in to the odd wizarding guild on their perilous journey.
The
main focus of this set is another long-form storyline, which for the
release is
a blessing of the show (as who doesn't like an epic adventure?) and
everything seems well
laid out in this batch of episodes. It was especially nice to see how
the
writers took the storyline to another level where it provided new focus
and emphasis
for Lucy on the series. Her character definitely gets a chance to shine
on this
set as more back-story is explored regarding her family history and her
connection to the Infinity Clock. While some episodes and jokes are
inevitably
hit and miss to some small degree,
Fairy Tail
remains a generally excellent
series in most respects and one that series fans will continue to have
a blast
with on Part 12. The action is just as strong as ever and the story
here
delivers some new twists and turns that keeps it interesting and fun.


The Blu-ray:





Video:


Much to my
surprise, Funimation's release of
Fairy Tail - Part 12 style="">is actually noted as being in native HD (prior
to Part 11, past releases were in SD and upscaled to High Definition).
The
release attributes are not a lot different from previous sets and the
image
quality seems very much similar to the rest of Fairy Tailstyle=""> on Blu-ray. The animation production
quality seems to actually be inherently soft, but the richness of color
and the
smooth, beautiful animation still shines enough to make this a pleasing
presentation of the show.


There are some
minor issues with banding, and some minor aliasing was noticed within a
couple
of scenes but for the most part lines are smooth, well-defined, and the
colors
are much improved.
The show has been presented
in the original broadcast aspect ratio 1.78:1 and is presented in
native 1080p High Definition.
This is certainly
as good as can be expected for this
Blu-ray release of
Fairy Tail. style="">


style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: center;" align="center">style="">Please Note: This release is a
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.


Audio:


The Dolby TrueHD
5.1 English audio dub is my option of preference. I enjoy the high
quality
dubbing. The voice-work is uniformly excellent and the ADR Director has
made
this series a consistently fun one with its English adaptation. The
original
Japanese audio version is also a good option, if preferred, and is
presented
with a quality lossless mix too but it lacks the same level of depth
and
dimension that is added to the surround sound English mix with its
standard 2.0
stereo presentation.





Extras:


 


Extras on this
set
include one episode's video commentary track (presented in High
Definition),
where English dub voice actors discuss the show's dubbing process and
have some
fun together in the recording room as they joke, laugh, and have a
blast with
the making of their commentary. Two audio commentaries have also been
provided as
inclusions for select episodes on the set for English dub fans who want
to
listen to the VA's discuss their parts on the show.


 


The set includes
a
U.S. Trailer for Fairy Tail, textless songs (opening/ending
themes), and
trailers for other Funimation releases.


The release also contains the standard inclusion
of
reversible cover art and a beautiful slip (o-card).


 Final
Thoughts:


Fairy Tail:
Part
12
continues to be a entertaining and exciting action-adventure
series
filled with great characters and excellent animation. Established fans
of Fairy Tail will continue
to
find it to be a top-notch production that excels expectations with
consistently good storyline, animation, and character development.
It's one of the best long-form running anime series at this time and
Set 12
makes another excellent collection that fans will want to explore and
own.


 


Highly
Recommended.



Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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