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Fairy Tail: Part 13

FUNimation // Unrated // October 28, 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 13 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 -- 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 train to become S class wizards. 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 13 of the ongoing saga.  Part 13
contains
episodes 143-153 and the last primary story arc of Season 3, commonly
known as
the Starry Skies arc, is concluded on this set.


Season 3 is finally
at its closing moments with Part 13. The last legs of the Starry Skies
storyline has been reached on this set and the epic battle over the
powerful
Infinity Clock goes into motion as with the clock in the wrong hands
(with Oracion
Seis now in control of it), Lucy is kidnapped by the group and is used
to help
power the clock for nefarious dark magic that could set the stage for a
huge cataclysmic
end to all of the world (... and the Fairy Tail guild with it)! Can the
guild
save the world, Lucy, and everything in-between from the power of the
Infinity
Clock? All the questions (and more) related to this story-arc unfold to
the
end.


Part 13 of Fairy Tail
actually contains the opening
few episodes of the fourth season of the series, which introduces a new
storyline known as the Grand Magic Games arc. This is a fan-favorite
action-packed arc that consists of various Fairy Tail characters
battling it
out with one another tournament style (ala Dragon
Ball Z
, Yu Yu Hakusho, Naruto,
and a whole host of other anime
series). While the actual tournament doesn't begin on Part 13, the
stages are
set for this to be the focal point of Part 14... so fans of the dueling
action
aspects of the show and other anime classics will be excited to see the
direction the show is taking for its next primary storyline arc.


Another aspect of the Part 13 release is the
growing
connection between the Fairy Tail and Sabertooth guilds. They seem to
be coming
to terms with each other and start up a friendly competitiveness
between each
other over the course of the set. Lucy is also honored by her spiritual
friends
for a special party honoring her and her friends for their work towards
the
ultimate 'saving the world' path. The season gets off to a laidback
start that
is more about characters and goofy situations but action and adventure
seems to
be promised for future episodes.


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 artwork, 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
continues to be amongst the
best produced anime series. It has continued to win awards and receive
fandom
levels barely ever approached for anime. It's absolutely no surprise
that the
series continues to draw in a big audience. Part 13 is another
generally
excellent set with the conclusion to the largest story-arc of Season 3
and
Season 4 begins to unfold and contains a classic tournament-style arc
that is a
fan-favorite. While the reprieve from the previous arc might seem short
on this
set, it's nonetheless a part of the fun action sensibilities that keep
the show
as popular as it is (both in Japan and North America). 
Ongoing viewers who are established fans
should absolutely give Part 13 a look for its end storyline to Part
12's long
arc and for the promise it holds for future action-packed episodes. style=""> 


The Blu-ray:





Video:


Much to my
surprise, Funimation's release of
Fairy Tail - Part 13 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 of
1.78:1 and is presented in native 1080p High Definition.
style="">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:


 


Two audio
commentaries (for episodes 150 and 151) have been provided as
inclusions on the
set for English dub fans who want to listen to the VA's discuss their
parts on
the show. A silly and nonessential comedic interview entitled Fairy
Tail
Feud: With Todd Haberkorn and Newton Pittman
seems to be an
intentionally
skewered conversation which results in a feud with the voice actors
ending the
interview with a rather silly arm-wrestling match.  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
13
is another excellent set of exciting episodes. Part 13 (released
concurrently
with Part 12) concludes the storyline arc from Part 12 so viewers
following the
show should strongly consider picking up both sets and have a good time
going
through the storyline in marathon-style viewing. Having both sets out
at the
same time will allow fans to have more enjoyment and less wait time
between
releases if one wants to view this concluding part of season three that
way.
There is also the benefit of receiving a "sneak peak" of season 4 as
a couple of episodes are included from the forthcoming "Tournament"
arc. With Funimation's good PQ/AQ and another batch of fun episodes, Fairy
Tail
again comes 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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