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Fairy Tail: Part 18

FUNimation // Unrated // December 1, 2015
List Price: $54.98 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Neil Lumbard | posted December 31, 2015 | E-mail the Author


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Fairy Tail Part 18 Blu-ray Review


style="">The Series:


Fairy Tailstyle=""> is a popular action-adventure-comedy series
which follows a group of wizards who are all a part of the renowned
Fairy Tail
guild. These wizards work on various missions for the non-magic folk of
the
world. Additionally, these talented wizards work together to face enemy
guilds
(the type who use their magic without a positive approach), and prepare
new
skills as they train to become S class
wizards (the top ranking of guild members across the world).
From saving the day to being hilarious, these wizards are a familial
bunch that
represent the world's best in magic guilds.


A huge reason for
the show's success is it's wonderful cast of characters. It's the joy
of the
lovable and entertaining group that the show retains such a strong
sense of
humor and an impressive storytelling quality.  The series is
infinitely
more enjoyable through the use of wonderful goofballs who are a part of
the magical
guild. Characters include a descendant connected to dragons named
Natsu, the
incredibly powerful Erza, who is one of the strong warriors of the
bunch and
always someone looking to help keep the guild running smoothly, Gray,
who
happens to be a hands-on fighter who regularly misplaces his shirt,
Lucy, who
can call upon magical spirits to help at any time, and the talking and
flying
cat by name of Happy (who is besties with Natsu).


From a production
standpoint, the animation on
Fairy Tail
is easily one of the aspects that is most impressive. The series looks
finely polished and designed with strong detail and art of consistently
high
quality. The character designs are impressive and the background art
does
manage to remain lush and creative whenever need be. Whether the show
is
focused on an important dramatic moment, comedic sketch, or
action-packed
sequence, the artwork does consistently work (and remarkably well).


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 18 of the ongoing saga.


style="">The Set:


Following the conclusion of the
Grand Magic Games (which became one of
the longest story arcs on Fairy Tail)
the last batch of episodes in Part 17 focused on a standalone story arc
involving time travel and dragons. Part 18 delves into the start of
another brand
new arc. Following the shorter arc contained on the last set of
episodes, Part
18 contains only the beginning part of another new story arc.


The first few episodes of Part 18
are standalone episodes which follow
the conclusion of the previous storyline. The series takes a small
break from focusing
on a story arc for comedic character-focused episodes. Part 18 then
delves into
a new storyline involving the celestial spirits.


The Fairy Tail Guild finds
themselves in a crazy new situation when the
mystical celestial spirits Lucy works with start to reject working with
her and
the Fairy Tail guild. Not only do they stop working with the guild
members, but
it's as though all of the celestial spirits personalities have changed
and they
have become total opposites of their normal selves. What has gone wrong
in the
celestial world? Can the Fairy Tail guild stop the celestial sprits and
set
things right?


The mysterious change in the
celestial spirits has caused Lucy, Natsu,
Happy, Wendy, and others in the Fairy Tail guild to spread out and find
the
spirits and return them to the spirit realm. They have to duel with the
spirits
and find a way to fix things following the chaos that has ensued.
style="">Wendy must stop a celestial spirit causing
chaos at a theme park, Natsu must defeat one of his strongest opponents
to
date, and Gray even becomes an expert dancer in order to win a
dance-off which
will help to stop a celestial spirit. The entire guild is faced with
different
challenges to try and return the spirits to their normal selves. style="">


The arc on this set
is only just beginning and it isn't as developed in Part 18 as some
fans might
hope. The arc is just starting and the mystery behind the change in the
celestial spirits is still a element to be continued in future parts.
This set also
isn't as exciting or fun as the previous collection (which was an
absolute
blast with its strong time-travel plot). The current arc definitely
seems
more action-focused.


Part 18 isn't one
of the strongest collections of episodes to date but Fairy
Tail
continues to be an entertaining series which is well
worth continuing. The series continues to be an exciting blend of
comedy,
action, fantasy, and adventure. Fans of Fairy
Tail
will certainly want to check out Fairy Tail - Part 18.


The Blu-ray:


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Video:


Fairy Tail Part 18 arrives
on Blu-ray with a 1080p High Definition presentation. As with
other sets (beginning with Part 11), the show receives native high-def
encoding. As with Part 17, the series now seems to look the best it
ever has in
its entire run. The color and clarity impress and the animation seems
to be
even sharper and more detailed than previous releases of the show. The
production quality is excellent and this is a great presentation. This
season
of
Fairy Tail offers
superb picture-quality.


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Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.


Audio:


Funimation's Dolby
TrueHD 5.1 English dub audio is still a impressive selection that I
have a
personal preference towards during my listening experience. The series
is
provided with both English dub and Japanese dub lossless audio options
which is
a nice feature. The work of the English dub team remains absolutely
stellar
during this batch of episodes.
Fairy Tail
now has one of the best English dubs in Funimation history.


Please note that
the original Japanese audio is 2.0 Dolby TrueHD stereo and it will not
be as dynamic
as the English dub option.


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Extras:style="">


style="">This release is a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack.


Includes select episode commentaries (with English
dub
voice-actors), U.S. Trailers, textless opening/closing themes, and
trailers for
other Funimation releases. Includes a Guild Promo Video.


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


 Final
Thoughts:


Fairy Tail - Part 18style=""> contains the
beginning of a new story arc. The new storyline involves the celestial
spirits.
The set isn't as strong as Part 17 but will remains a must-see for fans
of the
anime series. It is worth a purchase for fans of the series. style="">


Recommended.style="">



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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