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Fairy Tail - Collection Five

FUNimation // Unrated // November 3, 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 - Collection 5 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.


style="">The Collection:


Everything gets off
to an interesting start as the guild begins a competition tournament
designed
to determine a member of Fairy Tail to become an S-Class member.
Becoming a
member of the S-Class means that you are one of the best wizards around
(with
magic strong enough to rank as one of the most important and powerful
wizards
in
Fairy Tail).
Competition is fierce as only a small number of members are chosen to
compete. The
season starts with preparation for the event.


As the Fairy Tail
guild competition begins, the episodes suggest a story arc in the vein
of
Yu
Yu Hausho
or Dragon Ball
Z
but this element of the arc
doesn't last long when a dark magic enemy guild approaches with the
goal to destroy all of Fairy Tail and begin annihilating non-magic
humans so
that the world is reduced to a small number of wizards that these guild
members
deem as being the most powerful around. They also seek to finally raise
from
the dead the most-powerful dark magician of all time, who has long been
the
subject of legend and is known by name to all the wizards, including
those in
the Fairy Tail guild.


This means Fairy
Tail has some serious work ahead for them as they must try to stop the
evil
guild from their plans to take out their guild and to stop them from
raising
the most powerful dark wizard and beginning the destruction of the
world.
Matters are made more complicated when someone dark-haired,
soft-spoken, and
overwhelming powerful enters the scene on the Island. Yet this is
seemingly not
a evil wizard: despite having incredible powers, this wizard seems to
be unable
to control their powers... wishing instead to prevent the destruction
which
they cause. Who is this new character and what role will they play in
the
ensuing battle of good versus evil?


The end of the arc
is reached in the second half of the collection and the Fairy Tail
guild must
defeat the wizard
Zeref, who could destroy all of wizarding if
the guild
cannot defeat him. The second half of this collection contains some
intense
action-packed episodes and brings the storyline to a conclusion. The
end of the
collection also contains a brief introduction to the next arc on Fairy
Tail
.


The animation
remains as consistently strong as it has been from the beginning.
The character designs are uniformly excellent and distinctive for all
characters. The environments are well detailed when necessary and are
often
beautifully animated. The production values and art is excellent and
won't
leave fans feeling disappointed. The dubbing is also stupendous and
works well
for the series.
Fairy Tail
has one of the best English dubs in production.


This set is
action-packed, often humorous, and almost entirely non-stop
edge-of-your-seat
with one of the best story arcs on the series to date. Fans of style="">Fairy Tail won't want to miss Collection
Five. It contains excellent episodes from the third 
season and contains an entire story arc which
ranks amongst the series best.


 


The Blu-ray:


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Video:


The quality of the release is
impressive and is a step up over previous
collection sets.
There are
still 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 with the standard definition to High
Definition upconversion to 1080p. This is certainly as good as can be
reasonably expected for this collection of episodes.


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.


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Extras:


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


Episode Commentaries, U.S. Trailers, Textless
Opening/Closing Themes, and Trailers for other Funimation releases.


The Marketing of Fairy Tail (20 min.) explores
Funimation's
marketing of the anime series in North America.


Final Thoughts:


Funimation's release of Fairy
Tail: Collection Five
contains the previously released Part 9 and
Part 10
sets combined into one.
This
collection of Fairy Tail episodes is
one of the best to date. Season 3 contains some of the best episodes of
the
series.


Fans of Fairy Tail
should consider the set a
must-own. The included episodes are entertaining, comedic, and
action-packed. For
fans collecting the re-released Collection sets, this is another
excellent
release from Funimation that is well worth picking up.


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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