Wanna join my guild?!
|If you have been following the world of Shounen manga and anime you might have heard the news that Fairy Tail recently wrapped up after 175 episodes, but if you compared it to Bleach, Naruto or even One Piece it seems like a smaller episode count; however I can bet money that Fairy Tail will return one day! Until then you can join me and Kara for a short series breakdown.|
|So like Fosh said, we’re talking a look at the FT series and hopefully
The magical world of arcs!
If you follow any long running manga or anime series you are bound to find arcs all over the place and Fairy Tail falls into the same set up sporting roughly fifteen different arcs ranging in the episode range of three episodes or twenty seven for each arc and yeah I know that sounds really insane given the episode count! Since there are so many arcs it is practically impossible to mention all of them, but we have decided to talk about a few of our favorite Fairy Tail arcs! Just click the spoiler to read more because there are spoilers ahead.
Magically delicious shipping
Genderbent characters! Lucy, Gray and Natsu~
So you have a taste of a few arcs found in Fairy Tail! So what else can you find in this series? For starters the shipping found in this series is insane because there are so many damn characters to choose from, but we will stick with the Fairy Tail guild. I guess we should get the big one out of the way with a debatable couple of Natsu and Lucy! Since they are both main characters I guess this one gets a lot of hate because early on in the series we learned Natsu and Lisanna as children were really close; however again that is up for debate. Next up my favorite with Grey and Juvia even though that shipping is more one sided? I know Juvia has a crush on Grey, but he is kind of dense about her feelings! Third I would go with the rough and tough Gajeel and Shy Levy! These two are adorable together because Levy is this tiny girl and Gajeel is a brute character and most of the time they end up saving each other through several arcs.
…Like I said before, I like shipping characters. So while nothing is really confirmed in Fairy Tail (yet) official-couple-wise, some set ups are easier to spot than others. …Like Gajeel and Levy. Or Erza and Jellal (if he ever mans up). Or even Evergreen and Elfman kind of continued into the Tournament Arc. I’m not so sure about Juvia and Gray since that all seems kind of one sided, but as for Natsu, there’s the possibility for either Lucy or Lisanna (like Fosh said above). Lucy has multiple ships too I guess with her and Natsu or Loke. I look forward to when Hiro Mashima finally confirms these things or not, but until then, It’s fun to fangirl about them.
Kick ass fighting!
One thing Fairy Tail does really well is that it gives each character their own moments in battle. Obviously Erza, Natsu and Gray kick ass 24/7/365 and they usually are the ones fighting the main villain of whatever arc they’re in, but pretty much everyone in Fairy Tail can hold their own. Even the healing loli character, Wendy has her moments and the same goes for side characters you barely hear about, like Cana. Lucy has some pretty good parts in some battles too, though she normally gets pretty beat up in the process. Though, there are a few members who don’t get much screen time other than being comic relief side characters who only do things occasionally, but overall, Fairy Tail is pretty good at spreading the badass scenes pretty evenly so we’re not just watching Natsu beat absolutely everyone all the time.
Fanservice in my Shounen?!
While this series is known for magic and fighting you would be surprised to find out that there is a lot of random fanservice, but most of that service is provided by the busty blonde character named Lucy who often wears all kinds of flashy looking outfits in every damn arc! Then again, is that really a bad thing? Not really and Lucy isn’t the only service character we have Cana, Mirajane, Lisanna, Ezra, Juvia, and no there is no service shots of the only loli character Wendy. So where can you see the most Fairy Tail service without seeing the entire series? I would say the OVAs series because they have beach, hot springs and they even pushed a high school setting?! Not to mention Ezra walks around in nothing but a towel in a few arcs along with Lucy again…so yeah if you like a little service in your Shounen fighting anime or manga then this series is for you!
KICK ASS MUSIC
Yasuharu Takanashi is easily one of my most favorite music producers in anime today and I love just about everything this guy produces all the way from, Fresh PreCure, Heartcatch PreCure, Suite PreCure, Smile PreCure, all the Precure All Stars movies, Shiki, Carnival phantasm, Naruto Shippuden and now he is working on Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge for the spring season; however it is his work on Fairy Tail that originally got me hooked on all his music especially when he includes violins with the addition of rock guitar. I swear during the fight scenes of anything from PreCure or Fairy Tail his music pulls you into the action and for that I will love his music forever.
Again, why this series is awesome
So have we convinced you yet? Well, I guess we just highlighted a few things we liked about the series, but as for the things we didn’t mention, those are great too. Fairy Tail is a great mix of comedy, action and there’s even a bit of drama in there occasionally. Plus there’s plenty of characters so chances are that you’ll find yourself liking one of them. The plot is pretty interesting as well. The arcs are kind of character based I guess since pretty much every arc, you find out something you didn’t know about one of the characters and yet, it’s all held together by the concept of dark mages, Fairy Tail as a guild family of sorts and dragons disappearing from the world 7 years ago. …Admittedly though, the filler that it had was extremely frustrating. I can see why they’re taking a break since they’ve now caught up with the manga. …I don’t think I could have stood another filler arc. So hopefully you give it a try, since it’s a really fun series.
More Fairy Tail anime in the future? We shall see!